Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wallace's Birthday Weekend

Wallace turned 4 and had five birthday desserts throughout the birthday weekend. Not bad! Here's his birthday donut on the morning of his birthday (Friday, the 22nd):
The lion cupcake I made for his party:
Peach custard he requested for his birthday dessert at home Friday night:
Chocolate mini cakes that GiGi made for Saturday's celebration:
Chocolate cake from Rian's parents on Sunday:

Friday's Lion Party took place at Tewinkle Park with a few good friends of his (and mine!)
Wallace was very particular with the events of his party. Among other things, he wanted to make bags so his friends could go on an acorn and stick hunt:

Saturday morning we surprised him with Disneyland passes! A video of the surprise is at the bottom.

GiGi and Wally with his new remote control car.

Playing in the sprinklers at Grandma & Grandpa's house after going on a major treasure hunt for his birthday presents!
Skyler helping Grandpa pick tomatoes in the garden.

We bought three 4-day passes at Costco that come with the $50 gift cards. We're using the 4 days this summer when we would normally be blocked out with our passports. On day 4 we'll upgrade to the annual pass (you save money on Costco's price + you can apply the $50 card to the passport). This saves over $150 for us compared to just buying the passports alone. Nice!! Thanks Mr. Costco worker for the tip.

UPDATE: This deal actually saved us only $10 (plus 4 extra days during summer). Costco changed their deal and disney raised passport rates. But it's still worth something. :)

More summer...

My sweet Charlie! He has the sweetest personality and is such a relaxed baby. Those big eyes and expressive forehead...he is so fun to stare at and make conversation with. Wallace and Skyler continue to love on him and help out when I need them.
Enjoying a morning at Centennial Farm.
Ahhhh... my 5 children on a summer afternoon.
I think it's so ironic that THIS child would pick THIS book out from my bookshelf and pretend to read it.
Waterplay with some friends at Suzy's house in Sunset Beach.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

so overdue

i'm finally making time to catch up. i'm throwing a few posts on here... watch out.

charlie is "talking" and smiling up a storm. i love his little expressions.

bbq and a happy camper bottom right corner.
skyler in the district fountain with jude close behind her.
early morning listening to her music.
i had an eye appointment. wally was there too.
charlie's first shoulder ride.
made these waffle cookies a few weeks ago. wow.
charlie... about 2.5 months old
wally calls this "guy time".

4th of July weekend - a lot of pics

friday night met rian's parents at the orange circle for frozen yogurt and hide&seek.
saturday morning we kept cool in our front yard with sprinklers.
saturday afternoon peyton saukkola had her 1st birthday party. so fun being with these friends and seeing our kids run around together.

after church on sunday, we enjoyed a pool day at my parents. wally is SUCH a fish. he loves jumping in and using his new "big arms" whenever possible.

sweetie pie. he still does this. all the time.
sunday night game night. booya. i won. j/k...i think we talked too much and lost track.
monday morning on the bay. so early, peaceful and relaxing.
4th of july afternoon at the hartmans. bbq and pool with old friends. the best.
hot mess luke hartman. after ravenously eating his dinner.

channel islands

Rian got away on an amazing trip with old friends. Wednesday night, he, Phil and Chaz stayed at Colby's house. Thursday night they surfed and camped in Ventura. Then Friday they took a ferry to the Channel Islands and stayed until Sunday. They filled their days with kayaking, hiking, spear fishing, sea cave exploring, frisbee and who knows what else...

It was a long time for the kids and I at home, but I'm glad he was able to take the trip (and we filled our days at home with some fun times). Such beautiful pictures (Thanks Phil!) and great stories. We'll be going to Ohio in August to watch Colby marry his love, Chelsea. Can't wait!

Rian left me with a gift to open each night he's gone. And they were good. I love my romantic creative husband.