Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Baby Beach

My friend Meagan asked if we wanted to go to Baby Beach with her. Rich and Brendan were gone at scout camp and we didn't have any plans, so off we went! I thought my kids would be super bored with no waves, but Meagan and Emily brought some kayaks and my kids had a BLAST! When we were leaving they said it was one of their favorite beach days ever. I enjoyed the fact that parking was free :>)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Storm Game

My mom watched the kids while I was working and Rich and Brendan were gone at scout camp. There was "free" night at Storm stadium (admission and parking were free), so they took the kids. They had a fun night (especially since Grandma let them pick out whatever candy/snacks they wanted ha ha!).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Keping the Party Going

We had so much fun with family on the 4th that we kept it going the next day. We met in Seal Beach, and it did not start out well. It was SOO WINDY!!! We felt like we were getting sandblasted, and I didn't know how long we would last. Fortunately, the wind died down and it ended up being a beautiful day! The kids had a great time playing with their cousins.

 After the beach, we headed down the road and met up with Rich (who was on duty). He didn't have much going on so he took us on a quick ride. We haven't been on the boat with him in a couple years, and the kids love to see their dad at work!

 Afterwards we finished off with CafĂ© Rio. YUM!!! 
And I got to hold this cute squishy baby :>) 
 Love our family!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July

The 4th of July was busy this year! But lots of fun. We started the day off with the ward pancake breakfast. I was in charge of it, and it got a bit stressful but a lot of people helped and it went really well! We were doing red white and blue pancakes. I bought most of the food the Saturday before (4 days previous). I planned to make strawberry sauce for the pancakes, and bought 24 lbs of strawberries on Saturday thinking that they would be fine on my counter for 2 days until I made it on Monday. Wrong. I got home from work Monday to find they had exploded into clouds of mold. So gross! I ended up having to throw half of them out (and making a HUGE MESS in my kitchen!!!), and going back to buy more. It did turn out yummy though! Mom, Janine, Cordelia and Kristi came to the breakfast as well. I didn't really get to see them, but they kept my kids entertained :>)
 My friend Meagan offered to do the bike parade, and it turned out really cute! They made a balloon arch, and had the Russell's leading everyone off in their Razor. With bubbles and patriotic music playing, it really was cute :>)

 In the afternoon, we went to the Schramm's new house to swim in their brand new pool (it just got filled a couple days before). It was so beautiful! And it was nice to hang out with family.

 Their house is right on the edge of the golf course, and we had great views of several fireworks shows. It was a great day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dodger Game

When Janine and Kristi were in town, we decided to go to a Dodgers game! They came over to hang out for awhile before we left.
There is something kind of magical about Dodger stadium!
 We enjoyed a big hat full of nachos
 Joc Pederson threw a practice ball up near our seats, and Rich caught it. He was like a little kid at Christmas time, it made me laugh :>) The Dodgers also hit SIX homeruns, and destroyed the Pirates. It was a fun game to watch!
 The kids had fun with their aunts and uncle!


They had fireworks after the game, and since our section didn't have a good view they let us go down onto the field. During the fireworks show they played the song "Proud to be an American" and you could hear the whole stadium start singing along. It was a powerful moment that made me all emotional!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to Rich! He is the best dad and we love him so much :>)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Family Camp

When I was a teenager, we spent several summers going up to "Family Camp" up at Dinkey Creek with a bunch of family friends. I have such great memories of that place! AT the end of last year Dan sent out a message to see who would have interest in doing a family camp reunion, and I jumped on the chance to have my kids experience it as well. Rich had high adventure that week, but I signed up for the kids and I to go. I roped my friend Jaime into coming as well with her kids. At the last minute high adventure dates changed, so Rich was able to join us as well. Yay! Most of these people I haven't seen in 20+ years, and I was worried it would be weird or awkward, but we had SO MUCH FUN and we just picked up right where we left off. We did this recreation picture which makes me laugh every time (1993 vs 2018...25 years is a long time! Most of us have kids that are close to the age we were when we went back in the day).
 We had a lot of fun going to the cliff jumping rock and the waterslides. It was right up the road and those kids loaded into the truck to get there!

 Brendan split his shorts on these rocks, so Rich had to take him back to camp to get changed. I knew there was a reason we used to sit on plastic garbage bags!
We took a hike to the abandoned mill camp that is SO CLOSE to our camp. I can't believe we never knew it existed before, it was a cool place!

We went over to the Sequoia grove, those trees always amaze me! 

One of my favorite afternoons was when we went to Shaver Lake. It is so pretty there! 

 Carson built a teepee with some of his friends, they were really proud of it!

Rich took some of the older boys on a decent swim.

We spent a lot of time down at the swim hole. Man, that water is COLD!!!

We explored around camp and found a pretty little waterfall.

There was a good group of kids there, everyone found someone to hang out with.
They played lots of games and had a great time.
 Mark was the candy man and made friends with all the kids!
 The Arnold's brought a zipline and slackline, which were a big hit with the kids!
 Jaime and Sabrina had matching hair.
 We hung out at the bridge, which is a beautiful place!

Rich took the kids fishing a bunch, one morning they caught several. After gutting them the boys were running around with fish heads, and they convinced their friend Will to eat an eyeball. So gross!
Campfires were fun. For the talent show, Brendan and the boys his age sung a song about sharks which was really funny! Whitney told jokes with her friend Charlie.  
 One night, I was chosen as camp queen and Sabrina was the princess. It was my first time being camp royalty! 
The kids all loved their awards. Carson was "the watermelon man" and he still has it hanging above his bed ha ha.
One the way home we met up with Grandpa Sobeck for breakfast, always good to see him! It really was a wonderful week, hopefully we will get to do it again!