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May 22, 2019

Hawaii - Must Haves for Buster

One of my favorite things to do before a vacation is to buy essentials! Buster definitely needed new swimsuits and Todd and Lizzy came through and bought him two for his birthday! One less thing for me to get - AND THEY WERE SOOOOO CUTE!  They also got him a pair of flip flops which was also on my list.  He definitely needs some cute pants/tees/shirts and a pair of birkenstocks. Andrew HATES them but I think they are sooooooo cute on kids.  

Buster Turns 6

First let me say that I cannot believe Buster is 6 years old. I'm not sure where the time went - but he is officially a big kid now. I have to say - I am so PROUD of what a cool kid he is. Kind, patient, smart, funny, and crazy don't even begin to describe him. The morning of his birthday he woke up to balloons and a few presents from me, daddy, and Olive. We ditched school and had a special birthday day - just the two of us.  The first stop was Mel's Diner for breakfast.  Then after we ate we headed to Target where I let him pick out 6 toys. 

After Target we went to Castle Park for mini-golf and video games. Let me just say this - neither one of my kids likes losing. I think they definitely take after me! 

After picking out a zillion things that will ultimate break with all of the tickets we won at Castle Park - we had lunch at CPK. No idea why - but it is Busters favorite restaurant. He gets the same exact thing every time - spring pasta with edamame. Of course we had a sundae with a birthday candle too!

After lunch we had to go and pick up Olive, Harper, and Holdyn. Our next stop - Color Me Mine! It's another one of the kids' favorite places. After painting we met daddy and Laura for dinner at the Beverly Glen Deli.

Happy Happy Birthday my sweet baby. We love you soooooooooo much. Now.......we've got your laser tag birthday party this weekend.....

May 20, 2019

Hawaii - Must Haves

These are all the things I need for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. I cute is that jumpsuit from & Other Stories? My friend Joann got it for me for my birthday and I can't wait to wear it! Now I've got to figure out what I need for Buster!

May 15, 2019

Hawaii Here We Come

When Olive graduated from Kindergarten I took her on a trip to Mexico - just us. It was so nice to have some alone time with her.  This year Buster graduates and my mom and I are taking him to Hawaii.  Here's hoping he likes it! I'm starting to plan activities but the more I think about it the more I think he's just going to want to be in the pool or on the beach all day, every day.  Which is totally fine by me. It sounds pretty nice, actually.

Rufer Christmas Party 2018

This post is VERY VERY VERY late. I've been trying to keep the blog updated but with two kids in school, and all the volunteering, the yearbook, the videos we make at the end of the year...... I AM FAILING. This post is basically 5 months late! But better late than NEVER I guess. My parents Christmas party is always a fun affair and this year (OK LAST YEAR) was no exception. The food is always so delicious and the booze flows freely. The kids are finally at an age where they enjoy it and we aren't having to watch their every move. Now I just have to figure out what I'm wearing to the next one!

Happy Birthday To Me

Well....looks like I turned 44 this year.  Lord help me.

May 14, 2019

Spring Break - Last Night/Morning

After going on the slot canyon tour we got into the car and drove 4 hours back to Vegas. We ended up staying at the SLS hotel which was a bummer because the room was tiny and there was no bathtub! The kids were bummed it wasn't a huge suite like the Palazzo. We had dinner at the Stratosphere at Top of the World. The kids loved that the restaurant actually did an entire 360.

The next morning we had breakfast - made a few stops to get some pictures and then we were homeward bound.  You have NO IDEA how happy I was to get home!!

May 12, 2019

Spring Break - Day 4

While planning our spring break trip Andrew told me that we should also explore the slot canyons since we would be in Arizona.  I had never heard of them - but once I saw pictures I knew that we had to go.  I attempted to buy tickets to Antelope Valley canyons but all the good times were sold out so I decided to do a private tour in a jeep! I'm so glad we did - IT WAS AMAZING. The pictures don't do it justice.

May 8, 2019

Spring Break Day 3

On the third day into our road trip we drove into the Grand Canyon and spent the day.  Or maybe I should say a few hours since the kids were pretty much over it after hour 2.  I'm completely terrified of heights so I didn't complain once when they wanted to leave.  I was so scared about them getting too close to the edge that both of them were complaining that I "didn't let them do anything" !!! When we left we headed to Page, Arizona where we checked into our hotel and relaxed for a little bit before dinner.