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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The boys' second trip to Disneyland

I am 6 months (and one not properly saved draft) late to post this, but my Mom and I took the boys to Disneyland a second time back in November. It was an amazing trip! I'm going to try to share what I can remember from it but this will likely be mostly photos, as per usual.


THE TRIP DOWN
We flew Westjet again, and no regrets there. We ended up having two whole rows in the back of the plane to ourselves, which was amazing. The boys had a blast at the airport before our flight, running around the little playground area in the terminal. The flight itself was good. We pumped them full of snacks, and that seemed to help. I had Adam asleep for about 5-10 minutes, and we attempted a baby swap to see if I could nurse Scott to sleep; didn't work too well. Instead we ended up with two wide awake babies! It all worked out though, and Scott ended up dozing off on my Mom about 10 minutes before landing - figures. Our flight came in early and so we were able to catch the bus to our hotel an hour earlier than we expected. Scott fell asleep pretty quickly, and Adam had a little snooze for the last 15 mins or so of the drive.
Before our flight! A & S
A & S chasing each other in the airport 
Reading their magazines - A & S 
Scotty looking out the window with Nana
Adam's little tuft of hair 
Scotty
Adam asleep on the way to the hotel 
Scott napping on Nana on the way to the hotel 

THE FIRST DAY 
We got to the hotel pretty early, and our room wasn't ready. They said it should be ready by 3, so off we went for lunch and a long walk. We only did 2 days in the park, so the first day was just for exploring. We went to Earl of Sandwich for lunch (yum!!) and then put on a lot of miles walking through downtown Disney, and around the surrounding areas. We tried in vain to find a grocery store and discovered that a store called 'Fresh Produce' sells clothing, not food. We got into our room around 3:30, and were leaving for dinner by 4:30. We went to the Rainforest Cafe and had a great time. The boys ended up throwing most of their meal on the floor, but ate half of the nachos my Mom and I had for dinner. The boys had a bath, which was cut short when Scott pooped in the tub; Probably the 3rd time we've experienced that in their lifetime thus far, but was pretty funny. Bed was a little difficult at first, Scott went down okay, but I had to climb into the playpen with Adam to get him to fall asleep. And of course they both ended up in bed with me far earlier than I would have liked, and up for the day early as well. Par for the course with those two boys I suppose!!
Off to lunch! A & S 
S & A waiting for lunch with Nana
Scotty helping unpack 
Scott & I at dinner 
Adam & Scott - Bathtime 
Scott & Adam after their bath. Snug bugs with Nana 


DAY TWO 
With the boys wonderful wake-up at 5:30 AM, we were down for breakfast by 6. Adam was a helpful big brother, and fed Scott eggs for breakfast, too cute. My Mom took them for a walk after breakfast so I could get an hour of sleep, and we were dressed and ready for the park by 9. We had early admission to California Adventure, so my Mom and I were able to get in some grown up rides before the park got too busy. Overall it was a pretty awesome day! We covered both parks thoroughly, had lunch in Frontierland, and dinner in California Adventure. We went on a bunch of kiddy rides, saw the Mickey Mouse show, and Mom and I traded off for more grown up rides which was great. Before we went back to the hotel, we watched the Pixar parade in California Adventure and the boys LOVED it. I can't wait to go back, just to watch shows and parades. They were a little quicker to get down to bed this night, but not quite 'easy'. They ended up in bed with me again as usual, but it was better than the first night.
Scott & Adam eating some breakfast 
Adam did NOT want to be in the stroller - walking is much more fun 
Scott & Adam
Adam and I on the little mermaid ride 
While Scott napped...
Adam's turn to nap! 
Scott exploring with Nana 
Adam and I after his nap 
Nana and Scott on the Tigger ride! 
We were still on 2 naps a day at this point... S & A 
Scott was pooped at this point
A & S loving the parade 
S & A - Bathtime! 


DAY THREE 
The boys were generous and slept in until around 6AM this day! What nice boys. We went to Disneyland first this morning because we had early admission. It turned out to be pretty crappy; No rides were open and by the time the rest of the park opened up, a bunch of rides were broken down. The early admission is really just for people to line up to get a fast pass to meet the Disney Princesses apparently. Oh well, worked out okay. It was another busy busy day, Mom and I were able to go on a lot of rides by using the single riders lineup. We went back to the room after lunch for a little downtime and went back out later in the afternoon. The boys loved running through the trail area in California Adventure, and then we spent a lot of time going on rides over there too. Scott is quite the daredevil, where Adam was a little more reserved about some of the rides. We had dinner at California Adventure again, and watched the same parade as the night before. One more wander through Disneyland, and it was up to the room for bed. They both fell asleep pretty much instantly, and I don't remember it being a horrible night to be honest.
Good morning! Scott & Adam waking up Nana 
Nana with A & S in front of the castle 
Even if no rides were open, not like the boys were awake to enjoy them! S & A 
Scotty at lunch time
Adam and Scott goofing around with Nana 
Adam on the move 
Adam checking out a ride 
Scott loved spinning! 
Cars Land! Scott & Adam 
Scott riding like a big boy! 
Heading back to the hotel! Scott & Adam 

HEADING HOME 
Another early morning! We were on the bus to the airport before 8AM. They had a good time looking at cars out of the window during the drive, but skipped naps of course. When we checked in for our flight, we learned that LAX was under renovations and there wasn't any restaurants, or even a Starbucks! Only one tiny little coffee shop - so disappointing. The flight home was a little more stressful. The boys were bored and overtired, and a little cranky. They werent screaming & crying or anything, but were high maintenance for sure. Gone are the days of listening to music and reading while on flights I suppose! They both fell asleep about 5 minutes into the car ride home, and didn't wake up until after we got home - too cute!

I feel like this post is SO much shorter than how I usually blog, but I've been procrastinating so much. I've decided it's better to post SOMETHING more often, rather than stress myself out over long detailed posts that take I never even end up posting! This trip was absolutely amazing, and we all had so much fun. I can't wait to do it again (maybe this fall?), especially with the newfound love of Mickey Mouse the boys have. We love our vacations with Nana!!
Scott on the bus with Nana 
Adam checking out the sights 
Adam and I flying home
Scott took a short little snooze on Nana
I love YVR. Such a gorgeous airport 
Adam konked out on the drive home 
Scott still sleeping after unbuckling him! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas 2014

I am behind as normal... Christmas 2014 has come and gone already, and I miss it already! It was so much fun for the boys, and they loved all of the lit up trees and houses.

Let's see... We went with a fake tree this year, and that was a great idea. It was so nice to not have to water it, and to not have needles falling constantly. We were brave and didn't really block it off in any way, the boys did great! We kept the decorations pretty much only on the upper half (aside from lights/ garland) and they really mostly left it alone. They loved it though, every single night they had to 'say goodnight' to the tree and give it a kiss. Jamie did a fantastic job outside as usual, and the house looked great! We are lucky to live in a very festive neighbourhood. We did a lot of after dinner walks with the boys where they could ooh and aah at all of the pretty lights... And attempt to knock on peoples' doors. Apparently it's Halloween year round.
A TREE! Adam very excited in the back
Scott & Adam with me in our yard 
Our house! 
Scotty helping decorate the tree! 

The holiday season was super busy, but lots of fun. My parents do a Christmas Brunch, and so we had that on the Sunday before Christmas. Lots of pancakes and yummy food, and a terrible attempt at a family photo! Seriously, it's impossible to get a pic of the 4 of us lately... That's the goal for 2015, ONE good family photo! Haha.
Good effort... Scotty with me.

On to Christmas Eve... After the boys' afternoon nap, we went straight to the 3PM church service. It's the same service I've been going to pretty much my entire life, and I love continuing the tradition with the boys. I was nervous about them sitting quietly for close to an hour, but it went soooo well! They loved listening to the music and were pretty happy to sit on our laps as long as they had mouthfuls of raisins the entire time. They liked trading laps though - from me, to Jamie to my Mom to my Dad.... and back and forth again. At least they were quiet. Got a little bit squirmy during the pastor talking for 10-15 minutes, but I'll still take that as as win.

After church it was off to my parents' house for dinner. Turkey and the fixin's, yummy yummy as always. The boys were pretty good, once we gave them a chia seeds pouch and let them just eat that. Sitting patiently through meals is not one of their best qualities. After dinner we opened some presents for the boys from my side of the family. They got clothes, Elmo, Cookie monster, potties, stuff like that, as well as some money for their college funds (because they'll be doctors, you know!) We were home shortly after 7, and off to bed for the turkeys. We knew Christmas would be another long busy day!
A & S opening presents with Daddy and Nana
A & S snacking with Uncle Andrew! 
Scotty showing Uncle A that he likes his new CAT toy
Some holiday cheer for Mommy when we got home! 
Last picture before bed on Christmas Eve

Christmas Day! The boys were sweeties and slept through the night for us which was much appreciated. Jamie got up with them in the morning for breakfast, and I got up around 8:30 for presents! We wrapped up stuff in wayyyy too many packages, so the babies got fairly bored pretty quickly, and once we hit the corn poppers, they just played with those while Jamie and I spent the next 20 minutes tearing apart all of the work we had done wrapping everything and making a huge mess of our house. We (I mean Santa) got the boys toys, books, clothes, corn poppers, more toys, blocks, little cars, decor for their room... Stuff like that. So after breakfast, we piled into the van and headed off to Jamie's parents' house for Christmas morning 2.0! The boys got spoiled again, with cozy coupes, more clothes, more books (they are obsessed with books), a railroad set, a picnic table and more. Jamie and I also came home with a lot of stuff, nothing as fantastic as our new Dyson Animal though. Seriously, that vacuum is lifechanging! I have the best mother in law.

We went home for lunch and so the boys could have a nap, before heading back to my inlaws' for Christmas dinner. It was a PJ dinner this year (well for half of the attendees) so that made picking out clothes for the evening pretty easy. Jamie and I wore our striped onesies, and the boys just stayed in what they were wearing that morning. My MIL made an amazing dinner as usual, although Jamie and I barely ate any because the boys were being little monsters during dinner time - running around is much more fun than sitting and eating! We ended up leaving around 7, and were home to get the boys in bed at a reasonable hour, where once again they slept like angels!

Overall this was an amazing Christmas and the boys did so well. I remember the stress last year, the way they didn't nap at all and had a meltdown here and there over being so overtired. This year was such a breeze compared to that, and the boys had so much fun too. I can't wait for their next Christmas!
Good morning Sweeties! Scotty looking at the camera
A & S trying out their corn poppers 
Was cleaned up by naptime, phew! 
Adam wouldn't put down cookie monster and the corn popper for a diaper change.
Adam at the dinner table 
Merry Christmas love the Arsenaults! A & S - good effort again!