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Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's All About the Teeth...Tooth Fairy Pillows

Ella's friends are losing teeth left and right, so I've been having little panic attacks thinking that she will lose a tooth, and I'll have no tooth fairy pillow to put it in!  Yes, I stress over these things.

I couldn't find anything I loved on Etsy so I've had it on my [extremely long] "to do" list for months.  I finally made them, and I think they turned out so cute!!  I figured I should just make Everett's now as well and get it done, even though I hope he won't be losing teeth for a few more years!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

BIG Day!

It was a big day on Saturday! 

First, we went to the aquarium...which doesn't seem like anything "big" since we're members.  However, we recently booked a trip to Hawaii, and they kids have never flown so we're a little worried about their ability to carry things through the airports, not ride in a stroller withough complaining, etc.  I admit, we're pretty bad about carrying everything for them and letting them ride in the stroller a lot.

Sooooo, we made them carry their own backpacks (the ones we just bought for our trip) with all their own snacks, waters and changes of clothes.  AND...we did not bring a stroller.  First time ever.
It was a huge success!  Even after making them walk all along the path and through Shoreline Village.  Ella did not complain once, and Everett only asked once to have us pick him up (until it was way past naptime, but I don't count that!) and carry his backpack, and when we said no, there was no tantrum!!  It was HEAVEN for me not having to carry all their stuff too.  Baby steps...

This guy was the star of the aquarium...

 We had lunch on the water...

And walked through Shoreline Village...

They were apparently having some kind of Native American festival so the kids got to watch an awesome Native American dance involving hoops (they loved it), and Ella, my timid little girl, went up to this guy all by herself and asked if he would take a picture with her!
She's afraid of Goofy at Disneyland but is willing to hang out with THIS guy?!

BIG NEWS NUMBER TWO: Ella can now ride a bike without training wheels!!!!!!!!!!  We are so proud of her!  I didn't get a good video because she got so much better after this one, but here it is!  Oh, and when you see Everett in a fireman's jacket and spiked helmet...don't ask.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Winter (??) Fun

It's allegedly been winter, but given the 80 degree weather, we've been doing A LOT of pool and beach time!  This was all in one day...beach in the morning; pool and bbq in afternoon. :)


Here are Ella and Cadence belting out Taylor Swift in the pool!

Cousins

The kids finally met their cousins from Arizona, and they adore them!!  They had so much fun playing and showing them all their things...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015!

It started off with Ella's class party on Thursday...

On Valentine's day, we had breakfast at the Beachcomber and a family beach morning...

Then we had a Valentine's dinner and ice cream sundae bar with the godsisters...

Sunday morning, we had a Valentine's brunch at Mason's house...

Beach Day!

It's been in the high 70's and low 80's lately (in February!!!) so since Ella's school was out on Friday, we decided to take full advantage and 7 mamas took FIFTEEN (!) kids to the beach!

It was really fun...maybe too much fun because it only took a few minutes in the car for this to happen...

The hot weather has also encouraged lemonade sales and adult beverage drinking. ;)

Disneyland

On Tuesday February 10th, we surprised the kids with a trip to Disneyland to check out all the new Frozen attractions at California Adventure.  It was the perfect day because it wasn't crowded at all!

We started off at Frozen Fun...

We went to the Frozen Sing Along...

The minute we walked into Disneyland, Snow White and Cinderella were waiting for us so Ella was super excited...


After the Soundsational Parade at Disneyland, we headed back to California Adventure because we forgot to go on the Ariel ride!

Before we left, we met up with Mason for a ride on Mater!

Father Daughter Dance

On February 6th, Ella and Gary went to her very first Father-Daughter dance at school- so cute!!!!

They had a daddy dinner date with her buddy, Cadence...

So much fun with friends at the dance!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Life with Everett

I've decided that I need to start documenting the things I'm forced to say to Everett, in public, on a regular basis.  Because things come out of my mouth that I could have never imagined ever would.

The two most recent I can remember:

At a sushi restaurant...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT EAT STICKY RICE OFF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOE!!!!!"

In the middle of a crowded mall after purchasing new underwear for Everett...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT WEAR UNDERWEAR ON YOUR HEAD!  TAKE THEM OFF!!!"

At home...
 "EVERETT, YOU CANNOT LICK THE DOG!!!"
*this one actually happens a lot...you cannot lick the floor/table/your sister/your friends, etc.

Just added, in the bathroom...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT LICK MILK OFF THE BATHROOM RUG THAT YOU PEE ALL OVER!!!"  [yes, that really happened, and I nearly vomited]

On the plus side, the people around us are always cracking up, so at least he's (and me?) providing a free show.