Sunday, May 25, 2008

Time in the Sun

We're a little late posting this update, but last weekend we went to California to visit Austin and Sarah. We hadn't seen them in a year so, like all good twins, we decided to get together for some fun in the sun. Luckily the trip coincided with Celeste and my anniversary. So it was a big 3 year celebration for us, and we celebrated by going to Celeste's favorite place: Disneyland.

Disneyland is for kids. That's my take on it. But after the trip I realized it's still for the kid at heart. Celeste fits into that category. She absolutely LOVED it. She is quite amazing. A very incredible woman. She can still get excited about even the lamest rides. As an example, we went to Star Tours. If you don't know, Star Tours is a Star Wars ride where a big group of people get seated in a "moving" room. They play this video on a big screen in the front and can shift the room up and down and sideways to make it feel like you are actually moving along with the movie that's playing. She went nuts! The rest of us came out with yawns, or a couple of fond memories of younger days when that ride seemed so cool. Not Celeste. She actually yelled out during the ride because she got so into it. And this happened all day long. All day and a half actually, since we went to California Adventures as well.

So I am grateful for a wife that is young at heart, and who will inspire mystery and awe in our kids as they grow up that Disneyland really is the place where dreams come true.

OK. Now on with the program. Here are some favorite moments of the trip captured on film.
First off, the best picture of all: A sleeping beauty!

And then the real one:

Other notable characters:

Since it was 95+ degrees when we were there, we all agreed that getting wet meant staying cool.
Splash Mountain:

Brooklyn is our water baby:

A trip to California wouldn't be complete without a day at the beach.

It was a fabulous getaway from the grind of the semester!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

1st Birthday

Brooklyn had her first birthday this weekend.

It was lots of fun. Grandma Baillio gave her some fun books and a "see and say". Man those things are so advanced now! Mom got her a cute play stroller. She loved it. Dad got her some board books which we read together at night. Her friends got her more books, a chair, bubbles, and other fun stuff. It was a fun party and we're so happy that everyone could make it, despite the weather. It has been an exciting year for us as a fledgling family. We're excited for the next one.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Dream is a wish....

It's always been my dream to be a princess. What girl wouldn't? Your job is to wear fancy dresses, be admired and sing to animals. Well, my dream came true! A friend asked me to be her daughters favorite princess, Cinderella, at her birthday party. So a few additions to my wedding dress, fake eyelashes and some magic dust! And Wha La!

The gig didn't require any singing to animals, so I made up for it on the walk home.