Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scouts

At last night's pack meeting, Jasen received his bowling belt loop, and Tristan received his computers pin and another compass point.


Jasen


Tristan

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kickball

Today was the school's annual parents vs kids kickball tournament. Since Cahl played last year, he decided that this was my year to play. I have to say, I was not really looking forward to it, but ended up having a great time!



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hunterisms

I have decided to add a new feature to my blog: Hunterisms. Hunter says some of the funniest stuff, and I want to make a record of it so it doesn't get forgotten.

Today, on the way home from playgroup in the afternoon, I asked Hunter what he had learned at preschool in the morning. His response: "I have no clue." I just laughed and said "well next time I guess you'll have to pay more attention." To which Hunter said, very indignantly, "I was paying attention! But I still have no idea what she was talking about!" Oh Hunter... :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hunter's Ed

Tristan, Jasen and I all took Hunter's Education this week. Here in Nevada, for hunter's ed, you have to complete a workbook before going to 7 hours of class, followed by a test. I am proud to say that both of the boys did their workbooks (mostly) themselves, and were also responsible for themselves during the class. In order to pass, you have to score 80 on a scorecard, which scores your safety and handling, and score 80 on the test. I scored 96 on the test, and I am not sure about my scorecard, but I passed. Tristan scored 80 on his test and 82 on his scorecard, and he also passed. Jasen scored 80 on his scorecard and 78 on his test. Apparently, if you score between 70-80 on your test the instructors can judge and either pass or fail you. They failed Jasen. They thought he was to young and a little too small for their comfort. But they never told him his scores. So Cahl went down to the office the next day to see Jasen's scores and find out what he needed to work on. After talking with the head instructor, the instructor decided to pass Jasen, since Jasen's scores were high and he will only be hunting with adults till he is 12 anyway. So in the end, all 3 of us passed Hunter's Ed, and I don't think Cahl could be more proud or excited!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hunter

Yesterday was Hunter's first day of preschool. He was so excited to go! This year there are only 4 kids in his class, 3 of them are the same and they have 1 new friend. Us moms have made some slight modifications to our curriculum for this year, and I am excited to see how it all works out.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vacay!

So last Thursday morning, while I standing in the toothpaste aisle, Cahl called me and asked what I thought about taking a quick trip out of town for the weekend. I said sounds great, and once he got home from work we started checking out places and calling around. We decided to head back to our old home of San Clemente, CA, and booked a suite right on the beach. We didn't tell the kids our plan, but sneakily packed everything up and as soon as Jasen's baptism was over Saturday afternoon, we loaded up and took off. We arrived in San Clemente and got checked in at 10:30, and they were all so excited. As soon as we got there, we were all out on the balcony checking out the view and a train went by. Brinley LOVED the trains! The first one scared her to death, but then she started laughing and waving. She would stop whatever she was doing any time a train came and run out to wave at it.


Sunday morning we got up early and headed to Surfin Donuts. They are the absolute best! After sitting outside and having our donuts and chocolate milk, we cruised down to the Farmer's Market. When we lived there, we loved to go to the Farmer's Market, and tried to get down there a few times a month. This time, Cahl picked out and bought me 2 bracelets and a pair of earrings. And we also got some fresh tamales, elephant ears, and the boys picked out honey sticks. When Tristan was little, his favorite thing to do was get honey sticks at the farmer's market! After walking the market, we went down and had breakfast on the pier. After we were stuffed beyond belief, we got all changed and walked over to the beach. San Clemente beach is beautiful, but it's also really rocky. So the bigger boys boogie boarded for a while, and the littler two played in the sand and built castles. The hotel we stayed at was so cool, they had a ton of beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and even sand toys that you could borrow any time. So we took full advantage of that, given the fact that we have a very small array of those things now that we don't live by the beach anymore. So once we were done, we headed back to the room to shower and take naps. Once the little two fell asleep, Cahl and the older two went up to Doheny Beach to play some more, and I stayed back to nap with the babes. Then once Brinley and I woke up, we sat out on the balcony and had a snack while we watched the surfers. After a while, when the big boys all got home and Hunter woke up, we went as a family back to Dohney Beach just to hang out. By then it was getting a little later and chillier, so we didn't stay too long. Brinley LOVED the birds, and she had the best time chasing them all over the beach! After we packed back up, we cruised back through town and stopped to pick up dinner at La Tiendita (the ghetto burrito). After dinner, we just hung out for a while. Cahl and I sat on the balcony and watched the sun go down, and it was so nice and quiet and relaxing.
































































We got up early Sunday morning and walked out to the end of the pier. Brinley chased more birds, and the boys got to see some of the fishermen catching fish. We also stood and watched the surfers for a little while, before heading up to breakfast. After we had eaten, we packed up and headed out for home. On the way, we made a stop in Riverside at the Castle Park. We decided to skip Disneyland this time, since we knew it would be super crowed on a holiday, and this park was smaller and there were way less people to have to deal with. It was a good call, because the kids had a blast! There were virtually no wait times for any of the rides, and since we bought them wristbands, they went on every ride multiple times. They even coerced me to go on 3 (yes 3!) rides. I went on the Dragon's Breath, a tower that shoots you straight up in the air a few stories then free falls back down. The log ride, which is a water ride with one small and one HUGE drop into the water and I got soaked. And finally the Falling Star, where you sit and the entire platform goes up and then back down, many times and very fast. It was the most terrifying. I only agreed to go on it because Jasen was so excited to go on it, and no one else would go with him even though you had to have a partner to ride. So I went out of guilt and will never to that again. After we had ridden all the rides and had dinner, we loaded up and came home. It was a quick trip, but it was full of fun and great memories!