Thursday, November 19, 2009

November Highlights

About Mid-November Lydia and I went to stay for a week with my sister Angie, in San Diego. I wanted to share some of the highlights from the trip.

Highlight #1-Hanging out with these three kiddos. I can't even remember what the three of them are watching here, but whatever it is, it looks VERY interesting, doesn't it?! :) From left to right: Madison, Mitchell and Lydia

After Lydia and I were there for a week, Mike and the boys came to meet us for Thanksgiving.

Highlight #2-Making a huge Thanksgiving dinner with Angie. I think it is pretty funny that I felt like I needed to "pose" with the potato masher.

Highlight #3-Eliot's yummy Thanksgiving turkey cooked on the grill!

Highlight #4-A trip to Disneyland. Here all of the kids are making "Mickey Ears" with their hands.

Highlight #5-The look on Lydia's face when we bought her her very first Princess Dress. Cinderella is Lydia's favorite.

Highlight #6-Meeting up with our good friends the Fabrizio's. They were up from Las Vegas for a quick little getaway. We went to a science museum and to pizza with them.

Highlight #7-Visiting the USS Midway. It sits right on the harbor in San Diego. This picture is taken on the flight deck, with the skyline in the background.

Highlight #8-Beach weather in November! Our whole family loves the ocean. On our last visit to San Diego Lydia was scared of the sand, but this time she was thrilled to run free.

Highlight #9-Del Mar Swirlz is always a must. Thanks to the cashier for taking all of our picture together.

Highlight #10-There were SO MANY other highlights.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

For the Grandparents

It has been a little while since I posted. I took these pictures over the weekend. I hope you enjoy them.

It is so fun to watch Ryan play basketball. He LOVES it and it is really building his confidence.

I thought this was a cool shot of Danny. It looks like his new basketball shoes are working great. As a side note: Mike and I bought him these shoes last weekend on our date night. When we all got up on Saturday morning, Ryan had taken marker and ballpoint pen, and written "R's" all over Danny's brand new shoes. Good for Ryan's handwriting practice...Bad for Danny's shoes. I spent about an hour of the morning scrubbing and coaxing out the ink. After nail polish, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, magic eraser and rubbing alcohol, I was able to fade the writing enough to where Danny wasn't devastated.

It has been really fun to watch Nathan's team play. He is number 24. Last week his coach named him Defensive Player of the Game. Way to go Nathan!

On Sunday morning I decided it was time to trim up Lydia's hair. This will have been her first REAL haircut. Her first haircut was from her helpful older brother. Good for Ryan's fine motor coordination...Bad for Lydia's hair. Anyhow, since the top is slowly starting to grow back in, I decided to bring up the bottom a little...well I thought it was a little.

When you brushed out Lydia's waves they were all the was down her back, but really thin because of her previous "haircut". I was so worried that once I cut off her darling, perfect ringlets that Lydia would have straight hair from that moment on.

I adore Lydia's smile.

Lydia's hair ended up a little shorter than I had planned. But the reason her hair ended up this short is she still has ALL her curls!! So fun.

And now Lydia and I are off to spend some time with my sister in San Diego. I hope you are all doing well.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had a very eventful Halloween yesterday, as all of our Saturdays will be until Christmas.

Nathan had a game first thing yesterday morning.

Directly following Nathan's game, and in a different location, Ryan had his first official basketball game. This is his team trying to do some warm-ups. I do have to say I was pretty impressed with his five-year-old form.

After a quick bite to eat at Pizza Hut, we all went to Danny's first game of the season.

After that we went home and regrouped for 2 hours while I finished Lydia's costume. Once we had all the costumes in order, we went back to where we had started the day...another game for Nathan. Good thing I like basketball so much!

And this little gal is going to have to love it, too. She really likes cheering for her brothers.
Next we grabbed a burger at a drive-thru and then headed over to Grandma and Grandpa Dildine's to visit and do some trick-or-treating in their neighborhood.

Nathan really was wanting to be something funny this year, rather than "cool." His original idea was to be a duck, but when he did not find success in fitting into any of the toddler duck costumes, he settled on a gorilla.

This is Danny as Jango Fett. He had to explain to me several times who this Star Wars character was. Danny thought it was pretty cool that one of the boys down the street was was dressing up as Boba Fett, Jango Fett's father...Who knew?

Ryan love, loves his toy race tracks and so it seemed natural that he would want to be a Race Car Driver.

Lydia has been saying for 2 months that she wanted to be a Pink Butterfly for Halloween. For some silly reason I was determined that she looked like a true butterfly...not a fairy, or a fairy princess, or a butterfly princess. There was only one door where the woman handing out candy said, "You make such a cute fairy!" I didn't shout from the dark street, "She's a Butterfly, A Pink Butterfly!," though I wanted to. :)


Hope your Halloween was Happy, too!