April 29, 2008

SandFest

Last weekend we went to 'SandFest' on Padre Island, one of our local beaches. SandFest is pretty cool, the city flies the world's sand castle champions out to compete in a contest to see who can make the best sand castle. It was really fun to see the completed castles. Jake and I have big aspirations of entering the in the amateur section next year. We're basically all talk though, I doubt we'll do it. Seeing as I haven't built a sand castle since I was 6.
Our favorite sand castle
Another one of my favorites. Not because of the Wizard of Oz, but because it reminded me of Wicked :)
The people in this one were pretty cool, but we ended up kind of blocking the sculpture for our picture! Someday I hope to get a picture of myself in which my hair isn't in my face and I'm not squinting.

Birthday Season

I say birthday season because it seems like so many people I know have birthdays during these spring/summer months, one of which was mine! I'm pretty late in posting this, my birthday was at the beginning of April, but I still wanted to share. I had a fun birthday! I didn't want to cook dinner so we went to Jason's Deli, which I have only seen in Texas so far. It's a delish deli that makes the best sandwiches and soup! One of my pregnancy cravings has been big, fresh sandwiches. I know, it's odd, with each of these pregnancies I have craved 'healthy' things. And don't ask me how I can eat soup in this humidity. Another pregnancy oddity. Well, back to the birthday...so because I wanted Jason's Deli, I got Jason's Deli, and then we came home to eat giant red velvet cupcakes. I would normally go for cheesecake on my birthday but, surprise, surprise, I had a major craving for red velvet. Which I never eat! But now I'm a huge fan. I actually made them myself, which made Jake a little mad. Apparently he was going to make me a cake. I was a little disappointed in that missed opportunity as well, I'm sure it would have been a delicious, yet humorous experience. For those that haven't tried red velvet cake, you really should! It's so moist and yummy. And there's just something fun about eating red food. Jake spoiled me with presents this year. I didn't want to brag, but I HAVE TO! I got my very first robot and it's name is 'Scooba'. I think I have complained to anyone I know about how much I hate to mop the insane amount of tile in my house. It was becoming quiet laborous to push around a mop and the baby in my belly for hours and I was unrighteously beginning to covet my friend Jocelyn's Scooba. So Jake got me one of my own and it has quickly become one of my most prized possessions. I don't even have to sweep before I turn it on! I just fill the tank with cleaner and water and when I go out, I put it on the floor, turn it on, and let it work it's magic! When I get home my floors are sparkling and it only took me a minute to do!! Just this Sunday I came home from church to a fresh smelling house and clean floors and I again declared my love for Scooba. If a hurricane ever hits, I'll grab Eli, my wedding album, my hard drive, my blow dryer and Scooba. Oh, and maybe Layla, if she was a good dog that day. Without further ado, let me introduce you to Scooba:
My new best friend :)
Working it's magic in the distance. Don't worry about those spots up front, Scooba will get it!
When Scooba's battery is charging then I just use this method.
While Jake and Eli sang happy birthday. Eli's version was just yelling incoherent things.

April 4, 2008

Poppy Fields

While we were in CA we went out to the Poppy Fields with my parents. My family has gone out to see the poppies ever since I was a little girl. Now I have pictures of my own little familia in those beautiful blossoms! Although it was a typical windy day in the Antelope Valley, it was a fun day.
Strolling through the fields...
I promise, he picked it!! Please don't turn us in.
How surprising...it was windy...

Easter Egg Hunt(s)

Josh's homecoming fell on Easter, so it was a busy day for us. We had a huge Easter egg hunt for all the kids that came to the homecoming in the morning and then later that night we staged another egg hunt for Eli and Alyssa. Alyssa slept through the first egg hunt and Eli just couldn't keep up with those older egg snatchers!

So handsome in his Easter clothes
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My brother Dan helping Eli hunt for eggs...
What do you know, an egg!!

Cousins

We were lucky to have all of the cousins together in CA. We're all spread out (Idaho, Connecticut, and Texas) so we don't get to see each other very often. Although I did have to referee some arguments between Eli and Lily, Eli had so much fun with his cousins!
Eli and Alyssa
Lily and Eli

Katie giving rides on 'Hugo,' Grandpa Camp's walker.

Welcome home Josh!!

We just got back from CA where we welcomed Jake's brother Josh home from his mission. It was so good to see him again! We had a lot of fun on our trip and were sad to leave, it's hard to live so far from our families! Welcome home Josh! We're so proud of you and happy to have you home!!!

Meeting Lily and Eli for the first time...
Dad and the brothers, minus Bremen who couldn't arrive until the next day.
Josh and his nieces and nephews. Josh is the best Uncle and loves those kids so much! Too bad Eli is at that 'escape' age. I'm sure in a few months he'll stand still for pictures...but I've been saying that for awhile now...
Everyone that was waiting for Josh at the airport...
Josh reading his acceptance letter from BYU! Go Josh! Go Cougars!
The first family dinner, per Josh's request. Yum Yum, Panda Express. Can't get that in Corpus Christi :(