Monday, June 8, 2015

Disneyland.

Growing up we didn't take very many vacations. If we did it was still in the state of Utah. My mom was a single mom, and although she would have loved to take us somewhere there just wasn't extra money lying around to go on vacation. My mom loves her little grand-kids more than anything and does so much for them that we thought it would be fun to surprise her with Disneyland tickets. But why stop there, we got the whole fam tickets to Disneyland for Christmas so we could all go out there together! Any Grandma's absolute dream I would imagine!

We ended up being at Disneyland for the 60th Celebration. We had originally planned on going to Disneyland on a Wednesday and Thursday to avoid the crowds, but once we heard about the celebration we switched around our plans and went opening day!



Disneyland and California Adventures were absolutely CRAZY on Friday! We figured everyone would be there all day long and then leave to go home late at night but it was the complete opposite. The park wasn't really too busy during the day but once 7:00 rolled around there was SO many people! Both parks were at maximum capacity and they weren't allowing people in. (Which sucked because if you left either park you couldn't get back in, even with your park hopper.)

Day one of Disney was magical. (Yep, I just said that.) The kids had so much fun!



Disneyland was so much fun this year because Laikynn was tall enough for almost all the rides! She even braved it out and went on Splash Mountain and Lightening McQueen Racer!










Our annual picture at Downtown Disney.


We rented a house for the week that was within walking distance of Disneyland. It was fun all being in the same house! The house had a pool in the back so the kids basically swam every waking moment.






We also did a beach day! The water was SO cold but the kids didn't even care!
















Disneyland can be a lot of work for mom & dad, but totally worth it to make these kiddies happy!! We had a blast spending time together!

Titan turns 6!

 I can't believe my little baby Titan is 6 now! Where did the time go? Everyone said it would go by quick, but I didn't realize just how quick it really does happen. We are just soaking up every moment with this sweet kid! We love watching him grow and learn every day!

When I asked Titan what kind of party he wanted this year he originally told me he wanted a Hulk Party. The past two years have been super hero themed parties (Batman & Spiderman) so I was pretty much out of ideas for the party. Naturally, I went to Pinterest for some help. As I searched party ideas I started to give Titan some more options to see if there was another theme he wanted to do. When we came across 'Nerf Gun Wars' theme he was hooked! I knew we could make this party tons of fun so I started planning right away.

Little FYI about me, I LOVE holidays. Every one of them. So I tend to go above and beyond for them all. Yep, I'm THAT mom. But I love it, and so do the kids!

We had planned on doing the whole party outside but the weather wasn't having it. So we moved everything inside and hoped it wouldn't rain the whole time so the kids could have their war outside.

First, they got ready for Battle.









Bandanas, war paint, dog tags, tattoos, guns and most importantly, safety glasses.
(We also told all the kids to wear camo to make it a little more fun!)


We ended up with 17 kids total at the party! The whole time all I could think about is how glad I am that I never became a teacher. 17 six year olds is a lot of work, add in the sugar from cupcakes and nerf guns and it gets even harder!!



Devan and I spray painted a bunch of cardboard and set up a coarse in the yard, similar to paint balling.

& the kids had a BLAST!
We set up a few different games that they played while shooting around.























The Rice Krispy Treat was obviously the highlighted gift.


Poor Uncle T didn't stand a chance!





Laikynn was a little bit too little to join the kids in the nerf gun fight but she had fun watching it all go down!





Titan had so much fun with all his friends so in my mind the party was a big success!

Happy Birthday little man!