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[No comments] 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!

[No comments] 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.

Silly Fruit: Dalton checked out his first school library book - Fruits and Vegetables A-Z. Last night when we read it, I had him point to each thing and say what it was, if he knew. When we got to U, he pointed to the Ugli fruit and said, "dumb fruit."

Trader Joe's: Everyone has their favorite products to buy at Trader Joe's. I mostly shop there for dairy and produce, not for their specialty food items. I started going there when I was looking for non-UHT organic milk, and didn't like the taste of the only other brand I could find (Sprouts). So, I buy organic dairy, eggs, and produce there, but there are a few other items we've tried and really liked.

European-style chocolate yogurt
chocolate covered butterscotch caramels
dye-free gummies
chicken field salad (with sweet basil dressing)
nitrate-free ham, pre-cooked bacon, and organic hot dogs

Those are the main staples we really like. The yogurt is really good.

New Activities: I took Maggie to the kickoff meeting for the Stake Musical. Sounds a little crazy and intense. She wanted to do it with a friend. Hopefully it's fun and a good experience for her!

She is also doing skating classes right now, which we got her for Christmas. I think we will be quitting gymnastics soon. They've been doing it for 2 years and have kind of lost the spark.

If she likes skating and picks it up ok we might do ice skating lessons with a friend in a couple months. Dalton is interested in soccer or something. And swimming is coming up already, too! This year we are going to do cheap-o lessons at the community center since they both already know how to swim. Ish.

I Don't Believe That Ever Happened: Today John said, "You know what sounds good for dinner? Cafe Rio." And I said, "YES!"

School Mom: Today I volunteered in Dalton's class for the first time. I just did some prep work, but it was fun to see Dalton and all his little friends working hard. I'm looking forward to going every week. He is so cute sitting at his little table, cutting little fox ears with his little scissors and being a good listener. His class is so well behaved, especially compared to Maggie's 1st grade class. She has better luck this year, and/or a better teacher. I am assistant room mom for Maggie's class, so I have to go to all the parties. Helping at a 2nd grade class Christmas party left me quite winded.

I also made friends with two other moms who have had Dalton over for play dates already. He loves that, and it was nice to get Sienna down for a nap earlier/get stuff done. I think next time, I will take her to Disneyland when it opens.

Bad Excuses: This morning, Maggie said she couldn't play the piano unless one person was upstairs. I told her that was the dumbest excuse I'd ever heard. Even she had to laugh at that.

I also spent all morning cleaning/fixing the vacuum. And then re-vacuuming the house. Water and pine needles make nice clogs, apparently.

: I just looked at the calendar on my check register for possibly the first time ever. It wasn't very helpful though, since it isn't 2006.

New words for Sienna:

backpack
pancake
lollipop
fork
snow
button
pillow
present
Santa
reindeer
star
baby Jesus
iPad

She also defines everything by the person it belongs to. "Nenna pillow. Daddy pillow."

Sunday Morning: We have 11:00 church. Not sure if that's good or bad.

Pro: I made 4 dozen peanut butter chocolate chip muffins this morning. The kids cheered.
Con: In the middle of eating my first muffin I realized that it's Fast Sunday.
Con: John is leaving for Chicago after church.
Con: I just got called into the nursery. Yay, in general, but 11:00 church is the worst for naps.
Con: 11:00 is the worst for naps during Sacrament Meeting too.

Basically, I don't like 11:00 church. But I do like muffins!

: Another trip to Utah, another round of sick kids. Maggie and Sienna both started throwing up Tuesday night. Sienna was basically fine after that, but Maggie basically lay in bed the next two days. she missed the New Year's Eve party where we played tel-tionary (hilarious).

On Thursday I took her to the urgent care because she was also complaining that her ear hurt. Apparently, ear infections are strongly associated with a couple types of stomach bugs (which explains why Dalton had the same thing a couple weeks back). So, she had a really bad double ear infection on top of the tummy troubles. Three trips to Walgreens got us chewable ibuprofen, anti-nausea, Benadryl for car sickness, and antibiotics. We cleaned her up for family pictures in the state Capitol building. We had to spend some time waiting, but the kids had fun running around with their cousins. Except for Maggie who slept on the marble floor. With a pillow her smart daddy brought.

After the pictures we had Su Casa and Waffle Luv food truck for dinner. Yum. Splitting the drive with a stop in Vegas means we didn't have to get up early, but four days of driving is a waste of time. We're flying next time.

Sledding Day: One of our favorite things about coming to Utah at christmas time is sledding. Maggie has been talking about it for days. She kept asking if we were going to let her go by herself. Well, since we didn't end up going to the cabin, why not? No cars to crash into, no dangerous mountain sides to tip off of.

Jodi and Brook brought us plenty of gear to suit up with. We met at Murray park and had a great time. Maggie was so thrilled to go by herself, she went over and over, hiking up the hill and carrying her own sled every time. She is at a bit of an awkward age with the big gap between her and the older cousins, trying to figure out whIfh group she belongs. She had a blast.

Dalton went with me and John and also by himself. He was mostly able to make it up the hill alone, especially after we moved to a little shorter part.

Sienna went a few times with me and John and then kept saying "no". She wasn't crying, but obviously not loving it. I finally ditched her with grandma and Aunt Jamie. After about an hour she started crying nonstop, I think from the cold, so we all headed back to grandma and grandpa's for our Christmas party. Maggie and Dalton went into the backyard with Kyli to play some more in the snow. Sienna was glad to be done.

Pressies: Kids got lots of stuff for Christmas! Maggie nearly made the naughty list, but apparently, she CAN be good. We started a clip chart and her attitude has been awesome the past few days.

Maggie got:
Wii
Wii games, accessories from Uncle Leonard
Wayside School/Fudge books
Angry Birds Stella shirt
skating lessons
owl purse from Auntie Rachel

Dalton got:
his own ipad (Kindle Fire)
Minecraft for his tablet
Minecraft Legos from Uncle Leonard
Minecraft shirt
Bearenstain Bears book
Wooden auto from Auntie Rachel
remote control car

Sienna got:
Princess Little People
Minions shirt

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