Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hiking south

We went hiking again!

This time we went the other direction on the trail.  5.1 miles.

We borrowed a hiking backpack from another friend.  This pack was a Chicco.  I didn't wear the last one, so I can't compare very well, but Gavin says he liked where Colin sat in the seat better.  

Grandma came with us so we got several awesome pictures of all of us.  Sadly, I didn't get any of her!

This was my first time using a toddler packing backback. I started off with a sort of steep cliff and a river crossing!

 Family hiking is quickly become a favorite pasttime around here!  The boys absolutely love being outside.  Colin sings songs and tells us about what we are passing.  On this hike we saw a centipede, rabbit, bugs, and birds.

Our hometown <3

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Plumbing has been a nightmare in our house.  Seriously, it's been awful.  From pinhole leaks, to blown pipes, to fixtures, to toilets, pretty much everything has had some sort of problem.

This week we finally sucked it up and re-piped our house.  It was expensive, loud, and a huge bummer, but it's done.

I don't have a ton to say about the process, primarily because I'm exhausted from two full days in the house with no running water.  

The crew seemed to do a good job and we now have running water at all of the appropriate places in our house and so far no other places, so I suppose we'll call the project a success!  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A beautiful hike.

Saturday is my favorite day by far. Our Saturday family adventure was a hike. I knew there were trails around, but I had no idea how beautiful some of them are!!

We borrowed a toddler pack from a friend.

Loaded up!

Alex feel asleep and had a prerty good nap for most of the hike.He kept grabbing my camelback tube!
Almost asleep.

Right about the time Alex feel asleep, we got to the first stream crossing.  I wasn't going to cross.  I didn't want to wake him, and I didn't want wet socks.  I finally decided to go, and I'm so glad I did.  Up to this point, the trail had been a gravel access road, but after the stream it became a really beautiful trail.

We stopped for a mini picnic under a bridge in the shade.  

We did have a mini drama at the picnic.  A bee stung Colin!  Gavin was trying to get rid of it (it was between his ear and his head) and when he finally did, it kept coming back!  He ended up picking up Colin and running about 100 feet down the trail to get away from the bee.  The stinger didn't go all the way in, but we monitored it closely.  A few hours later, it was completely gone, but Colin keep mentioning that the bee startled him during our hike! Poor guy!

What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday and enjoy some time as a family!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Disneyland Trips 3 & 4

We've returned to Disneyland!

Our third trip was with Grandma when she was visiting for her birthday.  Since she hadn't been back yet, we started with California Adventure.

We rode Colin's so far favorite ride: Ariel's underwater adventure first.  We also visited the bread factory, went on the Underwater Merry Go Around and our big hit for the day: The Mariachi Divas.   As usual, Colin LOVED the music and especially the instruments.  He even did a little dance!

Watching the show (pre dance)

We headed over to Disneyland where we rode It's a Small World for the first time!

The final activity was the parade.

Our Fourth trip to Disneyland was last week.  It was an absolutely gorgesous day (85, sunny, and clear) and so we made a last minute decision to make it a Disney day! (Colin had been asking all week).

We went to Disneyland and were pleasantly surprsied with how empty it was.  We took pictures with the fire truck and then rode pirates.

We rode the Jungle Cruise, Buzz Light Year, the Submarines, and the teacups for the first time today!  Colin said his favorite was either Pirates or the Jungle.  Alex was absolutely in love with the Submarines.

We had a quick lunch at Pizza Port and tried to get home for nap.  Unfortuantely Alex fell asleep in the car so our schedule was pretty skewed for the rest of the day.

I love being able to explore the park in pieces and I'm sure by the end of year, we'll have seen everything!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blinks: A story from his head.

We read to the boys every night before bed and sometimes throughout the day.  I try very hard to never say no when Colin asks me to read to him.  One day, I had a terrible headache and was laying on the sofa in the playroom when he asked me to read to him.  I asked him if it was okay I told him a story from my head instead.  He climbed up in my lap and I made up a story about some bugs.

Colin now loves stories from my head.

Often before books at night time, he'll turn around and loving touch my head and say "I want to hear a story from your head."  So far, his favorite stories are about bugs, 'truction' equipment, farmers, princesses and lately I've thrown in a few classic myths.  When Grandma came he asked her for stories from her head as well.  (I think he asks daddy as well, but I don't know that he's ever told him one.).  

The other day after dinner we were sitting at the table while daddy took a break and Colin told me the very first story from his head.

"Once upon a time, Grandma got dressed up! She got dressed up in green and went in her car. Then she found an egg.  The egg was white, no a green egg.  She open it. What was in it?  Surprise! Cowboy!"

"Another grandma story from my head!"

The story didn't proceed exactly like that, there was lots of questions from mommy along the way, but still, it was amazing.  He's imagining and creating and sharing.  

This kid amazes me every day.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grandma's Birthday!

Grandma shared her birthday with us this year!  Of course there's no shortage of work around here, so it was a working birthday. :)

I didn't get a picture of the actual cake we got her, but I did use our brand new feltboard to 'build a birthday cake for Grandma.'

Thank you for all of your help, grandma and we hope you had as much fun for your birthday as we did!