Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More Fun with Friends!

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of visiting Janelle and her kiddos in Temecula.  We had originally planned to spend part of the day swimming, but it was a bit too chilly (I July!).  Instead, we hung out at the house, ate Janelle's food, visited, played with Riley and Claire's toys, and overall had a really great time!  Here are some pictures from our visit:

Janelle and Claire


The boys had a great time playing with swords and lightsabers in the front yard.  It was hard to tell who won...

Claire even wanted to join in the sword-fighting fun!

Charlie really enjoyed playing with Bailey (pictured here) and Maddox.   We didn't even make it to the freeway on the way home before he was passed out.  It was too funny that all of the kids made it home without falling asleep (about an hour and a half drive), but the dog didn't make it five minutes.  LOL ***Side Note: I swear, my dog has the longest tongue in the history of the universe.***

I'm pretty sure this car is Kourtney's favorite toy at every house we visit.  We really should consider getting her one...really...

Kourtney was kicking all of the dogs out of the house.

And after she kicked all of the dogs out of the play house, she crawled in their houses to play with them.

It was a simply fabulous day!  I had a wonderful visit with Janelle, virtually uninterrupted by the kids, who were having too much fun playing.  We had some great girl talk, and were able to share ideas for cooking, scrapbooking, and life in general.  We also had a few minutes to plan a kid-less visit for next month!  I can't wait to hang out again (with or without our children...)!  Thank you, my wonderful friend, for hosting today!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weekend Fun

This weekend, we had the pleasure of having dinner with some friends of ours. They invited us over for a BBQ, with water fun for the kids. We enjoyed an afternoon of friendship, great conversation, fabulous food, and relaxation. Here are some pictures from the fun:

The kids are all lined up, ready to go!

Kieran was the first volunteer to go splashing down the Slip 'N' Slide. A face full of water was just what the kid ordered!

Kourtney's favorite: Daddy launching her down the Slip 'N' Slide.


Cristian spent his portion of the afternoon being chased down by the girls. Those squirt guns can be lethal to a 10-year-old boy!

The girls rounded out the evening watching cartoons, while the boys played video games.

The grown-ups got to enjoy some relaxing time in the Rogers' spa, which was fabulous! All-in-all, it was a wonderful afternoon/evening. Thank you to our wonderful friends for dinner and entertainment!

Friday, July 23, 2010

And Another!

I came across another "new favorite" quote today, and thought I would share:

Henry Ford had a great idea when he came up with the assembly line, but it was never meant to be applied to education.

Love it! :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Village

I saw a fabulous quote today on a new homeschool website I was checking it out, and I just had to share it:

"I have seen the village, and I don't want them raising my children."

That pretty much sums it up for me as to why we have chosen this journey. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day 2010

Look...I'm posting again! :)

Today, we celebrated the fathers in our lives. We started the morning by surprising Brady in bed with cards and an Electronic Slide Caliper (whatever that is...). He was completely shocked at the gift (thanks to his wonderful dad for giving me the guidance to get him exactly what he wanted/needed!), and enjoyed the kid-selected cards. Then, we had pancakes and strawberries, which is always a delight. We rounded out the morning with church, and then headed up to my parents' house. The afternoon was spent enjoying delicious barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, chocolate cake, and lemon meringue pie. Yummy! The kids all played with their cousins, and the grown-ups visited. Charlie gave Jimmy a run for his money, which was entertaining to watch. :) All in all, it was a fabulous day!

When we got home, the kids watched "The Princess and the Frog" while I did laundry and Brady packed for his week of training in Michigan. Fun stuff. Now, all of the little people are in bed, and Brady and I are getting ready to watch a movie together. Having him home for two days has been wonderful and relaxing. I'm definitely going to miss him while he's gone for the's been awhile since we've been apart for this long...I have lots planned for the kids and I to do, so hopefully, the week will go by quickly. Fingers crossed...

While I had intended to post a few pictures from our day today, I really didn't take many. I guess we were all too caught up in the chatting...Brady did take a few pictures of the garden, though. Perhaps I will post those tomorrow.

Until then...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'm Baaaaaaaack!

I know, I's been more than six months since my last post. Every time I had the time to make an attempt to update the blog, I decided that a few hours of sleep sounded like a better plan. It's been a crazy few months, but I'm happy to say that we all made it through in one piece. I'm off of work for seven glorious weeks, so I will definitely be updating more often!

Let's start with today...

This afternoon, we went to our wonderful friends' (Pete and April) house to celebrate their four kiddos' birthdays. The kids spent several hours in the pool, ate tons of food, and had a blast playing with kids and grown-ups alike. I believe it took a total of two point five seconds for them to all pass out when we got home. That definitely makes for one happy momma, as that means they all had a wonderful time and played hard. Gotta love that! It was certainly a great way to start our summer!

Now, I'm relaxing with my handsome hubby, watching "Men of Honor." The dog is pulling all of his blankets out of his crate again. The dishwasher is running. The kids are all passed out. Life is good. :)

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the amazing man who holds our family together, and I am soooo excited! Spending time with family and friends is what I enjoy most, and I'm looking forward to another wonderful day at my parents' house. I'll try to check back in tomorrow with some pictures of the kiddos!