By the way, these are old pictures-but they went with what I was saying!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
By the way, these are old pictures-but they went with what I was saying!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Me and the hubby
Me and my beautiful sister Leandra
And my beautiful mom on her scooter! As you know she had knee surgery two weeks ago and there would be no way she'd be able to walk around Dland for 5 days on her hurt knee with her cane. So she rented a scooter and it was wonderful. She felt great and Lily loved riding on it with her :) She did well driving it and only had a few crashes! :)
I'm going backwards a bit with the pictures but they go with the story I'm telling. Lily fell asleep as we were running in the poring rain from Dland to the hotel. The only wet part on her was her blanket. She was tired! And I love a sleeping baby!
This is the before picture (no after picture!) of us from being outside trying to get to the hotel from Dland. After we took this we immediately went on the water ride at California Adventure. We were way more soaked later! Back to the first day in the park, we (the girls) got Dland hats to wear.
My mom chose these sparkly Mickey ears and wore them the whole week. It was quite cute!
Lily trying on her Nana's ears. We didn't buy any for her because she immediately took them off. But she kept them on long enough for us to take a picture.
Lily also got some walking time in with her daddy. They have this giant ball in one of the lands at DLand that has water pouring over it. It's definitely a kids attraction. Lily loves balls right now and whenever she sees them freaks out and points and says "the ball". It's really cute. So here she is walking to her ball.
And with my mom's scooter we were able to go to the front of the lines! It was amazing. We all couldn't ride together because of Lily, so here we are waiting until the rest of the family gets off Thunder Mountain Railroad. It's my favorite ride and it's the best at night! See, we did have sunny weather part of the time! This was actually the same day it poured-crazy!
Lily even got to go on some of the rides! She loved them-even though she's not smiling in this picture. This is on the Winnie the Pooh ride.
And on the carousel. She loved it-that's her excited face! It's the same look when she sees balloons or balls or dogs.
She loved it!
This is Main Street in Dland right as you walk in. They have fun shops and old fashioned ice cream parlors, buggy rides, double decker buses, etc. It's a magical place! :)
Another storefront on Main Street-notice the icky color of the sky!
And in front of Cinderella's Castle. OK, I know you're all wondering "what the heck is that about?" It's quite a funny story. First of all, a little history behind it. Last Christmas we took a family picture (just us kids and Lily) for my mom's Christmas letter. Well, she wasn't there when we took it. She's got like 20 Christmas sweaters/vests that she wears every Christmas season. And we're mean and we kinda make fun of her-she's got a good spirit! So in that picture we took we wore her Christmas sweaters. She of course didn't know we were doing it until we showed it to her and she loved it and sent it out! People to this day laugh at it-especially at AJ because he was wearing my mom's Christmas turtleneck and sweater! Back to this picture, we thought it'd be funny to sneak out my mom's Christmas vests (we were in sunny California so vests made more sense than sweaters!) and made her and my dad go do a ride while we took a picture! FUNNY! Even Lily had one that I bought for her to wear this Christmas season, but as you can see it fits her great now so I'm sure it won't by the winter time! Oh well. Also, we gave my mom little gifts each day of the trip for her to open since it was her birthday week. And we bought a professional picture of us in the sweaters and put it in a mickey frame and that was a gift for one of the days. She loved it! And it was fun to do!
Joel being goofy and posing!
And my silly husband. I think he's taking it a bit far but that's what he does! :)
And of course he has to roll up his sleeves! Check out the farmer's tan!
This is Toontown. A fun place for the kiddos.
We waited in line for Lily to see Minnie. I wasn't sure how she'd react, but Minnie was very calm and gently waved her hands toward Lily. Finally she leaned in and Lily grabbed her nose! She was fascinated by it! She never cried either thank goodness!
And she had to grab the nose one more time!
Lily and her grandpa in Mickey's house. You can kinda see my dad's shirt-it says Cindy is 50. We surprised my mom with all of us-even Lily-wearing these shirts one of the days we were there. Unfortunately, I don't have a pic. of us all in them, but my mom does and we're with Mickey. And of course the day we wore them it rained so we all had our jackets on! Oh well!
"A" is for Acker! Standing in front of California Adventure.
My mom ended up buying a poncho so we could put it over Lily and her stroller for when it rained. It sure helped! And she actually loved it!
On another ride in C-A. Lily doesn't look happy but she did like it. We were riding on a giant caterpillar (from the movie "Bugs Life") and on this ride they had giant things that the caterpillar ate. Well, at one point there was a half eaten giant apple and Lily points to it and says "ball"!! Too cute.
And with a character from Bugs Life. Lily didn't love him nearly as much as she loved Minnie!
Cinderella's Castle at night! Dland is the most fun when it's dark because there are lights everywhere! We were waiting for the fireworks show to start.
Lily sleeping in her stroller! My camera is not good at taking night pictures. And basically right after I took this (it had a giant flash!) she woke up. I know, I'm a terrible mom. But not even 5 min. later did the fireworks start and she would've woken up anyway because they were LOUD! She was great during it too and just stared at those fireworks.
And Lily is WALKING!! So, she's been walking for a while now-taking like 6-1o steps on her own. I haven't blogged about it because I personally don't call that walking-just taking steps. As we're waiting in the airport to come home I leave to go get coffee at Starbucks with my sister and come back and she's walking towards me! Are you kidding me?! I missed it! She took like 20 steps I guess-all over the place. By herself! Look at how she's just standing there like it's no big deal. Unbelievable. The funny thing is she doesn't do it on her own account. We literally have to put her on the floor and walk a bit away, crouch down and say "come here!" She always does it too. But we have yet to see her stand up and walk. But we're for sure getting close! YAY! And she's only 15 months! :)
On the ride to come back home and all tuckered out! She loves her baby. And I promise you every time she holds her baby she always sucks on the inside of her bottom lip. It's like a binky to her I guess. She knows it's time to calm down and go to sleep! WOW. What an amazing trip and I'm sad it's over. We've been looking forward to this trip for over a year now! I wish we would've gone this week because it's supposed to be nice in California! Lily did great, the family did great, it was a TON of FUN! I always hate it when trips like this are over-it's such a let down! But now I get to look forward to my sister-in-laws wedding in 2 months! You'll be seeing lots of pictures from upcoming showers and her bachelorette party in a couple weeks! Sorry for such a long post too! And I didn't even put up all the pictures! :)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
And wearing some cute sunglasses-this girl has got like 4 pair of them! We'll see if she'll actually keep them on for longer than 10 seconds!
In her pool playing with a balloon! It was left over from my birthday and she loved it!
I love this action shot! You can see how happy she is flapping her arms and kicking her legs! We've used this pool everyday since we got it! The only problem now is I think she's teething because she's cranky and snotty. And we leave in a couple days for Disneyland-on a plane. Oh dear, please pray for us! And her of course, that she'd get better and her ears won't bother her. Thank goodness my whole family will be there to help out =) And a shout out to my Dad for turning the big 52 yesterday! Happy Birthday Dad! Love you!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Anyway, yesterday after church we went to my mom's house for lunch (because she had knee surgery on Friday-it went very well!) and did gifts and dessert. I played Wii with my sister while Lily napped-and I'm terrible at it. Good thing I don't have one because they are addicting! Then later that night Lily and I went to my good friend Kaytee's graduation open house. She just got her Masters! She's a friend from high school although we were talking yesterday and we knew of each other in middle school. Anyway, it was fun to see her and Lily did well playing with Kaytee's niece and the dog :) Lily loves dogs! When we got home it was 7ish and I was hungry so AJ took me out to Taco Bell-my choice! We got home and he gave me this adorable card 'from' Lily. I had to take a picture of it because it was so cute! This was the front of the card and the ribbons are real-so fun!And the inside of the card. I know it's hard to read but it says "Mom hugs are the bestest, bestest thing in the whole world, ever." And then "Happy Mother's Day from your daughter." AJ did so good picking it out and even had Lily 'sign' or draw on the card! She definitely has figured out a pen and wants to draw on paper if it's around. I'm not sure I'm ready for that step yet-I can just imagine pen art all over my walls! AJ also gave me this beautiful necklace:This too is hard to see but it says Lily Mae and the little gem next to it is her birthstone-or the color of it-which is amethyst. I tried doing a close up with the necklace laying on the table, but it just came out blurry and this was the best I could do. Anyway, this gal makes these necklaces and she lives here in town. I found her from another friend who has one and I basically emailed AJ all the info and hoped he'd get the hint! :) He sure did! You see, he's still very forgetful so this is what I have to do for him-he doesn't mind it and neither do I! He also let me choose a chick flick to watch and I chose Say Anything-an old 80's movie with John Cusack. Not sure how it ends because we were so tired we couldn't finish it-and it was only 10pm. I'm getting OLD! :) Speaking of old, we noticed today that AJ has gray hair! And it's not just 1 hair but a ton! All over! Oh man, he's getting old :) The big 32 is coming later this year. Crazy! Anyway, that's how my mother's day was and it was wonderful and I'm so grateful to be a mom! God has truly blessed me and AJ with Lily Mae!
PS AJ's neurology appt. got moved up to this Thursday morning. I basically called to see if they had a cancellation and they did. Yippee! I'll let you know the results of his tests once we find everything out!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
As I've mentioned before, this girl will grab clothes from anywhere she can find them and put them around her neck and she'll ride her car all over the house. This day, I found her putting it over her head! She cracks me up!
And this is what she does with it around her neck! I don't know what goes through her mind as she has clothes around her!
And it's hard to tell in this picture, but Lily's hair is getting quite long-almost like a mullet! I'm finally able to grab what I can and put it in 2 tiny pigtails. Here is a front shot (With her holding her jacket and carrying it around the house!)
And here is a side shot. She was playing "peek- a -boo" and moving her head around while I was holding the camera in front of my face! She's getting so old, it's quite sad to me! No longer a baby (although I still say she's my baby) but growing to look like a little girl! Time goes by too fast!