Archive for May, 2015

Willy Wonka, cooking, baseball and a trip to Santa Cruz

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It’s so hard to believe it’s May already!  Seems like time has flown by.  Ella had her Musical Theatre Works production of Willy Wonka last week.  It was very sweet. Ella did a great job.  There is video at the end of this post of the main songs and Ella saying her 2 lines.  It’s the kind of video that family and close friends will love so I’m sure you will all enjoy it.  We have been to a baseball game since the night with Stella and Juliet and although the Giants are doing much better, they kind of stunk on Saturday night.  Good thing the season is so long.  Ella had a very important “first time” experience on the weekend of Grandma’s birthday…Ella went to Santa Cruz with Emmi and her family and another one of Emmi’s friends.  It was the first time that Ella went away with a family that wasn’t ours and she loved it!

12.jpgElla and Panda in the morning.

26.jpg38.jpgWilly Wonka!  Ella was Charlie at the end of the show which is why she’s wearing that vest.

41.jpg Panda is so happy that Ella is home from school!

51.jpg61.jpg71.jpg Ella preparing broccolini for dinner.  She looks so grown up.  The step stool helped her look very tall.

81.jpg91.jpg101.jpg111.jpg121.jpg Fun with Emmi at the baseball game.

131.jpg Reading with her buddy Sophie.

14a.jpg Ella, Emmi’s sister and Emmi’s friend with the big surprise for Emmi.

141.jpg Ella looks quite comfortable in the little hotel.

14b.jpg Girls in Santa Cruz.

151.jpgElla made it to the top!

161.jpg16a.jpg More Santa Cruz fun!

And here is the Willy Wonka video…

Disneyland, baseball and a broken board!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

We went to Disneyland the weekend after we came back from NY.  Ella won 4 Disney park hoppers last year and time was running out…Ella decided to use the park hoppers on her friend Carmen, Carmen’s sister and Carmen’s mom with us to Disney.  Uncle Jesse met us there and we had a fantastic 36 hours at Disney.  Here are some pics from our whirlwind trip…

1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg Ella and Carmen, bright and early, ready to have a blast at Disney!

5.jpg Joined by big sister Bianca.

6.jpg7.jpg Toy Story Mania!

8.jpg The Little Mermaid.

9.jpg10.jpg11.jpg13.jpg14.jpg15.jpg16.jpg At the Wilderness Explorer Adventure Trail.

17.jpg18.jpg19.jpg The Cars Ride!

20.jpg Ella told me to take this “classic” shot.

21.jpg22.jpg23.jpg24.jpg This visit with Olaf made everyone smile from ear to ear!

25.jpg Ella was our “driver” on the Temple Of Doom ride.

27.jpg28.jpg Space Mountain!

29.jpg30.jpg Ella mustered up all the courage she could find and conquered “Splash Mountain”.  She actually went on the night before and really liked it and then went again the next day and LOVED it!

31.jpg Back at the ranch…Sunny and I at the opening night of the Giants season.  They lost, but we had a blast.

32.jpg Big thumbs up from Kuip!

33.jpg34.jpg35.jpg We took Stella and Juliet to a fireworks night game.  The Giants didn’t play well at all and it was 48 degrees that night!  Sunny and I wanted to leave in the 5th inning.  The girls wanted to stay for the fireworks.  3 against 2 wins!  We stayed and they were beautiful.

36.jpg37.jpg About 3 weeks ago, Ella broke a 1/2 inch board!  She was super proud, we were blown away.