Sunday, April 20, 2014

{Sunday Photograph 129}

Easter Sunday 2014:
- The Littles were excited to wear their Easter clothes to church.  Jonas looked more like a Leprechaun but he insisted on wearing the green plants. 

-Made the traditional bunny cake in the morning before church.  I may or may not have eaten buttercream frosting on graham crackers for breakfast.
- Uncle Adam and Uncle Jesse spent the holiday with us.  We are going to miss having them so close when we move.  The kids kept talking about them coming for Easter all week.  It will be nice to not have Jonas' ceaseless inquiries about when they were coming.
-Usually we have lamb chops and ham but this year ham was the only meat on the menu.  What's also become a tradition in our family is the bacon and parmesan baked asparagus.  Delish!
- After dinner the introduction of all things sweet kicked off with bunny cake and ice cream.  I think cake and ice cream is one of my favorite desserts.
- The guys went out back and helped the Easter Bunny hide candy filled eggs, and a few other treasures for the kids.

- I think it's safe to say the kids didn't lack in the candy area.  They were all very excited for their new baseball gloves (we've been very into The Sandlot movie lately), their water paints and the new Tinkerbell movie.
-After the hunt the kids went inside and poured out their loot.  We like to separate the chocolate from the non-chocolate sweets.  We will have plenty of treats for the car ride to Monterey this weekend.
- Baseballs were thrown around out back and bubbles were blown.  The weather was beautiful and perfect.
I had posted my thoughts about today and why we celebrate it on Instagram but wanted to be sure and document it here as well.
I am far from being a perfect person and mother, and I make many, many, MANY mistakes.  How grateful I am to still have a way to be able to be with my family forever because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

{Sunday Photograph 128}

These pictures make me happy.  Skinned knee, holes in the jeans, happy smiles.  I love my Littles!


.Church - primary piano playing, cute kids, Easter talking, worshipping
.afternoon long naps
.Watched The Sandlot - Jonas' first time seeing it and it was love at first sight
.Had friends over for dinner and more friends stopped by.  A fun evening ensued.

Happy Sunday!
iPhone picture but one of all 3 looking at the camera

Sunday, April 06, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 128}

 {Thalia beach, Laguna Beach, CA}
We spent last weekend in Utah looking at rentals and getting to know the areas we would be living.  The kids took a tour of their new charter school and we all got sick.

This weekend our good friends the Child's came to visit.  We have had a great time with them.  We went to the Drive-In and saw the new Muppet movie (the muppets creep me out - sorry Rochelle), hiked Joshua Tree, and relaxed around the fire making s'mores and talking.
Today we had a beach day at Crystal Cove.  It's one of our favorite beaches. The weather was perfect.  The kids played in the sand and water and all of us went hunting for sea shells.

We saw lots of seals close to the shore.  One baby seal came to shore, sick and hurt.  He was sure cute and we felt bad that he was hurt and sick. 
After a fun day at the beach we headed to Ruby's Diner, as is tradition when down that way, then did a little shopping and enjoyed another beautiful Southern California sunset.  I will surely miss the beach and the sunsets here.  My heart hurts to think I will be leaving all this soon, but at the same time, I know this move to Utah is what is best for our family. 
We love having family and friends visit us!  Soon we will be gone from this fabulous place...better plan your visits ASAP!
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 127}

Snapped this pic on the way to church.  Mailee's seatbelt looks super safe does it not?

It's the beginning of Spring break for the kids.  We are heading to Utah this week but have a few days before we leave.  I should have all sorts of fun spring breaky things to do with them...but I don't. 

Looking for rental homes is frustrating.  I like to have things planned out when it comes to changes and kids.  Is it too much to ask for a rental house that doesn't look like a cabin with a tiny kitchen and no windows?   Ideally I want a big kitchen and lots of natural light...didn't realize that was so hard to come by.
It was very Spring-like weather today.  I love flowy skirts and bright colored clothes as much as I love chunky sweaters in the Fall.  I also love bow ties for $1 in the dollar spot at Target. 

I made peanut butter cup brownies today.  We haven't had them for a couple of weeks...and that's a long time for us.  None of us can have only one (or three).
Jonas requested Mailee draw super hero dogs at church today.  When she showed me her drawings I smiled.  I can't decide if I like the Hulk Dog or the Iron Dog the best.  On the back of the paper is listed the names of the owners ie: Tony Stark.

I was eating some salt water taffy today and broke my one and only crown.  Taffy doesn't taste as good when it's got hard bits of crown in it...take my word for it. 

I cook they clean.  I sat on the couch and watched all three kids clean up after dinner.  Dishes being put away, table being wiped down, chairs tucked in and placemats put away.  Even the dog did his job by eating up the crumbs.  I didn't feel bad one bit for sitting and watching.

My kids thought they would be able to stay up late because there's no school tomorrow.  They thought wrong.  Mama wants some quiet time, regardless of school in the morning or not.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 126}


85 degrees and a nice breeze meant all afternoon outside
kids got along and no button pushing happened...well maybe a few times, but I'll take it
two hour nap
kept randomly asking my kids "Do you want to build a snowman?".  I thought it was funny...
read books
wrote in journals
planned to make egg rolls but had cold cereal and fruit salad instead
opened all the windows in the house and currently hearing a symphony of frogs and coyotes
looked up information about the California Gold's like I'm in fourth grade again
had thumb wars with Jonas
rainbow loomed at the table
straightened my hair for the first time in 6 months.  Mailee informed me I looked like Pocahontas.
made my two week meal plan and grocery list
looked for rental houses (I am losing hope in Utah style homes....)

It was a good day.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

{Sunday photograph - 125}

Our wonderfully amazing long time friends came for a visit this past weekend.  They have followed us from my college days in Hawaii, to the newly married days in Utah, to our Veterinary school days in Iowa (and by follow I mean literally living in the same places, same ward even!)  We will forever love the Myers family!

In the words of the wickedly talented Adela Dazeem, "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good!"  *for those who don't know my reference please click HERE.

We spent our first beach trip of 2014 at Crystal Cove with them yesterday. 
Here's to many more beach trips in the next few months before we move.  

Sunday, March 02, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 124}

Today in church Ella got up and bore her testimony.  You never know what she's going to say, which was the case today.  She got up and announced to everyone that we will be moving this Summer and attending a new church.  She went on to say that it gives her comfort to know that even though it will be a new church, everything about it will be the same. least she made it so we don't have to tell everyone individually.

Yes, we will be moving to Utah this Summer.  Bret has always had the goal to buy his own practice and this opportunity to do just that has been on the table for the last 3 years or so.  We felt that it was finally time to make the move before the kids got older, making it a more difficult move for them. 

Telling the kids was difficult.  Ella gasped and immediately started crying.  Mailee cheered, until she figured out that it was move and not a visit, and then she looked right at me, eyes wide, face serious and said "I'm totally freaking out!", and Jonas...he just asked for another slice of pizza.

I have shed my own tears thinking about this move.  Though I know it's the right one I will miss living here in sunny Southern California.  The beach, the monthly Disneyland trips, the weather, our home, our backyard, our friends...just to name a few.

I am hoping it's a quick and relatively painless transition for the kids.  Being near family and friends will help with that I'm sure.  

These next few months will be busy and at times, stressful.  Selling the house (keeping it clean for interested buyers), packing and finding a place to live in Utah will be an adventure.  If you know of any homes for sale or rent in the Draper or South Jordan area let me know!

Happy Sunday!

p.s.This past Wednesday I celebrated my 33rd birthday.  It was a very chill and relaxing day...just what I needed after my birthday weekend in Vegas.  I have really loved my 30's and shared some of my thoughts on Facebook and Instagram the day of my birthday, but wanted to be sure and make record of it here since this is our family journal and gets printed.

{taken 2.26.2014}
"Today I am 33...and I embrace it! I finally feel as though I know myself. Not the self that others define and build expectations, but a self that is flawed. One who genuinely doesn't care if others expectations are met, who accepts the faults and flaws and rejoices in the fact that we are all here to learn...and how can one learn without making mistakes? Taking chances? Hitting bottom and building back up? I'll be me and you be you and let's just be there to help each other along the way. Not tear each other down to build our own ego. Not cast judgment when we have no right. It's taken me 33 years to finally begin to understand who I am, how to love and how to be happy. Here's to 33!"

Sunday, February 09, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 123}

Today's Sunday photo is actually a few photos from the past few days spent with visiting family. 

It's been unseasonably hot and dry here...that is until this past weekend.  My brother came to visit with hopes of getting some sun and even visiting the beach, but instead he got cooler weather and rain.  The people of Southern California aren't complaining, water is much needed, and given that it was 20 degrees in Utah where they live I'm sure low 60's wasn't too much of a disappointment.

We went to Disneyland (see photo above), where it rained off and on pretty much the whole time we were there, but that didn't stop us from having fun.
Best ride of the day was the Ferris Wheel.  Hearing my brother's high pitched screams while we swung back and forth on that ride made me laugh so hard!
We kept ourselves entertained inside with Nerf guns.  I don't think Nerf guns ever get old.  The Uncles made the kids hold cookie sheets and run back and forth and forward and back while they shot at them (think Toy Story ride at California Adventure).

It was all fun and games until they started shooting at me...even Jonas joined in the "fun".

My kids got all their uncles addicted to Minecraft.  At one point the girls game expertise was needed after they had gone to bed, but that didn't stop one uncle from going upstairs and asking them for help. 
The sun came out on Saturday so we headed to the park for a picnic and to get some wiggles out.

 It's always great to have family come and visit us.  Lots of laughs, yummy food, poker playing, crap talking and Olympic games watching happened and were enjoyed.  What would we do without family?!?
Happy Sunday!

p.s. A belated Happy Birthday to my wonderful Grandma (a day late).  We love you grandma!!!