Sunday, March 29, 2009

We're In It Together

Isn't this the most romantic picture ever?

Seasick side-by-side while I'm mooning the boat.

This picture pretty much sums up our whale watching trip Saturday...and somehow 2 days later I still can't stop laughing.

Justin was so, so miserable. He got it the worst of us all.
This is what he looked like pretty much the entire 3 hours. Or else he was huddled in a ball in a corner of the boat.

He said it was the worst experience of his whole life...even worse than boot camp.

Then there was us.
Our corner of the boat was Sick Bay.

We did see a few humpback whales...that was awesome.

And the day was so beautiful.

We definitely made some memories but it wasn't the grand finale to spring break I was hoping for.

Sally did much better off spending the day with Sarah L & company playing at a ranch in Carmel Valley. THANK YOU!

And also thank-you to Stephanie

a) taking that picture of us in our misery (and my embarrassment)
b) spending hours up close with my rear, editing it to be PG

I obviously like making fun of myself
but if you want to, you need to ask first.
Okay yes you may.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Whaaat? A real life yellow brick road?!
You know Drew was in Heaven.

K this property is owned by a family in our ward and it's amazing.


I'll have my own custom path made in a mountain.

That has this amazing view.
Not Sally & me...the background.

And I'll have a huge 2-apartment ranch for parties and guests.
Hey I'd even settle and use the ranch for myself.

Not that that's settling at ALL.

Well if I had to take care of the horses that'd be a problem.

Oh, that's what ranch hands are for.


Now I can keep dreaming...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wild Things

At Wild Things they train animals to be movie stars.

Real animals aren't used so much in movies anymore so most of these guys are in retirement.

I was too distracted making sure Owen & Drew didn't break every single rule to hear much of what our tour guide said.

But this lovely fella was the model for the artist who drew Rafiki for The Lion King.

And I know there were some kangaroos used with models in Vogue.

And that's about all I got.

Still a fun little place.

Now good night, I'm exhausted.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Beach Week

Asilomar Beach
Wednesday - We were supposed to be flying kites but the cheapos from Rite-Aid were broken even before they got assembled. So even though it was COLD and we didn't come w/swimsuits (hence the undies) they still played in the water.

Pre-Beach Tacos & Shopping in Santa Cruz
Thursday - I would drive 45 minutes just for those tacos... so good.

Then on to Capitola Beach

Saggy undies...nice.
But at least they're on.
Different driftwood forts were all over the beach.

Tide Pools in PG
Friday - This is Drew's view of us...we were busy freezing while he explored w/Shawna.

Asilomar Beach
Saturday - The cheapo kites from Target DO work.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

No Pinching Here

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

PS Don't bother to try Martha Stewart's Irish Beef Hand Pie recipe.
If you do, make it better than I did.



So remember that one time I forgot the candles for Drew to blow out on his birthday?

Well, turns out I didn't forget them.

They were in my bag the whole time and I just didn't think I put them there so I didn't bother to check.

Pretty sure back-to-back birthdays kills brain cells.

Frog Pond


We have a 2-week spring break here and so far it's good!

No crazy rushed mornings, no interrupted naps.

But also, this is only day 2 and I haven't had to go to the grocery store yet. 3 kids at a grocery store....I'd almost rather starve.


Anyway, these pictures are from day 1 at the Frog Pond wetland preserve.



Is it the 5 years of cars, trains, and planes that make a girl loving her doll the cutest thing I ever did see?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby Steps

Her first steps came out of nowhere today in the foyer during church.


Oakland Temple Visitor's Center 3/14

Thanks to cousin Chad for watching six kids at one time (his 3 + our 3 = 6) so we could visit the Temple.

(and if you saw the 1st version of this offense intended!)

Friday, March 13, 2009

He's 3

Notice my amazing wrapping in the background.

That's what happens when you run out of paper late at night.

I had MANY things I'd redo over for this birthday (starting with making sure I'm stocked on paper).

But also, I wouldn't have had a major lapse of picture taking and missed:

His lunch of choice at McDonald's.

And how he fell asleep in the cart at Costco.

Playing with fishing poles indoor with Owen.

To name a few.

We celebrated tonight with a little fishing/beach get-together at Coastguard Pier.

Thank you to friends who: came on short notice (with gifts even), put up with the cold, brought their own dinner/ate before/ate after even though I planned this right during dinner time and didn't provide any (major faux pas that will not ever happen again), and were patient waiting for Justin to get back with bait.

Nothing was caught, but it was a fun thought.

Drew's #1 cake choice was the St. Patrick's Day cake with a rainbow & a leprechaun on top. I would've let him get it if I thought he'd like the flavor. This was choice #2.

Another mistake...stopping on the way there to pick up a lighter but leaving the candles at home.

So he got to pretend.

But I've never seen his eyes light up so much as they did when we were all singing to him.

I wish I could show how grateful he was, thanking me randomly throughout the day.

And now he's asleep with his new toothbrush.

Happy birthday Drew!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

A Rainy Poem

Each morning I check the day's forecast with hope.
Is this the day we get out?
But nope.

The house is no longer a house, it's a jail.
The most exciting event is getting the mail.

We do venture out to get Owen to school.
Then pick him up carpool.

On Sunday I started to go a little crazy
While Justin and Owen were busy being lazy.

So Drew and I left, just him and me.
While the others stayed behind, playing some Wii.

We drove to the coast hoping to spot a whale,
But they were down deep, didn't want to unveil.

Lucky for us, though, it was low tide
And piles of hermit crabs just couldn't hide.

In Drew's little fingers they had to reside.

And the anemones were a beautiful sight
But compared to the sea star, they were just all right.
The star was washed ashore, he's no killer.
He's just a chiller. This find was a thriller.

And while doing our best to keep the Sabbath day holy...
You know, walking back to our car slower than slowly.

These puddles appeared and he couldn't resist
And I didn't call cease and desist.

Back to the present, we've still got rain.
It's a pain, it's a drain.

I do my hair in vain.

But I can't complain cause you've got it worse.
Living in snow, that's the worst sort of curse.