Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy 5th Anniversary

5 years ago today, Bryan and I were running a 5k (Race to the Altar) followed by a delicious breakfast at my Aunt's barn, followed by a busy day of errands before we were married in a beatiful ceremony.

I love you Bryan. I love all the little things you do for me, love the way you know what I'm thinking before I say a word, the way you laugh with me (and at me), I love that we share everything, and that we enjoy the same things. I love the family we've made and all the times and things we do as a family. I love that we run errands together. I love that we get to each lunch together (some days.) I love that you LOOOOVE to tell me details and that even though you know I don't listen to them, you still tell them to me and then you don't get mad that I don't listen. =-) I love that we can agree on almost everything and that we can agree when we don't agree. I love that you let me think I'm right most of the time. I love that you can fix the car, the house, the fridge, the roof, that you are truly a manly man. I love watching you with Landon - playing ball, wrestling, running, swimming, coloring.

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big Bear Lake

Bryan's sister rented a cabin at Big Bear Lake for a couple weeks, and luckily we got to go out for a visit!

We flew out of Houston on Wednesday night. Lan did great on the plane. We got new coloring/shapes/maze books for the trip...but after the first hour, he passed out. We got to a small airport in Ontario, California where G and G picked us up and started the 1.5 long and curvy drive to Big Bear Lake. Grandma and Grandpa Rhodes were awake when we got in...we visited for a while, then hit the hay.

I got a phone call at 6am (Cali time) the next morning. Issues with work - ugh. Luckily, my sister-in-law had her little Acer mini laptop and I was able to get some work done through it. And...two hours later, problem solved and I'm ready for vacation. Lan was in heaven once his cousins woke up, so Bryan and I headed out across the street to hike up the mountain. We hiked for about an hour, finally got to the top rock...turned around, and saw a paved, asphalt road about 20 feet below us. Yeah. We came back down the same way.

Then all the family loaded up and we went to ride the ski lifts. Beautiful. We got to the top, hopped off and hiked around a bit up there. It was, again, beautiful. By this time, we're ready for lunch, so we ride back down and meet up with Grandma and Grandpa Rhodes and go to a cute little hamburger joint in town (Get It Now Burger or something like that.) Delicious.

That evening we went down to the lake, the kids played in the sand, while we just rested and watched the sunset over the Lake.

Friday morning, Bryan and I set out on a loop around the neighborhood I had mapped using map my run. It was a 2 mile route, Bryan rode the bike while I ran. We walked a few of the Then we all went to ride the boat. Lan tried out the tube...but ended up crying - too bouncy for him. So then we just rode around the lake, feeding the baby ducks, and then made it back before a big rain storm hit.

Saturday, we woke up early again and took Landon hiking on the mountain. When we got back Bryan, Grandpa Rhodes and Landon dropped me off at a trail and went fishing. I took off for a 5 mile run (2.5 out and back) while they fished. I had a wonderful run, but the boys didn't have any luck fishing. Back to the house. That evening, the Hallams went to a bluegrass festival, while the rest of us went back down to walk the lake. Landon had a grand time pretending to feed the baby ducks and pointing things out to Grandma and Grandpa. We parked on the bridge and waited for a bit, we got to see the Space Station and Shuttle pass over. What a gorgeous site.

Sunday, Bryan and Aubrey dropped me off to run the 5 miles again, but skipped the fishing and went for breakfast at Denny's. After that, we went into town. We ate a Paouli's and then walked around downtown, until another storm came through. That night we were treated to Black Light bowling.

Everyday the kids would play in the yard outside the house. There was a dry creek bed running under the front walk way with huge rocks - perfect for jumping and climbing.

Monday, we got an early start back to Ontario (California.) Stopped and had breakfast at Denny's then Joan and Aubrey dropped us off at the airport. What a fantastic trip.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Best Friends


Landon helped clean up before Grandma and Grandpa Rhodes got here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What happens when Mom's out of town

While I was in Florida, Bryan let Landon pick out his clothes for school...not sure that's a good idea.

Here's the picture I got via phone:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Bahn

We bought Season passes to Schlitterbahn down in Galveston, so we decided to head down there yesterday after work.

Lan loves it. Most people were packing up when we arrived, so it wasn't so crowded and we never had to wait too long in lines.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bedtime Conversation

Landon: "how do toys get in movies?"
Me: "what?"
Landon: "how do toys get in movies?"
Me: "someone makes a movie, they decide what to show, so sometimes they pick toys."
Landon: "no, i think God does it."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Landon's new Blanket

Not a great picture - I made Landon a new Cars blanket (love using Grandma's sewing machine.)