Monday, July 09, 2012
For our fourth of July we were blessed to have the most beautiful weather. The days leading up to it were soooo hot and the actual day was overcast and 70 degrees. We decided to take advantage and go take the kids to the park. We went to get Arby's and sandwiches so that we could have a picnic. Right after we got done eating the kids ran off to play and ten minutes later it started raining. Go figure... but we still let them play for a bit and then took them home for naps. After naps we went to a family BBQ at my parents. We got dressed in our Red, White, and Blue and headed over! We had so much fun! Amber brought a snow cone maker and homemade ice cream, I brought fruit pizza, my parents did the BBQ, Grandma brought her yummy potato salad and eggs, and my mom made her homemade ice cream. The food was delish to say the least. We had relay races where we tied our legs together, used spoons while trying to balance an egg on them, and had an egg toss! My mom is always so much fun with the grandkids. She is the best Grandma there is and always makes each kid feel so welcome and special. Our kids jumped in the pool and had fun swimming with dad and their cousins. It was so fun celebrating this special day. We are so grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. We loved spending time with family and the kids had a blast!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
We love what has become our annual Newport Beach trip! It is a lot of work to take three little ones to the beach but the memories made are well worth the trip. A big thank you to my parents who make the trip possible for us all to go and be under one roof (: As soon as we got there on Friday we got settled into our room and headed to the beach. For dinner we walked down the board walk and ate at the original pizza place down by the pier. The kids loved the white chicken pizza and ate every last bite. A fun surprise was to have my brother Kevin there whom we haven't seen in while. It was so good to catch up. The next day we were up bright and early so Jon decided to take a jog with the older two to get seaside donuts... our fave:) The weather was picture perfect. Once everyone else was up (three hours later) we all headed to the beach. It was so fun because this year Bentley loved it and didn't get extremely dirty as in years past. Bailey on the other hand had sand baths every day and ended up with sand in her mouth almost every time we came in from the beach. They both loved searching for sand crabs and treasures as well as building sand castles. They also loved running at the waves and then running away. That night Jon and I were in charge of dinner so we made fiesta crockpot chicken. We washed the babies and put the kids to bed, then the adults stayed up and had fun playing games or visiting. The next day we headed to church and then after we went to a fun park for a picnic. We played volleyball, baseball, and some even had naps. Bailey loved playing on the playground and Bentley loved running around with all his cousins. My cousin Caleb brought his really cool souped up remote control car and everyone had a blast watching it race around and jump the hills. The rest of the week we played at the beach, ate at all our favorite food joints, people watched, went to a movie, went shopping, rode bikes (very interesting looks we got with our three small kids), and enjoyed great company! Wyatt actually slept better there then he does at home. It was Bailey who would climb out of her crib and come jump on us when she got up so early. Bentley was in heaven having so many kids to play with and so many things to do. The kids would draw chalk, ride bikes, throw balls, ect. The week passed much to quickly and before we knew it we were headed home. Jon and I decided since we had passes we would stop by sea world on the way home. The kids had a blast seeing all the animals and playing in the kids area. But after a few ours we were ready to get on the rode and head home. We will miss the beach but have all our fun memories to think back on. Headed on a walk to the pier. Thats Bentley on his yellow and blue bike way ahead.