Thursday, December 30, 2010

A December to Remember...

This holiday season has been a-maze-zing.
Ash & Luke & the girls have been here all month...so naturally
we've been enjoying ourselves.
Here's what we've been up to all month:
we went to "Pretend City..."

pretty much the coolest place in town for
kids to "pretend" to be whatever they want...


some of us had more fun than others...


we did a little springboard diving...


Clearly, Ashley's still got it


we went to John's Incredible Pizza...

(first timer)


we left our footprints in the sand...


we went flying with Mr. Stud
(aka: mi padre)

we had a birthday bash for the cutest 3 yr. old on the planet...

we made fools of ourselves...

we got pedicures with our awesome aunt Wendy...
we rode rides...


until we were pooped...

we opended up some sweeeet presents...
we played with uncle Brad...


we smiled...
{a lot}
















Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Children come from the Father pure and undefiled,
without inherent taints or weakness. Their souls are as stainless
white paper on which are to be written the aspirations
and achievements of a lifetime."
-David O. McKay
(photo by Ashley)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween-Part Two

Jessie and my boyfriend Woody

Ward Halloween party
(complete with every Halloween decoration my mother owns of course)


(he doesn't want to hear about it)


all the cute little kidos



Miss America and Dorthy are in the house!
Despite not being able to go Trick-or-Treating, it was a pretty awesome Halloween...
until my car broke down and my parents and I waited 2 hours for a tow truck...
good times.



Friday, October 29, 2010

Crazy Campbell Clan











"We may not have it all together...but together we have it all."
(my mother may kill me when she sees this...
in that case I will miss you all...xoxo)





Halloween-Part One

Today Jake's school had a Halloween Parade, complete with plenty of awesome costumes, lots of pictures, marching around the halls (or chillin in a wagon while your teacher pulls you), and of course, trick-or-treating.

We pretty much have to super glue that hat to his head or he will take it off immediatly
Smootching with grandma
(closed eyes and everything...what a pro)


Decisions, decisions...


Are we having fun yet?


(stay tuned for Halloween Part 2...
I will be in costume for this one...
I know your killing over in excitment)




Thursday, October 7, 2010

Conference Trip

Hola mi amigos!!
I realize it's been quite some time since I posted, and my only excuse is that I have no camera...
usually I use the parentals but "someone" decided to go and lose the memory card,
and therefore we haven't taken any pictures in a while...
which is a total bummer because this past weekend was full of amazing memories
that I wish I could have stored somewhere other than my brain.
But I will try to do this post justice using only words to capture the
essence of just how awesome this weekend really was.
Thursday
-flew to SLC, Utah
Friday
-Went to Salt Lake Temple
-shopping
-relaxing
-site seeing
-Dinner @ "The Roof"
(if you've never been you must go before you die...it's amazing...expensive, but amazing)
-Joseph Smith movie @ the Memorial Bldg.
(cried my eyes out)
-Dance @ Studio 600
(not so much worth the $10 bucks we paid to get in)
Saturday
-General Conference
(Kandice and I were lucky enough to sit about 12 rows
from the front thanks too Uchdtorf's body guard who is a
family friend of the Smith's and Winn's)
-Work the corner haggling people for tickets
(quite an experience...let me tell ya)
-more shopping
(surprising, I know)
-Dinner @ Zuppa's
(Utah's version of Corner Bakery)
-games, swimming, ice cream, staying up way to late, etc...
Sunday
-more haggling people for tickets
(we held up a sign that said "Will Choose the Right for Tickets")
-General Conference
-Reunion of family and friends...
Brad, Kellie, Dane, Holly, Dave, Shelley...
-group photo
-ward testimony meeting
Monday
-"California here I come,
right back where I've started from"
(I could barely wait to see Jake)
I was so lucky to get to go on this trip with the singles ward...
it was the most spiritual, uplifting, fun, sleep deprived, awesome,
rewarding weekend I've had in quite some time.
Favorite Quote from Conference:
"We become what we want to be, by consistently being what we want to become."
-Elder Scott

Monday, October 4, 2010

Reminiscing...

video

Found this lovely gem while going through some old photos today...

enjoy.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's the most WONDERFUL time...of the year...

Autumn is pretty much my favorite time of the year...
despite the fact that I live in California (the land of no seasons),
& I don't see the colors change as much as I would in say,
Utah or Oregon... there are still so many more reasons
why I love this time of year:
*fresh starts
*General Conference (I get to go this year...yay!)
*football games...need I say more?
*perfect weather
*sweaters
*picnics in the park
*Holiday's
*Family get-togethers
*nature
*fall fashion
Happy Autumn! =)

Diving...it's harder than it looks

Somewhat inspired by a good friend...
I have decided to start doing some things in my
life that I've kind of always wanted to do,
but just never really got around to doing for whatever reason...
(a bucket list--so to speak)
up first on the list:
Taking DIVING lessons!
(springboard diving that is...not scuba-I'd rather die)
Anywho...I'm taking a diving class @ Cypress College
and my coach is non other than Ashley's old diving coach
(who is awesome)...
how cool is that?

(this may or may not be an Olympic Gold Medalist and not me)

ps...little bro Brendan is also taking the class
and is already been picked to be on the school's div team!
yay Brendan!!

pss...at the beginning of this crazy idea of mine
I made a list of all the dives I wanted to accomplish.
Not gonna lie...that list is somewhat modified,
and by modified I mean all the hard dives taken off,
due to my recent "smack" on the high dive
(which left welts and bruises on my thigh for a week).
But don't worry...I'm no wuss...
these are the dives I still plan, aka: hope, to accomplish before the class is over:

-front full twist
-back one and a half (on 1 meter)
-back dive pike
-reverse dive
-front one and a half (on 3 meter)
-front two and a half (on 3 meter)
-inward one and a half

and some that I've luckily already accomplished:

-front one and a half (1 meter)
-inward dive
-front dive tuck/pike
-dive off 5 meter

(stay tuned for some more things on the "bucket list")

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
-George Bernard Shaw

...a few members of our "heaven" are missing :(

Step by Step...Day by Day


Jake's development is continually improving daily...

(I'm a very happy mom)...

(I'm sure the 5 hours of preschool a day(25 a week),

and 10 hours of extra therapy a week

might have something to do with it)

But he can now understand (and do) all these things

without being shown:


-shut the door

-clap your hands

-play piano

-wave hi/bye

-give kisses

-were going to say a prayer (he puts hands together)

-patti-cake (he claps hands/raises arms up)

-spider song (puts fingertips together like the song)

-were going on the bus

-come down the stairs (walks down while holding rail)

-blow farts on Chelsey's arm (it's a long story)



Jake will do these signs if you ask him to:


-more

-please

-bye

-cracker

-milk

-want

-all done

-piano


I know it may not seem like a lot...

but it's a huge improvement from just a few months ago.


A few days ago I met with Jake's preschool teachers/therapists

and they said Jake is the most social kid ever,

loves to interact with the adults, but could care less about the kids,

can't sit still for two seconds,

rocks out whenever he hears music,

and has the biggest appetite they've ever seen...


sounds about right.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

" Children are like mosquitoes. The minute they stop making a noise,
you know they're getting into something." -anonymous

Sunday, August 15, 2010

NieNie

A while back Ashley told me about a woman from Utah who had miraciously survived a devastating plane crash with her husband that left her entire body severally burned. Her name is Stephanie Nielson & she has a blog (The NieNie Dialogues) which shares her story and her very different life now. She is truly amazing. She inspires me to be a better, more thoughtful, Christlike person everytime I read her blog. My life doesn't seem as hard, and my trials seem weak in comparison to hers. Also she has a video on lds.org under "Mormon Messages" called "My New Life" that is really neat. Check it out...p.s. you will cry your eyes off

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan "press on " has solved and always will solve the
problems of the human race." -Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"You were born an original. Don't die a copy." -John Mason

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's a Nice Day for a...White Wedding

So little bro Bradley up and decided to get married...
& we couldn't be happier with his choice...
my new sister-in-law Kellie is awesome
The happy couple

crazy sibs

the whole fan damily...well pretty much

...cousins...

Jake unfortunatly wasn't able to be at the wedding
because he had the chicken pox...but we were
able to get a few pics before the reception
happy bridesmaids

party time!

yay for weddings!