Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Disneyland Birthday

For Archer's 4th birthday, Uncle Devin and I took him to Disneyland. First we ate at "Goofy's Kitchen" and lots of characters came around to say hello. Then we went into the park and rode a few rides. Well, Devin and Archer did the riding, Della and I mostly waited around for the boys.




Archer's favorite movie is "Peter Pan" and he was very excited to see Wendy. She sat and talked to Archer for almost 10 minutes. My favorite part was when Devin got some chocolate pudding and Archer asked if he was "eating poop." Wendy thought this was hilarious.




Archer was also excited to meet "Allison Wonderland" and the "Hat Guy." I think he had a crush on "Allison" because she gave him a kiss. When we were leaving the restaurant Archer started freaking out saying that he had forgotten to tell "Allison" his last name. Uncle Devin assured him that she knew what his last name was. PHEW! Also, the guy in the Mad Hatter costume was a fellow Parade Of The Stars veteran. I was so embarrassed that I didn't recognize him. The fake nose and eyebrows he was wearing didn't help any.




We saw Cinderella's coach all decked out for someone's wedding.



There was a weird smell inside of the Monorail. Turns out the floor was wet. Archer had taken off his shoes and his socks were saturated with this mystery liquid. Gross.



Poor Della had a boogar in her hair and it was making a piece of it stand up. I have no idea how it got there and I couldn't pull it out, so I had to wet it first. So sad.



I always know when it is time to leave because Archer starts whining a crying more than usual. You see a lot of this at Disneyland toward the late afternoon and into the evening. The difference with us is that we have passes and we just leave when our kids get tired. Since most people in the park paid $70 for admission, they have a serious monetary investment going on and feel obligated to stay until the park closes. So there are lots of kids hysterically crying and parents dragging them along while breathing out serious threats as everyone reaches their limit. This in no way looks fun. We have been very fortunate to enjoy the park on our own time. Below is a picture of Archer modeling his "fed up" face as he finishes the last of his foot-long sucker he bought himself using the birthday money that Uncle Matt and Aunt Shelley sent.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Salt Lake #2


These pictures are from our visit to Temple Square. It was about 15 degrees outside. I have never been so cold in my life. But we had a good time anyway, especially with Heather showing us around.

Listening to the organ concert in the Tabernacle.





Archer with Grandma's picture in the Relief Society Building at Temple Square.

For Cameron...
We had such a fun trip and we really loved visiting Uncle Matt, Aunt Shelley, and Aunt Heather.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Archer (and Legos)!

Oldie but a goody.



We had a really fun time eating cake and watching him open his gifts. His new favorite toy is Lego building blocks. I think our Lego count is well over 3,000. Devin informed me today Archer shares his birthday with this iconic toy which turns 50 today.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Utah!

We left for Utah on Friday at 4:30 AM. The kids were really good and we stopped at state line and in Cedar City and we made it to Salt Lake in about 11 hours.

You know it's cold when everything is frozen at state line...


Archer wearing Halloween mittens on his feet.



Saturday, January 12, 2008

Delly Belly Loves Berries

We put a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries in Della's mesh eater. She was pretty into it...


This one is my favorite, she is looking up at her dad...



This is her "funny" face...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Della!


Yesterday was Della's first birthday. I remember Archer's first year going by so fast. I think because so much has happened to her, it seems like Della has lived enough to fill 5 years. I'll have to admit that I was a little more emotional than I had anticipated. It is hard to think back to the times when we weren't sure of she would see her first birthday. We are so thankful that she is in our family.
Enjoying chocolate cake from her mesh eater.
She really liked it...


We are trying to force Della to stand. This consists of her locking her knees and then putting as much weight as she can on whoever is helping her. Needless to say, she's not that into it. She still isn't sitting up or crawling, which is frustrating. The goal we set for physical therapy was to have her walking by 18 months. If this is the progress she has made in the last 6 months of therapy, I am not sure if walking will be accomplished in the next 6 months.