Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas to New Year's

Wow, what a crazy two weeks we've had. If anyone has tried to call me, I apologize, my phone is broken and I haven't had a chance to get a new one.
After Christmas, we took off to Palm Springs with Kevin's parents. It was nice and warm, my mother-in-law and I got manicures and pedicures at the most amazing place. They actually massaged your feet instead of just rubbing lotion on your shin with gloved hands. It was quality.
We spent the rest of the day swimming in the 85 degree pool...
The next day we went to The Living Desert. It was awesome. I don't think I'd like the place in the summer, but it was a beautiful day in December.
Papa Tee and the kids riding the Warthog. See Gavin's pirate sword? He carried that thing all day!Gavin loved the giraffes...and the zebras...
The cheetah was active, it's nice to see animals at the zoo that aren't sleeping.
The kids liked the petting zoo too.
We really enjoyed the zoo. Thank you Mamo J and Papa Tee for a fun trip, we all had a great time!
For New Year's Eve our family loves to go to the Rose Parade.
This was the first year we took Hannah and Gavin, we had not been for awhile. I bundled them up well. Some lady commented how I shouldn't have my kids out so late. I love unsolicited parental advice. I said, "Yea, I'm a cool mom!" I stole that line from my friend. Come on lady, it's New Year's Eve!
Jeremy was not excited to go to the parade. Jeremy is from Arizona, so he didn't know thought it was going to be lame. Once he saw the floats he LOVED it.

All the floats line up the night before, you can walk up right next to them. The details are amazing. Here are some of our favorites...
Hannah loved all of them, but she was excited to see the the Wizard of Oz float...
Gavin loved the zebras...
Kevin loved the Alaskan float's tribal masks and dogs...

And I loved the USC float!
They had dogs skateboarding on a float. So cute! Look how BIG this dog is!
The next day we slept in and enjoyed a day of laziness. It was much needed. Hannah rode her bike she got for Christmas, she is getting better every time. Gavin played hockey with Kevin.


That night Hannah got to go to Ohio with Mamo J and Papa Tee. They took the red eye (yuck) right after the Rose Bowl Game. Hannah was so excited. She packed 5 carry-on bags. We had to prioritize and fit everything in one suit case.When she walked into the airport with her grandparents she looked so grown up. She is such a sweet girl. She'll be in Ohio for about 10 days.

7 comments:

The Peterson's said...

The dogs skateboarding was my favorite! & 5 bags!! She is a girl after my own heart! I try to do something of that sort every time I travel! Unfortunately, Justin doesn't let me get away with it either!

The Rex Family said...

Look like fun! I have always wanted to go see the floats... maybe next year. Let me know if you want to go jean shopping... any excuse to shop!

Garrett and Leslie Attwood said...

How fun!!! I worked on one of the floats this year. It was for Donate Life. The float was called "Stars of Life" and had a trail of stars throughout. It was really pretty. Glad you guys have fun! I always have a blast at the parade!!!

Christensen's said...

Looks like a fabulous Christmas and New Years! I am back on the planet now, so we need to get together! I have a new fun bead project for us to do! PS. What is your email address? Mine is jodee.christensen@gmail.com.

Anie said...

WOW!!!! Sounds (and looks) like you've had a FUN couple of weeks! I can't believe your kids stayed up on New Years Eve and made it clear to midnight! You ARE one cool mom to take them to the Rose Parade! And now Hannah is in Ohio!?! Is this the longest separation you've had from her? I bet you're loving having some quality time with Gavin though!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I am new here! What a great blog! ♥ Shauna

vanessa lamb photography said...

ive been wanting to go to the zoo forever! looked like a lot of fun, very jealous