Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trick or Treating at Six Flags

Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Carson's pre-school had a field trip last week to "Grandpa's Farm" in Dixon. It was a little farther than I wanted to drive, but well worth it! We took a little hay ride to the pumpkin patch where the kids actually picked a pumpkin then took a walk through the hay maze. After the maze we went to the barn to see all the animals. Since it is warmer here animals have their babies in the late summer/early fall apparently. There were so many cute ones! Tiny tiny baby goats, piglets  a calf, ducklings, bunnies, kittens, and sheep. The kids were allowed to pet all of them. For Carson's first ever field trip it was an awesome one!
Carson's class (notice Luke had to be in the picture)

Luke proud to be one of the big kids

Carson picking out his pumpkin

Luke undecided

Excited to see the baby goats

Hay maze
Darling little calf

Luke taking his job of brushing the pony very seriously

Carson checking out the baby goats

The kitten wasn't thrilled about being held

The end of a very hot afternoon. They boys (and Mom) were ready for a air conditioned car!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At the Kia dealership today...

Carson: What's your name? (To one of the mechanics)

Guy: My name is Ron, what's your name?

Carson: My name is Carson, but people call me Carson.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Family pics 2012

We had our pictures done last month by Kristin Brown who owns Vive La Fete Photos. I think they turned out great considering two of the participates were three and one. Here are a few, well more like 25 of my favorites. This is as narrowed down as I could make it, sorry! Kristin did a great job. If anyone is looking for a photographer and live in the Bay Area or Utah check out her website. We took the pictures at a winery and vineyard not far from our house and finished up at a farmers market. I love the way the colors turned out. Let me know what your favorites of the whole fam and of each individual kids are.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Belly Laughs

There is nothing I love more than uncontrolled baby laughter, especially when big brother is making little brother bust up...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Home Depot, the answer to all your problems...

I love how simple things are to a 3-yr-old. Here are two recent examples involving one of the Bonner hangouts, Home Depot:
  • Today I gave a homeless man at an intersection a few dollars. Lately we've been explaining to Carson about homeless people. He said, "Let's just give him a ride to Home Depot and he can buy the things to build a house then he won't be homeless anymore."
  • Carson is really into outer space. Tonight I was telling him a story about going in a rocket ship to the moon with all his friends. He said he wants to go there for real and I explained how only astronauts go, it's expensive, dangerous, it's hard to find a rocket ship, etc. He said very matter-of-factly, "I know, we can just go to home depot and buy all the things we need to build a rocket ship and Dad can build it in the backyard!" 
Sidenote: I'm sure to all you Mom's of little kids out there think these little conversations aren't much, but they are huge to me. Carson has a lot of speech issues and until just recently we've been able to understand more of the complex thoughts and thought processes that he's been trying to communicate to us for so long. I am finally getting to know some of the detailed thoughts going on in my little boy's head. It's an answer to a lot of fervent prayers. We still have a long way to go, but we are getting there.


My sister Becky and her family moved to Hawaii last year and we decided it was time to visit! We had a great week. Well, as good as it could be traveling with a 21-month and 3-year-old. Carson was great, it was Luke that was hard. Luke ended up with the flu and didn't like the heat or sand involved with the trip. Poor boy. Carson and Luke also never adjusted to the time difference either and woke up every morning between 3:30am-4:30am, yuck! Seriously though, other than that the trip was great.

It was a very laid back trip. When you are staying in a house with a family verses a resort your Hawaii trip is very different. Ollie was in school so we would go to the gym, park, or the beach until we picked him up, then would do something different in the afternoon.

We spent one day on the North Shore. It really was only a half day. We spent a few hours on the beach at Waimea Bay and by the time we got to Haleiwa for shaved ice at Matsumoto's all the kids were asleep so ended up heading home. The undertoe was CRAZY. Steve would have to stand out in the water and catch the boys before they were ripped out to sea. (Check out the video below.) Carson loved it to say the least. 

My grandparents lived in Hawaii when I was a girl and I have fond memories all over Oahu. One of my favorites when I was little was the Byodo-In temple at Valley of the Temples. Beautiful. The kids loved feeding the Koi, ringing the giant bell, and playing in the bamboo forest. 

Our host family =)

This really was the Luke face for the whole week. "I don't feel great and they keep trying to make me have fun, yuck."


There are a lot of "Oahu snobs" as I like to call them. Those who think Oahu is too crowded and not Hawaiian enough. Personally, I love the variety of the Island where you can be middle of nowhere on the North Shore and then in the middle of everything in Wakiki. We spend two afternoons in Wakiki.

My sister lives in Kailua, only a few miles from where my grandparents lived. Going to the beaches by her house brought back a lot of memories of visiting Grandma and Grandpa's. Kalama Beach:

You can't tell here but Luke loved playing with Ollie all week. 

Becky took us to the tide pools just south of Hanauma Bay, across the street from Sealife Park. The kids loved them so we went two days in a row. There were tons of fish to catch and the perfect sized "cliffs" for little boy cliff jumping. =)

Another Luke face of the week

Becky and Ryan were wonderful enough to take our boys all day Saturday so we could have a date day. It was wonderful! We went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, Da Kitchen for lunch, and Wakiki for shopping and beach relaxation. I don't know the last time I was able to read a book at the beach. Heaven! We were so busy not worrying about kids that we only took two pictures. 


Becky and Ryan were so wonderful letting us take over their house for the week. Carson and Luke loved being able to have sleepovers every night. Amelie had her 3rd birthday while we were there. The boys loved decorating and of course the pinata. 

Baby, the neighbor's dog. I think taking Baby for walks to the park was Luke and Carson's favorite part of the week.

Opening presents

It might be the only time he smiled all week =(

Texas Sheet Cake. Becky knows how to do it! 
Across the street from them is a Skate Park. Ollie has become quite the skateboarder. I think it's inspired Carson!

So,that was our trip. Becky and Ryan, thanks for living there and having us.We loved spending time with our family and enjoying the beauties of the island. It will be a while until we go with kids again though. Next time I think it will be just Steve and I. =)

Sorry for the longest post ever.