Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa Visit

Well December is flying right on by.... It has been crazy going back to work full tie i feel like the Christmas season is going to quickly to enjoy it. We have done a few fun things, the first of the month we did our annual Norwegian Christmas cookie baking wit all of the girls in my family. Then last weekend mom and i dipped over 250 Pretzel rods in Carmel and chocolate for gifts. (i of course did not take pictures of either of these events) we have enjoyed watching Christmas movies together as a family as well. Yesterday we went to Hinkley Dodge cause my mom had heard that they were doing free Santa pics all month long so we got the kids dressed up and headed over. It was perfect there was no body there and the kids got about 10 minutes to themselves with Santa. They loved it. They also took pictures for us for free and then just emailed them to us. It was a great experience and the kids were on cloud nine.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Deck the halls...

This weekend we finished putting up our Christmas decorations (except the outside. Im not sure I have it in me to fight that marital fight this year) We got the tree up and the ornaments out. Every year as we put the Disney ornaments on the tree (yes I have a disney tree and a Disney Village....would you expect anything else?) we say each characters name as we put it on the tree. Brooks is getting better and better with his Disney Characters. And Brax, well he of course is being raised right and knows most all of them!










and the village...I would love to live in this little village it looks so fun!

Let it snow




This last Saturday we got a little snow. After Braxys day out with Grandpa Steve we came home and Brax immediatly wanted to go out and play in it. He reluctantly put on his coat and snow suit and headed out with his dad. They played for about an hour in the snow and ate some too. Brax thinks snow tastes yummy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October Activities

After our trip our October was full of fun fall activities...We went to the Black Island Farms pumpkin patch with the Kramers, Went to Cornbellys with my mom and Macie, Carved pumpkins, Ward Halloween Party, Enjoyed fall soups and went trick or treating on Halloween. Brax was not too interested in trick or treating (he Preferred to hand candy out at home)

Black Island Farms:












Pumpkin carving




Friday, October 21, 2011

San Diego/Disneyland

I figure I better get this post up before I forget all the fun details about our trip...We had so much fun on this vacation we talk daily about wanting to go back. In fact Scotty is already planning and mapping out our next Disneyland trick or treat trip.
We left Friday afternoon around 1:00 and drove to Las Vegas where Brooks, Brax, Macie and I stayed at my stepmoms and mom and steve stayed at the Palace Station hotel. We got up Saturday morning and went to breakfast with my stepsister and got on the road and met up with mom and Steve at the state line. Brooks and I were in need of a Break (yes already) from the crazy 3 year olds so they moved over to Grandma and Grandpas car and we headed to San Diego! We arrived around 6:00 and walked around and checked out our condo. The kids of course wanted to get right in the pool so Brooks and Dad got in their suits and took the kids swimming and mom and I hopped back in the car and headed to costco to get groceries for the week.




Checking out the pool and play area





Sunday we got up and decided to just hang around the condo and my moms cousin Mary who lives about 2 hrs away and her husband were coming for dinner. So we got up and went and walked around some more and found out that just a couple blocks away they were having a chalk art festival so we went down and walked around for a while then came back and swam some more until Mary and Walt got there. We had a yummy dinner and visited and then turned in for the night.









Monday we were off to the San Diego Zoo
we had fun seeing all the animals and walking our tushes off. The kids were such great sports and walked the whole way all day. The weather was Perfect and we saw some fun Baby animals as well. Including a baby hippo sleeping under water with its mommy.













Tuesday we decided to relax and head to the beach. We probably could have saved the money and not even done the extra parks and taken the kids to the beach every day and they would have been happy. Braxton was in the worlds biggest sand box with his tractors which was HEAVEN for him. And Macie loved chasing the birds and playing in the water.








Wednesday we headed back out to the Wild Animal park. We went on the safari tram and walked around a little bit. We were not completly impressed with this place and the kids were a little dis interested so we decided to leave. We stopped at Old Town and had lunch (the best mexican food I have EVER had) we walked around old toan a bit and then headed back to the condo to swim and relax cause we had a busy day ahead of us with Uncle Scott flying in and a long day at Sea World.





Old Town

Thursday we all woke up super early and got ready and headed to the airport to pick up Scott. Macie was so excited that her daddy was finally coming to play with us and so were we. We picked scott up stopped and had breakfast at Dennys and headed to Sea World. It was a little warmer at sea world but we had a blast. The kids loved the Seasame Street play are and we rode the rides over and over. We went and saw the walrus show, the shamu show and the dolphin show which we all thought was the best show. Uncle scott bought fish for the kids to feed the sea lions which they thought was so cool.













Friday we headed back to the beach with uncle scott. The kids were in heaven once again and we spent most of the day there. Scott rented a wet suit and boogie board and he and brooks played around on those for a while but the water was CHILLY. After the beach we headed back to the condo and bbq steaks and started packing up to head out saturday to Disneyland.





This is My favorite Beach Picture with my mom and dad with the kids.... so cute.

Saturday we got up, finished packing, cleaned the condo up a little bit and packed in the cars and headed to anaheim. We stopped at a Disney discount store and bought some sweatshirts and shirts and a few toys for the kids (so we didnt have to pay the high prices at the parks) and had lunch and headed to the hotel to unpack, freshen up and head out. The kids were so excited they could not STAND it. We decided once we got there that we would hop on the train and hit toon town first so we stopped at Mickeys house and met him (a good way for us to see how the kids would be with the characters)and they loved Mickey. A little hesitant at first but then loved meeting him.
Grandpa Getting the kids all Riled up for Disneyland














We ended the night with fireworks of course!

And this is how Brax watched the Fireworks!

Sunday we got up and headed to California adventure for a while and then back to Disneland. California adventure had a few good rides and some good shows but with all the consruction going on there with the new Cars Land it wasnt some place we needed to stay at all day. My moms cousin Mary came and spent most of the day with us as well so it was fun to visit with her. It was HOT and HUMID on Sunday as well.










Monday we took our time getting ready since we could not be to the park unitil 3:00 for Trick or Treating. Trck or treating at Disneyland is sooo worth it. There was not a lot of crowds and the kids got sooo much candy and there were lots of character greetings. It was well worth the money and we will definatly be doing it again.
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Grandpa was not going to leave Disneyland until Macie saw the princesses. So after the fireworks scott macie and grandpa went to find the princesses while mom and I went to get seats for the parade. After seeing the sweet pics of Macie meeting them we were bummed we didnt go with.




And of course this is how Brax watched the parade and fireworks. Wore the kid our every night!
And the proof that Trick or treating was successful at Disneyland!