Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my husband – the best dad a mom could ask for!


Mommy Monday: Jumping Wild Things!

Just about every “Family Day” we get is spent at the beach. I could spend hours just sitting and watching my wild thing discover his newest moves. Wild Things don’t sit still,  not for a moment much less a picture! So, I’ve learned to work with what I can get and just have fun with it. And if your wild thing is like mine, you can get them to “jump AGAIN!” quite a few times in order to try a composite like this one below (made up of 5 images).

Pretty soon, I’ll have 2 of them running around yelling, “Watch THIS, mom!” and the fun will be doubled!


Mommy Monday: High Surf Advisory {Dana Point Harbor}

A favorite family outing of ours is to go to the harbor. Sometimes, we walk around, look at the boats, watch people walk their dogs, or just sit on the grass. Other times, we walk over to the jetty to sit and watch the water. This particular afternoon had a high surf advisory – and boy, was the tide high!

We enjoyed watching the big waves roll in … here are some of my favorite shots of a great afternoon.

Reading some info about the harbor.

The harbor has some of the cutest "statues" you'll ever see!

That would be some of the "high surf" hitting his normal lookout rock! It's typically a 4-5ft drop off from that rock on the right to the beach below...but not today!

I know I'm bias but he sure is cute.

"Did you see that HUGE wave?!"

We usually check the base of this rock for starfish, but they're about 5ft below the surface this particular day.

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Mommy Monday: Boy meets Octopus

My boy is fascinated with ocean life , in particular – squids, octopus, and jellyfish. So, when we went to the aquarium, it was no surprise we had to drag him away from the Octopus Garden after close to half an hour. And I have to admit the octopus in the tank that day was the biggest & most active I had ever seen!

Even though this shots are from 3 months ago, Reed retold me the entire story about how we watched the giant mollusk eat and swim around. We had so much fun that day … but anything he finds that interesting is automatically MY favorite part.


Mommy Monday: Meleon the Chameleon

My boy LOVES animals. And the good news is he enjoys helping take care of them. So, when after much discussion about his constant begging for a lizard, we decided it would be a good pet for him and off to the pet store we went. He fell in love with the baby chameleons. And Meleon the Chameleon was added to our family.

It’s now 2 months later and he still sits and watches Meleon stalk crickets – the launching tongue always gets a giggle! And Reed is very excited about his baby dragon that will some day lay dragon eggs … hmm, that bridge we’ll crossing another day. But turns out chameleons are pretty low maintenance pets so mommy is happy about it too!

He’s (actually a she) is little now but will get to be about a foot long. Here are some of the shots from Meleon’s first day home. And in a few months I’ll take some more to see how he’s grown.

(Meleon had just shed the morning we got him so that’s leftover white skin on him)



Mommy Monday: Father’s Day 2011

I’d like to dedicate this Mommy Monday post to Father’s Day.

Hope you have a great weekend & get to honor a dad in your life!

Some of my favorite family photos are Reed & his Daddy playing!  I love to document the fun, the giggles, and the wrestling that my 2 boys share.  And once they start playing, I get out-of-the-way!!  I’m always the one who ends up hurt!  But I don’t mind stepping back and just watching, it always makes me smile.  Reed has such a great daddy!  God hand-picked them for each other … daddy & his mini-me. And by this time next year, things will be a little more exciting.

I just love them both so much!

Here are some of my favorite “Daddy & Me” shots from 2010-2011 so far – enjoy!

Mommy Monday: The First Bike

Not too long ago, we decided to go to Toys R Us just to “look around”. We go there every once in a while, maybe pick up something small, maybe talk about birthday size toys, and do some practice putting toys back on the shelf with the boy. But I should have known as soon as Reed’s daddy said, “So, we’re gonna go look over here while you look at baby stuff” that daddy might of had other plans for this particular trip. As I dabbled in the world of double strollers I heard giggles, then I heard “Mommy! Look at me!”. So, I followed the voice to the corner of the store to find my son sitting on a bike – a big boy bike! Seconds later he was doing circles around the aisle so I pulled daddy over to the helmets. It has training wheels but let’s not get crazy. We laid down the “No helmet, No bike riding” law and it was official – Reed got his first bike.

For a boy that showed no signs of wanting a bike, he sure looks proud doesn’t he?


Mommy Monday: The 1st shots of Thing 1 & Thing 2

So, most of you already know but in case you didn’t, we’re expecting a new Wild Thing to arrive in late September. YAY! Reed will be a big brother … we can’t wait! Weeell.. the sleepless nights, changing diapers, and starting all over with potty training part we’d rather put off but its all so worth it!

It’s been a looong 12 year stage of “waiting for baby” for us. In four short months that stage will be all over. We can finally move on. I can’t even finish typing this post without tears … WE’RE HAVING ANOTHER BABY?!

Reed was our answer to many many years of prayers – our redeemer baby, more than anything we had asked for, and the best thing we’ve ever done … and here we are totally undeserving of yet another blessing!

… and the best part is – Reed is just as excited as we are.

Mommy Monday: Fishing off the Pier at Dana Harbor

Daddy’s days off are few and far between lately … but if you ask Reed & Daddy what they want to do for that day off, they’ll always say “FISHING!”. Reed loves to pick out the lures for Daddy to put on his hook. And I love the way he’s so chatty with all the other fishermen, “what you caught? oh, a mackerel. Good job catching that mackerel. How you caught that mackerel?“.

But once his line is in the water, there’s not much time before you start to hear “why we haven’t caught anything yet? That boy over there caught something … daddy, are you trying?“.

So, if you ever fish with Reed, you better bring your A-game.