Sunday, July 5, 2015


*Today after church we headed out to the desert. I'm not kidding when I say that Kendall talked or read aloud (basically we heard her little voice non-stop) the ENTIRE 45 minutes. Even after Costco, she started right back up reading a "story" from our receipt. Wow :)

*We had a lot to get today:

-Ground Beef
-Meatballs: Cam LOVES meatballs, however they are a tad labor intensive. I finally broke down and bought the frozen ones. Hopefully they will be good.
-Melatonin- Chris has found this really helps him fall asleep quickly. The only problem is that it doesn't last the entire night. :(
-Socks for me
-Pineapple & Bacon Chicken Sausages

Best sample today: Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake. While I would never order it at the restaurant (I think people who order plain there are just silly), it sure was amazing.

*Most kids will make up for lack of consistent sleep at some point. Cameron? Not so much. Even after a week of vacation and a late firework show last night, he woke up pre-6:00 a.m. this morning. However, he has been somewhat of a walking zombie today. After Costco we went to Barnes and Noble and he didn't really move from this spot.

*I think this is such a funny picture. Rebekah and I are in a jacket and pants, yet it somehow wasn't too cold for our kids to be in the water. :)

*I'm currently on "stand by" for jury duty this week. Hopefully I'll never be taken off and can miss it all together. I'm all for serving, but not when I have kids at home.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

pismo pictures

Yesterday we got back from a super fun week with Chris' family at Pismo Beach.  We packed in plenty of activities, but also plenty of relaxing. :)

One morning the four of us took a long walk on a bike trail which ended at Avila Beach.

We met up with everyone there for a picnic lunch.

The picnic was followed by ice cream. The kids were so spoiled getting to spend an entire week with their cousins. :)

One morning Chris and I took Cameron on a more strenuous hike in San Lois Obispo. 

A friend of Chris' parents (who lives in the area) told us about an amazing wrap she gets in downtown Pismo. Chris and I left the kids one day and went for lunch. It consisted of Tri-tip, avocado, cheese, BBQ sauce, and fries all inside the wrap. It had tons of flavor (although a tad spicy for me). :)

Many hours were spent playing games. :)

Debbie bought each cousin a Lego set. Here they are putting them together while chatting with Grandma W. 

The cousins with grandma and grandpa.

I can't believe I don't have any pictures of the actual beach. We stayed right on the water and the kids LOVED getting to go down to the waves so often. We had such a fun week and as usual, it went by way too fast. :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015


*When it comes to money, Cameron is my saver and Kendall is my spender. Recently Cameron had saved up enough to purchase an Altimeter (device that tells you your elevation). He is VERY excited to use it on our next hike. Today after we got it working, we tested it out and drove up the road to see it change. :)

*I hate the original Goldfish crackers, but I LOVE the flavored ones. I was quite happy when Chris came home today with S'mores (my favorite) for our road trip tomorrow.

*We lasted three minutes with the movie, Wild. Too much nudity. Bummer. With all the hiking we have been doing, I think I would have loved all the shots of the Pacific Crest Trail. :(

*The other day Cam got specific with me as far as how breastfeeding works. When I finished my explanation he said, "Mom! That's not fair to you! It's like you are a grocery store for the baby!" :) to Pismo for a week with Chris' family!! So excited :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

camp tlc

Tomorrow is our last day of Camp TLC (our church's version of Vacation Bible School). This will be my 4th year teaching, "Cupcake Creations". This year was the first time one of the kids took my class. Cameron loved it and I enjoyed having him. :)

Each morning, every child gets to run through a line of cheering teens (the camp counselors) giving high fives. This isn't the best picture, but you can see the excitement on Kendall's face. :)

Before the day begins, the kids get to play outside. Kendall loved teaching herself to jump-rope.

Here was my and Cam's favorite creation of the week. It actually wasn't a cupcake, but our oven was too cute nonetheless. :)

Cameron has belt testing this Saturday. We were so impressed with him because for the past three nights, after 9 hours of Camp TLC, he went to Taekwando. He really wants to be ready for Saturday. What at trooper!

Friday, June 19, 2015

change of plans

Yesterday was supposed to be our big hike up the San Gorgonio mountain (not the whole thing) with my dad. Cameron had been super excited. As we were rushing out the door, Chris mentioned a huge fire he had just read about. Turns out it was right in the area we were supposed to hike. Shoot. Cameron was REALLY disappointed. I scrambled to try and find another hike we could do. We finally agreed on one we had done many times before, but had never gone farther than a certain point. I convinced him that going higher would get him his "strenuous" hike (which is what he always wants).

The hike turned out to be awesome and all three of us agreed that the last 1/3 was harder than most hikes we've done! Score!

*This morning the kids and I took my HUGE list to Winco. I'm teaching cupcake decorating at our church's VBS next week and needed tons of supplies.

First we stopped at Panera. :)

Cameron loved checking everything off my list.

*Tonight Chris and I rented Wild. I loved the book and am anxious to see how the movie measures up.

*I made a batch of Chris' all time favorite cookies today for Father's Day.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


*My sister's girls spent the night this past weekend. My other nieces had introduced us to the game, Spot it! a while ago. We showed these cousins and they were instantly hooked. I must admit that as a non-game person, this one is pretty fun. I also like how small and portable it is.

When the nieces spend the night, Auntie Kelly gets to do their hair! Ha!

*Yesterday we met some friends at Yucaipa Regional Park. The kids had a blast!!

My MIL bought Cam this suit. I LOVE it because as you can see, I can spot that color from a mile away!

 For the first hour and a half, this little girl literally did nothing but go up and down the waterslide. Up and down, up and down.

*This morning Cam and I started on his hiking scrapbook. My dad had suggested the idea a while back and Cam latched on right away.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

jurupa park

I was so excited yesterday to find a really fun outing for the kids. I had heard of Jurupa Regional Park, but had never been. It was SUCH a great place and we will definitely go back.

We arrived when it was still overcast, so we started out at the regular play area. We then headed to the splashpad. The kids LOVED it. Luckily they got a good chunk of play time in before the crowds hit. However even once the crowds arrived, they still stayed in the "zone". :)

This was Cam's first time taking a pic.
. Not bad considering it isn't the easiest thing on my phone!

I love this!