Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter Weekend: Part Three

We stayed at my grandma's for the weekend so when we woke up on Sunday, the girls hunted eggs at the same house that my mom and grandpa forced Devin and I to hunt eggs at well into highschool:) I always miss my grandpa a lot at holidays (I think we all do. He was really into holidays, especially when they involved food so it's hard not to feel like something's off without him there.) so I think I felt like staying at their house would sort of involve him. Bella slept with great grandma all weekend and left her magic wand for great grandpa at the cemetery so I'm pretty sure she's now at the top of the inheritance list.

This was Matea's first egg hunt that she could really participate in and she figured out how it worked right away. But then halfway through, she changed her game plan. When she'd find an egg, she'd examine it, decide whether or not she wanted, either set it back down or put it in her basket and then replace it with a new one. No matter how much we tried, my mom and I couldn't sway her from this approach.

After the egg hunt, the girls changed into their dresses I made them and we headed over to Steve's parents house for another egg hunt and lunch. Both girls had fun playing with their cousins. Hana and Matea gave each other lots of hugs and kisses and as usual, Bella and Ethen were inseparable. They're only about 10 weeks apart and get along so well. Bella likes to be in charge and Ethen's ok with that so they're really balanced playmates.

We've spent the last week recovering from our whirlwind weekend and are heading out of town again tomorrow for three days. Mama definitely needs a break!

Easter Weekend: Part Two

On Saturday of Easter weekend, we met my dad and Cindy for lunch at Superior Dairy in Hanford. Holy crap! I had totally forgotten how big their portions are. That's a regular banana split Steve ordered! Both girls enjoyed their ice cream and seemed to be able to eat an endless amount. Matea was sitting next to grandpa which probably made him nervous. He's a pretty "tidy" guy and Matea was all snot and slime. At one point her ice cream bowl slid off the table and landed face down and grandpa's shorts. I bet he had to take a blood pressure pill in the car afterward.

Then we headed over to Adventure Park where we rode the race cars and Grandma Cindy got scolded by the 16 year old part time high school employee for not following the rules. Such a bad example for the children. Matea was too small to ride so she spent a half hour swinging on the bars like a monkey.

Easter Weekend

Yes, I know I'm way behind on posting here. If you read my work/crafting blog at all (, you know I've been super busy. I'm working 20-25 hours a week from home now on my sewing business and trying to spend less time on the internet all together...see, what happens is I come on here to quickly post and then I have to check my celebrity gossip sites and then Babycenter and next thing you know, I've wasted a half hour.

Anyway, our Easter weekend was crazy busy. We drove over to Lemoore on Friday morning and spent the afternoon and Rotary Playland/Storyland in Fresno. To say both girls loved it would be an understatement. Bella wanted to do absolutely everything and as usual, Matea was right behind her.

For those who aren't familiar with the park, it's sort of like a mini amusement park for smaller, preschool aged kids and it's all sponsored by the Rotary Club. Steve and I both remember going there as kids so it was neat to see our girls there. At Storyland, you buy a little plastic key that you stick into a machine that tells you a story. There are different statues, etc. next to the machine that go along with the story and some have little activities like slides and ladders.

I wish we could have gotten video of Matea with Little Red Riding Hood. I'm pretty sure she thought she was real. She kept saying "hiiiiiii-eeeeeee" and hugging and kissing her. It was so adorable.

When we headed over to Playland, my mom kept saying she thought Bella would be too scared for the roller coaster and bigger rides. Total opposite happened. She wanted to ride absolutely everything, event the stuff she wasn't tall enough for.

We all had a great time. Thanks Grandma and Great-Grandma!

Monday, March 10, 2008


I was playing with my new camera yesterday and got these really sweet pictures of Matea. She had just woken up unhappy from a too short nap and made herself comfy watching "Little Bear" with Bella.