Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
"I have discovered that life is not a series of great heroic acts. Life at its best is a matter of goodness and decency, doing without fanfare that which needed to be done. I have observed that it is not the geniuses that make the difference in this world. I have observed that the work of the world is done largely by men and women of ordinary talent who have worked in an extraordinary manner."--President Gordon B. Hinckley.
This same friend has been doing a series of posts on her blog about "going green." She is very informed and well-read and gives some great suggestions. It has really made me want to find ways to live my life in a way that is more favorable to the world around me. I recommend reading her "installments" - she has done four so far.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Isaac drew these for his school teacher because he felt so bad he didn't bring anything back for her from Disneyland.
After a two day road trip, we arrived in Anaheim where we checked into our hotel and scoped out the dinner options. We decided on The Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. Pretty cool - rainstorms every 20 minutes with loud thunder and lightening, robotic animals that move and growl and hoot and howl - needless to say, this wasn't Cate's favorite place. The gorillas really freaked her out and she was even nervous about the lion and tiger pattern on the back of our booth! After dinner, we walked around Downtown Disney which included a look in the Lego store.
Addie is really into frogs these days.
The next day was our big Disneyland day. It was so fun - a nice day and no crowds.
Any ideas as to what Cate's favorite part of Disneyland was?
The kids were real troopers and we stayed all day. We hit pretty much all of the favorite rides and saw most of the characters. Favorites included Space Mountain (Wes and Addie), Pirates of the Caribbean (We all went on this one - even the baby. The scary parts didn't even phase her. Not so for Cate who hid her head in my lap the entire time. This was Isaac's favorite), the Jungle Cruise (thanks to our hilarious tour guide), and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The parade was fantastic and then we left after that. The amazing (seriously cool!) firework show was seen that night from the balcony of our hotel.
The next day was the gymnastics meet so we had some time to kill in the morning. We shopped and ate lunch (again - at this point we were getting pretty sick of restaurant and fast food). See the post below for details of the meet. After, we went out to eat (ugh) with the team at CPK at the South Coast Plaza. That is one of the nicest, biggest, fanciest malls I've ever been to. Every high-end store you can think of is there.
Sunday was pretty low-key. My friend was nice enough to invite us over for a yummy home-cooked meal (hallelujah!) and delicious dessert (recipe found on her blog). Afterwards we attended the Manhattan Beach ward. We explored this quaint little beach town and walked along the pier. It really made us miss the ocean. We ran across a little aquarium where both Isaac and Addie kissed a sea cucumber!
Here's the kids in the hotel. It's funny how much kids love to stay in hotels. They were disappointed that it was too cold to swim but the fact that the hotel served waffles and donuts every morning made up for that.
We left for home the next day. The landscape slowly changed from sunny and green to white and freezing. We were lucky to make it in our driveway - with over a foot of snow that had fallen while we were gone. Oh well, back to real life.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
She did great! She got second place all-around and second place on beam and uneven bars (for her level and age). She ended up with two medals, a trophy, and a goodie-bag so that's all that matters. And she had a wonderful time!
She was delighted with these "toe socks" from the goodie bag
Gymnastics meets can be quite long and sometimes very slow while the team waits their turn for the different apparatus (plural apparati??). Anyway, it can be hard for the little ones. I think that these two also deserve medals - for being so patient! I tried to explain that their reward was the fun day at Disneyland the day before. They didn't seem to buy that.
I will see if I can get the some video of the meet uploaded.
Still working on the Disneyland post...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I bent down and at eye level with the desk I noticed treasures and creations that gave me a window into the world of my little boy. I realized that most of the time I am too busy to ever really notice much of what is so meaningful to my children.
Plastic tweezers, a large bent nail, and a dried seahorse
A book he received from Primary
I-man loves to make things. He seems to be always working on a project. He created these "shoes" out of wood chips and pieces of yarn. He made them for the baby months before she was even born. I didn't know he saved them!I-man loves to write "books." Some titles include "The Book of Optical Illusions," "The Bad Grinch," "Loosing Teeth," "The Sailing Boat," and as pictured below, "Indeins"
A paperclip chain and model helicopter
Our little slugger
Parachute, pipe cleaner creation, bag of addition flashcards, and a piggy bank we bought him in Chicago
I wanted to feature a couple more of his cute creations...
This is something he made for Daddy just yesterday. He made the football guy at school and then created the rest when he got home and added the sucker
I sure do adore my little guy! He is about as sweet as they come.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
We took a chance when we ordered this game from Amazon (for our 9 year old daughter for Christmas). At the time, there was a little video on Amazon that made it look really fun so we decided to go for it. The game is Hyperslide and it has turned out to be a great purchase! It is really fun for the whole family - adults can get into in just as much as kids. It is one of those "electronic" toys that require batteries and makes noise - my least favorite kind of toy. However, it isn't too obnoxious and we have enjoyed it anyway. I know that Christmas is over but if there are any birthdays coming up - this would make a great gift.