Thursday, March 31, 2011

Somewhere Fun

Hailey woke up one morning tired of being stuck inside.


Her regular games just weren’t cutting it. 


So Hailey took matters into her own hands.  She got dressed up and demanded to be taken somewhere fun.


It worked!  She got to ride a pony…


and even played on the swings with her baby sister. 


Who was thoroughly pooped from being pushed backwards and forwards. 


Hope you had fun Hailey!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Springtime at Disneyland

In southern California we generally have good weather year round.  This past weekend, we had a break in the rain and decided to fit it a trip to Disneyland.  The weather ended up being warmer than we originally thought and felt just like spring!

We were going to meet C & C there but got there a bit early.  No problem!  We ran into CA  to spend the time.  CA is going through some major changes to the front entrance and pretty much the middle of the park and is a zoo because of it.  I can’t wait to see what it ends up looking like, hopefully they finish before our passes expire. 

We jumped in line for Tower of Terror.  There was some kind of Cheerleading Nationals going on and in line, a group of girls started cheering. 


By the time we made it out of the park, it was  perfect time to head over to Dland to meet C & C.


Because of the good weather and all the spring breaks, it was CROWDED!


Once meeting up with C & C, we headed to the carousel for our first kiddie ride.  I took Hailey and Crystal took Noelle.  Chad and Jeff played spectator while snacking on kettle corn. 


After the carousel we moved on to Small World. 


Hailey especially loved the Lilo and Stitch part! 

Jeff and I called it a day after the ride.  It was fun but the warm weather was getting to us since we dressed for colder weather.  No worries, we’ll be back soon.  Smile

Monday, March 28, 2011

How I spent my 10,957nd day on this planet…

I slept in until 7:15 am. 

I had originally taken the day off but ended up having to go into work for a mandatory meeting.  Boo.

I got out early and had sushi dinner with Jeff. 

Jeff treated me to frozen yogurt after dinner.

And now I’m sitting in front of the TV with the beginnings of what I think is a cold.


LOL, 30 is not starting off well.  Smile

My 30th Birthday

Happy Birthday to me!


Today I turned 30.

Even though I knew it was coming, my 30th birthday some how ended snuck up on me.  Before I even realized it, my last weekend in my 20’s was upon me and no big plans were made. 

Jeff and I decided to keep it low key and have a celebration later this year, in the summer.  But that didn’t stop us from having some fun in the mean time. 

Saturday evening, my family came over for a small celebration. 


Noellie is doing such a good job of crawling.  Can’t wait until she starts walking!!

Soon it was time for the cake.  Want to know what 30 candles on 1 cake looks like? 


I love how excited Hailey looks in the background. 


30 candles…and I have to be honest, I couldn’t blow them all out!  I had help from 2 of our nieces.  I’m getting old. 


Thank you everyone for the gifts and company! 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pretend City

The older nieces had been mentioning Pretend City for a couple of weekends.  Pretend City is a children’s museum in Irvine, CA.  I’ve been to my share of children’s museums (I was a kid you know) but this one is one of the better ones.

Pretend City is a huge warehouse set up to look like, well, a pretend city.  They have different sets or homes that represent different places you’d see in a real city.  A grocery store, a bank, a home, the beach, the police station, fire station and much more.  Below is a map from the website showing the exact set up. 

Pretend City Children's Museum Map

Admission is pretty good, only $10 per person and my SIL gave us a BOGO for a free admission, so we took the older niecies yesterday afternoon.

The girls had already been there once before with their friend Mikey and knew exactly where to go.  I think this had Shannon and I at a disadvantage.  While we were looking around oohing and ahhing, they had already taken off to the ATM.


Brooklyn went first and then Kalea.  Unfortunately, when Kalea put in her timecard, the machine had run out of money.  No worries, we went to the bank and Kalea was able to take out her first loan at the ripe old age of 3.  Girl, I’m just warning you, pay back your loan on time or your credit will be shot. 


With money in our pockets and our debt already existing…we went to the grocery store.  I’m proud to say that our baby niece loaded up on the fruits and veggies immediately.  She’s also a fast shopper and gets business done FAST.


Once she was done shopping, it was so cute.  A little boy was working the register.  Kalea put down her basket and then ran away.  I thought she was getting shy about interacting with another kid, but she was just running to Aunty Shannon to get her money.  She stood patiently while the cashier checked her out-uh her veggies out-and then paid the man for her food.  I’m quite certain she under paid but maybe because she’s so cute, he gave her a discount?  Or, he just can’t count yet. 


After that we moved on the the farm where the produce comes from.  Um, Kalea, it’s okay to put your money away now. 


In the farm area, the had live chicks.  They were so cute and pretty reactive to the kids looking in.  The would walk up to the glass window and didn’t startle too bad. 


After a trip to the market, we moved on to the home where Brooklyn laid down and Kalea got to work making us a nice vegetarian meal. 


We kept exploring and hit up the fire station, beach and marina. 


Brooklyn stamped an I Love You letter at the post office and insisted it be left behind to be mailed.  Not sure who it was intended for, but I wish I would have snatched it before leaving. 


Once we finished, we went to the real store before leaving.  Kalea promptly started collecting stuffed animals and pushing her cart around.  Uh girl, that loan was only good in that Pretend City.  This store takes a different kind of currency.  We narrowed it down to a couple of things and  then said goodbye to the little city.