Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Seaworld, Reunion, and a St. Patrick's Day Parade!

I thought our Seaworld days were over in December when everybody's fun passes expired! But, I realized that I still have my year pass and it's good through June and that Brenan doesn't need a pass until he is 3 so it looks like I'll be taking Brenan while the girls are in school! Woohoo! I might go by myself a few times too and ride the roller coasters and water slides!!

The new Sesame Street Bay of Play opened up and it's tons of fun!
Brenan and Kimball had a great time hanging out at the mini splash pad.

I tried to get Brenan to ride some of the rides but he was not interested. He freaked out on the merry go round and insisted that we sit in the seat rather than on a horse. Anika was the same way!
Here is my little wimp!
That night we got to see some of our old friends from Connecticut!! Hillary and Kyle were vacationing in San Antonio and it was SO fun to see them! We ate at Big'z Burger Joint one night and then the next night they came over and hung out some more. I'm excited that we will only live a few hours from them when we move!

Brenan and Ben were little buddies and had fun playing with the trains.

Kyle, Hillary, Me, and Nathan and we aren't sure which ghostly presence is in the picture with us. =)

On Saturday I loaded up my three cute buddies and we headed into downtown San Antonio for the St. Patrick's Day parade! We all loved the parade but were a little disappointed that they didn't throw candy or necklaces. My kids had brought special bags for their loot and everything! =) It was the perfect day for a parade and we were in a prime spot - shaded, front and center.

Where does Anika get her camera goofiness?!! Haha!

There were a lot of elderly people in the parade dancing, baton twirling, singing - it was awesome and I hope I'm involved in cool things like this when I get older!
And now we are loving spring break! We've played at the park, gone to a movie, hit up the library for some "Granomino Stilton" books ( that is the way Anika says it - the author's name is actually Geronimo Stilton.), raked leaves, and played games. I love not having to deal with school!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kensi's Wedding

I was so lucky to be able to go to Idaho for Kensi and Brett's wedding! I left my kids home and thoroughly enjoyed traveling without toddlers or babies or strollers or tons of luggage. I actually got to read and sleep on the airplane!! But, oh my gosh! I missed Nathan and my babies so much while I was gone! I don't know if it was because I was home with family and I've never gone to my parent's home without my kids but I felt like I was missing a limb! I don't think it would have been like that if I'd been on a tropical vacation or something. =) Anyway, it was pure bliss aside from the missing my kids and Nathan part. It was pretty much GO GO GO from the minute I arrived. I went straight to the bridal shower (almost). Two of Kensi's cute friends threw it for her. I love these girls. I'm so glad my siblings have such great friends up in Rexburg!

Summer, Kensi, and Alexis

Haily(my cute cousin), Kelyn, Brittney, Alyssa, Hannah, and Me
Annie, Mom, Kensi's friend, Alyssa, and Kens
The sisters (minus Carlie and Baylie)
Kensi got a balloon tied to her hair every time she answered a question wrong. =)
Killing time while we waited for Dad to bring the generator. The power kept going out and the fire alarm kept going off. It was hilarious!

After the shower we headed to the movies for the traditional pre-wedding movie. This time we brought a whole slew of people with us. It was so fun and we had the WHOLE theater to ourselves! We saw Gnomeo and Juliet.

Here are a couple group shots - we couldn't get the whole group in one picture so we had to divide everyone up. =)

After the movie all the sisters and a couple brave girlfriends did the traditional dancing in the front. The guys made scary hand shadows and pretended to pluck us up off the ground! Yikes
I like this one of Kensi and Brett with the psycho hand shadow hovering over them. Haha!
All the dancers:
Her wedding was beautiful. She was such a gorgeous bride and I'm just so happy for her and Brett! They were so cute all day. =) I didn't take any pictures of them at the temple because I was lazy and didn't want to tote my camera around so I stole this picture off of my sister, Amber's, blog:

I did take tons of pictures at the luncheon though (not so many at the reception - I was tuckered out!).

Here is one of all ten of us sisters:
Amber, Baylie, Brittney, Brittanie, Kensi, Carlie, Alyssa, Hannah, Tessa, and Kelyn
It was so fun to have ALL the siblings there!
Me and my Daddy
Kelyn, Britt, Tessa, Amber
Tess and I have never been very good at taking normal pictures together. =)
My Dad cracks me up - he kept popping up in these silly pictures!
Kel smooching on Hannah Bo
Me and Joseph
Addison, Tessa, and Addison's parents
Cute Haylie and Daniel
Me and Brandon
Me and Baylie and Carlie
The fabulous Brittney with Raylee and Brayton
I love this picture of Dad and Grammy.
Kelyn and Grammy
Amber and Kasey
Me and Grammy
Joseph and Grammy
And that's all the pictures I'm going to post from the wedding! I love my family so much. It was a busy, crazy weekend but we made lots of great memories.

Congratulations Kensi and Brett! I hope you have so much fun being in love and sharing in all of life's adventures! Love you guys!

Monday, March 07, 2011

WTF - Why The Face?

Haha! Thank you Modern Family. =) Apparently, when the girls get a hold of my camera and try to take a picture of me, I feel it's my duty to make the ugliest face possible! I think sometimes I make faces to answer questions. For example - if you were to ask me:

"Hey Brittanie! What did you think of the Mango Pulled Pork Enchiladas you made last night?"
Answer: (see picture)
Yes, they were that gross. Nathan says they are a little better heated up the next day. I can't believe he took them for lunch. Gag.

Or: Hey Brittanie! How did you feel about the movie THE SOCIAL NETWORK?
Yes, I thought it was that boring.

Anyway, time to catch up!

Beanie's 2 front teeth dangled there for a couple months until she finally got brave enough to let Nathan take them out. We did them over 2 nights. After the first one came out she sort of looked like a little hillbilly!

She was SO happy to have them out and Keslie was SO jealous and wishing that she could lose some teeth.
We spent one Saturday morning trying to teach the girl's how to ride two wheelers. Anika got the hang of it but Keslie kept turning around to make sure we were behind her and then she'd crash. We broke out the ole' roller blades and had a blast.
Brenan climbed into the bathtub with his clothes on for the first time(I think). He climbed in while it was draining so by the time I found him (Anika ran down to tell me he'd climbed in) he was just all wet in an empty tub.

Here he is just chillaxin'.
I said "what are you doing you weirdo?!" and he turned and gave me a big old grin. Haha!
It got pretty cold here in San Antonio! We even had a snow day! It was pretty comical watching the newscasters talking about the snow. The entire city shut down! Check out these pictures I took at the entrance to our neighborhood! It reminded me of CT!

We had a baby shower for one of my best friends - she had her first boy!!

Ashley and Heather - oh! I love them!
They are holding the "group gift". Haha! It was to signify a rocking chair but when she opened it she was pretty confused! I had a good laugh. =)

Nicole, Britt, and Bretta.
Nicole - I want you to know that this picture made me love you even more and it was even better because it was a surprise! I had no idea you did the tongue face. LOVE IT!
Some of the fabulous guests (I should have taken the camera out before people left!):
Ashley, Nanci, Jordan, Celeste, and Katie
Cute Lindsay and cute Shannon
We had yummy soups and salad and I had leftovers for days. It was glorious! Now Kyler is here and he is so darn cute. =)

We took the kids to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and it was a blast! I'm sad that we didn't get to see the actual rodeo - we just wandered the grounds. It reminded me of the state fair. My biggest regret is that I didn't have a cowboy hat to wear. =(

We learned how to lasso. Nath got the hang of it pretty fast!
and we got to pose with an Indian chief!
They had the best petting zoo I've ever been to! Sheep, kangaroos, llamas, dear, and pot-bellied pigs were a few of the animals wandering around and some were hungry! There was a dear that kept trying to eat Nathan's shirt!

"Llama face!! WAAAA!"
The kids rode some carnival rides:
Every time Kes came around she was doing something different. She's hilarious. =)
I learned something new about Nathan! He has never been to a state fair or ridden any fair rides! I can't wait to take him back and ride on the Top Spin with him.

Anika got to hold a ginormous beetle. She's our little bug charmer.

We did our best to keep track of this little escape artist! It was such a fun day and I'm so glad we went!
Valentines Festivites!

It was fun to hear these girl's love stories. =)
I know our husbands feel so happy to be married to such beauties. Haha!
Me, Lindsay, and Ashley went on a little girl's night out before V-day and had a lot of fun! We went to Orange Leaf (my new favorite frozen yogurt place!).
Then we did a little shopping. Fun night!
On Valentine's Day we had a PINK and RED breakfast.
Pink, heart-shaped (sort of) pancakes with strawberry syrup and red smoothies.
It was so easy and the kids were beyond excited!
The girls on V-day morning:
We also cut out, baked, frosted, and decorated dozens of sugar cookies! In keeping with tradition we only delivered half the plates we planned to. It always takes so much longer than I think it will! Next year we decided to divide and conquer. =)
And for my Valentine:
This is my super cheesy love song for Nathan! I just love him so much!