Thursday, June 30, 2016

The orchard


For father's day we ventured down to my grandparents home and spent the afternoon with my parents in the orchard. Brandon drove the golf cart around in circles over and over and over again. We all sat around talking and eating and laughing. It was a great afternoon. Hot and sticky but fun.


My mom wanted a picture of the four of us, but Brian had other plans. He doesn't like his picture being taken and he loves messing with my mom.
The orchard is one of my favorite places on earth, especially with my family.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mornings with the boys


This is my favorite way to start the day...


We watch the sun peak over the tree tops, drink our coffee/milk/oj, listen to the birds chirp and squirrels bark and plan out our day. It's the little moments that mean the most.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Life Lessons


 Learning how to drive Pop-pop's tractor.
Cleaning up the orchard.
Lending a helping hand.


Following in some big foot prints.
Knowing what hard work is.
Making me proud.










Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hopping around

New pogo sticks.
An unusually warm weekend.
No broken bones, just giggles.
Today was a good day...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Let me count the ways...

I love this man of mine.
He makes me laugh every single day,
he kisses me in front of the kids to make them gag,
he keeps us safe, 
he looks so damn good in his uniform,
he's an amazing father,
he loves me for me,
he does the dishes on occasion,
he makes the best coffee,
he sounds like Johnny Cash when he sings,
he's teaching the boys how to be men by example.
I love his mocha eyes and crooked smile.
I even love him when he dumps a cup of ice cold water on me when I'm in the shower.
(not so much, but it's still funny, sort of. After I stop screaming)
 He has a heart of gold.
He's my absolute favorite.
He makes me so very happy to be his wife.
xoxo

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday boys

 Every year the boys think of some type of yummy cake for us to make on their birthday. This year Brandon wanted a chocolate cake with strawberries in the center topped off with a whipped cream icing. It was pretty good! Chocolate and strawberries are always a favorite of his. Brandon was pretty excited to turn nine. It may have something to do with the electric guitar he got or the fact that his Uncle Rick and cousin Auna surprised him. They flew out here on Friday night and left Sunday afternoon. Brandon so happy he cried, he felt so loved. It was a pretty special birthday for my little man.
Nathan turned 13 in December. Thirteen. 1 3. My baby is a teenager. I've had nightmares about him turning into a teenager. So far nothing crazy has happen. He still wanted me to make his cake, he still wanted his birthday to be celebrated with his family and he still doesn't mind being seen with me in public. But I know these days are limited, so I'm going to hang on to them with all my might!
Nathan's cake this year was a sweet one. Dark chocolate cake with a coconut filling. Topped with a coconut icing and oozing chocolate ganche. It was good, but it was extremely sweet. Just like him!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The mountains are calling

I love the mountains. I love the smells, sounds, the feel of the crisp air. It's heaven on earth. The boys always have a blast when we go hiking. Brandon skips from rock to rock, Nathan loves to explore every nook and cranny, Brian and I enjoy the quiet and watching the kids enjoy the outdoors. This year we found a cemetery from the late 1800's and the remnants of a cabin with a stone fence zigzagging through the forest. Every time we have taken a trip to the mountains someone has fallen while hiking. The first year Nathan slipped and face planted in the creek, the second time my dad lost his balance while crossing a creek and fell. My mom and I were laughing before he even hit the ground. And this year Brandon didn't technically fall but he dipped his foot in the river while Brian was trying to help him jump from rock to rock. It's probably a good thing we haven't been hiking up a mountain but rather just staying on flat ground. We are a tad bit clumsy in this family!