The Craziest Week!

May 8, 2015 by

  This week we did so much! On Monday, Paprika went to DWTS with Mr. M. I blogged about that here. It was an AWESOME day for her! I still haven’t watched the episode yet – and neither has Paprika. I think she’s only seen one episode of DWTS before, and because we don’t have a TV, she doesn’t really “understand” what a TV show is. I think she thought it was like going to a Broadway Show – like going to see The Lion King!        Anyhoo – she had a great time, and afterwards I asked her if she wants to work in television like her dad does. She said: Well, I guess that would be okay but I would still rather be an author. 🙂        ...

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Disneyland Day!

May 7, 2015 by

  On Tuesday, we went to Disneyland for the day!  Mr. M was off work, so we were able to go as a family.  Yay! Originally I had planned to go to Disneyland while some friends were in town  – but Mr. M had to work and life (my gallbladder!) got in the way.  We decided it was just too much at this point for me to take all four kids by myself to D-Land.  Sometimes you just have to know your limits, I guess!  So, even though our friends weren’t there on this day – we decided to make a day trip ourselves for a little family bonding time!  🙂 On the tram:     Visiting the bricks outside the gate – Vivian and Annemarie, and Blake and Ethan (Devon’s twin boys):    ...

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The Happiest Place Is Home!

April 16, 2015 by

      On Tuesday, we made a day trip to Disneyland and California Adventure on the spur of the moment.  We were literally getting in the car to go to the Zoo, and I figured out that it was going to cost us a lot more to go to the Zoo for the day than to Disneyland, since we are Annual Passholders and all we’d have to pay for is parking. So, change of plans – haha – we drove to Disneyland for the day! Mr. M always wants to go to Disneyland around the time when Dancing With The Stars does their Disney song week, which was last week.  He works all week on Disney-themed stuff at DWTS, so it’s fresh on his mind.         It was Ellie’s first trip to...

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Weekly Wrap-up: Field Trips!

November 2, 2014 by

  Our Halloween week was very full!  We went to a a bunch of fun places (I call them field trips – haha), and of course, we had a grand time on Paprika’s favorite holiday – Halloween! 🙂 Monday: In the morning, we decorated our pumpkins and decorated the outside of our house!  Paprika REALLY wanted it to look spooky for trick or treaters, so we did our best!   As soon as we were done decorating, we hopped in the car and went to the Aquarium of the Pacific.  I was amazed at how much the girls knew about all the animals at the aquarium.  Sometimes I wonder what they absorb from our adventures – and then I realize, they absorb everything! This is a shark egg, due to hatch in January 2015...

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Spooky Halloween at Disneyland!...

October 29, 2014 by

    Yesterday, we went to Disneyland!  I knew it would be our last chance to visit while it’s still decorated for Halloween. Always such a fun season to visit.  Right when we entered the park, we saw Snow White standing by herself!  She had just arrived and no one had noticed her yet – so we ran up and the girls had a nice long conversation with her.  Paprika had JUST been saying that she hoped to see Snow White.  Talk about magical!     I always love visiting our brick for our twins, Vivian and Annemarie.  It’s right at the entrance of Disneyland (I can’t believe we got such an amazing spot!)  I don’t think they sell the bricks anymore – so I am so grateful we have one.  It’s our little reminder...

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Then We Went to Disneyland!

October 2, 2014 by

  Okay, so you remember how I just posted that we went to Adventure City on Sunday?  Well, as if that wasn’t enough theme park to last us awhile – we went to Disneyland on Tuesday! Say What?! Well, Tuesday was the first day Mr. M has had off work in many moons.  This week, Dancing With The Stars did not have a results show – so he had an entire day off!  Woo-hoo! I had it in my mind we would stay home, I would get caught up around the house, etc.  But no…we went to Disneyland instead.  Go big or go home. Haha.       Since we live in Southern California, we are able to get Annual Passes to Disneyland – which is a huge savings, obviously – and really lowers the pressure.  If...

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Summertime at Disneyland!

June 10, 2014 by

We braved Disneyland in June – the first time that’s ever happened!  Here are a few pics from my Instagram account! Long story short, if you live in Southern California, you can buy Annual Passes that let you go all year long for a majorly discounted price. We get the cheapest passes (most blackout dates) – and those work out to costing about the equivalent of 2 or 3 days’ admission. It’s a great deal for us since we go so often!  Also, since we don’t like to go when the crowds are there, the cheap passes are perfect for us – they are only blocked out on the busiest days!  Fine by me… 😉 Well, our Passes ran out a few weeks ago and we were going to wait until the Fall to...

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Crazy Day at Disneyland!

May 2, 2014 by

  We had a great weekend visiting with my mom.  She left bright and early on Tuesday morning, and after she left, we took the girls to Disneyland! Our Annual Passes expire in a few weeks, so we wanted to try to squeeze in one more trip to the parks!  In Southern California, you can buy an Annual Pass to Disneyland that lets you visit all year – except for the summer months and holidays when passes are on blackout. We first headed over to California Adventure to ride Violet’s favorite, the Ariel ride, but it was closed for renovations!  Undaunted, we found the Ariel carousel, which suited Violet just fine:   Ginger REALLY wanted to ride the pink sea lion – and thankfully, it was open when it was our turn to ride!...

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It Is Well With My Soul

January 9, 2014 by

  Our past few days have been filled with high highs and low lows! On New Year’s Day, we went to a wonderful party up in Santa Barbara. Grandma Pat watched the littlest two kids and we took Paprika (7) to the party with us. It was awesome!  The kids are all at an age now where they can handle a road trip for a few hours at a stretch. I can’t tell you how much easier that makes everything. Just a year ago, it felt almost impossible to take car trips and now – boom – it’s a piece of cake (sorta).  Ginger and Violet had a great time with Grandma, and Paprika had fun pretending to be an only child for a night.  😉   And Mr. M and I got to...

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Paint and a Surprise!

November 7, 2013 by

    What do you think of those paint colors?  We bought some samples and painted BIG squares on each wall in every room just to see what they look like.  I have a preference – but I’m not sharing (yet).  I want to hear what you think first.  🙂   Yesterday I went over to the house to check up on things.  The old kitchen floor is out and we’re down to the original subfloor (there were three layers of floor on top of that)!       I had all three kids with me (of course) – so you can imagine what it’s like to juggle their safety, making decisions, and working on the house.  It’s kinda complicated, to say the least. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make – and truly,...

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5 Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland...

October 4, 2013 by

  I can’t tell you how often people ask me for tips for saving money at Disneyland.  We started going to Disneyland a little over 5 years ago – and in the past five years, we have visited over 100 times! We live about 45 minutes away from Disneyland, and we have Annual Passes.  I never went to Disneyland when I was a child – so I guess I’m making up for lost time!  Ha! Here are my Top Tips on How to Visit Disneyland Like a Local and Save Money:   1)  Buy your gifts and apparel ahead of time: I have been to Disneyland over 100 times and I have never purchased anything in a gift shop.  Ever. The prices are so high – I can’t justify it!  If you or your child...

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Learning To Let Go!

October 3, 2013 by

  This post is from my series, 31 Days of Positive Parenting: On Tuesday, we went to one of my happy places – Disneyland!  We live fairly close, and we have Annual Passes – so we try to go as often as we can during the year.  With Paprika being homeschooled this year, it makes it so much easier. We practically had the whole park to ourselves!  I think the longest we waited in line for a ride was three minutes.  The way it should be! Ha!     I love to go every year for my birthday – it’s great because the crowds are gone, it’s cooler – and well, it’s my birthday.  Of course, my birthday was a month ago – but life has been busy with Dancing With The Stars starting...

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Disney Part 2!

May 24, 2013 by

More pictures from our magical day at the Magic Kingdom!  🙂 These pictures were taken at Corey and David’s Vow Renewal Reception: You can see that they had two surprise and honored guests.  😉  The kids got a picture with Mickey and Minnie…well, most of the kids anyway! Toddler Violet was IN LOVE with Mickey and Minnie.  She danced with them, hugged them, kissed them, high-fived them…and was in general thrilled to see them.  It was pretty darn cute. Ginger was so well behaved, and truly a DOLL all day.  Truly.  But when we asked her if she wanted to meet Mickey and Minnie, she wanted NONE of that…thank you very much. She was very happy to sit and color at the table while the other kids played with Mickey and Minnie.  Ginger had a great...

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Fairytale Wedding!

May 23, 2013 by

A week ago TODAY, we went to the Vow Renewal of our friends Corey and David – they had their “Fairytale Wedding” at Disneyland for their 10 Year Anniversary! I have pics on my camera (still yet to be uploaded!) – but for now, these are a few of the pictures from my phone of our magical day at The Happiest Place on Earth! We spent the first half of the day at their wedding and reception – and then we rode rides until the park closed down. One of the favors they included for their guests were personalized Mouse Ears!  Paprika loved her Mouse Ears- after all her trips to Disneyland, she can finally say that she has her very own Mouseketeer Ears! Baby Violet had a wonderful time riding rides – she...

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Disneyland Day!

April 14, 2013 by

On Wednesday, we visited The Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland!  🙂  We were meeting up with my friend, Jen, and her family.  Even though Jen and I have known each other for seven years through our online baby group, and we chat all the time – and I read her awesome blog, Home Is Where They Send Us – this was the very first time we were meeting in person.  I was so excited I was jumping out of my skin!  We got to Disneyland while they were back at their hotel napping and resting – you know we couldn’t get there before noon, right?  😉 So, the first part of the day, we just hung out with our little family.  I had wayyyyy overdressed the girls because it was chilly when we left the beach.  But...

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Disney With Dalia!

February 18, 2013 by

Before the girls grow up and go away to college, I wanted to post about our last little day-trip to Disneyland…two weeks ago today! 🙂 I never ever ever like to set foot in Disneyland on a weekend (too crowded for me) – but my friend, Dalia and her family were visiting from Austin, Texas…and it was the only day Mr. M had off work to go.  So, we threw caution to the wind and braved Disneyland on a weekend!  Truthfully, the crowds weren’t too bad – if you’re going to brave Disneyland on a Sunday, then late January is just the right time of year to do that.  🙂 I met Dalia in my online mommy group back in 2005 (!!!!) when we were both pregnant with our first babies – so we have known...

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Disneyland Christmas!

December 9, 2012 by

On Friday, we loaded up our own sleigh (the minivan) and headed to Disneyland!  It’s become a little tradition to go to Disneyland in December to see all the Christmas lights and decorations.  We surprised Paprika when we picked her up from school.  She had no idea we were going, and when we told her, she started jumping up and down in excitement.  The look in her eyes was priceless! Ginger was just as excited as Paprika!  Violet was so excited that she napped in the car.  In other words, she had no idea where we were headed!  Haha. Friday (December 7th) was World TTTS Awareness Day…a day which I actually can’t stand.  The whole day just depresses me and makes me feel like a Big Loser.  It makes me so sad, and reminds...

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Disneyland Day!

September 28, 2012 by

On Wednesday, Paprika had the day off school for Yom Kippur. Since we’re not Jewish, it seemed like a great day for Disneyland! We thought it might be a little crowded, but we had no idea HOW crowded it would be. Every school district in Los Angeles was off for the day, so it seems like every other non-Jew had the same idea. We pulled up to Disneyland and there was an enormous line just to get into the parking lot. Oh boy! But, we made it. First stop was our brick. We always say hi as we walk into the park: Then we went to the Pirates of the Carribean ride. Ginger was excited about it, then she got scared when we were waiting in line. Here is her “I don’t think I...

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The Happiest Day!

September 7, 2012 by

Yesterday we went to the Happiest Place on Earth for my (early) birthday party! 🙂 My birthday is actually tomorrow (Friday) – but all the stars aligned and Wednesday was the best day to go. Paprika got out of school early, Mr. M was able to take off work, and the park was practically empty. We hit the sweet spot after Labor Day but before the weekend. Even the weather was perfect – cool and threatening rain – my favorite because it whispers: Crowds, Go Home! 🙂 And indeed, we did have the whole park to ourselves. Originally, I was going to have Paprika skip school…but after the whole drama with her changing schools three days ago, I didn’t think that would make a very good impression. As luck would have it, her school...

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Oh Yes, We Did!

May 14, 2012 by

Mr. M’s only day off work last week was Wednesday. Paprika has school and swim lessons on Wednesday, which doesn’t really leave time for anything else. Or does it? Now that we have our Season Passes again at Disneyland, we decided to see if we could squeeze in an evening visit. So, after Paprika went to school, had swim lessons, came home and showered…we surprised the girls with a nighttime trip to the Magic Kingdom! We got there at dinnertime and stayed until the park closed. It was pretty amazing because the park was practically empty, and the weather was perfect. Mr. M and I both commented that it felt like we were inside one of the malls in Las Vegas (with the ceilings that look like a sunny blue sky). We rode lots...

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