Monday, April 25, 2011

What a Week!

Last week was such a fun week and what a wonderful way to end it yesterday with Easter.  Brian was able to take the past two weeks off from work and it was awesome!  The first week we just did stuff around the house and tried to get things checked off our to do list.  Last week we went out on the town with two kids; we really did something fun everyday.  It was nice to be so adventurous so soon, because I'm still not brave enough to do these things on my own.  So here's our week in review:
Monday:  We went to Sea World.  I was a little off my game because I didn't even bring my camera.  Bailey loves Sea World!  She loves the animals and all the Sesame Street characters there.  We wanted to see the new dolphin show Blue Horizon, so we planned our time around that.  The show was very cool and Bailey loved it.  She was laughing hysterically at the dophins jumping and all the acrobatic people flying around the stage.  I used my Baby Bjorn front carrier thing for most of the day and loved it.  I only used it once with Bailey when she was big enough to face out and I hated it.  Brooklynn is still small enough that she just snuggles up in a little ball and falls asleep.  Bailey did notice a slight weakness in that I can't run as fast with it on or climb things.  She took full advantage of the opportunity and sprinted to a staircase for employees only that she thought would lead her to a ride.  I ran after her as fast as I could and then did my best mad mom voice and froze her in her tracks.  After that, we headed into meltdown mode and home.

Tuesday: We headed up to Grandma and Grandpa Mosher's house so they could meet Brooklynn. Brooklynn had an appointment in the morning (where she weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces!) we then picked up Tera and headed up to Pasadena. We met Toni there around noon. They were so excited to meet Brooklynn and Bailey was thrilled to spend the afternoon at their house. I just loved watching them hold Brooklynn! Bailey is kind of obsessed with Grandma Mosher. The entire time she wanted Grandma to watch her do this, play with her, go feed the turtles, or just have her undivided attention. All of her sentences began with an adorable, long, drawn out, "Graaaaandmaaaa Moooosheeer!" And Grandma loved every minute of it! She is so patient and loving with her.  We ate a yummy lunch from our favorite pizza place and then headed home in time to avoide the traffic.

Bailey did not want to leave Grandma's side all afternoon.

It was fun to have Toni meet us there.  She doesn't pass up an opportunity to hang out with Bailey and Brooklynn.

An added bonus--Wesley was able to stop by to hang out for a while.  He is such a great cousin!
Grandpa's magic touch--he has always been able to calm all babies down with it.
When Bailey wasn't with Grandma, she was playing with Grandpa.
Grandpa let her pick two of his beautiful roses to take home. 
Grandma was so happy to meet Brooklynn and Brooklynn was so comfy and cozy in her arms.
Bailey and Tera
Grandma and the girls

Wednesday:  This was our day of relaxation and running errands.

Thursday:  We went to Disneyland!  We picked up Toni in the morning and headed off to the happiest place on earth.  It was super crowded, but we still had fun.  The first half of the day we went on Dumbo, walked around Toon Town, and hung out with in Princessland.  Bailey was not in the mood to wait in any more lines and on the verge of melting down after dancing with the princesses, so we went to Toni's house for a halftime nap.  Toni made a little bed for Bailey and she took a great nap and woke up ready for round two.  It was fun to hang out at Toni and Aaron's house.  When we went back after naptime, we went straight to California Adventure.  We didn't know what to expect, but ended up having a lot of fun.  We were able to walk right on a couple of rides since everyone was waiting to get a good spot for the World of Color show.  We were just going to eat and then go to Disneyland to watch the fireworks, but we were able to watch part of the World of Color show.  It was from a distance looking around some palm trees, but it was an amazing show.  We left that show early to go watch the fireworks at Disneyland.  We watched those for a while and then went back to go home around 10:00ish.  Bailey did awesome during the second half of the day and Brooklynn was a little dream baby all day long!  I have yet to experience a dream day at Disneyland where there are no crowds and you walk right on to everything, but it was a wonderful family day.
Bailey almost lost her mind waiting in line for Dumbo.  Every time the ride would start up again, she would get so mad.  She did not quite grasp the concept of waiting in line for a long time.  Once we were on the ride, she was happy as could be.
We're all giving Brian a peace sign as we flew by.
Bailey is showing off her extreme strength.

She looks like she might be singing I'm a Little Teapot, but it's just one of her classic poses.  She makes me laugh.
Family photo with tiny Brooklynn.
We are Toy Story toys trapped in the box.
Bailey and Brian riding seahorses on the merry go round.
Me and my girls--we had a great day.

Friday:  We took a quick trip down to the temple (which Bailey loved) and then we saw the movie HOP.  It was a funny movie and we all liked it.  There is a really funny story about this outing, but I'll write about it in my next post.

Saturday:  We had our family Easter celebration a day early.  The day started out with a family tennis session.  I haven't played tennis in a long time, since I was pregnant, so I was a little rusty, but still had fun.  The next item on the agenda was to decorate eggs.  We all made some beautiful eggs.  Brian spent most of the day preparing our gourmet Easter feast of lobster and bacon macaroni and cheese and some sort of delicious berry cake.  The food was well worth the wait!  Later in the afternoon we had an egg hunt and then we ate until we couldn't eat anymore.
Here are our beautiful eggs; the cool colorful ones are Aaron's.  He won the decorating contest with his Jackson Pollock inspired egg.
He is so good with Bailey--even when she turns into a beast!
Bailey loved decorating the eggs.
She was quite disappointed to discover that there wasn't candy inside the boiled eggs.  I had to peel one to show her that it was just an egg.
This is Toni's masterpiece

Dad loves holding Brooklynn--until she starts crying.  She's such a good baby that he can actually play with her for a long time.
So cute!
Best Friends--Bailey and Hailey.  We had the Sullivans over for the Easter party.  It's a lot more fun to have an egg hunt with more than one kid; a solo egg hunt is just kind of boring.  The two of them get along so well these days and it's really fun to watch them play and listen to their profound conversations.
She's one happy girl with two baskets filled with eggs.
She didn't know what to think about this egg.  Toni and my mom hid all of the eggs and candy about 30 minutes before Bailey woke up from her nap.  During those 30 minutes, the birds ate several eggs and two bags of fruit snacks!   It was the craziest thing!  This was one of the eggs that the birds had poked into, but didn't eat it.  Bailey was so concerned about what had happened to this egg.
The highlight of the girls' day was playing with the bubbles in the elephant fountain. We're not quite sure how the bubbles got in there, but the girls loved it.  They entertained themselves out here for a long time.  We didn't really mind because it kept them occupied and clean at the same time.

Easter Sunday:  The Easter bunny brought Bailey some cute bunny slippers.  I also hid her basked and wrote/drew clues for her to find it.  She had a fun time looking for her basket and loved everything inside it.  I also had a fun time hiding everything and attempting to draw pictures that Bailey could understand.  My favorite part of the day was the fact that my girls were twinners at church!  It was my first, of many, sister matching moments!  Brooklynn's dress was huge on her and slightly scandalous with the sleeves falling off the shoulders for most of the day.  They looked absolutely adorable!  We even made it through all three hours of church!  After church we went to Roxann and Dan's house for an Easter dinner.  It was fun to hang out with them since they've been in Kentucky for two weeks.   Adam and Teryn came too, so it was a fun family celebration.
Here's Bailey with her bunny slippers
This was the best shot we could get of the girls.  I had to take the picture after church sicne we were running behind schedule in the morning.  I'll have to attempt another photo session the next time they wear these dresses to church.  Hopefully, both of them will be in a good mood next time.

I had a more successful photo session with Brooklynn after she ate and slept.  She is starting to smile a little bit each day.  I haven't been able to capture her huge smiles, but this is a tiny almost smile.


Kadee said...

I think that Bailey and Brooklyn just might be twins. :-)

keri mae rhineer said...

Best post of your life!!!

Kaci said...

I know it's crazy how much they look alike!! Thanks for the itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini :)