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Our beautiful 8 year old in Disney Land

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

We spent last weekend in Disney Land with Jesse and Heather.  It was a fantastic weekend.  We loved being with Jesse and Heather and loved conquering so many rides at Disney.  Here is the ride list for the two days we were there.


Jungle Cruise

Indiana Jones

Haunted Mansion

Splash Mountain (Lauren and Jesse)

Winnie the Pooh (Sunny and Ella)


Matterhorn (Lauren and Sunny)

Alice in Wonderland (Jesse and Ella)

Snow White

Star Tours

Pirates of the Caribbean

Peter Pan


Disney Train


Monsters Inc


Little Mermaid

Goofy’s Flight School

Jumping Jellyfish (Sunny and Ella)

Toy Stor Mania


Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Radiator Springs Racers

Luigi’s Tires

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Tuck and Roll

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Buzz Lightyear (Sunny, Ella and Jesse)

Space Mountain (Lauren and Heather)

Small World

Here are some shots from the weekend…

17.jpg Here we are at the airport getting ready to head off to LA.

23.jpg A little fruit with some whipped cream.

33.jpg First line of the day…Jungle Cruies.

43.jpgSo much of the weekend looked like this…such sweetness.

52.jpg Me on Splash Mountain with an Australian family.

63.jpg Ella and Jesse about to go and get Ella’s birthday pin.

73.jpgHeading into the Star Tours ride.

83.jpg92.jpg On line for the Peter Pan ride.

101.jpg Family shot in front of It’s A Small World.  LOVE!

121.jpgWatching Fantasmic – absolute sweetness.

131.jpgHeather joined us on day 2!  So great to get to spend time with her.

141.jpg The Little Mermaid Ride – one of Ella’s favorites.

151.jpgElla overcame her small fear of Goofy’s Sky School.  She had a lot of fun.


171.jpg Toy Story Mania fun!

18.jpg19.jpg19a.jpg Love on the giant Ferris Wheel.

20.jpg211.jpgRadiator Springs Racers…Jesse decided that Dumbo needed to experience the ride.  Heather and Ella held hands and Sunny was in another car that won.

221.jpg Heather and I went on a little detour to Space Mountain while Jesse, Ella and Sunny went on the Buzz Lightyear ride.

231.jpg Panda wearing his new kermit bandana – a gift from Jesse and Heather.

Thank you Jesse and Heather for making this incredible weekend possible.  Love you guys.

Ella’s Birthday

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

We all had a great day on Ella’s birthday.  Ella had school and Sunny and I had the day off from work.  We spent the last hour of Ella’s school day in her classroom.  It was so wonderful to be able to spend time with Ella and her Octopus class.  We were going to go with Ella to get her ears pierced after school but she decided that she didn’t want to.  We are not going to push her into getting her ears pierced.  She’ll do it when she’s ready.  At night, we had dinner at Nama with Phyllis and Naomi and then the Kim/Arenas came over for the best cake in the world.  Check out the photos below – Sunny outdid herself with a Minion Cake!

16.jpgElla’s first picture as an 8 year old.

22.jpgThis was on the board in Ella’s classroom.  Ella answered a bunch of questions and her teacher Colette put it up on the board as a graphic organizer.  Ella’s classmates used this graphic organizer to make individual pages in Ella’s amazing birthday book.

32.jpg We brought in a mash-up of madelines and brownies for Ella’s birthday treat.

42.jpg Mommy – the pastry chef began her masterpiece by making minions out of twinkles…

51.jpg The amazing minion cake!  It was delicious as well as gorgeous.

62.jpg Ella had her dinner presented to her with dry ice.

72.jpg82.jpg91.jpg Happy Birthday Ella.  We love you so much!

Happy Birthday Ella!

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Dear Ella –  Happy Birthday!  We love you so much.  We are in awe of you.  You are a beautiful, amazing person with the kindest heart.  We love getting to know you more and more, every moment of every day.  Can’t wait to celebrate with you in your class and at Disney!  We love you forever.  Mama and Mommy

Now that Ella can read, we hope she’ll get into checking out her blog.

I have a lot of catching up to do so I’ll do it in photos.

11.jpg21.jpg31.jpg This was from a Black Widows game a few weeks ago.  Ella was an amazing goalie.  She was a bit like a human wall and didn’t let anything go by.  She did get hit in the face with the ball, cried a tiny bit but stayed out there!

41.jpg61.jpg71.jpg81.jpg9.jpg10.jpg Last weekend we were so lucky to have papa come stay with us for two nights and a day.  We loved having him here.  Ella and papa had a lot of fun at the Exploratorium together.  Can’t wait to see grandma and papa for Thanksgiving.

111.jpg11a.jpg12.jpg Ella has been celebrating all weekend with her buddies.  She had a sleepover on Friday night movie night with Emmi, Cecilia, Stella and Juliet (Emmi and Cecilia slept over) and then a Saturday night sleepover with Stella, Juliet and Rosie.  Tonight, we went to Benihana with the girls, Debby and Toby.

13.jpg14.jpg15.jpgThe Black Widows won their final game on Saturday.  The Black Widows remained undefeated during the whole season!  These girls are one tough team of girls who have such sweet hearts.  Go Black Widows!


Friday, November 1st, 2013

Ella had an amazing Halloween.  It started at CDS with the Halloween parade, followed by a trip to ACC to hang out with Becca and her first mate Pineapple and then we ended up going to 18th Street with the Kim/Arena clan.  Everyone had fun and all the kids scored a lot of candy!  I am just going to post pictures now because I have no more time to write!

1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpgLater on in the evening, Becca became Ella’s “Matey”!