Insta Joys

i am going to apologize now there are a TON of pictures
i uploaded my pics last week on friday morning
i was all ready to get my insta joys posted
we were heading out of town and it came down to getting my house clean or finishing the post
my house won

so now you are in for two weeks worth of iphone pics
i am linking up with jeannett over at life rearranged

here's what we've been up to this week:
landon has found a love for star wars
his buddy went to disneyland and got to make his own light saber
as soon as his buddy got home from disneyland he invited him over with one condition 
i think landon has a little light saber jealousy
it is now on his list to make his own light saber when we take our trip to disneyworld
a night at the drive in - love!

in her pj's happily singing on her bike
she is pretty much always singing
she thought all her little friends needed a ride
so by the armful she brought them out and put them on her bike
one of lance's clients got married and they had their reception at a local winery
it was gorgeous
i loved the cupcake table
the cupcakes were fantastic.... yum!
on the hill at the winery at sunset
the first salsa of the season
yes, please!
art work on our front entry
i love this boy
i am his bff
at least on this day i was
he changes his mind often
i made him cookies
i don't mind buying his love
i was setting up the kids' work boxes for our first day of school

it's acceptable to have frozen yogurt for dinner, right?
it says it keeps you healthy,
 is good for your waistline and tummy, 
and is a good source of protein
i am going with it as an acceptable dinner option

the kids earned free tickets to the local club baseball game
the players read to the kids before the game starts

landon and the mascot humphrey
mauryn was terrified of him
i think she just put on a good show since she isn't about drama at all {ahem}
she did warm up and give him five before we left
the girls were way more interested in getting their faces painted
while morgan was at gymnastics one morning the two littles and i ventured to the zoo
it was a cool morning and we had a great time exploring some of the new exhibits
some of the highlights were:
feeding the goats
and the butterfly garden

mauryn is always trying to keep up with her big brother
they tend to reenact scenes from the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
she was carrying her sword in case she had to fight off the white witch
s'mores caramel corn
please and thank you
do you remember pudding pops as a kid?
oh wait i am dating myself
as a kid i loved pudding pops but i haven't noticed them in the stores
the kids and i made some one night
nothing better than this pudding pop face!
last weekend we headed for the mountains to camp
i was in charge of breakfast one morning so i made cheater caramel rolls
in order to condense my packing i mixed all my dry ingredients together and put my instructions on the bag
the main reason we went to the mountains was so lance and our neighbor pat could work at an aid station for a race
can read the sign?
the race was for people running a 50 K{about 33 miles}, 50 mile, or 100 mile race
these are crazy people!
we camped in an area where we could see the runners come past
so we would set up and cheer them on throughout the day/evening
the first 100 mile finisher ran for 27 hours 
through the mountains
at night
where there are bears, mountain lions, and other creatures
crazy people
it was pretty amazing to watch these endurance athletes

while the boys were up in the mountains working their aid station, we took the kids on a little hike
our neighbors had camped in this same area a few weeks before and found a path that led to this cabin
it is in the process of being remodeled and then rented out by the state
it is a really cool little cabin
the cabin is right next to some hot springs
in the middle of summer on a warm day were a little hot
they would be perfect in the winter
mauryn didn't mind the little drips under this ledge
the kids spent the majority of the weekend on the river
throwing rocks
trying to wade across it
and retrieving their shoes and lost toys
i mentioned we camped
this is how i camp
i don't mind sleeping outside
i don't really mind the not showering
i can deal with using a porta potty for the weekend
it's the not washing our hands with hot water and soap for days that grosses me out
the RV solved that problem for me
we had clean dishes
we had semi clean hands on kids
and a place to hide out from the bugs
thank you to our neighbor joanie for loaning us her RV
this was the view from the RV
there was a perfect fire pit right on the river
monday was our first day of school
we run on a modified year round schedule
i start school early but then we can take some longer breaks during the year 
which i love so i get some full weeks to get projects and things done around the house
we usually finish up by the middle of may
so by this time of year we are all ready for a routine again
first day = DONE!
landon and mauryn were finishing up their second session of swimming lessons
this is how i liked to spend my time while they were in the pool
sipping a drink from sonic happy hour and enjoying a book on my ipad
{i am reading when crickets cry... really good so far. what are you all reading?? i need to pick the book for my book club this month. any suggestions??}

little miss sass had to run into the dance studio for a little class this week
she was thrilled to be putting on her leotard again
with her 20 some hair bands as bracelets
she may just be a trendsetter.
my heels are awful
i go barefoot 90% of the time and my feet suffer from it
i have tried many different things to help my heels but nothing really works
until this stuff. 
sometimes those as seen on tv things really do work
landon loves to use the drill
or any power tool for that matter
he was more than happy to be the lead drill man when making the frame for our tent
little fishy loving the water
the last day of swimming lesson = lots of fun
landon loved this game where his teacher tossed him the ball and he tried to get it when he jumped off the board
the frame was ready all that was missing was the cover
so i had a date with my sewing machine to finish the cover

how was your week??

life rearranged


Alana said...

How were the pudding pops? Those were my FAVORITE as a kid!!

Heather said...

Hey Kristen--Loved all the pics. It's always so fun to see what you guys are up to! And yes, I remember pudding pops...we also made KoolAid pops...yumm!!! Great job Mommy!!!

P.S. I just read a book called "Pictures of You" by Caroline Leavitt...super good book....has a couple of curse words in it, but it's a great story. You should look into it! I also read, like the rest of America, "The Help"...very very good.....really makes me glad we live in the times we live in!! :)

Simply Sara said...

oh my sweet kisten.
i loved reading all about your JOYS!
we need a skype date soon missy!

Linda Z said...

What an incredibly fun summer! I want to be my boys' BFF, too! And I love your take on fro yo and camping! :)