Sunday, May 21, 2017


*Full disclosure: the number of homemade/healthy snacks coming out of my kitchen has decreased since I began working full time. There are a few things, however, I have continued to make time for. One of them is homemade pancake syrup. It is just too easy, tastes better, and is so much cheaper.  

Homemade Maple Syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
Bring to a boil and reduce heat for 8-10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 1 tsp. maple flavoring.

*On Saturday we took a bike ride to an ice cream shop :)

*This was such a sweet sight to come downstairs to this morning. The kids had woken earlier (surprise, surprise!). I came down to the two of them just chit-chatting away. I wish I had known before they saw me because I would have sat on the stairs and listened. :)

*It had been a while since we made our desert trip. Barnes and Noble and Costco today!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


The past couple of hike dates we've had have ended up with Cameron and my dad going for a bike ride instead. I've just been too pooped at the end of the week. This time I didn't want to let "pooped" get in the way. :)

We hiked out in the desert, our favorite.

Fellow hikers, in general, are aways really friendly. Here we are discussing our trail with someone we met. He ended up giving us his map. :)

We were dead tired by the end of the hike, but it sure was fun and totally worth it. :)

Today we had my mom and dad over for Mother's Day. Chris BBQ'd carne asada and made a declious meal for everyone. The kids made me the sweetest cards and I felt very loved. 

Now the week begins...but only 3 1/2 weeks to go!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017


I'm tired. I'm tired of getting to work early, never taking a lunch, then coming home and working more. I'm tired of thinking about my weekend, trying to decide when I can squeeze work in. I want summer. Now.

Okay. Enough complaining. My favorite girl on the planet turned 8 last Sunday. The day prior we met Chris' family for a production of, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" (at the theater in Victoria Gardens). It was very cute and she loved it.

We next went out to dinner at Lucille's. I was teased for getting a garden burger at a restaurant known for meat, but I didn't care and their sweet potato fries were the best I've had. :)

On Sunday, we started out with her breakfast request: Waffles with AS MUCH whipped cream as she wanted. :)

After church we headed over to my parents for lunch and her request, lemon meringue pie. I had never made one before. It was very labor intensive, however it was quite the hit (my dad gave it a 10.1!!).

I think our little girl felt very special. :) I just love her to bits.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Today Kendall's class took a field trip to Legoland. We decided to make it a family day and had such a fun time. We spent the whole day with both Cameron and Kendall's good friends (and their parents), who happen to also be brother and sister.

Kendall and her little friend spent most of the day like this. So incredibly precious.

Legoland closed at 5:00 p.m., which was right during rush hour. We hit quite a bit of traffic, but we broke up the trip a little with a yummy dinner at Pat & Oscar's.

Such a fun day and WELL worth taking a day off work!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

birthday #1

Kendall's birthday isn't until next weekend, but she celebrated with a few friends this past Friday. We had a VERY simple party at a park which consisted of the quad girls and one friend from school (she even let her school friend bring her brother, since it happens to be Cam's best friend). They played, had cupcakes, and loved every minute.

That night the quads stayed over for a slumber party. Here they are making french bread pizzas before watching, Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

 I died laughing when, at 8:00PM, Kendall said, "Raise your hand if you want to go to sleep!". Ahhh...that's my girl. :)

The next morning, while the girls played, Cam escaped to go on a long bike ride with my dad.

Last night Chris and I laughed at our rip-roaring Saturday night's activity...watching a documentary. In our defense, it was a VERY interesting documentary and I would highly recommend it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

the founder

Last Monday I celebrated my 38th birthday. That night Chris brought home two HUGE pieces of cheesecake (Reese's and original) from Corky's for the four of us to share. They were soooo good and we will definitely make that a go-to place for dessert. 

For my present, I told Chris I wanted him to pick out a watch for me. I don't know what's "in" now and he's always had good tastes even in buying me clothes. I love what he picked out. Many times, there is no clock in our IEP's. I feel super rude checking the time on my phone, so now I can just sneak little peaks now and then. :)

Today we met my parents for lunch after church. My mom always makes the sweetest, most creative cards. She included this fabulous picture from when Susan and I were kids. Look at Susan's face!! She LOVES that I'm in such misery!!

Here we are after lunch. We ate at the  golf course restaurant (where Chris always plays) and the views were just too pretty. :)

We rented a really interesting movie this weekend. I had no idea how McDonald's got started. Yikes.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Last weekend our Easter celebration started with a wonderful Good Friday Service. They showed one of the most impacting videos I've seen in a while.

Sunday started with a bright and early church service at 7:45.

Afterward, we had a fun afternoon with my parents and Chris' brother's family. The kids loved being together and this was my mom's first outing since her foot surgery. We were so happy she could make the trip.

Today was SUCH a fun day for me. Kendall has been begging me to bring her piggy for show-and-tell. It's really hard to make this happen during my work day. So I decided just to take the whole afternoon off and didn't tell her I was coming. She was over the moon and felt like quite the celbrity in her class.

Afterward we had a picnic on our way home. Yes, that is cereal I packed. It's actually quite easy. Two Tupperware bowls full of cereal and one with milk!! Ha!