Tuesday, April 29


sunset clouds in Whittier
So much going on here lately!  Scott and I have overlapping out-of-town trips this week and the girls and I have a week-long field trip next week.  I need to post about Stacy's birthday and I want to keep you up to date on all that is happening here, but I'm afraid things will be a bit spotty for the next few weeks.  I'll try to pop in when I can...no promises though!

Friday, April 25


We first make the switch from trikes to bikes in April 2011.  Seems like a long time ago...and just yesterday!  Regardless, the girls keep on growing and outgrowing things.  Shoes, clothes, toys and bikes.  Yes, bikes!  We went to town on Wednesday and came home with two new and bigger bikes.

We went for a brief ride that afternoon, yesterday was Stacy's birthday so we were otherwise busy, and today it snowed.  And hailed.  And rained.  So those nice new bikes are parked for a bit, anxiously awaiting the return of the sun...

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Monday, April 21

Happy Easter!

Hope you had a happy Easter...we sure did!  Scott's mom (aka Grandma Moo) is visiting us and arrived last Thursday when the girls were out of school.  We picked her up at the airport and headed north to our friends' cabin.  I took along some cookie dough and some hard boiled eggs so we wouldn't miss out on all the Easter fun while we were away from home.  We made cookies on Friday morning...

...and dyed eggs on Friday afternoon!

Mid-day on Saturday we went for a picnic on the lake in Kelsey's favorite spot.  She *really* wanted to show Grandma the view of Denali from here that we had seen in March.  It was too cloudy, but the picnic was fun even if the mountain didn't show herself!

The girls both helped make deviled eggs on Friday and Saturday.  We took our ham, spuds, and peas with us and had our Easter feast a day early on Saturday evening.  It was sure tasty!  It was so nice and sunny...so warm on the deck we almost could have eaten outside!

These two had lots of fun soaking up the sunshine, blowing bubbles, playing frisbee, drawing with sidewalk chalk, searching for bunnies, going for walks, and hanging out in the porch swing.

And although she foiled our plans to show her off on Friday, Denali was out in her full glory on Saturday when Scott and I went on an exploring drive.

It was a lovely weekend!  We even hunted eggs outside, though I was having so much fun watching the girls hunt that I forgot to take pictures.  Oh well...Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18

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Wednesday, April 16

::right now::

Inspired by this.

Outside my window...it is dark and rainy.

I am thinking...about Easter and all that it means for Christians like me.

I am thankful...for all the sunny weather we have had this spring.  Sunshine really does make me happy!

In the kitchen...I have a clean sink and clean stove top after working on them today!

I am wearing...jeans and a hoodie, nothing fancy!

I am creating...a birthday dress for someone who will be 7 next week!

I am going...on a mini-vacay this weekend!

I am reading...just finished this one...

                   ...and moving on to this one...

         apparently I'm on a WWII reading streak!

I am looking forward to...breakfast.  I love breakfast!

I am learning...math.  Test prep stuff.  Ugh.

Around the house...it's mostly clean

I am pondering...why I am not in bed already!

A favorite quote for today...a quote from my favorite Easter hymn:

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 One of my favorite things...laughter!

A peek into my day...new shoes!!

That's all for now folks!

Friday, April 11

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Thursday, April 10

More California!

I was planning to share this yesterday, but in the morning I read this post where she talked about how good it feels to do the jobs we sometimes put off.  She's right and I know it, so I went for it and tackled a list that had been needing attention for awhile.  The thing that always strikes me is how big the job seems, but once I start in it is rarely the mountain of work I made it out to be in my mind!  I have some more things to cross off today, but I am taking a happy writing break to tell you about all of the non-Disney stuff we did in California last week!

Of course there was the pool...

We visited the pool all but one day...the girls often found other kiddos to play with and we all know how awesomely exhausting pool time can be for kids!

Wednesday we took the whole day off from theme parks.  We hopped on the bus and headed to the Discovery Science Center.  We happened to be there during their Bubblefest, which turned out to be the highlight of our visit that day.  Bubbles in the dark with a laser light show??  Yes, please!  It was so cool!

Seriously.  This guy is a 'bubble scientist' and his job is to travel the world doing these shows.  Sign me up!!

He did some pretty amazing stuff with soap and water...

That evening we went to Medieval Times for dinner.  What fun!  We had to wait a bit (while they try to sell you stuff from their gift shops) before the dinner show actually started, but one we were seated it was so much fun! 

The guy in the front of this picture probably has an official title, but I don't know what it was.  I'll call him the master of ceremonies.  He was sort of the narrator for the night.

You're randomly assigned a team color when you come through the gates and you have a knight that matches your color that you're cheering for.  Here's ours, the blue knight.

There's a number of competitions between the knights throughout the night...

Meanwhile, you're being served dinner medieval style...no silverware!  Kelsey was excited by how much the performance reminded her of some activies she did at school in kindergarten.  Stacy was so taken by all of the showiness that I thought I would have a bruise on my arm where she kept nudging me while she pointed things out. 

The horses are very well trained and the whole show is very entertaining.  It was definitely worth staying up late for!

Tuessday we discovered the Lego store in Downtown Disney.  We are relative newbies in the world of Legos, but it was so cool to the huge statues made of tiny Legos!

I know there are Lego stores all over and Lego events where you can see this sort of stuff, but this was our first and I thought it was really cool!  The best part was that it inspired my ladies to build from their imaginations, not just the Lego kits/sets.  So cool!

I guess that just about wraps it up.  After we said a very teary good-bye to Grandma on Saturday we did some shopping and then hung out at the pool most of the afternoon.

Friday night my mom and I had figured out that we could see the Disney fireworks from the hall window near our room, so Saturday night I tried to wake up the girls to watch them.  It was hilarious...they were so sound asleep there was no waking them.  I actually picked Kelsey up and set her on the floor on her feet and she just climbed right back into bed!  I couldn't even get Stacy to do that much.  So I tucked them back in and watched by myself...

We flew out Sunday morning.  It was a long day of traveling, but one of the high points was this moment when they were both engrossed in new books from the airport book store...

It was such a great week filled with smiles and making memories!

Tuesday, April 8


Oh my goodness!  There is so much to say about our trip!  In thinking about the best way to sum it all up in a couple of posts I have decided to start with Disney. Disneyland was the true thrust of this trip for me.  As a kid we visited Disneyland for the first time when I was 14.  I was so excited!  My mom had made her first trip at a similar age, so it felt like we were carrying on a tradition.  We even stayed at the same hotel she stayed at all those years ago!  This time around though, we did things a bit differently.  We opted for Homewood Suites where we had a bit of room to stretch out and we could put the kids to bed a bit before we retired ourselves.  They serve breakfast AND dinner and have a super-sunny pool, so we were quite happy with our lodgings.

I opted for 4 one park per day tickets figuring we would do two days at Disneyland and two days at California Adventure.  In my mind we would do Disneyland first for two days and then California Adventure for two days.  Following the kids' lead though, we went to Disneyland on Monday and then California Adventure on Tuesday.  We took Wednesday off from theme parks and then went back to Disneyland on Thursday and Friday.  In the end we felt like we had seen all that we wanted to see in California Adventure in one day.  Disneyland has more hidden things to explore.  Even on Friday, our third day in the park, we were still riding new rides!  The kids had fun at both parks...they were so overwhelmed the first day.  The park was packed that day and there was so much to see!  We watched the parade and took in the show Mickey's Magical Map.  They were both fantastic...Disney parades are one of my favorite things!

There are sooooo many pictures, it's hard to choose just a few to share, but I tried...

Day One: Disneyland

we had been inside the park for about 15 minutes here...

my favorite part of the parade!

girls with Grandma in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle

Kelsey and Grandma before their first real ride

Stacy and I before our first real ride

Stacy's face after Thunder Mountain Railroad
Day Two: California Adventure

Kelsey before the first ride of the day

Stacy before the first ride of the day

by far my favorite part of California Adventure!

of course we posed with Lightening McQueen!
Day Three: Disneyland

Autopia was a hit...the driver's licenses were too!

after visiting the Lego store in Downtown Disney

their reaction to Disney after dark...priceless!
Day Four: Disneyland

heading into Star Tours for the 2nd time

yup...holding hands!
this guy's job is to sit in this room in the dream house in Tomorrowland and tell stories--another dream job!
Of course, if you want to see more photos you can visit Fotki...there are lots for your browsing!

Disneyland Day One
Disneyland Day Two
Disneyland Day Three
California Adventure

I'll do my best to be back tomorrow to tell you about our other non-Disney adventures!

Monday, April 7

We're Ba-ack!

I've been keeping a secret for a long time!  This trip has been a 'mama dream' of mine for years.  My mom and I first started talking about it three or four years ago.  This year everything finally fell into place and I surprised the girls with a trip to Disneyland.  I told lots of people but managed to keep my giddy mouth shut (mostly...I did have one near-miss) around the kids.  This was how we told them that morning...

It was pretty funny...they were so overwhelmed!  They had no idea what Disneyland really was or what the trip entailed, but after a few YouTube videos of attractions they were super excited.  Little did they know I had another surprise in store for them!  My video of that surprise is a bit wonky, so I'll just share this photo instead...

My mom met us there!  Actually she met us at the airport, her flight arriving just minutes after ours did.  It was a pretty funny meet-up.  We were all a bit disoriented because it was late at night and we weren't sure which way to go, but the smiles on the girls' faces once they realized what was up were priceless.  We enjoyed the whole week together, visiting Disneyland, California Adventure, Medieval Times, the Discovery Science Center, and the hotel pool.  It was great.  Fantastic.  Amazing.  So fun!!  I'll tell you all about it soon, when the unpacking is finished and my souvenir cold lets my head work properly again...