Southern California Time

After a few more days of relaxing at my parent’s house, we headed back down to So Cal to spend a few days with Mike and Tiffany.  We love going to their house.  They are so accommodating and we always leave and dream about how great it would be to live right in their neighborhood.  It is that beautiful there.  Maybe someday, right honey?

We went to the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.  It was really fun and pretty amazing.   After the parade we drove down into the L.A. area and went to a farmer’s market and tried to see the space shuttle.  It was closed which was a huge bummer for Jack since he is obsessed with space.  But we had a fun time driving by the city and eating good food at the market.

Another day we went to a petting zoo which the kids loved.  I was pretty proud of how well they were with the animals consider our lack of exposure to animals (they aren’t my favorite).  The only time Sophs lost it was when the goats attacked her as she was trying to catch the feed in her hand from the little machine.  It was absurd and not my favorite thing ever.  It was a very cute place!

Who can beat this weather the first week of January?  It is ideal.

I had to include this picture because it is hysterical.  I ran with Sophs down to Target to get the necessary supplies for our drive home to Utah the next day.  I think she was mad about being in the cart and completely lost control.  She screamed forever and I even had a lady try to talk to her and calm her down as I just tried to ignore her and keep shopping.  I finally decided to take a picture because it was absurd behavior and had to be documented.  And I don’t think I could have captured it any better.  She looks at it now and says “Wophie screaming.”  You think?

I finally had to include this picture of Richard that Mike had at his house.  It is a picture of a picture and so not that great of quality.  But I couldn’t believe how much my little Jack looks like his Grandpa Grossen.  Hey twinners!

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I left my heart at Disneyland!

I really did.  I love it there.  I know there are people who don’t like it cause its expensive and crowded.  But that person is not me.  I think it is the funnest and so magical.  We had the best time with my family.  Everything went smooth with the kids.  We did everything we wanted to despite the huge crowds (rumors of the park being closed on the first day we were there because it reached max capacity), had only 1 major regret (waiting in line for Monsters Inc. instead of going to Aladdin) and suffered only one major loss (Dan’s Iphone being dropped and the screen cracking everywhere).  But it was awesome and at Christmas time it was the best!  And World of Color changed us all.  It was beautiful and made the trip for everyone.  Here comes photo overload once again!

 

California Adventure Day

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California Christmas

We had the best time this Christmas in California.  It was so nice.  Our drive down was lovely and uneventful.  The kids watched movie after movie and never had meltdowns.  Our time with over the holidays was lovely.  We played games and more games.  We did puzzles.  The kids were happy and entertained by their new toys.  We had plenty of Sequoia cookies and my dad did his usual BBQ feasts nightly.  It just seemed so wonderful the whole time.  Leading up to this Christmas we were saying this was our last year to travel consistently to CA for the holidays.  But after our time there, we are not so sure.  I think the greatest and most important difference than the previous 2 times we’ve been (2008 & 2010) was that we had no newborn to contend with it!  And it was bliss.  So here is the Christmas recap!

Christmas Eve

Started out Christmas Eve morning with my mom making thin pancakes.  The kids were all about helping her and immediately pushed the stools in to get in on the action.  It was pretty cute and oh so delicious.

Later that afternoon we went to Sequoia sandwiches for lunch.  We love it there.  Their sandwiches are delicious but mostly we love their cookies.  They are huge and taste so wonderful.  It is a B-town essential every time we visit.  After lunch all of us grown kids went and saw the Hobbit.  Loved it.  Thanks for watching the kiddos parentals!

In the evening we went to the Petersen’s for a delicious Cafe Rio style dinner.  And then we did the traditional chime playing.  It is pretty fun and we sound pretty awesome.  Pretty good after all these years of practice.  This year Randy mixed it up a bit and brought out a bunch of Grandpa Lester’s vintage instruments.  The kids had the best time with this.  And we sang almost ever Christmas carol.  It was so great and really put me in the Christmas spirit.

Before heading off to bed, the kids made sure to leave Santa and his reindeer their treat.  Jack really wanted to make sure the reindeer were taken care of and dumped a load of carrots on the plate.  Cute kids so excited for Christmas morning!

Christmas Day

We got to sleep in a little longer than I expected (6:30 if I remember right?).  And then it was time for presents.  And here are all the photos.

We had a great time.  Jack was adorable when he opened “Where’s my water” game.  I wrote on the package that it was from Swampy, the main character in the game, and he thought that was so fun!  My parents surprised us with all with a trip to Disneyland.  That was a definite highlight of Christmas morning.  And will be its own post in the next few days.  What a great and merry Christmas we had!

 

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Congratulations Dr. Deeds!

On December 14th the last Cosby kid finished school and I am proud to introduce Dr. Cosby!  We are pretty excited to have a Physical Therapist in the family.  He has already helped diagnose my hip problems from running.  We are pretty proud of Deeds but feel pretty sad that he accepted a job in Boise and moved away from us again!  At least its not too far and now Ryan and Kara have family nearby.  Way to go Deeds!

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