Sunday, August 30, 2015

daughter dates -2015

It's kind of a tradition now! As the end of summer approaches, Tony and I each take the girls on a date. This is something the girls absolutely love. They talked about it for a week and planned each date to the minute. They even picked out their cloths and our cloths as well! It is really something Tony and I look forward to too, it's amazing how different these girls are when they are apart! Of course I was able to get some pictures of the girls and my date but none of Tony and the girls (just some shots before they left). 

Daddy and Ellie!
 For their date I dropped them off at the mall. Ellie had made a list of exactly what they would do for the evening. It included; playing at the Lego store, the candy kiosk, Pizza dinner at the food court, some shopping at Disney store store, and back home for a movie- Tony and Ellie rode up the hill back home on their own. I truly wish I was a fly on the wall during this date. I really can't imagine how cute it was when Ellie was riding on her daddy lap, helping him pay for the dinner and treats, and also helping feed her daddy some Pizza. She's a pretty special girl! 

 Lola and Mommy!
Lola dressed me down to the shoes and jewelry. 
 First up- West Elm. Let me explain... Lola loves everything HOME. Her favorite show is fixer upper,  her favorite computer games are remodel ones, and she loves going to show property with us! For a long time she has wanted to go to that store, so when she planned her date this was first on the list. We picked out all the furniture for our next home! 

 After some conversation and coffee we headed to get a Lola a hair cut. 
She wanted to go short and I think it looks so cute! 

 We then headed to the "Hot Spot" when we made a homemade candle! 

 and then wrapped up the evening with a sushi dinner at Blue Smoke! 
I love that my girls like good food !
 The next day we were able to pick up Lola's candle... so pretty! 

Lola and Daddy!
The next date it was Lola's turn to go with Daddy! They did almost the same thing as Ellie but they opted for Hot Dog on a Stick and after a little shopping and treat buying they raced home to watch "Home" shows! 

 Ellie and Mommy! 
 First up Ellie and I headed to Mission beach and started with conversation and coffee! 
 Next, Ellie wanted to roller skate on the Mission Beach Boardwalk. 
It was so fun, but it was hot we had to cut it a bit short. Ellie was dripping in sweat !

We too headed to Blue Smoke for a yummy sushi dinner. 

 Then we just walked around the mall and played in Jeppetos and Build a Bear! 

I absolutely love these dates. 
It makes me want to do them more often... but I'm not sure they would be quite as special then! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

East Coast Adventures!

The girls and I headed out to the east coast this past week! 
Our primary goal was to meet my newest nephew Christian William Koehler who was born last December. Meeting him was defiantly the highlight of our trip, but our trip was filled with a ton of fun and adventure. We spent a day and half in New Jersey just hanging and then headed to Hershey, Pennsylvania to go camping and explore Hershey Park. 
We arrived at my brother's house about 2:30am, so we headed right to bed, but were woken up bright and early at 6:30 am by Christian and his big sister Shaelynn, they were SO excited we were there!
Lola and Ellie meeting their cousin for the first time. 
Lola was little mommy to Christian the whole weekend! It was precious!

It wasn't soon after breakfast that the kiddos had to go for a swim! 

 {Lola, Ellie, Shae}

It's really cute to me how domestic my brother is... 
Here are Lola and Ellie making banana bread with their Uncle Shaun! 
It was yummy!

Okay, so we headed HERE for lunch. I had never ate here (only saw the movie) since White Castle is only on the east coast...and I'll tell you I will me happy to never eat there again. 

Playtime out front.

 Shaun has a pretty good garden growing,  so we took advantage of the harvest and picked some fruits and veggies for a dinner salad. 

Baby bath time!
Big girl bath time. 
 Cousin Slumber Party

Off to Hershey! 
 We headed east of New Jersey into Pennsylvania to start our camping adventure. 
I had to snap this shot because when we arrived I felt like we were plopped in the middle of a classic 80 's camp movie. 

 We camped with my brother and a one of their good friends who also had a little baby. 
First setting up camp and then just relaxing ... what else is camping for?

 Ellie and Auntie Katie found a four leaf clover. 
First camp fire of the trip! 

The next day we headed into Hershey Park, which was, to my surprise, a huge amusement park!

Time for some roller coasters.
 I simply can't believe how brave my little girls were. They rode two HUGE roller coaster. So big that Auntie Katie and Kendal's husband Bobby were too scared to ride. First up the Comet! 

 Next up the Sooper Dooper Looper!

 (I'm too cheep to buy the picture .... but you can kind of see the fun)
 Off to some of the scaled down rides so the cousins could join in on the fun! 

 They measured your heights by and bar sizes.

 The little ones went back to camp to nap, so the girls and I headed off to Chocolate World where we took a ride through a replica chocolate factory! 

After that,wWe headed back to camp for some water fun! River and a swimming pool.

 Lola and Ellie loved making Christian laugh!

 Back to Hershey Park for some night time fun! 

 When we arrived back at camp (Shaun and Katie had to take Chritian to the doctor and he hit his head pretty hard- Thank God everything was okay!) to the camp fire already roaring and ready for a second round of smores and fun! 
Uncle Shaun and Lola .... Precious!

 Time for the long journey back! 

Thanks Shaun and Katie for such a fun trip! 

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