Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pool hookups!

Sure love my pool hookups this summer...
The kids have many wonderful friends who always invite them to come swim and this summer is just like the last one... BUT this summer I have a good friend too that happens to have a pool. Debbie Hyde and her family moved into the ward about 6 months ago and I really feel like our families have connected. Debbie has 6 kids as well. Our first two are 2 weeks apart and then the rest fall pretty close in line as well. They are all good kids and a lot of fun to be with. Debbie is easy going and great to hang out with. She's become my new exercise buddy as well! Super happy this family from Kentucky happened to move to this little city of Menifee. We sure love having them here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer w/o bike rides can't be summer!

So my kids friends came by yesterday to invite them to go on a bike ride.... only problem... we only have 1 working bike... so it got me thinking... I have this beautiful SPECIALIZED road bike hanging in my garage in pristine condition... and do I ride it? NO.... So I thought... "If I sell my bike I would probably have enough money to buy 5 bikes... (of course that would be 5 Walmart bikes). Some might think im crazy to trade a specialized for a few huffys and some Mongoose bikes... BUT... the kids and I thought it was a marvelous idea. So this morning at 10:00 I took a few pics of it and posted it on Craigs list... Well after about a bazillion callers wanting the bike and two hours later my bike was gone and the kids and I were in the car with a wad of cash to go buy bikes!
Walking into Walmart is never fun especially with 6 children... just imagine all of them pushing bikes around the store! It was quite a sight. They all found what they were looking for rather quickly and then we were off to go do some serious bike riding!
Garret and Marci quickly hopped on theres to ride to a friends house to go swimming while the other four hung around out front playing "follow the leader". The kids are just tickled pink with the new purchase... I think it turned out to be a pretty good trade!
Sure love this SUMMER fun!
Liam was very proud of his 20 inch BMX bike... there are even skulls on the seat... hmmm....

Charly loved the ribbons that flowed from her bike as she sped through the streets!
Chloe was soooo happy we found her a purple beach cruiser!
I had to include this last one... just cuz.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Sunday Walks! April 3, 2011

One of our favorite things is to take Family walks on Sunday. Our kids love it when we hike up to the old empty Water Tower. Back in April we took all these pictures and I just now had the chance to look at them. I love taking pictures of my family! I miss that I don't do it more often. BUT I am grateful I have what I have... which is probably more than the average person.
Anyway, the other day we were sad to see that the water tower had been taken down. I guess it was too much of an eye soar for some people. At least we enjoyed it while we could.

Let Summer begin!

My kids are enjoying their days off already... not a lot going on and that's how I like it! They all slept out on the trampoline last night and actually slept in until 8:00 out there! I was surprised not be awakened to giggles and jumping at 5:00am. Chloe and Garrett headed to the beach with the Ranes, Marci and Liam went on a bike ride with the Hydes and the rest of us hung out here! I love days with not much planned... especially since I have a photo shoot tonight... but all is well here!

About three weeks ago some Mexican's knocked on my door trying to sell me something to make my grass green... Ever since we have lived here it has been such a struggle. SO.. anyway, I was suckered into buying their miracle fertilizer which they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg for but luckily my husband talked them down quite a bit... AND... it is actually working! I'm so happy that my grass is now growing and looking so much better. It still needs work but I'm happy with the progress it is making!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Love my Sunday Evenings!

The kids love any chance they can get dad on the floor to horse around with. They love standing on his hands seeing how long they can balance! Since our church is at 8:30 we have enough time for a good lunch with friends (today it was the Stinsons, a new family in our ward), a wonderful afternoon nap and horseplay with dad! (and a minute extra to blog)

A big day in the life of my oldest.....
Marci gets a facebook!