Mother’s Day

25 May

We had a very similar Mother’s Day as last years and once again I enjoyed it so much that I’m ready to repeat it again next year.

Actually it started a few days before with Sydney’s school having a lunch for the moms.

Sydney was so excited to give me a rose and a picture of her with a frame that she had decorated.

Both Colin and Sydney filled out a paper about me and I absolutely loved them. They know me pretty well. ;)

and now onto THE day…..

After having breakfast in bed and Brandon surprising me with getting HGTV for me for Mothers Day, oh and I guess that means we have other cable channels, we went along the coast and picked strawberries.

We got enough that we just had to make chocolate covered strawberries with some of them.

We then ate lunch at one of our favorite fish and chip places along the coast. We were planning on hanging out at the beach but it ended up being a little chilly, so instead we drove up the coast and stopped anywhere someone thought it would be fun to stop. So we pulled off to watch wind surfers, a barn, tasted some oils, Starbucks, and

along a creek. I absolutely loved the randomness of the day and getting to explore some new areas for us.  Thank you to 3 amazing people in my life that make me feel special each and every day.


Bike Day

23 May

Sydney’s school had a bike day where all of the kids brought their bikes to ride around a track.

She was pretty excited about it and it got her even more excited to start riding her bike more.

Sydney felt like her bike needed a good scrub down after all the activity her bike had.

A’s Game

3 May

Colin and I joined hundreds of other Little League players at the A’s Game last Sunday.

We got to walk around the outer edge of the field.

He was so excited to get to high five a professional ball player.

We sat next to his friend, Lucas and his family at the game.

We made it to the top of the 8th before jumping on the Bart and totally crashing. Colin had a really good time and so it looks like we will be taking in more ballgames in the near future.

Here are some A’s fans we ran into.

Colin’s 6th Birthday!

2 May

Well I have yet to figure out how to slow down time, so we had to celebrate Colin’s 6th birthday. He had one wild and crazy day as we had his party on the same day as his birthday.

Here is a recap of the day:

He started the day with Cinnamon Rolls and watching TV, per his request.

His class celebrated and he brought a new ball to donate to the classroom.

Then it was Party Time! The kids started out by getting their pictures taken, picking a secret agent name, and putting their fingerprints into their Spy Mission Passport.

Then they went on their next mission to making marshmallow guns while Brandon worked to upload the pictures and finish making their ID tags. After they finished each mission they got a stamp in their Passport.  (Thank you Papa for getting and prepping all of the supplies)

The next mission was to work as a team to pop all of the bombs.

That was one challenging mission!

The next mission required them to avoid touching the laser beams

and then to ring the bell to notify us that the mission was accomplished.

Next up was to hunt for characters that were on the most wanted list.

Then they had to use their marshmallow guns to get all the bad guys.

They all passed their missions and became official secret agents.

Pizza time!

Cake time! (Thank you Grammy for making a delicious ice cream sandwich cake)

Present time!

Some Slip and Slide fun!

Then a little surprise for the kids when all the adults came out with water balloons.

Some of Colin’s buddies.

I would say it was a day to remember! We all had a blast and Colin was thrilled.

You both deserved every ounce of that Margarita. Thank you so much for helping before, during, and after the party. We honestly couldn’t have pulled it off without your help.

Happy Birthday to a boy that amazes us more and more each day! We love you more than words will ever be able to express!

Easter Goodness

26 Apr

The evening before Easter we did some Egg Coloring.

We were at home for the morning and afternoon of Easter, before flying out for AZ, and so we were able to go to church in the morning and then come back for brunch and egg hunting.

Uncle Tim and Jeff did a great job hiding the eggs. ;)

Happy Belated Easter!

Scrapbook Weekend

29 Mar

A couple of weekends ago I got to go on a scrapbook weekend with several other ladies.  We rented a house along the coast and literally scrap booked from the time I got there on Friday afternoon until Sunday late morning with breaks to sleep for 7 hours, eating time, and a couple of walks.  It was perfect as it got myself to see that I may actually accomplish Sydney’s baby book.  As I walked around the neighborhood and drove to Sonoma to meet the family I was in awe again by how gorgeous this area is.

Here are some of my pictures along the way:

Luckily I was only 20 minutes away from Sonoma to meet these great people at the train park!

Easter Celebrations at School

28 Mar

I started out today at Colin’s school where they had special activities, treats, and an egg hunt.

Then I headed over to Sydney’s school where they had a chapel, sang some songs, candy hunt, and lunch.

Here is the video of her class singing. Once again sorry for the volume and the darkness. They were actually in a classroom for chapel because the electricity went out. I’m so glad that the timing of the activities for their schools worked out perfectly. I even had time to grab a Starbucks. ;)  I am so extremely thankful that I get to stay at home with them and be at all the activities their schools put on.

Dancing Raisins Project

25 Mar

Today as I dropped off Colin and his friend, David’s science project I discovered they were going to be sharing their project with the class and so luckily I got to stay and record it. It is hard to hear at times but I was so darn proud of them. The teacher turned to me after and said, “I can’t wait to see what he does when he grows up.” I think the same thing for both him and Sydney. He was so confident and knowledgeable for a kindergartener.

Grammy and Grandpa

25 Mar

While we were off in Vegas these two were having the time of their life with Grammy and Grandpa.

I have a feeling Colin and Sydney are going to want us to go out of town more often.  Thanks Grammy and Grandpa for coming out and spoiling them!

Las Vegas

25 Mar

Brandon and I went to Las Vegas with a dozen of other employees from Reputation. We had two dinners and a night out that we spent with everyone and the rest of the time was time of just us without kids.

We went to this amazing place, The Mix at Mandalay Bay, both evenings as the sun was setting for an appetizer and a drink. Not only do they have this amazing view but you also have another incredible experience when you use their bathroom. I would say that this place is worth a trip to Vegas.

We then spent our time enjoying the Hofbrau house which is always a fun evening! Thank you dad for teaching me all of the oldies but goodies so I could share my lovely voice with the world and thank you Jeremy for reminding us about all the great places you took Brandon and I too forever ago.