Thursday, January 28, 2010

Updates (a little long)

It seems like we just got back, but we're going to So Cal on Monday for two weeks. Since Mark is done with classes, he can do almost all of his work from anywhere. So, he'll be working and me and the girls will be having fun in the sun, I hope. No more rain, Riverside! Even if its in the 60's we'll be in our flip flops and shorts. Just kidding, of course.

We're going to go to Disneyland. We haven't been since our old dating days when going to Disneyland was no big deal because we had passes and could go anytime we wanted to. Those days are long gone. We tried to go after Christmas in '05, but when we pulled up in the parking garage, the sign said "Disneyland Full." That was the worst Christmas of my life. For that, and many other reasons. We found a Cinderella dress on clearance at the Disney store so we're planning on having a lot of fun watching Hope prance around the park.

We'll also get to watch the LOST season premier with my family and have a party, go to the Wild Animal Park, be there for Super Bowl Sunday, be there for Valentine's Day, and go to a couple of CBU homecoming activities. I'm looking forward to the girls getting some good Grammy, Pappy and Auntie Rah-rah time. And our flights over Christmas went MUCH better than this summer, so we're not dreading the travel as much :)

Due to my sister's inspiration, I started the 30 Day Shred. Don't expect me to be shredded in 30 days, though. Yay, for New Year's resolutions!

Our little precious girls are SOOOOO sweet we can barely handle it. Anna's personality keeps coming out more and more - she is really funny. She's keeping her deep throaty laugh. She's continuing to be a very messy eater. She stands on her head for laughs and just seems to intuitively know what is funny and silly. She's almost walking. So close. She just needs some confidence.

Hope is slowly transforming from a toddler to a little girl. Sniff sniff. She likes to accessorize, and she has deep thoughts. She loves to be read to, and will interupt after nearly every sentence to ask a "why" question. I know this is good, but sometimes I just want to read the story :) Her favorite things to play right now are: grocery store, church, doctor, and babies. You should see her preach - it is really something. She is kind of obsessed with babies. And she's hanging on to Christmas by stuffing dolls up her shirt, pulling them out and naming them "Baby Jesus." We've explained to her that people get married and then they have babies (right?). In preparation for Disneyland, she's been watching some of the princess movies. But she's always a bit disappointed at the end when they don't have babies.

We're looking forward to In and Out, BJ's Pizza, Bakers, some new sandwich shop my sister told me about, and any other good food that comes our way. I better get to shredding.

Well, Mark has lots going on with work, writing and schooling, too. He's got to learn French for reading in the next few months, pass a test and then learn everything there is to know about Church History to take his comprehansive exams in June. He's also writing other things and teaching and preaching in the meantime. Oh, and he's a spectacular husband and daddy.

It's currently about 20 degress outside.

I get to get my hair cut on Saturday and I'm pretty excited about that. I might throw in a Starbucks drink while I'm out, too ;)

Okay, here are some recent pictures:

Papa consoling little Anna at Turtle Bay in Redding.

This little trick has made outings so much better! Hope loves pushing Anna around.

Decorating cookies at Nannie and Papa's!

Uncle Kevin patiently tried to teach Hope how to play a Wii game.

Andrew and Hope were best buds. I think their TV faces look funny in this picture.

You'd think we'd go to California to get away from the snow, but it found us! We took a morning trip out to go sledding on Mt. Shasta. Hope was pretty timid at first, but then she got into it.


Warming up by the fire in the morning.

Nannie and Anna cudding. AND behind Nannie is the beautiful new Christmas quilt she made us for Christmas.

The chaos that was opening presents. Anna was really into it.

Here's a picture of us on our 6 year anniversary date to Applebees.

They are so sweet!

Sweet Little Silly Anna.


leslie b said...

I didn't know you had family in Nor Cal, we have family in Redding and Montgomery Creek (which is on your way to Burney up the mountain) It looks like you had fun!

Kieran & Kari said...

What wonderful updates! Thanks for sharing with all of us. It's so awesome to get updates & see the girls grow up. Happy Anniversary to you & Mark. Perhaps one day in the spring or summer of 2010, we can get together. Ethan just finished his first semester of middle school. If we don't get together soon...he'll be driving to our next get together.;) And, if y'all haven't checked out the Prime Outlets in Pleasant Prairie, WI near the WI/IL border, we highly recommend it. Hope you have a FANTASTIC visit to CA!! It sounds so magical! We had the chance to go back last year for Karrie Tallon's wedding & we truly loved every minute of the trip...hard to believe it was a year ago! Kari

Melissa said...

Love the update and YAY for 30 Day Shred! Jillian makes 20 minutes COUNT! I feel much stronger since I've been doing it. I haven't done it for 30days straight... more like 3 or 4 times a week for 4 months!

So when you come to So Cal, you should really come by my family's cupcake shop in Ontario!!!

Alex and Marcella said...

I love your update and I can't wait to see you! Can we hang out more than once? Sorry..I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm just so excited!

The Marshmans said...

Check with inside CBU you can get discounts on tickets for being an alumni - chris hof helped us out. So glad you all are going to cali for a while! It definitely refreshed us! Have fun and be safe

Stephanie said...

Leslie - Yes, Mark is from a tiny town called Dunsmuir - 45 minutes N on the I5 from Redding. Its such a cute little town!

Kieren and Kari - yes, lets please get together! And, we live right near the Pleasant Prairie outlets now. Come shop and see us!

Melissa - good to know you're a shredder too ;) AND, I have heard that cupcakes are the thing in So Cal right now - I will certainly try to check your family's place out - thanks for the reminder!

Marcella - yes!

Rachel - we've got some insider deals for Dland - thanks!

Natalie said...

It looks like you guys had a great Christmas. Happy Belated Anniversary, too. Give little Hope and Anna a hug from us.