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Monday, September 23, 2013

Bressi Ranch Concert in the Park

When the Concert in the Park invite went out I knew it was a must that we attend, because that meant....Dance Party!  I'm so thankful that my kiddos are not shy and love to dance.  Jake is the one who deserves the credit for that, he is always putting music on and having the kids dance around the house.  There has even been times where we will have music playing in the house and Madden will run from the backyard to the living room just to get his groove on.  

Our awesome social committee hit it out the park again.  The band they hired was awesome and played so many classic songs that everyone loved.  From the moment we arrived (which was early since we wanted to make sure we got a good spot), the kids were up on there feet.  There was enough food and drinks to go around, not to mention Jess' homemade sangria, which was a huge hit. 

Dancing Machines!  

The girls eating whoopie pies, just one of the many snacks that they ate throughout the night.

Taking a quick break to play with Play-Doh and rest those dancing legs.

Madden was a band groupie the whole night.  When it got darker the band had a spot light that Madden didn't want to move from.  Luckily the band was cool and didn't mind having the kids so up close and personal.

The night was the best way to end summer.  It was great seeing the kids have so much fun, hanging out with friends and just enjoying some good music.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Girls Night Out

Skylar and Sophie had there first, of many more to come, Girls Night Out. A few months earlier I purchased tickets to a Disney Junior Live show for the girls, so Jess, Sophie, Skylar and I decided to make a night out of it.  I ask Jake to leave work early to watch Madden so us girls could grab dinner before the show.  We decided on Corvette Diner in Liberty Station, which was perfect.  The girls LOVED IT! They got balloons, hot dogs, and were in awe of all the music and dancing.

Here are the girls dancing to "Shake your Tail Feather."  
(Sorry for the sideways camera job)

Sassy Sisters!  
(Skylar has still not given up her new pose)

From the moment we got to our seats, the girls couldn't take their eyes off the stage.  It was the Pirate and Princess Adventure show staring Sophia the First (as you can see from the princess crowns) and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  

 The girls indulged on cotton candy and popcorn. 

Girls Night Out was a complete success!  I must admit that I found the show really entertaining, and I even got a few dirty looks from other parents because I was singing the "Jake and Neverland Pirates" song too loud.  The best part was seeing the smiles on the girls faces the entire night. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Skylar's First Day of Preschool

Last week was Skylar's First Day of Preschool.......Yes, let the tears flow! Where has the time gone, I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I still can't believe how fast my baby girl is growing up.  

The day before the actual first day of school they had a little 45 minute orientation where Skylar got to meet her teachers and play in her classroom.  She was pretty shy and didn't want to tell anyone name, but by the end of it she was opening up more and joining in on the sing along.  

 Skylar preschool is Redeemer by the Sea and she is in Room 7.  Her teachers are Ms. Lauren and Ms. L and they couldn't be sweeter.  I really feel like she is in good hands for this next school year. 

Talk about making memories together.  These two best friend couldn't of been more thrilled to be starting preschool together.  It's so special that Skylar and Sophie get to go to the same preschool together.  Sadly, they aren't in the same class, but they still get to see each other at lunch bunch.  

 When I dropped her off that first day, she didn't seem to have any problems.  She walked right up to her classroom, got her name tag, put her backpack in her cubby and was off to the table full of play-doh.  I know Skylar is going to be learning and growing up so much in this next year and I couldn't be more excited.  She is really making both Jake and I so proud!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cabo Trip

For our first family vacation (not to mention my first real vacation since before I was pregnant with Skylar) we wanted a trip that was super relaxing and easy.  After going back and forth between Mexico and Hawaii, we decided on Mexico.  Both Jake and I had never been to Cabo and we figured since its only a hop, skip, and a jump away it would make easy travel for the kids.  The plane ride was a breeze with the flight being practical empty Madden was able to run up and down the aisle while Skylar watched a movie.    

Another first for us was the whole all-inclusive thing.  We didn't want to have to leave the resort since we didn't feel like traveling with two car seat so we made sure we stayed at a resort that gave anything and everything we would need.  I must say we found the perfect, family friendly resort.  We stayed 6 days at the Barcelo.  They had 6 different restaurants, as well as a buffet that had a different menu every day for every meal.  

Keeping with the theme of just wanting to relax, we spent every day by the pool and in between naps took full advantage of the all-inclusive options.  When the kids did nap, Jake and I would order chips and guacamole and enjoy the quiet, beautiful view from our balcony.

Following Skylar's lead, Madden was jumping straight into the pool as if he knew how to swim.  We couldn't take our eyes off him for a second.

Red slushies by the pool became a staple in Skylar's vacation diet.  At one point she was having two a day when Jake and I had to finally cut her off.  She loved telling us..."Order me a red slushie!"

The awesome view from the lobby.  This was our second night at the resort when a massive rain storm hit.   At one point we had four maids run into our suite and lay down towels surrounding the windows and sliding doors to prevent water from coming in.  The wind was so loud that I got pretty scared and had us all sleep in the same room that night. 

Desserts became a nightly thing for us.  Skylar was in heaven!

The day after the tropical storm hit it was blue skies.

This night we ate at the steak house, sadly the steak was really bad.  Either way, Madden was happy with his bread.  In case you haven't noticed yet, Skylar came up with her own pose which she does in just about every picture she took.

Awesome martini bar!  

Skylar really turned into a great swimmer on the trip. She was swimming so much on her own I couldn't believe it.

Even doing the pose in the pool!

Dinner at the Japanese restaurant.  This was definitely the best meal of the trip, plus the kids loved watching their food being cooked in front of them... and yes, more dessert for Skylar.  

After most dinners we would explore the resort and take pictures.  

Getting Skylar to go down to the beach was almost impossible.  The beach was a non-swim beach since the current was so tough that she had no interest in going down to the water.  We got her down for about two minutes where I was able to capture one picture.

For our last day we wanted to spend as much time at the pool as we could so we cancelled our dinner reservations and decided to swim late into the evening.  We had a mellow dinner at the buffet (I swear Skylar did eat more than just dessert while we were there), and walked around the resort feeding the birds.

A pretty uneventful blog post for a family vacation, but like I said, we kept the whole trip super mellow.  The kids were so great and traveled so well I couldn't of been prouder of them.  Jake and I enjoyed the week of not having to pick up after the kids and just being able to spend a ton of quality time with each of them.  I told Jake I would love to take this vacation once a year because of the ease and relaxation!