Jun 26, 2015

Father's Day 2015

We had a good ole Father's Day BBQ for our hunky husbands this year.  We love them, so we feed them. Amen. 

We also ordered them matching "dad bod" shirts from my cousin's etsy shop, that I think went over well {considering they all workout and don't have the typical dad bod}.  Such a great group of Papas!

Of course, I must give a shout out to Sean for being the best damn daddy I've ever seen.  Sometimes I think he loves our kids more than me – and, I guess that's okay :)

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut & Lime Dressing

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut & Lime Dressing



1/2 head of red cabbage. Chopped.
1/2 cup chopped green onion.
1 cup shredded carrot. 
1 cup sliced peppers {I used sweet mini peppers}. 
1 cup sliced cucumber.
1 cup chopped peanuts.
1/4 cup chopped cilantro. 
1 or 2 sliced grilled chicken breast. 

 Spicy Peanut & Lime Dressing 

2 limes. Juiced.
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar.
1 teaspoon sesame oil.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter.
1/4 cup water.
1/4 cup olive oil.
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon each of salt & pepper.

*Blend dressing ingredients with emulsion blender (or a counter top blender) until smooth. Use immediately or refrigerate. 


Jun 8, 2015

Glamping + Balloons in Temecula

Last weekend we traveled up to Temecula to spend time with some of my favorite people in San Diego (Becks, Smiths, Jones Meilsoes).  Our friends, the Becks, invited us to their beautiful home (a Spanish villa complete with a vineyard) for a weekend of glamping, attending a hot air balloon festival, and outdoor fun.  I stupidly forgot my camera (grrrrr) but Erin saved the day.  Most of these pictures she took and shared – thanks, Boo!!!

Since we had five families up there, we decided to have all the men and kids camp out back (ummm, yes please) while the mamas and babies stayed in the house.  I admit it left me wondering if this was just a better way to live in general.  Don't judge me if in the near future my kids tell you I kicked them out to live in a tent in my backyard :)

I have to hand it to Mrs. Beck – that girl is amazing!  Her home is dreamy and was packed with food & activities.  My kids confessed that they would do just about anything to live up there (uhhh...me too guys).  When we arrived the kids hit the ground running and did.not.stop. 

Weekend went something like this – Run, ride quads, shoot arrows and guns, pull wagons, dig in dirt, catch lizards, throw horseshoes, have a snack, repeat. 

We woke up early Sunday morning to go see the hot air balloons for the annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.  Long story short – we lucked out big time with our viewing spot.  There was a thick fog over the original launching point and we were able pull right up the field of the location switch.  It was absolutely spectacular to watch!

 The guys had an obstacle course competition that was freakin' hilarious.  They had to ride the baby size quads through the vineyard, shoot cans with a gun, bullseye with arrows, and ride bikes around the house.  You know, guy stuff.  

Stephanie. Christina. Erin. Me. Kristi.

  Oh, how I love these people so much.  I can't wait to do it again! 

May 20, 2015

According to iPhone | 5.20.2015

Lately in life...

Beach season has picked back up again and we're all pretty stoked about it.  We live for the beach in the summer and as my kids get older, it's getting so much easier to go.  I can finally make Indy carry my backpack chair and the 3 big boys are excellent swimmers and boogie boarders.  Ohhhh, how long I've waited for this. 

 BBQ season is in full swing, too.  We have the longest BBQ season in probably the whole country, so I guess it's not a huge deal.  We just really love eating dinner on the patio when it's still light out. 
My kids know the importance of big muscles and we wouldn't have it any other way. 
 Indy finally got a haircut and I have to admit it was pretty devastating at first.  I really love it short now that I'm used to it.  Those blonde curls sure had my heart. 
 "Oh hayyyyy, ladies."
I finally got new couches and I'm pretty stoked about how snugly they are.  I'm also very happy that we went with a dark fabric.  I was getting so sick of cleaning the upholstery on my old set. 

 I took a trip to Seattle to see Lizzy and I'm still dreaming of the flowers in Pike's Place.
 We had tacos on Cinco de Mayo and a few of us basically "came out" as Mexicans at heart. 
 Indy and Signe are the cutest self proclaimed besties.  Their love guys, it's so sweet – it's almost like Signe is like the big sister he never had. 
 I don't know what is going on here, but I love it.  He hiked up his chonies and pretended to dance – then this magic photo happened.  Ha ha.  
 Just when I think I can't love them anymore ...I do.