Friday, December 2, 2011


For Thanksgiving we got together with my family in the mountains. We stayed in a lodge and had access to an industrial kitchen. It was actually super nice to be able to cook in such a big kitchen, it never felt crowded when there were 4 or more people in there. We had a fire blazing the entire time in a huge fireplace. Which led to some smoky rooms upstairs, but we lived. The best part was that it was only 2 hours from home.

The guys also made us a sledding trail. They had to build up some snow since there wasn't much on the ground. To those of you who live in the snow this must look pathetic, for us in California it was awesome! Enjoy the photos.
They had just gotten in trouble. Can you tell?
Huge shocker, my mom took a turn.
My brother and his wife and kids had already left. Just as last minute thought before we locked up the lodge.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saturday's Bike Ride

We love when Onkel A comes to visit. This weekend we went on a bike ride together up two brutal hills and ended up at the lake. Lil Sis was miserable. At one point she stopped to tell us, "I can't bear it. I need a picnic." Funny how once we got to our destination her mood did a 180'.

Now we are happy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Post Halloween

Last night the girls and I had a great time. A Halloween party at our neighbors/friends, then on to Trick or Treating. I find it kind of sad that not many more kids go Trick or Treating now, like I did when I was young. I have fond memories of going with my brother and friends.

Our Princess Leia and Pippi Longstocking.
Lil Sis' costume kind of fits her personality to a "T". Rather than take the normal route off the porch, she needed to leap over the bushes.
Big Sis is more of a rule follower.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall adventures

It has taken me forever to post. Can I blame it on the fact that I am the PTA president this year? Probably not! The girls have both been in school for almost a month now, so I really do have a lot more time during the day. I think I'll stick with that excuse though.

The girls are doing really well. About a week ago they had a random day off school in the middle of the week. We took some time to be together as a family and thought we'd go apple picking in Oak Glen. Sadly there weren't enough apples this year, so we didn't get to pick any. We did however find a great nature preserve with a comfortable trail. I think the girls favorite part was picking wild blackberries.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Finding notes

Big Sis loves to write notes and draw pictures. Often M and I are the recipients of her work. Just a day ago I found this on my desk.
Translation: You are in danger.

M found it disturbing and was very concerned. I of course laughed like crazy. Big Sis later told me that she thought it would be funny to leave me threatening notes. I wonder where Big Sis gets her sense of humor? At times my humor is a bit irreverent. I wonder where I got it, Dad?

Here was today's threatening message.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Holiday Location

M and I have found a hotel we would love to try, check it out...

We may however be harming some innocent creatures. See statement on web page regarding the safety of the birds for a good laugh!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter ... Frohe Ostern

We had a great uplifting day at church, remembering our Savior. Now we are off to play and eat with family!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Whale Watching

This past Saturday we went whale watching with my dad and brother. While we didn't see any whales we did get up close to some seals and dolphins. It was a great time. I expected it to rain and be miserably cold, but as soon as we left the Long Beach Harbor we left the rain behind. We even caught moments of sunshine.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Super Stars

Lil Sis loves it when we go to Oma and Opa's house and she gets to sing with him.

You know you are a product of the seventies when Puff the Magic Dragon brings back memories. I can still remember as a kid my dad playing his guitar and singing us songs.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Yesterday our little neighbor was over and Big Sis explained to her why we pray before we eat. "We pray to Heavenly Father so that our food will taste yummy." I'll need to remember that when she says that she doesn't like what I've cooked. I mean she did bless it that night, it should taste wonderful!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Video Skills

Big and Lil Sis tried their hand today at video making with some encouragement by M. Take a look: