california 2015

As two self-employed people and utter cheap skates with a hint of extreme dental work loathing we rarely make it to the dentist. The cost for the experience just doesn't weigh out. Ha. But, now that our buddy Jimmy is a dentist and we trust him with our lives we decided it would be worth a trip to see him in Newport. Russ spent literally an entire morning on his chair (4 years without a check up you do the math) but somehow I got out with only one cavity. As the girl with several cavities a check-up growing up I was super pleased. Also seeing your friend be amazing at a huge educational undertaking like a dentist really made my heart swell/felt really old.

Jimmy and Elliott. E you're pretty cute.
They (along with Jamie!) showed us some serious good food - Sessions for sandwiches and La Fogata for the best steak fajitas.
Hayes eating a giant side of pot roast. Literally his food tastes have exploded lately. Kid is a true carnivore.
Of course we hit the beach:
skinny little legs! Cal not me.

Collin and his family were already in Newport so we met up with them for a couple beach days

And a day at DisneyLand! we've been dreaming to get them all there together and it was a blast.
Dumbo!  // stroller nap! I'm telling you, we'll nap forever.
Hayes' favorite ride was Autotopia and said that he liked Pirates but his "tummy felt like it was gonna barf." Cal's favorite ride was the Nemo submarine. 

they were so stoked i promise. i've just ruined picture taking for them. 
They passed the vacation baton off to Jenna, who we stayed with for a couple days:

 Spent Mother's Day lounging by the pool:
eating and playing at the park!
And taking a family nap:

I read somewhere that 80% of an adults' childhood memories are away from home and it made me happy. Traveling with kids isn't easy but it is so worth it! Maybe one day we'll want that 10 day beach vacation without kids but right now, we truly love having them along, experiencing new things and making memories side by side.

st. george

A few photos from a weekend in St. George with the Buddy wives while the guys went to Vegas...
The morning we left Cal had his first trip to the ER. Everytime I see him smile in these pics I cringe. He had several stitches right on the corner of his mouth after face planting into the corner of our bed. It was so bad, and Russ was already in Vegas so I flew solo. PTSD for me for sure. Thankfully it healed beautifully, even though he refused to stay out of the pool and had giant smiles as seen below.

Hayes cannot get over how chubby Oliver (Malcolm & Annie's) is. Months later he still references it. A couple days ago we had a long convo on how to be healthy - talked about exercise and eating healthy and what happens when you don't... Hayes concluded that Oliver must be chubby from eating so much candy.

spring 2015

Some photos from this Spring! How big and cute are they??

Me and Cal // Hayes riding his friend Gus Petersen's dirt trail

Popsicles // Easter Bunny! (Nicole)

Once on Broadway (amazing amazing amazing, so cleverly stage directed and so up my alley) // More popsicles

I wonder sometimes if they realize how majestic their stomping grounds are
Mt. Timp // Spring Blossom Shower

Cal's Happy Place since 2011.
Hayes finally seemed to grow out of his picky eating phase. PHEW! Russ and I were constantly telling him if we're eating it it's because it tastes good. He didn't believe until this Spring.
First (and definitely not the last) Hot wing:

A taste of REAL pizza (costco you're good, but Pizzeria 712 has you beat.)
Sunset at a park
Bijou Market! I got bronchitis the first afternoon and it was brutal. It took me a solid week to feel back to up to par. I've never experienced anything like it!
Early morning brothers
More Easter Festivities. Look at that easter basket grocery bag. Ha!
Papa Mike stayed with us for a few weeks in March to help Russ get back on schedule at work(s). Haven't been able to mention that he started a delivery laundry and dry cleaning business (its washed.com) and had recently taken the plunge on flipping houses, which is a long time dream of his. Meanwhile his regular business exploded.  He has been working around the clock! 12 hour days and then comes home helps me put the boys to bed and goes back for a few more. CRAZY! Mike helped him out a ton and spoiled them with this ninja turtle car:
Cal's face, be scared buddy.
When you ask Russ to smile. He's more of a candid guy. Or maybe a no pic at all guy, maybe that's where the boys get it. You'll thank me later Frames!
Big 5 year old still napping. I'll never let go!
A round of Itty Bitty Ball - a sports camp to help introduce sports to toddlers. Too funny.
Cal the lefty // Cal's face is so serious here it makes me laugh.
He would get pouty anytime he wasn't good at something. Catching, throwing, running, making a basket. He would say he wasn't good at it and get so sad.  But, no matter where he was in his emotional state he would always make his way back to the group cheer. "I love Itty Bitty Ball!"

Love going on adventures with them. They're at such a great age!!
Bridal Veil on scooter. 
Two from Small Fry stuff that I love...