Friday, October 10, 2014


Because it's important to me.  Because it makes me smile.  Because I love to see how you have grown. 

Here you are at 5:23pm, the minute you were born on September 30th.  This year you were at Brady's soccer practice when 5:23pm came around. 


And because Mama can resist a comparison, all 5:23 moments....

xo darling girl. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frozen Meet and Greet

Disneyland finally jumped on the fast pass train for meeting Anna and Elsa.  We have met them two times prior to this past Monday but of course that involved me waiting in a very long line while Mike took the kids around.  And we didn't have our autograph books either time!  The important things!  So this Monday we had it all together!  Autograph books, dressed like Frozen and my camera was cooperating! 
(scroll down if you don't care about fast pass info!)

I had intentions of taking pictures of the Fastpass process for this Meet N Greet for those that were interested but I forgot!  But here's the scoop.  Arrive at Disneyland as close to opening as possible.  Head immediately to Fantasyland.  You will see two maroon colored umbrellas and a line will be forming.  Have all your Disneyland tickets/passes out and ready!  Everyone that wants to meet Anna and Elsa must be in the park already.  They do not need to be in line with you but they have to be in the park.  You hand your tickets/passes to a cast member, they scan them and then give you a fast pass ticket that has a time on it.  The window is only 20 minutes.  Our time was 12:40-1pm.  This was a Monday, we got in line for the Frozen tickets around 8:20am, the parked opened at 8am.  My understanding is the Fast Pass tickets are gone within one hour of park opening.  The whole fast pass process took maybe 10 minutes tops.  I imagine the line is a little longer if you are there right at 8am. 

When you return during your fast pass time, you still have to wait in line but it's only for a few minutes.  We waited 15 minutes.  Again, they ask you for your tickets/passes and the fast pass. 

Success!  Thanks to the fast passes I think we will stop in and visit the Frozen girls often.  They definitely make it worth it with lots of love and personal time with the kids. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It was a good day

We go to Disneyland a lot.  A lot.  But as I've said many times here before, there are always new things to see and do and yesterday was no exception.  I don't know how to just post a few pictures.  I always post too many!  I was grateful that I was able to get many "MLB" pictures yesterday.  I love to see them all together in one snapshot. 

As always, it was a magical and memorable day. 

*We met Anna and Elsa yesterday too, those pictures to come later!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's time to start blogging again....

I stopped by my own blog the other day and was looking at pictures and videos from 2010 when Macy was just a teeny tiny one and Lucy was a 1 year old and Brady was a 4 year old.  It tugged at my heartstrings so I'm back!

Macy had a birthday!  Four years young!  Here is her day in pictures.

The Birthday Donut


Special gifts from our friends The DeSisto's

 A great visit from Rosie before her school day.  She came with a fantastic Frozen gift for Macy.  We sent her home with a birthday donut!

We spent the morning at Trump National exploring and playing with our buddy Jack.

 This is Macy the girl and Macy the dog.  Macy the dog "works" at Trump and we love spending time with her.  She's a Border Collie like Coaly so we love her a little bit more.

Showing off her new Frozen outfit.

Lunch with Dada at a favorite pizza restaurant near his work.

A visit from two favorite big girl friends.

A day full of the things that make her happy - Friends, family and being outside.  Surrounded by love on a beautiful Southern California day.  It was a perfect 4 year old day.   

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mema was here

We were so delighted and feeling blessed when my Mom came out to stay with us for two weeks.  We didn't do that much out of the ordinary this visit.  She did get to see and do so many things at the kids school and their after school activities.  Its safe to say we all had a great time.  Is it July yet because we sure do miss her!

The girls came with me late at night to pick her up at the airport

Grandparents Day for the 2nd graders at Holy Trinity School
She was here for a week of so-so weather and then a week of absolutely gorgeous weather!
We checked out some places just down the street from our house.

Averill Park
Drinks and whale watching at Terrenea
More whale watching at Pointe Vicente Interpretive Center
The Getty Villa


Hurry back, Mom!!!

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