Friday, December 18, 2009


I have been working on getting this post done for about a week, but with getting ready for Christmas, it has been a slow process. So I am finally done with all my Christmas projects, and I can now get this done too.
I had 2 comp passes left from when I was working at Disneyland and they were about to expire, so Wayne took a day of work and we went and played. It was great because I got to see many of my old friends. Mary was excited to see me and stopped for a picture while she and Burt were on their way to Tea.
Madison LOVES Tinkerbell and her movies. She is always asking me to watch "Tinkerbell Treasure", but we do not own the movie so we have to wait for when it is on the Disney Channel. So we knew we just had to visit Tink and her friends. That day Silvermist visiting along with Tinkerbell.

Madison was soooooo happy to see Tink, she just ran up to her and gave her a big hug. She was awe struck.

Having to say goodbye. After we left the location Madison asked me where Terrance was. When I told her that he was not there Madison got so sad, her heart broke and you could see she was devastated. She then saw a Terrance doll and was happy. She also saw a plane flying high in the sky leaving a trail behind it and said that it was Terrance, which made her even happier.

Wayne, Collin and I got to go on the Nemo ride for the first time. Madison had been on it once before with her babysitter Brooke, but that was before her first birthday. Both of the kids loved it. Collin was trying to climb out the window.

We got ice cream a California Adventure...
which Collin loved... and could not get enough...

Madison had to go on the "round and around, go really tall" ride, so Wayne went with her while I put Collin to sleep.

We then ran into Woody, who remembered me, so he stopped just to say hi to us, and get a pic with Madison who was not sure about big he was.

Pictures with my good friend Mrs. Clause...
and Santa Clause.
It was a wonderful day. It was so great for Madison, because she is at the age that she understands and appreciates what is going on. I loved watching her have so much fun.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Last week we went to get our tree. We were looking at 6-7 ft Douglas Furs, since they were in our price range, but could not find one that we liked. The guy that was working the lot said that the Nobel Furs were fuller and had a richer smell, but we told him they were too much. He then said if we found one we liked he would give it to us for the same price as a Douglas. We were very happy to get a beautiful tree and save $7. The tree was huge. It had to be bigger than just 7 ft since it touched our ceiling once put up.

We also had to move all of our furniture (this was after moving the bookshelf over about 1 ft, and before moving the T.V. ).

Collin wanted in on the fun, he watched mom go up and down the stepladder so he figured it was his turn.

Madison had fun helping put up the ornaments, especially the Disney ones.

To get the angel on top we had to trim off about a foot of the tree, but it looks good. We also need the gate to keep tiny hands off the tree, but even the barricade dose not stop Madison, just Collin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Its Official

Collin is walking. On Oct. 25 he took 2 steps, last Thursday he took 3. Tonight he did 8, from one side of our couch to the other. He has gotten so good in this last week, he is also getting more daring. He will just take off from one thing to another using 3 or 4 steps constantly. He is still a bit wobbly, but he is good. This Saturday he will be 10 months, and I am positive he will be even better by then.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Car seats are wonderful for putting your children to sleep...
in fact they work so great they don't even have to be in the car to work.

We just got Madison a new car seat, so we can get Collin out of the carrier, and she loved sitting in it. We asked her about 5 times if she wanted to get out. At one point she got out, but wanted right back in.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Wednesday night we went up to Mariposa to spend the weekend with Wayne's dad. He has a newly built log cabin in the woods. It was so great to be able to get away for five days and enjoy nature.
Madison and Collin both enjoyed going out and picking apples off the tree and eating them fresh.

Once Collin had his apple the wanted to lay down to eat it. The problem was he was on his dad's shoulders. I got them in the house and he laid right down and started munching, Madison then had to join him.

Madison really enjoyed the swing.

While Madison was on the swing Collin and daddy were cuddling on the porch, trying to stay warm.

We were able to go up to Yosemite and enjoy an afternoon "hiking" on the trails. They weren't really hikes it was more of a walk through the woods, it was the best we could do with young kids.

With Half Dome behind us.

Over looking the valley.

The last night we were there Madison fell asleep in front of the fire...
then ended the nights sleep with Collin.

Helping Papa feed the chickens.

This was the second time she fed the chickens. The first she got dried corn on the cob from the garden and threw it into them. A few days later she found a play corn on the cob and threw it to imaginary chickens saying" chickens, corn, eat". It was adorable.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had lots of fun for Halloween. This was Madie's first year going trick-or-treating. The last two years we had our ward trunk-or-treat on Halloween night, so that is what we did. This year the party was on Thursday so we got to go out twice.

Madison had lots of fun going door to door. At the beginning she was not sure what was going on, but after about 20 minutes she caught on and started running from house to house. Everyone loved her and thought she was so adorable. They were even amazed that at 2 she was not afraid of any of the decorations, kids her age and older would not go near them and Madison would walk right up to them as if they were completely normal. The only thing she was unsure of were the flashing lights, but she soon grue accustom to them.

She loved to "twee-tweet" as she said, and at one house she was kind enough to point out the driveway was broken, and then tell the owner "fix-it".

Ready to go.

Collin even joined in on the fun. We let him have the box until he got it open, at that point Wayne and I ate the candy.

Ready to go home

This was Thursday night at church running around with her friend Becca.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ready for Halloween

Earlier this year Madison fell in love with Cinderella, or Lella as she says, so I knew that she needed to be Cinderella for Halloween. Since Madison was so easy I decided Collin should play along. In a couple of years he will make his own decisions, but for now he just has to play along. I even had fun making them, I need to sew more often.