My Name is Gwen

And sometimes I’m a little cheeky.


Our First Family Campout

I think it’s safe to say that Dave and I aren’t very outdoorsy. We have been camping once (now twice). But it was a long time ago, and we went with my brother and his wife who knew what they were doing. I’ve realized that’s the secret to camping if you aren’t very experienced. Go with other people that know what they are doing. Well, last weekend, that’s just what we did.

We went to Moab with three little girls, an awesome, easy-to-set-up tent, and a bunch of seasoned campers. It was fun. Well, the girls had fun. For the most part.

Inez got to play some card games.

Gwen had a few tender moments.

Dave with two of our three.

Inez & Gwen with two of their cousins that tagged along.

It certainly is pretty down there.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks of chocolate syrup here.

Do you see the hand?

Moab’s own Hollywood Bowl.

The verdicts:
It was a good “getting our feet wet” camping trip. Dave said.
We could have gotten our feet wet closer to home. I thought.
We are both glad that we went.
None one of us had been to Moab before.
We will go camping again. And probably take our children with us.

Peony Row

A neighbor of ours has the most enviable row of peony bushes in his yard. I slow down and stare at them almost every time I drive by. I want to dig them up and transplant them to our yard in the middle of the night.

I just love them. They are easily one of my favorite flowers. They are also my Mom’s favorite flower, so that’s another reason to love them—they remind me of her.


My Name is Inez

And there is a bit more room in my mouth right now.


Tickled Pink

I can’t believe she’s seven months old today.

Olive and her friend, Piglet.


Olive at Seven Months

I love her pose here. She is constantly flexing her legs and holding her feet off the floor. If she weren’t a baby, she’d probably have abs of steel.

One month

Two months

Three months

Four months

Five months

Six months

Eight months

The Disneyland Post
(the one with people in it, anyway)

Well, we got into Anaheim Wednesday afternoon and spent Wednesday evening, Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday at The Happiest Place on Earth. We met up with some good friends and family, always a highlight.

Inez went on Indiana Jones for the first time. She had been talking about how she was going to go on it the next time we went since she is finally tall enough. However, when we got there and she was faced with the reality of actually going on the ride, she freaked out. Being the wonderful mother that I am, I made her go on it anyway. Which meant that I had to carry a frightened and crying six-year-old child through the line. Even though we had fast-passes, it was still a loooong way to carry her. And for the record, she kept her head down, eyes closed and ears plugged through the whole ride. But don’t worry about her. She also cried on Haunted Mansion and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. We like to make our children experience scary things. We feel it builds character.

Gwen was tall enough to ride on most of the “big” rides. She rode the three Mountains (Splash, Space, and Thunder), Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California (my favorite) and Tower of Terror. Dave and I were amazed at Gwen’s fearlessness. Especially considering the fact that Inez wouldn’t go on any of those besides Soarin’ and Space Mtn. Gwen not only wanted to try these rides for her first time, but she would ask to go on them again. All of them. Including Tower of Terror. I am even a little nervous to ride that one!

We also got into Vinylmation. They are three inch figurines that you buy to keep or trade. We each got one to bring home as a souvenir from this trip. We had a lot of fun trading them and trying to find the ones we really wanted. We really hope we don’t end up like those crazy pin trading people (no offense to the pin traders out there).

Look at this face. She is nearly bursting with excitement as we prepare to enter the gates for the first time, which is always a moment that I love too.

The morning of our first full day.  Excitement is in the air.

Inez was all about posing for pictures during this trip.

This was our mellow, happy, teething baby enjoying Disneyland for her first time.

We met up with our good friends, the Whites.

Our girls got along really well and were cute with one another.

I love how the girl’s hair looks at the end of a day, kind of waif-ish. (No offense Melissa)

One of Gwen’s meltdowns.

I had to bribe the girls to sit here so that I could take their pictures in this spot. This was Gwen’s pose.

Inez was a bit more cooperative. I love this spot in California Adventure, right in the entrance of A Bug’s Land. They always have great flowers and even fruit trees and vegetables growing. It’s pretty cool.

We took a break for a tigger’s tail…

…and a little ham.

Best friend sisters.

“My name is Tigger and I eat small children!”

That picture makes us laugh so hard.
This is a much better pose.

Inez claimed to be “too old” to take pictures with the Winnie the Pooh characters. While that may be true, I asked her to take a picture with them anyway and she obliged. She came around and even smiled.

Inez named her horse “Whinny.”

Gwen then felt the need to name her horse as well. There was a spot of brown on it, so she named it “Chocolate Milk.”

We had just exited Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Inez was not happy that we made her go on it. That is why she is not smiling here…

…and still had a sour look on her face at the next ride. Seriously, how can kids ever justify feeling anything but pure glee when they are at Disneyland? It baffles me. IT’S DISNEYLAND!

The Teacups are one of my favorite spots. I love the atmosphere around that ride. I love that it’s an open ride you can see right into and that the music flows throughout the area. It’s a very nostalgic spot for me.
I’m weird, I know.

It was such a fun trip. I love that as our girls get older, each trip to Disneyland is a little different. I just hope that they will never be too cool for Disneyland. I hope that they always love it, and that it will be a place where we can go to as a family to have fun and make great memories.

So, now it’s time to make the next count-down chain because I’m already ready to go back.

My Name is Olive

And I have four teeth. There are two more top teeth trying to make their way through my gums. I have to say, it’s not the best feeling and it makes me drool. I think teeth are overrated, especially when I don’t even have to chew my food at this point. But my Mommy sure does love my teethy smile. She tells me that all the time.

I also enjoy spending most of my floor time holding my legs up and spreading my toes out wide like this. I find that it really works my core.

I’m all about the teeth and the abs these days.

Confucious Wants Us to Be Happy

Dave and I went on a date Saturday night. We tried to go see Ironman 2. He has been longing to see it ever since it came out. After filling our babysitter’s brain with all sorts of information she would probably need, we hurried to the theater only to discover that the movie was sold out. So instead we went shopping and to dinner. At dinner I got this fortune.

No joke. If that isn’t a sign that we are supposed to go back to California for another (longer) vacation, then I don’t know what is.

My Name is Holly

And I love Disneyland.

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