Tuesday Talk: Routines

Today is Tuesday Talk where once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika who host this fun little blog link up.  Every month, we chit chat about anything and everything. Today’s topic is School Routines, but after talking to my friend Whitney I realized that I should share my routine for the whole day.

7:15 am Sarah’s OK to Wake! clock turns on. She gets dressed and does her hair (she’s currently into brushing her hair and spraying a detangler and putting on some accessory in the mornings).

7:30 am My alarm goes off, hubby wakes up Jacob and we all head downstairs.

Hubby get breakfast started while I complete their lunches (I make most of it the night before). I unload dishwasher and then meet kids in car.

8:00 am Out of the house (still in my pj’s) and off to school.

8:20 am Back home and ready for a cup of coffee.

8:30 am Jacob and I watch a show. I check email and social media.

9:30 am We go upstairs, get dressed and get ready for the day. 

10:00 am I make breakfast or meet a friend for breakfast.

10:30 am Adventure with Jacob (library, play date, play place, etc)

12:30 pm Lunch

1ish Back home for nap

1:30 I plan dinner, clean up toys, do a load of wash, email/blog, and/or watch show.

2:45 pm Pick up Sarah

3:00 pm Homework, snack, go through backpack.

4:00 pm Outside play with neighbors

5:00 pm Start dinner prep. Kids watch show or play independently.

6:00 pm Dinner with the family

6:45 pm If we have time and the weather is nice we take a walk around the neighborhood. In the fall we feed the neighborhood bunnies our leftover veggies.

7:00 pm Bath and books

7:30 pm Books, prayer, Jacob goes to bed

8:00 pm Sarah reads (part of homework), prayers and Sarah goes to bed

8:30 pm and on Clean up kitchen, make lunch, hubby time, blog, etc.

A few notes: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will realize we are not morning people. So we rather sleep an extra 30 minutes then hang out in the am.

I don’t have a bunch of alarms that go off all day. This routine is simply a timeline for when we do things. Kids get sick, we have a school event, sports, family is in town or a kid doesn’t nap. Life happens and we just roll with it, but this way we know what to expect.

What does your routine look like? What do you do differently? I’d love to know. Please comment below.

Fun Box

After visiting both Museum of Ice Cream and Candytopia I knew I had to check out FUNBOX when it came to town. This time I bought my whole family for a fun adventure.

What is FUNBOX? It’s an interactive walk-through toy land with 24 large art installations and exhibits. Antonio Nieves, the founder of FUNBOX, collaborated with artists, engineers, and designers from all corners of the world to design and construct these 24 experiences. They used over 60,000 pieces to make FUNBOX a reality, including: Pool Noodles, Sticky Notes, Bananas, Flowers, Giant Crayons, Teddy Bears and much, much more.

We started the exhibit in the teddy bear tunnel. Sarah wanted to pose with the teddy bear key chain she was given as a gift while waiting in line.

Next up was the crayon room and sea saw.

To walk through the next room you go through a beautiful tunnel of hanging flowers.

We walked into a room filled with balloons. Kids had a blast here!

Around the corner was the post it room and pinata horse. My usually very smiley boy would not sit still for a picture. Sarah on the other hand was all smiles this day.

Next up was a room where kids got to climb a poop emoji and across from it was a Simpson’s upside down room.

Then it was time for the pink pig room. Sarah got to feel what it’s like to sit in a piggy bank.

Nearby was the angel wings room. We each took our turn being an angel.

The kids went bananas in the next room.

Hear no evil, see no evil.

While waiting for a timed room the kids ran up and down the noodle hallway. Hubby and I had fun running in and out as well!

Next up was the rainbow throne. The kids and I sat together in this room.


While we waited for the timed room, we danced out our sillies on the light up dance floor.

The “star” room as the kids called it, was worth the wait. We got 2 private minutes to dance around, play and check out the lights.

After the “star” room was the ABC room. We each found our first letter of our name and sat in the bench waiting our turn for the next room. You couldn’t touch the letters in the room so that kinda sucked.

The last and final room was also timed so we hung out with a few emoji’s and some more cool post it notes in the hallway.

Swimming in the Fruit Loops pool was definitely what drew me into the FUNBOX, but I wasn’t a huge fan. The spoons were too big for the space and the fruit loops weren’t soft like the marshmallows in Candytopia or like the sprinkles in Museum of Ice Cream. However the idea was really cute and the kids had fun.

Jacob was more interested in stacking the green “Cheerios” then taking pictures.

All in all it was a fun Sunday adventure with the family!

Here’s the scoop!

Buying tickets online are encouraged, but some walk ups are available throughout the day.

Ages 13+: $17

Ages 5-12: $12

Ages 4 and Under: High Five with a FUNBOX Employee

FUNBOX hours are:

Sunday-Thursday: 11AM – 7:30PM

Friday: 11AM – 8PM

Saturday: 10AM – 8PM

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.

ONE

Now that I will have more time with both kids in school I decided I should join the PTA in Sarah’ school. Since Jacob is still home with me I took him to my first meeting. He did so well! I was once again reminded why I love being home with him. He’s just the sweetest. He colored, ate snacks, and just hung out with me.

TWO

And because I have all this time now I decided to volunteer in Sarah’s class once a week and even agreed to be her Room Parent. #WHYCANTIJUSTCHILL

THREE

Jacob and I went on a brunch date with his friend Dawson this week. We sat at a super cute cafe that overlooks a small airplane runway. The boys were in heaven!!

FOUR

I heard this quote the other day and automatically saved it. This quote totally reads to me.

FIVE

This week we also signed up for Girl Scouts. Because again we aren’t busy over here. #ITHINKIVELOSTMYMIND

Happy Friday, friends!

Monster Jam

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know I try to find activities for the family to do on Sunday’s. So when I heard about an event where monster trucks compete and do tricks I knew Jacob (and Sarah!) would love to see it. This past weekend hubby and I took the kiddos to Monster Jam.

It was loud, it was entertaining, it was a bit dusty and it was oh so cool!

Did I mention it was loud? Oh man was it loud. Jacob, age 3 was super scared.

But after we put on his ear protectors, he adjusted well.

Even sister Sarah, age 7, wanted to wear them. Hubby and I brought ear plugs, but didn’t end up using them.

I highly recommend ear protectors for everyone attending. Prior to buying our tickets, a few people suggested  we sit in the top section to avoid some of the sound. I feel like that was a great tip. Between the noise and seeing everything at once it was a great move.


Cool fact: There were TWO female drivers. One was inside Wonder Women and another in Monster Mutt Dalmatian.

After a few tricks and a rollover it was time for ATV competition.

After the ATV competition we had a  20 minute intermission. Kids got a treat and little stretch break. PS Thank you to my MIL who happened to have gotten him a Monster Truck shirt last year. It came in handy.

Next up was the Speedster competition.

Our favorite part was the last round when the Monster Trucks had a freestyle competition. This is the round where they crushed cars, did tricks and lot’s of donuts. So fun!

In the end Megalodon won the competition!

What a fun way to spend our Sunday!

To see more of our Sunday Funday adventures click below.

Wings Over Camarillo

Watermelon Festival

Harlem Globetrotters

Wings Over Camarillo

I like finding new and exciting things to do as a family. So when the Air Show was coming to town, we grabbed our tickets.

It was a really cool experience! The kids got to go inside each aircraft, touch, play and take pictures.

They even had an area with classic cars.

Then came the show. We brought our chairs and found a shady spot under the wing of an airplane. Kids thought it was so cool!

Jacob even brought his plane and pretended to fly it.

Love adventuring with my family.

Summer Recap {2018}

With Sarah back to school, I have been having major summer withdrawals. The lazy mornings, the fun adventures and the kids sun kissed cheeks. I miss it! In no particular order, here is our top TEN.

TRIPS

Back when I only had Sarah my moms group put together a Camp Mommy for the summer. Thursdays became Trip Thursdays. In spirit of that summer we spent most of our Thursdays going on adventures and checking things off on our summer bucket list.

Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center

California Science Center

Watermelon Festival

American Girl Cafe

La Brea Tar Pits

BASEBALL

Every summer we pick a date where the whole family goes to see our favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

HOLIDAYS

Every summer we celebrate 4 holidays/occasions. Shavout, 4th of July, 7/11 day and hubby’s birthday.

TRAVEL

We like to take at least one vacation every summer and this year we drove to Las Vegas.

And I took a couple of solo trips to Palm Springs for my sister’s bachlorette and to Florida for my sister’s bridal shower.

WATER

What’s summer without the beach, pool and splash pad. We had lot’s of fun days playing in the water.

CAMP

Sarah attended 5 camps this summer! Growing up I went to one summer camp all summer long and went to that camp for most of my childhood. In So Cal it’s common to attend multiple camps on different days. So that’s what Miss Sarah did. Three were scheduled with friends and two were with friends she had met at school.

She also did 2 camp sleepovers! My girl is so brave!

And the cherry on top was when BOTH kids went to camp at the same time for TWO days! It was glorious and a great glimpse into how things will be in the fall when Jacob goes to preschool.

MOVIES

When it got too hot to play outside, we opted for some air condition locations and took the kids to the movies. We saw Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and a couple $1 old kids movies with friends.


SUMMER CONCERTS

One of our favorite summer activities are the summer concerts! The easy breezy picnic dinners, the music and the gathering of friends is truly one of my favorite things living in So Cal.

KIDS

Not only have we been having a busy summer, but our kids have been having some major milestones! Before our summer got hectic, we carved out 3 days and began potty training Jacob. I’m glad we waited until he was  3 years old because it’s been so EASY. Little man was ready and fully understood the concept.

Sarah lost her 8th tooth! She got a nice visit from the tooth fairy.

DATE NIGHTS

This was the summer of date nights. Now that we have a babysitter we love and trust we have been making a big effort to go out on dates. Its been really lovely! We even recently discussed going away for the weekend.

Bye, bye summer! We will miss you!

American Girl Cafe

Sarah is the kind of girl that loves adventuring outside, playing with bugs, and imagination play with friends. But when Sarah was 5 years old and the American Girl brand came out with a new line of dolls, called WellieWishers, I knew it was a good time to introduce her to the American Girl dolls.

The WellieWishers are an American Girl doll for ages 5-7 years old.  When the Wellie Wishers were released as a group of young elementary age girls who meet and play together at Aunt Miranda’s backyard garden, I knew she would love the doll. I got her Camille. Camille is a blonde doll that wears rain boots (Sarah’s favorite shoes) who loves animals and the ocean. 

Excited about the similarities, hubby and I bought her the doll, wrapped it and gave it to her for Chaunkah.

She was super excited to open it, but within a few minutes she moved on to something else didn’t play with the doll EVER. I made a mistake and that her love language was not dolls. She just doesn’t like that quite time. She rather build a fort, pretend she works at a bakery and play with her kitchen, build puzzles and play with gears, or do some kind of art project. So I put the doll back in the box and in her closet. No biggie, she’s just not interested.

Then at the age of 6 she got into Shopkins. These little toys got her into independence play while mama got some things done around the house. Soon after she started playing with stuffed animals, dolls, and barbies. Then one day she asked me where her an American Girl doll was. Ever since that day she’s been playing with Camille often. She’s even taken her outside on her adventures.

Fast forward to now, Sarah is 7.5 years old and ready to start 2nd grade. As a last hurrah before summer ended I took her (and Jacob!) to the American Girl store for lunch.

Now that Sarah was into her doll, she requested a new outfit for Miss Camille. So I gave her a budget and we walked around. This place is so cool!! But after seeing that the American Girl store has matching glasses for girls who wear glasses, I got Sarah a doll outfit AND blue glasses just like Sarah’s.

I highly recommend reservations as we had a 45 minute wait. Which he kids didn’t mind and just played in the store some more.

Once inside, each kid got to sit with their doll in their very own seat. They even offered Jacob a doll to sit with.

After the waiter gave us our menus she explained the bands on the napkins were for us to take home. How sweet! Sarah loved her new pony tail holder.

After we ordered, we got the Warm Welcome. A mini cinnamon roll for each guest. The kids loved starting out with a treat!

Next was the first course. It came with warm spinach artichoke dip, raw veggies, pita and caprese kabobs.

The kids got traditional kids food and I got a pasta dish with veggies. Everything was really good and the decor was bright and cheerful. We had a great time!

While waiting for our food, the kids and I played their table game.

For dessert we each got a cupcake with a sugar cookie on top and their seasonal dessert of chocolate mousse in flower pots.

The kids were in heaven!! And again everything tasted so good!

We had such nice time! I love adventuring with my kiddos.

To see more of our summer adventures click below.

Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center

California Science Center

Watermelon Festival

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