Day 100 of 365 Days of Falyn

Today was day 100 of my 365 days of Falyn project. I wanted to do something special to mark the day. I came up with the idea of writing “100” in chalk on the driveway and then getting Falyn to draw on it. It worked out really well and I’m very pleased with the picture I ended up with.

You can see the entire set of photos here.

Talia’s Softball Season

This year Talia was on the “A” softball team at school. Talia very much enjoyed being on the team. The team had a great year, winning every game up to the play-offs, where they lost both games and ended up in 4th place for their division.

15 Years Ago Today….

I married my best friend. I never could have imagine then what the next 15 years would bring. I certainly would never have thought then that we would have six children or identical twins. We have been so blessed!

Twins Red Room Open House

The twins had an open house at their preppy-k classroom last night. They showed off some of their artwork from the year and we took pictures of them with their teachers. They had so much fun showing off all their stuff! Here’s some of the pictures we took.

Riley pointing to his caterpillar.

Jared and his caterpillar.

Jared and Riley by their heart caterpillars.

Jared and Riley with Mrs. Higgley.

Jared and Riley with Mrs. Wheeler.

Aidan’s Jump For Joy Show

Aidan had his “Jump For Joy” show today. This is an annual show put on by the 1st graders. They learn dance moves to a bunch of songs and also learn about different muscles. You could tell that the kids all enjoyed themselves during the show.

Quick Disneyland Visit

Falyn and I went to Disneyland today while the twins were in preschool. We took nothing with us but the pink stroller. This time Falyn was not scared of the tram and even said “weee!” while we were riding it. This picture was taken with my cell phone. We went on the Horseys twice, the Winny The Pooh ride twice and then on Pirates. We then when through a drive-thru to pick up lunch and eat while we drove to get the twins.

Bought A Disneyland Stroller

I found a stroller for Disneyland today at Babies R Us. I bought an annual pass for myself and will be taking Falyn a lot this next year. The big stroller is too hard to get onto and off the tram with by myself. This will make it much easier. Since it is an umbrella stroller, it folds up real small, making it easy to pick the stroller up in one hand and Falyn in the other. Falyn picked out the color. After seeing the pink one, she would not consider any of the other ones!

Falyn’s First Trip to Disneyland

My FIL had two left over So Cal Disney tickets from when his sisters visited last week and offered them to me. They had used them to visit California Adventure and they were still good for Disneyland, but had to be used this week or they would expire. Since I was planning on buying an annual passport this year, I jumped at the change to use his passes. I was able to apply the cost of the ticket to my annual passport! I am planning on taking Falyn this year with the other kids are at school. Since she is only 2, she still gets in free.

Anyway, Kayli used the other ticket and the three of us headed off to Disneyland early in the morning at got there around 9:30 am. Falyn was terrified of the tram ride from the parking lot to the park, hanging on to me for dear life the entire ride. I was afraid she would be scared of all the rides, but it turned out that this was the only ride (other than the monorail) that she was terrified of.

After getting my annual pass, we headed off to the carousel. The “horsey” as Falyn called the ride, turned out to be her favorite ride by far.

After the carousel, we went to Toontown. There we rode the Roger Rabbit ride.

After the Toontown, we went on the teacups. Falyn thought it was great fun!

After the teacups, we headed over to Tomorrowland and had a pizza lunch. We then went to Adventureland and rode the Winny the Pooh Ride. Falyn loved that ride!

Next we went on the Monorail. Falyn again held on to me for dear life during this ride. I have no idea why she would be so scared of this and the tram ride. She loved looking at the train, but we decided not to take her on it this time.

The Snow White Ride.

Then back the Horseyes.

And the Pinocchio ride.

We then waiting in line for about a 1/2 hour for the Peter Pan ride. During that wait, Falyn fell asleep in my arms. I was surprised she lasted that long! By then it was hours past her normal nap time. She did wake up when it was our turn though.

After that we headed back to Adventureland hoping to go on Pirates. When we got there, we saw there was no line on the Haunted House, so we went on that.

When we got off that ride, there was still a long line for Pirates, but we decided to go ahead and wait in it anyway. It said it was a 1/2 hour wait, but it turned out to only be 15 minutes. Falyn was a bit scared on the dips and from the cannon fire noise. But she said it was fun when we were finished.

After Pirates, we left the park and took some pictures with the “CALIFORNIA” letters.

During the tram ride back we got Falyn saying “It not scary, it fun!”. She was still holding on tightly to me, but didn’t seem so scared this time.

All in all, we had a great time. We were there till around 5:15 pm. I was surprised we got to go on so many rides. Our strategy was to only go on rides with very short lines, which seemed to work out well for us. I did learn that I need an umbrella type stroller to take Falyn by myself. Our regular stroller is too hard to manage with Falyn by myself. (Can’t pick up Falyn with one arm and the stroller with the other.) I’ll look into getting on next week. My pass is only good for a few more days, and I only have a few more chances to use it before the twins get out of school. It is not good for most of the summer, which isn’t a time I would want to go anyway.

Kayli Made Her Star Reader Goal!

At the beginning of the school year, Kayli set a goal of getting 500 Star Reader points. (Yes I know it is now called Accelerated Reader, but Star Reader is easier to say and type!) The reward for reaching the 500 point mark is getting your name on a plaque in the school library. She did the math and figured out how many points she needed to get each month and has worked each month this year to reach her goal. This week she made it to 504 points. I am so proud of her for not giving up, sticking to her plan and achieving her goal. WTG Kayli!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Talia took the pictures with her camera and then put this together in photoshop all by herself. Looks like she even figured out how to use the timer function on her camera. She did this all in secret and then printed it out and had all the kids sign it before giving it to me.