Agua Caliente VII

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We haven’t missed a trip in 7 years. Agua Caliente is the only camping trip we have been religious about planning/attending in all the years we have had the RV. We started out there with 3 sites when Nicholas was 2 years old and I was pregnant with AJ.

Each year we have added new friends and families. The 3 RVs that we started with have turned into 6 RVs/Trailers, 2 tent trailers, 2 cabins, 2 tents – 23+ adults & 18+ kids.

For the past few years – we have tried to capture a group pic at some point over the weekend. We don’t always get everyone in the shot – but close!

We had 2 ‘rookie’ Agua families this year – and baby Grace was a ‘rookie’ too. A trip to the ‘famous‘ mud caves was added to the weekend adventure in 2015 (finally)! Joe & the boys loved exploring the caves (Mama & Grace stayed back at camp to swim and nap). Note: Joe posted all the mud cave pictures on Facebook – I don’t have those pics below.

Here are a few of the pictures captured throughout the weekend. (Most of mine have Grace in them since I was with her nearly the whole weekend).

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We had a BIG birthday in April and I missed the post 😁 I will cut myself a bit of slack because there were pictures posted ‘real time’ AND we had a few things going on at the same time. 

Anthony got to have the 1st birthday party at our new house. I think that is pretty special. We decided to do an earlier Saturday party so that we could have an Open House In the afternoon. AJ really wanted a piñata for his birthday – so I got a piñata — a GIANT piñata. 

Joe and I cooked up some bacon, sausage and pancakes – perfect food for Saturday morning on the Ranch. 

And then…..right as I was about to light the candle…Joe called me out to the garage. SURPRISE!!! Grandma D and Eric were there!!! They flew down to surprise Anthony for his birthday. So FUN!!!



(I look at these pictures of the singing and blowing out the candles…surrounded by family & friends…and think about how blessed we are. What a joy to have space to celebrate birthdays in our new house, with ‘our community’. I just love it!)

Piñata time!!!


It was actually a chilly day in SD (can you believe that?!?) -/ it even started to rain in the later afternoon. Crazy!!! But – that didn’t stop our party :) 

AJ couldn’t wait to open his gifts. 

I snapped a pic – and then had to feed Gracee. He scored a ton of Lego sets (that he now has to earn with good behavior). 

When asked what his favorite food was, at 5 years old, AJ replied: “Melon” (not cake, not candy, not hot-dogs….he chose ‘melon’ – too funny!) 

Later that evening, Grandma D gave him his birthday gift: 

His own 2-wheel scooter!! He was very excited and got to use it the next day 😀 

After Anthony’s party – we went right into the next party…an Open House for family & friends. The kids played and made Indian hats with chicken feathers. Mom got to hang out with Gracee. And the lawn watered by the rain. 


On Monday (Anthony’s actual birthday), we had the Dugan’s over for pizza (on the grill) and cupcakes. 


We are hoping 5 is a little more tame and controlled for Anthony. We are trying to channel his anger away from hitting, touching, throwing and breaking. This little LaGreca has quite the temper! And yet, he is the sweetest and most loving little boy. I am pretty sure he has a switch – and things could change as fast as you can turn on a light switch. 

Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet brown-eyed boy. You are our in-house clown and wrecking ball – all in one 😀 Love you lots! 


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Above: the official Redfin post of the ‘SOLD’ Promise Lane house (our house). 

I tried to document a bit of the move in pictures throughout the week. I wasn’t able to take as many as I had hoped….I spent quite a bit of time feeding Grace and picking up the boys from school –  while things were being moved. 

We started last Friday night — and 9 days later, we are DONE!!! After church today – we picked up the FINAL few things. 

Here are some pics:

Old House












New House





The old hous is already being painted (the inside). The new house is already being cooked in 😀 We enjoyed a cooked breakfast inside this morning – with our guests. We loved having people spend the night. 

We owe SO many people a HUGE Thank You!! This last week was probably the busiest & most physically tiring for Joe. The long hours of lifting and moving – in super hot weather – day after day… Was NOT easy. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to help with the big stuff. Thank God for the amazing help and support from friends & family. There is NO way we could have done it without everyone!  

Now…it’s time to make this house…our home 🏡😀❤️

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