Thursday, February 26, 2009

The beach

While we were in California, we decided to visit Doug's sister, Annie. She lives on a military base about 3 hours from Anaheim. We hit traffic through L.A. and had been driving 3 1/2 hours when I remembered I had taken my wallet (with my license) out of my purse and left it in our other hotel. We went on anyway and through luck or prayer I was able to get on anyway. I was so glad to get to see them and they were great to put up with us.

We went to see the ocean, but it was cold and so windy. In just the few minutes we were there, we were covered in sand.

The Happiest Place On Earth

Yes I know that Wendy (or was it Mary) used that same title, but I can't think of a better title for this entry. In the fall my dad started saying he wanted to take us all to Disneyland. Not everyone thought they could make it and my mom was ready to give up on the whole thing, but Mary's husband Sam told Mary "it's your family, it will never really happen." If you know my mom you know that she can't back down from a challenge. She went ahead with the plans and we all ended up going. 22 of us!! I have a ton of pictures, but here are some favorites.


The weather was good, but still a little chilly. Abby spent the whole week wrapped up. Most of the pictures you can't even see her in. I told Doug that when she gets older, she won't even think she got to go. She will think we just carried a pink blanket around. This picture is proof that she was really there.

Dumbo is my dad's favorite ride. He said he would be happy to just take the grandkids around on that one all day.

Abby is under the pink blanket, once again she won't believe she was really there.

Mitchell was feeling bad because he had to miss some dance that he had been asked to at home. This is probably better than that.

The last thing we did at Disneyland was go to the Pixar Parade. You'll never guess who was leading the parade--Lightening McQueen. Seeing Luke's face when the car came around the corner was the highlight of the whole trip for us. I wish I had been on the other side of him to get a better picture of his face.

This is how we all felt by the end of each day.

Thanks Sam for challenging my mom, thanks Mary for telling her about it, thanks dad for coming up with the idea and taking us. Thank you mom for planning it and putting up with all the Kiboshers (is that how you spell it??).

Abby's blessing

I had been waiting for Terra to update her blog for quite a while. Then she finally did and I realized that it had been even longer since I updated my own blog. I have lots of fun pictures, but I just don't get on the internet very often and most of the time I don't have very long.

Luke still doesn't understand how to be soft with Abby, but he is very protective of her. When we go anywhere he asks me if the baby is coming too. He always wants me to set her up to the table when we eat dinner. He likes to hold her, but only for a couple of seconds. We have such a hard time getting a picture of it. My sister-in-law is doing our pictures this weekend so hopefully she'll be able to get a better one than this.

I wanted Abby's blessing dress to be something she could always treasure, but not something that you spend a ton of money on to just sit in a box. When we went to Colorado at Thanksgiving I asked my grandma to make her a dress. She ended up making two and letting me decide which one I wanted. Now the dress can be more of an heirloom for Abby because her great-grandma made it.

Here is Abby with her Grandma and Grandpa.

Aunt Annie made this cute bow. She sells them on her website. There is a link to her blog above.