Monday, June 25, 2012

Disneyland February 2012

January was a rough month. Everything that I had been worrying about for several months happened in January. I was depressed and cried most of the month. So, Ryan decided to cheer me up with a trip to ...... Disneyland!!! 

The first ride we went on was Splash Mountain. Which everyone decided on while driving to California. 
However, we didn't go on it all at the same time, because there was a last minute backing out.


And after looking at Bryce and Klara's faces in this picture. I think we really should have chosen a different ride to go on first.

A Disney worker convinced Ella to go on the ride after all. Then she got a family fast pass for any ride in the park, because she did such an awesome job.

We lucked out and saw Ariel and Snow White first thing in the morning, just out side of the castle. Klara was so excited. 

All of the kids loved Autotopia - especially Ella. This ride was more her speed.

The Second Day-

By the second day the girls had already chosen their souvenirs -Mickey Ears! The boys had also had their souvenirs, which were the build your own light sabers. But, since you can't wear a light saber the boys had to leave them in the hotel.

We were surprised how many times Klara would plop down in the middle of the road. And she LOVED her map of Disneyland, she had it open the entire three days.

Klara was very shy about meeting Aladdin and Jasmine. Afterwards she told Ryan "it's hard talking to people you don't know"

Bryce was the only one willing to go on Splash Mountain on the second day. Ryan was having too much fun and blocked Bryce out of the camera.

But he did get a picture of Bryce right after the big splash! I love this picture.

Brothers don't shake hands! 
- Here are the boys on Big Thunder Mountain; which, was everyone's favorite ride, in the evenings there wasn't a line so the kids went on it over and over again.

California Adventure -

We went over to California Adventure on both the second and third day.


We spent a surprising amount of time at the Redwood Creek Challenge, the kids LOVED it. They loved the tree house, and the zip line, but Bryce's favorite was the rock wall. 

Ella loved Silly Symphony Swings - I felt like my brain was being smooched to one side! But, since she went on Space Mountain for me, I went on this one for her.

The boys couldn't resist getting soaking wet in a Bug's Land. 

The Last Day -

We had a couple of things we just had to get in on that last day.

The first was for Bryce to do Jedi Training. The force was with him and he was chosen. Yay!!!!

Second, we HAD to see Rapunzel. Since she was a brand new princess, the line was rediculously long all three days. So, on the third day Ryan and I tag teamed. And Klara was 2nd in line. 

Third was Tinker Bell. Klara loves Tinker Bell almost as much as Rapunzel. So, while Ryan and the older kids got in line for Star Tours, we meet Tinker Bell. We actually caught up to everyone else just before they got onto Star Tours, so the workers took Klara and I straight to the rest of the family and we all went on Star Tours together. 

All in all it was a great trip, and even though we should have used the money for landscaping the back yard,  it was a much needed break for the whole family!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I am sick of being sick!
I'm sick of the kids being sick!
I'm sick of only getting a few hours of sleep every night because I'm taking care of
sick children!
I'm sick of having a panic attack because I can't find my Shout spray bottle.

This year the flu really hit us. I'm guessing it's the flu. It started around the 10th. Sabra came over with a really bad cough, and I was so worried one of the kids would get it. Funny enough, nobody got a cough. However, the next day Klara did get sick.

So, here is a break down of the last two weeks of my life.
12th & 13th - Klara throwing up every couple of hours.

-Everyone's fine

16th & 17th - Bryce and Ella get high fevers. Klara gets sick again.

-Everyone's fine

20th & 21st - Klara gets a high fever. On Saturday, the missionaries stop by and offer to help give Klara a blessing. I decide to stay home from church with Klara the next day, but I can't quite figure out who to have the rest of the kids sit by during sacrament meeting. I didn't need to worry because......

22nd - Except for Klara and Ryan, all of us are ridiculously SICK! I feel like I'm going to die. I'm also trying to clean up after Bryce who can't seem to remember he has a bucket for a reason. Ella can't move because she is so sick. Ryan got back from church and tried to take care of everyone.

23rd - Ryan uses a vacation day to take care of everyone while I sleep.

25th - I finally feel somewhat okay, however, it is 6 in the morning and I'm writing on my blog because I can't go back to sleep after waking up at 2:30 with Alec throwing up!!!!

This whole sickness has really put a kink in my New Year's resolutions- healthy home cooked meals each night and a really great cleaning schedule. I need to get back in my groove; unfortunately, I'm backed up on laundry because of all the extra loads and chicken noodle soup from the can has been our main food source. To top it off, I completely forgot about feeding the missionaries last night. So when they called I had to explain what what going on at our house and have Ryan take pizza to them.

Wish me luck to get back into my groove and for my kiddos to be well longer than two day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

December Part 1

December 2011

Klara loved December, it was nice and cold and she was able to wear layers and layers of clothing. She was right in her element.

Tis the season for dressing up!

December brought a new game to our house.
The kids pulled out the pool toys and started stair surfing.
It was all fun and games until the whale got a hole in it.

Trip to see the Temple Lights.

We were wanting to go up to Mesa to see the Temple Lights, but kept putting it off. Then Ryan's mom got some bad news about her health. (She got better news later in the month, so everything is fine.) We decided at the last minute to head up to Mesa and spend the evening with family. We had such a great time.
These two boys are such good friends.
Ryan told the kids to make a crazy face, somehow they all managed beautifully!

One of my favorite parts of visiting the Mesa temple is seeing the Christus.

Alec's 12th Birthday.
I don't know were all the time went. Oh, how I wish I could go back and hold that little bundle of joy. This birthday was extra special. Turning 12 was such a big step. He graduated from Primary and he received the priesthood. For his birthday we got to go to the Gaslight Theater. He took a couple of friends and had such a great time.

We said Goodbye to our Wonderful Friends.

Me with Marci and Allison

It's so hard to have good friends move away. We're so happy for them, but sad to say goodbye. They've been such a big part of our lives. As a parent you pray for your children to have good friends, it's a joy to see those prayers answered in full. I'm not sure who's had the harder time, me or the kids.

Alec is ordained a Deacon.
This year has been so special, Ryan was ordained a High Priest and Alec was ordained a Deacon. During both ordinations my heart was full. I really do love my little family.

Grandma and Grandpa came for the special day.

Ella's first Violin Recital.

Christmas Eve.
Christmas Jammy time. The kids choose how to pose for their picture. First they did reindeer hands, then an upside down shot.

We did our annual nativity. Bryce was Joseph, Klara was Mary, Ella just had to be the angel. Alec was both a wise man and a shepard. After the nativity we sang the Christmas hymns. Well, most of us did, Bryce and Klara were busy still pretending. This was the first year that signing the hymns had an impact on one of the kids, usually they roll their eyes and can't wait to stop singing. But, this year Alec said "wow, I feel really good".

Christmas Morning.

Alec got a bike, legos, a toy helicopter, to name a few.

Ella had a Harry Potter Lego Christmas, she was so excited with the sets she got. She also got the Lalaloopsy Doll that she'd been wanting.

Bryce got legos and a captain america action figure. But, check out his face when he opened his socks. This from the kid who looses socks on a regular basis, it's like we're supporting his habit.
And Klara got a picnic set, barbies and a few other things. But she was so excited to get a skirt just like her big sister's skirt.

I won't shock you with the details of how early the kids got up Christmas Morning.
Let's just say there is a reason there are no pictures of either me or Ryan. I got about 2 hours of sleep, before they woke up and then they continued to come into our room every half hour to see if we were up yet. Then while sneaking around they went into the den and found the trampoline box that was the end of the scavenger hunt for their big Christmas present. That combined with the playdoe ground into the carpet, made for one grouchy mom!

After presents we went back to sleep. With a few zzzzz's, Ryan and I were in much better moods. We had croissant breakfast sandwiches this year. Then we got ready for church. My best Christmas present was watching Alec pass the sacrament for the first time. He did such a great job. Then we came home packed up and left for Grandma's house. We ate Christmas goodies from friends and neighbors on the way. We got to Safford and Bonnie and her family were already there. We hadn't seen them in a couple of years so that was also my favorite Christmas present.

December Part 2

Day After Christmas-

Family Picture

This was the first time in a few years that we've been able to take a family picture with everyone in it. And with everyone, but me, having a baby in 2011 our family's really grown. Ryan and Brian did all the photography work, I did all of the arranging of who would stand where. I really scared a few of the kids with my moving them around. Notice Colbie's face in the middle picture. Yep that's because of Aunt Camille. :(

We celebrated Sydney's Birthday!
Yep, there's Sydney looking all grown up.
I couldn't believe how big everyone got. I guess 2 years makes a big difference.
The lemon cupcakes were so so yummy! Bonnie is such a great cook.

The girls all had so much fun together, and these two were inseparable.

Shooting by the river.
The boys went to try out the new guns Bonnie's kids got for Christmas. The girls let them take their brand new pink gun. What nice sisters.

Natalie's Birthday Party!

What a pretty one year old! Brian and Mary threw a pizza party for Natalie's first birthday. It was so much fun to go hang out. Mary has done such a great job on their house.

Colt just turned one too, so had to get a birthday shot of him too!

The kids had so much fun on the Kinetic at Brian and Mary's house.
Here they are playing Fruit Ninja.
Quick, name that movie "you're just jealous of my skills!"

Exploring the Gila Valley.

Bryce at the park.

Bryce next to the sign of his great, great, great grandfather, Ebenezer Bryce. His namesake.

Ryan saw this dry field and wanted to take some pictures of the kids. Alec kept complaining about bees. To which we kept telling him "there aren't any bees!" All of the sudden, we started getting chased by bees. Everyone ran to the car yelling and a bee started chasing me! I couldn't get into the car, so I ran ahead of the bee and the family had to drive to pick me up.
We must have looked crazy!

We took the kids for ice cream and then to the old post office to see the murals up on the walls. Unfortunately, they shut off the top two stories so we couldn't see the murals up there, but we did get to see the ones on the ground floor.

And that is how we spent our December.