Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It's time for the annual Vegas trip where we tag along with Jason while he works and enjoy a free hotel suite and lots of fun with family and friends. Usually on car trips I stock the kids up with DVD's then go to sleep, but this time I decided to go the extra mile and plan some activities. Every hour they got to open a present with a new activity. They thought it was great, except that Jayden started asking for the next present five minutes later and it would continue for the full 55 minutes. If he wasn't whining about that he was whining about being carsick from doing the activities. Besides that, they had fun and it made the trip go faster. Their favorites were the picture frame dry erase boards that I would switch out with different dot-to-dots, mazes, etc. and the modeling clay. Once we got there we had no problem finding things to fill our time. We hung out with cousins at the pool, going to the movies and lunch and playing at their house. Dinner with the Youngs, then the boys took the kids to Circus Circus to spend a fortune on winning stuffed animals (a definite favorite for the kids). We met up with friends to watch Toy Story 3, went to a fun water park and hung out at their house (they have the cutest twin boys and Jayden was in double the fun heaven playing legos with them, thanks Tara!), then more swimming and a BBQ with friends (thanks Gublers!). We had fun just doing our own thing going bowling (where Jayden refused to smile because he lost and Maddox cried most of the time because he couldn't play with the bowling balls or the camera), spending the evening at Jason's childhood park (where the kids thought we were the meanest parents since we wouldn't let them take home the free kittens that were there), going to dinner when Jason would get off work, playing in the hotel while Maddox napped and going to Town Square to play in the splash pad and park. As always, it was such a fun getaway and we can't wait to do it again next year!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Chalk (homemade: 1 C plaster paris-they carry it at Wal-mart or any craft store and it's cheap-, 1/2 C cool water, 2 Tbs tempra paint--mix then pour into toilet paper roll with one end covered in foil then let dry until hard, about an hour)...drew pictures, played four square, hopscotch, traced shadows...
Chefs (easy chef hats ), they couldn't decide on Cookies or Cupcakes so we did both. Kylie wanted to pretend like we were pastry chefs in Paris so we talked in accents until Jayden informed us that we were giving him the creeps. He doesn't do cheesy.)
Crayon rocks --so easy, cheap and totally cool. The kids loved it so much they were begging to do it again when their friends came over the next day. They decided to give their rocks to dad for father's day so that he could use them to decorate the garden.Cards--they made candygram cards for Jason for Father's day then we made these personalized notepads for Father's day (Kinkos will make it for about $7 for a 108 page notepad). The kids were so excited to give it to him and it was fun to have a cute personalized gift that he can actually use. (I love Jayden's picture: "work. work is not fun.")
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Stray Cat Strut
After last year's fiasco at Kylie's dance recital, I wised up and got a baby-sitter this year. It was nice to just sit back and actually enjoy the show. Kylie was adorable as always with her sassy moves (she's in the far left garbage can). I wanted to stay and watch the rest of the show but was out voted by all the dads so we took off after their dance and invaded the local chic-fil-a. The girls were beyond hyper and we just let them loose in the kiddie area. It was a fun night and Kylie sure made us proud! (but just so we're clear, I'm still sad I missed the last half of the recital and next year I'm holding my ground!)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
When we went to New York 6 years ago we had a precisely planned agenda filled with all the traditional touristy stuff, but this time I was in charge of planning it which means we had absolutely nothing planned and I loved it. We walked wherever our little feet decided to go, ate at whatever greasy NY pizza place that we wanted to (I seriously couldn't get enough, I had to have it atleast once a day) and just had the best time exploring the city. The first day we hit a flea market and Canal street and after that I was so done with shopping, it was the same cheap crap on every corner but the kids were thrilled with that same cheap crap that we brought home for them. We roamed through Little Italy and Chinatown and I think the highlight of the trip for Jason was when we discovered a restraunt in Chinatown that served shaved noodles. It's these noodles they have in Taiwaan that he's talked about for the past 13 years since his mission. They were actually really good and because I loved seeing him so excited, I was a nice wife to go all the way back to Chinatown the next day so that we could eat there again. We walked around Battery park, saw Lady Liberty from a distance (we did the boat thing out to the island last time and once is good enough for me), visited the WTC site (I'm amazed at how little has changed since the last time we were there--this statue was in the lobby at the time the towers went down) and took a little nap because our feet were killing us. We headed up to Greenwich Village then Union Square where there were quite the entertaining street performers. We wanted to wait to do Time Square at night because it is so alive and magical (if you ignore the shoulder to shoulder crowds and people screaming obscenities at each other). American Eagle has a huge billboard there and if you buy something from their store they'll put your picture up there and Kylie for reals thinks we're famous now. We then headed back to our hotel where we were slumming it in Queens. Instead of admitting that we were cheap I like to think of it more along the lines of experiencing the culture. It was a Marriott so the hotel itself wasn't too bad, it was just the barred up windows and grafiti on the walk from the subway to our hotel (we decided to use the hotel shuttle at night :) and the very passionately vocal people that woke us up at 6 AM--ewwww! The next day we went to church, which was really cool. You expect the ward to be different because it's in the middle of Manhattan (they meet in one of the floors of the temple), but once you get inside it's just the same. I like that. We had to go to church so that we wouldn't feel so guilty about going to the Yankee's game after that. Jason's always been a Yankee fan since he was little and we also wanted to see the new stadium so we hopped on the subway headed to the Bronx. It was a fun game, especially when Posada hit a grand slam but we left after it started raining.