Thursday, April 7, 2011

splashin it up and a word about incredible pizza

I will say this about the pool at the Embassy in Schaumburg:
not the biggest I've ever seen
but that did not stop my boys from having
TONS of fun
Justin was in ultimate dad mode:
catching Matthias on the deep end when he jumped in
(our NO FEAR boy had to be reminded...more than once.... to wait til Daddy was ready!)
and then catching Caleb on the shallow end when he (mostly, kinda) jumped in
(our cautious guy. every fam with 4 little kids needs one)

Jon was all about busting new jump-in moves each time
--he's gotten to be quite the fish--
do I get Mom Points for capturing that wild jump-in shot or what?!
I should--because a camera was not all I was holding....

the first picture represents approx 2 1/2 moments in time
just long enough for Justin to capture a pic
(props to him for the good angle)
the middle picture is how we spent most of the pool time
and I just had to get a picture of her in her adorable swimsuit
but that pose didn't last long either...
she was not a fan of all the unruly splashing going on around her

since today is all about embracing the camera
here's some pics at the end of our vacay
we started out tropical
and ended with a taste of the west coast
I love the California Pizza Kitchen
it made me feel closer to my brother and his fam
who are currently on vacation in Cali for 10 days
I'm not jealous.  Not anymore.
After all, I was practically there.  In their very pizza kitchen.
Enjoying the sun shining with the beautiful 52 degree Schaumburg, IL weather

my fav moment in the Pizza Kitchen
was when Jon asked me if this was fast food
....we had only been waiting for 3 minutes
I want to be 8 again and think McDonalds is the ultimate dining experience
on equal par with CPK
because, don't you know, I get plenty of McD's in my life...

but I'll  say this:
I'd give my last jar of Nutella
for another piece of the incredible BBQ Chicken Pizza
I enjoyed
now that's sayin something.
I love weekend getaways

Honey, if you're reading this....
can we do that again?!
(insert look I give you to try to get what I want...)
I love you.

--to all the rest of you checkin the blog today--
I'm linking to emily's embrace the camera
and I'd like to wish you all a SUPER thursday!

love, laurie for the fam


  1. Great pics! Glad you had a great time on your mini vacation!

  2. Carolyn Held-WantuchApril 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I love great family moments and great family pics! Very adorable, cute, funny, precious, and active! : ) Enjoy your day.

  3. Sounds like you have a cautious girl among your boys... only time will tell right? Mine is right there with the boys now at almost 6. What's a moma to do?!
    P.S. great pictures and I'm a little jealous not to be in California for 10 days even though the mountains are gorgeous... :)

  4. love the fun pictures! makes me want to go swimming!!! you have such a cute family. :) blessings to you!

  5. fun stuff. I love your pizza pics!

  6. your weekend getaway looked like so much fun...and now I want some BBQ pizza from CPK!

  7. Fun fun fun!!! Love her in the swimsuit!! CUte!