Monday, June 22, 2009

Savannah's 4th Birthday!

Yes, I am cheating by changing the date on this post to reflect Savannah's actual birthday even though I am actually posting this nearly 2 months after the fact!

Savannah is now 4 and I can't believe how fast the last four years have flown by! Savannah has always been so mellow and well behaved (nearly all the time) and we have loved having her in our home and family. I love seeing her personality develop and she is becoming such a thoughtful and sweet little girl. She has always been fairly shy and quiet and is very content to be alone and to observe everything going on around her. There have been many times when I will stand outside of her door at night after she has gone to bed just to listen to all of the stories and songs that she comes up with when she thinks she is all by herself! Savannah loves to read stories and is starting to read actual words on her own which is exciting. One of her favorite things to do these days is to color-actually she has always loved to color and draw, but recently her coloring has become quite impressive-she is meticulous about staying in the lines and coloring every little detail. She still loves everything princess, although I think she is a little less obsessed than she was several months ago-at least now she is not wearing princess attire 24/7! Actually, she has this one denim skirt that she wants to wear every single day and is very upset on the days that I have to wash it because she does not want to wear anything else-I've tried to help her pick out some other skirts from the store that she likes but she doesn't want to wear anything except for this one specific skirt so I guess we'll have to keep trying to find something else she wants to wear. Savannah is a wonderful older sister to Paris and is usually very nice and accomodating to her slightly rambunctious, loud little sister! And yes, she has the most beautiful hair ever! Too bad she is going through a phase where she won't let me do anything with it-she just wants me to brush it and she wants to wear it "long" with nothing in it....aaaaahhhhh!

Savannah will be starting preschool this year-I can't believe she only has one year left before kindergarten! It makes me sad to think of her going off to school-I can't believe what a big girl she is now! We love Savannah so much!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Florida Trip!

This is very overdue, but hopefully I will get caught up soon! At the end of May, Bubba had to go to Florida to visit offices in Tampa and Orlando and since we had some frequent flyer miles that were about to expire, we decided to go with him for the week and spend a couple of extra days there for a mini-vacation! We got tickets for Sea World and Disney World and the girls were so excited for our trip.

The entire 7 days we were there, it was pouring rain for all but a few hours....not exactly what we had in mind, but we still had a good time for the most part although it will probably be many years before we are brave enough for Disney World again! The day we went to Sea World, the weather was actually pretty nice and it wasn't very crowded so that worked out well and the kids loved the dolphin and whale shows. I had never been there before and thought it was a great place for the kids-they had some little rides there too that didn't have lines so we went on some of them multiple times in a row without even having to get off!

A couple days later we decided to try Disney since the Weather Channel was predicting a slim chance of rain compared with the other days so we set out that morning and we were about 5 minutes away when Savannah started throwing up all over! She is now 4 years old and this was the first time in her entire life she has ever thrown up-we couldn't believe it but luckily we had a change of clothes in the car so we cleaned her up and she seemed to be fine so we kept going. We got on the bus to the monorail, got on the monorail and we were about 1 minute away from the park when it started to rain. We headed into the park and it started to lighten up a little so we got in line for the first ride we saw...The Teacups! Not the smartest choice for a kid who just threw up but she really wanted to ride on them so we got in the 30 minute line and rode the teacups. Then it started pouring rain, so we rain to the Small World ride since it was indoors. We didn't have to wait too long for that and the kids loved the ride, but when it was over it was still dumping rain outside so we decided to eat lunch and spent about 30 minutes walking around in a restaurant waiting for a table to open up since everyone was trying to get out of the rain. Then, we finally found some ponchos to purchase (prior to this, we were the only ones there without ponchos and we were completely soaked), so we headed out again and waited in line for another ride....and of course now that we had the ponchos, it stopped raining. We waited for about 30 minutes and were in the next group to go on the ride when they shut it down because of lightning...nice! We were just leaving the ride when it started really 10 times harder than any rain I've ever seen before so we ran into the nearest shop and waited for about 20 minutes to see if it would stop. When it was apparent that it wouldn't, we decided to go find the princesses, since that was the thing that Savannah had been most excited about. It wasn't very close to where we were but we finally got there and only had to wait about 30 minutes to see Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. Savannah loved seeing them but of course was too shy to get in pictures with them by herself so we all got in the pictures, dripping wet with our ponchos...lovely! By this point, it was still raining and we were done so we left the park and went back to our nice dry hotel. Bubba and I keep joking that our kids probably will never want to go back there, seeing as how it was such a wonderful experience for them!

The rest of the week Bubba was working while the girls and I hung out in the hotel, hitting the swimming pool anytime there was a break in the rain (only happened twice), and drove around trying to find things to do. Too bad there really aren't very many indoor activities in Florida! We did go to the aquarium in Tampa which was pretty neat, but other than that we just hung out. The kids loved being in a hotel and actually slept well which was great. The flights weren't even too bad thanks to coloring books and a Dora DVD! Even though the trip wasn't quite what we had anticipated, we still had fun and it was nice to see Bubba a little more than we would have if we had stayed home.


While we were eating our ice cream, this squirrel came right up next to us to have a bite so we kept giving him pieces of our waffle cone...he was eating it right out of our hands. We had to put a stop to it when we saw Paris letting him eat off of her that she stuck right back in her own mouth for the rest of the bite!



Thursday, June 4, 2009

Brian and Laura's Wedding

Bubba's stepbrother Brian just got married a couple of weeks ago and we had a great time attending the reception and wedding ceremony. Brian and Laura got married in the Salt Lake temple and it was wonderful to be there for that...the girls also had lots of fun running around outside the temple and we got lots of pics of them that day too so enjoy!