Saturday, September 28, 2013

We are DONE!!!

Well folks it is official, after 7 1/2 years of having 1-3 kids in diapers we are DONE!!!

Everyone said that girls were so much easier to potty train than boys, and when Sabrina potty trained herself a few months after her second birthday I figured that was true! Whitney, however, has proven to be more of a challenge :>) She is just stubborn, and had no interest in using the toilet. Finally, the day after her 3rd birthday (when we were down to about 10 diapers left in our house) I decided it was time to push it. She has actually done really well! Still a few issues with #2 here and there, but she pretty much has the hang of it. She has even been dry every morning this week. Woo hoo! I actually found myself doing a little happy dance at Costco when I passed the diapers and DIDN'T have to buy any :>)


Pinewood Derby (kind of)

A couple of weeks ago, our stake had a big celebration for the anniversary of 100 years of scouting in the Church. They had all the wards doing different demonstrations, and our cub scouts were in charge of the Pinewood Derby booth. I came home from a meeting with 4 car kits, and not quite sure how I was going to make them. Rich volunteered to make them all (an excuse to buy another tool ha!), and he and Carson were excited to do this together. They spent hours together out in the garage, and painting, and had a lot of fun!
 The actual day at the park was roasting hot (105 I think), but the boys all seemed to have a good time. I was down there all afternoon, but Rich took the kids to walk around the different booths and Brendan was super excited to collect all his beads. Not too much longer before he is in this for real :>)
 Here they are with their finished products....love these boys!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Babies are THREE!!!

In some ways it feels like the girls have been part of our lives forever. In other ways I find myself asking, "WHERE THE HECK DID THREE YEARS GO????" These little ladies did have a birthday though last week (whether I liked it or not) and they are super excited to be three! They woke up and opened their presents. Lots of fun girly stuff!
 Then we had their requested breakfast of cheesy eggs and pop tarts (um, kind of gross but they were happy)
 They had lots of fun playing with their new dress up outfits (compliments of last years' Halloween clearance at Target)...
 and Rapunzel dolls
We had cake and ice cream the following night. Per their request, I made Whitney a pink butterfly cake and Sabrina a purple butterfly cake. After so many years of Star Wars and super hero cakes, these were a lot of fun for me! 

 Grandma and Bob came over to celebrate with us.
 We also had their friend Aubrey over for a couple of hours. My girls LOVE her and talk about her all the time, they call her Barbie ha ha :>)


 Somewhere along the line they figured out how to blow out candles? Love these big girls of mine!
Just a few updates on these girls:
 Whitney
She is a spitfire, and every bit as stubborn as Carson. She will do what she wants and when she wants to (prime example being potty training....Sabrina trained herself back in JANUARY and we are finally trying to push this on Whitney but she just doesn't care which is making it difficult!). She has the cutest little giggle, and gives the best hugs. She is also really great at the lying-on-the-floor-kicking-and-screaming tantrums :>) She eats just about whatever you put on her plate, and is a little Houdini when it comes to getting into things (generally things that involve food!). Strangers are not her friend, and if she doesn't know someone well and they try to talk to her she usually will just glare at them.  She loves babies, playing outside, and her siblings.
Height: 37 1/4" Weight 31 lbs
 Sabrina
She is generally very sweet, but can definitely pull out the 2 year old attitude! She is better at listening to reason, usually she is not kicking and screaming on the floor but she will cry and give you this look that her feelings have been mortally wounded :>) She LOVES to sing, and all the time I hear her singing the Sunbeam song, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, or the theme song to Power Rangers (she says she wants to be the pink Power Ranger). She loves to talk on the phone, and will happily go sit on someone's lap and make new friends. She has the cutest little high-pitched girl voice ever, and will talk your ear off!
Height: 38 1/4" Weight 31.5 lbs
These girls love all things princess, spend lots of time in their play kitchen, and are inseparable. I love that they have a built in best friend, and I hope that they are always close! Can't imagine life without our two princesses!!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quick Family Va-cay

We had a couple little vacations this summer that fell through, and decided that with the twins' birthday coming up we should take our kids somewhere fun. The boys have been begging to go to Legoland, we thought the girls would like it too, and figured if we were going to go we should go BEFORE they turned 3 and we had to pay for them :>) To make it extra special we decided to stay at the new Legoland hotel as well. We didn't tell them where we were going, and when we pulled up to the hotel they were all super excited!
I was a little hesitant at first (because that place is a little pricy!) but honestly it was worth it to me. It was an awesome hotel, and I seriously doubt that anywhere we ever stay will live up to it in my kids' heads! We got a pirate room, and the kids had their own separate sleeping area (there was a trundle too for the girls). They even had their own tv which my boys thought was amazing :>)
 We got to the hotel soon after check in, and there was a lot for the kids to do. They had characters walking around...
 and a big pirate ship playhouse with all kinds of legos to play with.
 These kids were in heaven :>)
 They had entertainment for the kids as well, and we also enjoyed the pool (which of course had floating giant legos in it!).
 When we checked in they gave us a scavenger hunt for the kids. They went around the hotel and found the clues to open the treasure chest in our room...
 and were rewarded with their treasure!
 Everywhere you looked there were legos and lego people. 
 There was a whoopee cushion in the floor, and my kids would happily jump on it forever if we let them!
 They also had the coolest elevators I have ever seen. There was a disco ball and disco music playing. Every time we got in the elevator we would hear YMCA or Dancing Queen or Funkytown or some other great song. It made me smile every time :>)
We decided to splurge and go to the (pricy) breakfast buffet, but when we got there found that it was included with our room rate. I could swear I didn't read that ANYWHERE, but it was a nice surprise :>) They had some characters walking around the tables which was fun too!
 The girls were really excited to go see the princess, but once we got to her Whitney just hid behind my legs :>) Sabrina was happy though!
 The park itself was fun too. My kids are at a good age for it, in another couple years I think Brendan will be a little old for a lot of the stuff.  We pulled the kids out of school for the day, the park was pretty empty and the temperature was perfect! Better than what we left behind that is for sure. 
I love that we are finally at a point where it is fairly easy to get them all to look at the camera and smile now! It was such a struggle for so long :>)
 The girls rode this little kid ride by themselves, Sabrina didn't like it too much!

 There was a pirate ship ride which said you could get pretty wet, a lot of the people coming off it looked dry so Carson and the girls and I decided to go. We got drenched, Sabrina didn't like that either :>)
 We got to see the model of the X-wing Fighter which is the largest lego model ever built. Over 5 million legos, it took 32 model builders over 3 months to build. It was HUGE!!! Brendan said he wanted to build one when we got home, good luck buddy :>) 
 We stayed til the park closed, and the kids were pooped by the end of the day. It was a fun trip!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Playing in the Rain

There was one of those quick summer thunderstorms today, and the kids wanted to go outside and play. They insisted they needed jackets with hoods even though it was still in the 80s :>)

 They were covered in mud by the time they caem in, but they had a blast!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Helping Daddy

Rich was mowing the lawn, I happened to look out the window and see Whitney in her pjs "helping" with the toy lawn mower. Love it :>)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Garden 2013

I tried (rather unsuccessfully) to plant a garden at our old house. When we moved to our new place, there was a spot that I thought would make a great garden, and I was determined to have better luck! Rich and Carson built me a couple of planter boxes. 
 The kids helped me pick out plants at Lowe's, and at the end of April we planted everything. We planted 4 kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, green onions, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkins, and watermelons.
 After awhile Rich had to build a fence because our dogs kept tramping through there and strewing half ripe produce all over the yard!
We had mixed results...my tomatoes have done really well (and are still going strong!). My zucchini plant got huge and made a bunch of flowers, but only one zucchini (can't find the picture). My cucumber plant shriveled up and died within the first few days :<( The strawberries made a few here and there. My bell peppers made a good amount, but they were small and not all that good in my opinion! The watermelon vine got enormous, but I never saw a single flower or bud or anything. The green onions got overtaken by the zucchini plant (didn't realize how big that thing would get!). And my SIX pumpkin plants (that's how they came, I didn't realize how large those got either, next time I wouldn't plan so many!) made three small pumpkins that were orange by mid-July (which, after further research, is apparently when you are supposed to PLANT them. Oops.)
All in all it was a good experience, I have definitely learned some things for next year!!!

Sprint Car Races

A couple of weeks ago we went to see the sprint car races with my mom and Bob. We had a bbq at their place beforehand, and had a lot of fun! We told the kids we were going a few days in advance, and somehow Sabrina was under the impression that she was going IN the race cars. When she found out that was not the case, many tears ensued :>)The finals weren't until pretty late, so we only watched the preliminaries, but we had a great time. It was loud, which Sabrina doesn't like (case in point, we had a crazy loud thunderstorm in the middle of the night recently, Sabrina cried the whole time while Whitney ran around excitedly saying "What's that? What's that?"). She did spend a good chunk of time with her head buried in my shoulder and a sad look on her face. Brendan was a complete spaz and couldn't sit still to save his life, but Carson was completely transfixed!

 The kids liked checking out all the cars they had on display.

What a fun night out with our family!