Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Birthday

 It was really fun to have a day date with my honey for my birthday.  We went shopping and to lunch and thne to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It was the perfect day with my favorite person.  Honestly that is all I ever want for my birthdays is just to get to spend the day with Kevin. He makes me so happy and I just love every single second with him.
 The next day was my birthday and it fell on fast Sunday. Whenever my birthday is on a Sunday it is fast Sunday which honestly stinks. I struggle with fasting in the first place but on your birthday too, I want to just skip it, but then I feel guilty, so I do anyway. At least I had a really great dinner to look forward to. My mom made me yummy sour cream chicken and I made myself a birthday cake.
I had seen this cake on Pinterest that sounded really good and then I of course tweaked it. I was sick of never getting a cake on my birthday and since I wanted something specific I just decided to make it myself. I would have to say in my humble opinion that it was amazing!  It was a lemon cake(real lemon, I bought a white cake mix and added lemon juice, zest and a little extract to.) with raspberry filling,( homemade again)with buttercream frosting and toasted coconut on top. It may sound weird but it was SO good. In fact I  had my parents request it for their birthday cakes too!   It was a great birthday overall and I am so grateful for this life I have and another year to live!  I have so much to be grateful for!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Annie's Birthday Party.

 Birthday Parties used to stress me out more than I can say. I think the biggest problem was I was so worried about how it was going to be, I constantly compared myself to people that threw these super elaborate parties and I felt like mine were crappy and not good enough. And then as the years went on I realized that it didn't really matter. The kids didn't really care, especially the little ones. As long as they got some presents and got to have cake and friends over they were happy. So lately birthday parties have gotten a lot less stressful and more fun for me. They consist of going and buying some decorations for cheap that I can hang up, finding a little game that the kids can play, having a pinata and making some cupcakes, which is the one thing I am good at. Don't get me wrong, when they decide to forgo a party in favor of more money or just do an activity with a couple of friends I am all over it!   We had Annie's first birthday party and it was super fun.  She loved that she got to invite her church friends over and get lots of presents.
 She wanted a Shopkins party of course and we found a really cute Shopkins bingo game online that worked great!




 Then we had a pinata and since they were all just little girls we just did it in our family room.










 Annie was super thrilled with all the presents she got. It was so fun for her to have her very first party and see what it was like.

 







 
    I made some Shopkins cupcakes which I thought turned out pretty cute.







 It turned out great!  And I didn't even feel very stressed, so bonus! About an hour after the guests had left Annie puked. I didn't know what to do, should I tell the other moms, I thought it was maybe from eating a lot of junk , but she continued to throw up all night long. It sucked so bad, because the next day was the day I was looking forward to because Kevin was taking me our for my birthday for a  day date and I was so worried we wouldn't be able to go with him. But by morning she seemed to be doing better so it was only a 12 hour thing. And none of the other kids got sick so who knows what it was.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fairytale Town

 We went to Fairytale town on our annual Miss Patty's place trip for Annie's preschool. It was really nice to not have a little baby to care around. I was really able to enjoy being with the two girlies and have fun watching them and enjoying them. They had so much fun together. Their favorite by far was the Crooked Mile.  They just ran it over and over again!  It was so fun to see them have such a good time together. It makes me look forward to the future of them playing together.




 It may be one of the last outings with the stroller because it became more of a hassle than anything else to have it. I think this may have been about the only time that Clara actually sat in it.

 They really liked Cinderella's Carriage and the horses too.



 I love how Annie has her arm around Clara.

 We went on May the 4th, so naturally there was Darth Vader there. Annie REALLY wanted to have her picture with him.  She really likes Darth Vader for some strange reason.

 Clara went to the top of this slide but wouldn't go down.  There was a boy behind her that wanted her to go so he kind of pushed her down the slide and she was NOT happy about it.  Poor thing.




I just love these two monkeys. I love seeing how they are becoming great friends. They also fight a lot, but it is still so cute when they are getting along.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter

I found some amazing deals this year on Easter Dresses for the girls, I was able to get all their dresses and Russell's outfit for about $50!  I always love when I can get a great deal. Plus they were really nice clothes too!

They are all growing so fast, it just blows my mind sometimes!  And I know I am biased but I think they are the most beautiful kids in all the world.

We did an egg hunt inside the house, the Easter bunny brought the kids a few small things but then we did our egg hunt that we always do.  We let the little ones do a separate one because we knew there was no way they could keep up with the older kids.
I kind of want to eat Clara's face off. I love her little smile.


These two lately, they have been just the cutest. Annie totally idolizes Jane, and Jane is just as sweet as can be with Annie.  We had a really low key Easter, but that's okay. I do really love to be with just this family of mine. Its so fun to have more people, but the great thing about having six kids is that you don't feel lonely at all. It's really the best!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trip to the Bay

We wanted to go on an overnighter over spring break since we didnt go on a big trip for spring break this year.  Also we always have said once the kids start getting bigger and we don't have babies anymore we want to do more things. So here was our chance.  I have always wanted to go to Muir Woods since I have heard how amazing it was.  But it gets really crowded  and you have to get there early. We deicided to go down on a thursday night and stay overnight that way we could leave early to get there. We found a hotel that was pretty close by so we could get there early the next morning.  It ended up being pretty late by the time we left so we didnt get there until almost bedtime, but there was no traffic so that was nice.  Plus we just went straight to bed so it worked out well for the kids and they went to bed good. 

 Clara was living the life the next day just hanging out while we all packed up and got ready to go.
 The drive up to Muir Woods was so pretty with some beautiful views.
 We thought we got there soon enough to get a close spot, but nope, it was crazy!! We had to end up parking really far away and walk, it was so far that we were giving serious thought to just bagging the whole thing, but I just couldn't with the money spent to stay night and everything. once we started walking though it really wasn't that bad, and thankfully we had a stroller for little miss. Poor Jane was not feeling well at all that day after the windy drive. But once we got there she started feeling better.
We really loved walking around looking at all the trees and all the beautiful scenery. Russell was the cutest because he kept saying, "I love these Red forest trees." Annie was cold the whole time because it was a little cold in the shade and it was mostly shady there with all the trees, so she was a little whiny, but it was still a lot of fun.

Miss Clara was so silly and of course did not want anything to do with her stroller unless she got to push i,t and of course couldn't do it very well. Haha, stubborn little monkey.



of course the only picture we got of all of us together there is a giant light spot on my head.

I love making memories with this family. It is harder for us to go do stuff than it is for other families, but I still love when we get to do stuff together.

I especially love when we can go do stuff with Kevin too. Its fun to do stuff with the kids but when Kevin is there too it is the best ever!


We found these cute bears carved out of wood and Russell especially wanted a picture with them.
After we left Muir woods we needed lunch so we went into Sausalito and found a Panda Express for lunch.  Unfortunately on the drive there Janie got feeling sick again and stayed in the car instead of eating lunch with us. She eventually ate and started feeling a lot better.

After we ate we wanted to make sure we went to the beach since we were close.  We found one that was pretty close, it was fun to drive around up on the mountain and look down on the Golden Gate Bridge. We got to Rodeo Beach and it was SO freezing!  We got out of the car and even with jackets it was awful!  The wind was blowing so hard and all I wanted to do was get back in the car!  But everyone else wanted to go so we went.



It was so weird because it wasn't even sand. It was small rocks that felt awful on our feet.


Luckily it was so cold that Clara and Annie were not interested in going in the water. They just stayed by me and I stayed bundled up under as many towels as I could.



Kevy tried to come and keep me warm. I was so happy when everyone decided it was time to go home. By the time we left it was late enough that the traffic was pretty bad heading home so it took quite a while, we had to stop in Vacaville to get something to eat and Annie let the stuffed animal that we bought her drop out of the car when we got out and so she had it a whole 2 hours.  I'm so glad we spent our money getting souvenirs for the kids. The worst part was she was like "Oh well."  Bug!  We did have a great time and we are looking forward to many more adventures in the next few years.