Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sunday morning photo shoot

We were ready early for church on Sunday so we had an impromptu photo shoot. Unfortunately, we got so carried away, we actually ended up being late for church. But we did get some cute shots.

Best Cousins

Can you believe they will be starting their last year of middle school?

Boy cousin sleepover - not so scary.

We hosted the Keeler boy cousin sleepover. Owen was counting down the days and it did not disappoint. They had a great time. Chris took them to the abandoned house next door to shoot paint ball guns at old stuff on the hill. Sounds really classy, huh? That's the way we roll!

Are we a crazy cat family yet?

Introducing the newest Keeler family member. June the kitten. All I can say is don't even go over to the people with the box that are standing in front of Walmart. And whatever you do, don't look in that box. You never know what might be looking back at you. In our case, it was this adorable little thing. How can you say no to that face? Lesson learned ... sorry Chris.

Going for Orange

Owen and Ethan tested for their Orange belt in Tae Kwon Do. This was their first time sparring. It is quite hilarious and disturbing at the same time. When Owen first got his sparring equipment - he took out the "diaper" as we call it. It has thick padding in the front and straps on in the back. He took a long look at it and said, "well, at least the front is covered." He thought that he didn't wear pants under it. He is that committed to the sport he was willing to go bare bummed. Although he was visibly relieved when we told him he wore it over his pants!

Here's a video of him in action.

School's Out!

Last day of school - four of the most beautiful words!
Shelby finished fourth grade with a bang. Straight A's all year. Wow, we are impressed missy!
Owen's last day of Kindergarten! That boy is going to miss his teacher sweet Mrs. E. He was a little disappointed that he didn't get a "real" goodbye hug from her. According to him, she only put one arm around him and gave him an "air hug". I think he was looking forward to a real squeeze. Love that boy!

Towing ability and Che Colbert - what more could a guy want?

One of the best things about Chris is that he is quite easy to please. Take this year's father's day celebration. The only thing he asked for was a Stephen Colbert Tshirt. Easy enough, I ordered it and it came in XL instead of Large. So they sent me another in the right size. So not only did he get the tshirt he wanted, he also got one for a fat friend. It turns out that the XL wasn't too bad so he is his own fat friend and he can wear his new tshirt most days of the week because he has two. This makes him very happy. Also, Chris finally got a hitch put on the car and he was anxious to carry things around with it (I am told it is a sign of manliness). So we loaded up all the bikes and headed to Mission Bay for a family bike ride. It was a beautiful day. Finish it off with some barbecue and you've got a real celebration. Happy Father's Day to the best dad ever!

Love a great deal on family fun

It's officially a tradition ... family day at Castle Park. It's a small amusement park in Riverside that sells their all day unlimited ride passes for $5 per person through the Christmas season. For the past two years we have all bought them and spent the day at the park together. We were missing some this year, but we'll do better in 2010. Can you beat that deal? Chris particularly loves it as you can see.

Beautiful Zion

We had a great family trip to Zion National Park this Spring Break. We looked at a map to see where we haven't been that was within a day's drive and Zion won! We loved it - can't believe we hadn't ever been here. The drive wasn't bad at all. We stayed at the adorable Pioneer Lodge in Springdale. The cutest little town. We loved that it was so non-touristy. The restaurants were all great, we got to see Coraline on a humongous movie screen, we rode our bikes, hiked a bunch and went in the hotel hot tub during a dust storm. There were all kinds of adventures to be had. The weather was perfect. We hope to come back to hike the narrows someday when the kids are older. Good Trip!

The adventure pose...

Just for a day...

Crystal and I took a trip to the design center in LA over Spring Break. It was a glimpse into another world entirely. The first price tag I looked at was on a cute little dresser that I thought might be cute in my bedroom, unfortunately $15,000 was a little over my budget. People really buy things like that? We finished our day with lunch at the Ivy - an adorable little restaurant where the paparazzi are constantly lurking. We did see Padma (Top Chef - love her!) but the lobster ravioli was worth the trip and almost made the $7 cans of diet coke seem reasonable. I think if you stay too long in that place you get a really skewed sense of reality. One more reason to love Temecula, 99cent cokes at the mobil station are just fine for me.

They must have used the Costco pack...

Woke up to this one morning. I think we have many years of this in our future! I am also posting this because I love our springtime yard!

Celebrating 17 years!

It's hard to believe we could be celebrating 17 whole years of wedded bliss. I know we look much too young! But it is true. We celebrated our anniversary in May with a trip to Santa Barbara. We stayed in a cute little apartment in Summerland just a block up from the beach and the adorable downtown area. We took our bikes and rode everywhere. One of the highlights was seeing Flight of the Conchords at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The venue is beautiful, set on a hill amongst the trees. The concert was great - we laughed so hard. Here's a short clip of "Hurt Feelings".

While we were gone Lindsay went to her first concert by herself. She saw one of her favorite groups Paramore and No Doubt with cousins Ashley, Allison and Emily. Fun was had by all!