My 10th Birthday!!!!!

I turned 10 on June 11,2013! Yay me, I can’t believe I am already 10! I had an AWESOME Hunger Games themed party (Mommy will post about that). So on my actual birthday we had my favorite for breakfast, crepes with nutella and bananas! It was soooo good. I swear I had like 6 of them! In the afternoon we went swimming while Daddy made his famous (and delicious) BBQ chicken! It was so fun being at the house having fun with my family. I enjoyed my day very much!

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Muir Woods and Stinson Beach

Dustin randomly had a day off on a weekend, which rarely happens, unless he requests for it off, so we decided to go on a little trip to Muir Woods and Stinson beach with some friends.

First we headed to Muir Woods.  Our family before going into the woods

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Our friends and Goddaughter

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A really big tree stump we saw

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I loved being in the trees and walking through the forest

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My babies taking a hiking break and enjoying the outdoors

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My handsome boys checking out some trees

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After going through the trails the kids started getting hungry so we decided to head over to the beach for our picnic and to play on the beach

While the BBQ was warming up Dustin and Nick played baseball

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And we played with Dylan

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Then while the food was cooking we decided to take the kids to the beach for a bit.  The water was freezing, but the kids didn’t seem to mind.

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Finally we ate and just hung out, relaxing till the kids started getting tired

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Once the wind started picking up and the weather got cold we packed up and headed home.  It was a fun day out with our little family and our friends and the kids can’t wait to do it again soon =)

Sonoma Train Town

My cousin Jasmine is in town with her baby Elena so we decided to take a trip to Sonoma Train Town.  The kids love going here because of the train ride, feeding the animals and the rides.  Afterwards we usually go to Sonoma Square where we have a picnic lunch and get ice cream!

The first thing we did when we go to Train Town was ride the train

Jassy, Elena, Riley, Ari and Trin

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My babies

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Me and my boys

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This baby boy LOVES train rides =)

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Halfway through the train ride the train stops and there is a miniature town and animals that you can feed.  The kids love the little town and all the little buildings.

The three little babies on a miniature bench which was perfect for their size =)

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Playing in the school house

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And in the firehouse

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After the train ride we took some pictures by the signs and train tracks

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I always take a picture here when we come so I can see how big the kids are getting =)

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My Mom and Jaime sitting with the babies while the bigger kids ride some rides

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Riding the carousel

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And the ferris wheel

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Laci and Nick rode on the airplanes

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After the kids rode all the rides we headed to Sonoma square for our picnic and ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s!  Group picture minus my Mom =)

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Connor and Zach’s 1st Birthday party!!!

Since Connor and my nephew are only two weeks apart we decided to have a joint 1st birthday party so all our family and friends didn’t have to come to two parties so close to each other.  We wanted something that would go good with their birthdays being in the summer so we did a Mickey and friends beach party theme!

Sign on the front door

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My sister and I both wanted to make banners to show their monthly pictures.  My sister put my nephews pictures on beach balls

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And I put Connor’s monthly pictures on surfboards.  You can also see the bucket favors that the kids got.

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Other favors we had were the Honolulu Cookie Company Cookies from Hawaii

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Dessert area set up for our babies

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Happy Birthday banner

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Yummy treats in buckets to go along with the theme

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The backyard and centerpieces we made

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Little pool to hold the drinks

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Set -up in my sisters backyard for the babies to play in

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My backyard with most of the bigger kids

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Close up of the cakes

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And these are the delicious pineapple and banana cupcakes my Aunt made

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Singing Happy Birthday to these handsome baby boys

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Also, inside was a photo booth area with props for everyone to take pictures at

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Close up of our sign and props

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Some photo booth fun!!!

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And pretty baby Elena!!

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Happy Happy 1st Birthday to my baby Connor!!!  I hope you enjoyed your party even though you were napping through most of it =)

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Celebrating Connor’s 1st Birthday

For Connor’s 1st Birthday we decided to take him to the CA Academy of Science in San Francisco.  My Mom, my brother Jaime and my cousin Francis came along too =)

Family picture in front for the museum

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One of the first things we saw when we got there was the dinosaur.  The kids call him Rexy like the dinosaur from the movie Night at the Museum.

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Next we went to check out the Earthquake exhibit!  Lots of people don’t like earthquakes, but I think they are pretty cool.  The kids loved going in the stimulator so they could feel what a real earthquake would feel like.

The last big earthquake was on my birthday!

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Family picture we took before going in the earthquake exhibit.  I love how everyone is acting scared, but Laci actually looks very concerned hahaha

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After we walked around and saw a couple of animals.

Here’s the famous albino alligator

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Connor found a snake that was actually playing with him, going back and forth across the glass.

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Then we headed to the Rainforest dome which was very hot and humid!   There were also lots of butterflies flying around which freaked me out =/

Family picture before heading into the rainforest

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Then we headed to the roof to see the “living roofs”

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Next up was the aquarium section.  Connor’s favorite part =)

Here he is checking out the jellyfish

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He loved watching all the fish swim by

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Inside the tunnel are he just sat there and looked at all the fish swimming around him =)

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Another family picture before exiting the aquarium area

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After we were done at the museum we went to go visit my grandparents at the cemetery before heading home

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When we got home everyone came over to sing him Happy Birthday and to have some cake and ice cream.

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Happy 1st Birthday my baby boy Connor!!!!!  We love you so much and we’re so happy we have you to complete our family.  You’ve brought so much joy to our lives and we couldn’t imagine our lives without you ❤

Funderland with Emily

Some friends of ours that moved to Florida came back to visit so we met them at Funderland in Sacramento!

Here’s a picture of all the kids

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It was fun to see them again and the kids had so much fun going on all the rides!

The kids riding on the roller coaster.  I love the expressions on all their faces =)

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Then we rode on the carousel

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The kids like driving the cars

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And then they went on the teacups.  I can not ride these spinning rides anymore =/

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It was very hot so the kids went on the water log ride

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Then we decided to ride the train so everyone could ride at the same time

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Look how cute these two are =)

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It was soooooo hot so we got all the kids sno cones, which made them very happy!

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And the girls took turns spraying each other with the water bottles I brought =)

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After riding some other rides and going on all the rides over and over again the kids started getting hungry so we went to go eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory.  It was so good and we’ve never been there before.  The kids loved the decor of the place, especially the train cars inside the restaurant.  Before leaving we got one more picture of all the kids =)

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Can’t wait to see you guys again soon =)

Quick Tahoe trip 2012

Dustin found out he had two consecutive days off in a row and since the kids were on summer vacation we decided that we should go somewhere or do something.  The kids ended up choosing Lake Tahoe because we’ve only gone in the winter and have never gone in the summer.  So we checked Dustin’s parents timeshare to see if we could find any rooms and we found one opening!  So Lake Tahoe it was =)

We left early in the morning on July 5th and drove straight to Emerald Bay

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From there we hiked down to Vikingsholm castle and Eagle Falls

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On the hike down we found a baby waterfall

IMG_0021Once we got to the bottom we walked around Vikingsholm and then found somewhere to sit and have a snack before heading to Eagle Falls

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After we rested for a bit and ate some snacks we started our hike to Eagle Falls.  It was already starting to get hot so the kids didn’t want to hike too much farther.  Here they are taking a break before getting to the falls

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We only hiked to the bottom half of the waterfalls and decided to head back up to the car.  On the way back up the mountain we saw this pretty view and decided to stop for a picture.

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t was starting to get very warm so we headed down to the lake for some swimming before checking into our timeshare.  This was our little set up at the lake.  We got a spot next a picnic table so we could eat our packed lunch there and Connor and I relaxed in the shade of our little tent =)

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The water was freezing!  But the kids seemed to enjoy it =)

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Finally got a picture of me and my babies =)

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Dustin was brave enough to get into the cold water with the kids and they had so much fun with him!!!

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Connor didn’t like the cold water so he hung out mostly in the shaded tent or sitting with me on the sand.

Nick keeping Connor company since he didn’t want to get in the water.

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I love this picture of Dustin and his biggest baby girl
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And another one with Dustin and his littlest baby boy Connor!

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Before we left we found someone to take a family picture of us all and it actually turned out pretty good with all the kids looking =)

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After swimming for a couple hours we decided it was time to head to the timeshare to check in, get washed up and get dinner ready.  When we got there the kids were so excited about picking the beds they were sleeping in.  We got all the kids showered and cleaned up before eating dinner.  Then we got ready for bed.

Riley and Nick love sleeping in the “wall bed” lol

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And Laci and Ari slept in the twin beds room

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The next day we planned to go to Taylor Creek Visitor Center and hopefully see some salmon and other fish.  Then we were going to head to the lake again for more swimming before heading back home.  But first we had to have breakfast =)  Here are the girls eating pancakes, eggs and bacon while the boys finished getting ready.

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Arriving at Taylor Creek

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We found someone to take a family picture of us again on the trail

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Taking a picture break before heading into the mini aquarium

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Inside the mini aquarium you can see all types of fish that swim in Lake Tahoe

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Connor loved seeing the fish and could have stayed standing there all day if we let him.

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But before we left we also had the kids do the Smokey the Bear trail so they could become Jr. Rangers

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Then it was time to head to the lake again since it was staring to get hot once more.  Connor was exhausted from all the hiking we did so he took a nice long nap in out tent while the kids enjoyed swimming.

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The kids had a blast in the water once again, even if the water was freezing cold =/

It was such a fun mini vacation and even though we didn’t stay very long we still had a lot of fun!!!