Sunday, October 23, 2011

October Round-Up

Recently, all the activity in our house seems to be swirling around Maddie. She's visited colleges on the East Coast, been filling out the college applications and enjoying the Senior Year activities at school. While it's been fun watching her grow and mature before our eyes, our little Josie is also providing lots of excitement. I decided to start off with what Josie's been up to these past few weeks- which is plenty!!

Josie and James have slacked off a bit on the Disneyland Sundays. In the past 6 weeks I think they've only gone twice. As soon as Labor Day hits, Disneyland starts decorating for Halloween. Josie loves Halloween! She's still not thrilled with the increase of Disney "villian" characters that stroll the park during the Halloween season, but she's getting better about running into them. James reports that she no longer hides behind his legs or makes him take detours around the characters when they are within her general vicinity. Here's Josie enjoying Disneyland 2 eeks ago:

James seems to be branching out with his 'Father/Daughter' outings, at least with Josie. Last weekend James took Josie and BFF Katie up to Cal Poly Pomona for their annual Pumpkin Festival. All kinds of fun stuff for the girls to do. However, it was a sweltering day. You can see in the photos below that the girls were just roasting!

To take a pony ride, the kids had to wear a helmet. To wear the helmet, you had to wear a disposable shower cap :-(

Back at home, we're seeing less and less of Maddie. Josie is taking it pretty hard. We are blessed in the fact that our girls truly love one another. They have the best time together! And, they never leave the house without giving each other a kiss and an "I love you"... Ever! Sometimes, they can be quite devilish together, teaming up to make me feel a bit steamed. Case in point: I was folding laundry the other night while Josie was in the tub. (She gets 10 minutes of playtime after she's washed and shampooed!) I asked Maddie to go in and help her sister out of the tub. I hear them laughing and giggling and then Josie screaming, "Mom!" Maddie comes running out of the bathroom, without Josie, to show me what they were up to. (I should say, 'what Maddie talked Josie into doing...'):

Sometimes, big sisters are just so mean! Josie objected strongly to the photo once she saw it, but then just started laughing. I had a good laugh myself!

Last night was Maddie's Homecoming Dance at school. It is the first and only formal dance she will attend at this school - the Prom is held at the Disneyland Hotel in late May. A bunch of friends and their dates got together and rented a 'party bus' for the occasion. They met in the school parking lot and took the bus to Laguna Beach to take photos and to have dinner together. The bus returned them to school in time to attend the dance. Afterward, they had an 'after party' at Madie E's house. I have to give a big shout out of thanks to Madie's Mom, Nori, who fronted the kids the cash for the party bus, followed the bus to Laguna Beach to take photos of the kids and held the 'after party' at her home. She really went all out to make sure the kids had a very safe and enjoyable evening. I promised her that I would take the lead on whatever plans the kids want to explore for Spring Break. Here are a few photos from the evening, a few of which I posted on FB:

The whole gang in front of school, just about to board the bus.

Maddie and Israel

Maddie giving her "Aunt Claudine" pose! (Any event photos we have of Claudine include a pose like this...:-)

Madi E and her date.

The Party Bus

Inside the Party Bus - And Yes, that is a stripper pole in the middle... (*shaking my head!*) Thankfully, no reports of anyone taking a swing on it!

And finally, the next time I post here I will be in Ireland with my older sister, Suzanne. We're headed to the Emerald Isle to walk the land our ancestors plowed and to visit with our Irish cousins. We will also be spending two days in the previously 'off limits' Belfast, Northern Ireland. We'll be touring the dockyard where the Titanic was built; viewing the political murals of both Protestant and Catholic neighborhood previously torn apart by war; and finally experience the natural beauty of The Giants Causeway, the Inishowen Peninsula and the rugged western coast in County Sligo. We are so excited to making this trip together! I can't wait to share the photos and experiences here as well... Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to hear all about your trip to Ireland! How wonderful to go to the place where your family began!