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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.

New Years Eve 2014

Watching the countdown...

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Ryan and Everett intently watching a still photo of Taylor Swift...hmm...

Christmas Morning 2014


The story of Kristoff...

My kids are terrified of Santa so we don't even bother taking them.  But one day, my mom picked up Ella early from school and miraculously, she took a photo with Santa!  This was about a week or so before Christmas.  I asked her how it went, and she said, "Santa is bringing me Kristoff".  Um, huh?

Both myself and Santa had already bought the kids tons of random gifts because, well, I have kids that don't ask for anything.  Ever.  Ella is the kid who have to force to pick something out at a toy store, and if you take her to somewhere like Marshall's to pick something out, she will choose underwear every.single.time.  I know, they are strange.

So I was shocked that she was adamant that she spoke with Santa, and he was brining her Kristoff.  Who wants Kristoff???  Elsa, sure.  Olaf, I get it.  Even Sven, the reindeer, I understand.  But Kristoff??  I knew she meant a plush one as well because (a) her Anna, Elsa and Olaf are all plush, and (b) the hard plastic Kristoffs are super easy to find at your local Target so surely that would be too easy.

I figured she just felt pressured to say something, since it was Santa afterall.  That's what you do, you know?  But I kept asking her, and she was insistent that all she wants for Christmas is Kristoff.  It's the ONLY thing she asked for.  ARGH!

I wasn't sure that Santa would be able to find a Kristoff so close to Christmas, especially since they were sold out everywhere.  But apparently, after tons of searching, Santa WAS able to find a Kristoff!  He is magical afterall...

And I think that Santa would have thought it was all worth it because Ella was BEYOND excited when she opened her gift, and screamed that she just KNEW that Santa was brining her Kristoff!

Most of the [short] morning was spent like this...
With paper flying everywhere.  But we did get them to slow down for a few pictures...


Holidays 2014

This year's Christmas cookies...

Some sibling love by the tree...

We had our annual white elephant party and kids' gift exchange at Ryan's house this year...

We did our annual Christmas Eve morning breakfast and gift exchange with godsisters...

Ella and Olivia apparently missed each other. ;)

Christmas Eve mass...

The kids got to open a bunch of gifts at grandma's house on Christmas Eve, including Everett's fire truck and fireman outfit!

After Christmas, I gave in and bought the Elfie pjs the kids were dying for since they were on sale...

We did a holiday preschool reunion playdate...

And we took the kids to the aquarium (note the two penguins swimming in the background!)...
A wonderful and busy holiday season!