Saturday, August 30, 2014

James and Abbie's wedding

My cousin James got married, and the kids and I drove up to Utah with my mom so we could go! Abbie seems wonderful and we are so happy for them!
 It was fun to go to the reception later and see a lot of family (although my kids were being CRAZY!!!)
 I got to meet Sarah's fiance Cameron for the first time. I am the oldest cousin and she is the youngest, I was 16 when she is born and now she is getting married. Wow that makes me feel old! He is great with kids and he was great with my girls as they followed him around all night so that makes him ok in my book :>)
 my boys always have a blast with Heather's kids!
all my kids liked the sparklers as James and Abbie left. Except Sabrina, she was not a fan :>)
 While we were in Utah we also had a great time playing with cousins and Grandma and Grandpa Gray!
we wore ourselves out :>)

we played cards. A lot of cards. That is all  my girls want to do these days!
 Aunt Jill knows about Sabrina's Thor obsession and gave my kids some old Thor shirts. Sabrina wears this to bed EVERY.SINGLE. NIGHT.
we love Grandpa!
 It was a quick trip, and the next weekend we went to Valencia for the California reception. More fun with family! And SUPER DELICIOUS Stone Fire Grill dinner.
 It took some time but Sabrina warmed up to Uncle Chuck eventually :>)
 It was great to see the happy couple, love seeing all my cousins getting settled down! It's weird when we go to family gatherings and I'm not the one with a baby anymore but I am happy to pass the torch ha ha.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Day of School

School started today! Summer flew by way too fast and I'll admit I was in a bit of denial! Brendan started third grade. Can he please stop growing so fast???
Here is his annual questionnaire:
 1. What is your favorite food? Ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? basketball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Kickin It
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? anyone named Brendan
5. What is your favorite thing about school? hanging out with friends
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: the movie theater and watch ALL the movies
7. What is your favorite color? golden
8. When I grow up I want to be a: policeman
9. What is your favorite song? Happy Birthday
10. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter
11. What food do you NOT like? broccoli
12. Who is your best friend? Luke
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? checkers
15. What is your favorite toy? Legos
16. What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate chips inside AND on top (taco style like Grandma Gray makes them)
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to do whatever I want all the time
18. What do you do best? playing
19. When I was little I used to: suck on my binky
20. What is your favorite memory? going to the movies to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Dad
21. What is your favorite movie? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
height: 55.5"
weight: 65 lbs
shoe size: 3

He has a mild obsession with ninja turtles right now if you couldn't tell!

 Who is this tall handsome kid? Surely this can't be my little boy :<( He has been saying every day recently that he doesn't like school, I can't tell if he is joking or not??? Hopefully he will like it! He says he doesn't want to go to third grade because he has to learn multiplication, division, AND a new language (a bit of questioning revealed he is referring to cursive ha ha). He said he had fun the first day though, so here's hoping!
 And Carson is in full day school now in first grade. He says he LOVES school and couldn't wait to go :>)
And here are his answers!
 1. What is your favorite food? pizza
2. What is your favorite sport? karate and baseball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Young Justice
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Leonardo and Raphael
5. What is your favorite thing about school? playing at recess
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Legoland
7. What is your favorite color? blue and red
8. When I grow up I want to be a: policeman 
9. What is your favorite song? Star Wars song
10. What is your favorite book? the superhero book from Grandma Powell
11. What food do you NOT like? broccoli and onions
12. Who is your best friend? Cooper, Brennan, Skyler, ANdres
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? war
15. What is your favorite toy? legos
16. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes 
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to have all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle legos
18. What do you do best? side kicks in karate
19. When I was little I used to: take naps
20. What is your favorite memory? going to the Dodger game with dads
21. What is your favorite movie? the new ninja turtle movie
height: 47 1/2"
weight:: 46 lbs
shoe size: 10 1/2 (his feet have not grown in FOREVER!!!)

He is a fan of Spiderman! He has Spiderman shoes too :>)




 Dropping them off was easy, they knew just what to do and were not sad to see us go!
 Carson was super excited to have a friend in his class :>)
One day down, a whole lot left to go!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Doheny Camping

We were able to squeeze in one last camping trip with some wonderful people before school starts! We were at Doheny Beach which I love. The kids were in heaven at the beach all day with their friends, and the moms and dads had a great time too!


there were a lot of kids there!!! And they all got along really well for the most part.
 I enjoyed spending time with these lovely ladies...
 and the hubbies were a fun group too!
of course these were my favorite people there :>)
 Sabrina made a new favorite person though! She and Tai are in the same Sunbeam class but never really had much to do with each other, these few days they really hit it off though. She talks about him ALL the time. When we got home she told Carson, "My boyfriend's name is Tai." WHAT?!?!? I told his mom, and she said that Tai told his brother he was going to marry Sabrina. Wowsers, we better keep an eye on these two :>) Usually she is hesitant to go into Sunbeams but Sunday she marched right in and said, "I'm going to sit next to Tai!" Looks like her Thor obsession might be replaced :>)
We did have a good time though! We spent lots of time at the beach, hiking to tidepools (we actually went at high tide so didn't see much), riding bikes, playing cards, and eating! Everyone was assigned meals, we had desserts for both nights and took the opportunity to try out our new dutch oven for the first time. We made a peach cake and a chocolate cherry cream cheese cake that was AMAZING! I have always been a little afraid of dutch ovens but it was easier than I thought and yummy!
One afternoon we biked down to the ice cream stand with the kids. While we were there I tried to adjust the seat of my bike and it fell off. I couldn't fix it, so I had Sabrina hold it in the seat behind me and had to ride back to camp standing up. We were probably 1 1/2 miles away so not TOO far, but I kept forgetting and trying to sit down and glad we made it back with no injury :>)




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lazy Summer Mornings

There is something beautiful about summer mornings. No alarm clocks, no schedules, and if the kids want to go skateboard in their pjs then why not??? Summer is quickly drawing to a close and I will miss these days!!!