Wednesday, July 6, 2011

California for the Fourth

This last weekend for the Fourth of July holiday we went to California to go to Disneyland for 3 days, and then to the beach. So fun. We thought it was going to be packed beyond belief, and it was busy, but not as bad as we expected. We woke the kids up at 5 AM and hit the road, not telling them where we were going until they recognized it when we were pulling in to the parking lot. They are great travelers, and having several movies to keep them occupied never hurts. We really packed each day, so they had very little sleep, other than a few naps in the stroller for Dylan, and they did great! Definitely Danny and I were way more tired then they were. It was worth it though. As we got in the car at the end of each day Lily would say "Thank you for taking me to Disneyland!" in her sweet little voice. That's all we needed. We saw all kinds of kids all over the place throwing tantrums and driving their parents crazy and we were so grateful that ours were just glad to be there, and that made it fun for all of us.

Some Kids I Know

Right before Dylan went to get the mop on his head trimmed up a little, I took a few pics of the kiddos. Danny was sad he'd no longer have Luke Skywalker hair, but it does look a little better now.

Lily's Three!

Lily bug is my angel. I love this little person so much. She is always up for a snuggle, is so happy and SO funny. Her sense of humor is very advanced for someone so young. She cracks us up constantly. She is absolutely in love with her little brother. She loves to baby talk to him, which sometimes sounds more like a gremlin then a little girl. She loves to play barbies, color, and is really good at rhyming. Her and Allie get along very well, and the two of them can play for hours and hours without fights or injury (usually). This summer she's really mastered swimming. She will dive to the bottom of the pool a hundred times in a row if we let her. Her favorite toy to dive for is a little Donald Duck. She is still quite petite, although she is finally getting a little taller. 36 inches tall and just 26 pounds. Her little brother won't be her "little" brother for long. We are blessed to have this child in our family. We had a fun birthday party for her this year. Our neighbors joined us for a BBQ and swimming. It was of course 110 degrees so a little hot, but we're pretty used to it by now. Thank you Lily for being such a wonderful little girl!

Happy Birthday Baby Dylan

Where did year go? He's one already? I don't even know how that happened. It's been great though, and we've loved every minute of it. Dylan Doo Doo (as Lily likes to call him) is an important part of our family. His main struggle in life is getting any alone time though, because if his sisters aren't mauling him (which they always are) he has to deal with his Mom, Dad, and anyone else who can get a hold of him. Everyone wants to kiss on this boy. He's a doll. Happy, relaxed, VERY busy, and definitely a BOY. That's the best way to describe it. He's just active and silly and slows down for only about 3 seconds a day when he crawls over and lays his head on my lap for a quick love, and then he's back off exploring. I love this boy to pieces.
Yummy cake that my friend Julie made for him
And he loved it!