Thursday, February 25, 2016


We go on a lot of water vacations. Beaches, lakes, rivers, streams, we love it all. We've been thinking about getting an underwater camera for awhile and just didn't want to fork out the money. But, with a cruise to the Bahamas coming up in a week, we finally made the plunge. I'm so glad we did!

Emily was dying to go to the pool today and test it out. I'm glad we did. It has a learning curve to it. Like she learned when you hit delete, don't follow that with "all frames" or everything you just took for 45 minutes will be deleted. I had to tell her do not review or delete anything on our trip. Wait until we get back, get the SD card safely downloaded in the computer and then we can delete all we want. Better that lesson learned at the pool, than on our snorkeling adventure.

She had a blast and I'm sure it will be a hit with her friends this summer.

I was surprised that it takes pretty good photos.

I loved this one.  The lens is half in the water, so you get an above the water and below shot.  Even if it does make her hands look like they belong to a giant.

It also has cool features, like this one where it makes everything black & white except what color you pick.  I picked blue, so that color shows up.  Fun!

And she also took a video.  Shocking, I know.

I can't wait to take pictures of some fish.  Oh, a sea turtle would be the BEST!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

So This Is Happening...

Ugh, it was 7th grade open house tonight at Emily's new Junior High.  What in the world?  How can my baby be going into junior high?

It was all very nice and it was nice to see the campus and meet the teachers.  It seems great, but, but but, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!  I want her to stay little.

Anyway, Emily handled it all pretty well.  She was a bit concerned with the lockers and how the combination works.  She's never used a lock like that.  The school is really nice and has two stories, we didn't know that.  And it's all inside, so you don't have to go outside to run from class to class.  

The only real question Emily had when we left was if she'd still get recess.  Um, nope!  Which made David and I laugh.  Can you imagine if as adults they gave you a 15 minute break from work to go play tag with your coworkers?  Actually, it sounds awesome, but I guess at some point, you have to give up recess. That time is now.  

And Noah came home last week telling me that a girl in his class, Viola loves him.  Not likes him.  She said she loves him.  To which Noah told me and I will quote, "I don't know why she likes me.  I'm kind of disgusting.  I pick my nose. I don't wash my hands...."  Oh brother.  Yeah, you are gross, go take a shower.  

Then, he comes home today with an adorable beenie that another little girl, Paloma, made him.  Well, I think Paloma's Mom made it, but what is going on here?  If you remember, Paloma was the little girl that Noah called fat earlier this year and wrote her an apology letter.  You can refresh here.  Well, he didn't mean she was fat, just that her coat was puffy.  Bad choice of words little man.

In any case, he seems to have the girls eating out of the palm of his boogery hand.  Enjoy ladies!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ben 10

I can't believe Ben is 10 today.  Where does the time go?  We tell Ben the story of his birth often.  He cam fast and furious.  Literally, like 50 minutes start to finish and at one point, they told me to not push as they didn't have a doctor yet.  They almost sent the ER doctor up to deliver him.  Luckily, some baby doctor showed up.  Then, we tell Ben he flew out and hasn't stopped moving since.  It's pretty accurate.

Ben and his best buddy, Andrew, went out for dinner and to Freedom Station to celebrate his birthday.  These boys are two peas in a pod.  They both love anything superhero.

They played some laser tag.

And some video games.

Then, these two teenage girls didn't want their tickets, so they gave them to the boys.  It was like 500 tickets.  How nice is that?  Ben got a whoppy cushion.  

Ben loves chocolate cake, but he loves his Dad's homemade cheesecake.  We only make it for special occasions...hello 5 things of cream cheese, 7 eggs, you get the idea.  It's not diet food, but it's worth every delicious calorie.  

Ben thought long and hard about his wish.

Then, we opened presents this morning.

And Ben wanted to go for a hike.  He LOVES climbing rocks. 

Their is a bridge to cross this stream, but that's boring apparently. 

David crossed first to make sure it was stable.  

Then, Ben went.
It was only about a foot of water, so the worst that would happen is you'd get wet.
The other two didn't want to go...yet.

We hadn't been on this hike and the kids loved the rock grotto area.  

Ben is always leading the pack.  

A little rest.  It was surprisingly hot out.

After our hike, we went back to the little rock cave area.
It was so cool.  The kids wanted to live in there.
See that rock pointing down behind Emily's head?
It's literally, this huge boulder that is just wedged there.

I kept thinking of that movie, 127 hours, where the rock slips, traps his arm and he cuts it off.
Thank goodness that didn't happen today.

On the way back, every one got in on the log fun.
Well, not me.  I prefer to stay dry.

Noah was so cute and took baby steps all the way.

Then, he leaped to safety!

Ben started getting more brave and I thought for sure he was going to go in.  He couldn't just cross once.  He had to do it a half dozen times.  

We made Ben his favorite spaghetti for dinner.

And now, he starts his 10th year.
We took turns going around the table tonight saying what we love about Ben.
His tender heart...
his imagination....
he's never bored...
He really is a wonderful kid and I'm just glad he's mine.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunny Day

What a difference a week makes.  Last Monday was a snow day

Yesterday, we celebrated 60 degrees for the first time in ages, and we took full advantage of it.

We all played some tennis and basketball.

Emily did her usual 100 handstands.

Then, we hit the pool and hot tub!

As far as I'm concerned, it can stay 60 for months, which it looks like we are good for the next week.

And, look at this picture of Emily from her instagram.  I was scrolling through it checking things out (because I'm that kind of Mom) and scrolled right by this picture and thought, "Whose that teenager?"  I literally thought she was like 16.  Aaccckkkk!!  It's my daughter and she's only 11!

Now, we have a crazy busy week ahead.  Ben's birthday is the 15th and it just so happens to be President's Day, so we all have the day off.  FUN!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snow day

We got the call and email at 5:30 that we were going to be on a 2 hour delay. Then, about 7:15, we got the news of a full snow day. Hip, hip hooray!

The best part of a snow day is waiting for the kids to wake up and see the snow and then find out they don't have to go to school. Seriously, the excitement compares with Disneyland.

The boys waited for Em to get up and out they went.

The wind was really blowing the snow in their faces.

Then, they move to the front yard.

David decided not to drive to work, but he would work from home.  So, we got to take the kids sledding.  We just went to the park close to our house.  It's not a huge hill, but it's still fun.  We were some of the first people there and we had to try to get a run going.

Right before we left, I grabbed Noah's little pool inner tube.  The last time we went sledding, the people going the fastest were on pool inner tubes.  Emily said she didn't want her big one, so I just grabbed Noah's little one.  And boy, did that thing take off.  Way better than any snow sled we've ever used.  Here's Ben trying it out.

Noah approved.

Emily may have been a little large, but it's still fun.  
Then, we sent David back to get her big inner tube.

And Em's friend, Tabitha, showed up.

The orange tube was a big hit.

Even I tried it out.

I went super far!  Weight will do that!  :)

Ben wanted to have a snowball fight.

David tried out the big tube too.  We are a bunch of kids.

Then, Em and Tabitha went down together on her tube, which her Dad went home to get after seeing our tube success.

This is way more fun than math class!

The great thing about snow here, is it's gone in a day.  This was already our front yard and you saw the pics above that were probably 3 hours before.

Have I mentioned that I love our new house color?  :)

We just finished dinner and the kids and David are all out having a snowball fight.  

What a wonderful day!