Sunday, April 20, 2014

Whitacre Park

Yesterday we joined a few people from our Sunday school group for a hike at Whitacre Park. I had never even heard of this hiking trail but it was a great hike plus the weather was absolutely gorgeous. I do have to admit that the first part is all up hill but it was doable. Plus the boys weren't even really complaining about it. The hike has an amazing view of the San Fernando Valley and it mostly all shaded.

We really enjoyed getting to know some new friends.

I was so surprised how green everything was considering what a dry season we've had. 

At the end of the hike we found a shady spot and enjoyed a nice picnic.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake

Last week I baked a little something for our Bible Study. I love baking bundt cakes and this one turned out so yummy! The cake is so moist and actually tasted better the second day. Since I'm trying to get as many recipes onto my Pinterest boards, I'll be posting more recipes on here.

Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake

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 1 can crushed pinapple

1 box yellow cake mix

1 pkg. (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 tbsp. vanilla extract (divide)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp. butter melted

PREHEAT oven to 350 F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan wiht cooking spray.

DRAIN pinapple; measure 3/4 cup juice to use with cake mix. Reserve remaining juice for soaking mixture.

BEAT cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil and 3/4 cup pineapple juice in large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Combine vanilla with cake batter.

COMBINE remaining pineapple juice, powdered sugar and melted butter in a small bowl while cake is baking. Stir in remaining tbsp. of vanilla.

REMOVE cake from oven and set on a wire rack. Poke holes in cake with skewer at 1/2 inch intervals while still hot and in pan. Pour soaking mixture over cake. Allow to cool in pan 30-40 minutes, then flip cake upside down onto serving platter; remove pan. Cool completely then drizzle with a confectioner's glaze (1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp. cold milk whisked until combined)

Recipe by Dole kitchens

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Descanso Gardens

When Jon and I were first married we lived in the beautiful city of Montrose. Not too far from there is Descanso Gardens; a beautiful place to visit year round. I think I've been there in every season but my favorite is when the tulips are in bloom.

Since it's spring break this week, I thought we'd take a day off on Tuesday and head there. I was hoping the tulips were still in bloom but since it was such a warm winter here in Southern California, the tulips were all gone by mid-March! I was a little bit disappointed but the roses didn't disappoint and made up for the loss of the tulips. The day today was absolutely beautiful and the boys behaved so well!!!

We also got in for free since the third Tuesday of every month admission is free! YAY!

The boys got to ride the train! Don't they looks so happy?

The rose garden is amazing and the second you step into it you are filled with the beautiful fragrances!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

 During our time in Lancaster the boys got to go check out an airplane graveyard. Even though I didn't get to go I have to admit that from looking at the pictures it looks like a cool place! The boys even got to meet a Veteran pilot who flew in Vietnam. They bought a couple of small scale jets that the pilot flew and had him sign them. Unfortunately, they didn't think of getting a picture taken with him.

Jojo was in charge of taking pictures. I may have a little photographer.

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The boys love "Papa" friend's dad. 

One of the best parts about this place is that it's totally free! They usually have a pilot who answers questions and gives you information about the planes. Lancaster is a bit of a drive but if one is an aircraft enthusiast it is worth the drive.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun Weekend

 I can't believe I haven't been here for so long! The latter part of January and all of February our Jojo was so sick. He was dealing with some awful asthma that progressed so quickly that he ended up on a nebulizer fun! Then Nathan got sick and ended up with an ear always! Then in March, daddy got sick. So, we have been hanging around home a lot!

Well last weekend we headed to our friends out in Lancaster (about 1 hour away from us). We got to hang out with one of my closest friends and her family. I've known Andie for a real long time.....since she was about 11. Even though I am 8 years older than her, she is a mature young lady and I have learned a lot from her!!! We get to stay with Andie's parents in their spacious home. Her parents are also dear friends of ours. They are a huge encouragement to our lives!!!

Here's Andie on her 18th birthday party!

Andie has 4 girls and my boys love hanging out with them. The week before the weekend they kept asking.......when are we going to see "the girls" EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I love watching them grow up together.

Here's her youngest.....such a cutie pie. Jojo LOVES her.

Movie night.......we got our fill of Frozen......I have been singing Frozen songs all week!

We also went bowling. It was the girls first time.

Nathan is my competitive one and wasn't too happy with his scores.

When we would return from Russia during the summer time visiting these friends was  always a priority. Having to say good-bye was always so hard and sad.........but thankfully we can now see each other more often and not have that sinking feeling that it will be another year before seeing them again.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Last Days as a 39 Year Old

I'm turning 40 on Saturday! I can't believe it.....but I hear that 40 is the new 30 so I'm not stressing out too much. This past weekend we celebrated February birthdays with my family. My oldest sister and my niece also celebrate their birthdays in February.

I got some nice gifts.........especially from my boys. I have been without a cell phone for the last 9 1/2 months. I've definitely enjoyed being unreachable. I've also enjoyed seeing the looks on people's face when they ask for my cell number and I tell them I don't have one! It's really priceless. So, my hubby was kind enough to boost me into the 21st century with a nice phone.

Now that the nieces and nephew are older, it is rare for all of us to be together at family get-togethers. The older three work now and have busy schedules. My oldest niece was able to come at the very end.

Time to open gifts.

Since today is my last day as a 39 year old, I am off to enjoy this beautiful sunny day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

January Birthdays

Last month we celebrated January birthdays for my husband and nephew. The last time we did this our 10 year old was a little baby only 5 months old. It was nice celebrating the birthdays together once again.

Celebrating in January 2004

Celebrating in 2014

Jojo celebrating daddy and his cousin's birthday in 2004.

Jojo and Naynay hanging out with their Uncle Andy in 2014.

Time sure does fly! So much has happened in our lives in the past 10 years.