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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Can you believe its almost 2009???? I sure can't!!
In Jan 2009 I will have been married for 10 YEARS!!! Amazing!!
In June 2009 I will have been out of high school for 13 years!! Frightening!!!
In March 2009 Logan will be 8 years old!!! SAD!!!!
In June 2009 Riley will be 1 year old!!! WOW TIME FLIES!!!
In October 2009 Trystan will be 3 years old!!! REALLY??????
And in 2008, God was so UNBELIEVABLY good to my family...how could I ask for more in 2009????!!!!!!

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas!!! We sure did!
Here's a little re-cap on what we did for Christmas this year.
On Monday, December 22nd we celebrated Christmas with the Booker family!
On Tuesday, December 23rd we celebrated Christmas with our kids!!
On Wednesday, December 24th is when the ADVENTURE started....
Wednesday morning we got up, went to Pat & Hollys to pick up the other ponchos, magazines, etc. We ran to the Bookers for just a few minutes and said Hello!! We left there and went to Target on Summit. As we are unloading from the car, Phillip reaches for his wallet...and it's not there! He had done a service call earlier that morning and had forgotten his wallet in the car. So he dropped me, Logan and Riley off at Target and I did some last minute "Snack and Shoe" shopping while he ran home. We got our purchases done and we went to Chili's right there for lunch. After that we ran to Babies R Us on our way to Disneyland. I purchased a plastic rain cover for my stroller!! That was THE BEST $30 I have EVER spent!!! I will use that for EVER!!! It was AMAZING!!! SUCH A BLESSING TO HAVE!!!!
We finally headed out of town by about 3 and got to our hotel by 4. It was INCREDIBLE!!! The hotel was the Hyatt off of Jamboree near Barranca and Main in Irvine!
We got in the room and all settled in and laid the kids down for a nap. Logan CRASHED out, funny thing is he is the only one that was saying "I can't sleep, I won't take a nap". The other two started dozing off around 5 and I got a call from my parents saying...WE ARE HERE!!! We had connecting rooms so I opened our door up and then ran down stairs with the 2 babies to meet them! Of course Trystan was in HEAVEN to see Grandma and Grandpa! And she was REALLY in heaven when she saw they were bearing GIFTS!!!
Long story short, they came to the room, did a little Christmas with the kids and had a blast!
Around 7, David and Steph rolled in. We all loaded up and went to Islands for dinner! It was yummy, of course!
When we got back to the hotel we all sort of crashed because of the long day ahead of us.
Thursday morning we woke up at 6:30. Everyone was excited and we loaded up for a long, cold, frustrating, busy, crazy, insane Christmas at Disneyland! We got there around 8:30 and it was BEAUTIFUL!!!! We got RIGHT in, we went RIGHT on It's A Small World, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Snow White, Pinnochio, The Carrosel and Dumbo. It was PERFECT!!! It started to rain so I put on the "Tarp" and it worked WONDERFUL!!! Trystan and Riley stayed dry and warm under there all day long!!! Did I mention just how AWESOME that thing is????
After that we headed over to the "BIG" people rides. We rode Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Watched the Billy Hill show, rode Jungle Cruise and were leaving the park by around 5:30. The day was PERFECT!!! There wasn't TOO many people there, the weather wasn't TOO bad and we all had a great time!
We went into Downtown Disney and while Phillip and my Dad stood in line for us to eat at the Mexican Restaurant there, we took Logan and Trystan and let them make their Build-A-Bears from Uncle Packy and Auntie Holly!!! Logan picked a wolf just like Zacks. He named him Spike. Trystan picked a Pink-Haired doll and named her Dolly! They both LOVE their new friends...and yes, they both sleep with them every night!
We all got back to the room and David and Steph crashed. We put all 3 kids to bed and then played a game of Spades with Mom and Dad...until I got HYSTERICALLY tired and coudn't keep from laughing and crying at the same time.
We got up around 7:30 Friday morning and after running to Rite Aid and getting breakfast, we got to Disneyland around 11:00. BAD BAD BAD move!!!! The line just to park was SOOOOOOO packed!!!! We waited in that line for almost an hour! INSANE!!!
Thankfully tho, I think most everyone went to Disneyland, and we went to California Adventures!
We had a BLAST there too, but the kids were a little more tired and grumpy that day because of the long day at Disneyland the day before.
We decided to leave there around 8:00 pm and went to Outback for a yummy dinner!
After that we went to Starbucks and then back to the room for another round of Spades. This time it was David and Phillip against Mom and Dad. It got QUITE hysterical!!!! Needless to say, Phillip and David were VERY mean to Mom...lol!!! We were all laughing alot during that game.
I ended up going to bed before the games were over but I fell asleep listening to everyone HOWLING laughing!!!
Saturday we all just kicked it around the room til about noon and then went to Bucca de Beppo's for lunch!! YUMM!!!!
After that we shopped for a little bit and then headed back to the hotel for some rest before going to Medieval Times that night!
Of course, Medieval Times was a BLAST and the kids LOVED the show!!!
Sunday morning we all woke up and said good bye to Mom and Dad. The kids were VERY sad to see them go!!!
After we all checked out then we met David and Stephanie for breakfast/lunch and Polly's Pies! Talk about good ol home cookin!!!
We finally headed home around 2 and got back in at 3 on Sunday afternoon. We didn't even unload the car...we just walked in, changed diapers, put on jammies, tucked everyone in and CRASHED for about 2 hours!!!
And I'm STILL not completely unpacked.....UGH!!!

Please enjoy the slide show of our WHOLE Christmas Season.
There are a LOT of pictures so you may want to skip thru them fast!


Karen Hopper said...

A Belated Merry Christmas - and an Early Happy New Year. What a wonderful time of the year to spend with family and friends. Love you.

Kathy McElhaney said...

It took me a while, but I looked at ALL your pictures!! Thanks for sharing - kids make Christmas so much fun. Yours are all so cute and Riley is HUGE!!!
As far as 2009, it will be 27 years since I graduated, so young thang don't even worry!! Just like weight, age is just a number!!!

Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Where are the LNO pics?

Brooke Morgan said...

Awesome pictures, Katie! Thanks for sharing! :) Looks like you guys had a blast!! :) Hope you guys have a wonderful New Year! :) Love ya!

Girly Muse said...

oh my goodness, the kids are so big! so gorgeous. just found your blog again. i now have it properly bookmarked. :) getting all caught up.
love ya! lori

Girly Muse said...

What an awesome way to spend Christmas!!! Sounds like so much fun.
Seems like FOREVER since I met you at Disneyland that time. Wow. Time IS flying!!!
Your kids are GORGEOUS. They're all beautiful. :)
Love you, girl!!!