Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just the TWO of us

Shortly after returning from Lake Tahoe, Gary and I decided that it would be really nice to get away just the two of us before school started for the kids, and the chaos begun! So we looked and knew we did not want to travel far decided on San Diego! So we booked our room, found a sitter for the kids, and off we were and not looking back! Gary and I have never done this just the two of us thing for several nights since we have had kids, so we were long overdue! When we got down to San Diego, we checked in our room, and off we went, not waisting anytime. We went and walked around and just got familiar with where we were staying. Saw some cool things and snapped some shots.

After walking, shopping a bit, we worked up an hunger, so we went to a local Mexican place called Pokeys! We heard from people there and at home that this was a good place, not the best looking on the outside(a hole in the wall kinda place) but let me tell you, I was not disappointed, bomb food!

After eating, we hit up the night life of San Diego, and explored on foot. We must have walked at least 5 miles all over before we called it a night and went back to our room.

The next morning we got up and waisted no time in our room. We got ready and headed of to the beach.

Gary does not look to happy here, but we were, we were both really hungry, and saving our appetite for our next journey that of course has to do with food... Hodads

This place has been talked about, and also was on The Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Guy had been here and did a spotlight on this, so we just had too! Let me tell you, seriously yummy! You can see in the picture above, the line already forming, and it had just opened. Once we got in sat down and had a chance to look over the menu, I swear we were already full just looking, so many good choices, but all in all I had to go with what Guy ate, The Pastrami burger!

Gary got a cheeseburger, onion rings, and f course a chocolate malt! His eyes were bigger then his bite, cause he was full not even half done.

A photo of the menu just because!

After eating we went back to the beach for a bit, and then headed off to the USS MIDWAY!
Let me just tell you, when we got there we thought we would not be on here for more then 4 hours, but we were way wrong. This was so neat, and we both learned so much. We got to talk to some guys who actually flew some of these planes, and we talked to some men who dropped bombs from some planes, and were in wars and lived to tell us stories! It was probably my favorite thing we did on our trip!

It was a bit scary when you looked down at the water and realized how far up you were! But amazing at the same time.

Gary's favorite copter!

The beautiful view, and Coronado Island!

We ended up staying here for the most part of the rest of that day, and did not even try to stay here! Would love to take the kids here sometime! Think they would love it.

We haded back to our room, changed, went out for dinner, and then went to a ball game!

we went just to say that we have been to all 3 baseball stadiums in California! It was pretty cool, but the game was kind of boring, so we too off, and went to the Lamp District! We walked around some more, and went into a cute cupcake shop, shared a really really good cupcake, and then got some yummy dessert! Walking back to our call, w saw this billboard, and they were setting it up as we were walking by, not a fan of what it was, but it was cool, because it was made using bottle caps, and corks! Very talented people doing it!

We ended up saying out pretty late that night. We knew our trip was coming to an end, so we called it a night, so we could be prepared to go back to reality! We woke up the next morning, checked out, but before we went home we hit up the mall, shopped a little, had a bite to eat, and were off to get the kiddos. We had a really nice time, and can't wait until next time!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I think I can I think I can

So it seems to be a little bit harder then I thought to keep this blog up! I am way behind and it seems almost impossible to catch up, but I know little by little I can do it! This last summer we had a family reunion on Gary's side of the Family in Lake Tahoe! It was a blast, the drive was peaceful and the scenery was beautiful! I will let the pictures do the story telling!

We well I decided to eave like at 3:00 in the morning so that the kids would be asleep most of the drive. So I packed up the car and at 3 we left, I started the rive and By 8:00 I was done and it was Gary's turn to take over so I could catch some zzzz's. Mind you I had at this point gotton no sleep in 24 hours and have no idea how I did that, but I did. We got there around 11 and went to chek in to out Hotel, but could not until 3, so we decided to meet up with some Family who was already there, grab a bite to eat, and start our vacation! We ended up going to the Lake, and stayed there most of the afternoon. Later on ALL the Family meet up for a Family dinner. We ate and enjoyed some card games while the kids watched a movie. I turned out well!

Here are most of the kids enjoying movie

Derick was pretty blindsided by the flash!

Tim and Raegan chillin!on

The next morning we woke up and Dad and Jeanne were taking the kids Duck Tour! So we went and grabbed some breakfast real quick, an sent them off, yes the kids off with them to go and tour Lake Tahoe!

The Boat!

Jeanne with the kids ready to board!

They were gone for a little over an hour, so Gary and I decided to do some shopping and enjoy each others company! We were walking around and an into Carly(Gary's sister) and ha her snap a shot of us, and this is what she got! Yes we are goof balls!

We decided to meet up with Lani an Ryan and grab some lunch, so we did, not having a whole lot of time we grabbed some pizza, and before we got it, it was time to go and get the kiddos. Carly and I took off to do so, and in the shopping plaza they had bungee jumping, so Gary at the pizza place and I am here decide to let the kids do it and I would go an pick him up after! (who needs to eat when you can play)Well this took FOREVER! We waited patiently fr almost 40 min before it was our turn, and from the pics below and the look on my boys(Raegan wanted nothing to do with it) face it was so worth it!

Raegan sitting on Grandpa's lap while waiting! If looks could kill!!!

Derick a little nervous, but did great and had a blast!

An Aiden, well picture speaks for itself! Love this kid

After a morning and afternoon, w rushed back to the Hotel to get ready for Family Pictures, then off to another Family dinner and game night! Here are some pictures of the whole Family together!

This is Derick and I waiting for everyone to get there, great location so i wanted to take advantage! Raegan and Aiden were to busy playing!

A Family shot(the good one will be in the Christmas card)


From there we went back and ate and played min it to win it games, here are some fun photos! Enjoy getting a chuckle from us being dorks!

Derick and Gary! Gary won, this was a loud but fun game!

Gary all geared up for is challenge to knock down 8 water bottles with only using the balls on his head( a great laugh)

Derick giving it a shot!

And Carly and I giving it a go! Seriously so much fun!

and of course Aiden!

The Watson brothers giving it a go, these boys are so competitive it ended up with them all wrestling!

Gary and Aiden, just a cute picture I wanted to throw in there!

Well the night was over and off
to our Hotel we went for a good night's rest. We all meet u for a Family breakfast, and then ff we all were home! We decided to grab a bite to eat before we left, and let me tell you Big Daddy's was the bomb! Great burgers and fries!

So off we were, beautiful drive home, but before we got all the way home we stopped in Bishop for this yummy bakery an stocked up on yummy breads and treats!

...and a horse ride of course! We had such a blast on this Family renunion and can not wait for our next one in 2013! It should be an adventure since I decided to be in charge! haha what was I thinking and why do I do this to myself? but in all seriousness, we enjoyed being around Family and creating memories that will last a life time!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Yes I am still here!

It has been way to long since I have last updated, so here is what we have been up to in no order from January until now!

Derick turns 9, here is with his Aunt Shae
Uncle Brandon, and Bentley at Baskin Robins!

Jackson and Reece celebrating with us!

The Birthday Boy himself!

The Fam Bam

D-man and Grandma!

Celebrating Bentley's FIRST rock-n roll

eating yummy crepes!

Having Brookelynn come to Cali for a visit!

Planning a wedding with thee great people!

D-man and me on his actual Birthday!

making homemade cream puffs!

Pinewood derby with Boy Scouts!

The set up!

Going wedding dress shopping, and getting one! ONLINE!
Thi wedding will have it's own post!

Taking kids to the snow, what snow there was!

This is only in one month, as I am sitting here picking from the million pictures I have, I am realizing a couple of things, 1 I am way behind, 2 I take tooo many pictures, 3 that there i no way that I am going to be able to do this in one post, and 4 the fun titles! that I am brainstorming 5 I really suck at writing in my journal, and I do consider this one! 5 what I am going to do differently to not get behind! There is lots more to post, and lots more fun things we have done, and I hope that the kids will be good enough and that this movie that is babysitting them will allow me to continue blogging! For now this is what I have done, now the goal is for me to be able to catch up before school starts because I have to post the last day of school from last year! hahaha!