Summer Days

Our Summer routine is developing just as I hoped. No alarm clocks set (except our dogs internal clocks that start around 6:00 am needing to go outside), lounging around in the morning at a slow pace, and the kids not brushing their teeth until 10:00 or 11:00 (I’m trying too not let that happen to often). However, one thing the kiddos don’t miss out on each day and that is their suits on and a good swim in the pool. It has been very hot lately so in the late afternoon the boys are dripping in sweat and begging to jump in. Even Jasmine is getting more comfortable being in the water. She is exploring, splashing with her hands and kicking her little legs like a frog! It’s my favorite part of the day. Hearing their laughter and seeing the kiddos having no worries!

Our evenings are nice and quiet since the kids get worn out from the sun and water. We like to snuggle on the couch, watch a movie, and read books. The best part is we get to end the night and do it all over again tomorrow! Another thing we have added to our “unstructured schedule” is jump roping. We like to go outside early before it gets too hot and have a few contests. It always ends with us eating popsicles in the shade.

These are the days! The days are long, but the years are short. That saying couldn’t be any truer!

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One thing I need to master is a better Summer menu. With our late afternoon swims I find I need to have dinner prepped and ready to go quickly after we are out of the pool, rinsed off, and dry. The boys are always hungry immediately after. I love the fresh Summer fruit for snacks and with our meals, but just need to scroll Pinterest for easy, healthy, and quick meals. What are some of your go-to Summer meals?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Overview

We are finally wrapping up all the outside work that we have been working on all week with the exception of pulling some weeds in our front yard. The boys helped fertilize all of our plants and trees over the weekend. They like to help in short spurts plus they like to get all hot and then jump in our pool! We did lots of swimming, splashing, and hanging outside over the weekend.

The boys love to swim each day and I love to watch them laugh, play games with one another, and have races. Summer is about creating a wonderful atmosphere and cherishing the hot, long days together. We transferred our Christmas decorations from our outside shed to an inside attic while cleaning up and found a bunch of Christmas string lights. Well, let’s just say we found a home for them outside. We waited for it to get dark so the boys could see and Jordan was so surprised and kept saying, “it’s so magical!” And it really is. I love any excuse to throw string lights up. It creates such an inviting ambience. It’s my hope to sit outside in the evenings with my kiddos and talk about our day, their adventures, listen to their dreams, and answer their questions. They are both at such fun stages in their lives. There is never a dull moment around our home. Jonathan is thinking deeper about things, asking more important questions, and becoming a great young man. Jordan is so full of life and curiosity. He loves to follow his big brother around and is becoming very independent at the same time. Their relationship is just what I hoped for when I thought of having kids. They argue, tell on each other, fight over who is playing with what toy, but can’t be apart for more than five minutes without one of them asking for the other. True definition of brotherhood!

DSCN7848DSCN7887DSCN7900With all the outside work and Jasmine’s first swim in our pool over the weekend she was tuckered out! I just love how peaceful and comfortable she looks and not to mention those cheeks!!! I could just scoop her up and never put her down.

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I hope you all are enjoying the start of Summer! Let’s make it a great one!!!

Planting Flowers

It’s officially Summer!!! Since being back from Disneyland we have been in a state of rebuilding, organizing, and trying to finalize our backyard which meant finally getting to plant flowers. I was holding off since no one would be around to water them and I made the mistake in the past of heading on vacation and returning home to dead plants so we waited until we got home this time.

We headed to Home Depot and I let the boys help pick out which flowers they wanted to plant in our flower beds. Jonathan was more enthused and picked out some annuals and marigolds. We headed home and put them right in the dirt. Jordan would only smooth the dirt out with his shovel and didn’t want to help much because he didn’t want to get dirty. He is very particular about what he wants to partake in so that left Jonathan to get his hands dirty which he was all for!

I love having flowers planted! I think it just makes your space more cheerful, inviting, and of course beautiful! We spend so much time outside during the Summer and early Fall that we try to make our backyard as pleasant as possible. The kids love to explore, swim, ride their bikes, and play basketball/soccer. We plan to have many BBQ’s and late Summer nights in the backyard!

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Cheers to Summer!!! Have a wonderful day!

Disneyland

So we finally braved it and took all three kiddos to Disneyland. It was the kids first time experiencing Disneyland and the Disney magic did not disappoint them. We decided to fly since it is over an eight-hour drive and we couldn’t bear thinking about driving with the kids.

Our flight left early Tuesday morning and we landed in Los Angeles early afternoon. This was Jordan and Jasmine’s first flight. They both did amazing and Jordan thought the airplane was the funniest thing ever! Once we landed we took a shuttle to our hotel and that was about a 45-minute drive. We planned on doing a half day at Disney that day so we dropped our luggage off and hit the park. We ended up staying off of the resort, but at a good neighbor Hotel, The Anaheim Majestic Gardens. The Hotel ran a shuttle service to and from Disneyland every half hour. It was always on time and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We arrived at Disneyland around 4:00 pm. We did not bring our own stroller just because we already had to travel with two car seats as our shuttle service did not provide car seats. We rented a stroller from the Disneyland resort each day which was $15 per day. You can’t take the strollers off the resort, but if you bring your receipt if you need an afternoon break you can get a stroller once you return back.

The boys jumped in line to ride Star Tours for their first ride. I waited with Jasmine in the shade. My husband rode with Jordan and Jonathan was able to sit alone since he is eight, which was nice timing or else we would have spent so much time in lines. We got educated on the fast pass feature very quickly and utilized that as much as possible. The boys also walked through the Star Wars launch Bay, rode King Arthur’s Carrousel, and rode the Haunted Mansion. Best of all they were able to meet and get Mickey Moises’s autograph within the first twenty minutes of us being in the park. Jordan was so sweet and kept saying, “Mickey, Mickey, Mickey.” We grabbed some hand-dipped corn dogs for dinner, which were delicious and stayed and watched Fantasmic and ate cotton candy! Everyone was tuckered out from the travel, but we were able to catch the tail end of the fireworks from our room. The boys were in aw!

We got an early start for day two and rode Astro Orbitor for our first ride, Buzz Lightyear was next and the boys loved the shooting feature. Jordan ended up having the highest score, he was on fire! We rode Finding Nemo, It’s a Small World, played in Mickey’s Toontown, and rode Thunder Mountain. We took a break and left the park, but returned later to ride Pirates of the Caribbean which was a hit and a great ride to nurse if you have a baby. It was cool, dark and long enough to let Jasmine have a feeding. Another awesome feature was the Disney baby care station. It has smaller bathrooms for toddlers to utilize, a changing station for babies, and enclosed rooms for nursing moms! I really just used my milk snob nursing/car seat cover and would nurse Jasmine in the shade while the boys rode the rides. The boys finished the day riding Space Mountain which was their favorite! They loved how fast the ride was and were all smiles exiting the ride.

Our third day we headed over to California Adventure. The boys got fast passes for Soaring over the World and then we rode the Jumping Jellyfish, Silly Symphony Swings, and Jonathan and his Dad finished off with Goofy’s Sky School.

The boys got to meet the Incredible’s and Jordan had a good five-minute hug with Mr. Incredible, it was a very sweet and tender moment. We also saw characters from Monster’s Inc, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody. After the meet and greet we headed to A Bug’s Land and Cars Land. We were wiped out and left the park for that day. We hit the pool once we got back to our room and called it an early night since the following day was our last day. We didn’t get the hopper passes because we decided we didn’t want to try to juggle the parks each day. We planned on staying at one and would try to do as much as possible.

For our final day, the boys decided they wanted to go back to Disneyland for their final hurrah. We got up early and were in lines just as the park was opening. With littles the early start really helps before the crowds set in. The first ride of the day was Matterhorn Bobsleds. Jordan had to sit this one out since he was not tall enough. We headed over to Fantasyland and hopped on Alice in Wonderland, the tea-cups, Mr. Toad’s, and my favorite Peter Pan. We ended up going back to Mickey’s Toontown so the boys could play in Mickey’s house which is so adorable. We got fast passes for Splash Mountain and returned for the scheduled time to find out the ride was closed due to technical difficulties. The boys were bummed since that was the last ride they really wanted to experience, but I told them it will give us a good excuse to come back sooner! We left the park for a small break and finished with Indiana Jones.

All in all, we had a great trip and I could see the sparkle in each kiddos eyes. That made all the long lines, hot weather conditions, constant juggling of the kids with bathroom breaks, snack breaks all worth it!

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We are so glad to be back home and sleeping in the comfort of our home. Vacations are wonderful, but being home is priceless! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Summer Bucket List 2018

Jonathan has one more day of school and then he will be out for Summer break. Every year and before each season I like to ask the boys what their plan is, what they would like to accomplish and of course fun things they would like to do. These conversations spark so much life, excitement, and eagerness! Here is our Summer Bucket List and I added a few of my own as well because let’s be honest us mama’s can have some fun too!

Summer Bucket List

  • Go to Disneyland
  • Make forts in the house
  • Have water balloon fights in the backyard
  • Go to the water park
  • Have a late night swim in our pool
  • Go to our local museum
  • Make s’mores
  • Go fishing
  • Go to the movies
  • Create an epic sidewalk chalk portrait outside
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Go to our local library once a week
  • Camp out in our backyard or in the house
  • Stay up late watching movies
  • Read a new book
  • Take morning walks and collect interesting things we find along the way
  • Go for a hike
  • Take a trip to their Mimi’s house
  • Have lots of BBQ’s and drink root beer floats
  • Blow bubbles, play kick ball, and hide and seek outsideDSCN7407DSCN7418What’s on your kiddos Summer Bucket List or your own?