Manina’s San Diego Visit

I took my annual trip to San Diego in February. When one of my besties moved away, I was devastated. However, Seth promised me that I would be able to visit her often. He has held true to his word as he encouraged me to head out and spend time with her and her kids while her husband kept busy during tax season.

Kristy is a workout maniac. When I got to visit I know I will come home beat down. 🙂 She works me to the core and I love it. We went to her gym one day and did sprints and circuits. The next day we went hiking. On Saturday we ran along the beach starting at Torrey Pines and running up the coast. Unfortunately it was pretty overcast and rainy while I was there, but it didn’t stop of from having a blast. **Notice I made her carry big ol’ Graham around!

We also did some shopping, eating and lots and lots of laughing. We were solo in our movie, Lion, that we went to. It was us and three others reclining in our fancy seats. We also spent one morning getting massages that turned out to be more of a couple’s massage. We laughed till we cried. Then we ate at a fancy organic restaurant, Flower Child and then I was off to the airport.

I always have such a great time being with Kristy and her family. The kiddos love me and probably think of me as some great aunt that comes in to town randomly. Brett is always so good to let Kristy sneak out for some girl time.

I can’t wait till next year and another San Diego adventure!


Dual Sip Straw: Drew’s Invention Fair

Oh how I love the invention fair and the stress that falls upon mom and dad to help come up with something creative. However, as I have gotten older and wiser, I don’t really invest any of my time into this anymore. After all, it is for the kids, not us, right parents? I just encourage my kids to come up with something creative on their own, no matter how simple it may be.

Drew did just that and created the “Dual Sip Straw” that you can use to drink of multiple drinks at the same time creating a fun little drink mixture. No stress for mom, extra confidence for Drew in knowing he came up with this on his own. Win, win for everyone. Nice job Drew!


Drew’s 9th Birthday!

Drew buddy turned 9! I checked Drew out of school and took him to lunch. Seth met Drew and I at Cafe Rio and we had a great lunch together. While in line, there were some firefighters that overheard it was Drew’s birthday and they had the Cafe Rio employees sing to him. Drew was a bit embarrassed but I think he secretly enjoyed it.

This year is a family birthday and he wanted to go to Classic Fun Center to go roller skating. The kids all seemed to have a really good time, even with the interesting crowd you get at those skate places. 🙂

And then home for cake and present…what a fun day!

He is a Bear cub scout now!

Drew is such a good kid. Although he can be a normal rambunctious little boy, he is generally a quiet little over-achiever. He loves to read, build things and play computer games, but most of the time he can be found either on our basketball court or the soccer field. He is quick and coordinated and works hard. One of the cutest things is that recently Drew has started going to the adult choir practice in our church. Every Sunday morning he gets on his suit and heads to practice and then performs with them each month when they sing in church. It really is the cutest thing! We love our Drew buddy!