Sunday, March 19, 2017

Superbowl at the station

We got a new DVD player installed in our van.  The kids were so excited.  And Jacob says to Vincent and Landen "wow, our van is so cool, huh guys? our van is so cool!"  Just had to get that on record, because I'm thinking a few years down the road, he won't think his mom's van is so cool.

Cruz didn't last the whole movie, because mom planned the trip during naptime.  Strategic move on her part wink wink.

I must admit the DVD player with headphones made for a peaceful trip out to Ryan's new station.  He was moved to a different station just before the holidays, so I took the boys to check it out and hang out with him during the super bowl.  

A fire engine, is a fire engine to these kids.  It's always exciting.  And they all want to get a turn sitting in the front seat, and turning on the sirens.

I forget which kid took this picture. But they did a pretty good job.  Me and my firefighter.

February Camping

 Last year in February, we went camping at a KOA campground near Monterey and visited the aquarium and had such a great time. So this year we decided to go back to that same campground, but this time travel into Santa Cruz for a day.   We took the boys bowling for the first time.  

As we were driving into the city of Santa Cruz, my now rookie readers could read signs and they said look Santa....Cruz! Cruz, when we get there you're going to turn into Santa!! and then of course Cruz let out a shrill of excitement.  So maybe bowling was a little bit of a let down for him! haha.

We had some fierce competition going :) Well Ryan and I did.  It helped that I got a strike on my first ball.  But then it was all down hill from there for me.  I came in second :( The kids loved it!

I love this picture....Their silly faces make me smile.

Our final scores went right along with birth order, youngest to oldest.

All of the other days were spent in the campground.  We spent hours jumping on the "pillow", playing in the sand, and playing on the playground.

Jacob and the slide collided on our first full day in camp.  I freaked out. Ryan, the calm firefighter, said he would be fine.  He insisted that Jacob did not need stitches.  I of course asked him every 5 minutes...are you sure he doesn't need to see a doctor?!  I think after I asked for the 5th time he told me to take him in, give me some peace of mind.  The doctor on duty at the urgent care says no stitches, Ryan says "I told you so".  Whatever, at least I know I did the most I could do.  It is healing nicely.  Just a pink line now.

Day of accident

3 weeks later
We were camping over Valentines day.  So we had a special movie night, with valentines cookies and popcorn. Best way we could think of spending valentines day. (all of the other days we had s'mores for dessert of course)

We have quite a few more camping trips planned this year.  I think for the next one, we are headed to the beach.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Annual Tradition 5 years and counting

Every year we go to Knotts.  Every year we have a blast.  Every year we can't wait to go back.

We pretty much never let our kids drink soda.  It was a hot day, and it was an unlimited free refill souvenir cup.  This boy thought it was the best thing ever.  (most of the time it was filled with lemonade)

Their favorite ride this year was the big ship.  We must have ridden that ride at least 6 times.  And at the end of the day when we had ten more minutes to kill before the park closed, they all wanted to go back to the ship one more time. (Ryan and the kids are in the 3rd row from the back)

This is us on the ship....


 It was the day of the crazy faces for these boys

This year was the first year they seemed to be super drawn to the big roller coasters, most of which they were not tall enough to ride.  This sidewinder ride was the biggest one they could go on.  I rode with Vincent and Landen and let me tell you, I had a pounding headache for an hour after getting off of that ride.  Please don't tell me I'm too old for roller coasters!! I'm looking forward to Magic Mountain one day with my kids, but man, I'm not so sure I can handle it!

We are going to Disneyland soon and I just know it's going to be like Knotts Berry Farm times ten! Sooooo excited!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

By now the snow is probably melting

**late post**

For two years now the boys would look to the east and ask to go to the "snow mountains".  To be honest it has always seemed like too much work to take the kids to the snow.  And too much money for that matter.  All of those snow clothes needed to dress 6 people. No thank you!

Well, their curiosity got me feeling guilty so I decided to put a "snow day" on the calendar.  With work and camping and birthday celebrations, we had one day in January open in a two months span. unfortunately, that day happened to be at the tail end of a rain storm.  It was a gloomy and drizzly day but we headed up the mountain hoping for the best.

We went to Hume Lake.  On our way up the hill as we approached the park entrance there would be small patches of brown snow on the side of the road.  The boys flipped!

 LOOK SNOW!! Look more snow!! There's some more mommy!

I calmly said "just wait boys, just wait.  In ten minutes the snow will be everywhere and it will be a nice bright white"

It was sprinkling when we got there, but then it cleared up for a good hour or so and then it started snowing!  Unfortunately the lack of sunshine makes the pictures so dark :(

Thanks to several WONDERFUL friends, I was able to borrow all of our clothes/boots except for one pair of pants which I bought used for $3

This picture is deceiving. Cruz had fun, I promise.


We were also loaned a couple of saucers. What fun we had sliding down the hill.

Mommy and Cruz

Landen is our crazy kid.  He had fun doing faceplants on purpose. What a weirdo.

Here's proof that Cruz enjoyed himself....

.....until his hands were cold.  Jacob also tapped out when his had got too cold.  So there they sat on the bed of the truck, pouting that they were cold.  Vincent and Landen were still having fun so we stayed a bit longer.

Overall the trip was worth it.  The memories were worth it.  The kids are begging to go back.  We might need to make this a yearly tradition and I might need to start investing in snow gear.