Saturday, July 23, 2016

all i have to say is...wow. wow.

Thursday we took what was (and might be) our longest hike ever. We hiked to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio. This is the tallest point in Southern California and gave us a grand total of 17.8 miles and 12 solid hours of hiking. Was it an easy hike? Not in a million years!! Was it a good hike? Yes, but it almost did us in and I think I've decided 10-12 miles might be more up my alley. :)

Ahhh...look at those perky and happy faces...not knowing what was ahead... :)


Still full of energy!


We were about two hours from the summit at this point. There is no other word to describe our views other than magnificent. This was also the first of several breaks from here to the summit. While the altitude didn't make us sick, it definitely made the hike much more arduous.


We are about 30 minutes from the summit here. They call this area, "moon rocks" because the landscape changes so drastically from pines to almost desert. I was dead!! :)


The summit!!! What a feeling to finally get there! This sign we are holding is just sitting on a rock. Everyone who reaches the top knows to pick it up and snap a picture to document their accomplishment. Very cool. I can't tell you how surreal it was to be that high. The only thing that dampened our enthusiasm was knowing we still had five more hours down the mountain to go. Ha!!


 I've always wanted to hike this and it was quite a feeling to conquer such a strenuous hike. Would I do it again? Probably not. Like I said earlier, I think the pure length of it was a bit much and we'll probably stick to shorter hikes from now on. :)

We had a nice relaxing day after with just a few errands and Cam's belt testing (he passed!!). Today we decided to make one last hurrah for the summer and took the kids to the beach. We left early and were soooo glad we did. While it was overcast the whole time we were there, we loved missing the traffic and crowds.




We wanted to take the kids to a fun restaurant and while Soup Plantation might not be considered super exciting, it's one of the kids' all time favorites. :)


p.s. Many of you know that our Cam is known for his ultra early morning wake up times. So it should come as no surprise that after waking at 4:30 a.m. for an 18 mile hike, followed by getting to bed an hour later after the hike, he STILL woke up at 4:45 a.m. the following morning. Wow. Luckily he knew mommy wanted to sleep so he occupied himself in his room with Brandy. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

brandy

Last Friday I found out that I have to start work a week early. This was a huge disappointment not only because my summer is now cut short, but because we had to cancel and entire vacation we had planned to visit Chris' family in Reno (Noonie and Deb). They were beyond understanding and while it was difficult to tell them, we were dreading telling Cameron (Kendall is a little more, "whatever!" when plans change). Cam adores our trips to Reno. :(

As expected, Cam was pretty emotional not only when we told him, but later that night (I went up to his room an hour after bedtime and he was upset). I'm really savoring this current week as it will be my last until I'm officially a working mom. On the plus side, while I'm extremely nervous and bummed I start so early, I'm also excited and looking forward to this new challenge. :)

Some fun things we've done...

1. Adopted a new guinea...Brandy. Sidenote: Supposedly both our guineas are females...but...ummm...they don't really act that way. I REALLY don't want baby guineas!!! :(


2. Went out to lunch with my parents and some friends. 



3. On Monday we had plans with a school friend to go to Yucaipa Regional Park. Excitement was mounting as we drove up...only to find it was closed for maintenance. Ugh. Luckily I found a nearby community pool that actually ended up being a great second choice for the day!



4.  I needed a few things from Wallgreens so we took an early morning walk in P.J.'s.




5. Later today we took our rescheduled trip to Yucaipa Regional.


A treat on the way home...


Friday, July 15, 2016

publishers

*A friend of mine recently reminded me of some kids yoga videos that Kendall and I had done a couple of years ago. We looked them up again and have really enjoyed doing them together. Our favorite so far has been the Frozen Yoga Adventure.


*A friend invited us to a park in Yucaipa the other day. Apparently they have a program which provides free lunch for kids every weekday of the summer. I wish we had known about it sooner!!


*Museum day yesterday!


*A while ago the kids decided to write some stories. I told them if they both completed one, we would get it made into a real book. So today we went to Staples and had them spiral bound. They were very excited to have their books, "published". :)


While we waited for the books to be done, we headed down the road to look at a potential new housemate. Cameron has decided he would also like a guinea pig for his birthday. His interest in Blossom almost trumps Kendall's, so we decided it would be a good idea. We didn't buy one today, but it was fun to look. :)


*While we were in Vegas, my mom showed the kids, "The Sound of Music". They really enjoyed it and so I'm attempting some more musicals. A friend recently loaned us several and right now we are watching, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." So cute! Hopefully their interest lasts the whole movie! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

vegas

This past weekend Chris and I went to Vegas for a couple of days. We decided to stay on the strip this time so that we could do more walking to our destinations rather than having to drive everywhere.

The first night we went across the street to Caesar's to eat dinner. On the way we stopped at my favorite hotel, the Bellagio. I LOVE walking through their conservatory.


Here we are waiting for dinner at the only obvious choice, The Cheesecake Factory. When it comes to eating on vacations, Chris and I have never been the type to venture out to new places. I think in the past we have had too many meals in which we tried something new only to then say, "It was okay... but we should have just gone to Cheesecake." So why mess with a good thing?? :)


The next morning Chris left for a round of golf. I stayed back and did this for a while....


Sidenote: Food Network is really the only thing I miss about not having cable, so it was a nice treat. 

After I was done being lazy, I walked down the strip to a mall. I found a cute pair of work pants and a shirt and then headed back. It was so fun to people watch along the way and I ducked into a couple more hotels as well.

When Chris got back, we headed out. We ended up eating dinner at The Yardhouse and then walked down the strip. 


A few randoms:

I loved that New York, New York had water bottle holders in the bathroom stalls.


On our way home I texted a picture of my iced coffee to my brother-in-law. He was the one who introduced me long ago to what I still think is the best iced coffee around.


The kids had a blast with my parents while we were gone. They went roller skating, saw BFG, and Cameron got his early birthday present. Next week we will be tackling our longest hike yet...20 miles!! My parents bought him his first, hardcore hiking backpack. Since his birthday is about a month away, they decided to give it to him early so he'll be extra prepared. :) He was VERY excited!





Friday, July 8, 2016

trampoline

*This is our second summer participating in a local bookstore's, "Where's Waldo" activity. Nearby businesses hide a cardboard Waldo somewhere in their stores. Kids have to find each one and mark it off on their chart (he's hiding behind the cactus!).


We walked right by Baskin Robbins on our hunt and I decided to treat the kids to a cone. Sidenote: $2.59 for a kids cone?? Sheesh!!!


*Just some summer reading with a guinea pig on his back...


*Trampoline Park today. The kids LOVE these places!




*After a six hour play session yesterday, Kendall was on hour two today with the quad girls. Cam had just finished his latest hiking blog post and I wanted to give him something to do (we often feel badly that his sister/playmate is so often occupied). I convinced him to put together an old Lego set (he often resists b/c he knows there are so many missing pieces). Here we are sorting the colors. :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

tiny toast


*Yesterday we went to Chuck E. Cheese. Cam was over the moon when he discovered a certain game that, for some reason, spit out loads of tickets each time it was played. :)


*This past weekend Sam's Club allowed people to get in using their Costco cards. We decided to give it a try and were actually quite impressed. We also made an impulse purchase...Tiny Toast cereal (we got Strawberry).



Verdict? Kids loved. I'm not too impressed.

*Yes, our guinea pig now has her own stroller. 


*Today I took the kids up to Forest Falls. It was beautiful and they had a blast.






*There were two reasons I was proud of Chris the past few days. The first was that upon arriving home from vacation, we found out our air wasn't working. After several attempts at figuring it out, Chris discovered a wasp had wiggled into the exact spot the electric current traveled and was blocking the spark. He removed the burnt-to-a-crisp wasp and...presto! :)




The second reason was when I saw this video
 P.S. That's 350 pounds!! :)







Monday, July 4, 2016

this is a long one!!

We just got back from an amazing seven days with friends the first half and family the second. The first half was spent at Bass Lake with our friends, Jeremy and Ana. They have a house they invited us to and it was SO, SO fun...

The first day we visited Yosemite National Park (this was a first for the kids and I). Cam was in heaven discussing the two biggest rocks/climbs and left determined to climb Half Dome at some point. :)


 You kind of cross your fingers all the kids will get along well when you go on vacation with friends. They all did awesome and really enjoyed being with one another.



The boys climbed up pretty close to the falls. We realized afterward this wasn't allowed. Oops!


The next day was lake day. Us Petinaks typically are not a, "stay all day" family when it comes to outings. Usually we head back after a few hours. However we stayed most of the day and had a blast!! 

One of my highlights of the day was when Jeremy/Ana rented a stand up paddle board. I LOVED it. I had wanted to try one for a long time and knew I would enjoy it. So. Fun. 

Here is Kendall, "doing it herself" (aka paddling while I push from behind). :)









We actually got quite a bit of adult time throughout our stay, whether it be during dinner, while the kids swam, or after they were in bed. 

Sidenote: Want to know how incredibly thoughtful Ana is??? She remembered my favorite ice cream (Baskin Robbins Chocolate Peanut Butter) from a blog post long ago and bought me my own quart. :)


The boys enjoyed ice cream as well and sacrificially polished off the last of it on the last night so as to not let it go to waste (flexing their muscles at the same time). :)


The third day found us again at Yosemite. This time we saw a different waterfall and we then let the kids play in the COLD river. :)




We had SUCH a great time and were sad to leave, yet also excited because our vacation was only to continue down the mountain at Chris' parents' home. His brother's family was there so the kids were extra excited.

I've said before how WELL we eat when we are there. Here is an example of Chris' favorite dessert, homemade Almond Joy ice cream. :)



Debbie took us (the kids AND the mommies!!!) back to school clothes shopping. We all came back with some cute things. :)


Cam was a trooper since you can imagine he wasn't as into clothes shopping as us girls. ;) He was rewarded for his patience with lunch at Red Robin.


We were able to get in two bike rides while we were there. When we go on the long ones, it's typically just Cam and I.



Getting back yesterday was nice in that we were ready to be home, but somewhat bittersweet because we had such a great time all week long. Now life is back to normal, which includes Kendall 24/7 spent with the quad girls. :)