Friday, March 31, 2017


Let's finish up all the small things of March I have yet to write about.........

Dr. Seuss week... this is my little Yertle the Turtle (her character choice)
 Jovie word choice, "Splendid. I got splendid. Splendid means you got hurt really bad. And I definitely got splendid." This is after she fell down on her bike.
 Spring photo.
 Outdoor fun.....
 Boys. This is my first child who removed clothes in order to climb in the basket. He's also my first child to climb on the dishwasher. He's a little more wild but I'm loving it all.
 Open house with Peyton's cute teacher, Mrs. Hidalgo.
 Peyton and Ella had a little date night with my parents. Here they are at dinner.
 And while she was out with my parents we took Jovie to her favorite place ever.... In n Out.
 Peyton's sweet little friend Zachary bought her an Italian Ice from school... He's such a sweet kid.
 Cutest little stander
 And finally my pretties.


I'm not sure I've mentioned it before (insert sarcasm) but my Jovie girl is such a ham. She has a BIG personality and can win anyone over. She is impossible not to like and love. I can guarantee she will make you laugh within minutes of a conversation with her. She wanted me to take her picture one day and she was quite the model.

Spring Break: Week 2

We spent a lot of week 2 in San Clemente at our cousin's house and exploring out there. Sadly they did not share our Spring Break so we crashed at their pad, threw off their schedule big time and were sad we couldn't have more time together. Cousin time is the best time in case you didn't already know.

Before getting there we did a fun hike called "Dripping Caves" or "Robbers Cave" in Aliso Viejo. Honestly we couldn't have picked better weather or more perfect timing. It was clear, green and had so much Springtime beauty. The hike was pretty easy and fun, although it took us longer than it should have with all the sand dumping out of shoes that kept happening on our walk. Luckily the girls are becoming pretty good hikers which is fun.

The only issue we had was trying to get Peyton to hold the caterpillar we found while we were out. She really wanted to but freaked every time we brought it near to her. It was funny but became frustrating too... the wailing, screaming and crying got out of hand. But, she did it and was so proud the entire way back; she kept praising herself on the walk home, as if holding a caterpillar is some sort of feat.

We spent the rest of the time out there at the beach and finding other hidden gems like this princess tower in Laguna you can only get to during low tide. It was all so pretty but I saw way too many girls trying to model half a bathing suit while there. When did thongs come back in style?! //cringe//
 I adore this photo... she was genuinely this happy playing in the water.
 And Wes and Peyton had to climb this huge rock near us. That's them up there.
 If you look closely you can see that big rock Peyton and Wes climbed in the background there below.
 Ended the day with Slurpee's and the spa with cousins (to wait out traffic... again).

We ended week 2 putting the kids (okay mostly Peyton) to work leaving real estate door fliers on homes with me and Wes. We try to get out there every few weeks. This was her first time going (she is usually at school) and she was honestly soooo helpful. Loved having her with me. And when she wasn't hanging fliers she and Jovie were accumulating piles of roly polies. They are kind of obsessed to say the least.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break

Our Spring Break was awesome for the fact that we had 2 weeks off of school. What was not so awesome was the little issue of funds being tight (we had/have some deals giving us grief and not closing on time) so we made due with what we had and went with it. But, my kids aren't particular and are pleased with just about anything we do; it's really me and my expectations that are the problem. I am sure Wes would agree with that statement. So we found some fun, free things to occupy us during our time off and the rest of the time we had "lazy" days at home, which are Peyton's favorites,so no complaints there.

Week 1

On day one we had to drive to Torrance (out past L.A.) to recover Wes' stolen wallet which was found by police. Police happened to make a routine traffic stop and pulled over a couple only to find over 100 wallets in their car, Wes' being one of them. So to save effort we drove way out there to get his belongings. And since it was quite a drive we tried to find something fun (but not too time consuming limited amount of time because of traffic) while we were out there. Which ended up being a fun park, with the BEST view and a little picnic.

Look at little Mean Muggins...
 The park was appropriately called Rocketship Park and was in a wealthy area where lots of nannies had their charges with them.
 But it gave great views of downtown L.A., LAX, the ocean and the many cities surrounding us.

Of course during our time off we did lots of walks, bike rides, park days but the funnest things we did were our hikes.

Like Pumpkin Rock in Norco.... we blazed our own trail right up the side and it took all of 5-10 minutes. It was too scary going down that way with the kids, so Wes went back down the steep way to get the car while the kids and I took the trail back until we got to a park to play for a while. It was a great little hike and a perfect day.
 Right before this photo was taken the girls were walking a ways in front of me and the sun was slanting down on them as they held hands and stopped together to look for lady bugs. It was one of those moments I was overcome with emotion. It was such a simple, happy moment and I desperately wanted to remember it for forever. And here I am struggling to write down the details and my feelings because that is life and memory is faulty. But I am grateful for photos and this blog to write down even snapshots of time and try to remember sweet fleeting moments that are gone too soon.

On Friday I met up with my friend Haley and her 4 sweet kiddos at the UCR gardens for a picnic and to walk around and explore. It was another perfect (maybe even warmish) day. It was a lot of fun even if we were scolded for letting our kids run wild off the trails (some older lady worker tried to scare us with mountain lion fears, at noon in the middle of the garden). And to throw in the other side of motherhood I about dumped a bottle of water on Jovie's head (literally I had it in my hand ready to dump) as she cried for 30 straight minutes about anything and everything. She literally lost control and cried over a stick. A stick in the middle of trees. I had it with her and was grateful to get home and remove myself from her because she was a-buggin. But, I didn't dump water on her... mom win. She gave me a few weeks of the whiniest, cry-iest child ever and boy am I glad we are about over that. Moments like that I am grateful to forget!
 These 2 had to stick together being surrounded by all those girls.

 These pandas found their afternoon snack
 Crying over a stick, or maybe the caterpillar she couldn't find anymore, or that everyone else had more roly polies than her. I couldn't even say at this point. But it is also when I knew it was time to go.

And we ended week one of Spring Break in Chino at their Grandparent's house with cousins eating ice-cream. Which in my opinion is a good way to end the week.