Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sorry I've Been Away

I don't know where the time went but I have not posted in forever and I'm sorry about that! I will try to catch up up on what has been happening the last month or so...we had a lot of firsts.

This is a picture of Madison helping daddy open his presents on his birthday. I caught them watching a play on TV (the Angel's Game was on in the background).

My dear friend Erica told me about this place called Fo Fo Figgleys in Oak Park, so we took Madison there for the first time earlier in the month and she just loved it. It is a really neat place and I think when Madison is bigger she'll love it even more because she will be able to me more independent. I know we all had a lot of fun!

This is a picture of Madison during her first time bowling. We went with the Playgroup here on base to the bowling alley. The kids all had so much fun! We can't wait to go back!

Madison had her first trip to the beach. When we were home visiting my parents, we went to my favorite beach, Zuma Beach. For those of you who aren't familiar with this beach, I bet you've all seen it...it's the beach where Bay Watch was filmed. Anyway, Madison had a blast in the water and really loved being outdoors. She wasn't too hip on the sand being in between her toes just yet. Once she had her shoes on she was fine though. We stayed for a few hours and really enjoyed ourselves.

This is a picture from the Fourth of July, but it's mainly to show you my new hair cut. Yes, I chopped all my hair off and got bangs. I was able to cut about 11 inches of and donate it to an organization that makes wigs.

This is one of my favorite pictures from the Fourth of July. This is Alex and Madison watching the fireworks. This was Madison's first year getting to see the fireworks. She was too little to stay up last year. She tried, but didn't make it. She loved every second of the fireworks this year and always gets excited when we talk about them

Jaclyn was in town for a little bit so we had the chance to hang out a few times which was wonderful! Alex, Barry, Jaclyn and myself went to Claim Jumper on a double date while they were out and this picture was taken as we were walking into the restaurant. I love my sister and cherish any time we get to spend together.

While we were in town we stopped by a couple of times to see my Grandpa Bill. He loves Madison and can't get enough of her so we try to stop by when we can. Here is a sweet moment, when Madison was giving his leg a big hug!

Madison had her first trip to the library. We went to the Thousand Oaks Children's Library. It was amazing. They have redone it since I was a kid and it's HUGE!!!! Madison had so much fun looking at the books, the puppets, the videos and taking part in some of the summer contests they had going on. We will definitely be going back next time we are there.

Alex and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on July 25th. Since we were out at my parents house, we were given the opportunity to get away for a night. Madison stayed with my parents and Alex and I went down to Santa Barbara and had a blast. We went horseback riding. We stayed at my first Bed and Breakfast, the Cheshire Cat Inn (which I highly recommend). We went wine tasting. We ate at a beautiful restaurant called, Bouchan (which is where this picture was taken). And last, but not least we walked around and went shopping. We had a blast and it was a very fun relaxing getaway.

Other than that, not a whole lot going on at the moment. Alex is in Korea and should be back this weekend (hopefully with some fun pictures we can post).