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Our week in pics (week 71)

This week we just laid low at home, went swimming and visited with friends. I didn’t take very many pictures which I am bummed about! We had such a relaxing week.

The kids are enjoying their summer and we are looking forward to our BIG family vacation in a few weeks!!!

Our week in pics (week 70)

Another fun week has come to an end! We surprised the girls and took them to Long Beach to see The Queen Mary. They loved it!!!

Sam was so intristed in all the history and we spent over four hours exploring the ship!

I finally had a girls night out with one of my close friends. we saw an eagles cover band concert which was sooooo much fun!

Sarah had more swim lessons and Sam really is enjoying Tennis.


Wordless Wednesday: The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California has so much history and you can spend all day visiting the beautiful ship! We took our girls on Monday to The Queen Mary and they LOVED it!

If you are ever in the Southern California area you have to check out the Queen Mary and learn about the history of this Star Line Beauty!

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Our week in pics (week 69)

Another week has come and gone! It seems they are just flying!!!

We have been pretty busy with swimming at the pool, visiting family and of course 4th of July!!

This new week Sarah goes back to swim lessons again and just going to enjoy the lake!

Summer Fun & Travels Event

Summer Travels Event

My kids have been out of school for almost a month now and we have been having fun! We are excited to share with you some of our favorite summer gadgets and those must have traveling items!

Next month we will also be traveling across country for my Brother’s wedding but we are making it into our big family vacation! We are stopping in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Memphis. Little Rock and all over Texas! I am so excited! But with this LONG trip you have to have everything you need to entertain your kids!

Below are some of the amazing companies we are working with for our Summer Fun & Travels Event!

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Happy Independence Day!



This year we celebrated Shelby’s 2nd 4th of July and we all had such a wonderful time! Please stay safe this weekend if you continue to celebrate our wonderful Nation!



Our week in pics (week 68)

This week FLEW!!! The girls had swim lessons and tennis lessons!

The girls also had Vacation Bible Study and had a blast!!

Shelby had her first Push Pop this week!

Next week is Fourth of July and we can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day!


Birthday Ombre Cakes


Making Shelby’s Rainbow Ombre Cake was so much fun! I made Sarah’s Princess Ombre Cake so I followed the exact same recipe and technique for Shelby’s cake that I did for Sarah’s.



This is by far one of the funnest cakes I have ever made. It takes a TON of work but the end result is so worth it!

Our Week in Pics (week 67)

Lots of fun this week with swimming at the CC and lots of lake time!

Shelby loves being on the lake! She always falls alseep in the boat.

Sarah starts swim lessons on Monday! I bet she will fully be swimming on her own by the end of the week!

Our Week in Pics (week 66)

Wow our first week of summer just FLEW by!!! We had so much fun!

We started our week with the Tim McGraw concert!!! We had so much fun!!! It was great having a day with hubby alone and no kids (thanks to my MIL who watched all three of the girls until 1am!)

Samantha finished her Spring Showcase for Hip Hop and then we spent the rest of the week at the lake having a blast

One of the new words Shelby learned was “bye” she waves and says bye to everyone.

Shelby also says “ow” if she hits you she says “ow” if she bumps into something she says “ow”

A Tea Party Photo Shoot with Bubble Toes Photography

A few weeks ago we had the privilege to work with an awesome photographer here in Southern California. Melissa from Bubble Toes Photography had acute idea to do a Tea Party Photo Soot with the girls and we had so much fun!!!

I was beyond excited to see how outdoor photos would go with the girls. I loved all our photos from Shelby’s First Birthday and Smash Cake and couldn’t wait to get all the girls together!

As you can see the photos came out Adorable!  We did about an hour and  a half photo shoot with the three girls.

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Melissa is a Photographer in the Inland Empire, servicing Lake Arrowhead, CA and surrounding communities. You can message her on Facebook to see if she will travel to you. And also to work out all details of what kind of shoot you would want. She has done photo shoots from newborn, first birthday, graduation and family.

She has all kinds of amazing props for kids/families and works both indoors and outdoors.

The Tea Party Shoot above with  Bubble Toes Photography is apart of the Milestone package.


It’s geared more towards growing children, but is also expanding into childhood “Events” as well. Each additional person is $15.00.

But if you book a session before August August 15th, 2013 you can get in on the *Spring Special* which is a smaller package than the Milestones but it’s such a great promo! Each additional person is $15.00.


You can see all of Bubble Toes Photography’s Current Packages. If you book a session let her know we sent you!

*We received a complimentary photography session. All opinions are my own.

Our Week in Pics (week 65)


I know I am late getting last week in but we have been busy enjoying our first week of Summer break!

The kids had a great last week of school and the rest of the time we spent on the lake with our friends. Sam also had Spring Showcase for hip hop!

Lake Arrowhead School of Dance – Spring Showcase 2013

Sam adores her hip hop class and you can tell she is becoming better at it. I know she is hoping to move up in classes. Next year both the girls want to take Lyrical.’


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A video from dress rehearsal. Sam is on the right side, moves towards the back of the line and then back all the way to the right. (the tall one)

Our Week in Pictures (week 64)

What a fantastic week we had! We spent a lot of time out on the lake enjoying the lake, the sun and the company of our friends! I am looking forward to spending all summer at the lake!

I have been meeting with friends and walking. I haven’t been able to run in a few weeks due to loosing my voice but I plan to start running again this week! My weight loss has been slow but steady and I am happy to fit into 3 sizes smaller than  wore last summer!

The first week of June we have school and then Spring Showcase for Samantha and SUMMER!!!!!!


Our week in pics (week 63)

Another fun filled week! We didn’t have nearly as much to do (yay) and we finally put the boat on the lake! We had a great relaxing day at the lake!

The weekend we didn’t have any softball games but Sam was off with her girl scout troop!

This coming week we have a few softball games and more time on the lake. We are enjoying the beautiful weather!