16 People… 3 condos

On Saturday I left home, alone, to have a 4 day vacation with my parents, my siblings and their families.  This made a total of 16 people; 8 adults and 8 kids (all of them under the age of 9!).  I left Cincinnati around 8am and arrived in California at approximately 1pm.  My parents picked me up and away we went to the condos.  We had three condos all right next to each other.  My parents and I were in one, my oldest brother and his three kids had one and then my sister, her husband, the triplets, my brother, his wife and their two kids were in another one!  After we all got settled in we ordered pizzas and hung out.  The kids went to bed and all the adults played cards (after the women all went grocery shopping).

Sunday morning we all woke up and since it was Father’s Day all the ladies made crepes and had a bunch of other food!  Around 10:30am we all packed up and walked down to the beach where there is a really good area for looking at crabs and other ocean life during low tide.  We stayed there for a while and then went back to the condos for lunch.  That afternoon we went to the pool.  The condo has a HUGE main pool and most of the kids are in the beginning stages of swimming so they were having a blast. (I actually fell asleep laying out!).  My sister was in charge of dinner for the night and we had burrito burgers (turkey burgers with black beans and rice and guacamole!) and fresh grilled corn on the cob from the farmers market.  We had a great outdoor area where we could all sit out and eat and the kids could run around when finished eating.

Monday was my brother and his wife’s birthday.  The kids really wanted to go to the beach so we travelled over to Laguna Beach.  It was kind of cold at first but as soon as the clouds went away the sun was shining bright and it became the perfect temperature.  The kids loved the ocean (I thought it was FREEZING!) We all ate lunch and built sand cities and then back to the condos we went.  It was my night to cook and since it was my brother and his wife’s birthday they told me their favorite meal was macaroni and cheese and hotdogs! (super easy!)  I had 7 boxes of mac and cheese to make so I got busy cooking.  We ate down at the little picnic area again.  For dessert I bought LARGE cupcakes, perfect for a birthday dessert.  My brother is always a joker so I decided it would be fun to play a joke on him!  I took one of the cupcakes and smashed it in his face!  It was the best birthday present I could give him!

That night the guys ended up going to the movies and all of the ladies stayed with the kids and we had a tea party with the older girls (7 & 5 yrs. old).

Around 6:30am on Tuesday my dad set the smoke alarm off while making bacon! Good morning! haha  I tried to go back to bed but it was kind of hard because of the smell of bacon.  I ended up getting out of bed around 7:30 and went and worked out with my sister.  She is currently training for a triathlon so her trainer gave her workouts each day and I actually did it with her!  After our workouts we went back to the condo, cleaned up, and hung out until around noon when our parents came back from a meeting (the joys of owning a time share).  We all ended up going to Ruby’s for lunch.  The service was so slow! By the time we finished eating it was almost 3pm!  After lunch we went back to the condo and back to the pool we went!  Dinner on Tuesday was my parents responsibility and they made pulled pork and baked beans.  The kids were tired and didn’t want to eat but in order to get the special dessert they had to eat at least a little of it.  After some persuasion everyone ate what they were supposed to.  My parents had planned to take all of us to Balboa Island for the famous Balboa Bars.  These chocolate dipped ice cream bars are DELICIOUS!

triplets eating frozen banana's instead of balboa bars

After the balboa bars it was time to get everyone home and in bed.  I packed up my bag and said goodnight.

Wednesday morning I had to be to the airport around 7.  I will save my travels home for another post…. stay tuned!

Amazing Night!

Last night was one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time.  My sister-in-law received tickets to Phantom of the Opera and her husband couldn’t go so she asked me to go with her! YAY! I was so excited!  I had seen Phantom before but I was probably about 10 and most likely didn’t appreciate it as much as I would now.  Thursday finally arrived and my work day went slow with anticipation building.  4 o’clock rolled around and I was out the door!  I had to drive about 45 minutes north to Dayton to meet up with my Andrea.  Due to lovely traffic it took me about an hour to get there.  I got in my small amount of hugs and smiles from my niece and off we went.

We decided to go to Thai 9 for dinner.  Andrea had heard great things about this place and we both like Thai food.  The restaurant was very nice minus one thing.  The waiter informed us that there is a heat scale of 1-9 with a 4 being medium.  Now, I love spicy food, so to me a 4 shouldn’t be that bad. WRONG! A 4 seemed more like a 8 to me! It was so hot.  After only one bit my eyes started watering, the nose started running, and the sweat started dripping.  I probably ate about 2 pounds servings of rice to help with the heat.  The table next to us asked if we were alright because we couldn’t stop laughing!  If I ever go back I will be asking for a zero and it will probably be hot enough!

After dinner we drove over to the theatre.  Our tickets said we were in row FF.  My thought process said we would be a little more than half way back.  Again, I was wrong!  We were in the second row!!!! And center no less!  I have never sat this close to the front before.  To be able to see the facial expressions and see the detail of the costumes.  The best part was the chandelier.  When it drops onto the stage it came down probably 5 feet above our heads before swinging onto the stage!  It was so cool!

It was an amazing night with an amazing friend who just happens to also be my sister-in-law!  Next season The Lion King will be coming and I hope I can get fabulous tickets for that too!!!

What a Weekend

Friday – Husband and I cleaned the house and relaxed. (nothing too exciting)

Saturday – got up around 9 and made breakfast (crepes for the 3rd or 4th time), finished our cleaning and then husbands brother, his wife, and baby came over for the afternoon.  We made delicious grilled chicken, apple, and sage pesto sandwiches!  Us adult girls were able to get away for the afternoon for about 45 minutes to go shopping.  Saturday night hubs and I watched movies and called it a night around 11.

Sunday – we woke up around 10 or so, made breakfast, ran to the mall for a bit and then came home to babysit.  Our friends were going to a concert and we agreed to watch their 8 month old.  They got to our house around 2:30.  From 2:30 until about 6 the little guy did pretty good.  Unfortunately, around 6 you could tell his teeth were bothering him and the crying started.  We tried medicine, walking around, playing with toys, etc and nothing was working for him.  Around 7 we were able to get him to calm down so he would eat.  He only ate about half of what his parents brought and then the crying started again.  Nothing was working to get him to stop crying.  Finally husband (who does not like to be around crying babies) took over.  He walked up to our room and finally the little guy fell asleep around 8:30.  We laid him on our bed and one of us stayed in there until his parents picked him up around 11.  The cutest thing was our cat, Nutmeg, was laying on the bed with him and every time he made a noise Nutmeg would look over at him and make sure he was okay.

I am happy to report that the little guy slept great at home last night!

Now on to a busy week of work, working out, seeing a musical, and relaxing!

Happy Friday

I don’t know about the rest of you but I HATE four-day weeks.  Now I do enjoy the fact that I only have to work four days but I feel like those four days last FOREVER!  Four days feels more like 10!  But, it is FINALLY Friday!!! I have a somewhat busy weekend ahead but I will be able to sleep in and relax! I cannot wait!

100th post giveaway (not mine)

One of my favorite blogs is having a giveaway to celebrate her 100th post!

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