Feb 27, 2017

East to West

We've been back in Massachusetts for a little over a week and I feel like we are finally starting to come out of our vacation coma.  My Mom used to tell us when we were kids that she always felt like she needed a vacation after vacation and I never really got it, until ya know, I became a Mom and realized that there is a TON of behind the scenes work that goes on to make sure everything runs smoothly during travel and while we are there, etc.  And it's not that we didn't have fun, we all had a blast, but it's definitely nice (and necessary) to get back to our normal routine.  Everyone is finally adjusted back to our normal East coast timezone and I finished unpacking the last suitcase...today.  But anyway, back to our big trip.

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is just that, traveling.  I make tons of lists while I'm prepping to travel.  I buy special snacks, make sure the iPads are fully charged and loaded with new games and movies (do yourself a favor and grab a set of kids headphones), pick up some fun small toys for the trip and pray that we will make it on the 6 hour flight with no major meltdowns.   And either my planning is just superb, or I have kids that just travel pretty well because thus far, they've both done amazing on all the flights we've been on.  Window clings from Target tend to be a great thing on the plane.  I snagged this game which I remember from my own childhood and the girls thought it was hilarious and I also bought this reusable sticker book which Ryan literally spent a solid 45 minutes playing with.

Josh and I are so lucky.  We are from the same home town and all of our family and many of our extended family members are located in the same city.  We are so blessed that we can so easily see so many people that mean so much to us and allow our girls to build relationships with not just their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins but their great grandparents too.  Much of the our time in Bakersfield was spent seeing family every day and we wouldn't want it any other way.
Scurlock Siblings
Scurlock cousins
Grandma Lala and Great Grandma GG
Auntie Rach and Ry

Great Grandma Louise and Rory Louise 
Papa B and Ryan
Auntie Rachel,  Grammy, Auntie Tenna and Roars
Great Gramma Catie (Cathleen) and Ryan Cathleen, and Rory
Fairman Cousins
Grampy, Grammy and their three granddaughters, Adalie, Ryan, and Rory
Uncle Brandon
Grammy Cathy (Cathleen) and Ryan Cathleen 
I mean really, aren't we so blessed!?!?  No matter how many times we see each person while we are home, it never really feels like enough.  It is hands down the hardest part of living all the way on opposite side of the country, but I like to think that we make the most of the time we have when we have it.

Feb 23, 2017

First Trip To Disney

We spent the last couple of weeks visiting all of our family and friends in California (more on that in future posts), but while we were there, we made a point to make our first trip to Disneyland since having children.  Disneyland is only a couple hour drive from our parents hometown and so we decided that a day trip was likely all the kids we could handle.  It ended up being quite the group of us traveling down to Anaheim for the day with 15 people.  It was, of course, crazy but fun but also nuts, basically everything you would expect a day at Disney with toddlers to be.

The day went a lot like this, there was whining because we had to wait in lines, pure joy during rides and while seeing characters, followed quickly by meltdowns when the kids realized the rides were done and we couldn't just get right back on Dumbo.  There was a major shortage in naps and an extreme excess in sugar.  But even with all of that, it was so worth it.  Ryan, at 3.5 years, was the perfect age to absolutely take in all the wonder and amazement that is Disneyland.  I almost cried a handful of times while watching her light up with nervous excitement in front of the princesses and dance and sing along in awe during the It's a Small World ride.  There is just nothing better than watching your child experience Disney magic.

One of the highlights for me and Ryan and my Mom was coming across Mary Poppins, Bert and the penguin in their It's a Jolly Holiday attire.  Ryan, Rory, and our nephew Austin were those three for Halloween in costumes all handmade by my Mom and it was so fun for Ryan to see them decked out in the same outfits they wore in October.  And it also just reaffirmed to me that my Mom is an INSANELY talented seamstress.

Even though Rory wasn't really old enough to understand what Disneyland is, she had a great time too.  She rode rides, ate cake pops, and stood in the background and watched as Ryan met many of the characters.  She especially enjoyed the Dumbo ride.  She's really come out of her shell in recent months and basically just wants to keep up with her big sis at all times of the day.

If I can ever convince Josh to go to Disney again in the future, my plans to make things run a little smoother would be to bring more snacks, download the Disney App in order to catch characters right as they are arriving, and bring things like bubbles to do in lines.  But in general, it was an amazing day and brings a smile to my face every time I think about it.
Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth, where dreams do come true, and where magic is found.

Jan 15, 2017

Snow for Days

It's no surprise to anyone in New England when the snow starts to fall with regularity during the winter, but for my California born and raised heart, it always provides some excitement when we get our first snowfall of the year.  However, it's only mid January and we've already had our fair share of snow days this winter.  I've already begun to dream of Spring days so it could be a really long few months.

There are so many things I love about the snow.  Watching it fall from the comfort and warmth of my home with a cup of coffee in hand, the quietness and peacefulness that seems to come with falling snow, the blanket of white that covers everything, and it's quite possible that there is nothing more adorable than my girls in pom bonnets, scarves, and fur hoods.

However, there is SO MUCH WORK involved with snow.  Shoveling driveways and walk ways, scraping ice off of windshields, and spending an INSANE amount of time both rounding up all of the layers of clothing my girls need to go outside (it's seriously like a game of Where's Waldo?) and then actually putting it all on them and having them keep their hats, gloves, and scarves on before we actually walk out the door.  It's like a workout!  And then it never fails that we are only out in the snow for all of 15 minutes before someone is cold, hungry, or needs to pee.  Every time.  No joke.

But, I know I will miss it when we don't live in a place where it snows regularly and I know that my kids are really going to miss it.  Ryan doesn't know anything other than snow in the winter time which is so strange to me but it's true!  She looks forward to sledding and building "Olafs" in the backyard and she could probably spend way more time out in the snow than any of us.

Pom Bonnets | Knit Scarves | Hunter Boots | Khaki Jacket | Green Jacket Sold Out Similar Here | Letter Mug | "Magical" Shirt | Letter Board
We have been getting a little break in the snow this past week which I am so thankful for and a couple days of low 50's caused much of the existing snow to melt.  And on top of that, we are heading to California for a much needed vacation during the first week of February and are so looking forward to the WARM 50 and 60 degree weather they've been getting.  I hope everyone has had a great weekend!  Josh starts nights again this week which is never my favorite so we are counting down the days until they are done!