Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cars 2

We took Austin to the movie theater for the first time ever.  He loves the first Cars movie. Sometimes he will wake up and bring me the remote while saying "Cars, Cars."  It's very cute but more often than not I have to turn down that cute little request.  But his attention span doesn't last an entire movie so we were worried that he wouldn't stick through it. But we wanted to give it a try.  We explained to him where we were going and he was so excited. 

He loved sitting in his own big chair and I think he was mesmerized by the huge screen. He got so excited when it started and kept shouting "Cars, Cars!"   With snacks and drinks, he lasted through it but towards the end it was nearing nap time so I did sneak in binkie and blanket to help him finish the movie.

Overall I did like the movie but I didn't appreciate the guns, shooting, violence, and characters shouting "Kill him, kill him."  I think I rated it with a little paranoia since this is my child watching it and so I want it to be clean. Also the story line was way complex and complicated.   However, it was a very pretty movie, meaning all the graphics were done really well and I liked all the cultural things they put in since the characters are traveling around the world.  But I love the first movie (and can almost quote it by heart) and I think we will stick with that one.

It was a great experience and we wanted to take advantage of the under-two-years-old are free deal. (However, the ticket lady didn't believe he was under two!) It's so fun to have Austin be really into something and then to take him to this and to see how excited he got.  I think he felt like such a big kid and it made for a fun Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

26 on the 26th

Today I turned 26!
  Check out the awesome cake Matthew made me! I can assure you that I did not turn 92 like the cake implies. I promise it really says 26.

I had such a great day. Matthew made me breakfast and dinner and changed all the diapers today :)  What more could you ask for!

Also a big happy happy birthday to my twin sister Jenna. Her blog is private but she did a really cute post about how we have shared all of our birthdays so if you are invited to read hers go do it!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

California Part 2

After our time with the Graff Family we headed down to San Diego with our good friends from AZ the Gunnells.  We shared a condo and mostly just enjoyed time away from home.  The husbands enjoyed golfing one day, each of us took a date night, and the kids played great together. The Gunnells have twins that are a couple months younger than Austin.  The first day we went to Seaport Village and walked around and did some window shopping in their cute shops.

 Sitting on the Ben and Jerry's cow.

 Austin kept pointing out to us the boats and the bridge

Austin was mesmerized by a kite shop that we walked past that had tons of spinning kites out front. Of course the truck and the airplane were his favorites.

Another day we went to the beach! It was a little chilly and windy but totally worth it.  This was Austin's first reaction to the beach:

Austin was intrigued by the water at first but then once it hit his feet he wanted nothing to do with it.

But I was definitely ok with that. The kids had so much playing in the endless amount of sand.

 Austin didn't mind being buried until he realized he couldn't get out by himself! 

Austin really wanted to help Daddy play Frisbee.

Needless to say, there was sand everywhere!  And it was completely impossible to change a diaper on the beach and not have sand involved.  It took lots of scrubbing at bathtime to finally get all the sand out of Austin's hair.
So much fun. Gotta love the beach.

The last day in San Diego we went to Sea World. We had a blast. We spent the morning in the kiddie area riding rides, and letting Austin run and play.

Then we went back to the condo and took naps! In the afternoon we tried to hit as many shows as we could.  I think Austin liked the sea lion show the best. He sat there the whole time, staring at the sea lions, eating popcorn, and laughing when everyone else around him laughed.

 This is Austin at the dolphin show.

Overall, San Diego was a fabulous and much needed trip and we were so glad the Gunnells could join us.

Friday, June 10, 2011

California Part 1

So I am way behind in updates!  Matthew has finished his first year of Podiatry School! Woo Hoo!  I am very proud of the hard work he has done and it is so great to have a year under our belts now.  We have lived here in AZ now for over a year and we really love it here.  We have met some awesome friends and love all the support we have out here. We had a two week break, which was so fabulous, and then he started summer term this week. No summer break for us so we really crammed so much into the 2 weeks that we had. It will take a few posts to get everything in.

First off, the Graff family gathered in California to spend some good quality time together. We stayed in a really fun resort and Austin loved seeing everyone.  We spent most of our time at the pool, and playing together.

 Floating down the lazy river

 Playing in the kiddie pool with cousin Aaron

 Enjoying time together!

 I think this picture is funny because it looks like Austin in naked! But he is really is wearing his speedo!

 Austin couldn't get enough of being thrown back and forth between daddy and Pa.  He was laughing so hard!

Aubrey and Aaron!  Austin loved time with his cousin.

Austin has really been talking a lot lately and is learning new words every day. We taught him all the Graff family names and he did so good trying to say everyone's names. It was really cute!