Turning 4

So excited to turn 4..."then 5, then 6, then 7...!" I asked Colson a few weeks ago what he wanted for his birthday and he said, "I want a car that goes really fast and I want to channel it!" (a long time ago we figured out that that channelling something means controlling it or using a remote control...) So, that's what we got him and when he opened it he jumped up and down squealing "that's what I wanted!!" It's so fun to see your kids so happy and wanting something and you get to give it to them... Of course Bob was thrilled also when Colson said he wanted a R/C car, Bob's like, "You know we'll need to get two of them." Yeah, this is when it really starts getting fun...when Dad can enjoy some of the kids toys too!! This is right after opening the R/C vehicle
the dino cake...

loving on Analise... making his "silly face" that he says Poppy taught him...I think it was Nick.:)
Happy Birthday big guy...I LOVE you!
and Thanks to all the family for celebrating with us, both near and far, and making Colson's day special.:) Love you all.

pro-choice (for snow)

Snow is beautiful and can be so much fun...but I must admit it is quite nice to choose when I want to see it or frolick in it. :) This is one of best things about living in sunny California. I've always loved snow at Christmas but that's about it. So, we took the boys to Yosemite today to try and play in some snow before it all melts away and Colson had a Blast! Aven not so much...he's been rather whiney the last couple of days and we couldn't find gloves his size for the snow so his little hands were freezing, which is no fun. And I think he did about 10 face plants because of his boots and he's still a little guy trying to tread in some pretty thick snow, but fun was still had by all! our little snowman with whiskers...

art

a selfpotrait by Colson... I just loved this when he brought it to me. He's been really diving into drawing and writing his letters lately even more so than usual. this little dude engulfs himself as well into his doodling. :)

busy, busy...

So... the last couple of weeks have been full and fun. I had a wonderful time with my friend Christy and her girls (who moved far, far away from me :( ), doing lunch together. So good to spend time together, I definitely want to try and make the voyage her way sometime in the future. We traveled to LA for another business trip with Bob. These are great for us to tag along and take advantage of a cheap, mini "vacation." We went on a whale watching cruise which was really cool and I definitely want to do it again. We spotted one grey whale from afar and tons of dolphins swimming close to the boat. A sea lion followed closely behind the boat for quite a ways enjoying the waves created by the boat. It was really fascinating watching dolphins circle and round up fish as pelicans and seagulls anxiously awaited to dive in and enjoy a well prepared feast! We also took the boys to The Discovery Science Center which was educational, fun and dinorific! I love science center's like this, so fun and educational and parents can enjoy it and actually learn a few things too! After LA, we unpacked, washed clothes and repacked for our good friend, Paul's wedding. Absolutely beautiful! The River Mill was the name of the place and it just had so much beauty and character inside and out...with flower gardens, fountains, candles, exposed brick walls... If you've ever watched the Friends episode where Ross is getting married...this place reminded me of that. So cozy and romantic! So...we wish our friends Paul and Lauren a life together more beautiful than any wedding day could ever be, we love you guys and are so happy you have found love together and we wish you many happy memories together! We had a great time visiting with friends and making new ones while in Tracy for the wedding! Colson and Madison just pick up where they left off and have a blast!

man cold

Ok ladies... can I get a witness?! the reality of this is just too much. my hubby has a "man cold" right now. however,  it just doesn't seem quite as funny in my living room!  the boys and I have had a cold for a week now...have you heard us moaning, groaning, whining...? not quite. we carry on with our daily lives and deal with it! so funny. so true. so enjoyable to watch the Britt's do it so well.

oh well, maybe if I rub the "poor little bunnys" head a little more, he will get well faster.

let me take you to...funky town...

this is too cool! i've had lots of fun with it. check it out at befunky.com a sunbeam i've always wanted to be in a graffiti portrait on a brick wall! :) me as a cartoon character

loving creation

happened upon this pic while sorting through the masses... I just loved the way it felt being close to a dolphin and touching one...something incredible for me. I've always loved animals and been fascinated with marine life as well and loving to swim...I think it really does something for my soul to connect with nature. I really want to swim with a dolphin/s one day. I use to want to ride an Orca also but after seeing some incidents... I think I'll just play it safe with dolphins. I guess I'm kind of waiting until my boys get bigger because Colson says he would like to swim with dolphins also and I know at Discover Cove in Florida you can do a whole family swim with dolphins for like $400 bucks. But I don't know, maybe I should go it alone when I have the opportunity and then later we can always do the family thing? Hmmm...something to think about. :)

grungeboard

LOVE this! This is totally new to me and I think this stuff is going to be incredible to work with in scrapping, art, crafts... I can't wait to get my hands on it! Check it out.

Weekend

Well, it was an absolutely b-e-a-utiful weekend! We had some fun at the zoo and riding bikes this weekend, enjoying the outdoors. Here's one of the best pics I took at the zoo. I am going to learn how to great pics. I really enjoy photography and I'm tired of having tons of mediocre shots! We love taking pics of our boys and I really enjoying trying to get some interesting pics of anything. So, that's one of my goals this year is to learn how to take excellent photos with an slr camera, lighting, iso,... all that jazz. Right now I don't have plans to take it to the biz level but... who knows. I just want to have some really good results if I'm going to be putting effort into something. So, I'm going to be reading and watching tutorials but if anyone out there would like to pass along some tips or tricks...I WELCOME them with open arms!

Hilarious

Colson and I were watching some dinosaur videos on youtube and some how came up on this video. We could not stop laughing! This cat actually looks a lot like our cat Orca. Enjoy!

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