Friday, October 21, 2016

Baseball with Grandpa

On one of our first days in California we went to an Angels baseball game with my dad. Like they always are, it was a night of yummy food and lots of laughs. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ellie's Pre-California Art

We've got a LOT to catch up on on the girls' art blog, but here are just a few of the things Ellie made earlier this summer.

This is her blue pony:

Based on this one:

These are signs that she made (do you see the popsicle sticks you can hold them by?) that say "Loud," "Quiet," "Slow," and "Fast." She made them after they used signs with a similar concept at church during singing time; sometimes she wants all of us to sing at home so she can hold up the signs and make us sing a certain way. I love everything about these.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Fuzzy Caterpillar of Doom

So apparently fuzzy caterpillars can really hurt you. Who knew?

Zelda spotted this one this summer, in a town close to us in North Carolina:

She wanted to pet it (naturally), but I told her to wait until I googled it on my phone because I vaguely recalled reading some random article on facebook years before about poisonous fuzzy caterpillars.

It turns out that this is the most toxic caterpillar in the United States and touching it could have sent either of us to the emergency room. One of the names it goes by is "asp" (like a snake) caterpillar. There's a National Geographic article about them here: Toxic "Toupee": Explaining the Most Venomous Caterpillar in the United States. The article I read a long time ago was probably this one: 8 of the Cutest Toxic Caterpillars. Don't touch any of these caterpillars, guys!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Special Delivery

Amazon is apparently delivering children in boxes now. I don't remember how much these ones cost, but they were a good deal!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Washing the car

Hey everyone! It's been two months since I posted, and I have so much to catch you up on!

Since I have a billion cute pictures to share with you, I'll probably limit how many words I use to explain them all, and just let you enjoy them.

These pictures come from before we left to go to California this summer; Jason was washing the car and Ellie and Zelda decided to help him. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two Months

Susie turned two months old yesterday!

It's impossible to fully describe what a sweet, happy girl she is.  She is just so precious and we love her so much.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We're in California for the next month. Surprise! All of Jason's clinical rotations for his PA program have been local to us in North Carolina, but he was able to arrange one with his old family doctor in California and so we're out here staying with our parents for five weeks. We're really happy for this opportunity to be able to spend so much time with family.

We flew out last Thursday, from Raleigh to San Francisco to Orange County. The girls did so good on the flights - especially Susie! She slept almost the whole time. My dad and my brother Banks picked us up from the airport.

Banks and his family just moved from China to California this summer. It's the first time he's lived in the US for like six or seven years (he's been living in Thailand and China) and the first time his wife and children have ever lived here. They've visited before, but this time it's long-term, and it's awesome.

So on Thursday we flew to CA, saw Nan (Banks's wife) and the kids at my dad's house, and then crashed at the Thomas's house. On Friday we settled more into the Thomas's house and then had dinner with my dad and Banks and his family at the mall and then all went to Barnes and Noble.

And then, on Saturday, we went to Legoland!

Our group consisted of me, Jason, our girls, my dad, Banks, Nan, and their kids. It was the first time any of us had gone. And it was really fun! It was so well designed for little kids.

Starting at the entrance at the bottom of the map and going around counter-clockwise, our path around the park on Saturday looked sort of like this:

Highlights of our day included the dragon rollercoaster (the first rollercoaster Ellie's ever been on - she loved it!), the "horsie ride," the "hidewaway" fort/playground, the pirate splash pad, the airplane ride, the firetruck ride, and the the "Duplo playtown."

All around the park they had statues made out of legos:

And play areas filled with big and little legos:

These play areas were strategically placed next to some of the lines, and they were super helpful. The one pictured above was next to the dragon roller coaster and Saya and Zelda played with the blocks while Ellie and Max went on the ride.

Ellie and the horsie ride:

Zelda and Grandpa waiting for the airplane ride:

This next picture is Ellie on the little go-kart ride. This ride was sooo funny to watch. Ellie could drive the little car pretty good - she pushed the pedal with her foot and steered around the track. Zelda and Max (and like four more little kids) on the other hand - the two ride operators were running around trying to help them push the pedals and move forward. It was really funny, and all the parents watching on the sidelines were cracking up.

The "duplo playtown" was where we finished off the day. It was a perfect playground for all the cousins, and I think they could have played there for hours more. In addition to all the play buildings and slides, it had a little train with a *super* short line that we went on a couple times. It was perfect.

Legoland was so fun, and we hope to be able to go there again before we go home to North Carolina. :)