Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hi, my name is Alison

Hi, my name is Alison and I am a fabri-holich. It started at a very young age when I would wait for scraps of fabric while by mom sewed. My problem reached it's peak about 15 years ago when I worked at a fabric store and just couldn't resist buying all the cute fabric around me. I have several dressers bursting with fabric. I thought I had my addiction under control and would only buy fabric when I had a use for it, but I recently went in to my favorite fabric store and they put out this bag of scraps.

I just couldn't help myself. The problem is not the money spent on fabric (though I do try to keep the exact amount from Jon) but rather the space. I have no room for this bag of fabric but I knew I needed to give it a good home, and turn it into something great.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A little late

Carly started Preschool this week. This is her second year of preschool so she was really excited. It has been a long summer and we really missed Miss Marla. I can't believe how much Carly has changed in the last year. When I look at pictures from her first day of school last year, I think who is that little baby? She has grown so much this last year. She is such a spunky little girl and I wouldn't have it any other way.

We are really lucky that we found Miss Marla. She is such a great teacher and she really love the kids.

Daddy took the morning to take Carly to school.

have a Great Year Carly! We love you!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A whale of a tale

This is the house we stayed in on Newport Beach, and when I say on Newport Beach I mean it, we were just steps from the beach. It was a little loud at times but we were quite entertained by the public shower directly in front of our little deck. We stayed on the bottom level of this house.

No trip to So California would be complete without a stop at Disneyland. We walked in and were greeted by Micky.

This is all the kids and some of the parents with the big Mouse.

When we walked in the Gates we immediately saw Micky Minny and Goofy. All the kids were so excited and shouting the names of the characters they saw and Brianna yells " Look Mom. a horse!" She had seen on of the carriages. She is so funny.

Bri and Grandma on the jungle cruise.

Waiting for the Nemo ride to start. Jack, who is 1 was so cute on this ride. We had so much fun watching him.

Brianna and Daddy hoping Dumbo will fly.

Jack taking a snooze.

The kids with Jasmine and Aladdin. Jasmin told Bri that she really liked her shirt. Bri thought that was so great.

Besides Disneyland the only other time we ventured from our spot on the beach was to go whale watching. I'm not really a boat person, but it was a big boat and a calm sea that day.

The kids had a great time on the boat.

Captain Bob even let the kid sit in the Captains chair.

My cute Hubby the photographer.

Things really got fun when we started to see dolphins.

There were tons of them and the were so fun to watch racing the boat.

We were really excited when we finally spotted a Blue whale. The whales will surface and blow air and water out their blow hole 4-10 times before diving back down for food. They stay under for 10-15 min before surfacing again. We were told to look for the spray.

This was a truly amazing thing to see and something that I really never thought I would see. They are such massive animal. These pictures really don't show how big they are.

I feel really lucky to have seen this. Brianna was in heaven.

One last random picture.

On our last night there, we had just finishedtaking our family picture on the beach when what do we see but 3 aliens. I still don't know what the heck this was all about.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Beach trip

When we were young one of the only trips we took as a week at the beach with our cousins. It was so fun. For a while my sister and I have talked about how we wanted to do it with our kids and when we mentioned it to our sister in law she got the ball rolling. We have been planning this trip for a year now and it was just as fun as we thought it would be.

This is the whole gang on our last night.

As far a vacations go we really didn't do much. Most mornings we woke up and combed the beach for seashells.

One morning we got lucky and found a starfish.

I love this picture.

At night we walked along the pier.

Took in some amazing sunsets.

Let the kids play in the square.

Ate lots of ice cream.

And what could be better than a week long sleep over with your cousins?

Matching Jammies.

Our days were spent playing in the ocean.

Brianna was a fish and loved the water.

My Niece Zoe.

Atty doing his Babywatch run.

We built lots of sand castles.

Daddy and Carly in the ocean.

Brianna was such a great helper with all the little kids.

The two cutest boys on the beach.

My brother and Jack.

Sandy Feet.

I couldn't miss the chance to take some pictures of all these cute kids.

They were just too cute together.

The whole time I was on this trip I kept thinking how lucky I am to be there. This was one of those vacations that other people take, not me. I'm so glad we had the chance to do this. I have a great family. 15 years ago my family was in a bad place and I pretty much didn't even talk to my siblings. I think it is amazing to see how far we have come and how much we really enjoy each other. I can't wait for or next trip.
We did take a day to go to Disneyland and went whale watching too. I'll post pictures of those outing later in the week.