Monday, July 21, 2008
Jason loves a good game of bowling. Paige captured his excitement in this photo.
Saturday we went to Makutu's Island with all her cousins. It was so much fun. Her favorite St. Johns cousins were there. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera - but you can see how cool it is inside by these pictures. It reminds me of Peter Pans hideout in NeverNeverLand.After playing for a couple hours we went out to eat at Macayo's Mexican food. Paige is an Arizonian through & through. She loves her Mexican food and the best part about it was more presents. Ashley & Grandma Nette both gave her even more gifts. What a lucky girl!
Paige being super girl in Heber on route. There was a nice little breeze that added the perfect touch to her Super Girl abilities.
James loves his cousin Jordyn. He is just a few months older then her and for the most part they get along so well. Maybe because they are both left out from the "big girls" (aka Paige & Sadie). They always have so much fun together and are so cute to watch play.
Grandpa had his fun blow up slide and the kids put it to good use! Paige & Jordyn got creative sliding down.
Paige & Sadie spent a fun afternoon fishing with Jason and his cousin Jeremy. They didn't catch anything, but had a lot of fun.
That evening we drove out to Lyman Lake and to watch the fireworks. We took sandwiches and had a little picnic while we waited for it to get nice and dark. Once dark the locals lit off their own fireworks. We had 360' degrees of a preshow fireworks... and around 8:300pm the real show began. It was impessive. I loved sitting out under the stars watching all the festivities. We really had a great time!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
James has been wanting a real bike for years. He had the pleasure of riding his friend Eliot's bike for a week when they left it at our house. So when he saw this one in the front room - he said, "Look mom Eliot's bike." Then I said No, that's Jamie's bike. He was so excited and jumped right on it ready to go. We have since been on a few bike rides in 110 plus degrees - so he can enjoy his new bike. After James favorite breakfast of eggs, we met up with a few friends (Wrights & Bodily's) at the Splash Park and had Popsicles. It was such a great morning. James got to wear his new Captain Jack Sparrow swim shorts & shirt to the park.
James birthday was Friday the same day that Wall.e came out. He thought it was planned just like that for his birthday. Wasn't it though? Anyway, we waited to go to a Saturday matinee so we could have Grandpa Ron & Grandma Nette go with us. We saw the movie & the kids got to play in the fountains out in font of the movie theatre. Then we went to Peter Piper Pizza for dinner.
Back at the house we had presents, a huge ice cream cake (I actually made) and his great grandparents come over. It was a great birthday. James favorite gifts were from Grandma Nette. She bought him a Wall.e and a Wall.e arm that can pick things up. He loved the log clutcher at our hotel in Anaheim and here was one of his very own.
What birthday wouldn't be complete without your best friend. James took this picture while we were bowling. They had such a great day together and barely fought, which made it a great day for me. Happy Birthday "bookie-boos"! We love you!
Keep in mind that my photographer is 5 and three quarters (as she will tell you) - so you must excuse the somewhat blurry photos. I'm "cutting in" my least favorite part of painting.
This is was our computer room/guest room/ library (pronounced "lie-barry" room), I actually took this picture before we moved in. This room was so hideous I never tried breaking my camera to capture it's hideousness with our furniture & "crap" cluttered everywhere. Apart from our clutter, the walls were pretty beat up.
My mom painted this room almost single-handily. Since it was the biggest room in the house we decided this would be James & the new baby's room to share (whether it's a boy or girl).
Do you notice the shelf on the wall to the left. It was painted to the wall and when it came down it left quite a few scars behind. My mom had her work cut out for her - trying to repair some of the damage done from previous "Joey's" that lived here.
I knew a basic idea of what I wanted. With her help in choosing colors & her suggestions for taping the stripes - we ended up with the perfect combination... Thanks Mom!
This is the 'piace de resistance' - the crowning jewel of the room. It's my new sewing desk (also from IKEA) could I love it anymore?... I just don't know. All my stuff is organized & out of my dining room. I'm an organization junkie. I love seeing it not cluttered & clear. It finally makes sense and just looks so darn pretty. This is why I love "my" new room the most. I finally have a place to play. I want to make a plaque for the door that says "A Room of One's Own -V.Woolf" I totally get what she means. If you ever have a few hours to ponder deeper concepts pertaining to a mother/woman/creator or fiction/crafts/fabric/music/arts/etc... read this.
Avery was ready to adopt Jason's parents after the first day. Annette & I laughed to ourselves saying "ignorance is bliss"...
The new show at Playhouse Disney is so fun. It has Handy Many, Little Einsteins, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. Here we are hanging out in the shade waiting for the next showing.
My two little Diva's as we drive from the hotel to the Disneyland.
We stayed at the Residence Inn about 5 miles from the park. It was awesome. One morning we had to wait forever to leave & the girls opted for a photo shoot wearing their matching outfits that Annette got for them at the outlet malls. I think overall Avery had fun, at times she got annoyed at my kids constant need for her attention (her brother's just ignore her at home) - but I had to take her aside and explain to her she is like Hannah Montana to my kids & while she has a superstar status - there is no way my kids will give her a moments peace.