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[No comments] Ball Game: John's boss gave him some tickets to an Angels game this afternoon. It was great timing since we weren't going to Disneyland and so many of the games are so late. The kids had a great time, even Sienna (for most of it) and we made it home for bedtime.

Dalton: take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackers there. I don't care if I never get there cause it's root root root for the home team. If they don't win it's a shame. For its one! Two! Three strikes you're out at the BALL!!!!!!

Me: you're crazy.
Sienna: I not crazy; I happy! I happy!

[No comments] Half a Cup of Risotto : Apparently my half cup measuring cup has been missing for exactly as long as it's been since I made risotto. I figured Sienna threw it away months ago so I'm so happy to have found it!

[No comments] Stuff Sienna Says: Sienna has a lot of adorable phrases she uses that I love.

Want to watch parade
More Disneyland please
Just keep swimming
Hidden Mickey

And one I don't care for: Bad girl! Usually accompanied by hitting.

He's Got A Point: Why do I have to take a bath right after going swimming? A bath is the same thing as going swimming. You go underwater...

Bedtime Routine: Sienna's bedtime routine (created entirely by her) is approaching mental illness proportions. It includes no less than the following:

At every naptime and bedtime:
The room must be entirely clean
No toys on the floor
Certain toys in certain places
Nothing on the toy kitchen - everything must be inside
All doors and drawers (including to toys) must be completely closed
Certain toys (her new Minnie, anything belonging to her siblings) are not allowed in the room at all
If she remembers something out in another room, you must at least go pretend to put it away
All of her toys must be back in her room
The crib must contain blankie, Elsa, Aurora, Pluto, herself and nothing else
She must be wearing socks
She may not be wearing pigtails or clippies of any kind
She may occasionally demand a change of clothes, particularly after church
She must have a drink
No changes may be made to her room such as hanging new pictures, putting toys in different places
She must have a kiss

After I wrote this, I went upstairs to hear her crying (half an hour after I put her in bed). She wanted all the guys on her pop-up toy closed.

Only Child: Sienna woke up grumpy from her nap.

Nenna go with daddy to get ice cream?
Mommy come.
If I come, Maggie and Dalton have to come.
Mommy stay here.

I'm Pregnant: This morning I went to throw up my breakfast and next thing I knew Sienna was sliding her stool under my bum. She left the bathroom, shutting the door behind her. Very considerate.

Mother's Day: Last night John took us to Souplantation for a pre-Mother's Day dinner. Funny, I'd been thinking about that place and actually guessed where we were going even though we hadn't been there in forever.

This morning he made puffy pancakes for breakfast and cleaned the kitchen. Maggie had made me a darling corsage at Activity Days and Dalton made me a cute picture at school with reasons why he loves me. At church, I got to go to the Relief Society conference (and lunch!) instead of nursery.

After church John made a yummy lunch of salad and smoothies with ice cream for dessert while I lay in bed. Then I took a nap (sort of just fell asleep). He cleaned the kitchen again. He's so good at that.

Oh, he also bought us a fancy, comfy, ergonomic chair for the desk, which we sorely needed. I'm feeling very spoiled with all the not cooking.

The Exaggerating Mom:

AWT​: So, now that you are nearing the end of your mortal life, will you admit to having exaggerated?
FW​: I’ve always admitted to having exaggerated. It makes a better story.

Some of my mom's last words. She was infamous for her exaggerated stories, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes they were true! She had a lot of incredible stories and lived an incredible life. For example, the house of horrors she bought when I was at BYU. You can't make this stuff up.

Fake Bath:
Me: where's Sienna?
Maggie: She's taking a fake bath.
Me: A fake bath?
Maggie: Yeah. She took off all her clothes and is playing with the bath toys in the tub.

Enough of That: I got dressed this morning, but Dalton ended up staying home from school sick. So Maggie had a ride to school and a ride home. Sienna's swim lesson was cancelled. Maggie has a ride to and from her musical performance tonight. I think I'll put my pajamas back on.

Double Date: John took Dalton to Disneyland after school. Since I didn't have to worry about picking him up from school, I took Sienna to Disneyland and spent the morning. It was really crowded, with Spring Breaks happening already, but we had fun. We did a few short things, and then waited 45 minutes in line for the princesses. The same princesses we saw (TWICE) last Saturday with no wait whatsoever. Oh well.

I got John and Dalton some fast passes, and John got me and Sienna some pretzels. We had lunch together and went on a couple little rides, then Sienna and I headed home.

Disney with Jill: I managed to drag Dalton to Disneyland on Tuesday morning. Jill and I had planned on just taking Sienna, so having Dalton (lying in the stroller) wasn't a big stretch. He eventually perked up and we had a good time. We searched out some characters Jill wanted to see, then went to Toontown, where we verified that Sienna is now tall enough to ride Gadgets go-coaster. Awesome! She also went on Dumbo will Jill while Dalton began to make up for all the time spent not eating. While they were on Dumbo, Captain Hook came to find us, and Dalton scared him off with Swampy.

I took Sienna and Dalton home. Sienna took a nap and we went back to meet Jill for an evening jaunt. We watched the Pixar Play Parade, and Jill and Maggie went on Radiator Springs Racers in the single rider line. Then we played in Frozen Fun Land (first time ever sledding in flip flops, I think), danced at the dance party, got a treat and headed home. Jill was shocked that she had spent three entire days at Disney, since Tuesday was supposed to be the relaxed day. Fun times!

Shortest Disney Trip Ever: I picked Dalton up at school an hour early because he threw up in class. He spent the next 5 hours running around the house, so when it came time to pick up Maggie and go to Disneyland, I asked him 4 times how his tummy felt, and we headed out. As we were getting out of the car, he told me his tummy felt bad. Nice. We ended up driving back home, and he threw up about a mile from our house. Also, nice. Kids and the best laid plans are not a match made in heaven.

My Name Nenna: On Tuesday I got to have a special Sienna-Mommy date at Disneyland. It was pretty crowded so we mostly visited with her friends. She had been saying "I skeered Yo Ho" lately, but woke up saying "Me Go Pirates" so we went on Pirates first. We also walked right onto the carousel, and she wanted to ride Dumbo so we waited in a long line for that.

We saw Jasmine and Aladdin in Adventureland. Aladdin said, "she's so little!" but Sienna basically ignored him. Then we saw Merida, and after we rode Dumbo, we saw Ariel with basically no wait behind the ride. Sienna was wearing a Pooh and Friends t-shirt, and Ariel knew all her friends. Sienna even asked about Sebastian on her own. We waited in line at the Princess festival. The first princess we saw was Belle. Sienna ran up to her calling "Dell!" Apparently that is her friend Addy's favorite princess at the moment, so that's probably where she learned that. We also saw Cinderella and Snow White there. Sienna introduced her Aurora doll as "I know you" and two out of three non-Aurora princesses got it.

On our way out, we saw Cruella. Waiting in line, listening to her interact with guests, and eating our caramel/chocolate coated marshmallow was the highlight of the trip. Sienna didn't know what to make of her, but Cruella was excited to see Sienna wearing tails, just like her.

Sienna has been seriously less defiant lately. In fact, just about everything she does is so downright adorable, I just want to squeeee her. She's confident in her swimming lessons. She introduced herself to a little girl on the bus. "I name Nenna. I two." She reenacts pieces of her favorite show (such as where Sven the reindeer licks the trolls face...) She's seriously just the most adorable thing on earth. I love her.

I Know You!: Last night I was awoken at 1:30 a.m. by Sienna screaming "I KNOW YOU! I KNOW YOU!" from her crib. She has new plush dolls (Elsa and Aurora) that are just the right size to slip between the crib bars and she lost Aurora. I know you! is now her standard Sleeping Beauty phrase.

Valentine's : Today was a busy and fun Valentine's day. It started off with Sienna throwing up in her crib (third time this week) and John taking Maggie on a daddy-daughter-disney-date. They were at the park just after 8 am opening. I sewed. Dalton woke up around 10. We immediate headed to Target to get a birthday gift.

While we were at Target, I picked up something for a friend who just had a baby. When he picked out glitter glue for his friend's party Dalton said, "you should get some for your friend who had the baby." Why not? I spoke in church on Sunday and told this story about Dalton so it may be related.

I wrapped the gift in the car and we went straight to the party. It was a totally cute Valentine's party with all his little church friends. I brought Sienna home for a nap just as John and Maggie got home. I did some sewing while Dalton finished up the party, then I took the kids and our neighbor's girls swimming.

It was such a nice pool day. Dalton squirted a pregnant lady in the face and I made him apologize but other than that the kids got along ok for the first two hours. John brought Sienna when she woke up. She had her first swimming lessons this week and is loving it. My friend came with her baby later, and we met a school friend as well. The real highlight of the pool was when Dalton tossed his kick board aside in the deep end and forgot how to swim and I had to jump in and save him. I'm awesome, what can I say. Apparently, the kickboard slipped out from under him by accident. ETA: I forgot about the part where Dalton got punched in the face and then another kid jumped into the pool on top of him. He had a rough day.

For dinner we had Cafe Rio. John picked it up, and I went back and picked up the dressing they forgot to give us. After dinner, we went over to our neighbors' for chocolate fountain. None of us are feeling 100% still from our sickness this week, so we didn't so it justice, but amazingly I had just bought cinnamon bears at target so I could make chocolate-covered cinnamon bears. So that wish came true.

Elsa Capes, Final Score:

Me: 0
Rolled Hem Foot: 1
Glitter: 6,372

Siiick: Sienna's eaten nothing but apple juice and pretzels for three days.
Two cancelled Disney trips.
I think taking Dalton to school this morning (late) was the greatest sacrifice in motherhood so far.
Maggie refused to get in the car, so stayed home alone.
But then I remembered we have rx anti nausea drugs (from the last four stomach bugs in our house).
The day is looking up.

Hobby Switch: Instead of reading a book today, I made a dress.

Saturday Live: Last night I went to Disneyland with a friend, late. We stayed till after closing, hopping on Indiana Jones with no wait as the cast member beckoned us at 11:56. This morning I slept in a bit and woke up to breakfast in bed (!) from my hubby.

John had to work, so the kids and I did some chores, watched Snow White, and played around at home. After lunch, we went for a family hike in Bommer Canyon, which was so lovely. Everything is really green right now. Sienna took a nap and the kids played Wii. Then John and I went out to dinner at a Japanese/sushi restaurant nearby. We walked there and back, and stopped at the grocery store to get some ice cream for dessert. It was great!

Dumb or Innocent?: Dalton was watching a Facebook video over my shoulder. Me: Oops, he said bad words. I hope you didn't hear that.
Dalton: What? I didn't hear him say "dumb."

A couple other Daltonisms: My eyes is all spiced up.
I want a bacon bite with smashed tomatoes.

BOY!: The other morning. Sienna was snuggling in bed with us. When Dalton came in, she yelled, "Boooy!"

Where does she get this stuff? It reminded me of when Dalton was one and called Maggie "iss."

A Cup of Sugar: One of the things I really love about where we live is the community feel. It's not just at church; I love walking to school and seeing familiar faces. But a whole lot of it IS the church. We have a large group of friends who attend both church and school with us, including one family who also lives right in our neighborhood. We trade childcare at an unprecedented rate in my life: Sienna goes to our neighbor's house an average of four times a week. It. Is. Awesome. It's a great feeling to have friends I can count on to pick up Maggie, to carpool, to go out to dinner, the meet at Disneyland, to chat at the park after school, to be part of my extended family.

Just for example, here's today: I walked Maggie and her friend to school, while my neighbor watched Sienna. After school drop off, I went running with another friend. After I picked Dalton up from school, he went with our neighbor to baby group (which happened to be at a pool). I picked both the girls up, and we hung out at the park with three other friends from church.

This afternoon, I dropped Sienna and Dalton off at another friend's house, and took her oldest with Maggie to rehearsal for the Stake Musical. I sat with several other church friends (nearly all of whom had carpooled with other neighborhood moms).

And we'll do it all again tomorrow.

A Moment at Disneyland: We went to Disneyland on Saturday morning. On our way out of the park, we stopped at the candy store on Main Street, and bought a vanilla cake pop and a rice krispy treat (both Mickey-shaped). Then, we sat on a park bench and listened to the Disneyland Band performing a few songs. It was a really enjoyable way to spend a few moments. We weren't riding any exciting rides, or doing anything unusual. Just a restive moment with our family, some treats, some music, and enjoying the atmosphere. All the things I love about Disneyland.

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