Monday, July 31, 2017

Calvin is 10 Months

Calvin is 10 months old!  He wants to walk so bad.  He crawls really really fast especially when he is trying to get to something before you do.  He likes to take off for the stairs or electrical cords!  The hard thing about having 2 kids where one is old enough to do a lot on his own is he will open gates and next thing you know Calvin is headed for the stairs.

We are having lots of fun this summer, on Calvin's 10 month anniversary we went to a park in Newport and we went to the beach.

He is doing so many new things this month.
He is pulling himself up to a standing position without using anything and balancing for a few seconds.
He is eating so much food.
The good thing is he has 6 teeth now so I can just chop up our food and he eats what we are eating.
He is overall a super happy easy going baby (unless Emmett is wrestling him).

 Looks like he is saying why?
 Emmett's face LMAO

 He doesn't like it when Emmett tries to beat him up.  But I don't worry because he is really strong and he seems to know how to wrestle back.
Oh yeah I forgot, he waves at everyone like he is in a parade and when we say goodbye to Dada every morning he says bye bye.
(also getting these pictures wasn't easy haha)

Friday, July 28, 2017


I have decided to adopt some of the philosophies of minimalism.  This all started earlier this month when my car's transmission went out.  We had to have the whole transmission rebuilt for around $3000. !  That was unexpected, but also kinda expected at the same time.  When your car is 15 years old you know its going to start falling apart.  We decided it would still be cheaper to fix our car rather than buy a new one or another used one that could have the same problem down the road.

I am currently a stay at home mom for a variety of reasons, but that puts us in the category where we only have one income to support the whole family.  We are fine with that, but we can only make so much money unless my husband decides to work every weekend and late at night.  What kind of life would that be?  One thing we can control is how much money we spend.  If we spend less money we will have more.  I looked at our finances and realized one thing we could cut out was cable TV.  By cutting out cable we are saving $60 a month!  Of course we still want to have something to watch so we did get netflix for $10 a month, and we got an antenna which gives us all the basic channels.  So we are still saving $50 a month.

When we got netflix we happened upon a documentary about minimalism (  When I was watching this documentary it got me thinking about our life and how much junk we buy and store in our house.  I would go to Target for something to do and walk around looking for stuff we might need.  Just thinking hey maybe I will see something I didn't know I needed or wanted ha ha, just for entertainment.  The crazy thing was we had already been trying to cut back on our spending and then I saw this documentary and it put it all together for me.

This week I started reading all about minimalism and what it is, and how it can help with keeping your house clean.  I started to really look at everything in our house and I started to ask myself when is the last time I used those 16 wine glasses?  When is the last time I used those 30 blankets (we live in CA, its never cold)?

I looked up ways to start cleaning out the house and for me the easiest place to start was the kitchen.  I am not emotionally attached to anything in my kitchen so it was easy for me to keep 8 wine glasses and get rid of 8.  We are starting slow, I am not getting rid of everything in my house, but its funny how after 4 full car loads to the goodwill our house still looks the same.  This is a work in progress I will keep you updated on how it goes...

( one of the many full trash bags we donated)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend in Oceanside

Friday we went to Oceanside for the weekend.
We had an awesome time swimming, drinking, fishing, surfing and boogie boarding.
I wish we could have been there for a week because 3 days seem to fly by.

 Papa Carl came down on Saturday and helped Emmett catch his first fish!

 We really need to go to a lake and do lots of fishing so Emmett can understand what is going on.
 This was the only fish we caught the whole time, but Brandon did catch a crab and flung it into everyone scaring the crap out of us.
We had an awesome time and I wish we were still there.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Weekend Away

We finally had a weekend away with no kids!  This was the first time since before Emmett was born that we had a weekend away doing something fun with no kids haha.

We went to San Diego on Saturday and we stayed the night at the Horton in the Gas Lamp District.  It is always crazy down there with a lot to do.  We started out by driving down and parking the car and catching a train to old town for margaritas and Mexican food.  I forgot my hat and sunblock so I didn't want to be out in the sun for too long.

Later that night we went out to dinner to Barley Mash for dinner and drinks.


 On Sunday we had breakfast at the hotel and opted to sit outside and watch all the crazy people wander around.  I told Grant next time I am sitting inside because it put me off wanting to eat my food watching this guy crazy on drugs screaming and digging through the trash. 
 On the way home we went through La Jolla. We finally found a parking spot and decided to walk around and get a coffee.
 I want this house.  Help me, I am poor!

This town is super cute and the beaches were really nice.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Catch Up

I am falling behind on posting.  There has been a lot going on around here...
We had the 4th of July.
We went to my parents house and enjoyed the local parade in the morning followed by swimming and a BBQ.  It was a super fun day.  Because the 4th was a week day we headed home that night and watched the fireworks from our bedroom window.

One Friday we went with Lacey and the kids to Newport and walked around and had lunch.  We did a harbor cruise and we took the ferry over to balboa island.  The best part was the kids swimming in the ocean at the end of the day. 

 Here we are playing at the house.  Calvin is learning how to play the piano.

 He can now stand on his own for a few seconds!
We have had a few annoying moments this month too.  My transmission went out in my car so we are currently getting that rebuilt and in the mean time we rented a car and borrowed my Grandpa's ride.  We are hoping it will be done tomorrow, but we could have gone without that expense!  Oh well I guess that's life.
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