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The kids got out of school just in time to catch two colds back-to-back! Puts a small damper on doing anything too spectacular to celebrate the end of the year, but the kids already told me all about what they’d like to do this summer. (Some of these I’m hoping to sneak in to the school year when they are less crowded. Homeschooling perks, right?!)

Ever’s goals…

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Visit some miniature ponies. No surprises here. Ever’s requested to spend the whole summer with animals, groom a full sized horse, and visit a working farm.

Zara’s ideas…

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Watch Jurassic World and go to on the Jurassic Park ride. She doesn’t really even care about Universal studios as a whole or even know what else is there, it’s just the Jurassic Park ride that’s the real draw. (Did you hear they are putting in Harry Potter land next year?! My entire family plans to go. Can’t wait!)

Cruz’s ideas…

Visit the NHM…again. We’ve been so many times, but can’t get enough of museums, and this one is the Cruz’s favorite.

Jude’s goal…


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Dream big right? He’s hoping we make it to Alaska. (I’m looking for a compromise of Northern California or the Sierras, although I’d really love to take a trip to Alaska too.) I have my doubts we’ll make it that far this year.

I have my own list going of some hopes to squeeze in there, but our schedule is pretty near full to the brink. At very least, I’m looking forward to lots of day trips to lots of new places! Local people pass on your suggestions, especially for hot days!

Embarrassingly enough, this is my first post “real” of 2015. Lucky for me, I can back date posts thanks to this savvy blog, so we can just pretend like we didn’t miss anything… (scroll further down and see a few new posts with some of our fun parties and recipes and life.) I had started soooo many of these posts started and never uploaded the photos to get them published. Most exciting though, is that Zara wants to “help” me blog, so she came up with some fun things to do here! If you love baby dolls, or hair, or being 9 years old – you’re going to be completely entertained. She is an adorable, creative mind.

Here are a few (of the zillions) of photos that didn’t make it to instagram:

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Katie gave all four the kids cuts in one day, love the way they turned out!Happy New Year Blog 8410

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Zara wants to be just like Uncle Zac, so her washable tattoos went on her ring finger just like his is.
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Playing at Rossmoor park during spring is always the prettiest!Happy New Year Blog 8405

Ever is deathly afraid of getting lost after she has scared herself a few times walking off. Now you can count on a serious grip like this anywhere in public.Happy New Year Blog 8403

Our Disneyland passes expired, which we are super sad about, but it’s summertime, so we’ll just fill that Disney time with lots of beach days!

As part of the girl’s Christmas present last year, we gave them “tickets” to the amazing Frozen Boutique in Downton Disney. In typical fashion, it took us until MAY to get there and actually make it happen, but it was well worth the wait! (I was even more impressed by the venue after watching them sanitize the beauty chairs, setting up each station with brand new products, new combs, brushes, make-up, and nail polish – all of which you get to take home with you!)
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We walked around the Grand Californian a little afterward since it’s such gorgeous hotel. Then took all the kids for a visit to Grandma & Grandpa’s to show off their new looks.