On the third day of vacation my true love gave to me....a day at the beach! We had such a fantastic time visiting Newport Beach. The first thing the girls did was run into the ocean without their swimsuits, and we had to buy them all new clothes. I wasn't planning to play in the water until afternoon....with our suits, but they had other ideas. It was so fun to watch them. Olivia's shorts finally became so heavy they fell off. Some of my favorite pictures were taken during this time. I love all the pictures of Kirk playing with the girls.
We had planned to take a ferry to Balboa Island, but decided to take a harbor boat tour instead. It was fun to see all the houses on the water and the girls loved seeing all the Sea Lions. It was mating season so they were all very vocal. Kirk thought it was so funny every time we saw some Sea Lions on one of the very expensive boats. Our tour guide informed us that it's not uncommon for Sea Lions to have a party on a boat, and sink it! I couldn't believe how many Sea Lions had squished themselves on the buoy.
After the harbor tour, we went back to the beach with our suits. We had a blast! Olivia didn't even care when she was smacked in the face with a few waves...she would smile and say "again!" Izabella and I were knocked over by a couple of big waves. It was so fun and sunny...and we were all pooped! Another amazing day on vacation in California!
Day Two of our vacation started at California Adventure. Izabella loves the screamer. It's one of her favorite rides. Luckily, Grandma was with us, and Kirk and I were able to go on the Screamer with Izabella while Grandma and the little girls went on Monsters Inc., and saw the Muppets 3D show (which is great by the way!) Personally, the Screamer wasn't as great as I thought it was going to be, but still fun. We're always a little more tired on day two, but the kids did fantastic, and we had another exciting, fun-filled day. I LOVE DISNEYLAND!
"O" for Olivia
They are building a huge new attraction. I think Izabella wants a job!
Giving her new princess bear a shoulder ride.
Monique's favorite ride. TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR If you look closely, you can see her little face over in the left corner next to Kirk.
Ladybug, twisty, make me sick ride. (but the kids love it!)
I sure hope Monique doesn't bring this guy home for dinner someday!
Taking a rest in the stroller. (Those rental strollers at Disneyland must be pretty comfy.)
Wow! It has been a very busy two and a half weeks! I don't even know where to begin, so I will begin at the best part....CALIFORNIA! Yup, we went on a week long family vacation and had a fantastic time. We packed so much in, I'm going to have to do a post for each day....so buckle up and please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times and hold on tight!
You should always stop to smell the flowers on the way to Disneyland or any time in life
Oh no! They caught me!
I'm not sure that "Small World" was exciting enough for Izabella, but she was a good sport about going two times in a row.
We've never met Jasmine and Aladdin before. Olivia was so excited.
Olivia LOVED "Small World" but it wasn't her favorite.
Her favorite was the "Choo Choo." We rode the train around the park too many times to count.
Monique's favorite ride? SPLASH MOUNTAIN! Good thing it was warm. (FYI....Izbella told Kirk to make a funny face...so he did!)
Getting messy and sticky while waiting for the parade.
On November 17, 1998, it was just the two of us with all our hopes and dreams...Now it's been more than ten years. It's crazy how fast time has flown. I think everything we had planned on our wedding day, we've thrown out the window, and started all over - a few times. We have had our ups and downs, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Besides, how boring would life be without a little trouble here and there?!
Kirk & Dottie
Still willing to stand next to eachother after all these years
Our first little girl is not so little anymore. She loves Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. She is a lover of animals, and must have at least 100 stuffed ones. Her favorite is her cheetah, "Spot." She is a fantastic big sister, and is great at coming up with fun games for the little girls to play. Full of spunk and fun....she is priceless.
She sings, she dances, she changes her clothes 20 times per day! What an energetic child. She has more energy than we know what to do with. Every time her mood changes, she is changing her clothes. Every morning, the "Sounds of Monique" can be heard coming from her bedroom. She loves princesses (Cinderella and Giselle are her favorite) and ballerinas. Full of life, full of fun, she keeps us on our toes.
Cutness all around! She is so cuddly and snuggly. She loves her sisters, and wants to do everything they do. She really is "mini me" to them. With a smile for everyone (except her nursery leaders) and very wet kisses, she brings a laugh to all she encounters. If she's not teasing her sisters and laughing her guts out, she's dancing to any beat she can find. Easy going, happy, and entertaining!