Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Trying to Beat the Heat

The kids and I just spent the two hottest days in Palm Springs. Brian's parents were spending the week in Palm Springs at their timeshare. Brian was gone for a few days for work, so I packed up the kids, headed out to the 114 degree heat (WHAT WAS I THINKING) and spent a couple days with Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Beth and Hunter. We pretty much spent the whole time in the pool. The kiddos all LOVE swimming and Brooklyn wanted to spend as much time as we would let her WITHOUT her floaties.

Dylan gave us the "thumbs up" for spending the day at the pool!

The whole gang - Brooklyn, Connor, Hailey, Hunter, Auntie Beth and Dylan

Connor preparing his attack on Hunter

Brooklyn is enjoying some poolside snacks
No, this face is not in response to the snacks she is eating. One of her many silly faces.

Hailey needed some nourishment, and fast! Couldn't event bother to take off the goggles.

Connor is hiding in the bushes preparing an ambush on poor, unsuspecting Auntie Beth in the pool. Thanks to Hunter for teaching him this technique!

Showing off their jumping skills

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Capistrano Part 2

One of the best parts of this vacation was getting to spend some time with Brittney. She is living, working and going to school down in this area (We are soooooo proud of her!!!!!!!) and came to spend part of the 4th with us and took US to dinner the next day at the resturant where she works in Dana Point.

Connor, Dylan, Brooklyn, Brittney and Hailey

Connor spent the time waiting for dinner taking some pictures of the scenery

and Mommy....

and Daddy's thumbs up....

and more of the surrounding hills.

Attempting a family pic

Hailey's happy face artwork with a cherry stem and some crumbs.

Last year we went on a catamaran to see the whales and dolphins and only saw one lone sea lion. So the boat company gave us return tickets to try again. This year we hit the jackpot. Not only did we see at a few pods of dophins(at least a hundred dolphins)but we also saw two whales! The dolphins we saw at the beginning of the two hour ride, so the kiddos were captivated. By the time we saw the whale, at the end of the ride, and the fact that you only see a little part of the back and the blow hole, the kids werent to interested in seeing the whale. We kept trying to show them, but they would rather enjoy their ring pops.:)

Waiting to board the catamaran... Dylan, Brooklyn, Hailey and Connor

Up at the front of the boat with the wind in our faces!

Taking a break and enjoying our lollypops. Connor, Dylan, Brooklyn and Hailey
Showing me their colored mouthes for the lollypops... Connor


Brooklyn and Hailey

A far off shot of one of the whales we saw

We spent a lot of time at the pool, but I didnt get any pictures of it this year. All the kids love swimming, even Connor, who was a little hesitant when we went swimming last month was calling to Dylan and asking him to jump in with him. I was so excited to see him get past his hesitation. Dylan was chasing Daddy with his squirter all over the pool. Hailey was swimming all over the pool and joined Brooklyn in the large family spa to try and take off her floaties and swim by herself. Brooklyn saw Daddy sink to the bottom of the spa and decided she wanted to do it herself. She asked for her floaties to be taken off and lo and behold, was actually SWIMMING across the spa. I was amazed!

Until next year Capistrano........

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Capistrano 2011

We couldnt have asked for more beautiful weather this year for our annual trip to Capistrano Beach. I just love the pure enjoyment the kids have the first time back at the ocean. It is such a blast watching them run in and out of the waves, laughing and giggling,then digging into the sand with such enthusiasm. LOVE IT!

Hailey, Brooklyn, Dylan and Connor

Love that grin! Dylan


Jumping the waves


Hailey Niole

I love these pics of the girls. In synch with each other as they dig in the sand! Hailey on the left and Brooklyn on the right.

Dylan and Connor hamming it up for the camera

Hailey with cousins Devin and Logan

My bright blue eyed boy

Uncle Steve getting out in the water with Brooklyn and Dylan

This year our vacation landed on the 4th of July and Brians family came out to the beach to celebrate with us!

(Auntie Beth, Brooklyn, Brittney, Auntie Heidi, Uncle Steve, Hunter, Dylan, Me, Connor, Brian, Devin, Grandma Nancy, Hailey and Grandpa Walt)

A complete family pic with Brittney visiting for a few hours on the 4th!