Monday, September 25, 2006

Disneyland here we come!!!

I am so excited! We are planning a trip to CA for the first week in December. I have already traded all of my days (which was so easy this time!) for work. And then I talked with a very good friend of ours who works at Disneyland. He said he would get us into the park one of the days we are there!!! Thanks Jimmy!

Aidan has never been there and it has been awhile since Kaitlyn has been there I think she was 3 the last time we went. We are going to have it be a surprise and wrap up some sort of Disney related gift to give to each of them while we are at my mom and dad's celebrating Christmas on the 3rd. It is going to be sooooo hard for me to keep it a secret because Kaitlyn has been asking me if we can go there and Aidan has seen the pictures of the last time we went and says it looks like fun and he wants to go there! I love good surprises like that!

I know I am spoiled, but I have been to Disneyland lots of times. Our graduation night was spent at Disneyland, a whole night staying up and enjoying the happiest place on earth...what better way to celebrate. Aaron and I were almost engaged at least that is what I have been told, but he thought I knew so he decided to wait. (And I never knew by the way!)

Some of my happiest memories have been at Disneyland. We used to try to go once a year, and it is amazing to me how it has changed so much since when I was a kid. One of my favorite rides as a kid is no longer there. It was called the adventure through inner space, and by the time you were at the end of the ride you looked just inches tall.I think Star Tours took the place of that ride many years ago. I have seen Bear Country Jamboree go, which is really sad....And yet somehow the Tiki room is still there. I know there have been even bigger changes since my parents were children. When my mom was a child they had tickets to get on the rides.
Although Walt Disney said "The way I see it, Disneyland will never be finished. It’s something we can keep developing and adding to. A motion picture is different. Once it’s wrapped up and sent out for processing, we’re through with it. If there are things that could be improved, we can’t do anything about them anymore. I’ve always wanted to work on something alive, something that keeps growing. We’ve got that in Disneyland." And while I love that about Disney, I still long for some of the nostalgia of some of the lesser remembered attractions. But I do have to admit some of the changes have been for the in point...Captain EO. It replaced "America Sings" which was entertaining and taught some sort of historical importance Captain EO was just awful. I have not seen the latest attraction that has replaced it, but I think anything has to be better that Michael Jackson!

And while most of the changes have been for the better, I believe there are 2 attractions that will always remain. Oh sure they may have some up grades and renovations, but the premise of them will always stay the same. And those are my 2 absolute favorite rides, I cannot go to Disneyland without riding on "Haunted Mansion" and "Pirates of the Carribbean". Aaron and I even took Kaitlyn on both of those when she was very little...and like us she loved them. She was a little scared in the Haunted Mansion, but for the most part she really loved it. If you could see Kaitlyn's face in this picture you would see that she is so full of glee. (Please forgive the not so great LO this one was done at the beginning stages of scrapbooking).

I am so excited to be taking both of my children to one of the places that I loved in my childhood, to give them the opportunity to find those nostalgic attractions that they can remember and tell their children about someday. After all Disney is a growing and changing entity.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Pajama Day.

So the weather has been cold and rainy all week. This morning I had to work for 2 hours, when that happens I usually let the kids watch a movie. It works well for us. Well today after I got off of work the kids were still in their jammies, and we decided to watch another movie. It was a nice time to just sit and not have to think about anything. I really ejoyed it.
Tonight I have training for work. They are changing the program we use to book reservations, actually they have been changing everything from the website our customers use to our intranet. I am at the point that I wish they would stop changing things, it feels like I just learned where everything is and now they are changing it again on me!
Ok, it is 2:30 I suppose I need to go get out of my jammies and into some clothes for work. Nothing better than Pajama Day :0)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Love is

I heard this song today and loved the lyrics. I wish I knew who sings it so I can get myself a copy of it. Anyways here are the lyrics:

Theres nothing to hide nothing to fear everything is crystal clear.
No phony disguise no faces to wear there is nothing we can not share.
Cause I am at ease when I am with you. I know love is gonna see us through.

Love is higher than the mountains
Love is deeper than the oceans
Love is wider than the miles between you and me.
Love is stronger than a freight train.
Love is faster than a jet plane.
Love is bigger than the troubles that we'll ever see.

We're Never apart We're never alone. Love is Closer than the telephone.
No wall is to high no distance to great that love would ever hesitate
Cause we are the stage and love is the play.
And the scene is just another day.

Long is the day and dark is the night I know love is going to be our light.
Valley is low the desert is will never die.

To those who are far away from us... We miss you and love you. (Mom, Dad, Janay, Sean, Jami, Brian, Hannah, Seth...and too many family members and friends that I dont' have time to mention.) We love you and you are always on our minds.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A fun day and flowers.

On Labor day I was lucky enough to get the entire day off. So, we decided to head up to Ogden to the Treehouse children's museum. It was really cool and the kids had a great time! The museum is set up like you are going through different parts of the world or different stories. This picture was from the china exhibit. There were also Africa, Japan, Germany, England, and a few others I can't think of right off the top of my head.
On the day we went it was Pirate day and the kids got to go to pirate school which they thought was really funny. The main pirate did a great job. They also did a treasure hunt where the families went all through the museum looking for X's with little words written on them. Then we were to unscramble the sentence to figure out where the treasure was. The treasure was hershey's chocolates, and who doesn't love that!

Although I have to admit I think my favorite part was meeting the president in his oval office. Did you know that they moved it to UT? LOL! Aaron and I did have fun pretending in it though, who says adults can't have fun too? Although I think that these 2 little ones are just about the cutest president's I have ever seen.
And now for the flowers. We have this bush that in the winter looks like sticks poking out of the ground but in the spring it has leaves and then in the late summer it produces the prettiest pink flowers. When we moved here the previous owners had it planted right next to the driveway and I just thought it was way to big to be there. So we transplanted it to right outside my kitchen window. Last year it didn't bloom and we thought maybe it had died, but it has taken off and I love looking at it when I'm in the kitchen, but the only problem is I have no idea what kind of plant it is. The buds start out just like a hibiscus, but they don't come out looking like that. So, if you know what they are I would love to know the name of it. I love flowers and so far this year the ones we bought are doing really well. There are so many beautiful ones that I just love to go out and putter around in the yard.
Aaron on the other had loves to grow veggies, and he is doing a phenominal job with it! We have had tomatos, peppers, pumpkins, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, onions, broccoli, carrots, corn, lettuce and watermelon. I have missed really good fresh tomatos ever since we moved here and to be able to just go out and pick them is so refreshing! Not to mention the amount of money we have been saving by not buying all of our veggies at the grocery store. We have been thinking that it might be beneficial to build a green house so that we can have fresh veggies all year. YUM!

Friday, September 01, 2006

So proud of Kaitlyn.

Today, I recieved a phone call from Kaitlyn's best friends mom. She told me that Kaitlyn's friend had told her Kaitlyn has said somethings that really hurt her feelings and that she didn't think Kaitlyn didn't want to be her friend anymore.
So, I chatted with Kaitlyn about it after school today. Kaitlyn doesn't remeber saying those things to her, but instantly wanted to call and apologize. She felt really bad that her friend's feelings were hurt. I told her that she needs to watch the words she is using. She doesn't deliberatly try to hurt people's feelings, but sometimes words just come out wrong.
Well, she called her friend and now all is right in the world. Kaitlyn said she was really sorry, her friend instantly forgave her. Now they are trying to plan playdates :0)
It makes me feel pretty good knowing that Aaron and I have raised our daughter to apologize when she has wronged somebody, and that she chooses good friends that will forgive instead of holding grudges....
Now if in Jr. High it will work like this, well that's a whole nother story I guess :0)