Wednesday, August 10, 2016

First Day of School

Brendan
This is his last year of elementary school! I'm having a hard time with that. He's just so BIG! He got the teacher he wanted and is really happy to be the big man on campus. It should be a good year for him! He also got into the GATE program this year which makes me so happy :>)

 
1. What is your favorite food? Ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? water polo
3. What is your favorite tv show? Ninjago
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? John Cena
5. What is your favorite thing about school? recess
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Russia
7. What is your favorite color? green
8. When I grow up I want to be a: software engineer
9. What is your favorite song? The Final Countdown
10. What is your favorite book? Rick Riordan books
11. What food do you NOT like? broccoli
12. Who is your best friend? Luke and Hunter
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? Lego Star Wars 7
15. What is your favorite toy? Legos
16. What is your favorite breakfast? Darth Vader waffles and stacked up French toast
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to be the richest man on earth
18. What do you do best? play video games
19. When I was little I used to: yell in Carson's ear
20. What is your favorite memory? going to Legoland 
21. What is your favorite movie? Star Wars 3 and 7
height: 60 3/4"
weight: 86 lbs
shoe size: 7

Carson
This kid still seems so little to me, but he is growing up! He still has extreme mood swings but is generally a pretty loving kid. His teacher is new to the school but seems really nice. He doesn't have many friends in his class but I'm sure he will make new ones soon!


1. What is your favorite food? cupcakes
2. What is your favorite sport? baseball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Ninjago
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Mom, Dad, and ObiWan
5. What is your favorite thing about school? new friends
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: the beach
7. What is your favorite color? blue
8. When I grow up I want to be a: paleontologist 
9. What is your favorite song? What Does the Fox Say/Can't Touch This
10. What is your favorite book? Who Would Win; Ultimate Ocean Rumble
11. What food do you NOT like? tomatoes
12. Who is your best friend? Andres and Brennen
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? Battlefront
15. What is your favorite toy? Legos
16. What is your favorite breakfast? Darth Vader waffles with boysenberry syrup
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to have a real wand that works
18. What do you do best? math
19. When I was little I used to: go in a tube at the pool and play with my talking Stinky
20. What is your favorite memory? sliding into home
21. What is your favorite movie? Jurassic Park 3
height: 53"
weight: 58 lbs
shoe size: 1

Sabrina
These girls are in kindergarten! It doesn't seem a whole lot different than TK yet but I know they are going to learn a lot this year! They are in the same class with Ava, and have a lot of friends in morning kinder to play with at recess as well. 


1. What is your favorite food? Ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? soccer
3. What is your favorite tv show? Doc McStuffins
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Santa
5. What is your favorite thing about school? recess
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: live at Magic Mountain
7. What is your favorite color? purple
8. When I grow up I want to be a: scientist
9. What is your favorite song? Let It Go
10. What is your favorite book? Frozen
11. What food do you NOT like? mushrooms
12. Who is your best friend? Ava
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? Sorry
15. What is your favorite toy? Rainbow Dash
16. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes and waffles
17. If I had one wish, it would be: I could have a pony
18. What do you do best? making new friends
19. When I was little I used to: play with Whitney
20. What is your favorite memory? going to Magic Mountain
21. What is your favorite movie? Frozen
height: 48 3/4"
weight: 48 lbs
shoe size: 13

Whitney
I love this spunky, bossy girl!



1. What is your favorite food? bananas
2. What is your favorite sport? Soccer
3. What is your favorite tv show? Sofia the First
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Mommy and Daddy
5. What is your favorite thing about school? Global Play Days
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Legoland
7. What is your favorite color? red, pink, purple and blue. But mostly pink. 
8. When I grow up I want to be a: doctor
9. What is your favorite song? Let it Go
10. What is your favorite book? Frozen
11. What food do you NOT like? tomatoes, carrots, relish
12. Who is your best friend? Ava
13. What is your favorite holiday? New Year's Eve
14. What is your favorite game? Star Wars monopoly
15. What is your favorite toy? puppy
16. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes and waffles
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to be invisible
18. What do you do best? losing Star Wars Monopoly
19. When I was little I used to: go to the park
20. What is your favorite memory? Legoland Hotel
21. What is your favorite movie? Frozen
height: 47 1/2"
weight: 47 lbs
shoe size: 12

Here's hoping for a good year!






Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Food Fight

My friend Lani sent out  text that she wanted to have a food fight for the kids before school started. I have to admit I was a little skeptical, but it ended up being pretty funny. We called the kids all over in a circle around various food items, then told them to go at it. The older kids jumped right in, but the younger ones weren't quite sure what to think!

 Sabrina did NOT think it was a good idea. She started crying from the beginning, and didn't stop til well after it was over (she kept yelling, "I'm not playing!" And she was quite concerned about what we were going to eat for lunch now that all the food was on the ground ha). 
 It got to a whole new level when the chocolate syrup and ketchup came out (and I realized too late that I should have Carson take his white shirt off beforehand!).



 Afterwards they cleaned off in the splashpad :>)
 we also got pizza so Sabrina didn't starve!
It was a really fun way to spend the last day before SCHOOL starts!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mammoth/Twin Lakes

I have seen pictures of Mammoth for a long time and thought we should try camping up there sometime, this year we finally did it! And Mammoth did not disappoint! We drove up on Tuesday and got settled into our cabin (some "camping" that we were doing lol), then headed out for a bike ride. It was a little hillier than my kids were used to, so we didn't make it very far (Sabrina ate it pretty good on a downhill, and every time there was the slightest incline she insisted on walking her bike. Very slowly). It was beautiful though!
The Thompsons, Andres, and Hannons came up that night too. The next morning, Brendan woke up saying his stomach hurt. Sure enough, before we knew it he was throwing up. Awesome. I stayed back at camp with him while Rich took the rest of the kids fishing. They didn't have much luck in the stream, so they rented a boat on Lake Mary. Still didn't catch anything but they had fun :>)
When they got back Rich stayed with Brendan and the rest of us went to hike to McLeod Lake. It was BEAUTIFUL there! The kids were having a blast fishing and playing in the lake. 
 That day the Hackers, McDowells, Cannons, Callands, and Andersons came up. Thursday morning some of the moms went on a hike to Crystal Lake. The lake was gorgeous, but we had these amazing views of the Mammoth Lakes basin on the way up. I loved it! Great way to start our morning. 
 When we got back we all drove over to June lake to play. Another beautiful lake! The Callands brought their boat and paddleboard, and Wes ended up shuttling all the kids around. They had so much fun! Carson's stomach was bothering him but he never threw up, whew :>) Our family drove the June Lake loop and got milkshakes afterwards which were delicious! The Harns got there Thursday as well.
 Thursday night did not go so great. Whitney said her stomach hurt before bedtime, so I put a bowl by her just in case. She woke up puking at midnight, and it got everywhere EXCEPT the bowl. What a mess. We cleaned up and I took her to shower off, then she was puking every 15-30 minutes until 4:30. No fun! We were able to get a few hours of sleep, but Rich and I both woke up feeling a little off. We had big plans for Friday, I really wanted to go hike Rainbow Falls and Devil's Postpile and ride the gondola. Rich stayed back with Whitney while the Callands, Cannons, and rest of us drove up to the shuttle stop. While we were waiting for the shuttle I took the girls to the bathroom, and when I was waiting for them I got really dizzy and almost passed out. Everything turned bright yellow and I broke into a cold sweat and I don't remember much from those few minutes. I wasn't sure how this hike was going to go (Brendan was also being super whiny, I know he wasn't feeling 100% either), but we already had our shuttle tickets and decided to give it a try. I was so glad we did! Once we started walking everyone seemed to feel better, and it was beautiful. We sure took our sweet time, and stopped for awhile to play in the water, but I think everyone enjoyed it.
 When we got to Red's Meadow we rewarded ourselves with a treat. It's super overpriced but at that moment I was more than willing to pay $18 for 4 drinks and popsicles :>)
We were all kind of tired at that point, when we passed the stop for Devil's Postpile we all said, "Next time!". When we got to the bottom I tried to take the kids on the gondola but they closed 8 minutes before we got there due to wind. Oh well :>) We did have lots of fun back at camp playing games and hanging out though! About 100 feet from our camp ground they had a great lodge with games and ping pong, the kids all spent a lot of time there. 
And speaking of kids, we had a lot of them. 33 between our 10 families, ranging in age from 8 months to 13 (we are missing 5 in this picture, that's as good as we could get!). It was seriously kid heaven there. They all had lots of friends and lots of dirt and lots of junk food. What more can you ask for :>)
There were 8 tiny cabins in a circle where we stayed, so fun to have them all filled up with our friends. I really loved this place and can't wait to go back sometime (preferably without a stomach bug!).




On Saturday we checked out. Mom and Bob met us at the campground, and we drove to the top of Twin Falls. Whitney was not excited :>)

 On our way up to Bridgeport we stopped at Mono Lake. It is 2 1/2 times saltier than the ocean, and kid of smelly! The rocks were a lot lighter than you would think and the kids had fun pretending they were super strong.
Then we spent 2 days with Mom and Bob at their cabin by Twin Lakes. We spent a LOT of time fishing, and the kids were all able to reel in some fish! Brendan learned how to cast and caught one completely on his own. They all loved it (although none of them really wanted to TOUCH the fish). Fishing is not really my thing but I'm glad they had fun :>)
 We were also able to hike up to a waterfall that was really pretty! Mom and Bob had never been past the first waterfall section, and we decided to go up the next trail section. It was SUPER steep, and we were scrambling up like billy goats and wondering how on earth we were going to get back down. After awhile we decided we should turn back, the trail wasn't great and Sabrina was sobbing and it was not going well (although Brendan and Carson said it was "awesome" and they didn't want to stop). Once we hiked/slid back to the waterfall we realized the REAL trail was right off to the side from where we were. Oops! THAT trail was much more enjoyable.
 It was a great week with my family! Always sad to make the long drive home and deal with a million loads of laundry but well worth it :>)






















Sunday, July 24, 2016

Utah

Charlie and Mary took the kids back up to Utah with them, my kids were SO EXCITED!!! They had a blast with Grandma and Grandpa and their cousins.

 After they were gone a week I went up there to pick them up and the fun continued. The girls convinced Grandma that they needed to celebrate their birthday early so we did :>)


 I was able to visit with Jessica, she was only a week out from lung surgery but was doing pretty good all things considered. Love that lady, cancer sucks!
 We can't go to Utah without getting shaved ice!
 these girls were inseparable.
 They also had lots of fun with the next door neighbor girl :>)
 We went to janine's house for lunch on Saturday, always a good time with my sisters!
 Good times which included awesome dance parties. I can't even say how much I love this picture. 
It was a quick but fun trip! So grateful for amazing inlaws who love my kids so much. And I am glad to have my little people back home with me :>)