Thursday, August 27, 2009


Vacation: Part 5

We were SO excited to have the chance to go see Wicked when we were in SD. I had been DYING to go! (ok...not actually dying, but I really wanted to go). I grew up having "Family Movie Night" where we would watch a different musical each month. I have seen a couple of Broadway shows (Phantom and Legally Blonde) and have secretly...well not so secretly anymore...wanted to be in a musical. All that to say that I REALLY was excited to see Wicked. It was A-MAZING! I highly reccommend going to see it! Here are a few pics from the night.

outside of the theater

the girls: Jayne (Katrina's mom), Katrina, Shawna, and me

inside the theater...totally not supposed to take this picture

I told you I was excited!

outside after

Luke and Shawna

The boys...and yes they are matching

Katrina and Nick

I bought a shirt & the soundtrack and have not stopped listening to it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Padre Game

Vacation: Part 4

One of the last days we were in SD we went to Brooke's first baseball game. Tim and I love going to most any type of game, but especially Padre games. Petco has a "park in the park" for kids. It is great! Having a child that does not like to sit still for very long, I appreciate the consideration for families that went into this brilliant idea. We didn't watch a lot of the game, but we had a great time!

Gotta love the sling!

Petco Park

Brooke and Daddy

Brooke's free bat...and funny face

destined to be a Padre fan

Mommy and Brooke in our Padre beanies

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The essence of summer

Vacation: part 3

After the beach house we headed to Nick and Katrina's. We love staying with them when we come down! San Diego got pretty hot while we were there, so our activities usually were decided upon by what would keep us cool. I can't take credit for this idea was all Tim!

Brooke has LOVED water, from her very first bath to her first time at the beach. So we should not have been surprised that she had a blast on her first trip through the sprinklers.

Getting ready!


Well maybe not being sprayed in the face...

Standing on her close to walking!

Flying through the sprinklers

having SO much fun!

waving...All done!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beach House

Vacation '09 Part 2:

After we left Riverside for our CBU Girls' weekend, we headed down to San Diego. The first couple of days that we were there we met up with my family, who had rented a beach house on Mission Beach. We went to eat at Luigi's, hung out on the beach, had friends over for a BBQ, and an interesting photo shoot with Leah...oh Leah. Here are some pictures from those few days.

Brooke and Grammy at Luigi's

Brooke's first carousel ride (notice Michael in the background plugging his ear...classic Michael!)

She loved it!

Michelle and I got henna is mine. When Tim saw it he asked me who Jim was...

Michael relaxing in the beach house

here was our view...

Tim and Jay

Leah's photo shoot on the boardwalk

my little beach diva

I love this face!

Tim and Nick...Nick was trying to give Brooke some water from a water bottle cap. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Girls Weekend...or mid-week...:)

So I have not blogged for a while because we went on vacation for 2 weeks in So Cal. There was no way that I was going to be able to just do one blog of the whole 2 weeks, so I will be putting some highlights in a few different blogs, starting in order with our Annual CBU Girls' weekend...which was actually mid-week this year.

Each year I get together with some of my best girlfriends from CBU. There is something about being with these girls that I end up leaving refreshed and so thankful for friendships that are built on such a solid foundation. This past year we have had some additions to the group. Obviously, Tim and I had Brooke the end of September. Then Alex and Marcella had Andrew 1 1/2 months later. Then, Travis and Hayley had Hudson the end of April. We are excited to meet Chris and Amy's son Logan this October! We were able to introduce them to Max and Sarah's kids, Jacob and Kennedy. It was fun having the kids around this year!

We had a surprise baby shower for Amy and Hayley this year. Last year they gave Marcella and me one, and we did one for Sarah when she was pregnant with Kennedy our first year. It's been such a fun tradition...waiting to hear who we are going to have one for next year!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our time together...(sorry there is a lot!)

Brooke and Andrew

my girl, representing CBU!

Brooke and Kennedy

Hudson and Brooke

Andrew, Hudson, and Brooke

Handstand Competition

Prego Amy won :)

All the kiddos happy

And then the meltdown...

Fun in the sun

dressed up for dinner

dinner at The Cheesecake Factory

A surprise baby shower for Amy and Logan

and Hayley and Hudson. Carrying on the tradition...who's shower will we have next year?!?

Amy, me and Brooke

Marcella and Sarah

Hayley, Hudson, Natalie, and Michelle

All of us minus Emily :(

This picture was taken 2 weeks after the girls' weekend, but I had to get a picture of Emily in here!