Sunday, August 29, 2010


After waiting, dreaming, hoping, planning, and talking.....
We finally made it to Disneyland and it was
These pictures are all out of order due to the fact that I forgot I had two files and it takes
FOREVER to upload the pictures.
So here we go!
Silly boys! I wonder why Chance has his tongue out in almost all of his pictures.

Hunter loves his Geek (short for Gee Gee stemming from McGee)

He's not sure about smooching her on Nemo's Submarine though

She's going for it anyway :)

These boys love Pooh's Honey

This was on the Winnie the Pooh ride.
It was Chancey's Favorite!

Both days we were at Disneyland we went back to the hotel to have naps, but apparently it wasn't soon enough on this day. He really fell asleep on his shoulders!

This really had to be one of the funniest things that happened on our trip.
We went to one of the little themed eating areas for lunch and had all you can eat ribs, cornbread, beans, and coleslaw. After Chance had enough food he got down and was walking around our table. And a bird just happened to poop on his arm. None of us saw it happen, but it was so funny when he walked up to the table and said, "A bird just pooped on me!" in his scratchy little voice.

A little rest on Goofy's Toon Town couch

Another favorite ride of Chancey's was the Buzz Lightyear ride where he got to be a space ranger and shoot the aliens and Zurg.

Kelly was really into this ride and was a level 5 space ranger.


Look! Pluto and Chance are both sticking thier tongues out!

It was fun to have Geekorama on our vacation.
This was on the Jungle Cruise ride, that is really quite a lame ride.
However, Chance was scared to death of the whole thing.

He calmed down though, once he got his driver's license and could drive his own car in Autopia.

Marianne and Kelly on Small World

I think Small World was my Favorite ride.

Hunter was very excited to go on the Tea Cups.
He really wanted me to ride with them, but I have terrible motion sickness.
I gave in and did ride the teacups the second day, but I didn't let them turn us very much.
Apparently Chance struggled with our crazy schedule, and once again didn't make it back to the hotel for naptime. A garbage can at Disneyland is just as clean as any hotel bed!

The boys each had "Disney Dollars" that they earned by doing extra jobs, or being helpful or good at home. They could choose how to spend their $$, Hunter spent a little bit on some cool Mickey lollypops.

The boys loved the characters and had no worries about standing next to them.

Flying high on the Dumbo ride

Chance was truly in character with his Mickey Pirate ears.

Overall, our Disney experience was excellent! We were there for two days which I think was perfect. We went to the park between 7:30 and 8:00 both mornings, stayed until 1:30 or so, went to the hotel and took a 2-4 hour nap and then came back to the park and stayed until 11:30 or midnight.
I do have to say that it is a fun place, but Chance has really had nightmares since we left there. He does speak of the experience fondly though. Also, a fun surprise that happened before and during the trip.....Chance officially never sucks his fingers anymore!!!
Hunter went on EVERY adult ride that was opened. He liked the Indian Jones ride the best, but was very disappointed that Indie didn't help us out more than he did.
Hunter was a VERY good sport and had the full experience that Disneyland could offer.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Five and Three.....How can it be????

Oh my, how time flies. I can't believe I am a mother of a five year old and a three year old. They are the two of my most loved people. They bring happiness, love, joy, splendor, hope, and occasional tears into our lives.
Hunter is the big 5!
He is so sweet, thoughtful, loving, and caring.
He is an official reader, always sounding out new words and reading new books.
He counts to 100!
He starts preschool on September 1st, and is so looking forward to something new and exciting in his life. (He says I'm boring!!)
Chance is three and full of LIFE!!! I always say, "If it's not Chancey's idea, it is not a good idea!"
He is a sweet boy who loves to read stories, wrestle, jump on Dad, eat snacks, play superheroes, and dress like superheroes.
Chance loves to cut paper, he counts to 10 and occasionally to 12. He knows his shapes, colors, and ABC's. He likes to be like Hunter and "sound out" words.

So, the boys got to celebrate their birthdays at SeaWorld while we were in California.
They were happy about that!
We have studied and read a lot about sharks, so it was fun to see them up close and personal.

Playing with the Starfish

Daddy held up the sea urchin for us and let us feel.

We got to do a fun ride above Mission Bay.

The Killer Whales were fun to watch, but we were sad that the trainers don't get in the water anymore.
Poison Arrow Frog
The colors on these things are amazing!!
Sea lions were fascinating
This guy trying to warm up on a 68 degree day
We got to do a few rides at Sea World. Here are Kelly and the boys making themselves sick!!!

After a fun day at Sea World, we asked the boys what they wanted for their b-day dinner.
Hunter immediately said he wanted shrimp.
So, we typed in the GPS that we wanted seafood and it took us to a pretty nice restaraunt where we had....SHRIMP.
Hunter had grilled shrimp and fruit.

Chance had fried shrimp and carrot sticks.

What a funny boy!

Hunter decided that he should get to take a few pictures of people too. So, he told us just how to smile and pose. Doesn't Geek look great?!?
When the waiter came and took our food order, Hunter gladly announced that it was their birthday today and that he was five and his brother was three. The waiter took note, and this is what they got.
Creme Brulee, fit for two kings and their accompanying adults.
The table next to us even joined in for singing the birthday song.
Holy Moly this was so rich, and sweet.
Hunter had to get a picture of me too. Three and five years ago on July 30th, I was busy birthing children.

This picture is such a great representation of how we all felt by the end of this night. Tired and crazy.
A Birthday to remember