Sunday, July 20, 2008

Angels vs. Boston, Martinis and Tapas, and so much more...

What a weekend. Art and I kicked off Friday night by going to the Angels vs. Red Sox game and let me just say that Boston fans are crazy. Our seats were right next to a guy that easily weighed 500 pounds (and he was a Red Sox fan btw). By the 4th inning my back was hurting so bad from having to be cramped to one side since the 500 lb gentlemen was literally spilling over into my seat, we were forced to take rescue in the only 2 empty seats in our area, which were unfortunately right next to another group of Red Sox fans that had had 5 too many beers. After some terse exchanges between myself, Art and the crazy Sox fan, I proclaimed that I would rather be sitting next to the heavy set man than this guy. I told the Sox fan that he was way too tense and he was stressing me out. I don't think he liked that very much...

All ended well though by us taking a nice stroll around the stadium, a landslide Angels victory and an awesome fireworks show.

Saturday was a lounging day but we did get some exercise in. Our new bike trailer arrived and so we took a stroll arond the neighborhood and to Fresh and Easy. We felt so good biking instead of driving to the market and I finally remembered to bring my canvas shopping bag! I bought some ingredients to make grilled eggplant stuffed with feta cheese for a tapas and martini party we were going to later that evening. We got to see our nanny Jill. It just so happened that we needed a sitter for the tapas party and she was going to be back in town for the weekend. Taylor was thrilled to see her and was very excited to get to stay up late and watch a movie with Jill. We had a great time at the party and enjoyed visiting with our friends.

Sunday was dedicated to going to church, grabbing lunch and then after naps we went back to church for an Old Fashioned Picnic. The kids had a great time playing with the hool -a - hoops and watching Art play tug of war. Papa even got to go and proclaimed that he is going to try and make it to church with us every now and then.

And that's the recap of our adventure filled weekend! A couple of pictures at the top are from earlier in the week. We went to Adventure City, a small amusement type theme park for little kids in Anaheim, and we went to the Nature Center with some friends to hear a Celtic band play.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A 2 week update!

Gosh, where do the days and nights go? For the first few weeks of my blog I was so proud of myself for keeping up to date with current posts and pictures, and for the last 2 weeks I have been non-existant. What can I say, life with 2 little ones makes things crazy right? So I will give a quick update on the last 2 weeks and include some pictures and a couple of videos too!

4th of July Weekend:
The weekend started out with Art getting home early on Thursday (yay!) and we had plans to meet up with some friends at Marine Stadium for concert in the park. Well, as the video below shows, both kids woke up in horrible moods beyond belief and I had to get it on tape just to prove that life with 2 little ones is not always a pleasure cruise (as if anyone with kids could ever believe that right?) Sydney has started to throw major temper tantrums when he does not get his way; the tantrum in the video ensued after I did not let him play with the computer. And little Miss Taylor has what i can only compare to as PMS. She can be very sensitive and moody and will launch into these episodes where she is "just so sad" and she doesn't even know why. She's "just sad." I roll my eyes and tell Art she's hormonal because I know exactly how she feels and he rolls his eyes back at me for being so insensitive. And I'm thinking he's the one that's insensitive because he really has no clue as to the hormone fluctuations us ladies have to go through, even 3 year olds! Anyhow, I digress! We ended up skipping concert in the park and heading down to 2nd street to enjoy Open Sesame. YUMMO! We had forgotten how dang good that place is so we revisited it 5 days later. 4th of July was a LONG day but a good one. We started out at Nana and Papa Howe's house and had a very mellow BBQ there with all the in-laws. Around 6 pm we headed over to the Leos casa for more food and fireworks. All the kids did great staying up so late and had a great time.

While our weekly battle to actually get Taylor to swim lessons continues, she at least enjoys them once she gets there. I finally got to go and see her swim over 4th of July weekend (due to the holiday lessons were rescheduled and did not conflict with Syd's nap time). I was so proud of her! She is swimming for a good stretch of the pool under water and jumping in by herself. She no longer is afraid to go underwater and get her head wet and is even using her arms to move forward. She has some work to do on her kicking still, but overall she is doing awesome! We are so proud of her.

Sydney is loving the water too!
Don't know if I mentioned it but Sydney, up until very recently, hated the water. Would not set foot in a bathtub (except the tiny newborn tub), pool, jacuzzi, or ocean without screaming bloody murder (if you haven't caught on yet, Sydney has very strong emotional recations to things he does not like, hence me continuously using the term screaming bloody murder). We think it may have something to do with the fact that at about 8 months old we tried the big bath and he slipped out of my hands into the water face first. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago he finally started warming up to all forms of water including the tub, kiddy pool and big pool. We can finally give both kids a bath at the same time! Thank goodness. We have to be grateful for the little things right???

They're CRAZY for music!!
This past weekend we enjoyed 2 outdoor musical events. Friday night was El Dorado Concert in the Park. I brought some cake I had made which Art declares is the best cake he has ever eaten. I think that is a very bold statement, but it was a damn good cake if I do say so myself. If anyone is intersted I can email you the recipe. It's called vanilla rich chip cake. The video is of Sydney utterly enjoying his cake and dancing at the same time. I kid you not his eyes were rolling in the back of his head! Saturday we headed over to the Bella Terra for dinner and outdoor music/dancing. It was a surf band playing and while Taylor loved the music, Syd thought it was a little too loud so he and daddy sat in back. We all enjoyed some Pinkberry during intermission - YUM!!! so that has been our last 2 weeks in a nutshell. We have done some fun things in the last 2 days but I will post more later...I think I have written a long enough novel as it is. Cheers!


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