June 14th, 2014
Uncle Lawrence was in town for 2 weeks, but reserved this weekend with us. He stayed with us for 2 days and the kids as it turns out, absolutely loved it. We haven’t seen them in about a year so we weren’t sure how the kids would get along. They ended up getting along better than we thought. In fact, they got along better than any other kids or adults that we have seen them with. At the end of the stay, they were sad to see Uncle Lawrence leave and asked me why they were leaving. It’s good to see them get along so well. Looking forward to next year’s visit.
We decided to take the kids to the local swim park. The Splash! La Mirada Aquatics Center was better than we had thought. It was extremely clean and it was very big. It’s not your ordinary public pool. There was a lazy river as well as a play area for kids and even slides for little and bigger kids. In fact, we loved it so much that at the end of the day, we upgraded our tickets to season pass for the summer. Madison said that she liked it more than Disneyland. So for a fraction of the cost of Disneyland, this was a no-brainer. And with summer right around the block, it’s perfect for us. After swimming, we headed home for a bit so the kids could nap while uncle Lawrence took his kids to a comic museum/store.
Here they are going down the water slide. Madison was a little hesitant going down the slide at first, but we couldn’t get her to stop going after that.
Here they are playing in the water. As you can see, it’s very clean and the water is shallow enough that they can walk around without you having to worry about them.
In the evening, we headed out for Japanese since our original spot, Golden Corral Buffet was super busy. After dinner, we headed over to Round 1 for some bowling and games where the kids had a blast. It was their first time bowling and they loved it. It had the bumper rails and the ramp for the kids. After bowling, it was off to the arcade. We didn’t get home until nearly midnight, but the kids didn’t care, they were loving it.
Here are the kids bowling. Evan’s reaction every time he rolls the ball cracks me up:
Here they are playing one of the games:
June 13th, 2014
Madison graduated from Pre-K today. However, since she’ll still be 4 when September 1st comes around, she isn’t allowed to go to a public school kindergarten yet. We’ll keep her enrolled at her current school’s Kindergarten program. So despite her graduation today, she’ll still remain at this school except moving on to the kindergarten class instead of going to public school like many of her classmates will.
Even though it was a Pre-K graduation, it was still a big deal for us. You get a sense of pride and joy and I can’t even begin to tell you how proud we were of Madison when she walked the stage to get her diploma. Gosh, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when she graduates college. It’s a small stepping stone of many more to come and we were very lucky that the entire family was able to join us for this celebration. They only allowed 4 tickets per family, but I was able to make myself 6 more copies. We definitely had the biggest cheering section there. Madison and her classmate put on a wonderful performance for the audience. It’s amazing to see how much she has progressed in 2 years.
After her graduation, it was off to dinner at Panda Inn to celebrate so that maternal grandma could join in on the occasion.
Here’s the video of Madison’s graduation condensed down to 6 minutes. It’s overloaded with cuteness from the classroom’s performance and her walking the stage to answer what she wants to be when she grows up and receiving her diploma.
June 12th, 2014
We celebrated Father’s Day a little early this year because everyone was busy this weekend. We celebrated with dinner at NYC. As for me, I got some cuff links and tie clips from the kids. But the real gift was Madison’s arts and crafts that she made at school. She’s been trying so hard for the last week to keep it a secret from me. Even going so far as to tell me, “I didn’t get you a paper weight” when in fact it was and I knew it was. And then she’ll say, “I’m just tricking you” to throw me off. I’ll keep insisting she got me a paper weight right and she’ll laugh hysterically and say no. So cute when they’re so innocent.
May 31st, 2014
Pretty self explanatory. And with that said, I’m all caught up with the blog…
May 31st, 2014
We attended my cousin Ben’s wedding today. Normally, we wouldn’t take the kids to a wedding, but since this was a family wedding and all of our babysitters happen to be there as well, we had no other options. It was an outdoor garden wedding, which was a good thing for us because there was plenty of space for our stroller. There were two other strollers that we saw there, but Aiden was the youngest guest at just shy of 2 months. It was a nice wedding, although the walk to the venues that took place in 3 separate location was a little difficult to get to with a stroller. We had a good time and the kids had fun running around and playing with other kids. This is the first of three family weddings we have in the next few months.