Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ty's actual birthday.

Ty got a birthday surprise first thing in the morning. Grammy came by before school with a birthday breakfast, hat, and balloons. He felt very loved!
He was off at 12:15 every day this week, so he got a lunch of choice on his special day. InNOut it was!
Sydney had a lacrosse game, but he was a happy camper. They had a great hill he could pound his new soccer ball up. 
He even jumped a fence to shoot on a goal. Age 10 and already busted by the cops!!!
Dinner was his choice and he takes after his Pops. El Torito won out. It was a great day!  Sure do love that sweet kid and that contagious smile! We finished it off visiting Summer at Baskin Robbins for some yummy ice cream sundaes. 

Ty's 10th birthday party

Ty decided he wanted a beach bonfire as his party of choice to celebrate his double digits.
 Ruslan, Elijah, Owen, and Logan (who came a little later) joined us for some sandy fun.
 It was Brock's first ever beach bonfire.  "Peace out!"
 Haley and Summer giggles like schoolgirls wrapped up in towels.  I had reserved the pit with 3 chairs and a table.  When we arrived, they were nowhere to be seen.  Goodbye table and chairs.
 The boys had a blast with the lacrosse sticks Ty gave them and we set up some cones and they played soccer.  Does life get any better than that for a 10 year old and his friends?  I think not!
 Becky and Lexi looking beautiful at sunset.
 Ty got a light-up kindama from Aunt Becky and Uncle Brad.  Those things are all the rage.  YoYo's are coming back, too.  Crazy fads.
 Jason and Tristan were our fire starters.  It was a bit slow going, but we got it roaring and roasted our hotdogs and made some yummy s'mores to go with our cupcakes.  VERY nutritious meal!  ;)
 Summer even snapped a shot to prove I was there.  Yay, me.
Sydney never goes anywhere without her lacrosse stick.  Tristan even invested in one so they can toss back and forth. 
Silly Summer and Tristan. 

Such a fun party!!! Happy 10th, Ty!  Love you, dude!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Surfin' in February


While everyone else is ankle deep in snow, we have been ankle deep in sand. This was back in February...I'm a little behind on blogging. ��
Wetsuits (that Ty swears he didn't even need), surfboards, and friends. 
Lindsay is going to India with Summer this summer to do humanitarian work. They're adorable friends!
Tristan is a permanent fixture around our house now. The joke is that he's my favorite child. 
What's better after an afternoon surfing?  Napping in a big heap on the surfboard. 
When we got home, Summer got a fun surprise. Caden (a boy from Ladera) invited her to Mormal. She finally got a dress and we are excited for it next weekend. 

It's so fun having teenagers!!!

Summer's in the middle of fundraising for India. Here's her site if you'd like to learn more and/or donate:  http://risingstaroutreach.donorpages.com/2015VolunteerSession2/SummerStewart/

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Santa Barbara

Last Saturday, we got a brand new car. A zippy Mazda 6. What's the best way to break in a new car??? A road trip!!!
We couldn't leave until Jason got off work, so with traffic we didn't get to Santa Barbara until 9:30pm. Once we checked in, the boys insisted on watching a couple episodes of Psych on the iPad to prepare for their Psych tour of Santa Barbara the next day. 
First thing in the morning, we headed over to the Santa Barbara Police Department. Ty pulled the Shawn Spencer pose while Jason was Lassie. If you haven't seen the show, these boys will convince you to watch it. Jason swears it's funnier than Seinfeld...and cleaner. ��
The real show was filmed in Canada, even though they said it was Santa Barbara. Luckily we knew that going in, so the boys weren't totally disappointed. 
Ok, the psych tour wasn't why we went to Santa Barbara. �� Sydney had her first lacrosse tournament. Her club team is Aliso Attack...it's really just her high school team, but it was a club tournament, so her coach got creative. 
We got to watch her play 3 games on Sarurday. The weather was PERFECT!  She played great, even though her team got killed in all 3 games we saw. 
In between games, we tried to squeeze in as much site seeing as possible. The pier was a must for me. There was an awesome skate park at the entrance to the pier, so the boys were thrilled, too. 
It was Valentines Day, so we took some time to pose for some pictures. The pelican was jealous, I do believe. 
Maybe she thought Ty was her Valentine. 
It was a great mini-vacation with just the 3 of us. We never got to hang out with Syd. She had a blast and ended up sitting on the sidelines for their Sunday games...what a good girl. We were glad to get her back home Sunday night. 
We will be going back!  I'm sold on Santa Barbara. 

Valentine Fun with a fourth grader!

I love that I still have an elementary student. Valentines Day is always so much fun. Ty's teacher announced that there would be a competition for the best Valentine box. Ty was ready!
We started off by taking this silly picture and getting two 8x10's printed. 
We then cut the mouth out and extended his jaw for a bigger opening. We taped it around an large oatmeal container and dressed it and threw on a hat. 
The result?  A first place Valentine box!!!
For his actual valentines, we had blow pops that the boys would suck and have mustaches. 
The girls had big red lips while sucking their blow pops. I love crafty holidays!!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a great Christmas!  Buddy the elf returned and proved, once again, to be a trouble maker. He even found Ty crashed on the coach one night and joined in on the fun. 
Ty and Syd were good sports and took me to the Ritz Carlton to see their awesome gingerbread display. 
We had the missionaries over for Christmas Eve dinner. They even helped us act out the nativity...it gets more irreverent every year. Poor elders. ��
Tristan proposed to Sydney with 3 ring pops. They're so goofy! Just friends...we promise! 
One of our favorite treats this Christmas...we got to kitty sit Becky and Brad's kitten Sly. He's a total cuddler and we all got our fair share. Zeedo was VERY jealous!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Chalk Walk

Our stake started a new tradition this year. They had a Christmas Chalk Walk. 
They advertised for artists of all levels, so we jumped in with both feet. 
I had a basic idea in mind, and Summer drew it out for me. 
She really is good with perportions, where I sorely lack skill. 
Me and the kids spent a few hours there Thurs. and Fri. nights. We were chalk covered and colorful. 
Saturday after basketball, we even had Jason join us for the finishing touches. 
I was pretty proud of our final piece. We knew we wouldn't win, but it was fun to try. 
Each stall had info on each artist. We were very honest:
Here are a few of my favorites:

Obviously one of the professionals!
This one was amazing!  It was the three men looking towards Bethlehem. It was done really well, but the shadows ruined the picture. Sorry. 
The stake provided all the chalk, snacks and meals for the artists, plus there was a choir singing Fri. and Sat. nights, fresh scones, and hot chocolate. It was a huge success. Can't wait till next year!