Sunday, September 28, 2008
This was a bit shocking to me... I didn't realize how close she was getting to 3 foot tall! My baby is sooooo not a baby anymore!
Face painting didn't go too well so the lady gave us our tickets back. She was able to paint a heart and dots on my hand and then I transferred that to Brixie Lee's cheeks. I can see her loving this next year!
I didn't know if we were going to be able to do the pony ride because she was very unhappy when we first put her on. Then with just a couple of steps she started to pet the pony and say, "niiice pony, niiice pony." She didn't want to leave at the end.
If you want to see all the pictures from Irvine Park Railroad you can check out Don's Gallery.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Watching, watching, watching... YAY!!!! You hit one pin baby girl!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Our first day out took us to good Old Faithful Geyser. It was just like Disneyland! A huge crowd of people gathered around to see a huge explosion of water. Awesome as usual and the kids loved it! Below is The Crew from top to bottom, left to right: Henry, David, Jack, Grady, Annalise, Brixie Lee, Donovan, and Bobby. What a great group of kids!
Before lunch we went on an "adventure" down to a creek by one of the picnic areas around Craig Pass just south of Old Faithful. Everything in Yellowstone is beautiful... even the baby girl that decided to pull her hair out of her hairbands. After the short adventure we had a short lunch due to rain. Darn!
From there we took of to the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center to duck out of the rain in hopes of the weather passing so we could go on a little hike before heading in for the night. Brixie Lee loved looking at all the birds, but couldn't get away from the lake fast enough. My little land-only baby! We did get to go on our hike but Don Lee didn't have his camera with him so we're waiting for our family pic to come from whomever took the picture (hint, hint, hint).
The next day we started out at the Upper Falls and it was darn right cold! Good thing we had gone shopping to get Brixie Lee a knit hat to keep her head and ears warm. Unfortunately the jacket we had just wasn't good enough so she got stuck carrying around her blanket too. And, I got stuck picking it up out of the mud. Really, she didn't mind one little bit!
From there we had another short lunch followed by a short rainfall while we drove to see the elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. For some reason Brixie Lee had it stuck in her mind that these giant animals were monkeys. We have taken the girl to the zoo and she's seen lots of monkeys on her DVD's, so I'm not sure why she called them monkeys for half a day. What goes through my child's mind I will never know. The good news is that after some lessons from Auntie Steff, Brixie Lee finally understood the difference between an elk, a moose and a monkey. Thank you Auntie Steff!
Our last adventure took us on a longer hike... we'll... we hiked... Brixie Lee was in her carrier. I'd trade places with her any day! If you check out Don's Gallery where all his vacation pictures are, you'll see that this was his favorite place. Many of the pictures were taken there. Below is Brixie Lee all bundled up before we tossed her in the carrier and took off. What a cutie pie!
Overall the vacation was a huge success and everyone agreed that we should stay a couple more days next year. There are so many more adventures to be had in Yellowstone!
Oh yeah... Brixie Lee loved her first airplane ride and she was a rock star in her car seat. She sure misses having Grandma and Papa back there entertaining her!
Thank you so much for the wonderful vacation Grandma and Papa! We had a blast!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
OK... I was supposed to take pictures last Wednesday but life was just too busy the day before we left for Yellowstone. My appointment with Dr. Cropper was delayed by over an hour because she was delivering a baby, thus behind on her appointments. So we didn't have time to get the 20 week pic when we got home. The good news is that all the ultrasound reports from a couple of weeks ago came back great and everything is right on track. As promised, belly pictures...
... the picture above in my green shirt is this pregnancy at 20 weeks and 6 days.
The picture below in my white shirt is my pregnancy with Brixie Lee at 20 weeks.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Don starts his truck, it sounds like a Harley, he has to take my car to work. Not Good #2
Made a phone call, got my Stroller Strides class covered (Thanks Kristina!). Awesome #1
AAA said they would be there in half-an-hour. Awesome #2
AAA driver told me that someone stole our muffler and catalytic converter. Not Good #3
AAA driver upset because it took me 10 minutes to figure out how to install Brixie Lee's car seat in his truck. Not Good #4
Toyota was 1/4-mile within our towing coverage through AAA. Awesome #3
Toyota told me that it was most likely going to be a couple of days for them to get the parts and make the repairs. Not Good #5
Toyota shuttle service was immediately ready to take Brixie Lee and I home. No waiting!!! Awesome #4
Other guy in shuttle was first to be dropped off, but it was 15 miles in the opposite direction... in 9am LA traffic. Took an hour to get the 6-3/4 miles home from Toyota. To make it worse, Brixie Lee kept saying "whoa" every time the drive hit the brake hard. Not Good #6
Get home, get upstairs, realize that I forgot the house key on the truck key chain. Not Good #7
Don had to drive home from work in Irvine to let us in the house. Not Good #8
Allstate message said they were experiencing extremely heavy volume due to the severe weather (AKA... Ike). Projected hold time 1-1/2 hours. Not Good #9
Toyota dealer called to say that repairs would cost $1700 +tax and recommended waiting for Allstate clearance to begin repairs. Meaning no car for Mommy until after Yellowstone. Not Good #10
Don got home and said he had a headache and couldn't take Brixie Lee to her first day back at Kindermusik. Not Good #11
Bottom Line: Not Good vs Awesome (11 to 4)
Time for bed! But I'm going to set the alarm first :-)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
From there we did some shopping at Victoria Gardens and then went on a HUGE shopping spree at REI. I kid you not, Don and I are like kids in a candy store there! They gave my jogging stroller a lube and tune and I couldn't be happier! From there we bought something from every department... really, it was so bad. The best part was getting Brixie Lee sunglasses and a hat. Oh, and Crocs for $8!!! Love a good sale!
When we took off to Babies-R-Us she refused to take off the sunglasses and hat. She didn't want to get out of the car either (it had been 5 hours of shopping by then) and she feel asleep in her seat while Mommy was shopping. Poor thing was startled half to death when she woke up an hour later with her sunglasses on in our garage.
After a LONG nap from our big shopping day she wanted to play with her new hat and sunglasses again. Here are some cute pics of our little star!