Monday, November 30, 2009

Mike aka: The Beast

We had a wonderful trip to FL and we are all thoroughly exhausted. We tucked the kids in at 6:30pm, Mike and I went to bed at 8:30pm and we all slept soundly as long as possible. Preston was only up for an hour before going back down for a nap and he has been sleeping 2 hours now. I have just started going through our pictures and I couldn't wait to post Mike as the Beast.
I hope you all find it almost as entertaining as the girls and I do :-)!
(I was trying to switch back and forth between video and pictures, but I caught most of it. I'm sad I didn't get on video Mike's attempts at roaring which Belle proclaimed were not loud and scary enough - it was Ella' favorite part)

So, we picked up some lunch and arrived early for Belle's story time to get a seat front and center. Mike was put in charge of taking pictures while I fed Preston his bottle. The show began...
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Belle called some children up to participate on stage and then she said,
"...and the Beast. I see him sitting right there in the striped shirt and red hat!"
I was dying and Ella couldn't believe it :-)!
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Friday, November 27, 2009

One From the Road

We made it to St. Augustine this afternoon and are relaxing in the AMAZING beach house my family is all staying in for the time being (the people Cheryl nannies for own it) and I just had to share the highlights of the trip so far...
Disney World was amazing and exhausting, but the best part of the day was Mike being called up to the stage during Belle's story time to be the Beast! If you know Mike, you know he would rather not have :-), but Ella's face watching him up there was priceless! Don't worry I have pictures and video of it to post when we get home.
Today I had quite a poop incident with Addie in a public restroom. Ella was in the stall with us and as I tried to figure out how to proceed without causing more of a problem, Ella said to me, "It's hard to be a mom!" I agreed whole-heartedly and thought, it must be bad for a 5 year old to come to that conclusion :-)!
We can't wait for the wedding tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some For the Road

As sad as I am to move that lovely picture out of the top spot, it must be done (can I just say that is exactly the type of picture I am most drawn to when I browse photographers blogs and I'm thrilled to have one featuring my own family!).
I'm tired, but it is just time for our adventure to begin. Mike returns from CA today only to turn around and head out for FL. I have been holding down the fort and trying to get everything cleaned and packed and ready to go at the same time, which isn't an easy task when you have 3 kiddos "entertaining themselves".
Sunday we skipped the first hour of church and then headed out. Not one good picture, but proof that we did make it :-).
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We all needed to get out after a weekend at home so we went over to the West Oaks mall. We hung out at the Disney store and got really excited about Disney World, we said hi to Santa (Addie wasn't so sure at first but ended up telling him she wanted a cat), played on the playground and got some dinner. We went into the family restroom while there and they had a miniature of everything. Addie was so excited to use it all...too bad we can't install our own version at home!
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All ready for school today (yes, it's the same oufit as church on Sunday, but she only had it on for 2 hours, right?). Doesn't Addie look like a sad little orphan? I let her pick out her own ensemble.
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And Preston's favorite hang out place while down stairs...watching the trees and birds out the back window. I must say he is one adorable little guy :-)! And he's had a growth spurt, look how short the arms on his 6 month jammies are suddenly.
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Enjoy the break from posting...I'll have pictures galore when we return!
I can't wait to see how everything turns out for Mack and Cheryl's wedding, and see them too of course!
(and in case you're wondering, yeeees, I am once again borrowing a dress from Mckell...what would I do without you Mckell :-)?!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Picture Preview!!!

So, I just saw the pictures from our photoshoot with Janna and they are AMAZING!!!
She posted one of our pictures on her blog if you are curious :-).
Update...I just got one of my favorites! There were just so many great ones though. I just love the colors in this one.
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See...Isn't she amazing?!?!? :-)

Dear Santa...

"Is it cold at the North Pole?"
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Included on the wish lists this year: the new Tinkerbell movie, make-up, a Princess Fiona Barbie, Up, a real dog (hopefully a stuffed one will do the trick :-), Littlest Pet Shops, a stuffed cat, and of course, candy.
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It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas :-)! Hooray!!!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gold Star Girl

Friday morning came all too soon for me. I heard the kids around 7am and went out to see what was going on. My mom offered to get Ella off to school so I could sleep a little more, but I couldn't fall back asleep (I kept remembering things...like Ella needing a snack in her backpack, etc.) so I just got up and tried my best to wake up while my mom helped me. That afternoon was Ella's Thankful party at school and she really wanted us to come. I was feeling a little sick by the end, but it was fun to see her interacting with all her little friends from school (and I even managed to sleep a couple hours that afternoon thanks to a Dora DVD keeping Addie entertained downstairs while Preston napped).
Preston was entranced by the rain that morning.
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As soon as we walked into her classroom, Ella ran up to show me that she was on the gold star! She was SOOO proud of herself and I'm glad I was there that day to see it and share in her excitement :-)! They are green the majority of the time and get moved down to yellow when misbehaving (and red if it's serious), but to get on the star they need to be caught doing something exceptionally nice or being especially well-behaved. (since they alternate days in different classrooms the teachers had to have something that could move with the class)
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The kids decorated cookies to look like turkeys, had a couple games to play (and got prizes after) and had 2 crafts to work on as well. It was a lot of fun packed into 45 minutes. The toughest part for me was getting Addie situated and playing with something that she couldn't break or cause a disaster with (she was of course immediately drawn to the big bins full of seashells and buttons). She read for a little bit and then Miss Torres told her she could play with the bears and she was in heaven. She was mad that we had to leave before she had finished her little set up. Preston was tired, but happy that he could see everything that was going on and be a part of the action. Ella LOVES to show him off to her friends and make him smile :-).
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Ella and Miss Torres (who teaches her on her Spanish day)
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon Fun

So, last fall I became slightly obsessed with the Twilight series...
ok, ok, I definitely needed some counseling, but at least I can admit it right?!
I hadn't really wanted to read the books and when I finally gave in (reading all 4 in 3 days time) I LOVED them. I then read them again and then read Twilight one more time while I waited for the movie to come out. I was understandably majorly disappointed with the movie...SO many things were wrong. We did have quite a girls' night though and we were all excited about New Moon this year.
I could tell from the trailers that they had put more money and effort into this one and I loved almost everything about it (except can they get Edward to hit the gym PLEASE before they make movie #3...seriously dude, you know you have to take your shirt off and you are supposed to be a vampire comparable to marble...not sickly, withered, and hairy...so get to work!). I still have obsessive issues with Twilight...I can't read the books, listen to the soundtrack or watch the movie without partly going back into my "I just want to run away and be a vampire" funk, so it had been over a year since I read them and I think that helped me not be too overly critical of the movie this time around.
I do think that overall this movie followed the book much better, the acting (especially at the beginning of the movie) was much better, the special effects were much better, and the cinematography was much better. I loved the colors in the scenes in Italy, I thought Aro was perfection - just what I imagined, Jacob was awesome, the wolf scenes were amazing, and Bella managed to not start irritating me until about half way through.
It was a fun, but exhausting night. I got home at 4am (because the true fans hit Denny's afterwards for more discussion) and I am just not cut out for all-nighters anymore! Mike left that day for California so my mom came to my rescue and spent the night at my house and helped me in the morning as I tried my best to wake up. I would have been heart-broken if I'd had to miss the show after all the anticipation, so thanks mom!!! (she and Hope also babysat for 5 hours yesterday while I went to work...I owe you guys!)

Most of our group met up at Mckell's last night. As I walked up to the front door I found this sign...
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First photo-op of the evening :-). I really felt like I was going into this movie as a more mature fan, and apparently so did everyone else. No shirt-making, no driving in fast cars, just heading over to the theater.
Mckell, Allie, Leighanna, April, me and Emily (boo to Leighanna and April for having private blogs :-)
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After the craziness we endured at Cinemark last year, Emily had the brilliant idea to head to the Alamo Drafthouse for the movie this year. It is a theater that serves food and drinks, and because of the drinks has an age requirement. This meant far less crowds, fewer teeny-boppers gushing over Edward and Jacob during the movie and a less-claustrophobic theater atmosphere because every row of seats had a table in front of it for your food.
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It was almost a perfect scenario, except somehow I ended up sitting on the end of the line next to a 50-something year old woman who yelled out inappropriate things to Jacob during various parts of the movie, which was wrong on so many levels.
We ordered food and chatted while waiting for the movie to start. I ran into Ella's preschool teacher from last year too, it's so funny to see just how many people love these books.
Shannon and Cathy met up with us later at the theater.
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I was very disappointed that half our group didn't stick it out and go to Denny's after the movie this year. I figured, I'm already going to feel like crap in the morning, so why not live it up :-).
Allie, Emily, April and I had a great time and since there wasn't as much to complain about this year,
we actually mostly just had fun girl talk instead.
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Who's ready for Eclipse?!?!