Friday, May 23, 2008

Dance Festival

Emily's elementary school presented a dance festival to showcase the dancing talents of each grade in her school. We watched as each grade performed a dance they had learned and practiced for the last few weeks. The kindergarten was last...which as you will's true what they say.....Saved the BEST for last.
Their song was "Trashing the Camp" from Tarzan. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Disneyland's your proof. We had an awesome time in Disneyland in April. I'll try not to bore you with too many family pictures...but no guarantees. We got in early to Mickey's Toontown Madness to become honorary citizens of ToonTown and to wait in numerous lines to see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and others to get their autographs. You can see that Goofy decided to help Emily with her hair - probably wanted it to match her mom's.

Of course we couldn't call this trip complete without going on as many rides as we could. Before we left, I had decided that I would "relax" and just take each day to have fun. Once we got there, all of the relaxing went out the window and I spent any spare minute working through strategies of how to get on every ride as many times as possible with the least wait time. I even tried calculating the times to be on rides with bathroom breaks....I know...I've got problems. We hit just about every ride in both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure in the first two and a half days we were there. Once that was done, I was able to "relax" and we enjoyed the next few days going on our favorites. Emily's favorite was Thunder Mountain railroad. Splash Mountain was one that we couldn't get enough of.Another family favorite was the Grizzly Bear Run in Disney's California Adventure. At first Cyrus was 1/4 inch too short to ride, but after some 'minor modifications' he was tall enough and we all had a great time.

Kelsey was able to go on just about every ride. I think her favorite was this rocket ride or Haunted Mansion. She also liked the Pirates of the Caribbean (or was that Andy's favorite?). I just remember we went on it over and over...and over.Here are just a few more random pictures of our trip. I just noticed that I am in the picture of the kids with Mary Poppins. See if you can find's a's a reflection (just keep in mind that reflections always add an additional 50 pounds)

Of course no day was complete without "rest time" when we would enjoy fruit snack, crackers, water, or maybe even a churro. We were able to watch the parade one night. We had to sit in the gutter of the street for about 45 minutes saving our place, but once the parade started, Kelsey settled in and watched the whole thing.
We had a wonderful time and hope to go back in the next few years...and maybe we'll invite Jill.:)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

California...Here we Come

We headed to Long Beach for a week long vacation. The ride started on jetBlue. Cyrus and Kelsey sat by me and Emily sat by Andy. During the taxi time, Cyrus kept yelling, "Are we flying yet...are we flying yet....Mom...Are we flying yet?" The headphones didn't fit him well so he soon got bored watching TV and entertained himself reading the safety features of the plane and trying to get his treats back from Kelsey. Emily was able to watch TV and reach back to shake our hands. It was a great.

After getting off the plane, we piled into a rental car, checked into our hotel, and headed to Newport Beach. The weather was beautiful and the water was COLD! Emily and Cyrus didn't seem to mind. During the drive to the beach Emily explained to Cyrus about the ocean and the sand and jumping over the waves. She is an expert you know, Great Grandma Langston took her to jump waves in the ocean up in Washington a few years ago. Cyrus was fine if the water didn't go much over his ankle. Emily was more on the adventure side. She got in deep enough that the waves even knocked her over a couple of times. You can see that she is soaked. It didn't seem to bother her.

They had a great time jumping the waves and we had a great time people watching... Kelsey fell asleep with the soothing wind and we were able to take a long walk along the beach. I'm glad we took the double stroller.

By the end of that day, we all felt like Kelsey looks....and our vacation was just beginning......(and yes, that's chocolate on her face...hello...we're on vacation!)

Tis the Season

We had a busy Saturday in April. Andy wouldn't allow me any "tiller time" but I looked out the window to see that someone had taken my place. Cyrus loved the feel of the dirt on his cools boots and the roar of the tiller. I think he loved his "Daddy time" the most. Thanks to Grandpa for letting us borrow his tiller. Had we been using the Bronco, I would also be sending pictures from the emergency room. The garden is now tilled and ready for planting. We are just waiting for it to stop snowing around here.....

Emily's kindergarten teacher got married and she was invited to the reception held in Salt Lake. Emily got all dressed up...she even let me curl her hair. The reception was beautiful, the bride was beautiful, and the refreshments were fantasitc..but Emily was upset that there wasn't any dancing. We tried to explain that not all wedding receptions were dance parties...but she's not convinced. Thanks Aunt Nicole!