Friday, June 30, 2017

Week with the Cooks

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Shelley and her kids came to town for a few days, and we played hard! The first night we took the kids to see Cars 3 at the drive in. It was cute.
We went to the beach and it was a beautiful day!

 We also had a couple pool days at Kim's house. It's sad when good friends move away, but we love when they come to visit! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

It's always nice to have a reason to celebrate this handsome guy!
 We made him breakfast and had a nice morning. After church Mom and Bob came over for dinner, it was a great day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Black Belt test

We didn't start going to tae kwon do with the intention of staying very long. I had a cheap groupon and I thought it would be something fun for the boys to do over summer. They really loved it however, and 3 years later we found ourselves watching these boys test for their black belt! The last 6 months they have been working SO HARD!!! They had to know all 9 forms in order, which consists of over 300 moves. They had to do a self defense scenario, make up a choreographed weapons routine to music, do some board breaking, write an essay, get a teacher recommendation, and face the black belt wall. It was a lot of work, but they did it and as a parent it was an amazing thing to watch. I got everything on video, which means I didn't really take any pictures. I did get these happy excited faces however :>) 

 Grandma and Bob were able to come as well.
All these kids tested for their next belt as well. 
 Andrew and Brandon were really great helping them prepare.
 Mr. Gio and Mr. Davies were great instructors!
 Love this family of mine :>)
Afterwards they wanted to go to BJs to celebrate, we had a yummy lunch (and pazookies of course!). SO PROUD of these boys!!! We won't have the ceremony where they get their actual belts for awhile, but they are excited to go to black belt class now!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Capistrano Beach and Cristol

The Uphams came to visit! We have missed them since they moved. Monday night we drove to Café Rio for a girls' night and it was delicious!
 The next day we went to Capistrano Beach to hang out. The weather was perfect! Soon after we got there however the lifeguard came by to tell us that a great white shark had been spotted just 100 years offshore from directly where we were sitting. No swimming for us :<( The kids still had fun playing however.
And us mamas had fun hanging out as well!

The kids spent a good portion of the day like this. They were having fun, and at one point another kid came over who was a little older. He was chatting it up with the kids, and something felt a little off. Sonja was asking him some questions, turns out he was 13 and visiting his grandparents for the summer from Iowa. I wasn't paying THAT close of attention to him, but all of a sudden Sonja ran over to his side and asked if he was taking pictures of one of the girls. He was denying it but she got his phone and found several pictures he had taken of a very inappropriate area of an 11 year old girl in our group. At that point the mama bear came out, and she  held onto his phone while telling him to get his grandfather and come back. He didn't want to but eventually he left. At that point she called the cops. It took awhile for them to get there, and when the boy's grandpa got there I think he thought she was completely overreacting, but they sat down to wait. The kid was totally lying and saying that he "accidentally" took the pictures, his camera doesn't even work so he didn't realize he did it. Baloney! When the cops came, they showed his grandparents the pictures. At that point they realized it was more serious than they thought. The cops did a great job of basically scaring the crap out of the kid, they had him sitting in the back of their car and had a nice long talk with him about the seriousness of this situation. Eventually they let him go, and all we can do is hope that he doesn't do anything like this again. Not sure if he just thought it was a funny joke or if there is something more serious going on with him, it's sad because he's just a kid himself :<(
Once all that craziness cleared up, we had another enjoyable hour til we headed home. Someone wanted to take a shadow picture, someone suggested we spell the word "love." Cristol rolled her eyes and said, "LAME" so we spelled that instead. Love it :>) 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lake Havasu

We were so excited to go to Lake Havasu this year! It's been an annual thing, but last year we couldn't go due to Rich being out of town for training and we were all so sad! It was a quick trip but we made the most of it. We were driving to a place that is crazy hot, but my kids are all bundled up like we're going to the Arctic :>)
One of the first things we did was head to Copper Canyon to go cliff jumping. My kids (except Sabrina!) love it.

 Brendan moved up to the middle rock this year. Not going to lie, it was completely freaking me out. It was really windy, and I didn't feel like he was jumping out far enough, but fortunately he didn't die. He started to climb up to the very top one and I put my foot down for that though. Not sure when I became the paranoid overprotective mom? That is HIGH though!!!
 They had a lot of fun on the boat with their friends.
I think tubing is their favorite thing to do on the boat!

Even the moms got out for a ride. Sean tried to throw us but we hang on. Barely :>)
I think this might be my favorite picture of the weekend!
 The next day we found a nice little beach and hung out there for awhile.  

These are some great women!!!
Always nice to spend some time with my hubby. Wish his neck felt better so he could do more!
 We made our way up to the London Bridge to get snow cones. Our usual stand was gone, which was sad!!! We tried another place which SAID "shaved ice" but was really just chunky snow cones. Then we found another hole in the wall which was better but still not as good as the original. The kids didn't seem to mind though!
We love the Nielsens! We left the end of the second day, but apparently Mike broke his foot jumping out of the boat the third day. Such a bummer :<( It was a great weekend aside from that though!

Friday, June 9, 2017


The girls have been taking a jazz class with some friends from church. There are 5 of them, and they make up half the class. They are pretty adorable! Hayden came over to get ready with them the day they had dance pictures, and we took our own since we didn't want o pay the outrageous prices they were charging!!!
 Afterwards we went to the park with Ava as well. Aubrey wasn't able to come, and we missed having her! These girls were cracking me up. They had STRONG opinions on how they wanted to pose, and nobody was changing their minds lol.

 Cute girls! Then came recital night, and they did great. I was hoping to get a picture of the 5 of them together, but somehow that didn't work out!
 Afterwards we went to Yogurtland. This made the night slightly more bearable for my boys who feel like attending a dance recital is one step up from death :>)