Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tis the Season...

December has flown by for me. I guess taking a week vacation didn't help the matter. Since we've been home, our schedule has been pretty crazy. Last night was Big Man's preschool Christmas program. It was great. It was fun to see how much he's grown up from last year's program. He knew all the words to the songs this year, did all of the actions, and just beamed with pride up on the stage. It was cute.
The lighting in the auditorium is horrible, so this is the best I got of him up on the stage.

Looking back in the baby books, it was at 16 months that Little Man started being a terror. Big man was a little later than that-he didn't have any examples. Little Princess is not quite 15 months and I have a feeling I'm in for it. During a 'quiet' moment yesterday, she learned how to twist my lipstick up and decided to redecorate my room. This is just one stop on her trail of destruction. It continued on my dresser, nightstand, and in my closet. Where was I during all of this fun. Well, doing mom stuff of course. Vacuuming, cleaning, etc. I can't follow her around all the time. I guess I should though, or at least close a few doors. Thank goodness for good cleaners that make fun times like these bearable.
If it were possible, I wouldn't go anywhere the week before Christmas. The last place on earth I wanted to be was Costco. I got there early because I thought they had Christmas hours, so we sat in the car for a while before it opened. As they opened the doors, there were probably 100 people waiting to get in. It was pure madness. I'm glad I'm home now watching the snow fall.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Vacation...(part 2)

If you haven't read part one of the Christmas Vacation post, read it below.

Our last day in Phoenix we asked the boys if they'd rather go home or go to....DISNEYLAND. They hadn't known beforehand that we were going. They were pretty excited. These pictures are in no particular order. We spent two days at Disneyland and California Adventures. The first day it sprinkled on and off during the day-nothing bad. The second day was rain most of the day-sometimes pretty hard. We made the most of it though and still had a blast.

We had a great time. The boys loved the rides and meeting their favorite characters. Little man's eyes would light up when he'd meet one of the characters. Big man was pretty brave and rode on the Haunted Hotel in CA Adventures. That's all he could talk about for days. He was pretty freaked out by it, but did well. Little man was about an inch short for some of the rides, next time we'll do taller shoes :)
It was a great vacation. A lot of driving, but also a lot of fun. The boys were little troopers the whole time. It was nice to get home and get back to reality. It was also nice to come home and get Little Princess. We sure missed her. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for watching her.

Christmas Vacation-no not the movie...

For real, who goes on vacation in December? We just got back from an 8-day trip to Nevada, Arizona, and California. Jeff had a conference in Phoenix so we stayed there for a couple of nights. On the way down we stayed in "Lost Vegas". At least that's what big man called it. Our hotel in Phoenix had a pool. It didn't matter that the weather was only 50 degrees. The hot tub was nice though :) The boys and I saw Planet 51 while Jeff was in his conference. It was a cute show. The next day we went to the Phoenix Zoo. It was very different from our zoo, but fun. The boys were quite excited to see some of the animals. These pictures are from the zoo.

You'll notice that Little Princess is not in any of the pictures. That's because she did not come with us. Grandma and Grandpa Snell were nice enough to keep her for the whole week. She would've been miserable with all of the driving. She doesn't handle long car rides well.