Wednesday, July 29, 2015

4th of July

We've had a full summer so far and as we approach the end of July I'm slowly preparing myself for the new school year! I've been thinking about our summer and how much fun we've had even though we really haven't gone anywhere too special.

On the 4th we celebrated Independence Day at my mom's. One of the best parts was having all the cousins together. Now that the older ones work it is a rare occurrence.

My oldest sister, Alex, organized some fun games for us to play........

Of course the men barbequed.............

Plus we also celebrated Nathan's 8th Birthday............

Thursday, June 11, 2015

End of the School Year

Well it happened again! We finished another school year. We've actually been finished for 3 1/2 weeks now! This was our first year at the PSP (Private School Program) that is held at our church. We thoroughly enjoyed our year and are looking forward to the fall.

It's been a full year! Probably the biggest and most noticeable change is the background. We are now in our own place in the beautiful city of Moorpark. We love it here even though it has put us a bit further away from church/PSP/friends/family........but it is California and most people drive a distance to get to where they need to be!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Underwood Farms

Grandma Judy was here recently. Actually, she just left yesterday. While she was here we got out to Underwood Farms which is located only a few minutes from where we now live. It was a cool day which made it more enjoyable to be out picking strawberries.

We also took some pictures since my mother-in-law likes to send out an annual picture with her Christmas card. Since I love taking pictures, I obliged to snap a few.

After picking some strawberries we hung out with some farm animals.

It only costs $3 per person to get into the farm plus paying for whatever you pick. Strawberries were $1.99 a pound. It's extra to ride the rides there and if you want to feed the animals take a lot of quarters!

After dinner that day we enjoyed some strawberries with fruit dip! YUM! The dip was real easy to make: mix 14 oz of marshmallow creme, 1 cream cheese rectangle, and 1 tsp of vanilla. Then just dip your strawberries in!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Our Easter

Easter came real quick this year! Things have been crazy around here and admittedly I wasn't as focused on the day like I usually am. Yet, we managed to have a nice day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.

My handsome men!

Unfortunately my youngest has all of a sudden become camera shy. He refuses to be in any pictures. The plan was to take some family pics after church.......meaning everyone was to stay in their "church" clothes. That was the plan but he quickly came in and changed his clothes. I wasn't too happy about that and I guess I could have made him change back into his church clothes. I pouted instead and had a bad attitude! Not a great attitude to have on Easter Sunday, is it?

Thankfully I got over it. Family came over later and we had a nice dinner. We also had an egg hunt and the kids got some treats.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Whale Watching

On Saturday we headed to Newport Beach to go whale watching. This was a first for all of us. We were so eager to see some whales but sadly the whales weren't cooperating. The boat gave us $7 vouchers to return another day and try again. We still had a great time and the weather was beautiful out in the Pacific Ocean!
Naynay was a little scared at first since it was his first time on a boat on the ocean.

It was beautiful and sunny!

We only saw a couple of dolphins.

We then saw these California sea lions basking in the sun.

After our boat ride we still had a little time left on the parking meter so we headed to the pier.

When we got to the end of the pier this little guy wanted to play. 

We hope to redeem our vouchers at some point and hopefully we'll catch a glimpse of some whales!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Getty Center

It's Spring Break.......well, it's almost over but we are really enjoying some time off from school! Thankfully this year we were actually able to take our break. We are up to date with all of our curriculum and we'll have all the compulsory attendance dates in by the end of the year.

Tuesday we headed to The Getty Center. I know, I know........why would 2 boys be interested in going to an art museum? Jojo is taking an art class at PSP and I really thought he'd be interested in seeing artwork from the artists he's been studying. The day wasn't entirely a failure and the boys did have fun with the audio tour. The museum gives you an iPod with headphones at the entrance and at select art pieces there is a number you can enter into the iPod to learn more about the art work. It would take a few days to go through the whole museum listening to the audio tour but the boys were "educated" on some artists and paintings.

Nathan enjoyed watching a short documentary on how these type of wooden statues are made.

Rembrandt........this is Jon's favorite painter.

Edgar Degas.........this painting was created with pastels (chalk).

Van Gogh.......this is the museum's prized painting and the most popular. Took a while just to get near it.

Claude of my favorites

The gardens are beautiful.

The boys aren't very cooperative with pictures any more......Nathan refuses to be in most pictures.
The entrance to The Getty Center is free but you do have to pay $15 for parking. They are closed on Mondays so I would suggest that you do not go on a was crazy! Took forever just to be able to park.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Favorite Quotes

Once a month in our PSP we have a special guest speaker during our moms' time. Last week we had an elder's wife come and share some parenting tips as well as answering a lot of our parenting questions. I don't know how we got into the topic of social media but she was once heard the above quote from a friend and I think it corresponds perfectly to social media. She also mentioned how being on social media so much is like being a busy body. We all know what scripture has to say about that. Even though in the passage it's referring to widows, I think that there is an application to women in general. I Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. I was totally convicted and this past weekend I took a Facebook fast......something I need to do more often.