Friday, March 19, 2010

The American Girl Place

On March 7th we finally celebrated Meredith's 6th birthday!  It was two months of waiting, hoping, excitement and anticipation to go to The American Girl Place!!!  The girls all took a trip to The Grove in Los Angeles so we could enjoy the store and dinner.  Ryan and Trevor visited the La Brea Tar Pits- the "boy" thing to do! Trevor is convinced that he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.
The Grove- such a cute shopping center!
Mackenzie and Madalyn never wanted an American Girl doll, but they did enjoy the books.  They were, however, so excited to share this experience with Meredith!
Meredith picking out the girls that looks just like her (but without the freckles!)
Meredith so happy with the purchase! He named her doll Tatum Claire Jones- the name she was going to have if we did not name her Meredith Claire.
That evening we had dinner at the American Girl Cafe'
Grandma Wright came along and bought Tatum three outfits so she can be taken home in style!  We loved having Grandma Wright with us...she is Meredith's second favorite (next to Grandpa Wright)!  Sorry...but we all know it is true...
Ryan and Trevor joined us for dinner.  Trevor kept his hood on to hide himself when he first entered the store- it was so funny!  Once he saw another "teenage boy" there he became more comfortable! 
The Cafe' is so cute!! The food was really good too!

There was a box of conversation starters on the table...the kids loved the questions!
Tatum had her own high chair and snack!
Here is dessert! 
 This was an unforgettable birthday for our sweet Meredith whom we just adore and love more than words can express!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ROADSHOW 2010 "It's Not Over Till It's Over There"

This year I had the priviledge to be involved with our ward's Roadshow.  The theme was "It's Original".  Our show was set in the 1940's.  The girls all had to learn how to tap dance and the boys did a stomp number that was a huge hit!  Together they did a swing dance.  Madalyn literally was thrown around and twirled by another YM in our ward.  This really made our youth step out of their box in trying something that was difficult.  They nailed it!  Our youth did an OUTSTANDING job and got a ton of compliments from those in the audience.  I was amazed by our youth.  There was NO DRAMA and everyone had a fantastic time! 
Unfortunately I was backstage the entire time so I have no live shots of them performing.  Luckily it is being put on a DVD so I can view it later! 

Austin, Kolton, Madalyn and Samantha
Besties!!  Such great girls!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Birthday at Boomers

On February 20th Mackenzie celebrated her 14th birthday with a few friends at Boomer's in Irvine. It was a great place to go! They had their independence, yet Ryan and I were not too far away. All the girls seemed to have a fun time climbing the rock wall, driving the go carts and riding the ride that flips you over. Not sure if they ever got to minature golf!

Since Trevor was at a different birthday party at the time Meredith got mom and dad all to herself! She was in heaven!!