Thursday, December 2, 2010

The search for the perfect tree!

After a failed trip to San Francisco over Thanksgiving Day weekend, I was pretty sad.  So, my wonderful husband knew the best way to cheer me up was to get in the Christmas Spirit!  We packed up a picnic lunch and headed off to Ramona (about 45 minutes away) to look for a Christmas tree.  We wanted to have the experience of chopping down our tree.  When we got there I realized that the only way I was going to get the tree I wanted was to buy it already cut.  I love the noble fir trees and those don't grow in CA so I had to buy one that was imported from Oregon.  The trip was still a ton of fun though.  The kids got to see Santa, decorate cookies, make an ornament and bounce in the bounce house they had.  Then we ended the trip with a long picnic at a wonderful park.  The tree is now up and the house decorated (more on that to come!)

Visiting with Santa
 Decorating Cookies
 Searching for a tree
 The one we originally picked!
 He LOVED hanging and sliding across.  Over and over and over.
 He can never get enough sliding in!
 My boys.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Card!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bento Box Fun!!

Tyler loves the bento box style lunches.  And, I have fun making them!

    Includes: Half a ham & cheese sandwich, cheetos, animal crackers, cucumber and watermelon

                                            And a little note: I Love You Pumpkin
 Includes: Noah's Ark cheese shapes, goldfish crackers, ham, cucumber and watermelon, and swedish fish
                                                          Note: You are a Blessing
 Includes: Half a Ham & Cheese Sandwich, cheetos, oranges, cucumbers, pretzels, and JuJubes
                                                           Note: I'm thankful for you.
                        Includes: Cheese blocks, ham, carrots, cheese crackers, candy corn
                                                       Note: Thank You For Being You!
                      Includes: Ham & Cheese Tortilla Wrap, blueberries, strawberries, tootsie roll
                          Note: I thank my God every time I remember you.  Philippians 1:3

Sunday, November 21, 2010


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Friday, November 19, 2010


This year was an exceptionally fun year with the boys and Halloween.  I find that as they get older, every holiday (4th of July, Christmas, Halloween, etc) get more and more fun.  They get so much in to the spirit of things and just have a great time.  This year, Tyler was a fireman and Tanner was a (recycled) lion (Tyler's costume from 2 years ago).  We got to dress up for a fun day at Tyler's school, for a carnival at church and to Trick or Treat.  A group of our friends all got together and took the kids out to trick or treat.  Not only did the boys have a blast, it was an enjoyable night out walking with our friends!

          The best picture I got of Tyler's class!

Tyler's pumpkin
Patient daddy carved Winnie the Pooh for Tanner
My heart.
Dave and Shannon got in to the spirit!
Staying close to daddy.
They had the hang of it by this point!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Fun

I love fall.  Despite the fact that we have had days in the 80's and 90's, I still love the fall scents, cool nights, Halloween fun, Thanksgiving, and the gear up to Christmas!  We spent some fun time at the Pumpkin Patch with Ryan and Noah.  Megan and I find it quite great that we can get four tickets to the big slide and sit down and chat for close to an hour while the kids go up and down, up and down.  Then we take them home tired.  Works out really well!  I love that our four boys are all the same ages and so close!

My Pumpkins on a Pumpkin
Quarter rides...always a win.
The never ending slide fun.

We always use advantage of the free train ride coupons!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Sweet 4 Year Old (plus one month)

Tyler turned 4 in September.  FOUR!  I cannot believe it has been four years since I gave birth to this beautiful boy.  He brings so much joy to our lives.  He loves his little brother and is so great with him.  He does great sharing, loves to go to school and rides all around Imperial Beach on his two wheeler.  He likes to tell everyone he meets he rides a bike with only TWO more training wheels for him.  He strives to make us happy all the time and doesn't ever like to disappoint us.  At my first parent/teacher conference yesterday his teacher told us how much he excels in his class and how his memory and knowledge are off the charts for his age.  Chad and I have been so blessed to be his parents for the past four years and are looking forward to all the years ahead.
We had a huge party at Pump It Up (an inflatable place).  The kids played hard for an hour and forty minutes and then we herded all 30 kids in for snacks, drinks and cakes.  We had a fun rocket ship theme.  After it was over and we were walking to the car, Tyler started crying because he was sad it was over!

 Notice how sweaty he was!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My precious 2 year old

It has been a (very long) while since I have posted. I am finally finishing up my teaching credential and am teaching 3rd grade full time until October 26 (not that I am counting). On top of teaching, I also have to take a class through the first week of November that corresponds with my teaching. The class is every other week but the assignments are more frequent. So, I am pretty tired when I get home and just want to hang with my boys!
I can't skip over the fact that my "baby" turned 2. I cannot put in to words how much I adore this boy. He is precious, sweet, goofy, stubborn, and I am so blessed to be his mommy. He has been out of diapers since February when he was only 19 months old. He wants to be JUST like his big brother and that meant no diapers so he went with it! He isn't near as verbal as Tyler but slowly gaining more and more words and knows what he wants. He loves to ride bikes, play ball, trucks, playdough, coloring, stickers, and being a helper to anything you want to do.
We had an Elmo themed party to celebrate and had lots of friends over. We had a bounce house, made an Elmo craft, colored Elmo pages, and broke open a pinata and collected our candy in Elmo bags. Tanner was so happy to be surrounded by his friends, eat his pizza and cake and of course open his presents!