Friday, May 31, 2013

Annie's Birthday Camping Party

For Annie's birthday camping trip we went to Idyllwild. It was an hour drive from our house.  We have never been to this campground. We have been to a couple of other ones around Idyllwild but this one was new. Mike opted for us to stay in the cabins there. It was a fun adventure. I teased that our RV was bigger than the cabin. It was really fun there and we will definitely go back. I would like to take the kids up this summer for a week or two.

Annie looking at the lake.
That day they had just stocked the lake. I counted 21 dead fish. The workers said that they always lose some fish on the drive up the mountain, the altitude really messes with them. The kids were really interested in the dead fish.
Poking the fish with a stick.
Lichen, maybe?
Boulder climbing

Jake and Anthony
Anthony and Michael


That first evening they had so much fun. We went on a really long walk to find the swimming pool. The kids got so tired they sat in the road to rest. Since we were in the mountains everything was up a hill.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Annie''s Birthday Continued . . . .

Mike took Annie to the store last week and let her pick out her birthday cake. He let her choose any cake she wanted and she picked the little, tiny smash cake. It was so cute. Everyday she asked if her cake was going to be ready. She really, really wanted that cake. She was so excited when she saw it on the counter.

Jaileigh was "helping".

Silly Michael
Lighting the candles.

She was so excited and happy!
We were going to go to dinner, she wanted Texas Roadhouse, but our friends were over so long that I sent Mike to just pick it up. The kids all love the rolls and peanuts and the meat. We swam, ate dinner and then ate cake and then swam some more.

The happy birthday girl with her mama.
(that face is so adorable, I couldn't stop kissing it.)

We finally went in when it was dark and headed to bed. Her birthday request was to go camping. I gave her the choice of Disneyland, birthday party, Sea World, beach, or camping. We were watching our friends dog so we couldn't go until the weekend. She is such a funny girl.  
Happy Birthday Annie Grace!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Annie!

I can't believe that my sweet little baby is now three years old! I woke up at 1:00 am last night and remembered that exactly 3 years ago my contractions had officially started. I waited until 6 to get Mike up and then we called Gina to come watch the tribe. I still remember her telling me that the boys locked themselves in the guest bedroom and she couldn't get the door open. I think they finally opened it on their own.  She had a rough beginning, emergency C-section due to my blood pressure dropping and the cord wrapped around her neck twice and she was a complete SURPRISE to us! I can't imagine life without her and if I had to sum her up in one word it would be JOY!!!!! She has brought pure joy to our lives. I love this little girl. Our lives would be quite dull without her spunky personality and bright smile. We are so grateful for you ANNIE GRACE!  I think she gets her spunkiness from her namesake, Grandma Dolores Ann. They would be quite the pair if we got them together.

Annie was the last one to wake up on her birthday. The kids were so excited to give her her presents. They kept checking on her every 30 seconds and I'm sure one of them poked her awake.
The kids all made her birthday cards, with daddies help. Last night she and I ran an errand so they could make them secretly.
Michael (he won't let me cut his hair and it's driving me nuts!)

I love her hand motions in this one. She kept telling the kids they could open her presents. I had to intervene and make them give them to her.
I have never met a child that shares as much as she does. All of her birthday gifts she shared right away. In face, I think she gave all of her new clothes and swim suits to Jaileigh. Everything she had she shared and gave away. I had to make the kids give her presents back. She is such a sweet heart.
My baby and her crazy bed head.
She has the craziest hair! Jaileigh and Jake's curls grew out as their hair grew. Her hair just gets curlier and curlier. She refuses to let me do anything to it. She does allow me to put oil in it every once in awhile.

Birthday breakfast. She loves eggs so that is what we had.
She will eat eggs 3 meals a day and for snack time.

We sang Happy Birthday to her and put candles in her eggs.
The kids had preschool so Annie and I went shopping. I let her pick out a couple of gifts for herself. She picked a bag of Cheetos's and a shower poof. Hahahahaha! When we picked the kids up she wanted to go eat at a "store". It took me a second to realize she meant a restaurant. We went to Miguel Jr's and we ate taquitoes and quesadillas with lemonaide.
We went home and they ran straight to the neighbors house. She opened her presents from them and then it was naptime. During naptime I blew up a cooler full of water balloons. Then they had a water balloon fight and I didn't get one picture of Annie!

Jaileigh carrying a hot dog balloon.
The boys threw a water balloon and her and it popped her hot dog balloon. She was so mad and it got her so wet!
We sang Happy Birthday again and had princess cupcakes.
The birthday girl and her pink tongue.

After cupcakes they swam in the pool.

more to come . . . . .