Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grand Canyon Tour Day 1

Today was the day that Ryanne and her team have been training for. We woke up at 5:30am , loaded up the car for a week long trip and off we went.

We met our group of 30 people, some riders and some support crew like myself.

A few words of encouragement and prayer for a safe drive....

and we headed out with tons of excitement and anticipation of a fun trip

Dan will be doing the ride with Ryanne

The drive was long and of course what is a road trip with three females in the car without bathroom stops in the middle of nowhere....

Whoo! Welcome to Arizona!!

We had beautiful weather on the way

One cheesy photo op.....

Setting up some tents...

A little team work and ta-da! One of the couples driving had two flat tires on their motor home and ended having to stay in Phoenix until tomorrow, such a bummer. They also just happen to have had the pots and pans for dinner so ordering pizza the first night was what it came down too. Ha! Gotta learn to roll with the punches when your touring. More tomorrow after their first day riding. Thanks for all the prayers and support for the Strada Corsa team.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Surprise Birthday Gift.....

Dan got off work last Friday and handed me an envelope. When I opened it I found a picture of a hotel in Laguna Beach along with shopping money. He and the girls had planned a fun three day trip away for my 40th bday which is not until the 19th but with Easter and all that weekend we weren't going to be able to do anything. I packed in like 20 minutes and we were out the door to fun in the sun and relaxation which was what I really needed. That and down time with my husband and girls.

We stayed at 14 West which is a great little boutique hotel with only 14 studio rooms all on the top floor of this building. This jacuzzi was like 10 steps from our room so we all jumped in every night and hung out there before bed.

This was the view from our room/patio. It's looking out towards the ocean which is right out front and the courtyard in the middle was great for just laying around or they even had a BBQ if you brought food with you.

The room had a queen bed and then down three steps was another queen bed,a fireplace, a full kitchen that was stocked with dishes etc. and a walk in closet. The bathroom had a deep jacuzzi tub as well. It was perfect for our family because we hit up Whole Foods down the street and made our own breakfasts every morning.

We played on the beach all weekend because it was super warm and sunny. No fog or morning yuck to burn off.

We walked around all the cute stores and I bought some more flip flops.....ya' I know, it's a problem. I'm considering therapy.

Do you love Ryanne's face? Oh my gosh the attitude when they see the camera pop out ha!

Ahhhhh......happy almost 40th birthday to me!!

We went out to eat and to a movie one night. We like Laguna because you can park at the place you are staying and never get in your car again. We walked everywhere the whole weekend. I love that.

Dan and the girls had arranged everything down to asking my mom to dog sit. I literally did nothing but throw  my bathing suit, some shorts and a sweatshirt in my bag and the rest was taken care of. It really blessed me because I have been feeling a bit frazzled the past couple of months and really, really, really NEEDED to spend more than a few hours with my husband and kids in the same spot.

Thanks guys for knowing my heart and knowing that time and some sun and sand would bless me. Thanks mom for watching the "horse" and for helping keep the surprise. Maybe I will survive 40 after all. ha!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PDN Weekend

This past weekend Morgan had a dance competition in San Diego. My mom and mother in law went along to watch and keep me company. Dan stayed behind because Ryanne raced in the Redlands classic on Saturday. I don't have a picture but she took 4th place. Go Ryanne! On our way out of town we stopped in Temecula to eat at my favorite Greek restaurant. Grape leaves and curry anyone?

As we were walking back to our car after lunch I saw this; now I'm just throwing this out there but does anyone else think they might need new surveillance cameras? Geesh! Someone just took the whole bottom of the ATM.

The weekend was LONG but fun. We got up at 6:00am on Saturday morning because the girls had to meet for stretching and warm up work out time before their work shops started.

They warmed up for about 30 minutes and then hit the ground running. They were able to pick dance workshops that lasted an hour each. The kids attended 6 on Saturday alone and then three more on Sunday.

The kids were from dance company's all over Southern California
Morgan chose to try a swing class as did a few of her friends. They had a blast and the teacher was super fun and high energy.

Dan & Ryanne were able to run down real quick Saturday night to see her first dance in the competition. Dan got caught taking her picture as she was waiting to dance. Busted! The kids danced from 8am-4pm and then had one hour to get cleaned up and changed into their first outfit to compete. We did not get done until 11pm that night. Tired? Oh that was an understatement.

Morgan's hip-hop teacher from our studio taught a class and so she took Josh's class along with all these crazy kids. Morgan's in there but you're going to have to take my word for it. :)

Morgan & Sophie getting ready to get their groove on.

Some of the "shy" kids from her dance company. Ha!

These guys are brothers, Frit & Frat and they taught Musical Theater as well as stomp. Morgan took both and loved them.

And lastly Dans sister who lives in San Diego brought the kiddos over to cheer Morgan on as well. It was so fun to spend a little time with them and for Morgan to have the support. Fun weekend! Still recovering though.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Two weeks ago we got up at 5am to drop Ryanne & Dan off so they could ride the train to Santa Barbara. Then over three days her bike club rode back down to L.A.. They had to carry all their own tents, sleeping bags and food. They camped along the beach all the way and had a blast! We missed them so much while they were gone.

We are not sure what she is pouting about here but clearly we did something to upset her ha!

Milo- AKA FB which is short for fat boy. Don't worry he's secure with his body.

Do you ever just have "one of those days" with your kids? I mean really?

I heart Easter!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My hearts desire....

For over two years now this chair in a sunny corner of our family room has been the sight of my early morning quiet times. I set my alarm, stumble through the quiet house opening all the blinds on the picture window and then I flop down for some time in the word before my day starts up with the girls. The other morning after my quiet time I got out of the shower to find Ryanne in the word. This is honestly my hearts one desire. That my kids would be hungry for the word. Craving Gods wisdom and direction, Wanting to know His peace and having joy that can only come from the Lord. I know for a fact that both my girls will at some point wrestle with God and their faith and I'm totally OK with that, as long as this is where they find themselves in the midst of the storm. Resting in His presence. 

If you by chance have an old Jeep that your husband loves it is all together quite possible that your driveway often looks like this. We love this Jeep and it has given us years of fun memories but they take work to maintain for sure. Sometimes worth it; when it's in a million pieces? Not so much. ha!

I think she blends in very well don't you? :)
I saw the worst accident this week. I was driving down the road and this 'obviously not thinking to clearly' man was doing wheelies down the street on his motorcycle. As he puts the bike down onto two tires he proceeds to gun it towards us. Another truck is creeping out from the stop sign to see if he can proceed to turn left when all off a sudden the motorcycle who is going like 55-60 in a 35 mph zone clips the front bumper of the truck. This all happens over my left shoulder as I am passing the truck. The noise alone was deafening not to mention the forever image of seeing this motorcyclist flying through the air bouncing off the pavement with his bike flying behind him. There was nothing left of the bike and to say the biker had road rash was an understatement. I had my youngest in the car who was terrified by the way. When I called home to tell my oldest daughter I would be late because we had to stay at the scene to talk to the Sheriff she said,"Mom, I woke up last night with the image of you and Ryanne being in a horrible car accident so I prayed into the night until I fell back asleep." The crazy part about this story is I was driving my youngest to her girls discipleship class and we were running  late. I get annoyed when I am late to anything. I hate being late. But had I been just 2 seconds earlier that motorcyclist would have gone through my windshield. My daughter prayed for our protection and God answered her prayers. That's what I'm thankful for this week. :)

Friday, February 28, 2014


A girl and her dog...

Ryanne took my camera and took pictures from her vantage point.... with a Great Dane....Ha!

Living with Ryanne is NEVER boring.....

She told me the other day,"Mom, I'm going to invent a time machine and go to the future. I will be able to see I married a bald man...then I can come back and tell myself not to make that mistake."

Then we were sitting at  dance the other night and she comes dancing around the corner;"Guess what mom? I made some extra money." Me: Really? How did you do that?" Ryanne: "I sold my jazz shoes, my tap shoes and my poi balls from hula to that mom sitting over there. Tomorrow I'm gonna go on ebay and sell my DS!"

We were driving behind a trailer on the freeway the other day that had a pretty good size portable house on the back of it. Ryanne exclaimed,"Throw a porta-potty outside that thing and I could so live there."

Our property drops off a VERY steep hill and this is one of the reasons she is always scratched up and black and blue. Well, that and running into people on her road bike when she's not paying attention. Sigh....

Ryanne is busy training for her two big rides coming up. She keeps her daddy on his toes during training rides.

"Hi mom!" Her nickname at bike club is Pink Princess.

These two together? TROUBLE!!

I woke up to these two sleeping on the couch this apposed to their beds....hhmmmmm..always an adventure.