Monday, July 17, 2017

Prom Retakes and a Memory Card Mishap

For the first prom of the year, the kids were all dressed to kill and happy and excited (we had a little hair mishap with Miss B but fixed it in the end).  We set out to take pictures just as the sun was setting and snapped some great ones.  I was happy and sent them on their merry way...Miss B's date picking weeds and gnats out of her skirt as they went.

Welllllll....fast forward a couple of nights and lo and behold, my card was corrupted and I couldn't get to the photos.  I wasn't too worried because it has happened before and I was able to recover them.  After HOURS of reading articles and trying different recovery programs and calling different companies however, I realized it was hopeless unless I wanted to spend $600 (which I didn't).  So.  I decided on retakes and hoped the kids would be up for it...which they were.  ALSO we got to use the sweet classic car they drove to prom in.  And they all went on a date after, so I guess it worked out in the end. But I was sick about it in the meantime.

A few tips for longer lasting memory cards are to eject them properly before yanking them out of the card reader and delete photos through the computer, not on your camera.  Trust me.









Saturday, July 15, 2017

Desert Wildflowers

We had a ton of water this spring and the wildflowers were insane!  We went on a few hikes and BBQ's to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery.  One time I took just the boys and they were so great to carry WP for me.  As per usual, I was thwarted in my attempts to capture the wildflower gloriousness but I sure tried.  And tried and tried.  I love to get out and enjoy the scenery around us! With four boys, it's especially critical to let them run and run and run off energy. 


An accidental dramatic shot of me with the flowers. :)







Another time, we took Landon and a friend of Dennis and went on a bigger hike.  Mr. C was invaluable and practically ran up the mountain with WP.  I sure wish I had his energy and endurance! Sheesh.  

The views were stunning and the cactus were blooming.  It was a glorious hike!







Monday, July 10, 2017

Another Disney Success

We had an awesome trip to Disneyland in March.  It POURED on us the first day in California Adventure...like miserable, wet and cold rain.  Luckily Landon ran allll the way back to the hotel to get ponchos and more clothes/jackets so we could manage the rest of the wet day.  Other than that it was magical watching WP take it all in.  He loved it and did really well.  It was quite a bit busier than we'd anticipated but we still had a great time.

Highlights included:

1. Trying new food such as beignets, po' boy, mint juleps and dole whip
2. Walkie talkies that Mr. C brought and were super helpful
3. WP meeting Mickey and Pluto and being beside himself
4. Miss B meeting Pocahontas, Chewie and Gaston...she was also beside herself
5. Riding Star Wars with the boys 
6. Listening to Q tell me every curve and detail of Splash Mountain as if it was my first time
7. Mr. C and Landon coordinating Fast Passes like geniuses
8. Watching a play with Miss B and WP
9. Finding Q when he got lost for a little bit (yikes)





























Thursday, July 6, 2017

Famous Couples Costume Ideas

Miss B went to a Sadie Hawkins dance in February and it had a Famous Couples theme...truly a dream come true for her!  They all had a great time planning their outfits and looked amazing!  They also got very into character for pictures.  Ha. Westley and Buttercup won first prize for best costume, but they all looked SO great!







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Flower Crowns and Spa Days

I took a BIG break from blogging and while it has freed up a bit of time, I do so miss it...especially being able to look back and remember things.  I shall try to catch up a bit and stay there. :)  My biggest problem seems to be the ease of the iphone/Instagram.

My good friend from Minnesota and her daughter came to visit us in the desert in February when it was still beautiful.  Miss B and I took them to a fabulous spa in Scottsdale (with a superb Groupon deal) and got manicures and enjoyed feeling like the upper crust for the day.  We wandered around in our robes sipping copious amounts of prickly pear lemonade and lounging in the pools and waterfalls with our fancy lunch. It was epically glorious.  We even met the cutest older lady from Canada in the Eucalyptus Room.  She gave us sage advice on religion and life.  And because she is a psychologist, she told us a bit about what she saw in each of us.  It was really a special and unforgettable experience.

We also visited our favorite Boyce Thompson Arboretum, made flower crowns, had a picnic and wandered around taking photos and enjoying the scenery.  Many people stopped us as we walked the grounds, admiring our crowns.  The whole visit was full of laughs, stories and good food. I love great friends who I can be myself with and learn from and just enjoy.  And it is ten times more sweet when our kids get along as well.  I feel my girl is slipping through my fingers and I am trying my hardest to fit in as much quality time as I possibly can.  How did I get here??













 



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