Our Family

Our Family

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Garden beds

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4Garden Beds

Talk about labor! Phew whole new level of respect for those who work with their hands. Whether it be gardeners, construction.Our back yard has no access So everything must be taken down stairs. 
John is the sprinkler king, he can dig, and glue pipe faster than anyone I know. He rerouted, and put in a sparkler head for each bed. 
Then since we couldn't of just filled the bed of his truck with soil we had to buy bags which was expensive. I tried to keep cost down on this project since we are doing major renovations to the front of the house. 

fritz, we were worried he would destroy the bed since he's still a puppy and very naughty at times, only once did he dig a few plants up, but nothing since.
Planning it all out
My best friend
Cant beat traders basil 

Turned into a family affair……after all hard work was done


With the kids home all day I truly don't have a second to myself, someones always hungry, needs a ride, play dates, not to mention all the craziness with construction crews everyday for the last three weeks! I'll share pictures soon, such a amazing transformation. Mornings are calm for a bit….
Hope your all enjoying summer, Love Shirley

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Carpinteria 2014

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Carpinteria 2014
 Skip and Lynda invited us to join them in Caprinteria for four nights of camping on the beach! Carp is a magical, beautiful beach town, that we love. Big John was in New York so he couldn't join us, we missed daddy so badly, wish he could have been there, but we had a great time visiting with friends, who are more like family. 
First time meeting Mollie, and yes I'll kiss any babe on the cheeks and head! (All great shots, are photo credit to Lynda) 
 Admiring Mollie
 Chelsie, Hanna, Gracie, Jack
 Jim so patient fishing with the kids
 Our boys who became men….

Making memories  is my mission with my kids, the nondescript days, pass and pass, but when we stop, and make a effort to make memories these are the moments we will remember. I'm so blessed to have such a great friend who makes the effort to make it happen. 
Chloe wanted straight hair so Gracie could see her new bangs! 
 Roadies with my kids I love it, makes me get away from my daily duties and enjoy them

 First morning, they joined the junior rangers and learned about the life inside a kelp bed.

 So much life living inside



 Their transportation most of the trip. They look up to Gracie so much.
 Hanna going after the waves, this girl can shred! So proud of her
 Ugh tried hard not to think to much about these two going off to college, and not being around after their last year of school.
 John and Kolbe took time to help their little sisters with crafts.
 These four are tight, I 'm so happy we've made the effort to keep them close
 Sage and her momma
 Treasured friendship

 Can't even begin to describe how wonderful the showers felt after being sandy and dirty from camping.
 This guy couldn't stay away even if he tried! Checking the waves!
 Bike rides on the beach cruisers after dinner, awesome
 Took big girls into town

 Saying goodbye, love you all so much and Thank God for your friendships till next time



Hope your all enjoying your summer vacations. I'm off to the park girls wanna ride their bikes. Love Shirley