Sunday, September 22, 2013

Family Vacation

We just got back from our Disneyland vacation this afternoon.  It was a very long weekend spent with the in-law's.  For our drive out to California, my mother-in-law read every single billboard from Las Vegas to Anaheim.  My father-in-law would pay attention to everything except the road.  It was even more stressful once we got into the Anaheim area with the crazy California drivers.  We checked into our hotel around 3pm and then headed out towards Newport Beach about an hour later.  Carleigh had such a great time checking out the ocean and playing with her sand castle toys.  We even found a few seashells and brought them home with us.  We were at the beach until sunset (which was GORGEOUS!!) and then headed back to the hotel for the night.

We did Disneyland on Friday without fast passes.  I felt that they weren't needed.  The lines weren't that long.  I've seen worse lines at Six Flags.  I loved the Halloween decorations around the park.  This is my favorite time of year, so seeing Disneyland for the first time in my life during this time of year was so great.  Carleigh loved the Astro Orbiter ride and did that ride twice.  In Toon Town, Carleigh had such a great time on the Roger Rabbit ride.  She doesn't even know who Roger Rabbit is!  She also did that ride twice.  She did all of the rides in Toon Town including the roller coaster.  Carleigh even met Mickey Mouse and Goofy while hanging out in Toon Town.  Minnie Mouse was around, but by time we were getting ready to go in her line, she was on break.  We did check out Minnie's house though.  I think Carleigh got a bigger kick out of that then actually seeing Minnie in person.

On Saturday, we went over to California Adventure Park.  That park was our favorite because of Cars Land.  Carleigh got to meet Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, and Red the Firetruck.  It was so cool.  We headed back to Cars Land when the sunset set to see it all lit up.  It was amazing!  That was my favorite part of the whole park.  Carleigh enjoyed the Bug's Life area too.  The lines were really short and we did a few of those rides twice at Bug's Life.  Carleigh loved the big Ferris wheel.  She wanted to ride in one of the cars that rocked back and forth as the wheel spun around.  It was crazy to go that fast while being so high up in the air, but she was laughing the whole time.  She saw the big roller coaster behind the Ferris wheel but I told her she was way too small for that one.  She is so brave.  I can't handle any large roller coasters anymore.  The kid ones are as far as I will go.

It was a great weekend, but I am glad it's over.  I can't wait until we can go back to Disneyland without any other family.  At times, my in-law's seemed annoyed because I had to take random breaks because I'm pregnant and all of that walking was getting to me much more than others.  My favorite walking shoes no longer felt comfortable after our trip, so I think it's time to get a new pair.  I've had them for a couple of years though.  It's so nice to be back home now.

It's back to work for me tomorrow.  Heath only has to work Tuesday & Wednesday this week.  His parent's leave on Friday, I think.  It will be nice to have my house back to normal after these two weeks.  I'm used to quiet, chill, and relaxing at home.  Not running all over the place.  At least I have an excuse not to be out late... work and being pregnant!  Haha.  :) 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cable Free

Heath & I decided to cancel our cable recently.  It was the best decision we have made.  We had one of the expanded cable packages through Cox.  Most of the time, our TV was on as background noise.  We don't have a lot of TV shows we actually sit down and make a habit of watching.  So instead of spending $75/mo for cable, we decided to axe it out of our budget.  Now we stick to Netflix and Hulu Plus.  A lot of the shows we watch can also be watched on the networks website the day after they air.  So it was nice to keep that extra money in our pockets instead of handing it over to Cox.

The week after next, the in-law's are coming to town for two weeks.  We are going to Disneyland and California Adventure Park over the weekend.  It will be my first time in California and the theme parks.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Carleigh is excited to go to Cars Land at California Adventure Park.  We will probably have a hard time getting her out of there.  I'm hoping we can head out to the beach on Thursday evening.  I've been to the Atlantic Ocean many years ago, so it will be nice to finally get to the Pacific Ocean.  We have lived in Nevada for five years now and could have gone to California at anytime, but we never did.  Now I can cross it off my list of places to go.

We started working on our backyard last weekend.  I helped for about 20 minutes, but since I'm pregnant... I'm pretty useless when it comes to raking up the bigger rocks and smoothing the dirt.  I'll let Heath do a majority of that.  I'll pick out the flowers/shrubs and plant those when it's time.  We are hoping we can have the entire backyard done by spring.  We are going to grass most of the backyard, put a few pavers that lead to Carleigh's play house, and I really want a fire pit for our cooler months.  It will be a fairly easy backyard to maintain, which is what we are going for.

My next appointment is on the 17th.  I'll be 13 weeks pregnant by then.  Everything has been going well so far.  The only downside is anything chicken makes me nauseous and sometimes makes me throw up.  No morning sickness.  Yay!  I've only gained two pounds within the first trimester.  I still have one week to go in the first trimester though, so we will see where I am at weight-wise on Tuesday.  I've had more back aches than last time.  I want to sleep more than last time too.  On the weekends, I will sometimes sleep from 9pm-9am.  It feels great too!