Friday, May 29, 2015

Morgan and Josh

The day FINALLY came!!! Luckily we had a San Diego trip to distract the kids for a week but all they've asked is, "WHEN ARE MORGAN AND JOSH COMING?!?!? HOW MANY MORE SLEEPS TIL THEY GET HERE?!?!" Well the day finally came and it was extra special for Luca because it's also the day we celebrated his summer birthday at Pre-K! He took 4th of July Captain America cookies :-) Yum! 
We got the text that they were on their way and we started counting the hours...
 Before we picked them up, we went to the Locks to have a picnic and say goodbye to our dear Stockton clan. They are taking Abe the babe and moving back to Denver to be closer to family. I can't say I blame them but oh how we will miss them!!! 
This pretty much sums up our feelings...
(Luca leaving the locks)
 Morgan and Josh arrived Wednesday evening and we began the great Seattle extravaganza! Ella was so excited to hang with Morgan. She planned tea parties and make over parties and movie nights and all kinds of stuff ;) Luca was excited to have a sleepover with Josh :) On the first night, he gave Josh his beloved Moosie and said Josh needs Moosie because Moosie is ginormous and Josh is ginormous and he would just take teddy because they are both tiny. I mean, come on...can't handle all the adorableness. 
 On our first day, we took them to the Public Market and the Big Wheel. It was a b.e.a.utiful day...
The big kids were at school this day so we were able to cover a lot of ground!


Later in the day, we took the kids to Carkeek park to let loose...
 The next day we had a picnic at Ballard Locks and watched the boats. First we paused Market street and stopped by the Pie Bar to get some sweet treats to top off our picnic. 





 Steep hill + belly + jelly shoes = disaster
Before heading home, we went down to the fisherman's terminal so walk out and see all the boats. I suggested we eat at Chinooks and dine with a view but Josh and Morgan don't like fish!!! They'll never know what they were missing :) Every part of us wanted to jump in a boat and pretend we were setting sail, but we refrained...must set a good example for the kids haha.
 That night we took them to dinner at Metropolitan Grill downtown. We got a sitter so we could all actually sit and dine! We talked, laughed and ate A LOT. 
The next day we took them to explore some more in our neighborhood on Ballard Ave. We shopped around and ate our favorite burgers at Lil Woodys. 
Oh HEY handsome!!!
 Don't you think Ella + Olli NEED these dresses??? I do :)

 That evening Josh and Morgan took off to a Sounders game while I entered back into my real world for a couple hours and caught up on some laundry. The next day, Sunday, Josh woke up SICK!!! He slept the day away while the rest of us when to church. Luca had been sick the day before so Morgan and I decided this would be the perfect girls day. This was the day Ella had been waiting for :-) The boys hung out at home and the girls went shopping at U Village. Ella bought her first chapter book, A Little Princess, and we marked our girls day as a memento in the book :)
 Girlfriend says that these are her style hahaha.

 Monday was the Space Needle! My kids have been asking to visit the needle since we moved and this was the perfect opportunity! It was Memorial Day and Ella was out of school so we all packed up and made a day of it. There was a festival downtown too so there was a lot to do and and see!


 I guess technically Milo has been before, twice. He was just in my belly :) The view is much better from the outside though!
 playing with the interactive photo wall...



 We were trying out the new sky-high selfie feature out on the deck and this one is definitely going in the books. Home-slice is unknowingly all up in our shot and I'm clearly annoyed. Say cheese! And then there's Mike, blissfully unaware :)

Then we were so off on our timing that it never really worked out...this is what we got hahaha.
 
Spidey!!! This guy was more excited to see Spiderman than we was to see or do anything else!


 Boo face was plum tuckered out by the time we were ready to leave :(
 On our last day, Josh and Morgan got out and about in the morning while I let Milo sleep and Mike got some work in. Ella was at school, but that afternoon, we headed out to Golden Gardens...
 And watching this boy on the beach is one of my greatest joys. It's like an animal being returned to the wild...he has wide open space and freedom to be as wild and free as he is truly is on the inside and he just lets loose in his own little world. You can see his mind spinning. It's pretty magical.

Fun was had and memories were made! It was like another vacation of us too! We love having our family here with us...it helps make our home feel more like home. I'm pretty sure we wore them out :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

San Diego

Last week was the Reading-Wilson {Realson} Family Vacation to San Diego!!! It was amazing. I mean...just perfect. Getting there was a bit of a chore though ;) Packing for 5 on a trip like this was a totally new experience! I. Can't. Imagine. packing a baby in here too in the near future. I mean, I just can't. Totally worth all the effort though because man...we needed this vacation!
 We got off to a hysterical start when Mike flipped a soggy cracker soaked with Milo's spit into my lap and I tried to throw it at him...only to miss and hit the lady across the aisle. Oops. Can't take us anywhere!
 She wore it the whole time. We watched it turn a darker shade as it dried onto her sweater. We never had the nerve to tell her :-0
 The kids were so excited. They got their own row and kept themselves busy with art, snacks, cars, games and of course, technology!

 On the first morning, Mike took the big kids to the beach to explore first thing in the morning while the rest of us settled in to our new home for the week. 
Home Sweet Home!!!
 We went to Target to load up on groceries. I can't tell you how many times we ended up at Target! I guess multiple Target trips are inevitable with FIVE children in tow :) We fueled up at In-And-Out. Milo LOVED him some burger and fries! 
 After that, the sun was out so we hit up the beach! You know what's funny? The kids were soon excited about the beach and the ocean, yet when we were there, all they asked about was the dad gum pool!
 Milo hates everything about the beach. I mean, hates. it. He sat right in my lap for the longest while. 
 He was so mad to be there that he wouldn't even look at the camera! He just cried!

 He's absolutely terrified of the sand. I finally convinced him to sit in his own chair.
 He wasn't happy. Baby child does NOT like having sandy hands or feet. He was repulsed :)
 After a while he came around. He wouldn't let a toe touch the sand but he was happy in his chair :) Then he stood up and face planted in the sand and the rest is history...
 However, the big kids...
 they couldn't get enough!

 Baby Theo was a rock star just napping away in the tent. 
 It didn't take long before we packed up our gear and took the kids to the pool. They just couldn't handle all the excitement and new things to explore.
 That night, the Wilsons babysat while Mike and I had a date night! We hit up the Gaslamp District and had a delicious meal at Seersucker. 
We walked around a bit and found our cinema :)
 We enjoyed our evening and then headed back to the beach house. It's hard to stay away from that awesome place and awesome people! Our evenings were filled with grown up game night and shenanigans. I haven't stayed up that late or laughed that much in quite some time! 

 Ella and Luca helped take care of Theo. I think they are getting pretty stoked to have another little baby around. 
Tuesday was the San Diego Zoo!!!
 We had a picnic lunch, rode the skyfari and took a bus tour.
 I'm telling you, with 5 kids and a prig, the bus tour was the way to go! We drove through very slowly and got to see all of the animals!








 Milo may not love the sand, but he L-O-V-E-D the skyfari. As we got higher and higher he just squealed with delight! And as you can see...no fear!
 We ended our day at the children's zoo and let the kids run and play while we caught our breath.





The next day, we took turns going to the beach with the big kids while the other couple stayed in with the babies. I absolutely loved this morning. I just sat and watched Ella and Luca run with joy and play their little hearts out. These 2 little lovelies...
Our little Olli made her appearance on this trip too. She just popped right out! 
Olli on the beach!
 Ella wore her mermaid swimsuit this day and it brought me so much girl mom joy to watch her star in her own little show pretending to be a mermaid when she didn't know I was watching :)

 And then a little rainbow popped out right behind her. One of those magical moments!

 The other thing that brought me great joy was watching our Luca run wild and free. The beach was the perfect place for him to just be him. He ran as hard as he could through the sand and water. He climbed everything and got as sandy as he possibly could. 





 Meanwhile, mama is working on a tan!

 mermaid Ella
 shark Luca
 That afternoon, we kept the babies home while the Wilsons had some family beach time!
 Later that day we all ended up at the pool. We found a place Milo like to hang. The swimming pool? NOPE! The hot tub! I guess it does kind of feel like a bath :)
 His favorite place though was right here safe and sound on a lawn chair. Or better yet...in the house :)


 On our last full day, we hit up the park at the beach before heading out to a delicious lobster roll lunch. 






 That afternoon, after lunch, the rain set in! We just kicked back in the beach house. Some napped...
 Ella and Luca had robot fun...
 Milo was partied out and just played on my lap...
 and Mike read Russian literature, of all things.
Party animal!
 That evening, we paid our babysitting dues and the Wilsons enjoyed a date night. We had so much fun playing games every night and they just couldn't stay away. They came back a little early and we ended up in an epic lip sync battle. Just keepin it Realson ;)



 On our last night, Milo was up most of the time with a high temp. I'm pretty sure it was teeth. He wouldn't sleep alone and had to nap it off in the morning with Daddy while we furiously packed.

 We stopped by Balboa Park on our way to the airport and decided that it's on the top of our list for our next trip to San Diego!

 We got back alive and well...happy, tan and big smiles from memories made.
 I mean, we were pretty delirious, but hanging in pretty well to be so outnumbered! 
 We were barely on the road before...

And that's a wrap for Realson Family Vaca 2015!!! Until next time!