Random Ramblings: { SUMMER 2012 RECAP }

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


At the start of summer, we really didn't have anything planned.  Which with Jacob's work schedule that is usually how we do things.  But when I was looking back at all we did, I was surprised at actually how much we packed into this summer.
With school starting next Monday I thought I would share with you all the fun things we did to fill these summer days and nights.  

We did lots of bbqing like always.  OK I say we like I actually cooked it on the BBQ or something.  That would be my bbqer extraordinaire husband that did the actual bbqing.  

We got to meet my new niece Lily for the first time.  She was 2 months old already.  We all met at my grandmas house to surprise her and that was alot of fun.  We had lunch and got to visit with her for a bit.  She had recently had shoulder surgery so it was nice to get a chance to visit with her after that.  The next day  my brother and sister in law brought Lily over, Jacob bbqd and I got to do her 2 month pictures.  You can check out all of her pictures HERE. The little guys were so in love with her, they were always asking to hold and feed her. Chloe took alot longer to warm up to her.  She didn't like it so much when I was holding her the first day.  

Jacob's aunt Robbin came out with her 4 kids from Kentucky.  The boys had a blast spending alot of time with her boys.  They hung out and went riding on the quad a few times as well.  

Her daughter Darci came over to spend some time with the little kids too.  They had fun playing out on the front porch with all kinds of toys.  

We added a fish to our pet family.  Caleb used his birthday money to buy all of the stuff for it.  

We spent a few days camping at Silverwood Lake.  We camped and took the boat out.  My sister in law Jamie and I had a huge water fight with all of the kids back at camp which was alot of fun.
Jacob took the kids in boat from camp down to the dock in the boat, just like this and got a ticket for it.  We see everyone doing it, but he just happened to be the one who got pulled over and get a ticket for it.  Figures.


Out on the lake.  

We went fishing a few times up in Big Bear.  On this trip Jacob caught the first little cat fish, but threw it back because it was not that big.  

The kids spent many many hours with the laptop under the pool table in their fort I built for them.  They would spend hours under there watching cartoons.  

Since the grass was finally all grown in and full green the kids liked laying on it and rolling around in it.  

Finally little Jacob was cast free.  No more casts.  Just in time to gain some strength in his foot and leg before school starts.  This is the straightest his foot has ever been in his entire life.  

We took a drive up to Crestline one day. It was such a nice drive and we stopped at a little restaurant up there for dinner. 

We went to Venice Beach one day. We got lost and it took us forever to get there.  Once we got there it was freezing cold.  My sister in law and I got sweatshirts it was that cold.  The kids had fun burying each other and the guys had fun boggy boarding in the ocean for a while.  The kids found an odd amount of dead jelly fish washing up on shore too, which was kind of creepy.  

My sister in law and her boyfriend came over for dinner one night and we heard the kids laughing hysterically  .  They would get into sleeping bags and slide as fast as they could down the stairs.  We couldn't stop laughing at them, it was pretty funny.  

We bought a new to us, little used Honda Accord.  We got it to save some gas and since Ryan will be driving here in a few weeks, it is always good to have another little car around.  It already saves us so much gas for Jacob driving back and forth to work, and little trips to the grocery store.  

Jacob came home from work on graveyard the morning of my birthday and had this delicious cheesecake he bought for me.  It had 4 flavors and they were pretty yummy.  He had a beautiful card for me too.  He also got me a tablet that is on its way to me right now.  That same say I had lunch with my mom and she bought me a few outfits at Fashion Bug.  

The boys both passed their driving permit tests on the same day.  Oh heaven help us..  

Dirt Bike riding with cousins.  

Jacob bought a new KTM 450 and we got Marcus a YZF 125.  We used to go riding all the time, until Jacob's bike got stolen, then we kind of just quit going.  But I am excited that we were able to get him and Marcus bikes.  Riding has always been Jacob's thing and I can't wait to go out more again.  I love riding the quad.  I must have 4 wheels on the ground at all times.  We did get the little boys a 50 with training wheels too that they have a blast on.  

Roasting marshmallows and making smores one night of riding.  

Last week we were back up at 5am so Marcus could go to football practice twice a day. From 6am - 8am and then again from 5pm to 730pm.  

We had a few thunder storms this summer too.  I wish those would happen more often.  

We enjoyed some summer evenings outside.  Popsicles and all.  

Ryan's girlfriend Candace spent alot of time with us and he spent some time with her and her family as well.  

It sure was an eventful summer.  I am looking forward to some down time at home now with the kids starting school on Monday.  

What did you do this summer?

~N I C O L E 

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