Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I still have a blog?

I think I almost forgot I had a blog.

Life. That is what happens.

And then I find my priorities and for a while that is not blogging.

But I am trying again. So here I will give you a few highlight from each month and we will start new in July.....maybe.

January: Rang in the New Year's with friends, back to school and ready for a new year

February: Celebrated a night out with my hubby for Valentine's day

March: Shamrock Fun Run in Dublin, garage sales & fun with friends.

April: Mom turned 33 (yikes) Chris raced in the first BMX state race of the season, Dani mastered riding her bike with no training wheels

May: CPOA Run in Pleasanton, Dani turned 4, Chris turned 7 and finished 1st grade.

June: After 8 years and a lot of patience Bryan is on DAYSHIFT!!!! The Summer Fun List made it's debut and we are making our way through it.

There is a lot that went on in between, but who am I kidding there is no way I will be able to update it all.

Until then, here is our Summer Fun list for 2010!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

How is it the end of January....

Dear blog.....I have missed you and left you hanging. I promise to try and update you more on the ups and downs and adventures of our little family in 2010.

It has been 2 months since the last update so I think is safe to say that there is no way I am going to b e able to catch up so I will just give you the highlights.

We started the Christmas celebrations with my side of the family. We headed out to Holidays on the Farm in Lathrop for a little snow sledding and fun. the kids had a blast.

Chris and Dani ready for some sledding

Chris loved that he was able to do it all himself.
Dani had fun riding with Aunt Mami
Mor Mor and her babies in the sled.
Our little family!

Then we packed out bags and headed to Florida for 8 days with Bryan;'s family. This was the first year the kids were able to spend with Auntie Brooke, Papa and Nana so they were thrilled. We got their just in time for Bryan and his dad to celebrate their birthdays in style, Magic Kingdom! The weather was great and the kids were in heaven.

The boys and their buttons
Auntie Brooke and Chris
Out little family on main street
The castle was so pretty all lit up with the snow falling
Chris on Christmas morning waiting patiently.....well not really
Dani and all her princess garb

Keeping with our family tradition, we walked to Starbucks on Christmas morning. It was a little farther then at our house, but we did and had a blast.

Bedtime stories with Brooke

We were even able to sneak in a family photo with Bryan's family.......thankfully it was a good one since it gets sent to way too many people in all their support letters. The kids were good sports though.

We got home just in time for Bryan to spend New Year's Eve at work and I took the kids down the street to our friends house to ring in the New Year. All the kids did great and lasted until about 2:00am........the best part was that Chris slept till 12:30 the next day.

Well there we have we are in January. We are already three weeks into the year and I don't know where it has gone. The kids have jumped right back into their activities, schools and adventures. I will do my best to keep updated with all that goes on here in our little home.

Until then....

Sunday, December 20, 2009


We are two days away from beginning our Christmas adventures so I need to get something on here about Thanksgiving first....

This year the whole family ran the Turkey Trot in Stockton on thanksgiving morning. IT was a great way for us to start our day and spend some time together as a family since Bryan had to work that night. The kids were super excited to run another race, even though it was pretty cold.

The kids race was first. It was a nice quick 1/2 mile that started outside the stadium and ended up on the field of where the Stockton Ports play. Both Chris and Dani did great and loved the ribbons they got at the end.

Chris and Dani were all smiles at the starting line!

Then it was time for Bryan and I to do the 5K. I got the "joy" of pushing my kids in the double stroller that they outgrew about 3 years ago. Nothing like 100lbs of kids to push while you are running. They did great and were my biggest fans cheering me along as I went.

Bryan and I are so thankful that our family truly loves to do active things together. It is great for Chris and Dani to see the importance of staying active and now that they are enjoying doing it as well. This was the perfect start to our Thanksgiving and a tradition that will carry on through the years.

Monday, November 30, 2009

K9 Trial

The first weekend in November the Alameda County Sheriff;s Office hosted the End of the Year K9 Trial at the Training Center in Dublin. This was the first trial they have hosted and the K9 Association had a large part in this.

Bryan and Rex had never competed in a trial before, so this was a first for them. The dogs and handlers competed in agility, area searches, protection and obedience. It was great time to be out there all weekend both to help and watch the trial. I see the warm and cuddly Rex that hangs out in the house, so it was interesting to see the "work" Rex in action.

Bryan and Rex getting ready for the area search.....Rex had 90 seconds to find the "bad guy" hiding in one of five cars......he did it!

Rex found him!
Competitor #22.......I think I recognize him
Waiting patiently for his turn in the Obedience section
Bryan and Rex ready to go
Rex did great in the Obedience section of the Trial
Rex showing off in the Agility Course
He's got jumps!

Off to get the bad guy!

Halloween.....I know I am late

It is the last day in November so now is probably the best time to post about Halloween, right?

Bryan was working again this year on Halloween but that did not stop us from the fun on Halloween. Tinkerbell and the Skeleton were determined to do some trick or treating. Believe it or not in the 6 years that we have lived in this neighborhood, we have never gone around here. We traveled about a block down the street to our friends house where we met up with a few other families from the "hood". The kids ate pizza and ran around playing waiting for it to get dark.

The whole gang headed out with 5 adults and 8 kids in tow. The kids all had a blast and came home with way more candy then we ever needed. It was so nice to stay in Lourance Ranch and see so many of the neighbor kids out and about.

Tinker Bell ready to fly~

Gotta love the faces on them
Me and the kids ready to head out.

The kids were having way to much fun. They were so cute!
Dani got tired so we hitched a ride in Jax's stroller and Gavin hitched a ride for awhile.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time for the Pumpkin Patch

I love the fall because it means we can go to the pumpkin patch. It is so nice living so close to such a great pumpkin patch, every year Del Oso Family Farms seems to improve. This year they made a lot of improvements: like the country store, the zip line, the train ride and a tractor ride.

The kids had a blast playing on the tire mountain, running through the hay maze and jumping on the pillow jumps. We rode the train, raced the cars and went to the petting zoo. Just when we were going to get the pumpkins it started to downpour. So I guess that means we get to go back again :)

We were able to get some great shots in before our trip got cut short.

A rare moment of sibling love on top of tire mountain
Dani taking the leap from the tiresYou have to just laugh at this girl sometimes
Smile Dani!
Dani was ready to catch Daddy
The kids loved the pillow jump
Chris doing his tricks!

.....always the joker!
Dani and I went on the train ride
Dani was so excited for the train ride

Feeding the goats
Dani found shelter in Daddy's jacket from the rain.

She loved her cookie!
Hanging out at the country store
Momma and her babies
Me and my girl