The Kirklands

Casey, Ashley, Chase & Jimmy

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Family Movie: 4th of July 2016 in UTAH

I'm finally back to making my movies. I am still 2 behind (New York and Utah Fall). The problem is that I have a MacBook Air and my disk gets full so fast that I am constantly having to clean it up and put everything on my external hard drive before I load clips to make a new movie. It is a lot of work! 
But here is the family movie from our trip to Utah for the 4th of July!
Hopefully this week I can finish the girls trip to NYC one!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Casey's 33rd Birthday Getaway in San Diego!

For Casey's Birthday I took him away to San Diego for a night. We stayed at the Marriott Marquis downtown. It was perfect walking distance from everything. We left early in the afternoon so Casey could finish up some work calls from the hotel room. I went down to the pool to lay out and read. It was heavenly!

That night we went to the Padres Diamondbacks game. I loved that we could walk! It made it so much easier and plus they have this awesome boardwalk by the hotel. The best part about Padres games in Petco Park. They have such good food! Basically all the popular/famous spots in San Diego have a location in Petco Park. I had some really good BBQ and Case got a teriyaki bowl from Seaside Market. I scored again on StubHub and got us $40 tickets behind the dugout. The game was fun because they went into extra innings and won on a walk-off home run.

The next morning we kind of slept in and walked to this yummy cafe to get breakfast in the Gaslamp District. I had banana stuffed french toast :)
Then we headed back home! 
Thanks to my sisters Kenz and Becca for watching the boys!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

End of Summer, Coldplay and Dodger Games

This is a little catch up from August!
Chase started preschool super early on August 16. He is doing two one day a week things. One at St. Andrew's by the Sea Church and another at Miss Julie's house. Next year I will put him in a three days a week program. It's just SO expensive here :(

We have been taking advantage of the beach since all the local kids are back in school! It is the best. And can you believe how many little friends my kids have!? That picture of all those kids at the beach is so crazy! And that is probably only half of the kids of all the LDS friends we have in San Clemente. 

We went to Coldplay at the Rosebowl last minute and it was so worth it! Hands down the best concert I have ever been to! We waited till the morning of and got $50 tickets on StubHub. We ended up sitting with my parents and their friends who had better seats and luckily some empty spots behind them. I was obsessed with Coldplay in high school and am still a loyal fan so I have always wanted to see them live!

Our Disneyland blackout dates stopped so we have been going again! We love to go Monday mornings with my sister Becca (her day-off). And my mother-in-law Christy came down to visit. We attempted the trolley ride again in Laguna and it was full when it came to our stop. Chase was so sad he almost cried. There is always next year!

We went to the Dodger game with our friends the Schmutzs. Casey's best friend Mason just moved out here from Texas and will be here for a year doing a Ophthalmology Fellowship. So we have been trying to hang out with them as much as possible! 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

JIMMY at 18 Months

I seriously can't get enough of this kid!
His faces kill me! 
So Jimmy turned 18 months in July so I am a little behind. This kid is so much fun! He is starting to get a little sassy/determined side but it's ok because he is so cute. I definitely see more of myself in Jimmy. He is not as outgoing and talkative as Chase was at that age. He is more sensitive, shy and cuddly. But he has a feisty side too. 

Some Jimmy Stats:
-Height: 32 inches (15%)
-Weight: 27 lbs (77%)
-Head Circumference: 19 inches (86%)
-Doesn't talk much, says: Dada, Mama, Ball, thank you, Water, a variation of Buzz Lightyear,  No and lately says "why" because I always say that when he does something wrong. haha. 
-Loves to wrestle Chase and Dad
-Loves to take baths and thinks he can swim
-Way more brave of a swimmer than Chase was (this is not a good thing right now)
-Got his helmet off a few weeks ago!
-Likes to eat berries, all carbs, bacon, avocado, yogurt and apple sauce
-Favorite Movie: Minions and Toy Story
-Crawls up and down stairs, like to run away from me
-Sucks on his two middle fingers to go to sleep 
-Takes one nap usually from 1230/1-4pm
-Sleeps all night 730pm-730am
-Loves being in Nursery at Church with his big brother. He steals everyones food during snack time because he can't sit still in his own seat. haha. 

We love our Jimbo!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

a week of Ventura and Santa Barbara

So from when I was 12-22 years old my parents owned a beach condo in Ventura with our cousins. Right after I got married, due to financial reasons they had to sell it back to our cousins. Well just a few months ago they got another one! And it's just two floors above the old one. They remodeled basically the whole thing and it is beautiful!

Our tradition was to go to the Ventura County Fair every summer and we finally made it back!
We packed a weeks worth of stuff and Casey just figured he could work from there. One day he had a meeting in LA which is actually more accessible from Ventura then Orange County. 
We left at 830pm on a Thursday night and it only took us 2 hours to get there! 
I feel like it is a healthy distance for a little getaway.
I can't even tell you how happy I was to be back in Ventura. We had the best time! And my Mom and Dad were pretty excited about it too!

At the fair they have concerts almost every night and they are free with your fair admission. Oh and the best part is that you can walk up the boardwalk from the condo and the fair is right there!
Casey and I went surfing a few times with my Dad. We had perfect little waves, my favorite. 
And Third Eye Blind played one night so that was probably my highlight of the trip. 

One day we decided to go up to Santa Barbara and visit the zoo. It's only a 20 minute drive up the coast. Jimmy got to feed a giraffe and Chase was too scared. We had McConnell's ice cream a few times when were were there. It is seriously my favorite ice cream ever. Their sea salt cream and cookies it to die for. I'm craving a trip up there again so I can eat this haha. 

We are pretty happy about having Ventura in our lives again and can't wait to go back soon!

 Jimmy the Savage

 Me on a wave! I think Casey took this while he was working from the balcony:)

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