Thursday, April 29, 2010

Berry Cute

Look at this cutie! She is getting so big so fast. I know I say this with all the kids, but time really needs to slow down. I am certainly enjoying the fact that she is awake more during the day though. My friend Andrea asked me a couple weekends ago if I had noticed any differences between her personality and the boys'. At the time I hadn't because really all she was doing was eating, sleeping and pooping. Now that she's awake more I'm definitely starting to see her personality shining through. Ella is already a little diva...she LOVES attention. She smiles so big if you just sit there and talk to her. The boys didn't smile nearly as much as she does. She melts my heart!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This Is What Happens....

When the boys go outside to play at Ga-Ga & Pa's.
They find a wheelbarrow full of rain water and decide to fill it with rocks.

And splash around a little bit.


Okay A LOT!


Thankfully I still pack a change of clothes for each of them. :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Owen's Favorite Things...

are most definitely cars.

Lightening McQueen

Doc Hudson aka The Hudson Hornet



Mater you know like Ta Mater without the Ta.


Lizzy


The King of Dinoco



Trev The Train


Guido



Daddy aka Owen's favorite thing!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Fun Fountain

video

Here's the video of the cool fountain we saw over in Bremmerton. There were some kids on the other side of the fountain from us that were getting soaked. Thankfully Owen didn't get nearly that wet. The best part is hearing him laugh...I love that!

Fun Filled Day With TONS of Pics

Yesterday we decided to get up and go to the early service at our church so we could get out of the house and go on an adventure. We weren't sure what that adventure was at the time we just knew we wanted to get out. Our first stop ended up being this park where Michael used to play baseball at when he was in Little League.

The toys are all new and Michael said that he saw online that this park is even going to have a sprinkler park when it's all finished. YAHOO!

Owen is SO into swinging right now. I bet he would do it all day if we'd stand there and push him the whole time. We are trying to teach him to pump his legs, but he's not really getting it yet.

The pirate ship was super cute and I thought it was fun that they named it after a character in Pirates of the Caribbean.


Owen is challenging himself more each day. He wants to climb up things and jump off things all the time.


Jack is not that much of a daredevil, but he did go down the slide a few times without having to be coaxed.

This is me being goofy at the front of the boat...think Rose and Jack from The Titanic.

After playing on the toys we headed home and made French Toast for lunch. Then Michael did a bunch of research online to try and find some other place for us to go on our next adventure. Nothing really stood out in my mind. I knew I just wanted to drive...do you ever get the craving for a road trip? So we decided to throw caution to the wind and head out...gasp...during nap time!!! Thankfully....



Jack passed out in the van not long after we left. Owen doesn't usually take a nap anymore he has quiet time in Ella's room, but he doesn't HAVE to nap. Jack on the other hand still needs one.

Anyways we headed south on I-5 and then hopped on Hwy 16. We didn't really know where we were going we were just driving. Michael figured he'd hook up with Hwy 101 and we'd head down to Olympia and come back home. We were trying to avoid having to pay to come home since you have to pay to come across on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. After driving for a while we wondered when we would connect with Hwy 101. I finally got out the atlas and realized that we don't know our state as well as we should. Hwy 16 doesn't connect to Hwy 101 you have to take Hwy 3 to get to 101 and it would have taken a really LONG time to get home So we just decided to take the ferry from Bremmerton instead. So much for not spending money!



We ended up being an hour early for the ferry so we had time to get out and look around the boardwalk. It was fun for the boys to get out and run around. Jack is still learning to climb stairs. He can do it on all fours, but he's not so good going up holding on to your hand or a railing. It's a learning process!


When we go to the top of the ferry terminal shopping area we found this cool fountain that would shoot the water out and up. It was so fun to watch...I got a video of it and will post that later. After watching the fountain it was time for a treat...


Yummy! This is call The Pie Who Loved Me and it's our favorite ice cream flavor at Cold Stone. It's sweet cream ice cream, Oreos, graham crackers and fudge. Like I said....YUMMY!


Dig in boys!


The look of determination.


The look of frustration.

This is Owen's 'Oh no it's all gone' face.


Jack says, "Nope I found more!"


After ice cream we got to watch our boat come in.


Since we were so early for the ferry we were first in line. It was fun for the boys to watch all the cars come off the ferry. They did get a little impatient while we were waiting to load. We eventually found out why it was taking so long. Someone didn't come back to their car so they had to get this vehicle that they drive on the ferry and push the other car off. While they were pushing it off the guy came running after his car. How embarrassing!


Michael said Owen's been on a ferry ride before, but I don't remember. Maybe it was a Daddy day thing. I'm pretty sure Jack's never been though.


Of course it was Ella's first time, but for all she knew she was still at home.


It was a magnificent day to take a ferry ride.


Once we really started moving and it got windy we came in and the boys got to climb all over the chairs.



Ah Oh!




After Ella woke up to nurse she was all smiles.


Here we are coming into Seattle. It was such a fun spontaneous trip that cost less than $20! Gotta love that!

Funny Stories

Here are a few funny things the boys have said lately...
About a month ago I was looking through the Costco coupon book and saw that they had chocolate chips on sale. I was so excited that I said, "oh this is great I'm going to buy chocolate chips and make cookies from scratch...they're gonna rock". That's when Owen piped in and said, "Rocks in cookies are no good!"

One of Owen favorite words is giant. He loves to find giant rocks or take a giant bite and so on. Anyways the other day he was in the front yard and he had been pulling vines out from the garden bed thinking they were sticks. A little while later he came running up to the door with a vine in his hands yelling, "I got a giant dick!" Sometimes the words don't come out quite right! :)

A few nights ago I was asking Jack to point to his body parts. I was saying things like, "Where's your nose? Where's your lips?" He would point to them and say the name and he was doing really good. Then when I asked him where his wee wee was he looked at me and said, "It's hidin'!" He was wearing pants so he was right it was hidin'!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

This Is What You Can Make...

with two toilet paper tubes...
construction paper, tape...

toothpicks and glue.


And to top it off...it actually flies!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

All Dressed Up And Ready To Go!

On Saturday I got Ella all dressed up in an outfit my cousin Rhonda bought her.

If I had to choose I would say this is my favorite outfit so far. Yellow is such a bright happy color.

Can she get any cuter?

Scrumptious!!!


Owen was saying, "Mama...Ella is pretty girl!"


It's exhausting being this beautiful!


Picture with Mama...time to go! Go where?


The Secret Garden Tea Room in Sumner. My friend Kim suggested that we take our moms out for high tea to celebrate Mother's Day this year. We all love tea so it was a great idea.


Here's Kim and her mom Caroline. I love how the garden wall we sat on was covered with moss.


It was so much fun taking Ella to tea for her first time. I know she wasn't able to drink it yet, but I can just envision what it's going to be like taking her and her friends here for one of her birthday parties. All these cute little girls in dresses...it's going to be so much fun!!!

She was only awake for about 10 minutes right when we got there and she was perfect angel.


Ga-Ga and her dolly...that's the nickname Ga-Ga has picked for Ella because she looks like a baby doll. I'm not too keen on that nickname because I think it sounds like a good name for a horse, but the more I hear it the more I'm getting used to it.


Down for the count! Ella fell asleep right when our food started coming...perfect timing!


We first got soup and then some mango sorbet to cleanse our pallet and then they brought the fresh baked scones with raspberry jam, lemon curd and Devinshire cream. Oh they are SO good!


Then came the tiered platter. The bottom plate is all the tea sandwiches. The ones with the cucumbers are my favorite. The middle plate is the warm savories and the fruit. The top plate is the desserts.


It was so nice to get out and have girl time with some of my favorite girls! :)