Tuesday, July 7, 2015

celebrating our freedom

We had a pretty laid back 4th of July. We grilled up some pineapple pork chops made some crock pot bbq baked beans and snacked on some festive snacks but other than that? It was pretty low key. Dave was voluntold he would be the "shop chief" of mid shift (graveyard shift) a few months ago so he's on a completely different schedule than us. Sleep all day, work all night. It's been awful!! So we do the best we can with what little time and energy he has with us. So we took a family nap, I baked and cooked all morning and we just relaxed all day. I would have loved to get out on do some fun outdoorsy things but I knew Dave was completely exhausted and needed his rest. The food was delish and the nap was pretty amazing so I'm not complaining too much! :)
We did a tiny photo shoot to show off the kids cute 'merica outfits. Ha it was a disaster. But such is life with a wannabe teenager and a toddler in full force! Fireworks were banned within city limits and even the city passed on putting on a fireworks show this year so we missed out on the fireworks. I was totally bummed but we made up for it with a Back to the Future marathon ha.


I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday! We are so thankful for those who fight to protect our freedoms. We will forever be in your debt! Home of the free because of the brave!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Father's Day 2015

I know I'm way behind on updating this blog, trust me I have so much too blog about and no time to do it! I'm updating way out of order but I'm doing the best I can. Ha!
So this year for Father's Day, Dave informed me that he wanted a nice watch, the day before FD!! So we went looking and didn't find anything he liked. Our town has the worst shopping! So we looked online and still couldn't find anything he liked that was in regs (military!). So here we are a few later and I still owe him a watch. We're just waiting for the watch to find us at this point! Anyways, so Dave didn't actually get a Father's Day gift, yet! But I did spoil him through his belly. I made some apple turnovers for breakfast (YUM!!) that turned out so amazing! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We spent the day napping, watching movies and doing absolutely nothing, per Dave's request. I did talk him into a few pictures, just for social media. haha you're welcome! Dave had to work Father's Day night so we only got half a day with him. It was a great day nonetheless!

This is how Presley felt about taking pictures! What a snot. See what I did there? :)


Happy Father's Day, Dave!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

virginia pt 2

I just want to throw it out there that I nailed it on the first try taking this picture!

We spent a lot of this day at the beach walking the board walk! The water was ice cold and the waves were really big (you can't tell in the picture) so we didn't do any swimming. We did stick our toes in the water just so we could say we've touched the Atlantic Ocean, ha!. The lifeguards were going crazy! We just happened to be there during whats called the Patriotic Festival. Every branch of the military goes out and promotes themselves, brings all their cool vehicles and blasts music. The Marines tried to get Dave to enlist with them and it was quite funny watching Dave lead them on. Too bad they'll never hear back from him. If only they knew he's already in the Air Force! There's stands, vendors and all kinds of activities going on. People were covering the boardwalk! There were concerts and parties everywhere. Big stars were there like Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andrew McMahon, Alabama and so many more. It was so fun!! We walked around just taking it all in, did some shopping and did a lot of people watching. There is absolutely no shame at Virginia Beach! Ha!

This is when we found out just how cold the water was! This picture was taken the second after a wave came crashing into us and although you can't tell, we got soaked in ice cold water! This was our reaction. And no that little kid is not eating my butt :)


After the beach we headed to our hotel where we got fancied up and went to dinner. I really wish I would have taken a picture of our dinner attire, dangit! We walked down to this real fancy Italian restaurant where we spent almost three hours eating and enjoying each others company. It was such a nice restaurant! I found a hair on my plate, not in my food but on the plate and guess what? I didn't even care! haha gross I know but I guess that's the hairstylist in me! I threw that hair on the ground and chowed down. But seriously, you would think if you're paying that much for a fancy meal, they would at least make sure to wear hair nets? Call me crazy! On our walk back to the hotel, my feet were killing me! Who walks a mile to dinner in wedges?! This girl does! Dave was so sweet and carried me back! We decided to jump in the hotel pool and hot tub to help my feet feel better! My feet definitely felt better but my eyes about burned out of my head! They had so many chemicals in the hot tub and no ventilation in that room that our eyes were watering the entire time, haha! We just laughed about it though.

We seriously had the best time in Virgina and cannot wait to go back with a little more time! It's such a fascinating place!

Monday, June 22, 2015

con-GRAD-ulations!

So the whole reason why we made the quick trip to Virginia Beach is because Dave graduated from a school there and we wanted to attend his graduation! He got his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and I couldn't be more proud! That degree was a killer right at the end. So many sleepless nights and a lot of stress, for the both of us! We are both very happy it's over! Did I mention he graduated Summa Cum Laude?! #proudwife
Congratulations, babe! Now on to bigger and better things :)



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

a quick trip to Austin, TX

My parents were in Austin for a few days on business so of course I had to drive down to see them. I loaded up the kids and we made the short three hour drive there. Of course about 45 minutes from Austin we hit some bad weather! Texas, man!! It was such bad rain/hail/wind that we had to pull over on the side of the freeway and wait it out. My poor car took on some hail damage. Dangit! We didn't let it stop us from having fun though. We got to Austin and couldn't find our hotel. Ha! My navigation needs an update. BAD! Anyways once we finally found our hotel we went and picked up my parents. We went to dinner, did some shopping and sight seeing. We didn't really have much time to play the first night because we arrived a little later than planned. So, we called it a night and just decided to do everything the next day. While my Mom spent the day in and out of meetings all day, my dad and I took the kids out on the town. Austin is such a green city! Trees everywhere! It was beautiful! The only request I had was to go see the Graffiti Park. I really had no idea what to expect aand when we arrived it was seriously such a cool place. Different than what I imagined but still pretty awesome! I'm not really sure of the story behind it or if anyone can paint whenever they want but there was just paint on paint on paint. And a bunch of levels. It was pretty cool! It had recently rained so the ground was muddy and there were mud puddles everywhere so I had to hold Presley nearly the entire time. And she did not like it! So of course, she would not pose for pictures!


Other than the gazillion selfies Kyson and I took, these are the only pictures I took in Austin!

We went and did some more shopping and ended up spending most of our time in the Lego store. We didn't buy anything, but Kyson and Presley sure had fun building stuff. Presley's bright pink outfit was a big hit with all the girls who were working there. They loved her! Who can blame them though? :) We ate at Chipotle for the first time and although it was delicious, it doesn't even compare to Cafe Rio! It was fun getting to see my parents for a couple days. It's so hard living in different states then them. We only get to see them once maybe twice a year so we'll take every chance we get!



Monday, June 8, 2015

our first time to the east coast

A couple weeks ago Dave and I took a little getaway to Virginia Beach. It was our first time to the east coast and we were so excited. There is so much history in that area and it had us giddy with excitement! We love history! It was only supposed to be a three day getaway but Dallas had some bad weather the night before our flight. Our flight ended up cancelling the next morning so we didn't even get to Virginia until 10;30 PM. An entire day, gone! I could have cried!! We were so upset that we missed out on a whole day of exploring, especially since our trip was already so short! Once we finally arrived we woke up the next morning as early as possible to get as much in as we could! We toured an old WW2 ship, the USS Wisconsin. Holy crap! That thing is huge but still so crammed on the inside! I don't know how they lived in such tight quarters. I would go crazy! It was such a neat experience and Dave is still talking about how it's the coolest thing he's ever seen :)

 Seriously, look at the size of those chains!!

When you're finished walking around on the ship they have a museum right next to it full of cool stuff. They have walls and walls of old pictures and other cool things from WW2. Dave found this old picture of  B-1 and he just had to take a picture of it. (Dave's entire job revolves around the B-1!)

 Walking around the city was so cool. The streets there are so gorgeous and it looks like a scene from a movie. Narrow roads with outdoor cafe's everywhere. Tree's flowers and art all over the place! And the buildings were breathtaking! So old with so much detail! We fell in love with the area and would absolutely love to live there! For lunch we decided on Hell's Kitchen and oh my word! Yum! I got the chicken ranch wrap (something like that) and I devoured that thing! I've been way into wraps lately so it was calling my name.


We walked some more and came across the ship yard where they have massive ships being built right in front of you! We were on the other side of the bay so the pictures don't do it justice but there were 3-4 Navy ships being built at the same time. 


I want to go back SO BAD!! Norfolk/Virginia Beach is one of the coolest places I've ever been! Day two coming up next!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

family pictures - april 2015

A few months ago I wont a free family photo session on facebook. I seriously never win anything so I was pumped about this! The girl was the nicest person and she really knew what she was doing, especially with small kids! It makes it so much easier when the photographer is good with kids! 
I'll let the pictures do the talking!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Utah getaway

Back in April we took a short trip back to Utah. The main reason was to have our video made in a place that meant something to us. So we took a short week long vacation back to our hometown! On our way to Utah, we stopped in Arizona and surprised my sister! She was shocked and so excited to see us. My sister is my best friend and I always love seeing her! We played at the coolest park in Mesa and ate our favorite Hawaiian food Mesa has to offer. We go there every time we're in Arizona!

Once we got to Utah we spent what little time we had with family. We have so much family in Utah so our time is always spread so thin while we're visiting! It makes it so fun though! We played at more parks, ate more food and had a mini family reunion. We spent some time with my Grandpa, who's about to turn 92. He's been a widower for a couple years now and he's so depressed so it's always nice to cheer him up a bit when we visit. We went and explored my parents house that is currently being built and I'm pretty excited to see it when it's finished. It's in a part of town that I literally had no idea existed! 
(all iPhone pics)

On our way back to Texas we stopped in Mesa again and spent a couple days with my sister, again! We went to a splash pad/park, a trampoline park and just played the whole time with cousins. Kyson and Presley were having the time of their lives! We tried Bahama Bucks for the first time and oh my word! Ah-mazing!! Can't wait to go back!