Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Cleaning off my phone of pictures. They are all a little random, but fun memories none the less.
Big Hero 6 as a family
Bringing home our new dog, Brownie from the Humane Society
Chase being a sheep during the family re-enactment of the Nativity on Christmas Eve
Chase performing at his school Christmas program. He is the one in the striped shirt.
Chase is such a big helper. He was helping make gingerbread cookies for Christmas. We made so many we got to eat them and decorate the tree with them.
This was the table with all the "stuff" on it prior to getting my back injected. YIKES!!
Chase playing at an indoor playground for kids called "Jabbers". Mark had to teach a concealed weapons class so we had a fun night together.
Madeline singing with her school choir for Christmas.
She is the one in the back row with the Santa hat.
Madeline starred as the Sergeant in the school production of the Pirates of Penzance.
New Year's Eve out to dinner with the family
Chase crashing on our way to sledding
After Christmas, we had a few days with all the family together before Kacey and Reyna went back to California. We tried to enjoy every minute possible together.
We went indoor race car driving. You are required to wear these funny head socks...
Poor Chase was too little to ride. He was such a good sport playing video games and cheering everyone else on.
It snowed on Christmas, we Chase was able to build a little buddy. He named him Olaf. Olaf just melted about 3 days ago (1/17/15).
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Some of our Christmas pictures. Chase was very eager to go downstairs. He was trying to patiently wait for everyone. He actually slept until about 8am, so we are not talking super early (thank goodness)
He finally got Reyna up and ready to go downstairs. Now just waiting for Kacey
Ok, we are finally ready to go check out stockings and Santa gifts
A highlight of our Christmas morning. I picked up the girls from their dad's house at 10am, came home and we were then all able to Skype with Caleb for 1 hour. We talked like this for a little bit.
Then we decided to open presents and brought Caleb in the living room to share in the moment. What a magical time it was to have our family all together again.
It was fun watching them all interact.
The kids would open their gifts and excitedly walk to the computer and show Caleb what they got.
Caleb then bore his testimony to us in French, which was very impressive. His language is so fluent and although we could not understand all the things he was saying, the Spirit was felt. It was great times. I captured some of it on video and was hoping to upload it, but it is not working...
In October we were able to take a few days and have some fun in Disneyland. We flew from Boise late Thursday night. We rented a car and got to our hotel well into Saturday morning. A few hours later Mark went to pick up Reyna from her mom's house (Kacey decided he does not like Disneyland and would rather not come with us). We got up so we could be in the park when it opened (Disneyland is not really a "vacation" when you are at the park from open to close 3 days in a row-but we love it!) We were there for 3 days and enjoyed every minute of it. I think my favorite thing about vacationing at Disneyland is that it is such a unique opportunity to walk around together, wait in line together and literally spend HOURS together just talking and being together. I am sure we won't have too many more years we are able to do this, so we try to take every opportunity we can. This vacation did not disappoint!
Waiting in line for the Cars ride. Chase was tall enough this time :)
In our Car and ready to go!
My favorite-Peter Pan. Everyone was intently looking at the ride as we waited in line.
More Peter Pan
Lunch. Disneyland does have delicious food!
Splash Mountain. Love the faces
The Disneyland parade. It was so hot outside (end of October) we were sweating, ice cream was melting, but it was great!
Lego store. Chase's FAVORITE thing of the trip
Day #2-Luigi's tire
Tow Mater's junkyard.
Toy Story Mania. This is a family favorite.
Cassie and Madeline decided to ride the big California Screaming roller coaster. Cassie went with me-so no pictures, but once Cassie had gone, that was enough to convince Madeline to go. She was nervous. This was the take off. They both enjoyed it.
Tower of Terror-we are in the front row on the right
Waiting to go into A Bug's Life
Goofy's kitchen. Another Family favorite. The kids get to get autographs from all the characters, plus they love the buffet food and the fun times. Goofy was being silly with Cassie.
This Autopia car sits in the Disneyland Hotel. We take a picture in it every time we go to Disneyland. It doesn't move, its just a photo opportunity
Day #3-Toon Town jail
Chase was so happy to get to meet Buss. He couldn't get an autograph because of his "laser lights on his arms" but a picture and a hug was enough for Chase.
Nearing the end of Day 3 Mark left with Reyna and had dinner with her and Kacey. We decided to stay in the park and watch the Pixar parade (it was so awesome). While waiting we got caramel apples (also a tradition that everyone gets one they want). Here are the kids showing off their apples
Showing off souvenirs
Captain America was at Disneyland. All the kids were thrilled to see him. Chase because of the super hero aspect, Madeline for the adventure aspect and Cassie for the handsome aspect of the guy.
We went back to the hotel, had some In and Out Burger and crashed! The next day we got to sleep in, pack up and fly home. Can't wait to go again!!