Saturday, June 28, 2008

A little bit of swimming and a date...

So Dustin and I got to go out on a date tonight :) we went to El Polo Loco for a quick bit to eat and then we went to the movies to see this....

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It was awesome! I loved it, Dustin liked it but thought it was strange lol. I love Angelina Jolie and of course James McAvoy and have seen most of both their movies. I have to admit it was a bit strange to hear James "american" accent, I am so use to his Scottish accent. I loved it though. It was a great date night.

The kids stayed with MIL and went swimmimg, here are some pictures I took of them before we left to the movies...

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Nikki

Monday, June 23, 2008

Soccer, Park and tree climbing...

Dustin got off of work a little early so we decided to take the boys and Austin's best friend Alex to the park. Alex is always at our house, our familied joke around about how it's his home across the street from his real home, and he fits in nicely with our family, he even has an "A" name lol ;)

Anyways, so we got to the park and it was very busy for being such a HUGE park. LOTS of kids there. The boys went to play on the play ground...

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We took Bella to the swings, she LOVES the swings...


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Dustin took her around the park to the different play things and I watched the boys, They were playing chase with some girls at the park, I had to warn them a couple times about being mean to the girls (eyeroll lol).

I took some more pictures of Bella...

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After the park we moved on to the grass field so we could practice with the boys on their soccer. Austin was being a bit of a pill after a while but Aidan did pretty good. They should be ready for Soccer in Sept.

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After that lol, we walked over to the doggy park area, the boys love to watch the dogs. They found a tree that was easy to climb because it is shaped odd and bends down towards to ground, I have actually taken pictures of both boys with Dustin on this tree when they were babies so I could not pass up the chance for this...

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And the boys did this...

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I made sure to get copies of these last two pictures to give to Alex's mom, both boys have them hanging in their rooms :) We had a pretty good day at the park and once we got home the boys played some Wii and then crashed, which was nice because D and I got to watch some movies together. Okay I better get going. TTYS

Nikki

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Camping at the beach for three days, LOTS of pictures

So a few weeks ago at a baseball game of Austin's, my MIL told us she and Julia were treating us to a camping trip at the beach,YAY! Usually we all do some camping together during the summer, so this was a treat for them to let us take their camping trailer and camp just the 5 of us (although we do love it when they all come too). Anyways, so we left Friday (the 21st), I was up early with the kids getting last minute things ready and Dustin had a couple of hours of work. When he got home early we did all the grocery shopping and a quick trip to walmart. By the time we got on the road it was about 5:30pm lol. So much for getting there early lol. The trip to sunset beach was pretty smooth, even Aidan did pretty good, he is our little "I have to go potty" every 20 minutes guy lol. We were there in about an hour and a half and only got a few "are we there yets". I am thinking we only got a few because of the TV, bubba (what the boys call MIL) has in the car, so it was scoobydoo playing most of the way.

As we pulled up to the last road to the beach the sky was a bit smoky and you could see planes dropping water down....FIRE! When we got to the camp ground the ranger said someone set a few homes on fire and that was why it was smoky. You could smell it in the air. So we got to our site (space 83) and started to set up.

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After that the sky was in that Twilight stage so we decided to go for a walk and take the trail to the beach for sunset. OMGOSH, you know you are really out of shape when you have to climb these wooden, half broken old stairs in half sand that go straight up for about half a mile (give or take, to me it felt like 5 miles lol), with the ocassional resting so I could breathe and stop my heart from hammering in my chest, we made it lol, oh man was that truly a workout and a bit embarrassing, I workout on the treadmill and do walks at the park but they have nothing on that beach trail lol. After cursing the trail, and promising myself I would NEVER do that trail again lol, we settled in to see this...

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It was beautiful! Dustin said it reminded him of mine and his beach trips before we had kids (well I was pregnant with Austin lol) when we would drive up together to watch the sunsets at this beach and sometimes at the beaches in Santa Cruz. So we headed back after the sunset, even though I promised never to do the trail again, I had to to get back unless I wanted to walk a real 4 miles in the sand and then another mile up a long hill to get back lol. This would truly be my last time and BOY was it tough (eyeroll). We got back settled in, did some smores with our camp fire (btw Dustin forgot the firewood so he and Aidan had to go get it.). After that we all went to bed.

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The next morning we cooked breakfast (bacon and eggs, Dustin does the bacon and I do the eggs, lol that is so funny but it's how we do it at home too, I am the one who knows how to do the over med. eggs we all like to eat). After breakfast I notcied we all had little red bumps. I noticed it really bad on both the boys faces. Then I started seeing masquitos everywhere in the camping trailer. YUCK! After adding some bug spray and sunscreen to the kids, we got ready for our day at the beach. It was early so the beach was not to full yet. Here are some pictures of our first trip...

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Bella took a nap and we she woke up I changed her into a different shirt because the pink one got sandy and wet. Half way through the day, the sky changed and the grey clouds started coming in. There was alot of thunder and lightning. You could see the lightning flash down to the ocean. The beach lifeguard got in his truck and drove around telling everyone they had to get out of the water and put our unbrellas down. We sat and watched for a while, I took pictures of the changing sky and when it seemed the lightning was getting a little to close we packed it in.

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We went back to camp and started making lunch. Dustin BBQed some steak meat. I had to got to the women's room to recharge my camera battery (LOL) so I took a book with me and sat outside reading and watching the strange weather while it charged. It rain a little. Maybe an hour or so and then the sun came back out. The boys met two other boys their age that they played with for a while. Since the lightning storm cleared (BTW this is the lightning storm that cause over 1000 fires here in California, alot of these fires are still going on here, you can smell them from our home and it has been so cloudy), we decided to head back to the beach around 5pm. It was colder now, so the boys just mostly played on the beach, building the big hole fort they build with their dad everytime we go to the beach lol, and Dustin even dug holes that the boys got into and he added sand in, up to their heads. It was so funny! They could not get out without us digging them out (well Aidan kinda did, Austin had a hard time), and a bunch of beach goers thought it was so funny and they stopped to take pictures of their own lol. We went back to camp an hour or so later because everyone was cold. We cooked dinner, more steak meat, mashed potatoes and some corn on the cob. After we had another fire with more smores for the boys, this time Austin fell asleep and missed out on them (the night before it was Aidan lol). I made sure to kill all the masquitos in the trailer, BUT as we found out in the morning, the few times Dustin got up in the night to use the restroom he let more in (eyeroll lol) and in the morning everyone had more bits, the poor boys had them all over their faces. We had breakfast and then packed it in a bit early to get on the road early. It took about three hours to get everything put away, cleaned out and the trailer put down. We decided not to hit the beach one last time and just head home. All in all it was a pretty good trip :) Here are a few more pictures of the last beach trip we took. I should add that the second time we went to the beach Bella was a little tired, she mostly stayed on the blanket under the umbrella with the solar radio just turning the knobs lol. She was dancing and singing with it too.

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Okay I am off to bed

TTYS :)

Nikki

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Baseball closing day...

Well today was Austin's closing day with baseball. We had to get there pretty early so the sun was shining bright and HOT! It was very crowded too. The trophy part was pretty short and sweet but the announcments were almost an hour lol. Austin was very excited to get another trophy to add to the one he got last year. He also got a baseball from the coach, all the players did and if we were not camping next weekend then he would have gotten it signed by all the kids on his team, there will be a team party at the coaches house Sauturday. Austin was pretty bummed, but is excited about camping at the beach. Here are a couple pictures from the event.

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TTYS :)

Nikki