My Renovation Blog

Friday, April 24, 2015

Community Helpers Play

Ella's TK class did a "Community Helpers" play, and it was so cute!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ice Cream!

I know we're behind the times, but we took the kids to Farrell's for the first time last night- they loved it!  Duh, who wouldn't love getting a big ice cream "clown" sundae on a random Sunday night?!  It was our special 'last night of spring break' treat since unlike most of their friends, they didn't get to go on a fun vacation for spring break.  Ella has already declared that she wants to go back for her birthday dinner. :)

The kids DID keep us laughing all week- I really need to start writing all this stuff down because Everett in particular is so hysterical.  I think we may have a class clown on our hands.  The kids were being rowdy in my bedroom so I said, "who is going to be the first one in time out?", and Everett goes, "BYE!" but instead of leaving the room like a normal person, he MOONWALKS while doing that big truck reverse sound...beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.  Here is playing for the crowd at a birthday party. ;)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Spring Haps

Not much going on lately...bbqs, birthdays and soccer mostly...

Everett started a soccer class with Sydney...
As you can see, Everett wasn't loving it the first time, but he did much better the second class!  I'm glad we are doing this before AYSO because I didn't realize how shy he gets in a new environment, so it will be good practice.

We had the twins' (our neighbors) first birthday party!

One of the best things about having a birthday party at your neighbors' house (you know, aside from being able to walk home after drinking of course!)?  Being able to sit on your couch and watch one kid in the bounce house at the party while the other kid naps!

This is Ella when I tell her something surprising apparently?

My beautiful baby boy...look at those lashes (and blue frosting)!

You know those rare moments when the kids are not fighting over a toy or who gets the bigger piece of cake?  I actually caught a few on camera!  These two were being so sweet this morning...heaven...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter 2015

We tried to put together a neighborhood block party/hunt, but Easter came so early this year that we couldn't coordinate it.  So the kids were super excited when one of our neighbors put together a last minute hunt for her grandkids and all the kids on the street...

This is how Everett arrived at the hunt...

First time Everett dyed Easter Eggs...

On Easter Sunday, we kept it low key with church, lunch at grandma and grandpa's house and another hunt of course!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

We had our annual Easter Egg Hunt this weekend- always a super fun time!

Lord help us with these two!

A little night swim...

On a side note, when did my baby girl turn into a big girl???!!!

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!


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...