Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Adele loses a tooth

This girl just turned 5 two weeks ago.  She told us she had a lose tooth the other day and today she decided she was ready to have it out and she wanted to get it out before the boys or Tyler got home so she could surprise them.

She was determined!
 She went for the good old floss method.  She yanked and yanked. 

 She was silly some of the time and really serious about it other times.  Titus kept saying "just do it Deli, just do it". 

 Finally she decided she wanted to take the string off and take a break.  I "helped" her get it off and whoops the tooth came with it.  She was thrilled. 

 So excited she had to call people and tell them.  So much for a surprise.  She feels so big now. She said she is already to have "grown up teeth and do grown up things".

 Such a cute little smile.  Awkward tooth stage here we come!
 She gets to sleep with the Elf tonight.  She has been wanting to do this since Garret lost his first tooth. 

 It was an exciting day for her.  And for all of us.  It is always fun watching them experience something new.  We love our little "toothless".

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Fun

We spent most of the week catching up from our trip.  We mowed grass, did laundry, lots of homework and tried to catch up on sleep.  By the time the weekend rolled around we were ready to mix it up a little.  

We had our friends the Bennetts up for a visit.  The kids all had fun together.  Adele especially loved having a girl to play with.  We decorated Halloween cookies (I haven't done anything holidayish so it was good to sneak something in).
 Mostly the kids just played and the adults visited.  It was a really nice day we are so glad they made the drive up here and wish the lived closer.
 That night the kids had a sleepover in the basement with Tyler.  I stayed up where I could hear Gideon.  They had fun and were really excited about it.  I love how the little things make them smile.
 Titus covered his eyes when I told him to "close his eyes and go to sleep".  Pretty much everything this kid does is fun right now (aside from the occasional attack on a sibling- he has a feisty side).
 Tonight we went to a close by place and picked out a pumpkin.  With only one more weekend before Halloween and it already booked up we knew we wouldn't make it to a pumpkin patch this year.  They were still excited to pick one out even if there were no hayrides or games.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vacation Day 10 and 11

 Saturday we hit the road again.  We don't expect to drive through California very often so we took the scenic route.  We spent the morning exploring the Redwoods.  It was beautiful.  The trees were huge.  I didn't even get pictures of the largest trees we saw.  I am so glad we took the time to see them.

 I want one of these tree houses hidden back in our woods. It was so cool!

 We stopped a couple places to explore a little.  The kids kept saying "look at this one", "look at that one".

 God certainly created some amazing things.

For lunch we stopped in Eureka.  We stopped at the oldest lumber cookhouse.  They still serve it like a cookhouse.  They just make a lot of one type of food and then feed you a lot of it.  We loved it.

 Then we drove and drove.  The kids ran around some when Gideon had to eat.  The views were gorgeous.  We saw more big trees, big waves and big elk.
 We decided to stop in time to get some good sleep.  We stopped in Oregon and the kids swam some. We got dinner.  Then we went to go and get some things from the car...but the keys  were gone.  So we searched the hotel room.  Really searched it.  No luck.  We retraced our steps.  Got a flashlight and looked in the car.  No luck.  The lady in the front office said that her Dad would help us unlock the car (the keys had to be in there somewhere).  But he didn't get off until 1:30.  So much for an early night.  Tyler stayed up and met the man.  He had it unlocked quickly.  Tyler searched the car , no keys.  He came back in around 2:00 am.  He began looking through the room again.  The keys were in the refrigerator.  Kids!!!  In the morning we said "did someone put something in the fridge?" Titus lights up.  "I did".  He runs over to look in and says "It's gone now".  He was so excited to show us what he had put in there.  Silly kid. 

Our drive today was the longest.  I think because we were go tired.  But we made it home.  It was a wonderful vacation.  We made such great memories.  We didn't spend much time thinking about dentistry or school or any of our normal day to day things.  We just played.  We feel so blessed that we were able to get away for a little while.  And now it's nice to be home.

Vacation Day 9

 We left early Friday morning.  We big Grandma goodbye (She flew).  She packed a couple fun travel things for the kids.  Sadly, Titus threw up in his (he wasn't sick before or after).  It was bad luck but the kids shared with him.

We drove to Petuluma and spent the afternoon and dinner with friends of Tylers from his years living in California. 
 The kids loved playing there and we all enjoyed visiting together.  They were such good people and we enjoyed our time there.
 It's always fun getting a glimpse into Tyler's past.
When we left we drove a little farther down the road before stopping for the night.  We did a lot of driving but it went well and was fun.

Vacation Day 8

 We got in a couple rides early.  Spencer was the Rebel Spy on Star Tours and thought that was pretty awesome.
 Then we hit a string of bad luck.  First we went to the Big Thunder Railroad (one of my favorites), it was closed and they weren't sure when they would open it.  We went over to Pirates and waited for 40 minutes then they announced it was closed. We went to splash mountain same story- wait and then it closed.  We nicely told our sob story to a worker who took us over to Haunted Mansion and got us right on it.  But someone was hurt so we ended up waiting.  Adele hated that ride.  We decided after that to go to a nice fun ride that wouldn't have a line.  We went to Winnie the Pooh.  While the kids were on it Splash mountain opened again so we went on it.  Then Grandma took two kids on it.  They got stuck on it when it closed again. 

It was a long morning.  While we waited for Grandma and the kids I took Titus to see Winnie the Pooh.  Of course when we were at the front of the character line the characters went on a water break.  But Titus enjoyed it all!

 Luckily they felt bad for us and our morning so we got some extra fast passes. Our afternoon went much better.  We still managed to hit almost all the rides we wanted to. 
 One of the afternoon highlights was going to the Jedi show.  The kids had been eager to go to this.  Us adults were hoping and hoping that our kids would get picked.  Garret especially loves Star Wars but they all like it.  We mentally prepared them for not getting picked.

We got their early and waited for the show.  When the Jedi trainers came out and started picking kids (based on who the force was strongest with), they started at the other end of the pavilion. They got to our side and said "the little girl with the red shirt".  They picked Deli!!!  Then we heard "The boy next to her with the matching shirt".  My heart lept.  They picked Garret.  Then they picked Spencer.  We were so thrilled and so were they.

The show was fun. They taught the kids to use their light sabers.  Adele had some serious trouble with hers and kept hitting the kids next to her.  Then they all act nervous and say their is a disturbance in the force.  The floor rises and Darth Vader and some of the guys in the white outfits show up.  Darth Vader tried to get the kids to join the dark side.  When they shout "never" he challenges them and they one by one fight him. Garret fought Darth Maul and the other two Darth Vaders.  Adele couldn't get her light saber out and had to have help.  It was cute.  The whole show was fun. Titus loved watching and seemed fine about not being picked.  It was another moment that made my heart happy.  Watching them live their childhood dreams.

 We played hard all day and finished late.  It was so much fun. 
A couple other funny stories.  Titus didn't make it to bathroom in the afternoon when he needed to go.  I had to go clean him up.  He came running out of the bathroom and ran to Grandma saying "My Mom threw my underwear away".  Totally unphased and just excited to share his big news.

Adele was devastated when we told her that California Soaring wasn't actually flying.  She was so sure she had really flown around.

Garret shed tears as we left Disneyland because he just loved it so much.

Spencer talked about being the rebel spy all day and loved feeling special because of it.

Crowds are not really our thing but despite the busyness of Disneyland we had a great time.  We loved it all!