We celebrated Emerald over the weekend. My baby girl turned five! We kept her home from school on Friday so that we could go to Disneyland . . . yes I know terrible parents :)We gave Emerald a choice of a party with the kids in her class or going to disneyland and having a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Well I am sure you can only imagine what this disney loving little girl decided on A PRINCESS MAKEOVER. So on Friday my parents came and picked us up on their way and Brock’s mom too and my sister and her family met us there. We let Emerald pick what rides to do and where to eat. We got to Disney around noon so headed to lunch first at Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante, the girls love getting the chicken platter and I make little burritos for them. After we were fueled up we were off to the rides and of course got a fast pass for Haunted Mansion which is one of Emerald’s favorite rides right now since they switched it over to the holidays and it smells like gingerbread.
Her Bibbidi Bobbidi appointment was at 3pm and while we were waiting at the Boutique Merida came over and talked to the girls for like ten minutes it was so amazing and the girls were so excited. After the makeover we headed to the Princesses at Royal Hall where we got to meet Ariel, Cinderella and Snowhite, basically anytime these kiddos meet princesses it is the best day of their lives and they never get tired of meeting them.
This was followed by more rides and Emerald getting a churro as a snack which we never do, but it was her day to pick everything. We ended at Disneyland with dinner at Plaza Inn and then headed over to California Adventure for the Little Mermaid ride, Bugs land and ice-cream and birthday singing at Ghirardelli Ice-cream shop (which totally embarrassed Emerald all her family singing to her) followed by Cars land and ending the night with the World of Color Show.
Somehow Emerald stayed up the entire time although Violet could not stay awake for the show. It was such a wonderful day and made Emerald so happy which I love seeing her so excited all day. Saturday the girls were so tired that we only ran a few errands and had them take a nap which they ended up sleeping for almost three hours eek it as so nice. I was able to work on setting up for a little unicorn pizza party we were having at the house with family on Sunday (her actual birthday) The party was such a hit Emerald was so excited we let her go crazy at the 99Cent Store and she picked everything unicorn she even found a piñata. I ended up making a unicorn birthday cake and we had pizza and smores per Emerald’s request. It was another late night for the girls by the time we got them calmed down and bathed and in bed it was 9pm.
Needless to say this morning the girls slept in and Emerald was not feeling up to school . . . I think we are starting a bad habit here. Although poor thing went to bed with a headache last night (I’m guessing from all the sugar her little body is not used to having) and a cough this morning. Hoping she recovers soon so we can be off on our next little family adventure.
Violet started Mommy and Me and her first dance class. She loved every minute of it. I was a little nervous since she is our little wild and free spirit, but this was probably one of the best things for her. The classes kept her moving and getting all her wiggles out. Violet even said after class she was ready for a nap . . . I’m so glad we found something that fits her personality so well. It is with the same teacher we had for Emerald when she was two. Violet is so proud that she gets to go to “school” like her big sister (so cute) she even packed her backpack with snacks and toys for school. She is really growing up so fast and communicates so well now she is no longer my baby.
Emerald is still loving school I even have been using -not going to school- as a threat when she is misbehaving and it has been working wonderfully she never wants to miss class.
She was invited to her first school birthday party at Chuck E Cheese and she absolutely loved it. I took just her and Brock stayed home with Violet which made it even more special for her plus the invitation said to dress like a princess which made Emerald so happy. She picked Belle, a costume she got two years ago . . . even tho that kid has a dozen princess dresses. It was strange for me not knowing what to do at the party at first I stayed playing the games with her, but after pizza she wanted to go off with her friends. One of the other moms was telling not to worry they can’t leave by themselves or with anyone else which did make me feel a little better, I mean come on I do leave her at school all day you would think I could handle this. It is a strange thing when your kids don’t need you anymore and want to just play with their friends, I thought it would be a few more years before getting to this point. After all this little lady will be 5 in just two short weeks. It is crazy to think that we moved into our little house almost five years ago it feels like only yesterday we were moving in and I was going into labor. . .
Well we finished off the weekend with visiting Grandma and Papa and having a little summer rain. Violet does not look too happy in all the pictures but I promise she was having the best time running around in the rain.
Brock took a half day at work and we picked Emerald up from school and headed to Disneyland. It was 110 outside but we decided to go in the heat hoping it kept the crowds away . . . nope not so much. We had a lot of dole whip which of course the girls did not complain about. We brought a spay bottle to mist the girls so they would not overheat and we tried waiting in lines that were inside or super short. We braved the heat and stayed at disneyland until around 10pm we even made it thru Fantasmic. The girls absolutely loved the show, they were exhausted and could barely keep their eyes open but it was a hit. After the show we walked thru Downtown Disney for our favorite, some steaming hot beignets at the Jazz Kitchen.
After leaving D-land we headed to the beach house in Huntington to stay at for the next three nights. The girls woke up so excited to go play in the ocean and build sand castles. It was in the 80s and there is no a/c where we were staying but we made the most of it and stayed on the beach playing in the water. Emerald and Brock even found lots of baby clams while Violet and I played in the sand. (We used Alba Botanics sunscreen no one got a sunburn, it is amazing stuff, probably one of the best we have found and we have tried so many.)
Again we kept cool by eating lots of ice-cream the girls picked cotton candy flavored (oh the food coloring) But it is vacation and Brock and I let them pick their own flavors, no organic to be found. After spending a couple of relaxing days at the beach we were headed back for another day at Disneyland and this time we went to California Adventure too. At least this time it was only in the 80s although it was twice as packed as it was on Friday. We even waited 70 minutes in line to ride Midway Mania and half way thru waiting Violet started saying she wanted to go home . . . and it was only noon! We made it past the little tantrum and she was so happy to go on the ride. We only had to wait around ten minutes to see the princesses which is one of the girls favorite things, they love talking to the princesses and Violet even sang a song for them. Although she was sad that “Jamins” was not there.
The girls started melting down around 7pm so we headed back to the car of course stopping for our favorite treat of hot sugary beignets. We made it home around 9pm and unloaded the car. I spent all of today doing laundry and sorting thru the crazy amount of crap we had brought with us. Well now it is back to a regular schedule with the girls and hopefully some more fun adventures soon.