Since I didn’t blog this year here’s our recap of the awesome year and the many blessing that we had!!! WARNING: TONS OF PICTURES!!!!
I can’t really remember much, but I do know that we celebrated my Grandfather’s 89th Birthday!
Here we are with my Grandfather after church on his birthday =)
The 1st thing we celebrated in Feb was Nick’s 4th Birthday and my parents 29th Anniversary. The Super Bowl landed on the day of his birthday so I made him a football cake and we celebrated while we watched the game at my sister’s house.
Nick with his breakfast…….He requested that Daddy make him chocolate chip pancakes =)
Here’s Nick with his football cake! It really was in the shape of a football, but the cake wasn’t completely cooled when I put the icing on so it kinda melted (mommy cake fail!)
And here he is with his favorite present from Mommy and Daddy
Next we celebrated Laci’s 2nd Birthday
Here she is with her birthday doughnut
We celebrated with family and friends for cake and ice cream that night and I made her a Monster’s Inc themed cake because she loves that movie. My sister Jacqueline helped me decorate it.
Her favorite present was her new bike that she got from my Mom and sister Katrina
As another way to celebrate their birthdays we took them to The Aquarium By The Bay in San Francisco
Here they are in one of the tunnels
Laci and Daddy looking at some fish
Nick and Daddy inside an aquarium
Laci and Daddy looking at some Jellyfish
Nick and Daddy at the wave pool petting sting rays, fish and starfish
I made the halfway mark with being pregnant with Connor! Here I am at 20 weeks pregnant
Also, Dustin and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary of being together and 7 years of being MARRIED!!!!! I can’t believe it’s been only 7 years, it seems like so much longer LOL. Well my Aunt also retired from her job and since she worked there for so long they gave her a retirement party at Club 33 in Disneyland!!! She got to bring along our entire family to her party. It was also her birthday so not only did she celebrate her retirement, but she also got to celebrate her birthday =) Here are a couple pictures of our trip.
Our family at Disneyland
WOO-HOO!!!! Eating lunch at Club 33
Dustin and I on the balcony of Club 33 (Our Anniversary picture)
Our family inside Club 33
We spent a couple days in both Disneyland and California Adventures. Of course we had to eat at one of our favorite restaurants Plaza Inn for breakfast inside Disneyland! It’s a character breakfast so every time we eat there the girls always wear their princess dresses.
The girls with Daddy
My handsome little man
Nick started T-ball in the same little league that my younger brother played in and that I grew up watching. Their baseball fields are a lot nicer now though and it’s so exciting watching my little boy play. This year he was on the Diamondbacks. Here is his team on opening day. He is all the way on the right, isn’t he the CUTEST 😉
My cousin Jasmine came down to visit from Washington so we headed out to Tilden Park in Berkeley to ride the steam trains, carousel and to feed the animals at the Little Farm. The steam trains are a lot of fun to ride and the kids love going there. We also LOVE the Little Farm a lot because you get to bring your own celery and lettuce and feed the animals.
June was a very busy month for us! Nick’s baseball season ended, Arianna turned 8 years old, we got our 1st Goddaughter, had our baby shower and Dustin’s sister had her wedding reception here since they live in Vacaville.
We also had a baby shower for my sister and I. It was an under the sea theme since the baby’s were due in the summer.
We celebrated the 4th of July here at home and the kids missed being in WA for the 4th of July because over there you can do real fireworks! But Irwin bought some cool ones anyway and we lit them at the house.
Since the kids were on summer break and we were just waiting for the arrival of baby #5 we took the kids to the Exploratorium in San Francisco on their free day.
After having lots of fun at the Exploratorium we headed across the street to Chrissy Field and the beach so the kids could run around and play in the sand and water. I think this was the 1st time that Laci has been to the beach and we weren’t sure how she would like it, but she LOVED it even though the water was FREEZING!!!!!
Dustin and the kids walking towards the water
This month was a laid back month since we had baby Connor. And we were busy getting the girls ready for school.
The girls started school and it was nice only having the younger three kids at home, but I also missed having the extra hands around to help me. Both Arianna and Riley are GREAT helpers with Laci and Connor.
The kids had a day off from school for Labor Day so we spent the day with Dustin’s parents at a local farm in Vacaville where they volunteer to help feed and care for some of the animals. While we were there we saw horses, a lot of different birds, pigs, sheep, dogs and a cat. The kids got to feed some of the birds, the horses and the pigs. They also got to ride a horse and Nick held a baby chick.
Also, in September, Connor turned 2 months old! And mastered turning from his tummy to back as well!!!
October was another VERY busy month for us!!! We celebrated my 28th birthday, Dustin’s 29th birthday, I threw Dustin a Harry Potter party, Riley had her 1st field trip, we went to the pumpkin patch, went to Trunk-Or-Treat at the kids school, carved pumpkins and went Trick-Or-Treating. It was a fun month, but it was none stop with activities every weekend.
With my family who came and celebrated with me! Minus my Mom & sister who were taking pictures, my brother who was at work and my Dad, but we had him on ooVoo (can you see him?) since he was out of town on a business trip.
I thought it was the sweetest thing ever, but I felt so bad that she used all the money that she saved up for a present for me =(
For Dustin’s birthday I threw him a Harry Potter themed party. Here are some of the things I made
For the favors I made chocolate frogs from the movie and put them inside little boxes. I bought the chocolate frog molds from Amazon.com and I found a template for the boxes online. I printed them, cut them and folded them before putting the frogs inside.
Next up was Riley’s very 1st field trip! I was supposed to go as a chaperone, but since Connor was not interested in taking a bottle I had Dustin get fingerprinted so he could go with her. I followed the bus with Nick, Laci and Connor to make sure that I got lots of pictures taken of her on her very 1st field trip.
Every year the girls school has a Trunk-Or-Treat. This year I didn’t help out since we had a baby and I didn’t have enough time to get away to volunteer. But we still were able to make it for the event. The kids love going because it gives them a reason to get dressed up more than once.
The day after Riley’s field trip Dustin had another day off so we took the kids to a local pumpkin patch so the kids could get pumpkins for carving!
Next we went to the regular maze. To make it fun we all split up to see who would finish first. The teams were Nick, Connor and I, Dustin and Laci, Joston and Riley and Ari and Ana. Ari and Ana were the first ones out of the maze, but we did run into everyone else while we were in the maze and it was a lot of fun!
The kids in their costumes. Nick was a Strom Trooper from Star Wars. Riley was Cleo de Nile and Ari was Frankie Stien which are both characters from Monster High. Laci wore Ari and Riley’s old costume and was Tinkerbell!!!
That weekend we carved our pumpkins!!! Since the kids are getting older, I told them that they have to carve their own pumpkins from now on. They did a really good job this year and I only really helped out Nick and I did Laci’s for her.
Yes, we really took the Jedi costume off Nick’s Build A Bear and put it on Connor. It was a little snug though and wouldn’t close in the back, but I thought he looked super cute! We waited for Dustin to get home then went around the neighborhood trick or treating and even met up with a couple friends.
This was another crazy busy month!!! Arianna had lunch with the principal for getting Student of the Month for October, we celebrated our Goddaughter’s 1st birthday with her, Riley turned 7 years old, we had a Paris themed party for her, Connor turned 4 months old, Nick had a bowl-a-thon to raise money for his expenses in Kajukenbo, he also had a belt promotion this month, Riley performed in the Nutcracker play with her ballet school, we threw our cousin Jasmine a baby shower and took our annual family pictures and stayed in Vacaville for the tree lighting ceremony.
Riley turned 7 years old! She loves frozen yogurt so we met at our local frozen yogurt shop with all our family and friends!
We also threw her a Paris themed birthday party for her school friends. Her requests were Paris, the color purple and the Marie the cat from Aristocats. And with the help of my friend who designed her invitations and party decor we were able to pull it off and she was ecstatic!!!!
We also had a contest to see who would decorate their Eiffel Tower cookie the best. Riley got to choose the winner from each table and they won “Paris Amour” lotion from Bath and Body Works. After Riley picked the winner they all got to eat their cookies!
Nick goes to The Morales House of Kajukenbo and started in August. They had a bowl-a-thon fundraiser for the kids so they could get money for sparring gear, tournament fees and whatever else they would need. He did pretty good at bowling and raised enough for his sparring gear and still has money left over for upcoming tournaments.
The following day he had a promotion ceremony to move up to the yellow striped belt.
Another big event this month was Riley performing in her 1st Nutcracker play with Benicia Ballet School. They performed at Solano Community College this year and ever had a live orchestra. She had four parts; poor child, angel, cookie and guardian angel. They had 4 shows and it was the weekend after Thanksgiving so it was very busy!
Here are a couple of pictures of her from the stage
My cousin is expecting her 1st baby and our whole family is SUPER excited for her!!!! We all decided on an owl theme and it turned out so cute! Here are some details and pictures from the baby shower.
Last but not least we had our annual pictures taken by one of our favorite photographer’s Crystal Lynn. After our photo session we headed to the Vacaville tree lighting. It was VERY crowded so we couldn’t get a picture by the tree. But here’s a picture of the kids while they were watching performances and singers singing Christmas songs
I can’t believe how fast this year went by! It’s the holiday season and there was lots of parties and fun things to do this month. Connor had his baptism with cousin Zach, the kids started winter break, Connor turned 5 months old, we visited Santa, made gingerbread houses, celebrated Christmas and had our annual SF day with my family.
For Connor’s baptism one of the Godparents we picked was Dustin’s brother in law Brandon. They flew out here from Hawaii to meet Connor for the 1st time and to be here for his special day.
Here is Connor with his Godparents!
The girls get 3 weeks off school for winter break! They both had parties in their class before leaving.
It was tough keeping the kids busy during winter break, but with all the holiday crafts we could do we didn’t have a problem. Here they are making their Gingerbread houses
Ari and Laci were supposed to do one together but Laci said Ari was bossy and wouldn’t let her help. So I made gingerbread cookie cakes for the kids to decorate. Laci got to do her’s while the other kids did the houses
Here are the finished houses:
Next up was celebrating Christmas!!!! We sure had a lot of parties this year. On the 21st we celebrated with our Goddaughter and her parents since they were going to be flying up to WA for Christmas. Then on the 23rd we celebrated with my Mom’s side of the family because every year we have to split Christmas Eve with them and Dustin’s side. On the 24th we celebrated at Dustin’s parents house. Christmas morning we open presents with just us and the kids, then after that Dustin’s parents come over to open presents, then my parents and siblings all come over! Christmas evening we spend with my Dad’s side of the family =) So as you can see that is A LOT of present opening and the kids get so excited and they love spending all the time with the families
After Christmas was over we had our annual San Francisco day with my family. We all go out to eat lunch and walk around the city looking at all the Christmas decorations. It’s a tradition that my kids all LOVE and look forward to every year! This year we headed out a little earlier to go on Ride the Duck tour of SF. I had purchased tickets earlier in the year because we planned on going with Dustin’s family who was coming out from WA, but plans changed and we didn’t get to use them. Since they were expiring at the end of the year we had to use them!
Even though I’ve been to the city so many times before, it was nice driving around learning the history of everything! The kids favorite part was going into the water! Nick even got to drive the boat in McCovey Cove near AT&T stadium!
After our tour we met up with the rest of my family for lunch! They walked over to Union Square to see the Christmas decorations
It was such a fun year and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us and our family. I hope everyone enjoyed and will continue to follow our blog. I promise to keep up with it this upcoming year =)