Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkin Patch and Woodlake Fire Station (and a couple throwback pictures)

Pumpkin Patch

It seems like the pumpkin patch is the thing to do in October. We've gone every year since the boys were born.  We usually go with Ryan's brother Eric and his wife Candice and their son Ethan.  The boys love it.

I didn't get too many great pictures. But here's some cute ones of Jacob. Who by the way, wanted nothing to do with riding in the wagon....he just wanted free roam of the patch.

And a great one of the boys with my nephew Ethan....

MUCH BETTER than last years attempt....

Throwback: Oct 2012

Woodlake Fire Station

All summer I have been trying to take the boys to see Ryan at his station while he is on shift.  Every time I would have a day I could bring them, it wouldn't be a great time for Ryan.  Last week Tuesday after a long day at work, I picked up Jacob from my in laws and went grocery shopping for veggies I was bringing to a halloween party the next day. As I was unloading the groceries I get a text from Ryan asking if it was a good night to bring the boys to see him. Um...I wanted to say NO! but since we had been trying all summer I had to take advantage.  So I quickly went and picked the boys up from childcare, came home took a shower and bathed the boys got them ready, picked up something for dinner on our way out to Woodlake (about a 20 minute drive) and made it to the station around 6.  The boys could barely sit and eat their dinner knowing there was a bright red engine outside they were just dying to "drive"!

I'm bummed we didn't get pictures of them last season.  I did take the boys to the station shortly after Jacob was born last year but it was super busy and I think we could only stay for 30 minutes.  It took me longer to pack the boys up and drive out there than the time we got to spend there. Oh well. 

I hope this becomes a yearly tradition, going to see daddy at work.

The boys sitting on the front of the engine....

 Throwback October 2011. They still have the same smiles.

Standing on the back of the engine with Firefighter Daddy....

Throwback October 2011
 Ryan took the boys for a drive in the engine just down the street and around to the back of the station.

And he put the lights and sirens on for the boys.

 And then he let them spray water from the hose.  The first two pictures I tried taking on a night setting on my camera that's why they look kind of crazy but I just LOVE their smiles so I say they are still good pictures!

You better believe Jacob has to be in on the action too.

They did NOT want to leave. But I was TIRED!! and I had to be up early the next day for work. The boys would have spent the night in the engine if they could.

I know the boys will grow up knowing how hard their daddy works to provide for them.  And I hope they are as proud of him as I am.

Next up.......Halloween!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

1st Annual Camping Trip & Some Holguin Family News!

Camping At Lake Buena Vista

My Aunt (my dad's sister) came up with this fabulous idea to meet at a half way point and go camping together as a family.  All of my Dad's family live in southern California so we met half way at Buena Vista Lake for the weekend and had a blast!  I'm not going to was tiring...and there were a TON of things to pack, but it was soooo worth it.
The boys got to ride on the boat for the first time.  They were saying "weeeee" and "yah-hoo!"

The lake was SUPER low! This is my cousin standing in the middle of the lake.  

He's pretty good at wake boarding.....

We went out on the water again in the afternoon to see if the boys would like going on the tubes.
Vincent anxiously waiting to be taken to the boat....

My cousins Morgan and Chandler tried it first to show Vincent and Landen how it's done....

Then it was the boys' turn.  Landen wasn't too sure about it. And we wanted it to be a positive experience so my sister went in the tube with him and Vincent went in one all by himself.  (and then we went really really slow for a couple minutes) And that was their ride! And they loved it!

Then Ryan had to get in on the fun too.

All the boys really wanted to do was go swimming. And since it was so shallow and not very busy we let them have some time swimming behind the boat.

My sister got up on the wake board before we headed back for dinner.

Some of the family couldn't come up for the weekend to camp but were able to come for the day.  My cousin and her twins came and we tried to get a kid photo. This was the best one out of 20 shots.  I love how all three babies (Jacob, Cole and Faith) all have the same look, like "ummmm what is going on here?!"

This was the group on Saturday

Saturday night we introduced to the boys the art of roasting marshmellows and making smores! As Landen says "mmmm yummy deeee-sert!"

The boys were too mesmerized by the fire to look up for a picture

The first night of sleep was rough.  The boys were super cold and there were crazy idiot campers that were up until 3 AM being loud.  The second night was sooooo much better.  We piled on more blankets and the boys didn't wake up at all.  Jacob only woke up once.  He was with my sister in her tent so she kept making sure he was warm.  She is such a good auntie.  In the morning we would try and keep the boys occupied so they would stay quiet since the campgroud was still asleep, because you know, when people are on vacation they tend to sleep later then 7:00!  Ryan got bubble guppies playing on his phone and that seemed to work for a little while.

The boys chewing on their lovies while I was trying to lay in my sleeping bag for just five....more.....minutes!

It was such a fun trip and I'm so thankful my Aunt and Uncle thought of the idea and invited us! I really hope this becomes an annual thing!

Holguin Family News!

Starting next week I will be going back to work full time.  After some time praying and talking about it we decided that it would be best for our family financially if I put in more hours at work.  I studied hard to have the license that I do, and I LOVE the work that I do.  So if it helps provide for my family then this is something I am willing to do.  After our savings took a 10K thousand dollar hit in hospital bills when the triplets were born, we just haven't been able to bounce back from that with me only working two days a week.  There are some cons but so many pros to this decisions.  One of the biggest blessings about our family situation is that Ryan only works 8 months out of the year. That means for 5 months he is a stay at home dad.  And even during the 8 months he is working he works 3 days on and 4 days off sp the boys will only have to be in child care, at the most, 3 days a week.  They are soooooo ready for child interaction and learning new things.  Preschool is on the horizon and I know they are more than ready.  Twins are a blessing but that also means double the expenses right off the bat.  We want to provide as many opportunities for them as we can.  With life, everything has a season.  I worked part time for 3 years.  We will see how long this new arrangement will last. For now we are going into it with an open mind and we are hoping our family benefits from this decision.

The boys went to child care today for their first time. And they LOVED it!! They were so excited to tell me all about their day.

We would love for you to be praying for our family as we make this transition.