Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spring 2017

I haven't written on here in a while and thought I would give an update on our family, mainly for my own benefit, but for friends and family as well!

To begin with, Cameron is 13 months and officially walking, walking EVERYWHERE! He can say "Mama" and sometimes he'll mimic a few words like "go", "woah", and "dad". He make the "s" sound when he's pointing to things and attempting to say something. He gets so excited when he sees Reggie, Daxton, and Daddy (he's with me all of the time so he doesn't have a chance to be excited to see me, haha)! He loves to play and wrestle with Daxton. His favorite movie is Moana. He just learned this week how to scream and flex his muscles! The screaming isn't so cute, but the flexing is hilarious!

He dances to any kind of music but if he recognizes the song he stops everything he's doing just to dance to it! His favorite thing to do at the park is going down the slide. He loves playing in any kind of water, bath water, pool, toilet, and reggie's water bowl. He prefers to be outside all the time and when he hears a door shut without him going out he gets very sad. He is a pretty tough kid when it comes to injuries, we don't know where half the bruises he has came from.

Daxton is our entertainer! He quotes movies left and right and now pretends he is recording videos all the time. "Hi kids! Today I'm Daxton, and this is (whoever is by him) and today we are going to (insert any random activity)!" He's so funny! So we have started putting his little videos on YouTube, Daxton's Detours.

He loves playing at the park with "friends", basically any kid at the park is his friend. But he especially loves to play with his friends from church. He tells me that he loves the beach and the pool. But his favorite thing is going to Disneyland! His favorite ride is Buzz Lightyear or Pirates of the Caribbean. We have season passes so we go fairly often! He also loves roller coasters. He is very protective of his brother and loves playing with him. He is so excited to play soccer and we are working on sportsmanship right now. We say "good game" after every game or race no matter if we win or lose. And if we lose, "we try harder next time".

Adam is doing great on his project right now! He is working on the pedestrian crossing on the Mexico, California boarder. He has also been working really hard on a side project that he has recently received district recognition for! His project is now being entered into a company wide competition!

But after work he loves playing with the boys! He loves his time off so he can teach the boys all different sports, quote movies with Daxton, wrestle with them both, and of course, hang out with me!

I definitely feel outnumbered with all the boys around but I find time to get my girly stuff in! I'm just trying to keep up with being a mom. I love watching the boys start playing together. My favorite is when they will let me cuddle with them! Right now I'm working on a couple of different projects, trying to get my craft on.

I love to go on walks with the fam. I love living in San Diego, especially with the beach so close! Disneyland is also a superb perk of living in Southern California. Adam works a ton, but when he is home we love going on walks, turning on our favorite shows, and exploring San Diego!

We are definitely taking advantage of living in Southern California! Between the beach, the parks, and Disneyland, we are loving it down here! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Disneyland with littles: only the beginning

First off, you can bring water bottles and snacks in the park, do it! You can refill your water bottles for free at a couple different places and other locations will give you a cup of ice to put in your water bottles! You'll probably want to do at least one meal in the park, but they are pretty pricey so take advantage of bringing snacks in to the park!

Use the FASTPASS system! The fast pass lets you skip waiting in line for the super long lines and jump pretty close to the front of certain rides! You can get a new fast pass per park ticket every two hours.

Download the free app for the Disneyland wait times. This will tell you which rides you should get fast passes for and which ones to just wait in the regular line for.  The longer the wait time in line, the more you'll want to get a fast pass for that ride.

Also, if you want to ride on a ride that your kids don't want to or can't (40 inches is the height requirement for the bigger rides except Indiana Jones), use the switch pass! Ask the worker at the beginning of each line about a switch pass. It's basically a fast pass for the people who have to wait with younger kids. There are tons of rides that have no height requirement. Or another option is the single rider lines!

You will want to see the electrical parade at night! There are two times they do it, one around 8 and one around 10:45. The map for the park will show you the route. We discovered that if you watch the parade back by the "it's a small world" ride, it's a little less crowded than it is on Main Street or next to the castle. The one around 8 starts at the "it's a small world" ride and the one at 10:45 the parade ends at "it's a small world".  Also the parade at 10:45 has a tendency to be a little less crowded.

Go to Peter Pan first, that ride doesn't have fast passes so the line gets long fast.

The fireworks show is fun because they play clips of Disney movies on the castle while fireworks are going, but if you want a good spot you should probably start looking for one at least an hour before the show starts.

Also, look in to the photo pass! They have photographers at the most popular photo spots in the park so you can get all of those pictures professionally taken plus you get all the pictures that are taken on rides (individually the ride pictures are like $40). I've only done this at Disney world, but it's worth looking in to at Disneyland too.

If you do California adventure, go straight to cars land and get a fast pass for the main cars ride because the line can get up to, on average, a 90 minute wait and fast passes are gone in about the first two hours the park is open. I'm not as well versed in that park, but it's still a blast! Also, if you want to see the World of Color show, you need to grab a fast pass as soon as possible in order to have a place at all to watch. World of Color does not begin until after the park closes and you can have that fast pass all day with out it interrupting your other passes!  

Good news! The Toy Story Mania ride has recently started doing fast passes so you don't have to wait in the 50+ minute wait time. California adventure has the Pixar rides, shows, and characters in it and it closes an hour or two earlier than Disneyland. This park has a few less rides with no height limit than Disneyland does too.

I think it's worth getting to the park right when it opens and then when your kids need to rest or take a nap that's when you go grab lunch or sit for a snack!

A stroller is totally worth taking into the park if you think you might have to carry anyone. There is stroller parking next to every ride so it's pretty convenient! I also use my Tula carrier most of the time as well! My Standard Tula baby carrier has been my life saver! It is literally the only way I have been able to do Disneyland by myself. Even if I did have a double stroller, standing in lines holding a baby is hard work! That doesn't include the work it is to entertain a three year old and hold a baby!

And above all else, enjoy the magic that is Disneyland!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Holiday Letter

2016 was a crazy year for us, as are most years! But we opted out of sending Christmas cards so instead I'm recapping our year through our blog!

January, we headed back home from Idaho and recovered from an emotional Christmas and New Years. My grandparents on my mom's side passed away just 9 days apart right before Christmas. Right after we returned home, we found out we were moving to San Diego 3 weeks later!

February, we moved down to Chula Vista, California, just south of San Diego! Adam is working on the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He started there in a new position and has been learning lots!

Being down here in San Diego has given us lots of places to play! We were able to get Disneyland season passes so we try to get up there quite often. We love playing at the beach and we are only about 15 minutes away from our favorite beach so we get lots of sand time in. We also have passes to the San Diego Zoo so we have been able to go to the zoo and safari park regularly! We love the weather down here and are hoping we get to stay in the San Diego area for a while.

May 1st we welcomed our sweet baby, Cameron, into our family! It was a longer stay in the hospital than we would have liked, but since then it has been like we have never been without him!

Cameron loves to watch Daxton in almost anything he does. Daxton can make him laugh more than any of us! I love to watch the two of them learn, grow, and play together! Cameron is 8 months old now and is crawling, pulling himself up on everything, and has recently learned how to clap and shake his head. He loves the bath and will find it in any bathroom he goes in to! He still likes to be held a bunch but is slowly figuring out that he can explore more if he crawls.

July, we blessed Cameron in church so a bunch of our family came in to town! We got to do Disneyland, the zoo, the beach, and the Mormon Battalion with them!

August 5th Daxton turned 3! I can't believe it! He's getting so big! He makes us laugh every day by the things he says or does. He repeats things we say all the time! He loves pirates, playing the Wii (pizza dough aka Mario) and anything to do with space.  He knows all the planets in order and something special about each of them. He quotes movies all the time and he seems to just slip it in regular conversations. Haha! He loves to make Cameron laugh and if Cam is crying he always asks me to feed him, "pleeeeeease!" He loves to sing primary songs and has learned his ABC's! People still think he's older than he is, but he will get that his whole life.

In August I was also able to take the boys to Idaho to see my grandparents. I was so grateful I made that trip when I did so my grandma could meet Cameron. 💕

The end of September, my sister Chelsea got married in Portland, Oregon!

October 9th, my sweet grandma Graham passed away. We celebrated her life with most of my family on that side. I think we were only missing a couple of cousins. I miss her every day but I know she's in a better place.

November we celebrated thanksgiving with our little family. It was actually kind of nice to just relax and spend time with Adam while he was home.

December, we got to spend about two weeks in Utah with friends and family for Christmas! I was able to run up to Idaho for a couple of days while my family was up there! Then for Christmas, all of Adams siblings and their families were able to be together! This is a rare occasion when we get every single member of the family together so it was so fun to see everyone, catch up, and watch all 6 of the cousins play together!

Then for New Years we got to have some of our very good friends come stay with us for the weekend! We always have fun playing games, laughing and exploring! Our kids play so well together and we can't stop laughing! We love playing games with them so we got in several games in during their stay. It was a great way to ring in the new year!

2016 was very crazy, bitter sweet times, and big changes. I would be ok if 2017 was a little less eventful, but we know life doesn't work that way. 2017 looks great so far because my brother comes home in February from Jamaica after serving a mission for our church for the last 2 years!

2017, ready or not, here you come!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chelsea's Wedding

We just returned home from a very emotional trip to Oregon and Idaho. There were some highs and lows but in general it was a good trip. Let's start with the beginning and why we headed to Oregon in the first place, my sister got married! It's crazy to say that, but we are so excited for them!

I was a slacker when it came to buying plane tickets so we ended up driving to Oregon (which actually worked best after all was said and done) and then Adam flew back to get back to work. We drove up starting on Wednesday September 28th and got to stay with some friends to split the trip up. Thanks so much Debbie and Eduardo! Next time we'll have to stay longer because we miss them so much! So we arrived in Oregon on Thursday and the wedding festivities were already underway. My parents' house was full of people from both the bride and groom's families eating dinner and making acquaintances.

The following day was Chelsea and Wyatt's big day! My mom and all my sisters (plus a couple of friends who are basically sisters) crammed in my parents bathroom to get ready together. Chels was in the middle of the bathroom being pampered, getting her hair and makeup done (props to Lindsay and Chrissy for hair and makeup). Then there was a sister standing in the bathtub with a mirror, mom standing in front of the main bathroom mirror, and I brought in another mirror to sit on the floor so I could get ready too. It was jam-packed, but so much fun to chat with the girls while we got ready.

Our tattoos on our ankles say "Bridesmaids" and Chelsea's says "Bride"

Chelsea and Wyatt were sealed together in the Portland, Oregon LDS Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony and to see them so happy was amazing. After pictures were taken, we headed over to the luncheon. Cassidy, Lindsay and I wrote a silly song for Chelsea and Wyatt that we were supposed to sing at the luncheon but because of technical difficulties, we couldn't sing it until the reception when there were more people to listen to our horrible amazing voices.

He sure loves his Papa!

Five and a half years and two kids later we get to be at the same place where we were married!


My boys! Handsome, right?

Fresh out of the temple

Everyone went their separate ways from the luncheon to go finish up some last minute setup for the reception, feed babies, and freshen up. Then we all met up for the reception at the cutest little barn about 10 minutes from my parents house.

They had a line for guests to come congratulate them and say hi. Then when that was finished, the bride and groom were able to take a little break to eat some pie and lemonade. When they were done, everyone headed upstairs for some dancing, cake cutting, and to hear our debut.


Adam and Chrissy 

Daxton and his buddy Wyatt - They asked to have their picture taken like this!

After a while of dancing, we sent the bride and groom off with sparklers and a saran wrapped car!

Now they are a newly married couple trying to figure out life while in school and working. We are so proud of you guys! Good luck on your next adventure!