Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cali's Christmas Program

I love it when I have a kid in preschool. They do the cutest most fun things ever! I love all of the programs and "special" days and parties. Its just such a fun age and a fun time for kids and parents. About a week or so before Christmas, Cali's preschool held their annual Christmas program. All the kids were dressed up in their finest Christmas attire and sang to us beautiful Christmas songs(yes actual Christmas songs, not just "holiday" songs. Thats the great thing about private schools...) Cali sang her heart out and wasn't shy one bit. She was beautiful in her Christmas dress. And she even seemed to know all the words despite missing a week of school for Disneyworld. I also love that she even waved to us on her way off stage:) It was a really fun night watching our littlest girl shine!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Great to be 8!

Ella turned the big "8" on December 22. This is a huge milestone for an LDS child as this is the age that they can choose to be baptized so this was much anticipated. And Ella was also very excited because this is a "kid party" year where she was able to have a big birthday bash with lots of friends. She chose to have an iceskating party at the local rink with 10 of her friends and it was really fun! A perfect indoor activity for this time of year. Of course I just watched with Ammon because 1. I have never iceskated and will never 2. Someone had to take care of the baby :) 3. Someone had to take pictures :) At the party the kids also got to eat pizza, drink soda, and eat cupcakes(It was actually a Phineas & Ferb cupcake cake-it was so cute). Super healthy stuff! It was the perfect party and they all had a great time. One thing I wish though is that I had taken a group picture of all the kids-darnit.

Ella we love you and are glad you had such an awesome time at your party! We can't believe its been 8 years since you entered our family. You have always had the biggest smile and the sweetest disposition. You have added so much joy to all of our lives. And we can't believe you are getting baptized very soon! Wowsas. Time has flown! Happy Birthday sweetie.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Disneyworld: Day 6(Last day!)

When I woke up the morning of our last day at the Disney parks, I felt so sad. It seemed like just yesterday we had surprised the kids with the news(which we did back in August) I need to post that video because it was CLASSIC :) Squeals and screams of delight! We had them do a treasure hunt and at the end was a suitcase and when they opened it ballons flew out and the tickets and a note were inside. They couldnt' believe it. And its been so fun planning it and talking about it ever since. So to realize it was the last day of a much anticipated vacation was a bummer. But we knew we just had to relish every second!

We spent our very last day at Hollywood Studios. We did the backlot tour where the kids thought it was awesome to see lots of movie props and to get near-drenched in a movie simulator geyser thingamajig. Ella and Aubrey were stoked to see the painted farmhouse from the Hannah Montana movie:) We also stumbled upon some favorite characters from Pixar movies and to the kids sheer excitement: Phineas & Ferb. This is their favorite show these days. Cali was especially enamored by them. With their souvenir money from Nana & Tata, we bought them super cute sweatshirts and toys. Cali's choice was a small stuffed Perry the Platypus from the show. Phineas & Ferb passed him around and were so funny. They were the most fun characters we encountered the whole trip. They were playing around with the kids and making Cali giggle. It was so so cute! We also were able to watch Beauty & the Beast-the musical and be part of the American Idol Experience. That was one of my favorite shows! I loved being able to vote on a keypad:) And the girl I voted for won! (which is actually real-the people that win each day get a ticket to the front of the line at the actual American Idol auditions)

Another highlight of the day for Cali was seeing Winnie the Pooh. You might think, well, didn't you guys just have dinner with them? Well, at dinner, she wouldn't get too close to him. But when she saw him at Hollywood Studios, she decided that she wanted more than ANYTHING to hug him. And luckily there was no line, so she got her own one on one time with Pooh. And was the happiest kid ever :) The kids favorite ride of the day was Star Tours. All three girls rode it(we were proud of Cali) and Cali said at the end of our trip that "Star Burst" was her favorite ride :)

We ended the day watching the best show ever, Fantasmic. And then headed over to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights and were truly wowed by it. I have NEVER seen so many Christmas lights in my life. And they were synched to music. It was the perfect way to end the day at the parks. There was Christmas music and fake snow. We danced and had a fun time together. And then sadly, we left :(

But the night wasn't over, we still had dinner planned with Cinderella, Prince Charming & crew at the Grand Floridian. And did we get a special treat...sitting at the table right next to us were Bella Thorne and Zendaya from the hit Disney show- Shake it Up! Aubrey almost passed out :) She was very shy and didn't want to go up to them but Joey and I talked her into it and she got their autograph and picture with them! Ella wouldn't do it(and is kicking herself now). We printed out the picture so Aubrey could take it to school the following week:) She was beyond thrilled. And the kids at school were wowed since these are the two biggest Disney stars right now on TV. And you'll see in the last picture, two very excited faces. Well, Aubrey & Ella are sitting in their chairs after they

And thats a wrap!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Disneyworld: Day 5

We spent a second day at the Magic Kingdom riding lots and lots of rides. Favorites of the day were Thunder Mountain Railroad(Aubrey & Ella both loved it. Well, Ella said her wrist was hurting afterwards from holding on so tight:), Pirates of the Carribean, Jungle Cruise and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Cali was very excited to ride the "beds" as she kept calling them:) The kids also thought the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse was really neat(but they've never seen the movie, I guess we should watch it! Well, with the older two...the pirates and shooting might freak out Cali) I always look forward to Pirates-its one of my personal favorites:) One of my favorite memories of the day was enjoying a Dole Whip pineapple orange frozen yogurt in the afternoon. It was deeelightful. And another favorite memory was watching the kids try and cross this rickety bridge on Tom Sawyer island-hahaha. I especially loved watching Aubrey who is our cautious child:) It was funny. The weather today was another gorgeous day-we really lucked out with the weather on most of the trip. One rainy day and one cold night out of six days total isn't bad!

We ate an early dinner at the Crystal Palace with Pooh & Friends. We had a great server(who complimented how good our kids were at the end of the meal-even after I had already paid:) so he got two thumbs up:) He just couldn't believe we had 4 kids that sat down and ate food and weren't running around like crazy. Its always nice to get a compliment on your kids:) Cali would not get near Eeyore or too close to Pooh but was soooo excited to meet Piglet. You'll see in one picture she didn't mind getting close to him at all and even decided to rub his costume...hahaha. She even warmed up to Tigger. We never knew with her who was going to freak her out and who she was going to love. We had a great time there meeting everyone from the hundred acre woods. And the girls also had a great time making rings out of ice, which also made for two awesome pictures:)

And we ended the night watching the famous Main Street Electrical Parade. You can't visit Disneyworld and not go to this parade! We were really sad on this day to leave the Magic Kingdom for good. Its definitely our favorite place!