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Ripon, CA, United States
I am a stay at home mom who loves crafts, scrapbooking, baking, surfing the web, and chasing my kids around. I just realized the house is NEVER going to be clean again. I have an amazing husband who is patient, loving and who cooks and cleans. We've been married for over ten years now. This is our life.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What we've been up to

Here's a couple things we've been up to lately.  AJ has been writing his letters.  The left to right thing something trips him up still.  Sometimes he writes A, and then J on the left side. Still learning.
The playground still provides hours of fun!  We've taken down the Pirate flag and changed it to the Don't Tread on Me flag.  It used to be hanging in Taro's office.  So AJ thinks it's very cool.  But don't think it's not a Pirate Ship anymore.  We spend lots of time running from the crocodiles on the grass sea and find safety on the pirate ship.  Then we usually have to replace the engine, and or lots of miscellaneous engine parts before we can sail away.  It's alot of work running a pirate ship, matey.  Rrrr.

We have another addition to the backyard.  It was completed this afternoon. 
Wait for it.  Wait for it...

A playhouse!  Made from an old pallet and huge wooden box that was shipped to Taro's work.  He cut out windows and added a door in the back.  The kids love it.  AJ is already calling it a rocketship.  HA HA!

It just needs a few coats of paint and it will be a great place for the kids to have adventures.

And of course, we swing the night away!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Watch Him Grow!

I finally got all these month by month pictures together.  I lost a few pictures when my computer died when he was 3 or 4 months old.  Luckily, I got them all back together again!  These just make me laugh!  Look at the chunky monkey in Month 4 and Month 6!

Each month it got harder and harder to get this picture.  He would cry and roll over before I could get a picture.  So I got what I got! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Summer's Almost Over

Seems we are getting use to the 90 degree weather.  But it's a lot easier when you can jump in the pool.  They were too excited to wait and get in their swimsuits.

A little naked bike riding break.  Why not?

My smiley boy.  Getting so big I can hardly stand it.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Carpinteria 2012

We had a blast on our annual trip to Carpinteria, California for the Winger Family Reunion.  It's always so nice when all my sisters can come.
Cindy and family.  Four mini Cindys.  Can't believe Allison is a senior this year!!

Debbie and clan.  Christina will soon be off to BYU-Idaho.  Did we mention it will be COLD there Christina?  Soak up that summer sun now.  HA!
I'm not pleased with this family picture but I'll take what I can get!

Love it when we are all back together again.

Mom and Dad and all the 10 grandkids!  So cute!

This one WAS a keeper, except for AJ!  At least he LET us take his picture this year.
Mom and Dad.  Cute.
 Hoola Hoop contest!  Go Gracie!
 Me and Nate trying to stay cool!

First full day at the beach.  Bright and early morning walk and we were practically all alone out there.  It was awesome!

The boys building pyramids.  Nate took right to the sand.

A happy Taro, before the onset of his fourth annual Heat Rash that lasted the entire week!  #notcool #hashtagshoutout


 Morning trip to the pool with the cousins and Aunt Sandy.

Day trip to Ventura.

There was a playground ON the beach!  The kids LOVED it!

My brave lil dude has NO fear for someone who JUST started walking!

There was a huge rope ladder.  AJ was actually yelling "Help Mom!" here.  Hold on AJ, mommy just wants to take one more picture!   

Slide races are fun!  Especially when you get to land on the beach!

It was a LONG walk/run down the pier.  It was quite chilly at the end with all the wind blowing, but it was so beautiful.

Aunt Sandy, the official photog for the week.
 Ryan and AJ playing in the ginormous hole that Rick dug out.

Bat ray and SHARK warnings!!!!! AAAgghhH!  During Shark Week people!!!!

Nate loved every second he was in the water.  AJ did not.

Meanwhile I was looking for Bat rays.  Do the shuffle!

Trying to leave for the evening.  Nate was saying NO WAY!
 Aunt Sandy and Naters.
The whole clan!