June 26, 2012


I have been away from my blog for several reasons, one being that I was training for a marathon.  I ended up with a stress fracture in my shin a few weeks before the marathon, but the sports doctor said I could run the marathon, so I did.  I had to wear (and still do) a big brace that covers my entire lower leg.  I didn't run fast, but I made it to the end and that was my only goal.  My husband ran with me until the last 5 miles when I told him to go ahead.  He's already signed up for another marathon.  I am resting for the summer.

At the finish
That would be blood from a nasty blister that popped at mile 12

The boys made signs for us and cheered us on about 5 miles before the finish line. They had plenty of time to also be at the finish line!                

May 17, 2012

Spring Break 2012

 Here are some photos from our trip to CA over spring break.  The boys and I had tons of fun visiting family all over CA.

It all began with a local Easter egg hunt complete with the Easter Bunny
Then we went on a walk in my childhood neighborhood and the boys picked mustard flowers just like I did as a little girl

The Easter Bunny found the boys at grandma & grandpa's house
The boys played for hours on this hammock, until they spotted a spider on it
We spent a few days in central CA where the water was freezing, but the boys didn't care 

The boys picked lots of citrus to bring home
Then it was onto southern CA and to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center

April 18, 2012

He's Nine

I'm about a month late, but boy #1 turned 9! Unfortunately, he got strep throat on his birthday and we had to postpone his party a week. It's terrible to be sick on your birthday. Here's hoping for a better 10th birthday!

At the doctor

He did feel good enough to have his family birthday dinner the next day. He loves his cousins!

A week later at his party

March 9, 2012

I'm Lame

I had good intentions of at least posting our Disneyland pictures before the end of February, but that deadline came and went. We went to Disneyland for two days immediately following the birthday cruise, which was in January, so I'm a little late. Most of my siblings came on Friday and our good friends were also there that same weekend. We were lucky enough to stay with some other good friends and I am longing for crepes and an awesome massage chair! Now for some pictures.

Alice is pledging her love to Boy #1 and the Mad Hatter is making Boy #1 pledge his love to Alice

Mickey is switching hats with Boy #2

Trying out the glasses for the new Star Tours ride

Boy #1 and a favorite cousin

Its A Small World lit up at night

Because of the Chinese New Year there was a special Mulan area

Boy #2 and his friend on the jumping jellyfish

Our favorite thing to get at D-land, sourdough mickey loaf, yummm

February 2, 2012

Paradise in January

January is a big month for birthdays in my family. My dad, my mom, and I all have birthdays in January. This year my dad turned 80 and he decided to take his family on a cruise to celebrate. There turned out to be 21 of us in total. The boys were very excited for a cruise and I was just excited for some warm sunshine in January. Thanks to my dad for splurging for this vacation.

The birthday boy

A camera shootout with my brother and sister

We hiked around on Catalina Island

I loved the cool art and art deco lights at what is now the movie theater

Boy #1 was our navigator when we rented a golf cart to drive around the island

Beautiful plants

My sister-in-law gave me a Birthday Girl tiara and decorated my cabin door, Thanks!

The kids table, the boys sure love their cousins

The boys posing for the cheesy photographs, this guy loved to say "you who"

Boy #1 with a huge Ensenada hat, my other sister came to La Bufadora with us and is off to the side

La Bufadora, a blowhole that was not blowing much that day

The shops you have to walk through to get to La Bufadora, we did have fun bargaining for a few things including the sweatshirt that boy#2 is wearing

My mom celebrating her birthday

December 27, 2011

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Well, Christmas is over and we had so much fun celebrating the season. We had some great advent activities and lots of fun eating, baking, and eating some more.

Yummy homemade hot chocolate

Homemade crystal ornaments

Lights at Temple Square

Gingerbread house decorating

Some of the savory food for the annual Christmas open house

Some of the 9 pies that I made

My lovely eggs from my lovely chickens

Boy #1 as a wise men, thanks to Aunt J for great costumes

The full cast of the Christmas nativity

Christmas morning ready to see the gifts

December 2, 2011

Chicken Mania

Since I am loving my chickens I thought I should introduce you to them. On Thanksgiving we had the surprise of a third egg, so now all of our chickens are laying. Yeah! We also try to let them out each day for a little "free range" pecking. They love it.

This is Goldy and she is the oldest and was the only one laying when we got the chickens

This is Racer X and she has beautiful coloring

This is Black and White and she is a scaredy cat. She is our newest layer