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!


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


My babies


Me and my boys


This baby boy LOVES train rides =)


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 =)


Playing in the school house


And in the firehouse


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


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


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


Riding the carousel



And the ferris wheel




Laci and Nick rode on the airplanes


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 =)


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


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.


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!


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


After we walked around and saw a couple of animals.

Here’s the famous albino alligator


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


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


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


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

Here he is checking out the jellyfish


He loved watching all the fish swim by


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


Another family picture before exiting the aquarium area


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


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


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


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 =)


Then we rode on the carousel


The kids like driving the cars


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


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


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


Look how cute these two are =)


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


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


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 =)


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


From there we hiked down to Vikingsholm castle and Eagle Falls


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


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


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.

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 =)


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


Finally got a picture of me and my babies =)


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

Daddy and his girls

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.

I love this picture of Dustin and his biggest baby girl

And another one with Dustin and his littlest baby boy Connor!


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 =)


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


And Laci and Ari slept in the twin beds room


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.


Arriving at Taylor Creek


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


Taking a picture break before heading into the mini aquarium


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


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


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


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.


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!!!

Backyard 4th of July

So this 4th of July we spent it at home with friends and family.  We BBQ’d and had LOTS of yummy food before doing some fun fireworks in the backyard.  We did the fireworks around the pool so in case there was an accidental fire, there would be plenty of water nearby.  But the downside was that all the ash fell into the pool so the next morning I had a very dirty pool to clean/vacuum.  Let’s just say that that will be the last time we do fireworks in the backyard.  Hahaha!  Other than that it was a lot of fun and the kids loved watching the fireworks.  It’s not as good as the fireworks in Washington though =/

Nick with the stash of fireworks Uncle Irwin brought over


My sister’s and I matched so we had to take a picture of course 😉


The kids having some fun with sparklers before the sun went down


The guys excited to light some fireworks!!!!


And here they are =)


Of course my husband would be the one to try and light another firework while they are already going off


But don’t worry we had people ready to save the day with their water sprayers LOL


The kids watching the fireworks from inside the house


More fireworks


Most of the fireworks the guys set off


The guys aka the big kids!  They had the most fun as usual hahahaha


This was their “big finale” lol

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July!  We’re ready for another 4th of July in Washington!!!!

Our 2011 year in review

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.

On the steam train

Riley riding on the carousel

Laci feeding a cow at Little Farm

Arianna and Nick feeding a black sheep

In April we also celebrated Easter!  Here are the kids with the Easter Bunny at the Jelly Belly Factory

My sister and I were due 3 weeks apart, here we are on Easter.  She’s having a baby boy and I didn’t know what I was having.

In May, Arianna received her 1st Holy Communion!  Here she is with her poster that her and I made at her sacrament retreat.

With our priest Father Downey.  He also performed her baptism and reconciliation.

Arianna with her Godmother, my sister Katrina

Ari with her other Godmother and Godfather.  Dustin’s best friend Irwin and Leslee.

Also in May I made 30 weeks pregnant!!!!


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.

Nick and some of his teammates on their closing ceremonies

His baseball team also had a end of the season party at Allan Witt Aquatic Center and he got a trophy!  He loved his trophy and now proudly displays it in his room!

Arianna turned 8 years old and the theme of her party was Spa themed.  Here’s the cake I made for her.

Her with her friends

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.

Here’s my sister and I

Our cake and cupcakes

My sister and I with our Mom

Another memorable moment was when Dustin and I became God parents to our 1st Goddaughter Dylan!!!

And at the end of the month we celebrated with Dustin’s family as his sister and brother in law renewed their vows and had a wedding reception with family and friends

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.

Carl, Dustin and Irwin playing with fireworks

They kids sat in the back of the van while it was in the garage to watch their “fireworks show”
Meanwhile Nick and Laci sat nearby in their stroller all nice and comfy =)

Some of the little fireworks the guys put on for the kids

And here I am at 38 weeks pregnant!  Awaiting the arrival of our 5th baby =)

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.

Ari making floating water drops

Playing with fog/smoke

Making big bubbles

Ari helping Laci make big bubbles

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

 Laci loving the cold water

Nick and Ari running from the water

Daddy, Laci and Riley running from the cold water =)

And here we are at the beach in our last family picture with just the six of us

And finally the arrival of our 5th baby and our 2nd baby boy!!!  Connor Matthew Roses Siruno (I will have a special post about him and his arrival to our family.

This month was a laid back month since we had baby Connor.  And we were busy getting the girls ready for school.

Connor at 1 month old sleeping

Another 1 month old picture, but awake this time and smiling =D

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.

Arianna on her 1st day of 3rd Grade at 8 years old

Riley on her 1st day of 2nd grade at 6 years old

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.

Nick feeding one of the many birds some crackers

Riley on the horse

Nick riding the horse

Ari on the horse

Laci on the horse

Arianna feeding the horse after they were all done getting rides from him

Here’s Nick holding a baby chick

Nick feeding the pigs some watermelon

And the whole time Connor was a perfect little baby and slept through it all

Thank you Grandpa and Grandma for taking us to the farm and letting us spend time with you!

Also, in September, Connor turned 2 months old!  And mastered turning from his tummy to back as well!!!

So good at tummy time

Tired of Mommy taking pictures of him so he rolled onto his back =/

And there’s my smiling baby boy =)

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.

Our family of 7 on my birthday!

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.

Arianna asked Auntie Jacquie to take her shopping at the mall.  She got all the money she had in her piggy bank and went to buy me a present and this is what she got me

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

Some wands that I made

Another picture of the wands

For the favors I made chocolate frogs from the movie and put them inside little boxes.  I bought the chocolate frog molds from and I found a template for the boxes online.  I printed them, cut them and folded them before putting the frogs inside.

A close up of the box

Golden Snitch cake pops that I made (Excuse how horrible they look!  It was my 1st attempt at cake pops)

And here is Dustin’s cake that a friend of mine made!  Isn’t it awesome!!!

My favorite part of the cake was the sorting hat!

We also had another celebration!  Connor turned 3 months old =)

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.

On the bus with Daddy and Julianna

Daddy and Riley riding the tractors at the pumpkin for a tour of their farm

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!

Here’s our family at the pumpkin patch

I think Dustin and Joston had more fun playing than the kids……..LOL

Finally giving the kids a turn after they “tried it out”

Next we went on the kiddie maze.  Here are the kids coming out of the maze and celebrating =)

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!

 Look who we found!  It’s Joston and Riley

And we heard some noises and found Daddy and Laci

It took us a while to get out of there because I think the kids were leading us in circles, but it was still a lot of fun!  Here’s Daddy and Laci celebrating finding the way out!

And of course Nick had to play with all the little tractors and bikes that they had there for the kids

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!!!

They met up with some friends to take pictures

They were all characters from Monster High minus Laci

The girls with more of their friends that they saw that night

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.

Nick concentrating on his pumpkin

Riley concentrating on hers

And Ari working on hers

And since it was Connor’s 1st Halloween I couldn’t help putting him in here

These are the finished products:
Nick did Mario with a little help from Mommy

Riley did Tinkerbell, but she wasn’t very happy with hers because it kept breaking =(  I thought she did a pretty good job!

Arianna did a 101 Dalmation

And here’s Laci with her Princess Belle pumpkin that I carved for her

I didn’t feel like buying a costume for Connor since he would barley wear it so we came up with another plan.  Pay close attention to the picture

Do you see the difference?

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.

Riley ran into her friend Mia

Some friends that we went Trick or Treating with

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.

Here’s Arianna with her principal for getting Student of the Month in October

We celebrated Dylan’s 1st Birthday with her at her Circus themed party.  We LOVE our Goddaughter!!!

 Her awesome cake and smash cake!

Riley turned 7 years old!  She loves frozen yogurt so we met at our local frozen yogurt shop with all our family and friends!

Here she is getting some yummy toppings

Here’s all the girls, aren’t they the cutest!!!

And here are all the kids that came to help celebrate Riley’s birthday with her =)  We are so blessed to have such great 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!!!!

The cake

Here’s the dessert/favor table

The seating for all the girls

Paris themed food area

My beautiful Riley-Anne

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!

Here’s some of the cookies from one table

Nick joined in on the fun too!

And here is all her friends that came.  They were about to watch the Monte Carlo movie with Selena Gomez =)

Connor at 4 months old

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.

Here he is bowling

I love how he would cheer for himself =)

And here he is with some of the other people in his Kajukenbo school

 The following day he had a promotion ceremony to move up to the yellow striped belt.

Parents helping with the promotion

Dustin is so proud of Nick!

 Nick and Daddy

Here he is with his new belt and certificate

His class

With Sifu Menwinn

I’m soooo very proud of my baby boy!!!!

His sisters were also very proud of him

 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!

With some of her friends backstage waiting to get into costume

Here she is in costume for her poor child part

In costume for her angel part (she also wears this costume at the end of the play for her guardian angel part)

And this is her cookie outfit

Here are a couple of pictures of her from the stage

Poor child


And her cookie part

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.


Sign for the candy buffet

The candy buffet

Bags to bring home the goodies!  These were SO cute!!!  My Aunt (Grandma to be) made them =)

Candy bars

The amazing cake!!!!

The parents to be with their gifts for baby Elena

Riley and I had to leave early because she had another performance that evening so she had to take a picture with her Godmother before she left

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 Dustin’s sister Kelsy and brother in law Brandon with all their nieces and nephews.

Connor’s Baptism was performed by Father Downey

The cousins Connor and Zach got baptized on the same day

Here is Connor with his Godparents!

Uncle Brandon (Dustin’s brother in law)

Uncle Jaime (my baby brother)

Auntie Chesca (my cousin)

Uncle Miggy (my cousin)  He also flew up here for Connor’s baptism from Ocean Beach, CA

The girls get 3 weeks off school for winter break!  They both had parties in their class before leaving.

Riley and her teacher.  They had a pajama day in their class, ate popcorn, drank hot cocoa and watched a movie

For the rest of the school they had hat day.  Here’s Arianna with some friends and her teacher

Another milestone, Connor made 5 months old!!!

And since I was taking his picture in his elf jammies, I had cousin Zach come over in his Santa outfit

Since the kids were off school we decided to visit Santa at the Jelly Belly Factory!

And we took some pictures next to their decorations

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

Nick and Riley did one together (they were having a little too much fun)

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

And here’s Ari working hard on her house

Here are the finished houses:

Nick and Riley’s


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

The kids on Christmas morning

Opening presents from Mommy and Daddy (I love Riley’s face here)

We got them a Kinect this year!!!

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!

The kids excited to go on the bus/boat

Riley, Daddy and Connor on the boat

Laci and Ari

Nick and me

Laci loved going up and down the hilly roads of San Francisco!  She would always put her hands up if we were going downhill.

My handsome boy Connor

 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!

In McCovey Cove

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

Our family

And our entire family!

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 =)