Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Funderland.

We took the girls to Funderland (like a Six Flags for toddlers) Monday since Aubrey is now big enough for the rides, and she had a blast.  She looked way too old going on some of those rides by herself, but I couldn't help but enjoy watching her cute ear-to-ear grin the whole time.  





Kate was too small to go on any of the rides, but don't feel too bad for her... food is her happy place!

 She waved at everyone she saw like she was Miss America on this thing.  



She was "soo brave" to go on the roller coaster, (which she let me know every two seconds), but not quite brave enough to not need to squeeze mama's hand tight.  You know I love it!


And this one.  Because the back of Kate's dress is just divine!

Friday, April 11, 2014

San Francisco Birthday Getaway.

Back in January I bought Steve opening day tickets to the Giants game, and the game happened to fall on my birthday (April 8)  so we decided to make a little trip out of it.  This was the first time we left both the girls overnight so I was a little nervous/anxious about it, but they were left in good hands (thank heavens for willing grandparents) & they had a blast.  I'm pretty sure we missed them a LOT more than they missed us!  


I got Steve this pink/white striped shirt to wear for the trip and he didn't even make me take it back! Score.  He insists it is "light red."  I love it on him :)

The first thing we did was visit Baker's Beach.  (Didn't bring the camera so sorry for all the grainy Iphone pics!)


So we laid on a blanket on the beach and just enjoyed each other and the beautiful weather and then decided to go on a walk.  We are walking towards the north end of the beach closer to the Golden Gate Bridge and I see this naked guy sunbathing on a towel!  Steve swore he was wearing a beige speedo, so we kept walking, and we saw another naked guy running towards the water.  Before we know it, our eyes have been BURNED forever with the sight of all these naked sixty year old men so we high tail it out of there.  We had no idea this was a CLOTHING OPTIONAL beach!  So romantic.  

After that lovely experience, we decide to hit up Pier 39 for some bread bowls at Chowders.  So delicious!  It made me almost forget about those old men..





After walking around the pier, we went to an AMAZING mall with every store you could ever think of.  We randomly went to Sprint and found out we could upgrade both of our phones, and I ended up getting this darling phone case from Kate Spade.  I have a strong love of gold polka dots!


Did I mention the mall was amazing...



After lots of shopping and wandering around we ate a delicious dinner at Lark Creek & saw the movie, "Divergent."  I honestly didn't think I'd like the movie but it was SO. GOOD.  As good as Hunger Games in my opinion for sure.  A must see!

After the movie we went back to the hotel and we SLEPT IN until 8:00.  Anyone with kids knows how rare that is.  I'll admit I kinda missed having Aubrey come hop in our bed to snuggle with us in the morning.  

The next day we went to breakfast & then went to the Giants game.  It was SUPER crowded but such a fun atmosphere.  



We left the game a little early to beat traffic and to be able to see our girls before they went to bed!  I was SO excited to get back to them & kiss their cute faces.  


Thursday, April 3, 2014

15 months & 37 months.

It has been a while since I did an update on the girls, so I figure I better do it before their NEXT birthdays (2 & 4, what?!)




We'll start with the little one.  Katester Bunny.















Kate is fifteen months in a couple of days.  She has changed so much since her last update (I think at 11 months was the last time I blogged about her, oops!)  Here's what Kate has been up to:

-She is such a daredevil.  Always climbing on the table, bed, (and falling off a few times, too).  I am constantly rescuing her throughout the day!

-She is a great eater still.  Just like her sister, she loves fruit & cheese best :) She is still nursing at night and in the morning.  I never thought I'd still be nursing with her this old, but I just love the cuddles - I'm doing it for selfish reasons, really :)

-Kate doesn't say too many words but knows a few - mama, dada, nana (banana), down, NO!, whoa, Jesus, Papa, ball, cheese, baba (nursing& a couple others that I think of right now.  She's quite as verbal as her sister was at this age, but probably because Aubrey does ALL the talking for her, ha!  She also recently learned all her animal noises - so cute!

-She is friendly to strangers, unless they come too close.  Ariel gave her a meltdown at Disneyland.  Old people also freak her out.

-Naps once a day now - I love one long nap so much better than two short ones!  She goes down pretty easy and wakes up happy as ever.

-Loves playing around other little kids.

-Can point to lots of parts of her body when asked - eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, chin, tummy, bum bum, head, hair, teeth.

-LOVES brushing her teeth and having her hair done.  When I say in the morning, "time to get ready!" she darts to the bathroom brushing her hair with her fingers.  It's pretty much the cutest thing ever.

-She has slept through the night since she's been one - the girls go to bed at 7:00 pm and we don't see them again until 7 or 7:30 am.  Heaven.

-Freaks OUT when Steve comes home.  I'm as good as gone.  And I'm ok with that come 5:00 ;)

-Constantly making messes - while I'm cleaning up one, she's getting into something else.  She's a handful, that one!

-Loves doing whatever her sister is doing.  We are in such a sweet stage where they love playing together.  This is exactly what I looked forward to when I was pregnant with Aubrey.  I love how they love each other.  But let's keep it real - they fight sometimes, too. :)

-Sweet, happy, and silly.  Those are the three words that come to my mind when I think of our Katester at this age.  Love her!


And Miss Aubrey..




She fell asleep on the way home from the store one night and had a death grip on a receipt.









Aubrey is 3 years and one month old.  Don't worry, I don't really refer to her at "37 months" when people ask how old she is, but for blog purposes, I will :)  She is such a KID these days - no more toddler.

-She loves doing so many things:  games (Candy Land and Operation are her faves), arts and crafts, tea parties with her dolls, playing outside, etc.  I love that she is such a girly girl and will play dress up and want to paint her nails, and then at the same time loves to do sports outside, and race cars down the stairs.  She's a well rounded girl :)

-She is very sensitive when she gets in trouble.  We don't yell or spank or anything like that, but even when we talk sternly to her she will burst into tears and want to cuddle.

-We have totally given up on naps (it's been MONTHS) and she just has quiet time while her sister naps.  Mama's gotta get stuff done!

-She wants to be everyone's friend at the park, or wherever we go where there are kids.  She will just go up to a kid and stand there all shy until they start talking to her.

-Although she is sweet, she's VERY sassy.  She's definitely a "threenager."

-She loves being with me so much and I just love it.  I'm crossing my fingers she always wants to play with me as much as she does.  She's my little sidekick and I adore all the time we get to spend together. It's kind of sad how fast school is approaching..

-She does so many things every day to make us laugh, and I'm constantly writing things down.  Today she pointed to a zit on my face and said, "Is that a little nipple on your face?"




Thursday, March 20, 2014

southern ca, part II

This was the first time we went to Disneyland by ourselves, with no other family around, just the four of us.  It's always nice to have family come, for the company AND the help, but this time was really exciting to really get to spend every single moment with our kiddos and seeing their eyes light up on each and every ride.  

We only spent a quick day and a half at the park, but we got to do a ton and had the best time.  Kate just kind of looks around and says "Oooh" and giggles at everything while sitting on our lap, and Aubrey obviously ADORES the place.  She loves to hold our hands on the "scawee" rides and says, "I'm so excited!  Are you so excited?!"  She is the sweetest!





Watching her face meeting the princesses is so sweet to watch.  In line, people kept saying, "Hi Princess Anna!" to her and she just smiled so big.  She would whisper to me, "They think I'm Anna"!



She held onto this map the whole day and would "navigate" us. ;)








Kate is so sweet, even when she's a sleepy little thing.  Angel! 

 Sister hugs!


And kisses..











We went to "Ariel's Grotto" in California Adventure for the first time (basically a restaurant where a bunch of the princesses come and visit each table) and Aubrey was in awe.  


Belle asked Aubrey who her favorite princess was and she named about every princess you could think of...except for Belle.  Haha!  Sorry Belle, you didn't make the cut!