Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekend Notes

We had a super busy weekend but at least it was packed full of fun.  Friday night we had dinner with friends because our children were going through withdraws.  They hadn't seen their friends in at least 3 days.
Brighton has entered the climbing phase of life.

Saturday we went to the local water park in Palmdale to celebrate my in-law's and mother in law's college room mate and her husband's 40th wedding anniversary.  They were married 2 weeks apart.
I found myself kid free and bookless.  I only took 3 bags with us to the water park and my book was in the 4th back at my in-law's house.  Yes you read that right, 4 bags for a day trip.  Beach bag, my purse, the big diaper bag, and then the food bag.  Which is why you see the stroller in the background, it is my pack mule.  

I love her new bathing suit.  We won't even talk about the fact that it is a 2T, the same size my 2 year old niece wears, nope not talking about it.  

Thee only time she wanted anything to do with Aunt Serena

This picture really doesn't do this slide justice.  Bristol met the height requirement to ride this slide and Jeremy was all for it.  Me, not so much, but he convinced her to do it and once Eldon saw big sissy doing it he wanted to do it as well but he wanted mommy to go down it with him.  So off we went.  Of course we may have had to put Bristol's arm band on him since he doesn't actually meet the height requirement.   Both kids were addicted.   Eldon kept asking to ride it again and again.   

This was one of the first times I have felt like we are starting to have big kids.  I mean WATER SLIDES, that is like a right of passage!

Today we enjoyed another fun right of passage with the kids and made smores over the bbq.  Bristol and Eldon want to know when we are going to go camping now.

 Doesn't every baby play in their pool fully clothed?

And last but not least, probably the best part of all this weekend.  We have gone from this being our in door temperature,

to this being out in door temperature.

We were given a window AC and Jeremy installed it today.  It is so much nicer in here now that we aren't relying on our crappy swamp cooler. 

Now for this week I am going to take time off from running.  My left knee and ankle are killing me but I am also not feeling the whole running thing right now.  2 out of 3 of my runs last week were horrible and so much work for me to get through.  While I think it is good for my runs to be hard work, this was more of I just couldn't motivate myself.  So I am going to have a date with a Jillian Michael's video; on mute of course.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Backyard Fun

Some days the funnest thing we can do is play in our backyard.

365//Weeks 24&25

And I am now caught up!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What I Wore// Shorts, Bras, and Lip Color

Everything but the necklace//Target
Necklace//my mother in law

Shorts- These shorts used to pants and then I distressed them and then I still didn't like them so I turned them into cut offs.  These are the only pair of shorts I own, and they didn't even start off as shorts.   

True & Co- Yes if you click that link and order, I get a credit but you also get a credit as well.  A while back I read about True & Co on a blog, and I vowed the next time I needed bras I would be hitting them up.  You go on their website and fill out a fit profile and then they suggest bras for you to choose.  You pick 3 and then they send you an additional 2 expert picks.  Then once you receive the box you have 5 days to return it.   I got my box in 2 business days and I practically ran out to meet the mail lady when she delivered it.  My main reason for doing my bra shopping this way is that I have a really hard time finding bras.  I can't wear stuff from Victoria's Secret and only occasionally find stuff from Fredericks.  So being able to do my bra shopping from the comforts of home was awesome. I really liked 3 out of the 5 bras they sent me but only ended up keeping 2 of them.  The bras they sent me were between $44-$68.  Try it, your boobs will love you.  

Lip Stain-I have always wanted to wear some kind of lipstick on my lips but I have the hardest time finding something I like.  The other day I picked out a pink elf lip stain when I was at Target and I absolutely love it.   

Pedicure-I am in desperate need of one.  I must find time.   

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ugly Cabinet to beautiful Chalkboard

I have been staring at the end of the very ugly cabinet for almost 3 years now.  It drives me insane.   Why not just continue the wall a few feet to enclose the kitchen?  I will never understand this house.  But it is a rental so when the blue carpet, hideous kitchen floor, and this cabinet annoy me... I remind myself that it isn't permanent.  I have been tossing around ideas for it for a while now.   I originally thought I was going to cover it with cork board and turn it into the kids craft display area but then I became obsessed with chalk boards and knew this would be the perfect space for one.   If we owned this home, I would have just painted the cabinet with chalk board paint but since it is a rental, I needed something that was easy to remove.  So in came a board.   It was white on one side and tan on the other.

 I used Rustolem chalk board paint and I really liked it.  Tip, it is found in the spray paint cage at Home Depot.   All together between the paint and the board we spend $21 but I have a ton of paint left over like enough to make several more projects.

These are the markers I am using. They are CraftSmart brand and I found them at Michael's. I think a pack of 4 was $11.99 but I had a 40% off coupon so it was a much better deal. I really like them. They are super easy to wipe off all you need is a wet rag.

So there you have it, my new chalkboard.  I love being able to write my shopping list, meal plan, and to-do list all in one place.  Bristol and Eldon spend hours drawing on their half of the chalkboard.   

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trail of a Hundred Giants

Friday night after Jeremy came home we were talking about what we would like to do this weekend.  Both of us wanted to relax but neither one of us really wanted to stay in Ridgecrest.   I suggested that at some point this weekend we should drive up to Kernville and try The Cracked Egg.  I have had several people recently tell me that it has delicious food, especially biscuits and gravy.  Which are my absolute favorite.   Saturday morning we got up a little later than usual (thank you kiddos) and Jeremy announced that we were going to breakfast.   Since we were going up to Kernville, I though there might be a chance we stay up there and play in the Kern River or Lake Isabella, so I had Jeremy pack all of our bathing suits and the stuff we needed to play in the water.   And we dressed accordingly; shorts, tank tops, and sandals.   While eating breakfast Jeremy suggested that instead of doing a day in the water that we should instead drive to the Trail of a Hundred Giants, so we did.  

my sandals, not made for extended hiking trails.  Thankfully 90% of the path was paved.  

 Brighton though the best part of the trip was when we would take the stroller off the paved path.  She would giggle and squeal every time Jeremy went over a bump.

Ever since we bought my Toyota Sequoia, Jeremy has wanted to take it to meet Sequoia trees.  

It was a wonderful day.  I am really happy we decided to go for breakfast and ended up in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest.   If you are close to the Trail of a Hundred Giants, it is something you definitely want to check out.  I know we will go back again, and I may even be crazy enough to do it when there is snow on the ground.  

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