Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Beach Day

If you’ve followed here long enough, you know that when the mercury hits 80, it’s an automatic beach day.

Today it was already in the 70s when we walked out of the house at 8am, and it was above 80 before 10:00.  So a beach day it was!

We went to Lover’s Point with some of Trenton’s friends after school.

I think the ocean and the beach are going to be one of the big things that the kids miss when we leave here.  I just love watching their looks of pure joy as they play in the surf.


Evelyn spent most of her time at the beach in the baby tent that one of my friends brought for her to use.  But she did get to spend a little time checking out the sand and the Pacific Ocean for the first time!


She didn’t love the surf and sand as much as her big brother and big sister, but she didn’t absolutely hate it either.  I’m sure I’ll have three happy kiddos running in the surf before I know it!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fashion Police

I think someone’s gotten a few citations…

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She’s going to be so glad that I took all these pictures when she reaches her teenage years!!!

Friday, April 25, 2014


I’ve been…

The Husband’s Secret.  If you can call it reading.  It’s a really good book, but I’ve been working on it since before Evelyn was born.


I’m also reading The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life for CWOC and really enjoying it. 


I’d like to read some Civil War and Revolutionary War historical fiction or good history books to gear up for a Pennsylvania move.  Any recommendations?

Nashville.  Love that show and can’t wait for new episodes to start again.  Jarrod and I are also really enjoying Turn – the new series about General George Washington’s spy ring during the Revolutionary War.

Listening to
a lot of the Disney Pandora station.

this little girl’s infectious smiles!

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Not enjoying
poopy diapers.  Evelyn has 5-7 per day.  She cries nearly every time she needs to poop until she actually has the BM.  Then she’s fine.  Anyone else have a formula fed baby poop this much?

our cross country drive.  I’ve already got two nights booked at Yellowstone!

Charlotte’s preschool artwork.  It’s amazing how her paintings have evolved from just mixing a bunch of colors together on a page into pictures that I can recognize without having to ask her about them.

A butterfly, a tree, the sky, and the grass

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Charlotte says that this is me, and she swears that those are eyebrows, but I think they look more like my under eye circles!


Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabob’s Marinade I used: 2T olive oil, 1T fresh lime juice, 2t chili powder, 2t cumin, 1/2t garlic powder, 1/2t dried oregano, 1/4t salt, 1/4t pepper, and 1/4t red pepper flakes. Best healthy dinner we've had in a long time!
Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs

Perfect summer drink! Blend 1 can frozen limeade, 1 cup rum, 1/2 can sprite, 2 cups frozen strawberries, and muddle with mint and the pulp of two limes.
The perfect summer drink

Denim jacket coral tank white pants nude heels - not sure I could do white pants with my little kiddos dirty hands always on me, but I like the idea of it!
Cute summer outfits

DIY Glow In The Dark Sprinklers- what a great idea for Summer Fun!
DIY Glow in the Dark Sprinklers

Fun Things To Do In Pennsylvania - Attractions, Sightseeing and Events ...
Pennsylvania Sightseeing

a lot of new Pinterest finds. 

Lemon Wedding Cookies #TheCookieJar #cookies
Lemon Wedding Cookies – These light cookies were so good!

spinach pesto salad
Spinach Pesto Salad – Quick, easy, and delicious!

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole
Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers – Our commissary doesn’t have ground chicken, so I’ve used ground turkey to make these.

Six Sisters Zesty Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken. So easy to make and these little sandwiches taste amazing! #sixsistersstuff
Zesty Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken – I love slow cooker meals!

I’ve been trying to find stuff that I can throw in a crockpot or prepare ahead of time.  If you have some tried and true recipes like this, send them my way!

girls’ nights.  It’s been far too long!

dirty (like REALLY dirty) clothes.  And trying to explain to this little man that it’s okay to like playing in the mud, but getting covered from head to toe in mud playing “mud monsters” with friends at school probably isn’t the best idea. 

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workout clothes.  I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, but not my pre-pregnancy body.  I’m working on it though!

What about you?  What have you been up to lately?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rejoice and be Glad

This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.

Easter truly is a time for rejoicing.  Before having kids, I had always heard that holidays take on a new meaning once you have kids.  And it is so true.  I love seeing holidays through the eyes of our children and teaching them what each of the holidays mean.


Jarrod and I have been teaching the kids about Easter since the beginning of Lent. 

The kids loved waving palms last Sunday in church. 

Thursday, Trenton and Charlotte watched in wonder as our priest washed the feet of twelve members of the congregation.

On Good Friday, Jarrod and I put together a lunch to teach the kids about the Passion.

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(Instructions for this lunch can be found at Catholic Icing.)

That evening at mass, while the cross was being passed over the heads of all in the congregation, Trenton and Charlotte got to touch it.  I have never seen Trenton more excited about church.

And today was the big day.  Jesus is risen!

The kids woke up and were of course excited about going downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny had left, but they were also excited about going to church to hear about Jesus.

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All three kiddos enjoyed watching Charlotte’s new movie – The Pirate Fairy – before having to get dressed for church.

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I love that Trenton and Charlotte both participate in the mass.  Charlotte loves singing “Glory to God in the Highest”, and Trenton responds “Lord, hear our prayer” louder (and sometimes a bit later) than most others in the congregation.

Today the Protestant and Catholic chapel communities held a joint Easter egg hunt and potluck lunch after mass.

Trenton and Charlotte were on missions!


What a wonderful Easter!

And to leave you with some baby cuteness…


Happy Easter to you all!

Rejoice!  He is risen!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Out of the Mouths: 3rd Edition

It’s time for another edition of Out of the Mouths!

If you’ve missed out on some of the other funny things the kids have come up with, you can catch up here:
1st Edition
Pregnancy Edition

As before, Trenton’s words are green, Charlotte’s are purple, and mine are black.

(We had meals delivered the first couple of weeks after Evelyn was born.  A girl from CWOC was over delivering dinner, and I was holding Evelyn when she turned her head toward my chest with her mouth open.)
Mommy, look!  She wants to chew on your boobies again!  She’s so hungry!

A Lullaby:
Evelyn go to sleep
Evelyn go to sleep
If you don’t go to sleep
It keeps me waiting for my fun.

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Did she just poop?  She was eating!  Evelyn, you shouldn’t poop while you’re eating!  That’s not good manners.

If we don’t use the cow’s milk in the refrigerator will it dry up like the mommy milk in your boobies did?

Mommy?  Remember when we went to that wine factory?  When can we go again?  Tomorrow?


Did you make a mess?
Not a really really really really huge mess…

You sure know how to put that cake away, don’t you?
(Two minutes later…)
What does absolutely mean?

Mommy, this is the best supper ever!
You tried the chicken stew, corn muffins, and the sopapilla cheesecake and didn’t like any of it!
But I liked the cheese that you put on top of the stew!

Why do pirates steal things?  Don’t they know that if they’re nice Santa will bring them what they want?  Then they wouldn’t have to steal.

Mommy, can I get in trouble?  Please?  I want to go to timeout to see Trenton.

I want to be a princess.
Well, then you’ll have to marry a prince.
Are there any that aren’t married?
Prince Harry isn’t married.
Prince Harry?  Hahahahahaha! That’s a silly name!  Maybe he’s hairy all over.  I want to marry a prince with a real name.  Like Prince Charming.

What does the voice sound like in Pennsylvania?
The voice?
Yeah, the voice.  Is it Spanish?
Oh, the language…

Uncle Bradley, do you still need toenail clippers or does Hondo eat them off?

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(Photo from a year and a half ago when Hondo was a puppy)

And for the Frozen fans….

How do you say “hi” in Spanish?
If you add “off” to the end of hola, you get the snowman from Frozen!

Sung to the tune of “Let It Go”:
I don’t care
What they say
I’ve gotta go pee pee right away!

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Who knows what they’ll say next?!?!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back Yard Critter

I normally don’t like back yard critters.  I’ve wanted to play “whack-a-gopher” numerous times.

But when I saw this little critter in our back yard, I decided it could stay.


I mean, who wants to get rid of the Easter Bunny?

Especially one this cute!

And even a pouty Easter Bunny is better than a gopher!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hiking Pinnacles National Park

Yesterday we marked something else off of my California bucket list – hiking at Pinnacles National Park.

Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles is an ancient volcanic field about an hour drive from Monterey.  A trip there takes a little planning ahead of time because there are two entrances to the park –an east entrance and a west entrance.  And there is no road connecting the two inside the park.  I did my research Friday night, and Saturday morning, we were headed toward the east entrance to hike to the bear gulch caves.

Our hike didn’t get off to a great start.  While we sat at the visitors center waiting for the shuttle to come take us to the trailhead, I fed Evelyn and Jarrod got the sunscreen out for the kids.  The sprayer was broke making it useless.  Thankfully I had packed our adult sunscreen too.  Jarrod put some on the big kids, I put some on Evelyn’s bald head and white arms, and we hopped on the shuttle.

We got of the shuttle at the trailhead, I strapped Evelyn in the front pack and went to grab my camera out of the backpack.  And then I realized that I forgot my SD card in the computer at home.  So iPhone photos it was.  And since we weren’t near the car, that also meant that Jarrod had to lug around the dead weight of a useless camera in the backpack.

Jarrod went to find the restroom while I kept track of all the kids.  I saw Trenton rubbing his eye, and he immediately started crying.  And that’s why adult sunscreen isn’t for kids.  We flushed Trenton’s eye out with water three different times, but the crying and whining went on for close to thirty minutes.

So this is what that part of the hike looked like.

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Thankfully we didn’t turn around and leave and Trenton’s eye started feeling better.

Because the hike was awesome and the views were gorgeous!

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(Trenton wanted to be the photographer rather than being photographed.)

Evelyn did great on the hike.  She refuses to sit facing me in the carrier, and wants to be facing out.  But she is still too small to put her legs through the sides, even with the bottom of the carrier cinched up all the way.  So she sits frog legged which seems pretty uncomfortable.  But then again, she was born frank breech with her feet in her face, so she must not be worried much about comfort.

Our hike took us to the bear gulch caves.  Trenton and Charlotte were so excited!

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The kids were rock stars in the cave!  Even Evelyn liked it!  There were some tight spots that I had to squat down and waddle through, but it wasn’t too hard.

Once we got out of the caves and on the back side of the trail, we stopped to sit down for a snack and take in the views.

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Trenton loved stopping and talking to hikers on our way back out of the trail.  He told them about the caves and where to look out for puddles.  After a rough start to the hike, it was good to see our kids having a good time and talking about how much fun they had.

And you know another sign of a successful hike?  Three sleeping kids on the way home!  We’re so glad that we got to knock Pinnacles National Park off of our list before leaving Monterey (only two months left here!)