Friday night was the girl scout Me and My Guy dance at Elizabeth’s school. The theme was “Under the Sea”, which I think was the same theme as the prom in Back to the Future. (Oh i looked it up, that one added the word Enchantment.) It was a fun time dancing with Elizabeth, meeting all of the other dads, and watching all the girls go crazy. I think they even went crazier than normal because, at least with girls, it seems dads aren’t as strict as moms.
Dads and daughters.
Kate, Liz and Payton.
Dancing with friends.
So for Elizabeth’s birthday, she decided to have a party at our house and invite some of her friends. There was a Hello Kitty cake, Hello Kitty wrapping paper, Hello Kitty gift bags, Hello Kitty rings, a pin the bow on the Hello Kitty game, Hello Kitty coloring books, well, you get the picture. A very fun and very pink party with lots of girls having lots of fun. Pics are here.
Christmas was crazy this year with a neighborhood breakfast party, lots of presents from Santa, and a week of cold weather/indoor playing.
A week before Christmas, we invited all of our neighbors to come to our house for mimosas, bloody mary’s, breakfast and an ornament exchange. It made our usually big feeling house seem small with over 20 people in it.
On Christmas morning, the kids woke up to a treasure trove of presents left by Santa, and another bunch of fun stuff sent by relatives and friends. Among lots of other things, Santa brought Daniel a giant marble run that he has to build, and Elizabeth a stuffed octopus, some dolls, and some Zhu Zhu pets. Joe got a cool shirt that Elizabeth made and a Harmony remote control, and Sandy got a cool flower pen that Daniel made and a new washer and dryer that she asked for.
It was cold and rainy for most of the kids two-week Christmas break, so much of the time was spent indoors playing. Still even though they were stuck inside, they really enjoyed themselves. More pictures here.
Just got back from our Southern California Vacation and are happy to be home since the last two days were spent with the kids very very sick. We started out by picking up Miles and Jordan from LAX and headed to the La Brea Tar pits and to Farmers Market for breakfast. Then we met Wade, Jeanine, Mike and Luke to see Toy Story 3 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. After the movie, we went to a Toy Story Fun Fair behind the theater and we rode rides, played on a playground, saw a show, did some crafts, and ate some ice cream.
The next day we went to a little kids amusement park in Stanton called Adventure City, a tiny little place that somehow crammed tons of rides into a quarter of a city block. That night we went to Pirate Dinner Adventure Theater with Jeanine and Luke and John and Deanna. Okay food and okay show but the kids had fun and it was great to spend some rare time with John and Deanna. We wanted to spend more with them but….
Almost all of the rest of the time was spend at Disneyland riding rides and eating and spending money. Tuesday night we went to Dodger Stadium to watch them hit three home runs and beat the Marlins. We sat in the bleachers which was interesting as they don’t let you leave the bleacher area to visit the rest of the stadium, but the fans there are a bit more rowdy than the other sections which made it a lot of fun. Go Dodgers!!!
On Wednesday there was an earthquake so for much of the day the rides were shut down. Also, we didn’t get to see the much lauded World of Color show at California Adventure because something broke during the earthquake safety checks, and that was after we waited half an hour in the morning for tickets and waited more than an hour in the middle of a restless mob that wanted to see the show. It would have been understandable except they didn’t tell us there wouldn’t be a show until well after we should have been let into the viewing area.
We went to Long Beach after Disneyland and so wanted to go to Johns birthday party at Jeanine’s house, but at about one a.m. the night before, the kids started throwing up with headaches and stomach aches. It was extra sad when Elizabeth cried because we couldn’t go to the party. They were throwing up off and on for both of our Long Beach hotel days, so much so that Daniel made us quit using any throw up, puke, vomit, and hurl-ish type words and to just say “flower” instead. Elizabeth was achey and whiny all the way home and only just started feeling better when she saw her own room.
They both got their appetites back when they got home, so I think everything’s okay now. If we erase the last two days, it was a great vacation, even with the earthquake stuff. But we sure regret not spending more time with family or visiting Grandma.Pictures of the trip are here.
We found a great deal to Hawaii and so it was our Christmas present. The trip coincided with Daniel’s seventh birthday. We got to sight see, play on the beach, visit Hawaii family and have a birthday party for Dan. Lots of Wii playing on Jordan’s Wii while there and toward the end, Dan found out that he got a Wii of his own for his birthday.
Pics are here