Monday, June 30, 2008

Famous Quotes

Eli is at the age where he loves to talk and will pretty much try to say anything he hears even if he can't quite get the words out correctly. We are amazed at how his vocabulary grows daily and how he will pick up on the smallest things we say (or how we say things) and we'll find him repeating (or mimicking!) us when we're least expecting it. We are enjoying all of the laughter this brings!! Here are some of the current famous quotes from Eli:

  • "I fawted. (giggle). I fawted gin! (more giggles)"
    • Translation: "I Farted. I farted again."
  • "I wan peas an mik!"
    • Translation: "I want rice krispies and milk."
  • "Awdee"
    • Translation: "Eli." (We aren't quite sure why he calls himself this, but he consistently refers to himself as "awdee." HA!)
  • "He-woh Gamma. What? What?? Kank you. Bye."
    • Translation: "Hello? What?? What?? Thank You. Bye." (This is Eli's typical phone conversation when playing with his toy phones. Add the "what?" is a new thing and it cracks me up every time! He calls "gamma" most often, but sometimes other family members or friends' names get "called.")
  • When Eli prays he thanks God for: "Mommy, Daddy, Awdee, Bonnie, Casey, Ben, Nana, Papa, Emmie, Emma, Elliott, Baby Gace, Petey, Howie, fwends, seep, amen."
    • Translation: In other words he lists family members, himself, kids from his childcare, our dog, my parent's dog, our "friends" and asks God to give him a "good night sleep."
  • "I wan wead stowie!"
    • Translation: "I want to read a story!"
The list could go on and on, but we'll stop there. I am sure there will be many future blog posts relating the funny things that come out of Eli's mouth since this stage of his toddler-hood is just beginning to take off!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vacation Highlights

Well we've been home for an entire week now and I'm finally getting a chance to post our pictures and blog some about our summer vacation. I guess we've been busy?!? Here were some of the highlights:

Grandma and Grandpa
It was so much fun to have my parents (Eli's "gamma" and "gampa") join us for the first four days of our trip. Eli was so excited to realize that they were coming, and loved the fact that their hotel room was right next door to ours. In his mind, he decided we had all moved next door to one another and he loved the new set-up to be able to just run over to "Gamma's house." My parents even watched Eli back at the hotel for us one evening, so Micah and I could have a date night!

It was so much fun to take Eli on this vacation. I was a little worried since age 2 is a little unpredictable, but he was a great little traveler! He loved sleeping in his hotel bed (sofa mattress on the floor) and would run and flop on it everytime we walked in our room. He slept great the entire time, so I guess we wore him out. It was fun to experience Disneyland with him and see it again through the eyes of a child. Eli called it "Mi Mouse House" (Mickey Mouse's House). He also had the chance to experience the ocean for the first time at the Santa Monica Beach. He didn't really like having the sand all over him, but enjoyed sitting on the towel and watching the waves.

Unofficial Guide
Our friends (Chris and Robyn) recommended this book to us: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2008. I read it before we left, and let me tell you, I will never go to Disneyland again without this book - it was AMAZING. The book gives you all kinds of insider tips, down to the nitty gritty details of pretty much everything. It even contains different "touring plans" that tell you what order to go on the rides in order to avoid long lines - including what ticketing gate to line up at when you get there in order to get in the fastest! We followed the advice, and it worked.

3-Days at Disney
This was the first time Micah and I had purchased multi-day park-hopper tickets. Although they were slightly more expensive, it was WELL worth it when taking a toddler. We stayed in a hotel close to Disney (rode a tram every day) and were able to leave for a few hours in the middle of each day to go back to the hotel for naps. I attribute this to being part of the reason why Eli did so well - nap times are sacred. We also didn't feel like we had to cram in a million things each time we were at the park, we were able to take our time, see the sights, and ride everything we wanted to within the three days.

As I already mentioned we took Eli to the beach for the first time. The highlight was eating at a yummy Mexican restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. We sat outside, over the ocean. It was a beautiful view and the weather was perfect. We were hoping to ride the infamous ferris wheel on the pier, but unfortunately it was rented out by a private group so we'll have to do that one the next time.

San Diego Zoo
If you've never been to this Zoo, it's one of the best. We love going to the Phoenix Zoo (when it's not so hot outside) but the SD Zoo is so much bigger and has amazing exhibits like the Panda and Polar Bears. Eli especially liked seeing all of the snakes in the reptile house.

Yep, I hate to say it but having a mini-van was actually one of the highlights for me. I never thought I would own a mini-van, but ever since we got it it has made traveling with Eli so easy. There is room for everything (plus more) and it's just nice to have the extra space when you are on a road trip and covering so many miles. Hooray for mini-vans!!

See below for a picture slideshow of our trip. Thanks for reading this LONG post!

Vacation Slideshow

Enjoy the pictures!

Friday, June 20, 2008

California Dreamin'

It's hard to believe our fun-filled vacation week in California is just about over. We enjoyed Disneyland, California Adventure, the beach, and the San Diego Zoo. I will be sure to post some pictures sometime soon after we return. Eli has had a great time and been an amazing little traveler - especially for a TWO year old :) Granted, he had his moments... but overall we were quite impressed with how he did. Anyway, more details to come...

For now, if you want to enjoy a cute video clip that my hubby made of our first day at Disneyland, CLICK HERE to go to his blog and check it out.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Micah! I know this picture is over a year old now, but I just love looking at it. Eli knows you are his daddy and he is so safe in your arms. He knows you will help him get somewhere when he can't get there on his own, and that you will be there to just carry him when he needs to be carried. You have already taught him so much and will continue to teach and guide him for as long as you both are on this earth. Thank you for helping him to experience the love of our Heavenly Father through you, his daddy. We both love you so much!

I also want to wish a Happy Father's Day to my own dad (Bob) and my dad-in-law (Daryl). We are so grateful to have father's who can be a regular part of our lives and of our son's life. You both mean so much to us, and we appreciate your continual love, support, advice, and prayers.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mickey and Minnie... here we come!

This weekend we will be heading out for our family vacation to Disneyland! Disneyland will always hold a special place in our hearts because that is where Micah asked me to marry him. This will be the first time we have gone since Eli was born, and we are excited to introduce him to this magical place! Granted, a 2-year-old won't fully appreciate everything about the theme park, but it will still be a great time. My parents are going to join us on the trip, and we're looking forward to spending a fun week with them. Eli will be thrilled to have "Gamma" and "Gampa" there! We purchased the 3-day park hopper tickets so that we will be able to experience all we want to at the park, but at the same time have flexibility in our schedule to go back to the hotel for naps each day - very important! I'll definitely have pictures to post when we return.

Right now Eli is fighting off a double ear infection, so you can keep him your prayers. He is on antibiotics and his fever is pretty much gone, so he should be good to go for the trip... but nonetheless it was bad timing. I guess it could have been worse though if he came down with it while we were there! Poor little guy... and his poor sleepless mommy :)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Leaving Comments

Today at church my friend Brandee was asking me about how to leave comments on this blog if you don't have a Google ID account. I have had other people ask me that before too, so thought I would include a post about this. Basically, you just click on the "Comments" link under the post you want to comment about. Then you can either sign-up for a Google ID and use that from now on (it's free), or you can click where it says "name/url." If you click there, you can type in your name, but the "url" part is optional so you don't have to type anything on that part. You can also choose to leave a comment as "anonymous" and just sign your name to it within the text of your comment, since otherwise your name won't appear. It's up to you but feel free to try any of these options. We love hearing from you so try it out!

Big Boy Bed

I can't believe it but my little boy has 'graduated' from his crib and moved into his brand new big boy bed! We found a good deal on Craig's List and got a nice captains-style bed. We decided not to mess with getting a toddler bed and then having to replace it again in a couple years, so we went ahead and put him a twin bed. Since Eli is obsessed with animals right now, we of course had to buy some animal bedding. He absolutely LOVES his new bed. I had heard horror stories of some kids not handling switching beds, so I was worried, but he adores it. He slept in his new bed last night and was even excited to take a nap in his new "anima bet" this afternoon. He is a pretty crazy sleeper so we have a safety rail on it for now, hopefully it will hold up okay. I just can't believe how big he's getting!! Enjoy the video/picture mix... you'll want to turn up your volume for the video clip at the beginning :)

Happy Birthday Emmie!

On Friday we went to a special "members event" at the Zoo. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Micah's side of the family and were glad that they could join us. The kids enjoyed the free carousel rides, dancing to the music, and seeing the animals of course. The new elephant viewing area is really neat - we were able to stand right next to the elephant! Our niece, Emmie, turned two that day so we enjoyed being able to celebrate her birthday with her. We also went to her house on Saturday for swimming, cake, and ice cream. Happy Birthday Emmie, we love you!

Here is a short video clip of Eli and Emmie "Dancing" at the Zoo. :)