Saturday, December 27, 2008

On Sunday my side of the family came for our Christmas celebration. Grandpa had to work on Christmas so we decided to move the holiday to Sunday. We had such fun eating yummy prime rib and New York steak, chatting, laughing, and opening presents. Grandma and Grandpa got you a princess dress-up gown with wand, crown, and matching shoes. YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

We had fun taking family pictures.

Aren’t we silly?

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family. Thank you Mom, Dad, Jennie, Dustin, Nolan, Shelby, Jordan, Dustin, Sara, Garrett, and Natalie for such a wonderful Christmas! We love you all!

Friday, December 26, 2008

We have just finished up not one, not two, not even three Christmases…

...but FOUR! On Saturday we had all of Daddy’s side of the family over. Grandma cooked a delicious turkey and brought a honey baked ham. We had a wonderful day talking, laughing, playing games, and eating tons of food. You had a great time playing Barbie’s in your room with Danielle. I hardly saw you at all. You were having such a fun time.

Uncle Scotch was his fun self as always. You were climbing all over him. Look at your happy grin.

You posed for me a bit in front of the fireplace. It took about a hundred shots to get one good one. And I had to bribe you with cookies!! But look how cute you are.

We are so lucky and blessed to have such a fun-loving family. Thank you Sodorff’s, Adnam’s, and Simpson’s for such a lovely, memorable day. We love you all!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas!


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend Fun

We have just come to an end to one of the best weekends ever. It was filled with the best of friends and so many fun memories.

The Thomson bunch came to visit us for a few days. They arrived very late at night on Thursday. You were already asleep in daddy’s office, so we placed Boo in there….wide awake. She was just dying to wake you up. She sat next to you for a long while just starring, waiting for you to realize you had company. I don’t know how it happened but you eventually woke up. You were so excited and there was squealing and playing until 2 IN THE MORNING! We put you back to bed and I climbed into mine. I fell right to sleep, but it seems as though you and Boo had some trouble. Uncle John finally had to climb in between the two of you to get you to settle down. He ended up sleeping there the entire night!!

The next day we visited Santa at South Coast Plaza. Luckily there was not much of a line. But while we were waiting, you proclaimed that you would not being crying this year. And guess what? You didn’t. Santa asked Boo what she wanted and she told him a fast car. You told him you wanted princesses. This came as no surprise to him (or me).

One of our favorite things to do when the Thomson’s come to visit is go to the beach. On Saturday we all went together, including the Daddy's. They took such good care of all you kids. It is such a wonderful sight to see Daddy's with their daughters. You and Boo are lucky gals.

On Sunday, just us girls went to the beach. We walked on the sand and played together.

You and Boo played so well together. We hardly saw you all weekend since you two entertained each other. You giggled and danced. You dressed up like pretty, pretty princesses.

You loved JM. I guess you snuggled with him and Auntie Ha Ha in the morning, smothering him with kisses. And now that they are gone, your baby doll is named JM and I must be quiet while he sleeps. I have to admit, he is pretty lovable with his scrunchy face smiles. Yum!

The three of you were such angels.

Why, may I ask, do weekends like these go so darn fast? Thank you so much Thomson's for such a wonderful weekend full of the sweetest memories. We are surely blessed to have such amazing friends who have become our family.

Thank you honey for being such an amazing Daddy to Mae. I just love watching the two of you and the bond that you have.

Thank you for being a great sport and heading to the beach with us. I could not ask for a better hubby and best friend! I love you!

Things I don't want to forget about the weekend:

1. Road rage
2. Reindeer carousel and the inefficiency of the workers (and my small confrontation with them....I don't know what got into me)
3. Getting our butts kicked by Garrett EVERY TIME we played Scene It
4. Dinner with friends and family and yummy pasta shells (and whole bottles of wine...bad idea)
5. The evening stroll that turned into an hour long trek along a busy street. (Poor Auntie ha Ha and Sara's feet)
6. The skunk along the wall that Maddie wanted to eat
7. Handsome little boy smiles and cuddles in the middle of the night.

I hope I am not missing anything.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Day with Mae

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One of the Best Disneyland Adventures EVER!!

Almost a whole month ago, you and I had the most amazing Disney day. We went with your BFF Hailee Bop and her mommy, Auntie Netty. It started off as any ole’ trip to the land……parking 10 miles away in the parking structure, then walking 10 miles to get to the park, and then waiting in a line to get in. But little did we know that it would turn out to be one of the most memorable experiences yet.

When we entered the park, Aunty and I were reading the map and schedule for the day. We saw that there was a Princess area where you could meet all your favorite characters. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, but most importantly….Ariel!! I went up to a cast member and asked where we could find this area. He explained it and gave us directions. We chatted with him for a bit and then all of a sudden he mentioned that we were perfect candidates for….a secret princess……well, he didn’t want to tell us too many details. But he was positive that you and Hailee would be ecstatic over this….thing. He gave us a special ticket and told us to meet at the Shield at 5pm. So we didn’t know what to expect, but we were really excited to find out!

Leading up to this…secret……we spent the day riding such rides as Pinocchio, the carousel, Dumbo (Ok you didn’t get to ride it. You had to take a potty break as soon as we got close to the front of the line), and Winnie the pooh. We even rode the Haunted Mansion ride, which was decorated like The Nightmare Before Christmas. Hailee Bop was asleep for this whole spooky ride but you were wide awake. When we exited the Haunted Mansion you exclaimed, “WE MADE IT.” In fact, after every ride we rode, you and Hailee would say this. Like you guys thought we wouldn’t make it out alive. It was so adorable.

All day you girls were perfect angels. You got along just like best friends should. You danced and hopped in the lines, you shared french fries at lunch, and giggled together all day. Auntie and I could not have asked for two better behaved munchkins.

When 4:00 rolled around, you little ones were sound asleep in your strollers. Exhausted from all the fun! And we of course DID NOT EAT ICE CREAM while you were out. No way, what horrible mommies we would be!! And we did NOT WATCH THE PARADE without you either. NO WAY! (OK, maybe we did those things, but we threw away the evidence and the loud parade music didn’t even wake you guys up. No siree!)

At 4:30 we headed over to the Princess Fantasy Faire area. The man told us we should be a little early since there was a regal ceremony and activities held there too. You and Hailee watched the princess on the stage in awe for the Royal Coronation Ceremony. Your reaction was better than expected. Your eyes sparkled with excitement. We danced along with the princesses and learned out to curtsy. There may have been some crying when Snow White left the area.

Finally 5:00 was here and it was time for the secret to be revealed. With autograph books and pens in hand, you and Hailee waited patiently for…..well, we weren’t sure. A man came out and collected out ticket, and led us into a private castle room. Inside two lovely princesses awaited us. It was Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (or Bean as Hailee calls her). They were there to talk and take pictures with just you two. No other children were allowed inside during your private time with them. SO COOL!! You ladies were speechless. You sat on their laps and said NOTHING! You didn’t know what to do. You were shocked that your beloved cartoon characters were sitting right there with you, talking about Prince Phillip and Prince Charming. It was the most amazing moment in Disneyland history.

After this exciting meeting, we stood in line to see all the other princesses. It was a looooong line with crazy people yelling. But it was all worth it. You got to meet.....



And Jasmine

Because it was a school night, we had to leave a little early. But before we left we rode the Mater Horn for the very first time! I was so scared that you be frightened and traumatized. So I held on to you real tight and talked to you the whole time about how fun it was. When the ride came to a stop, you turned to me and said, “I wasn’t scared, Momma.” You were a brave little chick-a-dee. I am so proud of you. I am not sure how Hailee Bop enjoyed it. But there were no tears shed by either one of you… I think it was a success. Way to go Roller Coaster Riders!!

Thank you Hailee Bop and Aunty Netty for the most wonderful, memorable Disneyland Day! It was definitely a tough day to top. But here’s to next year…….let’s try to top it! Love ya both….and love you my Sunshine Mae!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Two Parades in One Day

On Thursday you had a Halloween parade at school. Daddy and I took the day off so we could come and watch. You wore your beautiful princess costume. So did MANY OTHER little girls. At least your costume was an original. No other little girls wore it.

For the parade, you all circled the basketball courts about three times. You seemed to enjoy walking around with your friends while some of the smaller kids cried the whole time.

When the parade was finished, your class went out to the parking lot to do some Trunks or Treats. Some parents decorated their trunks and passed out candy. You thought it was super fun. Every time you got candy you would run to me and say, "Mama, I got MORE candy!" So adorable.

Since I took the whole day off, Grandma and I decided to take you to Disneyland. While Grandma was in line to get her Annual Pass, you and I visited Mickey. Last year you were deathly afraid of the characters at Disneyland. But this year you walk right up to them and give them a great big hug. You finally really enjoy the Disney experience, which I am so happy about. It is one of my favorite places to go and just love sharing it with you.

I think the best part of the evening was watching you watching the parade.

The waiting for the parade took a long time, but you had fun with your grandma.

You loved seeing all the princesses. You shouted out their names as each one went by. Grandma told you to wave to them. At first you wouldn't, but eventually your little hand went discretely up and there was a small, barely visible wave. Too cute!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gosh, It's Been a While

So many fun things have been going around here. I wish that I could find the time to sit down and write about them. So it may take me a few posts, but I will back up and show you all the fun times we have been having this past month.

About a month ago we headed to the Fitzpatrick's house in Arizona. We had a fabulous time. We played games, made deliciously yummy homemade cookies, and you and Miles had your very first dinner date. Chaperoned of course! It was a short visit but it was filled with many sweet memories of friends and good times. Thanks for such a wonderful time, Fitzpatrick's!

Your first dinner date along the lake. Very romantic!

Taking a stroll in the wagon.

Feeding the ducks (and the fish).

An evening ride in the golf cart with your daddy's.

Breakfast at the gold course.