Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mini Vacay...Newport Beach & Disneyland!

We really needed a little getaway and Jordan's sister and family coming to visit was the perfect excuse.  They stayed in Newport Beach, so we got a hotel right next to them, and stayed for 2 nights and 3 days.  Karl, Jennifer and their 5 adorable kids live in Colorado, and we definitely don't get to see them enough.  The first day was a bit stormy, so we went out to lunch, and hung out in our hotel room with them.  Luckily I had brought toys and play-do and books, so all seven of the kids didn't go too stir crazy for the afternoon.  The next day we got up bright and early, and headed to Disneyland!  Their kids had never been, and it was so fun to see the excitement on their faces.  As we all know, I am a huge Disneyland fan, and the whole family decided to let me do the coordinating, and we packed a TON in.  It was nice having lots of able bodied uncles and aunts to help with kid control, and to dash off as needed.  There where many times throughout the day that we sent Uncle Taylor off running ahead to get a fast pass, as Uncle Jesse ran and switched stuff out of lockers.  It just made things so much easier, and we ended up riding lots of rides.  We even got to see the parade, which sitting down and saving the curb ended up being a nice little break/nap time.  The Wolffs decided it had been a long enough day, so after grabbing dinner together at the Pizza Port, they made their way back to the hotel.  We stayed a bit longer to see the fireworks, which are amazing, and then left after that.  It was definitely one of my all time favorite times at Disneyland, and both kids did amazingly well.  Coleton napped twice in the stroller, and Clara took almost a 2 hour nap, probably could have been longer except we couldn't wait any longer and woke her up.  They were both such troopers, Coleton loved all the new things to look at and was just as mellow as can be, not even minding that he couldn't get down and crawl.  What great memories!

Tea Cups...

Finding Nemo...

Jungle Cruise & waiting for the parade...

Toontown & Clara's special treat ;
After having a very relaxing and low key next morning, we all met up at the beach.

Love how daddy kept her dress out of the water ;)

Kate, Sophia, Clara, Alexandra, Coleton, Connor, Carson.

...had lunch at Ruby's which was a  cute yellow shack overlooking the water.
Then said goodbye to the Wolff's, we had such a fun visit, hopefully we can get together again soon!

Before heading home, we went for one last swim at our hotel and then stopped by to visit Jordan's grandparents in Orange.  It was a very busy and wonderful couple of days!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wow...I have been really bad about blogging lately.  I am lacking motivation for some reason.  Not much has been going on around here.  Clara started preschool, she goes 2 half days, and we both love it.  She loves playing with her little friends, and learning new things, and I love having a little bit of one on one time with Coleton.  I actually took my camera out last week and snapped some pictures of a hike we went on, and to a little shooting outing with my brother and his girlfriend.
We tried out a new hiking trail called The Grasslands, and it was very pretty and fun.

Jordan got a new gun for his birthday and my brother loves hunting and shooting, so we went out to Jordan's parents property for some target and skeet shooting. 

I'm getting really excited because we have a little vacation coming up, Jordan's sister and family are coming to visit, and we are going to Disneyland with them, I have been looking forward to this for weeks!