Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Move

After 7 months of invading my parent's house, we finally moved out last weekend! The whole buying thing wasn't working out for us, so we found a rental out in Riverside that we totally love. It's an older home so it has a little bit of character to it that is really fun, but the owner has done a lot of really nice upgrades (including basically totally re-doing the kitchen and one of the bathrooms!).

Here's our truck out front-no, we don't have enough stuff to fill it. We just filled the first 11 feet of it from top to bottom.
 After removing the first row of stuff
 There's my piano-in one piece!
 Here comes B with the sectional
 And then there was the piano...
I couldn't watch. But Reed and my brothers and Dad got it out without any problems! Hooray! It was impressive to see the 4 of them lift it out of the truck, especially since it's not a low-to-the-ground U-Haul truck.
Empty trucks are so fun to play in!
We didn't see or hear much from Evan all day-he was too busy re discovering all of his toys that had been in storage for 7 months.
Pretty much all the boxes are unpacked, but we've still got a few we just can't seem to let go of yet (Audrey is in there somewhere too)
 And things are finally starting to get back to 'normal' around here!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


We had such a busy but fun Easter this year. Our Easter Bunny has decided not to work on Sundays, so he left baskets and an egg hunt for us Saturday morning.

Evan got some goggles that may or may not be too small
 Audrey got some yellow shades to match her cute new yellow swimsuit
 Filling their new buckets (the Easter baskets are still in storage...ugh) with eggs
 Audrey got distracted while looking for eggs and played on the swing for a few minutes
Then we packed up and headed south. Reed's aunt invited us for an egg hunt and dinner. They lives just north of San Diego, so since we were making the long drive, we decided to make a day out of it.

First stop was Crystal Cove, just before Laguna Beach.
Audrey loves watching birds. She was so distracted by all the seagulls and pelicans flying around.
 There were some little tide pools to discover and lots of sand for digging.
 Putting their new buckets and sand toys to use
Next we stopped at a beach at Carlsbad and played in the sand some more.
Audrey got a little frustrated trying to walk in that deep, soft sand.
 We even got to see a bunch of dolphins!
Then it was off to see family. We had so much fun! Once everyone was there and ready, the 7 kids got to do an Easter egg hunt. They were pretty excited!
 The hunt started at the time Audrey is usually through her morning nap. Poor little thing was so tired!

Eating some candy!
Afterwards the kids got to hide eggs for the adults! They really liked hiding stuff from their parents! We enjoyed a wonderful meal and some yummy carrot cake before making the trip back home. Both kids (and parents!) were exhausted!
And here are the kids after church on Easter Sunday. They looked good!

 Best picture we got of them together. Man that's tough!
Happy girl!
 Happy boy!

Happy Easter!