SeaWorld Summer Nights…adults only!

My friend Angie is the master planner. She came up with a fabulous date night – SeaWorld Summer Nights…without the kids! For a couple of months in the summer SeaWorld is open really late and we took full advantage! It felt so good to be there without strollers and sippy cups. Our first stop was the Atlantis Roller Coaster…not an option with little ones!

We took this picture above while we were waiting in line for the roller coaster. Most of the rides at SeaWorld involve water and we came prepared! Eliot was the only guy who put on his poncho. Kenny and Curtis were giving him a hard time about being a wimp until we got close enough to the ride that they could see what was in store for us! Finally Kenny, ignoring Curtis’s sneers about losing his manhood, also threw on his poncho. Of course it’s a Charger poncho.

He was glad he did! This was us after the ride…totally dry! We couldn’t say the same for Curtis!

This is us getting ready to watch the “Shamu Rocks” show. It was incredible! Of course dinner took longer than we thought and by the time we got to the stadium for the show the only section with open seats was the “soak zone.” Again…grateful for the ponchos! After the show we decided to go on one more ride – Shipwreck Rapids. This ride was so much fun and it SOAKED US! Our ponchos couldn’t save us this time…you’re riding down rapids in a spinning raft and go right under a water fall. We were all laughing so hard by the time it ended that we decided to ride it again…and again and again. There was no line because what idiots are going on soaking wet rides at 11:00 pm!!?? Uh – that would be us. Each time we got better at steering the raft so that Curtis got the brunt of every rapid. Poor guy. We were laughing with you Curtis…not at you!!!

Finally leaving the park…cold and wet and happy. Well…most of us were happy! We bought some cotton candy on the way out for the drive home and called it a night. This was so much fun – thanks again Ang! Definitely one to add to our summer traditions!

Addison’s First Hair Cut!


I took Addie in for her first hair cut last week in an attempt to contain her curls! She was so good and sat so still. I didn’t even have to break out the fruit snacks. I was so proud!

Saved a little lock of hair…

Fun with mom!

This was such a fun week with my mom here!
Just a few pics of what we’ve been up to…

My cute friends Shari and Ann wanted to go to dinner when my mom came to visit. Such a fun idea guys! We had a great time…and ate WAY too much pizza. :)

Girls heading to the beach!

The beach is even more fun when you run into friends!

Chillin’ with grandma…

Running away from the waves…our favorite thing to do at the beach!

Ellie loves her grandma!

This is Ellie at swimming lessons – she’s making major progress! We give each other “thumbs up” when she goes under water. She loved having grandma here to watch!

And my mom was here to capture what I do every week at swimming lessons – calm my little upset Addison. She’s crying because… I didn’t bring the right red fruit snacks, she can’t get in the water with “Lollie”, she wanted her purple sippy cup, not the pink one, it’s time to wear the Snow White dress and it isn’t around, the sky is too blue, the world is so cruel…and who knows what else!!?? Life with a two year old!

Thanks again for coming to visit mom! We loved having you here and are already counting down to your next trip to San Diego!

Total VACATION!

I’m on vacation. No – I haven’t traveled anywhere. I’m hanging at home with my girls just like always. The difference? The reason that I’m totally relaxed and feeling foot loose and fancy free? Simple. My mom’s in town.

To do list for the week while she’s here:

1) See Phantom of the Opera with Kenny {Check!} Loved it.
2) See the new Batman movie with Kenny {Check!} Loved it also.
3) Pedicure (my mom and I take turns watching the girls)
4) Hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {Check!}
5) Take the girls to the beach and/or Seaworld
6) Dinner with mom and friends
7) Go grocery shopping at least twice without kids {Check!} I just went for my first trip ALONE to the grocery store tonight. Pure heaven. First – I turned off Little Mermaid in the car and listened to MY music on the way there – Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill. (Funny how certain songs bring back so many memories. I can almost smell summertime in St. George when I listen to that CD). While at the grocery store, I took my time sauntering up and down the aisles, smiling at everyone and loving that I wasn’t frantically chasing my two year old or trying to stuff her with fishy crackers long enough to throw my groceries into the cart. I even stopped in the magazine aisle and flipped through a few. Check out was a breeze! Total bliss.
8) Late night talks and blog stalking with mom {Check!}
9) Take mom to our usual hangouts: Ellie’s preschool, dance and swim lessons and plenty of parks!
10) Order PF Changs take out on Kenny (love those lettuce wraps!) {Check!}
11) Relax and enjoy my mom…she is so fun to have around and such a HUGE help to me. Love you mom! Sure you don’t want to move in???

p.s. Mom…while you’re here and when you have a minute after doing my laundry, would you mind potty training Addison and teaching Ellie to read? Thanks. I owe ya one.

What we’ve been up to…

So you know all of those bikers flying around the roads of San Diego in their skinny tight bike lanes and in their skinny tight spandex pants and hideous neon shirts? (They’ve always driven me nuts because I feel like I’m going to run them over!) Well my husband is now one of them! Kenny took a Saturday morning biking class with some friends a few months ago and LOVED IT! He and his friends are now biking 30-40 miles every Saturday all over North County on various bike paths. Kenny really enjoys the exercise, time with friends, and just flying around on his bike. I love it because now I can take the kids to the gym Saturday mornings and hit my favorite aerobics class. Then my husband comes home in a great mood and is ready to do whatever I want because he has had some time for himself. Win win situation. So for you San Diego drivers – please don’t run over my husband! I am now a lot more cautious when passing the bikers and suddenly those neon shirts aren’t so ugly…they are merely a safety precaution…one I am extremely grateful for!

Kenny with his friend Elliot after a ride…matching shirts not intentional!

The girls are enjoying…



plenty of time at various pools, parks, and the beach!

As for me – if you see me walking around like a sleep deprived zombie with bags under my eyes now you’ll know why… Kenny and I have been staying up all hours of the night watching our new obsession – 24. We never watched the series on TV and everyone seems to love it, so we decided to start watching the DVDs this summer while nothing else is on. They are reminding me a lot of my other TV love – Prison Break. The end of each episode leaves you hanging enough that you have to watch JUST ONE MORE! (Very dangerous when you have that “one more” episode at your fingertips!) Aside from my usual organizing, I’ve also been taking an on-line digital scrapbooking class and am finally learning how to use my Adobe Elements program. LOVING that!

One last pic that melts my heart…

sleep after a day of sunshine and summer play!