Friday, November 21, 2008

Funny Bella

Bella came home from school a little hyper today.

It was spirit day, which evidently at our elementary means that you wear your pajamas. (Thus, the reason why she is wearing her pajamas after coming home from school, in case you were wondering.)

Anyway, I thought this was too silly to not grab a video of. Please watch and learn from Karate Master Isabella.

Happy Birthday Gracie Girl!

Gracie turned 2 on the 18th. She is such a fun and sweet two year old. We had a fun little family party at John's Incredible Pizza for her and she loved it. This is her new cheese for the camera and also showing delight in recieving the Tinkerbell movie as a gift.
She has been really into Pooh Bear lately so I decided to make her a Pooh Bear cake. She loved it and did her best to blow out the candles.

She also got a new little kitchen for her birthday and has been cooking us delightful things ever since. We have to be careful though because she often puts things like her sippy cup of milk and other items that belong in the refridgerator in her fridge. We have found a few surprises.

Gracie was a sweetheart when she was born 2 years ago and she is a sweetheart now. She is happy most of the time and knows exactly how to make us laugh and loves doing it. We love you Gracie and hope you love being 2!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What have we been up to??..........

Sorry I have been off the radar for so long. I hate it when I check peoples posts and there is nothing new for a week let alone months! I have finally done some posts to let you know what we have been up to,...check them out.

A Magical Halloween

This year we had a ton of fun pretending like we were in Magical Disneyland for Halloween. The idea for Alice in Wonderland all started when we were in disneyland this last May and Bryan got himself a Madhatter hat. We had the hat and then I took on the task of making everything else....YIKES! It took about 6 solid weeks of sewing, a lot of late nights, a lot of crappy dinners, a lot of TV and movies for the kids, a lot of patience, and a lot of money.

We were so happy that we got to wear the costumes to 2 trunk or treats, a school Harvest Festival, and Bella got to wear hers to gymnastics class. We had so much fun decorating our trunk like a tea party and playing the Alice in Wonderland music in the background. The kids were going from car to car getting a little spooked by certain Halloween themes and then start smiling as they came to our car and heard the music and felt a little piece of Disney magic.

It was a lot of work but totally worth it. We love going all out for Halloween and we defintiely had a lot of fun this year.

Apple Hill

We had a fun day at Apple Hill this year with cousins, aunts, and uncles. It was a very crowded saturday afternoon but we fit in all the essentials:
-apple dumpling
-pumpkin pie
-apple pie
-fresh apples for home
-frozen apple pie for home
I think those are the real important reasons for going. We let the kids do some running around and posing for pictures, but that was all secondary to the goodies!

What a bunch of funny kids!

I'm retarded

As you have probably guessed by now I am trying to get caught up on everything that has been going on the last little while. I am having some major blogging problems though. I can't figure out how to put my pictures where I want them. On all my previous posts I either got lucky and they showed up how I wanted or I fought with the pictures on the post forever. I do not have forever to play around with the pictures right now, so I am sorry for the dumb straight lines of pictures. Please let me know how to arrange my pictures cute around my words instead of retarded looking!

Gold Rush Days in Sacramento

We heard about this last year and decided not to miss it this year.
Downtown Sacramento covered its streets with dirt and there were horses and buggies all over. People wore clothing like they
would have during gold rush days and there were all kinds of vendors and neat things to see. The girls liked trying on bonnets and of coarse wanted a pony ride. Gracie was ok at first and then slowly decided she was not so into the pony.

A Nice Evening at the Temple

We are so lucky to live so close to a temple. There is a beautiful park next to it and this happened to be a beautiful day. We decided to enjoy the nice night with the girls near the temple and we took a few pictures while we were there. They did some pretty good posing. I sure do love those sweet little faces.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving

I had an awesome thirtieth birthday! Thanks to wondeful family and friends I didn't feel depressed at all about turning thirty. Actually I have so many reasons to be happy I never really was feeling down about it. I am so grateful to have a sweet little family in my little apartment in California, and so blessed to have a wonderful big family that grew up in a big house in Utah. I love them all! I am also having a blast living in Folsom right now. I am surronded by wonderful people and they all know how to have fun and I love it. I am certain that my 30's will be even better than my 20's. I may have to start looking into better facial creams and start dying my hair, but other than that it is going to be great!

First Lost Tooth

I cannot believe that Bella already lost a tooth! It was a little tramatic at first but it all ended well. She was really afraid of the tooth coming out because I had mentioned that when your teeth start falling out that means you are a big kid. She is quite happy being a little person right now and she got very teary and said, "Mom, I don't want to be a big kid, I want to stay a little kid." I assurred her that she still had a while of being a little kid and that it was ok to lose a tooth. She especially felt better about it when I told her we could go to the store and pick out a special toothfairy pillow. When I first saw this pillow in the store I thought that would be quite a bump under her pillow and maybe not so comfortable. Then the salesperson told me that it was to hang on the doorknob and I thought, "Brilliant!" Then I quickly urged Bella to pick that one.:) She was a little disappointed when the toothfairy only left her one dollar?!? What was she expecting?

Here is a little clip of Bella telling her version of her lost tooth story. This was taken with my new little flip video camera, which I think is pretty sweet so far. You can now look forward to several more video clips from the Gibson fam.:)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Silly things we do!

So one of the silly things I did recently was go to the Release of Breaking Dawn. I was invited by a friend and we got a group together and had a blast. We were pretty much the oldest ones there but oh well, right. We were thrilled to be given our vampire teeth by the lady telling fortunes who guessed our age and guessed anywhere from 5 to 10 years younger then we actually are. What a gal! Then we only had to wait in line for about an hour for our book and we were excited but none of us shreiked with joy like some of the 14 yr olds did. Good Times!

I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about the book. It was very long. I am not sure why it needed to be so long, and there were a few things that when I read I was like, really? But overall I was entertained completely and I felt many different emotions and that is really all I ask of from a book. Mostly I think my girls were glad to have me done reading so that I would pay a little attention to them. :)

First Day of School

Bella has been so excited for her first day of school! She could hardly wait for the weekend to be over so she could go today. I asked her a few questions when she got home and this is what she said.
How was your first day of school?
Did you have fun?
What was your favorite part?
-Playing with the Polly Pockets.
Who will be one of your best friends?
-Ellie. (A friend from church that we are thrilled to have in her class.)
Who are some new friends you met?
-I don't know. I made friends but everytime I heard their name I just forgot it.
Was your teacher nice?
What did you like best about her?
-I heard that she is good at some things.
So as you can see, I am looking forward to being VERY informed about all the happenings in Mrs. Hodur's afternoon kindergarten class. I think I will need to do some volunteering inthe classroom if I want to really know how things are.:)

Doesn't she look cute. The perfect little kindergartener.
There was no way that Gracie was going to miss out on these photo ops. When it was time to leave she would not give Bella her backpack. Luckily we have another one and I quickly grabbed it and through some things in it for her to carry. She lined right up with the rest of the kids outside the door and was willing and ready to go to kindergarten. She settled for a trip to Walmart instead.

Summer Fun in Utah!

We sure do love visiting Utah. We had a ton of fun at Grandma and Grandpa's house, going to Bear Lake, playing with cousins and visiting Abuela! I'm sad to say that I did not pull the camera out as much as I should have, but that just means we were having too much fun to even think about it. Or maybe I was just relaxing too much with all the people around to entertain the kids.:)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The 4th of July!

We had a lot of fun on the 4th. We were all dressed red, white, and blue and we went out to breakfast. The girls ate and ate and we ate and ate.

Why is it always eaiser for Dad to pose with the kids than Mom? I always just end up looking like a dork.

I just love these two cuties!

After our breakfast we spent the afternoon swimming. I have started to think that I have two little fish instead of two little girls. They love the pool! Thank heavens for that.

After swimming we had a very fun little picnic with our friends. We found a park that was not packed with people and had fun eating, playing with the ducks, and playing frisbee. At one point the ducks were certain we were going to share our picnic and came right up to our blanket and started chopping at the edge of the blanket. It scared the kids to death and we shewed them away quickly. After our picnic we went home and did some simple fireworks of our own. The kids loved it and at one point Bella leaned to me and said, "we are very much enjoying this day." We sure did enjoy our day! We love living in America and are glad there is a day to celebrate it.

A Magical Party!

We had so much fun at Bella's birthday party. The kids looked adorable in their wizard hats and they absolutely loved making their own potions with the instruction of our master wizard and potion maker. They made Wunderbard's Dancing Pants Potion and Aria's Potion of Superb Singing. The kids showed all their new dancing moves after drinking the potion and we had fun laughing. It was definitely worth all the preparation it took.

Dancing Queen

Isabella had a lot of fun at her dance recital. She was very cute on the stage. We had to practice a lot at home, let's just say she is something less than a natural at dancing. We worked hard on it and she ended up doing a great job. I was determined not to have my daughter be the one standing on stage looking like they had no clue what was going on and making everyone stare and laugh at them instead of seeing the cute girls dance. She did not disappoint me.
She had fun coming up with her own poses for pictures. She does much better at freestyle stuff than a choreographed number.
This is Bella saying, "Mom, I am so done taking pictures!" But in Bella fashion she says things with her face instead of her mouth.
Her very favorite part of the whole thing though was getting flowers at the end. She felt very special and would not accept any help holding them. We went out to eat after the recital and she asked if she could bring them in the restaurant. She really loved them.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweet Isabella!

Yesterday was Bella's birthday and she woke up to a table full of pink presents and was so excited! She requested that we have heart shaped pancakes for breakfast, so we did. Then she got to open her presents and she looks as happy as she was. She was thrilled with the variety of presents.

After we got ready for the day she got to watch Mary Poppins. Wow, I had no idea how long that show was! I'm not sure if I am going to be able to let her watch it as often as she wants because it takes up half the day.

After Mary Poppins we went to McDonald's and played at the play place. It didn't seem to be the one she had in mind to play at but after going to two we just went to that one because I wasn't catching on to where the one was she had in her head.

Then it was time to get ready for her dance rehearsal. How, fun to get all dressed up and wear a pretty costume and make-up and go dance on a big stage on your birthday! Luckily she thought it was fun too. There will be more of these pictures to come after the actual recital.

After the rehearsal we ran home on put on our swimming suits and went for a quick swim at the gym. She is getting to be quite the little swimmer and is excited to finally start lessons in July.

Then we had told her that after dinner we would be taking her somewhere special for her birthday, just her and Mom and Dad. (Thank you Matt and Jessica for watching Gracie) We were about to go and she came out of her room and said, ok I'm ready for my date. It was very cute.
We had planned on taking her to La Dip Fondue. It is a fancy fondue restaurant with a big strawberry on the front of it. She has often asked to go to the strawberry place. Well, it isn't a place you just go to for any old reason. (even though we did that once on accident and that is why she even knows what the place it) So we were going to take her there and let her dip away in a pot of chocolate. Well, we pull up to it and the sign is gone and they are closed down. We felt so crappy! I didn't want to disappoint her and it made me so sad. So we thought about going to the Melting Pot in Rocklin or downtown Sacramento. We asked her if she wanted to go to another dipping place or to the Cheesecake Factory. The CF is not quite as far and very yummu too. So she chose the CF and said she knew it was very special place too because we had been there for Dad's birthday. Whew.... that was close. So here, we are at Cheesecake.

This is a little napkin trick her daddy taught her and she thinks it is pretty funny. She looks pretty darn cute, you should see Bryan when he does it.

She looked in the glass case with all the cheesecakes and desserts when we got there and we told her she could pick any one she wanted. She picked the enormous chocolate cake they have. She quite enjoyed some of it and we brought the rest home.:)

She said she had a very "special" day, which is how she wanted us to refer to it rather than her "birth"day. We love you so much our little Beautiful Bella and you certainly are special!

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