November 21, 2017

family camping adventure @ Cattail Cove

At the beginning of November, we took our first family camping trip. We camped at Cattail Cove in Arizona. It was about a five hour drive from our home to Cattail Cove, which wasn't to bad even with two kiddos and one dog stuffed in the back seat. From the beach at the rive, we could look across and see California. 

Growing up, my family rarely went camping. I think we went once with our church. We lived in a rural community, and worked at a summer camp. If any of us girls wanted to go camping all we had to do was step outside. My parents would often threaten us that if we didn't quiet down and go to sleep that my Dad would set up our tent and send outside for a night under the stars. 

Arizona is a great place for winter camping. The weather was beautiful! Warm during the day, cool (not cold) at night. And no bears! I'm terrified of camping in bear territory. The idea of using a bear box scares me...bears are destructive.   

The kiddos did well sleeping in a tent for the first time. Both were exhausted by the end of the day and fell asleep without much trouble. However, none of us slept well through the night. 

We spent our days by the beach, hiking and swimming. It was a quiet weekend. We made friends with our German neighbors and took Denny on lots of walks. 

I would highly recommend camping at Cattail Cove and could definitely see our family returning next season. 

October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween...

This year the kiddos and I actually went trick-or-treating. We kept close to home and stayed in familiar territory. The kiddos had fun collecting candy and walking around in their costumes.  I hope everyone had a fun and safe night.

till next time.

October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

This weekend, in an attempt to continue the fall spirit, we took the kiddos to the pumpkin patch. My parents and sister, along with their families joined as as well. Overall, the kiddos had fun. Alara was definitely more into the pumpkin patch than Lucas...but in his defense he had already been to a pumpkin patch this year with his kindergarten class and he was hungry. 

The kiddos played on a tractor in the pumpkin patch, panned for "gold" and enjoyed riding on the train around the corn field. My Dad was such a  great sport riding the train with all five kiddos.

We did get some good family pictures.

I'm surprised because by then everyone was hungry and getting cranky.

The hype of the pumpkin patche is wearing off. Might skip it next year...or maybe just take Alara.

October 16, 2017

Apple Picking Time

I love fall activities! 

This weekend, our family took a short trip to Oak Glen for apple picking and pie eating. It felt good to get outside and spend time together. Octobers in Southern California are warm. I didn't even bother dressing the kiddos in their cute fall clothes because I knew that it would be too warm. We did see some families all dressed up in boots, flannel and scarves, and they did look cute...and hot...especially after hiking around an apple orchard. 

For apple picking, we choose to go to Riley's Farm for their delicious Winesap apples. The kiddos enjoyed wandering around the apple orchard looking for the perfect apples. Most of the good apples were too high to reach. However, my husband found a way around that. 

Doing fall activities makes me excited for the cooler weather. Next weekend we are heading out to Temecula's wine country for a pumpkin patch and hopefully the weather will be cooler. 

September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all 

While everyone is posting pictures of pumpkin arrangements, here I am proudly showing off my succulents. I dug this planter box out of the clearance bin at Michael's a couple of months ago. I didn't know what I wanted to do with the box at the time, but it was only $5. After Lucas painted it, I decided to use this box for succulents. I've never grown succulents and I really hope they live.

It's spirit week at school. Monday was sports and today was 80's, tomorrow is career day, then tacky tourist and lastly on Friday its twin day.  I nailed sports day, however 80's not so much. I proudly don't own any 80's clothing. In fact...I really think that 80's fashion should be buried and forgotten! However, my little 80's inspired model did look adorable for picture. Tomorrow he asked to wear his fireman costume for career day. More pictures to follow.


Pictures of Career Day and Tacky Tourist Day. 

This little girl and I are enjoying our mornings together. At 27 months, Alara has become a little independent lady. She wants to do everything that her older brother does. She does not want a sippy cup, does not want to use her high chair tray and she insists on dressing herself. Her vocabulary is growing and she often uses it to her advantage by expressing herself loudly!!

Till Next Week.

September 20, 2017

Swift Arrow by Josephine Edwards

I want to share a book that the kiddos and I have been reading. At the beginning of the year I promised myself to read more. I've been slowly, but steadily building up steam and tacking my never ending book pile. And with Lucas's reading log for kindergarten it has been a great motivation for us to read more. I'll be back to my usual posts tomorrow, but hang in there with me...this might get interesting.

Swift Arrow by Josephine Edwards 

Swift Arrow was one of my favorites growing up. I loved listening to my Mom read the book aloud. I read the book on my own several times after that and now I'm reading it to my kiddos. The circle has come full.

George Boylan a young pioneer boy is captured by Indians and raised as the son of the mighty Chief Big Wolf. He lives with the Indians for about twelve years learning their ways and living as a member of the tribe. However, never looses the desire to escape and return to his family.

When Big Wolf announces his plan to name Swift Arrow as the next village Chief, and to betroth him to Ewanah, the Chief's daughter, Swift Arrow knows that his escape is now or never.  George is successful is escaping and returns to his family to live a long and happy life.

Although George does not want to be an Indian, or be the Chief, he appreciates the kindness that village show him and learns to love and respect Big Wolf as as his Chief and Father figure.

During a particularly difficult time in the Indian village, George recalls what his father said about God and suffering. "God does cause the suffering. But when things do go wrong, God helps us endure. And God has promised a great reward if we lived right and keep our faith." Great words to live by.

September 17, 2017

Baby Quinn's Quilt

My best friend from college is having her first baby! Baby boy Quinn is due around the end of the year and we are all excited to meet him. The Mama-to-be requested navy blue, gray and white with a chevron print. I'm happy with how this blanket turned out and I'm excited to hand this baby over.