Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer Round-up

Nothing major going on. Just school, heat, and a few fun things in between. Welcome to the summer round-up!

How do we stay so cool? Ice cream, for one.

And indoor fun! My uncle made a surprise visit... at least it was a surprise to us... so we met up and played at the indoor trampoline park. Grandpa and his grandkids had a great old time.

To say Brandon loved it is an understatement. He kept asking to go back in the days that followed.

My dad's birthday was another slammin' beach party for the books. I made him Swedish St. Lucia buns to celebrate. Who knew saffron was so expensive?!?!

Soon after we got back from Sweden, the day Paige had been waiting for finally arrived. Braces!! Ready?

That doesn't look fun.

Special super positronic tooth gel.

Wearing the smile extractor. I remember those days!

Ready or not, here they come!

Metal mouth! Brace face! Iron jaw! Tinsel teeth!

Looks like a torture chamber to me.

Later on, she was not so excited to have braces.

Okay, that was too sad, so let's fast forward to the day we went to Ben's Bells. Her teacher is trying to get her school to participate in this program that's all about spreading kindness.

I helped!

She was so excited to wear this shirt to school the next Monday.

Disclaimer: This post may not be in chronological order. And I think there are probably more pictures sitting on my phone and/or camera that I haven't posted yet. How's that for sloppy blogging?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

First Day

The first day of school was hard for me this year because it was the first time in 12 years I had no one to take care of at home during the day. I'm just glad there is one year when all of my kids go to elementary school together.

My baby's in kindergarten!

Seems like just the other day when Kallie was in kindergarten. How time flies!

And Paige already in the highest elementary grade! Why must they grow so fast?

Of course I followed Brandon into his classroom. He missed meet the teacher night, so I wanted to make sure he got settled. Plus, I needed pictures!


I went briefly to the "boohoo, wahoo" breakfast for kindergarten parents, but I didn't feel much like socializing... I was on the verge of tears, and I just wanted to go home and cry my eyes out. As soon as I walked out of the school doors, the water works started flowing, and I bugged all my friends with texts because I needed moral support. When I got home, I just looked at his baby pictures and bawled. How could this happen?!?! After a while, though, I got myself together and went to lunch with Russ and then went to Target to buy some more school supplies. While standing in the returns line, I saw this lady with a young child in front of me and thought how that was me just a short time ago, but now I'm that grandma lady in line that tells the young mothers to cherish the moments while they have them because the years pass so quickly. I was in a pitiful emotional state, but soon a miracle occurred. A tender mercy. As I was shopping, I could hear the lady in the aisle next to me telling her kids to sit down in the cart and that they would never be able to go to school because they don't know how to follow directions. And I SMILED!!

Before I knew it, the school day was over. As usual, I brought my camera to the bus stop to take pictures of the kids getting off the bus. There's Kallie.

Now Paige.

All was fine and dandy until Paige dropped this bomb on me, "Brandon's not on the bus." What?!?! Cue the panic! We called the school to let them know, and then we headed down there to wait for word. After a tense 30 minutes, we finally got the news that he was on the wrong bus and that the bus was bringing him back to the school. He was supposed to be on the pink bus, but the pink bus got there late, and his tag was purplish pink, so he got on the purple bus. Someone, and really several people, dropped the ball there. Don't you think the teachers taking them out to the buses and the bus drivers should double check that the kindergarteners are getting on the right buses ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?!?!?! Come on, people!

So I was the crazy mom with the camera on the SECOND day of school. Let's try this again.

There's my boy!

Take two.

All accounted for!

Okay, now that the first day and bus drama are over, hopefully I don't have to cry again until school gets out and my oldest graduates elementary school. Let's not rush this!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Escape to California

I feel like I've written a hundred posts about San Diego and have nothing interesting left to write about, but we had a very important reason to go this time. Princess Kay!

And our friends are always important, too. We met up with two other families at a park in Escondido for a fun picnic. Together again!

The next day I spent more time taking pictures of Princess Kay than listening to the lesson. Oops. At least I listened when my brother-in-law and his wife spoke in church. I learned that it's not a good idea to fellowship Ian by asking him to teach you to surf. He ain't got time for that, fool!

After church, we had a family barbecue featuring my famous caramel apple burgers. YUM!!

The next day we went to the beach with cousins. They were determined to build a pool.

Their little pools didn't hold the water long, though...

So they moved closer to the ocean.

Wow, that's quite the pool!

These are the times when I'm really glad we have a rental car!

Luckily they decided to play in the water after getting nice and sandy.

Paige's cousin taught her how to boogie board. She loved it!

We stayed much longer than planned. Luckily their aunt brought some snacks!

Later that night was date night with our friends. Turns out Monday nights are horrible date nights because almost nothing is going on! Luckily, we found out about a free outdoor organ concert in Balboa Park that was part of a series commemorating the organ's 100th anniversary.

It was pretty impressive!

When the date was over and we went to pick up the kids, it was so hard for them to say goodbye.

The next morning, Russ went to work while the rest of us tested out the hotel pool and jacuzzi.

Even though our Lowell Observatory membership would get us into the Natural History Museum, too, the kids wanted to go to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center again... and somehow they talked me into the hurricane simulator. It was kinda lame.

Russ says these dishes have been there since he was a kid.

I think Brandon could have sent the balls up the tubes all day long.

This was an exhibit teaching about resolution. Really. These were the high resolution hands.

They had a pretty cool circus-themed exhibition going on. Fun house mirrors made for some weird deformations.

There was a whole area where kids could dress up and pretend to be in the circus. Once the annoying, bossy kids left, my kids actually had fun.

Introducing the beat boxin' bear!

And the strongest leopard on Earth!

The end!!

At the end of the day, we picked Russ up from work and then met up with Grandma and Grandpa at Charley's Hamburgers before leaving for home. With that meal, my trip was complete!