Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fantastic February!

We had a wonderful February!  We enjoyed every inch of our county, from the mountains to the desert to the parks!

One particular weekend Nate and I were feeling stuck.  Stuck in life, stuck in the house, just blah.  So at our date night that week, we decided to be spontaneous!  A bonfire in the desert the next evening sounded perfect!  Maggie had her dance class in the morning, we puttered around the house, then we kicked it into high gear!  We got stuff for S'mores (we like to call them Hot Shmoes, courtesy of the movie Toy Story!), bundled up, bought firewood, packed up the dog and drove East!  It was liberating!

We kind of thought of it as a dry run!  We hadn't been camping since Maggie was 3 months old, so we weren't totally sure how the kids would do!  Baby steps...  And good thing too!  Because we learned a ton about our kids in those few short hours!  We drove a total of 4 hours to spend 1 hour and 45 mins in the desert!  The kids got cold and the best part you ask?!...  well, learned Maggie WILL NOT squat outside to go potty.  She held it the ENTIRE evening until we got home!!!  Crazy girl!  So if we are to ever camp (which we did in March!!)  we need more clothes and blankets AND the potty chair for Princess Maggie!  Go figure!

In February we also started our garden at Oma and Grandma Lisa's house.  We planted Sweet Potatoes, tomatoes, peas, acorn squash, asparagus, regular potatoes and lots of flowers!

We went to go see the movie, "The Lorax"!!  I won 4 tickets to the special premiere screening, so we saw it one week before it opened AND in 3-D!!!  And for an even BIGGER bonus, they actually sent me 6 tickets!  So grandma Lisa got to go too!!!

Bailey started dance class again!  And this time she is joined by Maggie!  Bailey is taking a whole class of ballet and is doing really great!  Aunt Hannah said to take as much ballet as she can in the beginning since it is the foundation!!  Bailey is listening!  Her teacher Miss Kristen), come to find out, was also homeschooled as a child!  We feel really blessed to have her in such a great environment!  Maggie's teacher is the same one Bailey had last year (ya know, the lady with more patience than I can even imagine!).  It's a ballet/tap combo.  So stinkin' cute!  Maggie is doing good as long as the pink hula hoop doesn't make an appearance!  The story goes like this... They each get a hula hoop, place it on the ground and when the music is playing they are to dance around the studio.  When the music stops they find a hula hoop and get in it.  Each time they are to find a different hula hoop... that is unless your name is Maggie and there is only 1 PINK hula hoop!  She hovered/danced around it and even pushed the biggest girl in the class out of it numerous times.  Then there is the stuffed butterfly incident... that is a whole other story!  But she really is doing great and loves to practice!  Her class is 10am on Saturdays and she is normally up and dressed for class by 7:30!!  Their Dance Recital is June 16th!  Hope to see you there!

Bailey is the teacher and the other kids are her students!  Sometimes I get to be the Dance Studio Owner, but mostly I am the mom who brings them all "icy cold water" when they are done!  Even the teacher gets thirsty!  The green tutu and sleeved leotard is the most "man-ly" dance outfit they could put together for William.  I tried to explain that boys normally just wear shirts and shorts to class, but he wanted to look like the other "students"!  Glad we have enough tap shoes for everyone!

We have been enjoying making Whoopie Pies...

..doing car washes for our toy cars...
..and of course enjoying Lucy! 
Although, doesn't look like she is enjoying us back! Haha!

Now onto March!  Camping, birthdays and more!

Love you!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Let's just pretend it hasn't been THAT long ....

So, when I sat down to finally write a new entry, my thinking was, "Great I will do one huge February post and !voila!, I am caught up!"  Then I looked at the calendar... might as well do March while I am at it or I will be behind... again....!  But let's do February first, ok?! OK!

I think I have been putting off writing lately because February was so stinkin' awesome, I am a bit intimidated. No serious!  I really don't think my writing can do the month-o-fun we had justice!!  I will try... I am sure many of you are thinking..."She is the most TRYING person we know!"  Keep those thoughts to yourself!

We will begin with our trip to Disneyland...!

Our first night, we went to Goofy's Kitchen to get in the mood!!  Man oh man!  Goofy can cook!

While dining, Cinderella stopped by!  She was amazing!  William is in love! He talked to her all about cars and how they work, since ya know, she has never seen one before!  It took all we had to get Maggie to stand next to her!

I can never remember who is Chip and who is Dale.  Will liked this guy... he picks boogers too!

First Day inside the House of Mouse!  Everyone has their "Ears" and we are ready for the rain!  Which, subsequently, NEVER ARRIVED!!  Bonus! No crowds! No Rain!

Will is clearly smitten with Rapunzel, Bailey liked her and Maggie... well... who knows?!

Daddy and Maggie on Autopia!

Totally love this picture!

Maggie was terrified of most of the Characters!

The Autopia worker said to "Stand on #3."  So Maggie made Daddy STAND ON #3 and take their picture.  I guess to document her obidience!  I think we will bring that worker home... he is the only one she seems to obey!

Daddy and Will on... wait for it...

wait for it...!

Some how we got Oma and Will on the ride WITHOUT them seeing the HUGE drop!!  Needless to say, Will's face paint needed a touch up!  As did Oma's... oh never mind what she needed to touch up!

Uh.. Hello?! Do we know you?  Apparently William was a big hit with the Asian visitors!  They we so happy to take a picture with him, and one women even pushed her own son out of the way so it was just her and Will!  Go figure!  His cuteness is even international!  I love that he even posed!

Just the six of us!

Daddy and Bailey on... Dumbo, I believe!

Casey, Jr.  The rest of us are in the "Wild Animal Cage" behind them... Appropriate!
The "WILD ANIMALS" Beware!

We spent the entire first day and about half of the second day in Disneyland.  Then we made it over to California Adventure.  The kid's favorite ride there was "Goofy's Flight School".  I think we went on it about 15 times.  No LIE!!  I was sore the next day!  My mom almost had a heart attack!  The kids loved that she was scared but they were not! 

One of the highlights on our trip was the Ferris Wheel in California Adventure.  And by highlights, I actually mean low lights!  And by low lights, I mean I cried and almost peed my pants!  And by almost, I mean I did.  Picture this...

Last ride of the day and the whole adventure.  Nate and my mom really want to go on the ferris wheel.  Bailey and Maggie go anywhere Grandma Lisa and Daddy go, and I reluctantly agree to go on it, with one stipulation.  It has to be a car that doesn't move!  And I am wearing Lucy.  Oma and Will grab the Nook and a bench and (wisely) sit this one out!  As you can probably figure, of course we got on one of the moving ones.  I looked for something to hold onto (and not Nate, because last time I was scared on a ride I dislocated his shoulder).  They all laughed at me for wanting just a little handle to "keep me safe".  Alas, none were to be found.  My fingers tried desperately to claw anyway they could into the cage that surrounded us.  And then it starts. 
We go up and up AND UP AND UP! 

YEAH... that last "up" is where I started to laugh, but laugh only so I wouldn't cry!  As we get towards the top, we stop to let riders on and off.  That is when it first happened.  The stupid thing starts moving on the mini track it is on.  {Thinking about it now... literally just got the chills.}  With that little ditty,  I stopped laughing and started crying.  Then it all started AGAIN!  But this time we are going down!  Plunging to our death!  I was certain of it!!  Now I have all sorts of liquids coming from many orifices.  Basically I was a mess!  The thing continues like this for what seems like hours!  Meanwhile... my mom is laughing at me (she only made it to the laugh/cry stage!), Nate is trying to console Maggie (because I was no help) and Bailey is only marginally scared.  And Lucy, you ask?  She slept through the whole thing!

There it is in one post... 3 days of February.  We still have gardening, dance class, an impromptu trip to the desert, The Lorax movie and many other "day in the life of..." type pictures just from February!  Stay tuned!

Love you!