Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bri's First Royal's Game

So the K.C. Royals have been red hot and the temp unseasonally cool so Bri and I went to a ballgame today. Actually, she's been begging me to go for months now for her birthday b/c that's where Slugger lives. Just so happened the Royals were outdoing themselves in folly and the heat index sizzled in the triple digits. But we were undeterred. As I explained to Elise, not unlike how many future wives dream of their wedding day, many future grooms dream of taking their kid to their first ballgame. She seemed to understand.

Here's a quick download of our time.
We're headed out the door. It's hard to tell who's more excited. For days leading up to this, I told her all that we would do - watch baseball, eat hot dogs, eat ice cream, cracker jacks, ride the carousel, find Slugger, and get a souvenir. She repeated this list to her Mom and sisters constantly -but would add about the souvenirs, "And then we're going to get something I don't know what it is. What is it Daddy?"
We just went through the gates. Bri was excited about handing 'the man' our tickets until she saw 'the man' and decided that it should be my job to get us in. At this point, Bri has taken a turn inward. She's now not saying a word but just taking it all in with those big, beautiful eyes of hers. As charismatic and outgoing as she is, this is a common theme when we're out in public. She kinda gets mesmerized by the energy of it all.

I taught Bri the first lesson about baseball viewing - buy cheap and sit close. Unethical I know but it feels so right. We found a shady spot right behind home plate where Bri found more enjoyment observing the young boy and his sister behind us than the game. I'm not sure she ever did see one ball take flight but I still talked to her about the game as if she cared. People looked at me strangely. We lasted through 4 and a half innings before she asked for ice cream, which beat my personal goal of 3.

The Carousel was a highlight, handsdown. We had a need for speed.

Bri did the rounds on the Royals playground. The slide was too hot for her legs, though, so it was short-lived.

Now we're at the little fountain park.

Bri has a peculiar stroke with the putt putt.

We sought shelter in the merchandise hut and exited with a pink Royals night gown.
(OUCH! $$$) About that time, Elise called to check on us and I told her we were in the 8th inning!!! Bri then got on the phone and proceeded to tell her everything we had done, exactly according to plan..."And then we watched baseball and ate cracker jacks and then we ate ice cream and then we went on the carousel and we played golf and I went to the playground but I didn't get a hot dog." I thought, "Oh my...she actually remembered the hot dog. I have to now buy her a hot dog!" When she got off the phone I asked her if she wanted a hot dog. She said yes. I asked her again 3 outs later, she said yes. As we were walking towards the hot dog stand, I asked her if she still wanted a hot dog. She said yes. So, with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, I bought Bri a $4.50 hot dog. I handed it to her and she said, "Daddy I don't want a hot dog. I want to go home."

We weren't even out of the parking lot before she crashed.
I was so proud of my daughter today.
I had so much fun just being with her. Upon reflection that night, the highlight was simply the fact that she held my hand the whole day.


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Friday, July 23, 2010


bri and mia kinda missed our homecoming...

watching our plane taxi in.

fun times with Lilly S!

the girls know to make quick friends with those who live in Santa Barbara so they'll have free places to stay when they're older.
A blessed trip.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Getting Ready - 10 day trip to Long Beach (aka: Hadley Addresses The Nation)

This is Hadley's first presidential address.

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Airplane Ride to California

Brianna and Mia were so excited to be riding in an airplane. Poor Hadley woke up from her nap feverish right before we headed to the airport. It was a blessing in disguise on the plane. But painful once we arrived.

We were quite a sight boarding the plane: two adults, five backpacks, three kids and two car seats. But the trip out went amazingly well. We are not so hopeful for the trip home since Hadley has recovered from her sickness and Mia is now sick.

The Girls First Time to the Ocean

Here are some pictures and footage of the girls first time in the ocean. Oh, to be a child again!

The original plan was to fly a kite but we had to get in the water a little bit.

Papa's Train Yard

The girls are just in love with Papa's backyard. You can see why....

Brianna's 3rd Birthday - Party Number 2

Brianna Greeting Her Guests

Brianna's Own Special Little Cake

Brianna with her sisters and Deeble cousins

Bri Opening Gifts

The Train Conductor - the children's hotdogs were delivered on the train

Happy Birthday Song

Random Shots from Trip to California

Sick Hadley Under Protest and the Terrible Twos (heaven help us)

Girls on Play Boat at the Aquarium

Girls Looking at Fish

Daddy to the Rescue

In 'n' Out (thats what a hamburger is all about)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Three Girls...each so Different

Notice Mia. She doesn't like to dance.

Untitled from Elise Deeble on Vimeo.


She Loves to Dance

Brianna cannot wait to take dance lessons. Most places won't take them until they are three. I don't even know where she has learned her moves.

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Brianna's Birthday Party - Number One

Brianna gets to have two birthday parties to celebrate her third birthday. She had her first one at Nana and Poppy's this past weekend and gets to have her second one in California with Butde and Papa on her actual birthday.

She got tons of dress up clothes for her birthday from Nana and Poppy. At first she was only interested in her dressed that could twirl. However she has since then learned that some of them are also fun to wiggle in.

Here are some pics from the party and of the girls dressing up.