Sunday, October 25, 2009

Update

We've been so busy lately! It seems to never end. Olivia is performing her Halloween dance on Tuesday so I will post pictures. Tyler is starting guitar lessons and we purchased a fancy black guitar for him. Abbe Mae is loving Daisies and we attended a fancy Mommy & Me Tea last week.

Seems like it never stops! Birthday parties, fall festivals, work functions, school functions....busy as can be!

Halloween weekend we are doing our standard neighborhood Halloween fire/drinks/dinner. We have several families coming over and will be cooking chili over the fire with Cider and Schnapp's for adults and hot coco for kids, followed by trick-or-treating. Tyler is some scary Halloween monster that has a hand-held blood pumper, Abbe is the fanciest witch I've ever seen, and Olivia is Cinderella equipped with these blue light up glass slippers.

For work I've talked six people into dressing up with me and doing the Thriller dance for our Halloween party. It's going to be fun.

Jason and I got to sneak out to a movie this afternoon thanks to our neighbor Jodi offering to watch the kids for a while. We went to see "Law Abiding Citizen" with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Remember when we recently went to California last month, I stood outside the Chinese Theater for the world premier of this movie?? Jamie and Gerard are practically family because of it!

Jason is set up for his sleep apnea machine this week. Hopefully it will help with his sleep issues.

The weather here is starting to get chilly. We've already had a fire in our fireplace twice this year.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Break

Mommy: Abbe Mae, tomorrow you'll have to get up early for school.

Abbe Mae; NOOOOOO! I don't want to go to school.

Mommy: You have to go! You learn so much at school.

Abbe Mae: I already know everything!!

Don't know where she gets that from?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

California Love *in my best Tupac voice*

We had a great trip to California. The flight was very long. Five hours long going out because of the winds. A bit over four coming home. But well worth it.

We arrived in LA on Saturday. We picked up the minivan and drove to Disneyland and checked in our hotel. The two hour time change didn't hit us immediately, so we went shopping in Downtown Disney.

Sunday, the time change did hit! We all woke up at 6 am California time (8 am Nashville time). But we had a busy day planned so it was okay! We arrived at Disneyland before the gates opened. The girls had appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutque at 8:10 am. Abbe Mae chickened out right before her turn, although I wasn't surprised, I was a bit disappointed. Her big thing is she's not into "princesses" and is afraid to have people brush her hair cause it's so curly. Olivia sat right up there and got the full treatment. It's amazing how much they cater to these little girls. It was pretty damn magical if I do say so myself. Problem was, Olivia would NOT change into her Cinderella dress. I think it's cause Abbe Mae was being sassy about it and it made Olivia a little hesitant about the process. So needless to say, Olivia is going to be Cinderella this year for Halloween cause I'm getting my money's worth and girlfriend is wearing the dress. But back to the BBB experience, they do take really good care of the girls in the salon, calling them princesses and there is even a magical reveal at the end. I thought it was neat.

After the BBB, we had to rush over to California Adventure for our Princess Breakfast at Ariel's Grotto. It was great cause you truly do get more one-on-one attention at the character meals. We were able to get autographs of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Bell and Cinderella. It was a grand time. The girls were beyond thrilled!!

We ended up staying the rest of the day at California Adventure and had a great time. Early evening, we decided to head back to the hotel to sleep a bit (time change and all the excitement started to wear some of us thin). We wanted to make it back to Disneyland for the fireworks! And I'm glad we did! The fireworks display was amazing. I've been to DW and seen some good shows, but this one was by far the best. It was a Halloween theme with all of the villains casting spells and such. We originally planned to stay at Disneyland late cause the park was open until midnight, but we ended up leaving after the fireworks. We were all tired.

Monday we went back to Disneyland for the day. Rode all the rides, face painted and most importantly got to hang out with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc. Tyler got to ride some of the bigger rides so he had fun.

Some of our favorites were the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show, HSM, jellyfish drop, teacups and Tyler and I loved the Tower of Terror!! I had so many people tell me not to be disappointed in the size of Disneyland compared to Disneyworld. I have to say, I think I like Disneyland a bit better! It's so much more manageable. It's so close together. Disneyworld is TOO spread out. There's nothing like having small children that are exhausted and overstimulated and having to drag them six miles to the hotel or parking lot by the way of tram/boat/shuttle. I loved how close together the parks were and that Downtown Disney was attached. Disneyworld is not like that at all. The castle isn't as exciting at Cinderella's but in the grand scheme of things, Disneyland is so much easier. Except they don't have the double rental strollers in DL!! Boooo!

Tuesday we headed out to LA to stay with my brother. We spent the day on Venice Beach. The kids LOVED it. They played in the water and sand for hours. Then we walked over to the playground for another hour. Not sure if it was the time change catching up with us, all the excitement or the ocean air, but the girls were in full breakdown mode. We left the beach area and planned on grabbing a late lunch, but scratched that idea because of behavior and went on to my brother's apartment for naps.

Let me tell you, my brother lives the life. The single, I make a lot of money with no kids life. He lives on the corner of Sycamore and Hollywood Blvd., just a few short steps from the Chinese/Kodak Theater. Right in the heart of LA. After well needed naps, we walked around and looked at the STARS in the sidewalks. That evening I snapped a few pictures of Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler (melt!) as they were in the area to promote their new movie. It was pretty dang cool.

Wednesday, we decided to hit up Universal Studios. It was nice cause the lines were only five to ten minutes for each ride. We rode EVERYTHING in the park and were all done by 5 pm. (Again, compared to Orlando, US in CA is one park and in Orlando it's two parks.) My brother had plans to take the kids to dinner and to see Toy Story in 3D so Jason and I got to go to dinner alone and shopped at the Grove.

We started our long journey home on Thursday.

It was a great trip. I really enjoyed Disneyland. We took over 700 pictures on the Rebel alone so once I sort through, I'll post some pictures.

Thursday, October 8, 2009