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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Skylar's 8th Birthday

8 years old!! How did we get here and how did it go by so fast?!?!  After our big Disneyland birthday bash we kept it really mellow on Skylar's actual birthday.  She woke up and had her traditional birthday donut for breakfast.

I let her open one gift before she headed off to school that morning.

Skylar is one of the hardest people to buy gifts for.  She doesn't have any type of toy or craft obsession so picking out presents is never easy.  This year I mentioned about getting a desk put in her room and she loved the idea so that is what we did.  We had a beautiful, custom desk made and all her gifts pretty much went with her new desk and she couldn't of been happier.

She got a very special surprise when Sophie came to her school and surprised her with balloons and her present at pick up.

Her dinner request was In & Out, just like her brother.

And she asked for a homemade cookies and cream cake to top off the celebration.

Happiest Birthday to our beautiful baby girl!!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Disneyland Birthday Celebrations

After the kids birthdays last year I promised myself next year no birthday parties, we are doing something just as a family.  It had been about three years since we had our last Disneyland appearance so I figured there would be no better place to celebrate the kids birthdays than at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Skylar was totally happy with the idea, but Madden on the other hand was saying that he didn't want to go to Disneyland and that he was having a party up until a week before we were going to the park.  Luckily for us Madden got it through his head that he wasn't having a party and made the trip up to Disney with us...haha!

Since all three cousins birthdays are within two weeks of each others we made it a three way celebration for them.  We got rooms at the Disneyland hotel to make the trip more magical and convenient for everyone.  

While staying at hotel we got "magic hour," which allowed us to get into the park an hour earlier than it opens.  We hit up two of the most popular rides the park had to offer.  

Here is us on Cars.  Turned out to be the kids favorite ride of the trip.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest ride at the park and it was one of those rides if I told the kids what was going to happen on it they wouldn't go on it, so I just told them nothing and we walked on.  They ended up not hating it, saying they would go on it again, but probably not this trip.  I was proud of them because as you can see I was freaked out on it.

Casey Jr. train ride, which Skylar said was her least favorite ride of the trip.

Riding Lennon's favorite ride, the Tea Cups.

Running around in Toon-Town.

We took an hour or so break and headed back to the hotel to rest up so the kids could make it for the parade and fireworks show.  When we got back into the park we rode a couple more rides before our dinner reservation.  

On Lugi's, another one of Lennon's favorites.

Snow White meets Snow White.  Morrison was completely perfect the entire two day is the park.  She went on a handful of rides and the only time she cried was while on Buzz Lightyear.  She was such a little trooper.

Special birthday cake for the three birthday kids.

We loved Cars so much we rode it again at night, which was even better than the first time around.

The next morning we have breakfast reservation at Goofy's Kitchen.  Kids got to see a bunch of characters and even had a cupcake to celebrate them all before 9:00AM.

The first day we tried to get on Splash Mountain but it was closed, so for our last day I had to make it a priority to ride it before we left.  Skylar for some reason worked herself up too much because when we were walking over there she starting freaking out and refusing to ride it.  Which was surprising because the day before she was all game and Madden refused to go on.  I was able to calm her down a bit and we got her on the ride, but that didn't last very long.  Right after the first downhill she completely lost it and starting freaking out, crying, and begging to get off the ride.  In the end she survived be we did have to dry her socks and shoes out.  Madden even said that it ended up being one of his favorite rides.

Probably shouldn't of put her in the front...haha!

Big Thunder Mountain.


Honestly when I think about our time up in Disney all I can do is smile.  The kids were so much fun to be with there.  They went on all the rides, never once complained, and were just so happy to be there, which really made be so glad we did a family trip instead of birthday parties this year.

Here is a video of all the highlights of our trip.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Spring Basketball 🏀

Madden has been quite the busy little athlete these past couple months.  We tried out basketball for the first time.  He played with a group of boys from his class which made the season even more fun.  Being new to the sport Madden had a lot to learn so lucky for him when I was registering him to play I accidentally selected the "would like to coach" box, so he got to learn from Coach Jake aka Dad.  Thankfully Jake loves Basketball and the season was only four week so he was able to make it work.  Madden wasn't the best little player on the court, but he improved each week and even made a couple baskets the last few games.  Jake and I just couldn't be more proud of him for trying so many different sports and enjoying each and every one of them. 

Friday Night Lights 🏈 - Spring 2018

Madden just finished up his first season of flag football and he couldn't of had a better season.  He picked up the sport really quickly and was one of the best players on his team.  He would listen, learn and by the end of the season had improved so much.  His team had a lot of first time players so we definitely didn't make it to the Super Bowl or anything but that didn't seem to bother Madden too much.  As long as he got a lot of flags or scored a touchdown, he was happy.  Coach only trusted a few boys to play quarterback and Madden was one of them.  For our team catching a pass wasn't happening very often but when it did it either came from or too Madden.  By the end of the season Madden refused to sit out a quarter because he wanted to always be in the game.  We had such a fun time watching him that we were are a little sad when the season came to an end.  

We couldn't of been more proud of him for his first season!

Here is a quick highlight reel from his season.

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 2018

Open House at the kids school.  Skylar showing off her Biography report on Walt Disney.

Skylar standing in front of the Art Show sign that Jake made for the event.

We spot a couple funny pictures of Madden his teachers put up in their class.

Jake took the kids down to the beach when the tide was extremely low.  They saw a bunch of crabs.

Picture Day for dance recital.  Just a little sneak peek into what is to come.

Caroline, Stella, and Skylar

Stella and Skylar

Father/Daughter Dance photo.