Friday, August 15, 2014

Our week as beach bums

The day after Dallin's birthday, we packed up and headed to our first trip to CA without going to Disneyland! The kids kept asking when we were going to Disneyland and kept excitedly telling us the rides they wanted to go on- their faces were so confused when we (repetitively) told them we weren't going! Even without our friends in the Magical Kingdom, we had a really wonderful vacation. We drove straight to Kara & Garrett's that Sunday and spent the afternoon and night with them.

Then packed up and headed to Carpinteria to spend two days there! We visited friends and went to the beach- and didn't pack too much into our days (a very different change of pace than Disney!). We also went to Kid's World- the most awesome playground EVER in Santa Barbara- which was fun since Jared and I went there on our honeymoon (we are truly kids at heart!)

After that, we packed up again and went to Balboa Island (one of my favorite places!) to be with our friends, the Jacobsons at their awesome beach house! We had a blast and their daughter, Ellie and Addie got along so great! Dallin got along well too- but he was a little outnumbered with the "girly stuff". :) We went to a few different beaches there, got ice cream at night and hung out. Garrett and Kara even came to stay a night and day with us! It was seriously the epitome of a great vacation! I had no desire to head home whatsoever! As we were leaving, Dallin asked where we were going and when I said we were heading home, he yelled out, "NO! I want to go to the beach!!!" You said it buddy!

Best picture we could get as a group! LOL

Greatest vacation!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy birthday, our Dallin boy!

Dallin turned 3 this July which just seems nuts! He's been really into Star Wars lately so he got a lot of things related to those movies. For his treat we tried a Pintrist post which turned into a Pintrist FAIL!!! They were supposed to be brownie bowls that you could plop ice cream into- sounded perfect considering no one in our family cares for cake. Yeah..... we ended up having brownie bits and ice cream lol ;) I felt a little bit bad that his birthday was a slightly rushed and crazy since we were leaving for Cali the next morning. But it didn't seem to bother him and he was just along for the ride (at least that's how he was acting). Addie was more excited than him- somehow he didn't seem to understand what was going on. That is, until he saw there were presents!

Here are some things that Dallin is doing at 3 years old:
~Loves creating things with Legos
~Still loves playing/pestering/entertaining Trevin
~Adores Addie and everything she does
~Is really into anything active such as jumping, running, climbing
~Jumps off furniture all day long but waits until I'm looking, saying, "Mom! Watch this!!"
~Asks cute questions like, "Did you see that?" "Was that funny?!?" after a lot of his sentences
~Yoda is his idol
~Repeats most things you say with a question like, "Dallin, don't touch Trevin's binkie please"....."Don't touch Trevin's binkie???"
~Finally is wanting to dress himself for the most part. He can do his underwear & pants but still needs help with shirts
~Is Jared's shadow and constantly wants to know his whereabouts! If Jared is home, he wants to be right there with him!
~ Knows colors and his favorites are blue and green
~ Still working on shapes but knows the basics, sometimes. **Funny story** So we were working on shapes while Addie was in dance class so he'd been making serious improvement. When he went in for his 3 year checkup the PA asked if he knew his shapes to which I replied a confident "yes". Well they wanted to do an eye exam using objects. And every single shape he got wrong- including the circle and heart. Yeah, I felt a little stupid after that!
~Loves sticks -aka light sabers or shooters- and carries one around whenever he finds one. He often has one tucked into his loop hole, pocket, or underwear (the most logical place for carrying a weapon lol) whenever we go to a store- he finds them along the way and carries them inside.
~Loves throwing things like rocks when we're outside and whacking things with his sticks
~Periodically brings me a light saber and tells me, "Let's fight!" and we have a little light saber war
~Comes and tells me when he does something good, "Mom I shared a toy with Trevin!" and will give me a hug
~Is still very affectionate and loves to show it- his love language is definitely physical touch- he appreciates hugs and tickles and tackling 
~Is a "protector" and will yell at us if we reprimand Addie even in the slightest telling us, "You cannot stick her in time out!" (even if we weren't going to)
~When he gets sad, he's recently started to go off on his own to sulk. It's funny and sad at the same time since it's usually over really minor things
~ He is our designated pray-er at our house and volunteers and every chance he gets but always recites the same prayer, "Dear Heavenly Father, thankful for this day, please bless the food, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!"

We sure love our active, sweet Dallin! He brings a fun dynamic into our family and is typically such a happy boy!