Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rainy days with a chance of sun

The other week we had rain and a lot of it. Afterall, it is wintertime. Eliot says we may have gotten our yearly allotment in that one week. The kids loved getting out their rain gear and I loved it too!

Between puddle jumps and sloshing around we sipped on tea and hot chocolate indoors. It was a nice change from the perpetual sunshine. I probably appreciated the rain so much because it was such a novelty. I knew the sunshine would be back shortly.

Sure enough, the first sunbeam came through the clouds on the Sunday following the rain. The first sunbeam was my future Sunbeam. I can't believe this little guy will be a Sunbeam in one more week. Since then the has rain ceased and it has been sunny and warm ever since.

Side note: Mitchell had an astronaut visit his preschool. I think that was the first astronaut I had ever seen in real life. He made a fun space hat for the occasion which he is modeling here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Nutcracker

Before the performance...
Backstage waiting to go on. Madison was a Magical Ornament in a production of The Nutcracker.
Practicing looking surprised and scared. During the production, rats come and whisk the "Magical Ornaments" away.
Getting ready to go on stage for the finale.
Beautiful ballerina.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lyle Jack Ward

November 7, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009


First off, my sisters came into town for a girls' trip. We had a great time! One of the highlights and actual motivation for the trip was attending Michael Jackson's "This Is It" movie together. You see, we grew up dancing to Michael Jackson music together. We got matching MJ t-shirts for the event. See above. And it was so fun watching the movie with people who I know love and appreciate MJ's talent and music like I do. It is a must see, if you like MJ. At the end of the movie we sang Michael Jackson's songs together. It was great!! Thanks to Nat and Jennie for a great week. (Another highlight was seeing The Lion King together at Broadway San Diego. Thanks for the surprise!)

Carving pumpkins just before Halloween night. You can kind of see the bow that was planned for this Jack-o-Lantern. That was of course Maddie's idea.

This is Mitchell's "scary" pirate face. He also had a pretty scary "Argh."

Just before trick-or-treating... the beautiful Monarch butterfly and the "scary" pirate. Both kids picked what they wanted to be for Halloween and had a lot of fun trick-or-treating. Overall, Halloween was a success... the kids were happy!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thank you Ritz!

I had a warped memory card and took it to Ritz Camera, they saved 825 pictures. Hooray for Ritz Camera! Here are four of the recovered photos, more to come...
Madison loves dressing up, uh, can you tell?

She also loves putting curlers in her hair at night, so it is curly in the morning. She literally skips and twirls even more often when her hair is curly.

Super cute boy on Easter morning. He is still toting around his blanket and oftentimes a car.

Madison with her curly hair on Easter morning.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Will You Celebrate?

I wanted to go to Disneyland on my birthday, much to my kids' delight and much to Eliot's dismay. However, because it was my birthday my wish was granted and we ALL had a great time!

Yes, I got a sweet button that said "Happy Birthday to Angie" and so I got birthday "shout outs" from all the cast members. Awesome!
Waiting in line for the Peter Pan ride. Luckily I had these lollipops to keep the kids occupied.

I LOVE this "Celebrate" Dance party, almost as much as Madison... maybe even more.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mitchell's First Day of Soccer

He's got some serious "moves!"
What an attentive student!
The shirt was more like a dress, which Mitchell was unsure about, but he held it together and scored a bunch of goals.

Coach Smackey is getting the kids ready to run! Mitchell had a great time. Yay for soccer!
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Monday, August 3, 2009

More of what we've been up to!



What we've been up to!

Playing with our cousins. Mitchell with cousin Sydney.
Playing at the park. Maddie on the monkey bars.
Playing at the beach with friends as often as possible.

Learning to swim.