Sunday, August 10, 2014

Birthday Weekend in Seattle

Way back in February Mikael and I had been texting each other and scheming ways of how we could plan a trip to see each other.  It was getting complicated because we both had busy schedules, traveling husbands, and budgets.  It was looking like a no go.  But a few days later Mikael's sneaky husband Derek got ahold of my number and started texting me about planning a surprise getaway for Mikael's upcoming birthday.  I thought it would be a pretty awesome birthday gift to myself too, so I talked it over with Charlie and set to work making plans.  It was absolute torture trying to contain my excitement and I was seriously dying not being able to talk with Mikael about it.  She kept texting me trying to make plans (unaware that flights had already been booked) and I had to keep making up excuses of why I didn't think it would work.  Finally her birthday came around at the beginning of March and Derek had wrapped up the plane tickets as a surprise.  Well wouldn't you know it, she wouldn't even open them that morning but insisted on waiting until Derek came home that night.  AGH.  So finally she opened the tickets, we exchanged lots of screaming excited texts, and began our countdown to the first weekend in April.

I told Mikael that I would make the famous Wood family Surprise Cupcakes for her birthday, so even though they were a month late I did still load up a container of cupcakes and carry them on the plane with me.  We arrived Thursday night in Seattle and took the train downtown where we stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel.  We spent that first night staying up late eating cupcakes and talking nonstop until we were both too drowsy to make any sense.

Friday morning we slept in.  We had blackout curtains and there were no children there to wake us.  It was glorious.  But we did have a lunch reservation at noon, so we eventually had to get moving.  We got ready for the day and then walked across town to the Space Needle.  I always enjoy going up to the high point of a city to get a view of the surroundings.  The weather was clear and sunny and gorgeous that day and the views from atop the Needle were incredible.  We had a leisurely lunch in the revolving restaurant and enjoyed checking out the full 360 degree view of Seattle.

We kept seeing these billowing clouds of dessert being served at other tables and decided that we needed an "Oribter" too.  Mostly we just wanted to take pictures of it and Mikael sent a video to her kids.

Mikael sent this picture to her dad.  It's not the most flattering, but I love it.  We were having such a blast being kid free and chatting up a storm and laughing at our own dumb jokes.

Next we walked over to Pike Place Market and just wandered the stalls admiring the gorgeous flowers, fresh fruit, and arts & crafts for sale.  Luke was really into pigs at the time (like he was constantly declaring "I'm a pig" and making oinking sounds in response to questions), so I of course had to take this photo for him.

We walked even further down and along the waterfront just enjoying the beautiful day and each other's company.  I'm sure we logged quite a few miles that day walking all around.  We stopped and did a bit of shopping on our way back to the hotel, and then laid down to relax for awhile before heading back out for dinner.

We were both craving sushi and just happened to strike up a conversation with a guy in the elevator who directed us to a place called Dragonfish just across the street that had sushi happy hour.  Perfect!  This may have been my favorite night of the trip.  We ordered a half a dozen little dishes to share and sat and talked and snacked.  After we'd already paid the bill and were getting ready to leave, I looked at Mikael and then confessed "I'm still hungry!"  I was starving actually.  So we ordered a whole second round of food and laughed and talked and ate some more.  It was seriously such a fun night.

The next morning we had big plans to go see the Fremont Troll.  I mapped it out on my phone and found a good 3 mile route that would take us right to him.  We laced up our running shoes and set out on our way.  Unfortunately I have a TERRIBLE sense of direction and started us off going the exact opposite way of where we should have gone.  After about a mile of super steep hills through a somewhat sketchy part of town Mikael wised up and suggested that I check my phone.  Sure enough we were now one mile further from Mr. Troll.  Um, oops.  Sorry about that Mikael.

But despite the extra two miles that I added to our run that morning, we had a blast.  I wish we lived closer for so many reasons, but running together everyday would be a pretty nice perk too.  The miles went by that much quicker with a friend to talk to and push me along.  The weather was overcast and cold with a bit of a drizzle and I loved taking in the city as we ran.

The Troll was pretty cool.  It's a giant sculpture constructed underneath a bridge and he's holding a VW Beetle in his left hand.  We lucked out to arrive in between waves of tourists and get some fun pictures. Mikael, of course, is kissing the troll because for as long as I've known her she has always posed this way with statues.  Just one more reason why I love her.

Since I had accidentally turned our 6 mile route into an 8 mile one, we decided to take the way back a little easier.  We stopped and took silly pictures and walked the last mile back to the hotel.  There was a light rain by then and we were chilled to the bone.  Time for hot showers and some good food.

Our next stop was Nordstrom Cafe.  I love that Cafe.  I almost always order the exact same thing: the mixed berry chicken salad.  Love it.  And even more than I love the salad I love their cake.  The Boston Cream just barely beats the Lemon Coconut.  I was so looking forward to enjoying a big slice of birthday cake and was pretty heartbroken to discover that the flagship store didn't serve any cake at all! We had to substitute by sampling a few different dessert bars, which were pretty awesome too, but I was still sad about my cake.

We walked around the mall and stopped in a few stores.  Mikael wanted to go into Brookstone.  I didn't really get it until she pulled me over to the massage chairs.  She told me she always did this with her mom when they were shopping.  I had no idea people did this but we got the last two empty chairs.  I was reluctant at first and felt like the sales girl was giving us the stink eye, but I eventually settled in and  let the chair work it's magic.  We sat and talked some more and relaxed in those massage chairs for at least half an hour.  It felt heavenly, especially after all of the walking and running we'd done over the past two days.

It was rainy and cold and we didn't have anything else planned.  We got the crazy idea to go searching for frozen yogurt.  Not just the boring mall kind, but the self serve kind where you can pile in tons of flavors and toppings.  We used our phones to find a Menchie's a little over a mile away.  That didn't seem too bad.  Really?  What were we thinking?  That felt like the longest walk ever in the rain and on busy roads and with our tired feet.  But we finally made it and dished up our little cups of frozen goodness.  It took awhile before we had the courage to head back out in the rain again, and when we did it was straight back to the hotel.

That night we were overcome with laziness.  Or just exhaustion.  We laid on our beds and searched Yelp for the closest possible restaurants.  We even started searching for delivery options.  We just didn't want to walk anymore.  Neither of us felt well and we probably should have just called it a night.  Instead we decided on PF Changs.  And then we somehow got talked into a three course meal for two. It was WAY more food than either of us could eat and we ended up bringing most of it back in a doggy bag and ate the dessert for breakfast the next morning.

Luckily we were both feeling revived and refreshed the next day and ready to set out on foot again.  We headed back to Pike's Place and picked up some macaroons that we'd spotted at a French bakery on our last visit.  I bought a purse, which I have still never used, and has turned into a big joke between Mikael and I.  We searched for lunch but really just wanted a salad and so we headed back to Nordstrom Cafe for another round of mixed berry and chicken goodness.

Finally it was time to pack up and head home.  The train station was right across from our hotel, which was super convenient, and took us straight to the airport.  It was so sad to say goodbye but we really had such a fabulous and fun time together.  It was a much needed break from everyday life for both of us and the only time Mikael and I have spent alone together since parting ways in Provo ten years ago.  We snapped a series of goofy selfies together and then said our sad goodbyes.  We both had a blast and agreed that it was the best birthday gift to ourselves ever!  Probably a little expensive to make a yearly thing, but it definitely needs to happen again soon.

As much as I loved my trip, I was equally as happy to come home to all of my boys.  Charlie was Super Dad and kept the boys busy doing fun stuff all weekend.  They went on long scooter rides (to drop off and pick up the car for repair), went to the beach, ate lots of junk food, and had movie night.  They started out with Isaac's pick of Volcano vs. Airplane on Netflix but then quickly decided it was too scary and opted for Frozen instead.  Good choice!  This was their first time seeing it and Luke fell so in love with it that they ended up making a run to Target to buy it on DVD.  Anyway, they all had a fun weekend together (except for Cracker who had to get more teeth pulled at the vet), but I think they were glad to have me home.

The next day was my actual birthday so we celebrated by going out to dinner at El Torito Grill.  They always send me a coupon for a free meal on my birthday and I can't pass it up!

Then Charlie made me this really fantastic chocolate, nutella, and strawberry birthday cake.  It is maybe my new favorite cake ever.  And this was maybe one of my favorite birthdays ever.  Thank you Charlie and Mikael for making it so memorable!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Luke's 3rd Birthday

The first week of June we celebrated Luke's 3rd birthday.  It kind of breaks my heart to see him growing up so much, but at the same time I just love watching him learn and grow and develop such a charming and hilarious little personality.  He is such a lovable and funny little guy and has brought so much joy to our family over the past three years.

Here he is on the night before his big day, showing me he is two little fingers for the last time.  And of course clutching onto Blue Mouse and his googins for bedtime.

He had been eyeing his wrapped gifts for days ahead of time and was just dying to open them all up first thing the next morning.  We picked two to open and then we saved the rest for a little later in the day when Isaac got home from school.  Charlie had been traveling that week and didn't make it home until the evening, and I thought it would be too cruel to make Luke wait that long.

In the weeks leading up to his birthday we had several discussions about what gifts he wanted most.  His top four requests were: 1) An ice saw, or a "cut the ice" saw as Luke would say.  If you've seen the movie Frozen, you know the scene at the beginning where the men are cutting ice and singing the Frozen Heart song.  Luke LOVES that part and reenacts it by jabbing the ground with any long object he can find and singing "Huh!... Huh!... Huh!"  He reeeeally wanted an ice saw of his own.  2) A pet blue mouse that talks.  I mentioned this in my last post.  I don't know where he got this idea, but luckily he was pleased as punch with the cat toy that my mom brought when she was visiting.  3) A monster truck with a hat on it.  Don't know where he got that idea either, and I couldn't find one (maybe I should have just glued a hat onto a truck, but I didn't).  4) A digger with two shovels on it (a backhoe loader).

Before we started opening, Isaac & I sang Happy Birthday to Luke.  He loved it.

I was really worried about making his ice saw dreams come true.  Toy ice saws do not exist.  I decided to go with a chain saw and luckily it was a huge hit!  Although he has never once said a word about cutting ice with it.  It is strictly for cutting trees.  This kid knows his saws.

I also got him a tool box filled with tools, including a small saw, just in case the chain saw was a flop.  He loves the little tools too and has had fun "fixing" all sorts of things around the house.

His Wood Grandparents sent him a Batman Imaginext play set and some extra figures to go with it.  This has been a really fun toy that's gotten lots of use.  He especially loves the Batman figure and his motorcycle, and a little plastic penguin (I think it goes with the Penguin villain guy) that Luke calls "Speedy Duck" and takes it in the bath with him on a regular basis.

He also got his backhoe truck, an Imaginext airplane (because he always wants to take Isaac's), a Disney Planes play set from his Stran Grandparents, and a Switch & Go dinosaur that Isaac picked out for him.  He was delighted with all of the new things to play with and was pretty awesome about sharing with Isaac too.  (Though he wasn't that happy about Isaac's help in opening all of his gifts.)

When Charlie got home we headed out for dinner at Chik-fil-a.  Luke's request.  I don't think he likes the food that much.  It is the playground that has stolen his heart.  We managed to convince him to eat a few bites of dinner before running off to play.

Back at home it was time for cake!  Luke had requested an Oreo cake and was maybe more excited about the cake than his presents.  I found a recipe on Pinterest and set to work.  It turned out looking pretty awesome, but the cake itself was terrible.  Actually the frosting was the bad part.  It was WAY too much butter and despite my adding an extra two cups of powdered sugar at the end, it still did not taste sweet.  Luke loved it anyway.

This is why we never bother to hire a photographer for family pictures:

We sang Happy Birthday....

And just as we were finishing, Isaac jumped in and blew out Luke's candles!  Brother of the year. You better believe there were a lot of tears after that.

So we lit them up again, and this time Isaac stood back with his sheepish grin and let Luke do his thing.

Grandma & Grandpa Wood called to talk to the Birthday boy.  Luke loves talking on the phone and made sure to show them how old he was that day.

I'm pretty sure our boys won't always be satisfied with simple family celebrations, but for now I think they are perfect.  We had a fun and happy day and Luke was all smiles.  We love this little Luke of ours.

Here's a few fun facts about Luke at three years old:

  • His favorite things to eat are chocolate (Nutella) toast, macaroni & cheese, triangle Triscuit crackers, chocolate cat cookies from TJs, strawberry yogurt, ice cream, Oreos, watermelon, strawberries, bananas, Cheerios w/ milk, and cinnamon raison toast from TJs.  He has quite the sweet tooth and would eat treats or snacks all day long if I let him.  He rarely finishes his food (unless it is a treat), which drives me totally crazy.  He also loves to drink (anything but water) and requests drinks all day long.  
  • He loves going to the park and climbing on the playground, going down slides, and having me push him in the swing.  He's very particular about his feet getting dirty though and is really bothered about sand in his shoes or any mud that might get stuck on the bottom.  
  • He has been fully potty trained (including bedtime) since 28 months and has only very rarely had an accident. 
  • He loves to find spiders in our house.  Who knew we had so many tiny spiders hanging out in the remote corners of our house?  He gets SO excited every time he finds one. 
  • Luke is very enthusiastic about pretty much everything in life.  His excitement is a bit hilarious and he makes everything more fun.  He loves to go anywhere and everywhere.  His favorites are the pool and the lagoon, Target to look at the toy aisles, the park, Chik-fil-a, and riding scooters on the road.  And he loves taking baths.    
  • His favorite TV shows are Caillou, Cat in that Hat, and Phineas & Ferb (thanks to Isaac).  His current favorite movies are Frozen, Despicable Me, and Home Alone.  
  • He is a talker and always has a lot to say.  He speaks really well for his age but of course still has a handful of mispronunciations.  Some of which I find to be really adorable.  He calls the minions from Despicable Me "mingons," Lighting McQueen (another favorite) is "My-a-queen," bananas have always been "banas" until just recently.  He has some trouble with his "l's" so he calls himself "Wuke," says "pweese" instead of please and when he wants me to pick him up says "wet me up!" When he needs to use the toilet he always says "I'm supposed to go to the bafroom!"  He says those exact words every time.  He's recently started using the word "actually." He uses it appropriately for the most part, but it still cracks me up every time.  At dinner time he always says (just as we are sitting down) "WAIT! We can't eat yet!  We forgot the blessing!"  And then he loves to be the one to say it every night.   
  • He loves to play with his Imaginext Rescue City and Batman play sets.  He gets all of his guys and acts out all kind of play scenarios using different voices and everything.  It is hilarious to watch.  For some reason he has become really attached to the only girl figurines that we have: a random Polly Pocket doll that we got in a kids meal once, Kelly - the girl from Handy Manny, and Uniqua from Backyardigans.  They are some of his favorites, along with Pablo from Backyardigans, Batman, and the "golden guy" who is just an Imaginext guy with yellow clothes.  He also loves it when I help him to build big crazy trucks and flying ships with his Duplos, and he has recently started playing with trains a lot and having me build tracks all around his room.  
  • Whenever I do reading time with Isaac, Luke stays close by because as soon is Isaac is done reading, Luke knows it is time for me to read and he comes running.  His favorite book is a Dr. Seuss book called A Fish out of Water.  He will sit and listen to that book over and over for as many times as I will read it.  
  • His favorite color is blue, but he also loves anything that is "golden" (yellow).
  • He really wants to grow bigger.  He saw an episode of Caillou where Caillou was told that if he drank his milk that he would grow bigger.  Luke has never been a milk drinker, but he has recently started to request it because he wants to grow.  He has also taken to standing on tables and chairs and then declaring "I'm bigger!"  I'm not sure if he realizes that he's actually on the smaller side for his age.  He has just recently started wearing 2T shirts and most of his pants are still 18-24 months.  But he is such a cute little thing - I don't really want him to grow.  
  • He sleeps with his two "mouses" every night.  Mousey, aka Cookie Monster Mouse, and Blue Mouse - the squeaky cat toy.  He also still sleeps with his pacifier "pa" and his baby blankets which we call "googins."  When I put him to bed he loves to give me goodnight kisses, which pretty much melt me.  He tells me "how about goodnight kisses?" and then proceeds to give me at least a dozen of them before popping the pacifier back in.  He's also been telling me lately "Mom, I like you" just randomly throughout the day.  I like you too Luke.  
That's kind of a lot.  And I could write more.  He can sometimes be a little stinker with a lot of attitude, but he is also quite the charmer with an adorable and lovable little personality.  He is a joy!  Happy Birthday little Luke.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Month of May

I opted not to do the 365 blog this year, thinking that I'd make sure to be extra good about keeping this blog up to date.  Well obviously that hasn't happened.  But in an attempt to get caught up I thought I'd clump a whole month worth of memories together in this post for now.

Cracker's Birthday

We consider our dog to be a member of the family, and so of course we have to celebrate his birthday every year.  This year he turned 11!  He's an old man dog.  He's stubborn and grumpy and lazy and yet we love him more than ever.  

He had to have several teeth pulled earlier in the year so we've switched him to soft food which he has been enjoying.  Instead of serving him a birthday dinner of table food like we've done in the past, we just stuck with dessert this year.  We had an ice cream party and served Cracker up his own little scoop of plain vanilla.  (And no he does not normally eat at the table, I'm just a big nerd and wanted to stage a photo op.) 

Our new house looks out onto a somewhat busy road and Cracker loves to be able to sit by the front windows and watch for any danger that might pass by.  You know, like a kid on a bike or another dog out for a walk.  Then he turns into full on crazy mode and growls and barks his most ferocious barks until he's scared them off.  Then he returns to his post to protect us from the next passerby.  Unfortunately he is too short to see out any of the front windows unless we give him a lift, so he usually has to rely on his ears to alert him of potential villains.  

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day this year Charlie bought me a beach cruiser!  We went a week ahead of time to pick it out so that I could choose the color and everything.  I was a little hesitant about getting on a bike again.  I had only ridden once in the past 20 years (the day Charlie proposed) and that was a wobbly ride!  But I actually love my new bike and love riding it.  The boys brought their scooters out for my test ride around the cul de sac.  We've been on several family bike rides since then and it's so much fun!

On Mother's Day Charlie made us a nice dinner and then helped the boys to make a dessert pizza.  It was a giant brownie topped with a cream cheese icing and all sorts of crazy toppings.  It ended up being just a little overboard, but the boys had SO much fun making it, so what's not to love about that?  

I am so grateful for my little family and love the opportunity that I have to be a mother to my crazy, sweet, and handsome boys.  

The Stran Family

It is hard for my sister Sandy and I to get our kids together much during the school year since we both have busy schedules and we live 30 miles away from each other (plus traffic).  One night when both of our husbands were traveling for work she loaded up her van and brought the cousins out to play.  It was a fun and crazy night with six kids exploring the new house and dragging out as many toys as possible.  We managed to gather them all together for dinner before setting them loose again. 

My boys have been obsessed with "riding scooters on the road," which means around and around the tree circle in the middle of our cul de sac.  It's actually really great because there are never any cars except for our neighbors.  It looked kind of like a roller rink with so many kids going in circles that night.  

We finished the night off with ice cream.  Cute Emma was so excited to get her own little cone.  

At the end of the month my parents drove down from Utah to help my brother Brian and his girlfriend Sarah with their move.  I hadn't seen my brother in nearly two years, so it was great to finally get together - even if it was just for an hour.  It was a quick trip for my parents and unfortunately Lisa and her family weren't able to make it, so we were one sibling away from having our whole family together.  

I didn't bring the nice camera and my iphone photos didn't turn out that great, but this is Sarah (Brian's girlfriend), Wendy, and Brian. 

My parents with six of their wiggly grandchildren.  

Isaac & Luke

These boys are always up to something!  Isaac came in one day with all of his light sabers, Longy the snake, and some of his other "gear" and asked me to take a picture of him.  I can't remember now what he was playing (probably either spies or snake hunting or something), but I thought it was funny.  

Luke wanted me to take a picture of him with Mousey.  Mousey, also known as Cookie Monster Mouse, was a Christmas gift from my sister Lisa.  It's actually a little stuffed hamster, but when Luke opened the present he immediately declared that it was a mouse and he has been in love with it ever since.  It's funny what kids get attached to.  Anyway, Mousey disappeared for almost a month.  I turned the house upside down looking for him and had a new "mouse" sitting in my amazon shopping cart when we finally found the original Mousey zipped up inside one of Isaac's stuffed animals.  Isaac!  Anyway, Luke was absolutely delighted to have his little friend back and has resumed sleeping with him every night since.  

Luke acquired a second pet mouse when my parents were visiting.  My mother had asked me what Luke wanted for his upcoming birthday.  He had some pretty funny requests, including "a pet mouse that's blue and talks."  Well, never say never because my Mom brought Luke this blue squeaky cat toy and he is over the moon for it!  Apparently it's exactly what he wanted.  His name is Blue Mouse and he has taken his place right next to Mousey in Luke's bed every night.  You can see him sitting atop one of the spires of Luke's block castle in the photo below.  

Luke had to do a make-up OT appointment in the afternoon one day.  It wasn't enough time to leave and come back so I brought Isaac's homework along and we sat in the car under a tree with the windows down.  It was a beautiful day and Isaac loved sitting up in the front seat.  When it was time for reading he stretched out and put his feet up on the dashboard.  It was one of the few times in the entire school year that he did all of his work without one bit of complaining.  He asked me if we could do homework in the car everyday.  I wish we could buddy, but I think with Luke climbing around and honking the horn it probably wouldn't be quite as productive.  

Isaac's school had a Star Wars themed family fund raiser night.  They did a good job of selling this event to the kids while at school because Isaac came home in a whirlwind of excitement telling me all about it and begging to go.  So of course I bought tickets, and being the mean mom that I am, used them as bribery for a few weeks leading up to the event.  It was a fun night filled with Jedi training, Storm Trooper shoot-outs, droid building, and the ultimate light saber battle with Darth Vader.  Isaac and Luke both loved, loved, LOVED it.  I should have taken more pictures. 

On another day the Kindergarten classes invited all of the parents to come in and read with their children.  It was fun for Isaac to be able to show me the journal he'd been writing in and read me some of his entries.  Afterwards we all sat at the lunch tables and had snacks.  I was also able to volunteer several times throughout the school year and Isaac always loved it when I was there.  

One day while out riding scooters, Luke decided that he needed a rest.  So he pulled up to the driveway and just laid down.  I guess Isaac thought that seemed like a good idea too because he quickly came and joined him.  So though this may look like an epic scooter crash, it's really just a relaxing little break.  Silly boys. 

We have a squirrel that frequents our backyard.  We have a row of trees lining the fence and we often spot him climbing around in there or running along our fence and sometimes he comes down and explores around the yard.  The boys go nuts whenever they see him out the window and usually race outside - because Isaac is convinced that he can catch him.  But of course the moment that squirrel hears them open the door he bolts.  So one day Isaac & Luke decided to set a squirrel trap.  I'm not exactly sure how it was supposed to work, but they were convinced that the stuffed squirrel with a big plate full of food would certainly be enough to lure in the real squirrel.  The only one that was ever fooled was Cracker who spotted the decoy out the back window and went berserk.  

A few weeks before Luke's 3rd birthday the school district evaluated him to determine his eligibility for continued services.  We knew that he was likely just fine, but went ahead with the evaluation anyway.  He got to attend their preschool for three weeks and he loved every second of it.  Each morning the teachers would come out with their wagons and a few lucky students would get to ride back to the classroom.  Luke loved those wagons.  He also loved playing on the new playground and all of the new toys and songs and the teachers.  One day they even got to attend an assembly with the Lizard Wizard who brought all kinds of snakes, turtles, frogs, and other creepy crawly things.  Luke got to go up on stage and hold a tiny blue frog.  I'm a bit sad that he won't actually get to attend ECLC in the fall (Isaac spent three years there and it's a great little school), but of course thrilled to know that he is right on track with all of his milestones now.  

Here's Luke all wrapped up after a bath.  We don't typically do baths everyday but we had a long streak where Luke would request baths multiple times a day just so the he could play in the water.  So we had a lot of baths and a lot of soaking wet floors.  Good thing he is so cute.

Isaac, all stretched out and ready for bed.  Every night we say prayers and I tuck him in and kiss him goodnight, and then he hops right back out of bed and plays in his room until he feels sleepy and asks me to come back and tuck him in all over again.  

One day I came in the family room to find them sitting like bookends on the arms of the couch and watching TV.  I'm not sure how this came about as they are usually fighting and sitting on each other in order to claim the couch seat that is closest to the TV.  

After spending a Saturday afternoon at the pool, Isaac came home and wanted to lay in the backyard sun to get warm.  Luke loves to do everything that Isaac does, so he sprawled out right next to him.  My two little sunbathers. 

Angel's Game 

Charlie wanted to take Isaac to an Angels' game.  He kept asking if I wanted to come too, but I assured him that I was fine staying home and that it would be too difficult to keep Luke entertained through a whole game.  But Charlie bought four tickets anyway, and this is where I will admit that I was wrong.  Luke was thrilled to be able to go the baseball game and we all had a really fun night.  

Luke was in awe of the fireworks during the opening part of the game when they introduced all of the players.  He called them "rockets" and talked about them for days afterwards.  

We brought snacks from home but every time the vendors walked past our seats shouting about popcorn, candy, and ice cream the boys would beg to have some.  We bought them each a cup of those dippin' dots ice cream things.  Despite their solemn expressions in this photo, they loved the ice cream.  

Isaac's favorite part of an Angels' game is always when the Rally Monkey comes on the big screen.  They show funny video clips with the monkey starring in random scenes from famous movies and then they play the song "Jump Around."  So of course Isaac has to jump around too!  
The Angels played the Tampa Rays that night.  The game was kind of slow, the Angels were losing, it was late, and the boys were getting tired so we left somewhere around the 7th or 8th inning.  In the bottom of the 9th they scored four more runs to win the game!  And we missed it.  Boo.  But we still had a great time and hopefully we can make it to another game before the season ends.