Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gavin loves dolphin friend

When we went to Sea World, we stopped in one of the gift shops. Gavin saw a display of stuffed animal dolphins and instantly fell in love! He grabbed one by the nose and was giving it tons of kisses and was just so, so happy!

We convinced him to say good-bye to the dolphin and he was so sweet about it. He didn't cry or throw a fit; he just gave it a cute little wave and we were on our way.

After we left the gift shop, we decided that it would be too much fun to go back and buy the dolphin without Gavin seeing it, and film his reaction when we gave it to him. I think he was happy about his new friend. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Family vacation to San Diego

Like I mentioned in the previous post, we took a vacation for our anniversary. We started by driving to Las Vegas for a night.
Gavin felt right at home with pots and pans to entertain him.

The next day we headed to San Diego. After a day of taking it easy/anniversary times, we spent a day at the zoo.
We saw lots of great animals, like monkeys.
We saw lots of the standard zoo animals, like giraffes, elephants, and zebras. Gavin liked seeing all of the animals, but his favorite were the turtles.

We had a great time at the zoo, even if we didn't have time to see most of it.
I guess it must be exhausting to be so adorable, because this is how Gavin spent the last half hour or so at the zoo.

The San Diego temple was only 5-10 minutes from our hotel, so we took Gavin to see the outside.
What a spectacular building! And it's right next to the freeway; literally can't miss it.

The next day we went to Sea World. Despite my very mixed feelings (ever seen the movie The Cove?), we managed to have a great time.
Gavin seemed to enjoy most of the fish/animals. He especially liked when they would move a lot or make a lot of noise.
We saw the big whale show, Believe. It was actually the last week they did that show; definitely cool stuff. Gavin wasn't really into the shows because we tended to show up late and get seats waaaaaay in the back, so he probably couldn't really see what was going on as well.
I just love this picture of my boys!
Outside the front gate. We always thought to take pictures with the sign at the front on our way out, rather than our way in. Hopefully we don't look too worn out. :)

One day we went to the historic Gaslamp Quarter to just walk around and get some lunch. We went to the cheese shop, which was perfect for us because we really, really like great sandwiches.
Rob got the this beautiful number, featuring pork loin and avocado. Mmmmmmmm.
I got the three cheese grilled cheese. Have I ever mentioned how much I love cheese? Because I really, really do.
This grilled cheese was the best I've ever had, if for no other reason than the insane amount of cheese.

We also went to the beach, but it was much too chilly to even think about getting in the water past your ankles.
We went in the evening and it was so, so pretty.
Rob tried to show Gavin how fun the waves can be, but he wasn't really into it/looked terrified, so they didn't stay out too long.
Gavin's favorite game on this vacation was pulling my sunglasses down from the top of my head onto my nose. I would say, "Thank you" in a silly voice. Then he would put them back on top of my head and I would say, "Hi." We did this so often that he would reach for my sunglasses, even when I wasn't wearing them.

Our last full day in San Diego we went to the zoo's Safari Park.
To the left is a hot air balloon you can ride. This picture only shows a very small portion of the grounds there.
Even though everything is so spaced out and a lot of the animals are really far away, we actually got a lot closer to the elephants here than we did to the ones at the zoo. They even had two babies, and one of them got really close to us.

Finally our time in San Diego came to an end. We spent a day driving to St. George. The drive wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. At one point, we were at a dead stop on the freeway for about 45 minutes 100 miles outside of Las Vegas. People were getting out of their cars and just hanging out. Finally traffic started moving and we never figured out why it was even stopped. Annoying!
I think the wind followed us our whole trip. It was windy while we were in San Diego. It was windy everywhere we stopped on our way to St. George. (This picture was taken in Primm, Nevada.) It was windy the one day we spent in St. George, too. Oh well.

We always like to spend a day in St. George with my brother, Ryan, and his family. They are so, so fun. They said that since they don't get to be around for any of our birthdays, they wanted to throw us a birthday party. Isn't that so great/awesome/unbelievably nice?
They made a big banner for us
and had a whole bunch of balloons.
They had party hats
and gave us all presents. Here is Gavin with his orange ball
and here is Rob with his awesome hat! Not pictured: my pink "Beauty Rest" sleep mask that I love, love, love! Also not pictured: the sweet drawings made for us by Katie and Ellie. Seriously, they could not be nicer.
They even had yummy, yummy cake made by the amazing Karen. Thanks so much! What a perfect ending to such a great vacation.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Quick post: anniversary

Rob and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on May 23rd.

Our wedding day was seriously perfect in every way.

We were on vacation on our anniversary. Luckily our long driving days were over, so that day we were able to just take it easy.

We asked around for an Indian food restaurant and found this dandy, Star of India. Our internal clocks were still on Utah time and we were working around a baby's schedule, so the place was EMPTY.
"Let me order for you!"
"Being married is the tops!"
"Here, here!"
Yummy appetizer stuff to dip things in
Rob enjoying the goods: naan, pineapple chicken, and chicken tikka misala


These five years have brought a lot of changes. I definitely feel older! I'm so glad to have such a great friend to spend all my days with. You make my ups worthwhile and get me through my downs. Thanks for everything, Rob. I love you!

Quick post: emo jammies!

These pajamas are super, super snug on Gavin. I wouldn't say they're too small; they fit so well, it's almost like they were made for him. Rob and I were talking about how fitted they are, and Rob said that Gavin looks emo in them. That made me laugh my pants off!

Quick post: Gavin's cakesmash

My family has a tradition where for a baby's first birthday, we give them their own cake and let them have at it. We had Gavin's cakesmash on Mother's Day. Even though it felt like Gavin's special day, R&G went all out for me. They got me some super pretty roses, and lots of goodies besides.

That evening we had the big event!
He wasn't sure at first
Then he seemed to get the idea
He loves Oreos!
Animé face appeared many times





The most people in our house ever, part I
The most people in our house ever, part II
Self-portrait! Surprise, Rob!!
The aftermath

We had such a good time! Thanks to everyone who made it, and thanks to such a fun and sweet baby boy!