June 2016

June 2016


Savannah's performance of "It's A Wonderful Life" for John Glenn Middle School!
She had about 1 1/2 minutes of fame including 1 line, but managed to get on stage as a "self appointed" extra throughout the whole play. No lack of confidence in this little Hampton!


Oh Christmas Tree

I really look forward to picking our tree out together every December.  This year we waited until Devin was back from Cal Poly to keep the tradition alive and this photo perfectly captured the event. We are not even close to the Griswold Family when it comes to picking out our tree...in fact it results in a short trip to the local Home Depot to see what has been trucked in from the Northwest.  However, we do manage to have a pretty good time and Gerald has mustard up quite a bit of patience through the years as he puts up with the silliness. 
Clark puts it best, "Little full lot of sap". 



 Gerald and I were able to attend this years Polaris trip and it just so happened to be at one of our favorite places...The Grand Wailea on Maui.  We've been a few times before so it felt a little like coming "home" when we stepped foot on the resort.  It's really an amazing place... weather was delightful, food was scrumptious, sun was healing and relaxing was needed! I think the highlight for both Gerald and I would have been the day we chose to do a little exploring on our own with Troy and Sarah. The day started out at the Surfing Goat Dairy and ended with a hike to Twin Falls.  As you can see in these photo's, Gerald was completely in his element and me?...well, I'm always happy to be outdoors enjoying whatever scenery I'm surrounded by! 


Grateful & Thankful

We hosted Thanksgiving again and it was a beautiful day as every Thanksgiving has been since moving to the Desert.  I always feel so overwhelmed with gratitude the whole week of Thanksgiving.  With all the preparation that goes into hosting 40 friends and family for dinner, I find myself reflecting on everything in my life I am thankful for and how each Thanksgiving through the years has its only special memories.  One memory that is the same every year is our "Thankful Circle".  I look forward to holding hands in a large circle while everyone is given a chance to share their thankful thoughts which always ends in prayer.  
Lots of good memories this year...another great football game...Karen Berthelson made table runners that were full of random family pictures (everyone loved searching them over while laughing and reminiscing about fun memories).  Most memorable would have to be the Spa that was constructed the day after Thanksgiving by Devin and Harrison.  The challenge was to build a fully functional spa in 45 min. or less and they were successful...so successful they took it to another level with Gerald's help the next day! The material checklist was as follows and the pictures tell the story best of all!
1. Water trough for cows
2. Camp fire with plenty of wood to keep it stoked
3. !/2 sawed off metal barrel to hold water
4. Pool hose for siphoning hot water 
After more thought this is what was constructed on day 2...
So good to have Devin home...We have missed his crazy hair brained ideas that always seem to work!


Savannah goes undefeated in the Brea Water Polo Tournament last weekend! This firecracker played her little heart out while having tons of fun in the process. I think after many years of being a supportive fan in the stands to all her older brothers events, she's just happy to be the one competing and she could quite possibly be the most competitive out of all! 


LQHS defeats PDHS

Another year of beating our Rival School Palm Desert High!  Way to go Blackhawks!!!
Natalie and Olivia cheer on the Blackhawks!

It was a Happy Halloween

One cute Pirate with just a bit of attitude! The highlight of our Halloween Evening was going to Chipotle in costume for $2 burritos.


Things Overlooked Everyday

I've been transferring all our VHS and 8MM family video's to DVD.  I've had them running the past couple of weeks while I'm at home doing other things but have caught myself getting lost in old memories and getting stuck in front of the TV!  Just can't help it...you really do forget some of the sweet, tender, and hilarious memories as the years fly by.  While watching these memories, I was amazed at what I was able to pick out from the recordings.  The voices and bodies not found in front of the camera were also telling their own story. Let me explain...
Most mothers are often found behind the camera recording a special event. We get so focused on what in is front of us it's very easy to tune out everything else that transpires while being the videographer.  While watching our family on DVD not only am I reliving each special recorded event, I have been given a second chance to live the moments that were tuned out while my face was behind the camcorder! Little faces popping right in front of the camera lens wanting a little of the spotlight are no longer annoying but sweet and innocent and little voices behind the camera pleading to go to the park instead of watching the soccer game only melts my heart.  Makes me wonder what I am over looking each day while the camera is not rolling.  am I listening when they are talking? Am I looking when they say watch? Am I taking advantage of each day they are with me? If I have to ask...the answer is probably not!


Parents Weekend

We had a fabulous weekend with Devin in October. He has not wasted a minute finding his place in San Luis Obispo.  Has great roommates, auditioned and made the school choir as a tenor, was hired part time at a local Starbucks, has joined the "Crops Club" who evidently BBQ's tri-tip when they have their club meetings and is learning all the tricks to getting anything for free like most college students do.  We were able to hear him sing with his choir in an evening performance and they also sang "The Nation Anthem" at the football game. Devin continues to do what he does best and that is live in the moment and make the most of it...He loves college!


Water Polo

Savannah plays water polo with Natalie and several other kids that are twice her size. I've given her the pep talk that when she practices above her level she's only bettering herself as a player (even if  she's getting trampled the whole practice). A few weekends ago she had the opportunity to play against a club team her own age and she had a blast! She's really learning the game and had so much fun playing it.


Las Vegas trip once with the kids once all alone! Ice skating with friends (we were actually cold)! Talent night with the Achievement day girls and oh yes, don't forget the goat herding and corralling! Savannah was thrilled with her goats this particular day.


Recovering Quickly

Trevor is recovering very quickly! In fact tonight he was walking around the house without his brace on...not sure that was what the Doctor ordered this early on. The toughest part of recovery with a 16 year old is helping him realize that it takes time for the body to heal and helping him find the patience to let that happen!


Surprisingly Positive

Trevor has been dealing with ongoing pain in his right knee for the last couple of years.  We rarely go to the Doctor and I'm the mother that suggest a big glass of water or some extra sleep will make it all better.
To my defense... it almost always works! Going from one sport to another does not allow much recovery time for the body and the fact that Trevor grew over 3 inches in the last year made me think growing pains was a big contributing factor to the discomfort.  Trevor was well aware going into his Junior year at LQHS he would have his work cut out for him in competing for the top spot as quarterback on the varsity team. His summer was spent doing strength training along with Kinetics to increase his speed with not much time to rest in between and towards the end of July it became apparent that it was much more than growing pains in his right knee.  Running completely stopped and physical therapy started in hopes to begin the healing process of a torn patellar tendon.  After 6 weeks of patience and limited practice and playing time on the football field, it was decided that surgery would be necessary in order for Trevor to heal completely. He will undergo surgery to repair and reinforce his patella tendon on Monday September 17th.  With a positive attitude, we all head into this next week hopeful that surgery is successful and Trevor will have a quick recovery and be ready for Baseball season this Spring.

And He's Off!

Devin is off and running at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo!  Feels a little empty around here and I really don't like the sight of his empty room... even more than I hated seeing dirty clothes and wet towels all over the floor. It was a whirlwind of a day driving to San Luis Obispo, getting Devin moved into his apartment,  making a timely trip to Costco, a quick trip to Target and then jumping right back in the car to drive home.  I woke up the next morning in a bit of a daze and feeling numb about everything.  I do know this however...Devin has spent the last 18 years growing some pretty strong wings and now it's time for him to fly.  We are left at home doing a little adjusting within our home but Devin is right where he should be.  That silly boy felt this Kayak was a necessity in the packing process for school. To make a long story short, This kayak made the trip from Indio to San Luis Obispo and right back to Indio.  Turns out College dorm rooms aren't quite big enough to fit one of these bad boys (I held back on the "I told you so")


If you feed them, he will come...

We have our fair share of animals around here.  In fact, we've become a regular "Petting Zoo"!  The newest addition to our farm wanders off and on our property at his leisure. One night at dinner I decided to name him Mr. Jack (any good pet deserve a cleaver name). This enormous jack rabbit has ears that stand straight up and are at least 12" tall. When he stands up he looks just like a baby kangaroo. Mr. Jack arrives at our lawn every evening at dusk just after the sprinklers have finished running their cycle.  He hops from sprinkler to sprinkler in a relaxed fashion and sips from each of the water puddles while resting in between. This cleaver fellow has managed to stay clear of the coyotes...we hope he hops around for many more seasons to come!    


Summer Fun With Couzins

The few trips the kids have been able to take with cousins have saved them from utter board-um this summer!  The girls went to Dockweiler Beach with Sarah, her kiddos and the Davis Family and came home three shades darker than when they left. Great stories were shared about their long and exciting bike rides.
Devin's home away from home would be his Aunt Trina's house and the Beach would take a close second.  How convenient that he gets to do both when he goes to visit!
"Coach", Cody Finley, Trevor Hampton, Andrew Clark
These boys have grown up playing baseball, football,basketball and getting into all kinds of mischief together. They all attend different High Schools but manage to keep in touch and find time for a quick game of tag in the local Walmart (instigated by Gerald of course).    

Summer just wouldn't be summer without some fun at Aunt Trina's house


Cactus to Clouds

My senior year of High School, a few girl friends and I made a motto for ourselves..."Better to regret doing somethings than to regret not doing something".  This became the start of an incredible year full of memories, lessons learned and thankfully we were all smart enough not to take that motto to the extreme. Twenty-three years later I find at times, I am driven by that same motto, hence the explanation as to why Devin and I made the decision to do the 5th hardest hike in California climbing to the tallest mountain peak in California, Mt San Jacinto ~ They appropriately named the hike Cactus to Clouds.
Route Description
Cactus to Clouds hike is long. You start on the desert floor and climb to 10,804 feet. You gain over 8,000 feet in the first 12 miles and much of this is hiking in dry arid desert conditions. The total elevation gain is 10,400 feet in 17.5 miles. From the very first step you start gaining elevation - nonstop. After a mile you come across a rock painted with a note saying, "No water on trial until Round Valley Ranger Station, 8 miles, 10 hours." New information from the State Park Rangers suggest it is 11 miles and not 8. After 12 hard miles you reach Long Valley. This is where the upper tram station is as well as the State Park Ranger Station where you will need to obtain a permit for the rest of your hike if you continue to the top of the mountain.
Over a year ago, Devin and I both agreed this was a hike we should do and as it goes with many great ideas...not much more was said about it.  One week ago today that great idea resurfaced and we committed to hike 12 miles to the top of the Palm Springs Tram and take the enjoyable ride down the mountain on the Tram the same day, July 25th. An extensive hiking guide was prepared by Devin detailing our plan, destination, hiking speed and the supplies needed to reach our destination safely.  While preparing our packs the evening prior we realized how close we were going to be in reaching the top of Mt. San Jacinto.  It was a mear 6 miles more of hiking to get to the top of the highest mountain peak in California!  However, we would need to camp overnight which required each of us carrying a 40 lb. pack with all the additional supplies the entire distance.  Neither one of us even second guessed the decision.  If we were going...we were going big!
July 25th @ 7am we began our climb on the trail head behind the Palm Springs Museum not having any idea what to expect other than there was a tough hike ahead of us and we had the heat of the desert to beat.  The faster we could climb, the sooner the cooler temperatures would come and that was a big safety factor.  The first mile hiked was an extreme incline which immediately put doubt as to weather or not it was physically possible for the two of us to complete the goal we had set.  All doubt was erased when we came upon the rock that was described in our hiking guide giving us the false hope that the hike was only an additional 8 miles (we both forgot about the disclaimer stating it was actually 11).  We were committed and there was no turning back!
Half way through the hike Devin asked if I would ever do the hike again and my response was immediate, "You never ask a woman if they are going to have another baby in the middle of labor...ask me again when we get to the top"!  It truly was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Looking back at the whole experience, it feels like a dream...kind of all a blur...like did we really just do that?
It was real, all of it!  The heat, our breaks in the shade eating juicy oranges and misjudging our distance on the map putting us much farther ahead that we actually were.  The mind games of highs and lows and keeping mentally strong in order to make it to the top along with focusing on one foot in front of  the other ensuring a steady climb upward and over the mountain.  It was very real when we ran out of water at 2:30 and the rest of our Gatorade at 4:20.  Even more real when we happened along a half empty water bottle not once but twice giving us the hydration and hope needed that the end was in sight and we were going to get there.   
After completing our quest to the top, Devin and I agreed unanimously that we would never in a million years  hike it ever again. Yes, an awesome feeling to accomplish it once but an even greater feeling knowing we never have to do it again!


Cool happenings during a hot Summer

When I go to post and I've waited too long, I feel like my blog gets all chronologically out of order.  So...the "cool" things that have been happening during our 'Hot" Summer are'nt in any specific order. Here's our memories for the summer of 2012 to date.
I have to admit...my heart melts when I see this picture and I get a flood of overwhelming emotion. This two handed bear hug meant more than I can even begin to express... so I won't even try. Devin's Eagle Court of Honor was amazing in every way and he deserved every bit of Honor that came his way.

 The girls had their annual Piano Recital at Sister Jackson's house.  
Devin started the summer off building a chicken coop for the Lamb Family (more fun for him than work).
Trevor turned 16 and is counting down the days till he drives
Accomplishment, Respect, Happiness, Strength, Life, Brotherhood, Committed
This photo really sums it all up


Some like it HOT...I do NOT...

We found a cool day in the month of July when we headed to Huntington on July 5th with the Williams.  I had goose bumps all day long (this happens all the time) but it really was cold!  We enjoyed every minute of the change of weather and being able to spend it with each other and some family!