Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vacation Time Part 2

Gramdma Nancy and Papa Walt came down Tuesday night and went with us to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday. We didnt get as early a start as we wanted and ended up at the Aquarium around lunch time. We got some lunch and the kiddos did really well sitting in big chairs all by themselves. We dont go out to resturants very often, so I was really pleased with how they did. No naps equaled some cranky kids, but all in all the trip was a success. I think the kids favorite time was outside with the rays and marikeets. Once we were inside, we had to move fairly quickly from one station to the next to keep their interest. The biggest hit of the day was the tank that had the "Nemo" and " Dori" fishes!


Connor and Dylan trying to catch the rays


Hailey, Daddy and Brooklyn looking at the rays
Dylan and Brooklyn checking out the sh, sh, sharks.

Connor

"Did you see the teeth on that shark?" - Brooklyn
"Yeah, they kind of look like mine. See." -Dylan

The whole crew checking out the Marikeets "We just can't get close enough!!" Hailey and Dylan




Seals, Sea Lions and Quadruplets



I guess Connor didnt like the seal this close (its at his feet). Right after this pic, Connor got really upset and started crying. :(

The crash after a fun day



Vacation Time, Vacation Time, V,V, Vacation Time

Two weeks ago, we took our annual trip to Capistrano Beach. We spent one week preparing, one week actually on vacation and one more week recuperating from vacation. WOW!! We had a wonderful time and the kids are still talking about what we saw and did.
Of course, the start to our vacation didnt help any in the relaxation department. Last year at this place, I brought two pack-n-plays for the kids and reserved two of the cribs that the timeshare has. This year we called ahead and reserved four cribs to cut down on the amount of luggage we had to take with us. At least we thought we reserved them. We left home after dinner, thinking we would get down to the beach right around the kids bed time, let them look around a little, put them to bed and then unpack and get settled in. Stephen and Heidi (Brians brother and sis-in-law) and their kiddos were coming down the next day and we wanted to be well rested and ready to play!
So we got to the room and guess what? NO CRIBS. So I took the kids down to the front desk as Brian was unpacking the cars (yes, we had to take two) and told them we didnt have the cribs. The woman said she would look into it. So the kids and I are wandering around the place, checking everything out waiting for our cribs as the time kept creeping by.
To make a long story a bit shorter, we never got the cribs. Ever. The whole week.
So that night, it was around 10:30 by now, with the kids getting ever crankier, we threw a mattress on the floor with some couch cushions and proceeded to get the kids to sleep. Finally around midnight, the last one finally gave in, I stayed with them to put them back on the mattress when they fell off, or ran into each other and woke the other one up, and generally didnt get any sleep myself. Then the girls decided 5:30 was a good time to wake up and went in to watch some T.V. with Daddy while the boys and I slept a little longer.
Our solution to no cribs: we went to Walmart the next day and got two junior tents, took one of the beds out of the room and the boys shared a tent and the girls shared a tent. It took a little adjusting, (and a lot of playing around before sleeping) but they eventually got used to the tents and slept well the rest of the week. It helped a little that they were usually exhausted from all the activity.
So our week went something like this: beach, pool, pool, throw in a little Chuck E. Cheese, pool, the Aquarium of the Pacific, a few parks around the area, beach, etc, etc....
It was so nice to get away and enjoy the beautiful beach and cooler weather. And the best part was seeing how much the kiddos enjoyed all the new adventures they got to have.
Heading to the pool




Everyone loved the pool. This was the first time the kids have been in a pool since our trip here last year. They were all jumping off the side holding on to only my thumbs, kicking their feet and blowing bubbles. We had quite a time just Brian and me keeping an eye on all four. Dylan and Brooklyn started jumping in by them selves and we had to keep telling them to wait for us. Below is a little clip of Brooklyn swimming by herself. She has no fear. She would jump in, head under the water, pop back up and start swimming.



A cart ride back with Daddy


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th of July

On the 4th of July, we had a fun-filled, full day. We spent the morning at Brian's parents house, had a tasty bar-b-que and enjoyed time with family. We took the kiddos home for nap and a quiet afternoon, then headed down to Redlands to see fireworks at the University. Always on the program is a fly-over and parachuters (which happened as we were walking to the stadium), the Fourth of July Band playing patriotic music and this year there were two bands with one singer impersonating Diana Ross and another Neil Diamond. As soon as we got there, Dylan, Brooklyn and Hailey started dancing around with their cousins and enjoying the music. Connor, on the other hand, stuck like glue to me and stayed in my lap the entire night. Because of this, poor Daddy had to play round up with little miss escape artist, Brooklyn. She loves to go a-visiting. To anyone around. Connor warmed up a little when Aunt Crissi pulled out the glow-sticks and really loved the "pretty lights". I was a little concerned about taking them to see the fireworks so close-up. I talked up the fireworks all day long and told them that they would be very loud, so maybe all my talking payed off. They all did great, were bouncing to the music that goes with the fireworks and were ooooh-ing and aaaaahh-ing. Hailey was the only one who was a little unsure. She kept burying her face in Brians shoulder, then would peek out, then bury her face again. But no crying or covering her ears!! Yay!!

Hailey and Cousin Joey - who was a great help with getting all our stuff to the field

Connor and Dylan clapping to the beat with Papa Paul


Little Brooklyn and Gramma Ginny

Cat got your tongue?

Daddy and his girls

Hailey getting down with Cousin Kiley

Dylan enjoying a cold ice pack on a warm summer night
Connor finally getting a little excited over something on the 4th


Below are a few clips of the kiddos dancing away the night. Dylan just cant get enough of the music and dancing. Brooklyn loves to boogie and Hailey joins in.





Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sprinkler Fun

We had been having our So Cal "June Gloom" and even resorted to pulling back out our pants and a couple of times we had to wear our jackets in the morning. Then as usual we went from cool and gloomy to triple digit heat. So I got the kids a sprinkler to cool off in. This video is the first time we turned on the sprinkler. About 30 seconds into it, the water starts to sputter and all the kids stopped the excitement, paused and started to back away from the sprinkler, not knowing what was going on with it. It cracked me and Brian up! As soon as the sputtering stopped, they went right back to the fun.



The reactions of the boy vs. the girls really didnt suprise me at all! The boys during bath time do not like any amount of water on their faces and that was how they reacted with the sprinkler. The girls on the other hand had no problem and as evidenced by the pictures below kind of took over the sprinker and enjoyed spraying everyone.





My Guys






I love this picture with Brooklyn and Hailey in the background spraying Connor who is trying to run away, and Dylan who already made his get-away.



Three against one - not fair!

Once the girls are away, the boys will play!

I brought out these tubs for the kiddos to play with their cups in, but they had other ideas.