Jul 29, 2015

School's Out | 2015

Like I said last year – I made a promise to Sean that I would document the end and beginning of each school year in exchange for not having to buy ugly school pictures.  Just doing my duty here :0  Although, it is fun to look back and see how they've grown! 

*Scroll to the bottom and click on the tag SCHOOL to see other years*

Daysen finished 7th grade, Brenner 4th, Zane 1st, and Indy finished his last year of freedom since preschool starts in the fall.  These boys are EX-cellent students.  They all get good grades and are amazing friends to their peers.  Brenner especially had a great year – serving on student council as the Fire Marshall and excelling in his GATE class.  He was also selected to be on safety patrol for next year, which is a huge honor!  Daysen carried an almost perfect GPA (he got one B in advanced math) and Zane grew leaps and bounds in his reading and writing (I have to give credit to his teacher who is just terrific – Love you, Mrs. B).  I sure love these boys!

 For open house Zane gave us a tour of his classroom and work. 

Brenner said goodbye to his friend Andrew.  So hard when friends move away in the summer!
Daysen missed the photo shoot – but, here he is the last week of school with his bros! 

4th of July | 2015

 This is our third consecutive year of spending 4th of July with the Meilsoes.  You could say we like each other (#besties).  We decided to keep it simple and head down to Breaker's Beach on NAS in Coronado.  After a whole day of beach, BBQ, and shenanigans, we drove over to the bay side of the base for the Big Bay Boom fireworks.  I just love Coronado so much (even though that beach is guilty of wrecking my leg) and I always feel like I'm on vacation when I'm there.  It's a lot of work to get through the holiday crazy, but so worth it!  Who knows how many 4th of July's we'll have left here – Gotta live it up!

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!