Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Pajama Link-Up Party

I read about this link-up party last week, and thought it was such a cute idea.  These cute little Gap pajamas (Sold out online??  I can't find them anymore...) were already on their way to our apartment, thanks to the magic that is online shopping, so I thought I'd play along.

Well, as you may have heard, DFW has been frozen since Thursday, aka Icemaggedon.  What better way to spend the first day of Icemaggedon in your Christmas pajamas?!?  The stars were aligned for this post, friends.

Ha!  The drama with these two is never ending.  Never.  

The weather was all over the news last week, so we knew the ice was coming.  In preparation for our fun day at home, I went to the store and gathered the essentials...

Hubs had a conference call (a 3-hour one!?!) that couldn't be moved Friday morning, so he locked himself in the bedroom while the girls and I cut out sugar cookies.  I went searching for my rolling pin, and it was no where to be found.  Apparently it is in storage, and apparently, I haven't baked cookies since July.  Anywho, we found a suitable replacement.

After naps, the decorating began.  And by decorating, I mean eating.  The girls were much more interested in eating the frosting than using it to decorate their cookies.  

I should add that we are on day 5 of being ixced in.  It's not so cute anymore.  The fun activities have stopped, I've met my max of disney movies, the food, and more importantly, the alcohol, is running low, and I have gained approximately 5 pounds.

Meanwhile, at the new house...   

Monday, December 9, 2013

Izzy and Harper's Favorite Things

My girls are at ages (approaching 2 & 5) where they are playing with a lot of the same toys, and that makes shopping for them easier on mama.  I've been talking with Santa, and I'm pretty sure he's already procured a few of these items for the girls.  Can't wait to hear their squeals of joy!

1. Sofia the First Time to Shine Sing-a-long Boombox

2. We're Going on a Bear Hunt

3. Minnie Bowtique Twinkle Bows Vacuum Cleaner

4. VTech Doc McStuffins Talk and Trace Clipboard

5. Barbie Glam Jet

6. KidKraft Majestic Dollhouse

7. Llama Llama Time to Share

8. Carters Pajamas

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things

1. I saw this jacket at Gap the other day and really liked it.  It's like the dressed up version of a hoodie, which is right up my alley.

2. I have been eyeing this fancy little machine for over a year now, and there are some great sales for it going on now.  You can make so much fun stuff with this thing - it cuts vinyl, paper, cardstock, and fabric.  The little crafter in me is just giddy thinking about it.  

3. These mugs are so cute, and a must for the new casa.

4. I need some Hunter rain boots in my life.  I know Texas isn't exactly known for it's rainy climate, but when it decides to rain, I want to be prepared.  And cute.  Duh.

5. My sister was telling me about Shaun T's Focus 25 program the other day, and I think this might be something I can get on board with.  Apparently some teachers at her school have been doing it for a few months and have seen great results.  I like the idea of a 25 min workout, and not having to drive to the gym is always a plus. 

6. I think I would wear this Patagonia Pelage Vest everyday.  It is so soft and cozy, and would instantly make any outfit cuter.  

7. I've been seeing these Mr. and Mrs. cocktail glasses all over Pinterest and blog-land lately, and I love them.  They need to be mine very soon.  

8. I was eyeing this little gem at Banana the other day, and didn't pull the trigger.  Maybe Santa will...

9. This clutch from Gap is so cute.  And I happen to have some Gap cash to spend.  Merry Christmas to me!

10. I've warned G that this may be the first piece of wall decor I buy for the new house.  I just love it.  Have you checked out Lindsay Letters?  CUTE stuff!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Family Vaca 2013

Our little family went to Disneyland at the end of October, and we had the best time.  It was something we had talked about for quite a while, but finally planned and booked just a few months ago.  We decided not to tell Izzy about it - the original plan was to tell her the morning of, but we decided the night before might be a better idea since she's not exactly known for her pleasant early-morning attitude.  Plus, we were dying to tell her.  As you can imagine, she was super excited! 

My cuties ready for take off in their new Minnie pajamas...it was early.  Don't judge.

My sweet girl is finally a pretty decent traveler

Can't say the same for her little sister.  Good thing she slept a big chunk of the flight.

We went to Disney World when Izzy was 2.5, and we loved it.  This was our first trip to Disneyland, and we pretty much went for Cars Land.  Izzy (and Harper, too) LOVES Cars.  I think it's adorable, and I don't know how long her obsession with it will last, so we wanted to take her to Cars Land while she was still really into it.  It did not disappoint.  We literally could have spent our entire 4 days in Cars Land, and the girls wouldn't have complained one bit.  It was so fun watching their excitement.  Harper was very excited to see Lightning McQueen.  She pointed and said, "Ka-Chow!"  It was just as adorable as it sounds.  

Izzy was in Cars heaven!

The tractor ride was her absolute favorite.  We rode it several times.

It was so fun watching her reaction


Wiped out!

We got a pass so Izzy could ride this back to back with both of us while the other stayed with Harper.  She went with daddy first, and decided it was too fast for her.  So, obviously I rode it by myself...  I felt like a creeper, but I'd totally do it again.  So fun!

Flo's V8 Cafe serves a pretty good breakfast

I should point out that hubs and I are not typical Disney-goers.  From what I've heard/read, people spend up to an entire year planning their Disney vacation, scheduling every minute of their day, making reservations for character dinners, etc.  We are pretty much the opposite of all that.  Both times we've been to Disney, we've bought our tickets about two months in advance, never scheduled a single thing, and instead just went with a very laid-back attitude.  And you know what, it works for us.  We just go and have fun.  And we even got lucky in Disneyland and were able to get a last minute reservation to have lunch with the princesses.  So, what we've learned here is that it pays to be unprepared.  Wait, what?

The princess lunch was a last minute thing, which explains why my children are not in their finest princess gear.  ;)

No personality, this one.  

She loves her some princesses

I made Griff take them on any ride that looked like this and went in circles.  Just watching them made me want to puke.

We really enjoyed Disneyland.  It is quite a bit smaller than Disney World (2 parks as opposed to 4), but for the age of our kiddos (1 and 4), I thought it was great.  Of the two Disneyland parks, California Adventure park was our favorite.  Mostly because it had more stuff geared to our kids - Cars Land, Disney Junior show, Little Mermaid ride, etc.  So, we had 4 days of vacation, and we decided to spend 1 day at Disneyland, 2 days at Disneyland's California Adventure Park, and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo.  The day at the zoo required a bit of a drive - about an hour and 45 min each way - but it was a nice drive and we had an ocean view for most of it.  It was my second trip to the San Diego Zoo (I went once in high school), but Griff and the girls' first trip, and we had a great day.  We could have easily spent two days there.  There were a few things we didn't have time to get to - the Panda Bears had a line with an hour wait....what the what?!?  I'd love to visit San Diego again with the family.

Look at those sweet buddies!

We had such a great time, and really squeezed in as much fun as we possibly could.  The girls were sufficiently worn out each night and slept like champs, so I'd say we did a pretty good job.  

Izzy passed out watching Doc on the iPad, and Harper is making a phone call on the tv remote.  Pretty standard situation.
Izzy the sleeper, and Harper the night owl.  This girl is trouble.  Just look at that face.

She was pretty obsessed with the hotel phone, and I'm pretty sure she made several calls.

Unfortunately, our flight home did not go quite as smoothly as the rest of our trip.  We boarded and started to pull away from the gate, when the pilot came on and said something wasn't working right, and right back to the gate we went.  We stayed on the plane while the mechanics checked things out, and the pilot would periodically update us.  A quick TWO HOURS later, they told us the plane wasn't a quick fix, so we were moved to another plane.  I was in a very fragile state, right on the verge of laugh-crying at this point.  As our luck would have it, bad weather in DFW delayed our landing and required us to loop around Amarillo (??) on the way home.  It was nuts to say the least.  Griff and I needed a stiff drink after that flight, but our girls really did well considering the circumstance.

Beats by Hello Kitty.  Holla!

Dancing barefoot in the aisle of the plane, because what else was she to do???