July 26, 2016

Double digits

pokemon go cake topper for a pokemon birthday

My difficult, complex, complicated (wait...all those mean the same...see what I'm dealing with), and BRILLIANT son - turned ten two weeks ago.  I may not be able to carry Truman on my hip but I can still fit him comfortably on my lap. He's still my baby.  Babies still call mom "Mommy" at the end of "I love you". They walk around with shoelaces untied.  They still cry in your arms.  And at night, they kiss you on the lips and want 3 second hugs in which he always counts out loud...1, 2, 3.  He's very precise.  

In ten years he's still laid-back and chill as ever.  Sure, he has a cut-loose side with his friends or a bloodthirsty approach with his siblings but characteristically he's smooth and subtle. Naturally, he wanted a low-key birthday and with my less is more mantra lately I'm totally down with that.  

We're usually at Legoland celebrating his birthday but since we were there last month he gave me a few, simple requests for how he wanted to celebrate at home:

The usual request for Pillsbury birthday cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

diy pokemon cupcake topper picks

Portia and I had gone shopping a few days prior for Pokemon cupcake toppers.  

No luck so I made my own.

diy pokemon cupcake topper picks

Why stop there? 

pokemon go cake topper for birthday cakes

He opened a few presents then skipped out to summer school.

pokemon birthday sign

Off we went to the races! Mash, mash, mash.  One banana cake coming right up!

Taste testing.

She lets nothing go to waste.

Cake in the oven, change for swim lessons, and time to make the frosting!

Race across town for pick ups (Yep, I made him go to summer school on his birthday).

Turkey and avocado sandwich lunch.  Check. 

(My lunch was pretty good too).

Prep sushi rice for dinner...check.  And out the door we went to the movies.

sushi rice

The best thing about summer is Truman's birthday and a matinee on a Wednesday.  The Secret Life of Pets was cute but slow.  I almost fell asleep.

secret life of pets

Going full steam ahead to the weekend, the cousins came over for an afternoon splash-bash!

My neighbors think we're the loudest family on the block.  

I'm sure of it.

Lots of LOVE on this plate!

For his second cake the birthday boy really wanted an ice cream cake.  It was my first time making a brownie ice cream cake.  Unlatching that springform pan buckle had me in a panic but it came out super swell!
brownie ice cream cake

I love this guy so much even though he drives me nuts - in a sweet and salty sense.  He and I, we're total opposites! He's graph paper.  I'm craft paper.  He's black and white.  I'm gray and (bright)pink.  He's always on the money.  And I'm always uncertain.  

Soon he's going to figure out that he knows more than me, that I don't have it all together - that I am normal and HE is exceptional.  He'll find out I never understood common core Math (even after him trying to teach me).  He'll realize I zoned out every time he talked to me about ultrasonic sensors.  I've truly mastered the art of nodding otherwise known as shamming.  He doesn't know it yet but he's always been my teacher and I his student.  

He is so amazing...and I'm going to leave at that.

July 06, 2016

All that and a bag of Doritos

I'm talk'in about summer. But you already knew that since you're probably having a fan-FREAK'IN-tastic time too. I'm really appreciating every doggy day bit of summer, even as simple as slumping on our front yard - an American term for front part of your house with grass.  You should try it.  It makes dilly-dallying that much more comfortable.

Thing is, the kids are getting older.  I'm coming undone.  David is unraveling.  And the question I keep asking myself is why are my multi-vitamins proving energy INEFFICIENT? Seriously, in summer I'm better at slowing down and not being so rigid.  The best part is I don't feel one ounce of guilt.  Holy cow...it's nice to not feel stressed.

Here's to being carefree!

Cheers to hot dog lunches.

Backyard BBQ'S.

Play dates.

Staying in touch with friends.  YES!

Quiet time.

When no one's looking.


Latest muscles.

Chess alfresco.

Remember to return books.  Remember to return books.  Remember to return books.

library reading program

VBS week for Portia.

VBS at Bel Air Pres Church

She also took her very first tennis lesson.

She calls herself a tennis player now.

Family day at Katrina's.  Hair cuts for all except me.

Proof that summer is all that and bag of Doritos.  See Doritos.

SB Zoo

Nanu Nanu.

SB Zoo

July 4th in Santa Barbara!

SB Zoo

The weather was perfect.

SB Zoo

Kids play.

SB Zoo

While Dad sleeps.

SB Zoo

He gets it.

SB Zoo

Parents who need a date night.

SB Zoo

I think this is what the millennials call #loungelife.

Oh summer, I promise to be nice in winter if you stay a bit longer...

June 29, 2016

Previously in summer

Lake San Marcos

Summer is one big permission slip to bow out on responsibilities while surrendering to lazy, lingering days. Since returning from San Marcos and our stop over in Brick city...


We've gotten back into a routine with a loosely based schedule.  The kids are still whining and fighting but overall they're happy and we're enjoying this unwinding season with adventures in mind.

Well, a couple weeks ago we had a pest exterminator spray our house.  Water bugs have welcomed themselves in our home.  He also put rat traps in the attic...eeeeekkk!!

pest exterminator

We also have a bad case of laundry.  But I have full-time helpers for the next two months!

piles of laundry

We finally have shade with a chance of 98F.

sun sails

My fear of heights kick in every time I see David on the roof.

sun sails

Portia and I have been spending a lot of one-on-on time together while the boys are at summer school.

Tregnan Golf Academy, Griffith Park

Did you know that Portia is a self-taught photographer with only a degree in preschool?

Lowes fashion bath

She recognizes good design.


Up close and personal.

lace up close and personal

Talking death and taxes with Joanna.  Portia captures real emotion.

coffee at panera bread

Shoe laces untied.

boys always have untied shoelaces

Turtles unleashed.  Happy Birthday Liam!!

diy tmnt party

Old fashioned fun.

box cars

 Box car racing in the sun.

box cars

Audrey and Elliot spent the afternoon with us.

van nuys library

I got everyone signed up for the summer reading program.  And we listened to Jay Vincent, music composer of Ninjago perform at the library again.  

jay vincent, music composer of Ninjago at the van nuys library

I could definitely manage two more kids.  I think I'll be aching till I'm 50.  Sigh...

van nuys library

First Lego League meeting.

first lego league at sandbox computers in thousand oaks

First LuLaRoe party.  Congrats Jenn!!

lularoe party

Spamisubi bowls.

spamusibi bowls

Ice cream drip, drip.

baskin-robbins on a hot day

David's got good grip!!

chopstick goals

Cuties sitting at the next table.

table for two for ramen

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Hope you're summer is sizzling, cause let's be real, it's the only season that matters!