Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to every dad!
Karl got a really cool tie from the boys (thanks for sending it, Tom.) The boys decorated it with crayons and then I ironed it to seal the "design." Matt drew crosses and a muffin on the tie. Micah added some very artistic scribbles! Karl went for a long run this afternoon and we then had dinner at my sister's home. Louise and I put together a dinner of ribs, salad, and sauteed veggies for our dad, Karl and Jon.
Tonight Micah wanted to sleep with Matt. I took this picture about 3 minutes ago after tucking my 3 boys into bed! I don't really think Micah will fall asleep in bed with Matt. In fact, I hear a bit of babbling and playing now! We will see though!
I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Camping in Los Padres National Forest

I was feeling left out last week because my sister and her family were in Yosemite for their annual family trip. Jon's family goes each year and when they come back they always rave about how awesome it is! I meant to make reservations in the fall so we could join them although forgot and thus we were left at home! Poor us...not really! Karl and I decided to plan a few small camping trips this summer. We both feel it is so good for the kids to be outdoors and in nature. We also love the family time! On a whim we drove to the Los Padres National Forest outside of Santa Barbara on Saturday. We were lucky to find a campsite! Close to the campground was a stream that the kids had a great time exploring. We then did all the usual camping things and hit the beach on the way home. Various times during the trip Matt said, "Mommy and Daddy, I just love camping!" It is interesting to see the boy's personalities and how different they are. Matt loved sitting around the campfire and talking and hanging out in the tent and Micah wanted to hike, explore and play in the dirt with his trucks. Occationally Karl and I would have to split up and one of us would hang back and chat about the birds, trees and life in general with Matt while the other would explore with Micah. Even with their different personalities they are playing more and more with each other. It just warms my heart to see them play with eachother. It is usually a short lived feeling because inevidably one of them will wack the the other on the head with a toy or try to steal the other's toy!
This little trip was in preparation for a 4 day camping trip up north in Mammoth Lakes, CA in mid July.
Enjoy the pics. The last one is of the boy's faces after an ice cream treat in Ventura. Matt said he wanted purple ice cream! Lucky kid because they had purple and blue cotton candy ice cream. Gross!!








Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Popper on Lukes's Head!

Matt and Luke discovered a new game! We bought this popper trinket after the train ride we took in Henderson, NV. There was a little gift shop and Karl picked up the little popper as a souvenir for the boys. It is a plastic cup and when you invert it and place it on a hard surface it pops up into the air. Matt discovered it would pop on Luke's head!! I hope this little video captures a fraction of how funny it is! Look at Luke's face!
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