Happy Thanksgiving.

it’s the season to be thankful…and i have so much to be thankful for. first off, these boys. if it weren’t for them, Sandy Toes & Popsicles would not exist. and i am thankful to all of my readers…it is all of you who encourage me to continue writing.

i am also for the beautiful area we live in…Orange County. this picture was taken this Thanksgiving morning. it was such a beautiful day, spent looking for creatures in the Corona Del Mar tidepools and running on the beach. it was quiet morning of pure happiness which exuded from my children. and it’s times like these when you reflect on all the blessings you have received. yes, i am so thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!


life over here.

hi friends, hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. we did! it sure has been FUN busy around here. and it’s been a long time since i shared anything about my personal life on this blog. i always struggle if i should share more or whether i should just keep this blog informational. 
but…….i’m feeling like sharing today, so here are a few pictures from this past week. my kiddies get 2 weeks off for spring break and i was sooo excited for them to be home with me. i love having my kiddies home. so last week, i pretty much burnt myself out having fun with them. 
first, we started off spring break with Bubblefest, which by the way is totally awesome and if you can make it to the bubble laser show before it ends on April 22nd, you should totally go.
we got introduced to our new FAVORITE restaurant Stonefire Grill by my blogging buddy Shelby of Glitterful Felt Stories. gosh, i am still craving their tri-tip salad. and what i like most is the food is served family-style. and that’s right….kids on one-side, the adults on the other!
Jack, my oldest turned 9, and for his birthday, where better to celebrate his birthday than his favorite place….Legoland
we made a visit to the Easter Bunny. i am one of “those” moms who have the get one every year. i even made the boys dress up. in pink this year…which wasn’t their fav. but hey, i put up with all their Star Wars stuff. they can wear pink once in their lives.  (i sooooo, need a girl!)
baby and i took a trip to Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza where we rode the choo choo and took a hay ride. he won a bunny and insisted on wearing one of his adorable Eli’s Lid’s. we have one in every color since we love them soooooo much. and even though you may have missed the Easter festivities there, the train and zoo are open all year round. 
the Easter bunny made his appearance at our house. i like to keep it simple. i’m not a big bunny person.
and yay for egg dying. anything as colorful as that needs a picture. and as with most things in our house….Star Wars action figures were involved.
we had another egg hunt with our cousins.  (that makes 5 this year) and yes, i made them dress in their Easter best. ties and all.
and lastly, here is my oldest. who has set his alarm for 6:15 am everyday to make sure he gets up early. he wants to have plenty of time to play on spring break. (okay sweetie….but let the rest of us sleep pleeeeease?)
wheeew! 
we are now onto week two. which is now almost halfway over! we are definietly going to squeeeeeze a few more fun things in. have you done anything fun for spring break?

what we have been up to….

we have been swimming, camping, to the beach, at the park….anywhere to get the kids out of our temporary home because they are practically climbing the walls. above is baby’s new friend Gavin who we spent the week camping at the beach with.

it’s been rough being out of our home…..and it has been rough getting it put back together…..

but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. i am so excited that this is the week we are finally moving back into our house! 15 weeks is a long time…especially for little boys who want to to play with all the toys and friends they left behind.

i feel so blessed that our home has been repaired and maybe even better than before. i will finally be able to get our lives back on track…yippee! because there is no place like home!
so….hopefully, by the end of this week, i will be back to normal. i am ready!

Just Me Talking…..

hello all. just thought i check in this morning to say hi and let you know what’s going on over here. it’s always the same old stuff. but life got pretty crazy last week. i may have mentioned before that we had a flood a couple of months ago….well, after months of dealing with the bank, we finally got approval to get the floors replaced. that happened all last week….and all that goes with getting new floors and carpeting. moving EVERYTHING. and since my hubbie works A LOT. that was my responsibility. what. a. mess.

and wednesday, i threw a fun little birthday party for my middle kiddie. it was a camping theme, and it turned out awesome. i have been looking forward to his party for some time now. wait till i share the pictures.
and……last wednesday just happened to be my birthday. i didn’t even have a second to mention it. i even had planned a fun giveaway for this blog…haven’t gotten to it yet.
needless to say….it’s been hectic. and i usually hold it together. but this time i failed. i haven’t felt so spent in a long time. but thanks to a long nap yesterday, i am good and ready to begin a wonderful week.
AND…i am still going to do the giveaway. so, check back today. wait till you see what it is…..

I’m Back….

wow…i think that was my longest time away from blogging! i hadn’ planned it, but i just didn’t have a second. however, the oldest is back in school, i am semi-caught up on work, i am slightly more rested, and am ready to get this new year rollin’.

what have we been up to these past weeks during the winter holiday until now?
a little bit of everything.
some cuddles….
some firsts…..


some yumminess……
and even more yumminess…..

some destruction……

some music…..
some ups…..

and downs….
time with daddy….


and waaaaay too much sugar….

whewwww! it’s been fun, it’s been tiring, it’s been sad, it’s been happy, there’s been tears, there’s been squeals, but most of all we’ve been making memories together….that’s the best thing on earth.
we are looking forward to another year of sandy toes and popsicles. hope you will join us on our daily adventures….and create some of your own too.