Saturday, October 12, 2013

Picking our pumpkins!

We kept hearing about a local pumpkin patch that everyone loves around here, so we decided to try it!  The good news, it ended up that almost all of our neighbors decided to go on the same day.  The bad news, I think our entire town decided to go on the same day!  (And it was H.O.T...  so different from our rainy pumpkin patch last year.  We went from jackets and rain boots to shorts and sun tan lotion!)
We went straight to the pumpkins!

They had a tall haystack pyramid that the boys were anxious to climb (and jump off of!)

Our pumpkins!

Look at that blue sky!  Crazy!

All my loves!

I took Casey and Ella back to play a few days later, when the bigs were in school (when it was WAY less crowded).
Love his little stance!

Hey, where are you going?  I kinda like this place!

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Ella's first trip to Disneyland!  Needless to say, she was excited!
Our family just keeps growing!
It's always fun when Disney is all decked out for Halloween too!
The castle!!  
(This takes on a whole new meaning now that I have a little girl!)
It means that I will wait in a forever long line just so my little girl can meet the princesses.   In all honesty, I was a little nervous that she was too young to appreciate everything.  Thoughts were running through my head like... Are we going to wait in this line just to find out that she is scared of them?  Or that by the time we finally made it, she is just going to be melting down?
Thank goodness I had snacks!
My questions melted away as I saw Ella giddily run up to Cinderella.  Okay, I'll admit... it was a little magical.   I might have even teared up a bit.  
They talked and giggled as if nobody else was in the room.

Ella hugged and blew kisses to all of them.  I wish I had it on video!
Ella and Ariel.

Ella and Sleeping beauty.

After that, we were lucky enough to find Snow White right before everyone else did!
Adam was going on rides with the boys while we did our princess stuff.  I'm pretty sure I remember telling him that seeing Ella with the princesses was one of the best moments of my life.  I wish we could've found Belle and Rapunzel (especially since Ella was wearing the Rapunzel dress!) but we only had one day so we had to make the most of it!

Tea Cups

The boys didn't get chosen for Jedi Training last time, so they were hopeful to fight Darth Vader or Darth Maul this time around!

Gavin was the lucky one!

They practiced their moves...

...and it wasn't long before they were ready to fight the dark side!

Darth Maul was seriously scary.  Seriously.
Gavin was a brave Jedi though!
He even got a Jedi certificate!
We love these little Mickey beignets in Cafe Orleans... it's become tradition.

To my excitement, they had pumpkin flavored ones!!  So yummy!!!

Then we were off to Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain.
And we continued to eat our way around the park, lol!
It wasn't long before Miss Ella fell asleep.
We found Goofy and Mickey just as we were heading over to California Adventure!
Ella woke up just in time for a big Mickey hug.

Too many pictures?!
Waiting for the Pixar Parade.
Ella was fascinated with this (pretend) puppy.

I took Ella and Casey on the carousel while Adam took Jacob and Gavin on Screamin'.  
Divide and conquer!

Then we all met up on the giant Mickey swinging wheel!

Disney is so beautiful at night!

We ended the night at Radiator Springs.  Adam found a secret back entrance, which was so beautiful all lit up!
Especially with the full moon as a backdrop!
I heard this ride is amazing at night, and there actually wasn't much of a line!

We had such a great day together!  It really makes a difference when it isn't crowded...  I'm so glad we waited for a beautiful day in September day to go.  It was definitely worth pulling the kids out of school!  ;)