That Time We Drove To San Diego And Didn’t Die

Long time, no chat.  We’ve been a little occupied with vacations, anniversaries, birthdays and well, life around here.  I’m finally getting around to posting pics from our trip to San Diego last week.  This is the first vacation we’ve taken in over two years. Also, our first as a family of five.  I didn’t take the “good” camera because duh, I have like a million kids to look after and I didn’t want to lug a giant camera around.  Soooo, point and shoot it is.

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It’s roughly a 5.5 hour drive from our place to San Diego, which isn’t too bad.  If it were any longer, I’d probably poke my eyes out.  It’s hard traveling with youngsters.  The older two did very well.  I was only asked 1.789 million times if we were there yet :)  The baby did alright too.  Only about an hour and a half of crying…there and on the way back.  I can’t blame the lad though.  I absolutely hate car rides.  It wasn’t so bad this time.  Maybe I’m getting over it?  OR maybe all 3 of them fell asleep for like an hour and I got to read trashy magazines ;)  Breaks around here are few and far between these days.  Oh ya, and we stopped at the halfway point (Yuma, AZ) to get McD’s.  Happy Meals and ice cream cones because hey, we’re on vacation.

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At a quick glance, it kind of looks like that’s his face.  See?  Even he gets into the Hollywood trash.

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I packed lots of activities for the kiddos to do.

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Each one lasted like 5 minutes.

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Bored.  Obviously.

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This is the only way to travel with kids.  Thanks to good ole Tom and Jerry for saving the day.

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“I’m bored outta my skull, so I’m gonna poke myself.”

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Woot.  We’re here.  This was the most exciting part of “holiday”.  My kids call it that instead of vacation.  Thanks Peppa Pig.  I think they couldn’t have cared less if we left the hotel or not.  It was definitely the highlight of their trip.

Hotel Inside

This is a view from our hotel room down to the lobby area.  We stayed on the 11th floor. There were 12 floors total.  It was the hubby’s idea, which was great until you had to wait for the elevator at 9am on a Sunday when everyone and their grandma is checking out of the hotel.  I was so parched and famished by the time we got down there for breakfast.

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Love this pic of me and my littlest :)

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We took in the San Diego Zoo on Saturday and this is how the little guy hung out.  He’s got it made.

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Me and my little beings!

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The polar bears were by far my most favorite part of the zoo.  That and the fact that they had a “baby station” to change/feed/nurse your baby.

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Love this view.  I could live there.  My dad said he wouldn’t live there if they gave him a house for free.  Heck, I’d pay for a house if I could afford it.  I wonder if he’d visit me if I moved there?  There is something about the sound of the ocean that is so calming and peaceful.


Yup.  Four of these puppies went home with me.  No amount of money could keep me from buying them.  Worth.Every.Single.Penny.

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Kiddos on Beach

These two were beyond excited to get to the beach to build sand castles.  The next time we go back, cancel the zoo and go straight to the beach.  The temps were unseasonably warm this time around (in the 80’s), so it was absolutely enjoyable.  The water was a bit nippy for us to go swimming, but there were others that braved the cold.

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‘Beach baby, beach baby there on the sand…’

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Take a guess.

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We were able to collect lots of seashells.

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We told them that they should look for buried treasure.  ‘X’ marks the spot!

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Well, look-y there!  GOLD COINS!!  It was their lucky day :)

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While grocery shopping the first night we got there, I saw the Peppa Pig dvd and just had to buy it.  It was a life saver.  It entertained the older two while driving around San Diego and almost the entire trip home.  They love this pig.

We also took in Sea Port Village, ate a nice lunch at The Fish Market (thanks to my friend Jackie for the recommendation!) and did a little shopping.  The kids are already begging to go back :)

My Littlest Turned 1 Year Old!

Greetings All!  Last week, we celebrated my littlest’s first birthday.  I would’ve had pics up sooner, but he and I got sick the day after his birthday and were pretty much out of commission for 4 days…bleh.  Now the hubby has it…lovely.  I really hope the other two don’t get it.  *fingers crossed*_MG_2812 (853x1280) _MG_2814 (1280x853) _MG_2815 (1280x853) _MG_2816 (1280x853)

Here’s the cake that I made.  So yummy!  Only 5 cups of homemade frosting went on that puppy.  Haha…get it?  I’m so clever ;)

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Some presents are just too large to wrap and so you grab the crayons and voila!

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Just look at my little chub-scout…too cute really.  Oh, and this party was pants optional. It was just our little family of 5 to celebrate (webcam with Grandpa in the evening!).  I never do a big shindig for my kids’ first birthdays.  I like it to be calm and for them to enjoy the festivities where all focus is on them.  Besides, he really clings to me when others are around and I don’t think he would’ve enjoyed himself as much if we had had people over.

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He loves making faces for the camera.  Cheese!!

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He loves watching ceiling fans.

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He’s such a mama’s boy and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Although, sometimes I’d like to use the restroom by myself.

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His first drum set from us.

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He was so upset that the cake wasn’t in front of him.  This one likes fire…just like his father.

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Finally, he got to touch the cake.

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And eat it.

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Is it me or does his hair look like “The Donald’s”?  YOU’RE FIRED!

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This could be the reason he and I got sick?  Yup, I caught this mid-sneeze.  Cute, right?  Maybe we should have had people over!  Share the LOOOOOOVE ;)

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We call this his “stink face”.  His sister made the same exact face when she was this age.

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Apparently he decided to be proper and use a fork.

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These two couldn’t get enough cake.  They each had seconds and were on such a sugar high.  Bedtime was fun that night…not.

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Milk or water?

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I’ll try the milk.

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Awe ya, that’s the stuff.

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Look at me.  I’m 1!!!

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I found this pinata on the good ol’ clearance section at Target and couldn’t pass it up. We filled it with chocolates and decided to let the little guy have at it.  He didn’t do much damage to it.  Woot for reusing it at our next party!

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Cheater ;)

A Bit of Randomness + A Recipe

We’re soaking up the last bits of summer and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m just craving Fall to arrive in the worst way.  I see so much Autumn decor online, in magazines and in stores that I wish it were here already.  Sadly, I’ll have to wait at least another month for jeans/t-shirts, homemade soups and pies, slippers and blankets.  Hopefully, It will be here before ya know it ;)

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“I wish they would stay little a while longer.”   “If I could just freeze time.”  These are just some of the phrases I hear people say all of the time.  I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel that way.  I look forward to each and every milestone.  I am thankful that I get to wake up every morning and experience a new day with all of my kiddos.  As I get older, I realize that life is a gift.  I definitely don’t take it for granted.  It seems like I’m always reading about someone whose life ended just a bit too early.  It’s sad and depressing and unfortunately, real life.  Besides, does any one really want to relive the teething phase???

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This little guy turns 1 next week and I’m so incredibly excited.  He’s so close to walking. I can’t wait until he toodles around the house.  The little pitter patter of baby feet on the tile is such an adorable sound.

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More rolls than a bakery…yummy ;)

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As soon as we walk in the door from picking up the big girl after school, the fighting begins.  These two are at each other’s throats and it drives me nuts.  I think it’s a combination of she being around other kids all day and he having me (almost) all to himself while she’s away.  I’m just thankful that we can now go outside in the late afternoon without melting.  They appear to get along better outdoors :)

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I’m also looking forward to cooking more “lavish” meals, if you will.  I just don’t cook a lot during the hot summer months.  None of us are interested in a 3-course meal.  Last night, I wanted something light and healthy to eat, so I made this quinoa salad.  It’s super simple and so good!  The lime juice, cumin and fresh cilantro blend nicely and give it a refreshing flavor.  I will definitely make this again.  I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen (no hubby, not where I belong…ahem) and share more recipes with you all. Enjoy!

Zesty Quinoa Salad (recipe also found here)

  • 1 c quiona
  • 2 c water
  • 1/4 c EVOO
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste (I left these out for kiddos sake.)
  • 1 1/2 c halved cherry tomatoes (I used romas.)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped (I used red onion, but would have preferred green.)
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.
  3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.  (I chilled mine for an hour to let the flavors soak in.)