Sunday, January 14, 2018

Getting Caught Up::::Spring Break Zoo Trip

Oh...hi there! 
Remember how I used to have a blog,
and I would write about our 
fun family adventures,
share what was going on with the kids,
and anything else that was on my mind?
No...you don't?
You mean...
because it has been almost 1 year since
I've posted anything...
you forgot?
Ugh.
I don't blame you.
I don't really know what happened.
I mean besides the fact that I am trying to keep 
up with two crazy kiddos.
But...
one of my goals for 2018 is
to get back into the "blog game!"

So...here we go...
taking it all the way back to 
Spring Break!!!!!!

If you've been around here 
for awhile, then you know
that every year my friend Erin and I
take our kiddos to the zoo for our annual
Lofgren Gunstream Spring Break Zoo Trip. ;)


Over the years we have definitely
developed a bit of a "routine" for how we
work our way through the zoo.
First up...REPTILE HOUSE!


Next up...the monkeys and apes.
We brought 4 of our own monkeys. ;)


Remember when Landry used to cry
when we wanted to take a picture with Nosey?
Not any more!


After making our way through the rain forest,
it was time to see the sting rays.




Oh you know...
just two fun moms...
hanging out with the flamingos!


Next up...
African Adventures!
How cute was this baby rhino?


Everyone was excited to feed
the giraffes!


Lexie REALLY wanted
to pet him...but that's not allowed.



Lexie hanging out with
the meercats!


In the jeep...
and ready for some adventures!


These two...
friends since before they were
even born. ;)


Final stop...
Sea Lion Cove!







Love our adventures with the Gunstreams!
Since I am posting this almost a year
after it happened...
it is crazy to see how much everyone has grown
since this trip.
Time...please slow down!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lexie-loo is TWO!!!

Man oh man...
how is this true?
Wasn't this just yesterday?





No?
Then surely it was just
yesterday that we were 
celebrating your 1st birthday.



No?
Still not true?
How can it possibly be 
that I am sitting here,
10:30 at night,
trying to put-off the inevitable.
If I stall long enough,
and just don't write this post,
then you can't possibly turn two.
Right?

Still no.
Hmmm.
Well then, I guess I have no other
choice than to take a look back at this
past year...and all of the adventures
you've had.

Definitely your biggest adventure
was this summer when you got to
fly in a plane, go on a cruise ship,
and even on a dog-sled!

Here you are...on your first flight!

You got to get dressed up for the
Captain's Dinner...




you fell in love with the doggies
at the musher's camp.



You got bundled up to see a glacier
up close,


and as you always do,
decided to take Canada by storm...


and fell in love with some goats!


There is no denying
that you were the cutest Tinker Bell
that there ever has been.


And you learned real quickly,
that the more doors you went to...
the more candy you got!


Speaking of costumes...
you are quite the fashionista!

Who else can pull off Christmas jammies
with this much flair...


look this sweet all bundled up...


accessorizes an "itsy bitsy, teeny weenie, 
yellow polka dot bikini"...
with a black eye...


is this fashionable on 4th of July...


tries to cheer our Bulldogs to victory...


has this much swagger at
The Big Fresno Fair...


puts this combo together, 
all on her own...


sports bunny ears in December...


loves a good hard hat...


insists on wearing her tiara
to the grocery store...


piles on ALL the bling she got
for Christmas...


and so proudly wears one rain boot,
a Christmas necklace, and a shopping cart for a hat?


No one but you,
sweet Lexie-loo!


Did I say sweet?
Oh boy.
Yes, you can definitely be sweet
as can be...
and when YOU feel like it,
you are the sweetest little cuddle bug.
But.
Oh yes...there's a but.
You also know how to use your charm...
to get you out of situations like these.

Remember that time you spit water,
from your mouth,
all over our floor?


Or the time you spilled milk everywhere...
and tried to make a mad-dash?


What about the time...or times...
that you covered your face in your food?


Then there was that fun park play-date.
When you were so sweet to 
every stranger who had a snack...
trying to get them to share with you.
Yes, strangers.
And when I scolded you...
this was the look I got.


Oh Lexie-loo.
You are most definitely our
ray of sunshine.
Your spunk and love of life
is absolutely infectious.


You are too smart for your own good.
Sassy beyond your years.
A charmer who wins over everyone.
Passionate about everything...especially food.


You challenge us daily.
You are beyond exhausting.
There is nothing that you are afraid of.
Your laugh is unbelievable.


You know what you want
and you are determined to get it.


I always dreamed of having a "girlie-girl"
and boy did I get it.
But you aren't afraid to get some 
mud on your hands. ;)
You have taught me so much
these past two years,
and I cannot even imagine what
you will continue to teach me!
As Landry said when he saw this picture,
"This is Lexie saying, 
'This is my world!'"


Boy was he right.
Lexie-loo...
we all know it...
this is your world and we are 
just here for the ride.
I am so incredibly grateful that
I get to be a part of this ride, as your mama.
You are definitely my sunshine!

Keeping the tradition going...
here you are with Lion-bear

And of course...to compare...
here she is a year ago!