People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world your best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway.
-Mother Teresa

Monday, September 26, 2011

Not Disney Land: Part 4

On Saturday, we went to the beach before heading home. We only spent about 45 minutes there. I wish we could have had a whole day. The girls LOVED it. Regan was in heaven looking for sea shells. And it was all I could do to keep Sophie from running straight into the waves.

Whenever Aunt Patty or some of the cousins would go to Cali, Regan would always tell them to watch out for sea shells on the side of the road and if they found a pretty one, they should stop and get it for her. Well, now was her turn to look for shells and she could not be distracted from her mission. You can see she has a little baggy to collect them. The little sweetie then gave them all away to her friends when we got home:)

That face just about sums it all up...

I was watching some of the people and saw a group of teenagers with a few adults unloading a truck full of fire wood to have a bon fire on the beach. These are the types of memories they will have of growing up. It made me think about the memories we each have depending on where we lived. Mine include elk bugling/spotlighting, bon fires and camping up the canyon, making forts on the mountain behind our house, lighting wampum savers on fire, ect. (I remember a lot of fire in my teenage years thanks to my bro-in-law, Jared. Thanks for the good times Jear Bear:) Anyway, not sure where I'm going with that tanget, but this is definitely something we need to do again!
Whew! I finally managed to get all the reunion and DL trip photos edited and uploaded. Now we can get on with our regularly unregular scheduled programming....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Disney Land: Part 3

Last day at the land of perpetual happiness. Grandma Joy, Regan, and Sophie waiting for the bus to take us to DL from our hotel.

Just got off the bus.

On the train that goes around the park.

The past two days we kept seeing kids (mostly girls) with their faces painted so beautifully. Regan and Sophie wanted their faces painted so bad so we found where they did it and the girls picked what they wanted and the colors. It took around 10 minutes and the girls held so still. Regan at first wanted a snake and I put my foot down and said I was not paying to look at a snake on her face all day. So she picked a rainbow butterfly instead. Much better:)

This picture cracks me up! Looks like she's at a spa or something.

So pretty! They were in love with looking at themselves. Little narcissists:) I think it makes them look so grown up, especially Regan.

Regan's favorite ride was the Haunted Mansion. She was obsessed with the ghosts. They fascinated her. Sophie's favorite was Pirate's of the Caribbean. She kept yelling, "You dirty scally-wag!!" Sophie also loved Thunder Mountain Railroad. She went with Jason and he said that when it started she saw all the others around her holding their hands up and screaming, so she did too:) Sophie was into all the fast, adrenaline rides. She was 40.5 inches tall. Just barely over the 40 inches needed to ride them. Regan did not like them. We led her ignorantly to them like a lamb to slaughter. We're meanies, we know.

Funny story.....we had fast passes for Splash Mountain (Regan said that if her daddy was going to do it, she was too) and got about 10 feet from the logs and the ride stopped working. Not the funny part. So one of the workers was next to us and she was talking to the girls about the rides they liked. She asked Regan if she liked the Pirates ride and Regan said, "NO! It went down a hill and I got wet!!" The girl was like.....Um, I don't think you're going to like this one then. I was cracking up. After a half hour of waiting we got out of line cause the girls were getting hungry. Probably for the best anyway since Regan would have freaked out and I'm pregnant.

A good last day in happy land:) Did I mention that the girls were really good?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Disney Land: Part 2

The second day we went to California Land. Everyone in Greg's family had gotten sick and was throwing up, except Janie. So we took her with us and traveled through Bug's Life territory. Umm....this wheelchair may look humiliating and you would be right, but not as dumb as a feeding tube. Ok, maybe it did look as dumb. Just going from one humiliation to another.

Is this the face of excitement or what?

Grandpa Joy was saying "We are taking pictures of each other taking pictures..."

Waiting in line for the ferris wheel. Sophie is about to cough her lung out:)

That night we stayed for Fantasma. The girls loved it! All three girls were so good. Didn't really hear whining or complaining at all. Made it that much more enjoyable. Day 2 down.....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Disney Land: Part 1

The day after the reunion ended, Grandma and Grandpa Joy took us to Disneyland. They had been telling the girls that when daddy was all done with school they would take them. For about a year they have kept asking if daddy is all done with school yet. Well the big day finally came and they were so excited! Jason's brother's family came with us too. On Tuesday, after about 10 potty stops, we made it to our hotel, which was only 2 or 3 blocks from DL. We spent Wed.-Fri. at DL and came back on Saturday.

Entrance to the park
Sophie, Regan, and Janie

We met Pluto right off. They were star struck:)

Sophie getting Cruella Deville's autograph

Half the excitement for me was watching the girls excitement. Isn't that what makes Christmas fun too when your grown up? Sophie would especially get worked up. We stayed one night to watch the water show, Fantasma. Sophie was squealing the whole time. I LOVED it!!

Grandpa Joy and Sophie chillin'

The carousel was a favorite

Even big kids like the carousel

Waiting in line
Daddy and Regan on the Dumbo ride

Me with Greg, Peyton, and Gavin

These three were inseparable. They loved small world so much!
The girls were so good the entire day.
Meeting Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore was so exciting too.

I waited for the girls while they got pictures taken with the Hundred Acre Wood gang. OK, someone caught me....I collapsed.

Sophie came back to tell me about meeting Tigger and Pooh.

I was pretty pooped by the afternoon. I collapsed back at the hotel and had braxton-hicks contractions the rest of the night. I had only been off the feeding tube for a week and felt pretty weak....still do as a matter of fact. The next two days I got a wheelchair and did much better.