Saturday, October 15, 2016

Avila Valley Barn

Two weeks ago we made our yearly fall trip
to the adorable
Avila Valley Barn!

Every year my mom, sister,
the kids and I load up the car,
and head to Avila for the day.

Lexie wasn't quite sure what to do with
all of the pumpkins at first.

She definitely wasn't in the mood
for sitting on a hay bale for a picture.

But what she was in the mood for was...
anything to do with the animals!
If you have never been, or don't know,
the Avila Valley Barn has farm animals that
you can feed.
Lexie LOVES it!

Here is a link to a video of her 
and the goats.
For some reason I couldn't
post the video here.
Annoyed. ;)

I wish I could get the shot of her face 
in this picture...because it was pure joy!

Landry decided he needed a snack to. :)

After the goats, we made our way to the sheep...

and then the cow.
Come here Mr. Cow!

Once fear...
she loved the cow!

She has just as much love
for the cow as she does the goats.
Watch it here...

Every other time she fed him,
she squealed with delight after.
The minute she saw me filming her,
she's cool as a cucumber.

You can't go to the barn
without getting some yummy roasted corn!

It is easy to see that these two
are pretty crazy about each other. :)

We took some fun pictures
while waiting for the hay ride.

Landry loves this tractor!

This year Lexie wanted to get 
in on the action.

Of course she had a snack with her!

Next up...hay ride!

Each year the hay ride has been a bit different.
The two years they would drop you off and you 
could pick a pumpkin off the vine,
last year they didn't drop you off,
and this year,
they dropped you off in an area 
where the pumpkins were already set-up. 

Lexie wasn't sure what do with
all of the pumpkins.

Landry quickly found the perfect one.

After the hay ride we chose our
pumpkins from the wide variety
that they always have.

Here are our picks!
11 pumpkins for $40...
pretty good deal if you ask me. :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Alaskan Cruise Part 6 - Ship Life!

Well, I hate to break it to you...
this is my last post about our cruise.
I know, I only drug it out for a month. ;)

As I shared in my last post, 
our cruise departed from Seattle, Washington.
Thankfully there is a direct flight from Seattle to Fresno.
This cutie worked on her selfie game 
while we waited in the airport. :)

Landry was super excited to sit next to
Auntie K.K. on the plane!

I tried to warn everyone on the plane
with Lexie's onesie that said, "Wild One."

She did a great job on both flights.
I cannot say enough great things about Alaskan Air.
We had flown them once before,
and again for this trip,
and they are just the best!

We cruised with Royal Caribbean.
Here is our ship, Explorer of the Seas.

She was HUGE!!!!
I tried to get a picture of how tall she was, 
but couldn't fit the whole ship in the frame 
as I was looking straight up.

Nawnie and Landry selfie
as we were leaving port in Seattle.

Papa got in the shot this time.
Side note...if you haven't watched my parents
try to take a should.
It is hilarious!
Sorry you tons...but it really is funny! ;)

Apparently watching the ship leave
the dock is very serious business in my family...

and then there's me!

All seven of us (my parents, sister, and the 4 of us)
stayed together in the Royal Family Suite.
I was rather nervous about this.
All seven of us.
In one suite.
For SEVEN days.
It turned out to be great!

We had a good size living room...
which doubled as my sister's room. ;)

My parents had their own master with a full bathroom...
bath tub included!

Chad, Landry, and I had our own bedroom...

with a bunk that came down from the ceiling
and a vanity area.

We spent a LOT of time on the balcony that had
a table with 4 chairs and two loungers.

Our room also had another bathroom with shower,
as well as a large walk-in closet,
and dinette area.

There were all kinds of activities on the ship.
You can't cruise without playing some shuffle board!

We watched movies, singers, dancers,
a magic show, and a comedian in the theater.

There was basketball, ping pong, a wave-rider,
an arcade, and Landry loved the mini-golf!

Of course there was also a casino on the ship.
We walked through it several times on the
way to the theater, and Landry always got
nervous walking over this glass walk-way that
had gold, coins, and jewels underneath.
By about day joke...he finally trusted us
when we told him he wouldn't fall through it.
Then it became his favorite place!

There was a rock-climbing wall...
and I was pretty proud that I could make
it all the way to the top!

My arms were super sore the next day
but I made it to the top! ;)

There was even an ice skating show!

We had a chance to test out our
ice skating skills, too.

This was Landry's first time skating.
Chad and I thought he'd last about 2 minutes
and end up crying.
We were so wrong!

He loved it!

He never let go of us...or the wall...
but he still had fun!

Every cruise has the Captain's Dinner
where everyone gets dressed up.

How cute is she?
As a side note...
that dress is a 3-6 months...
yup, she was 16 months.
Sassy little peanut!

Since it was formal night,
Lexie decided to eat her fruit snacks
with a fork.
So proper!

I will say that our meals in the
dining room weren't my favorite.
They were SUPER long...
and when you have a very active 16 month isn't always a good mix.
Don't get me wrong,
the food was wonderful...
but it was just l-o-n-g.

You can't pass up the buffet!
As you can see...
Lexie LOVED the buffet.

Yes, she really did eat all of that food.

There was one glorious night
when she fell asleep during dinner.
Did I say glorious?
Ooops. ;)

Celebrating my parents' 40th anniversary!

Finally...the traditional
cruise towel animals.

We really did have a great time, 
and I would HIGHLY recommend
the cruise, cruiseline, and ship to anyone.
There were so many more amenities
on the ship that I didn't mention such as a
fitness center, spa, shops, multiple bars of course,
Johnny Rockets, Ben and Jerry's ice cream,
and where you could find me...STARBUCKS!!!!

I also have to give a huge shout out to the staff.
They were so incredibly friendly and helpful
With 3,000 or so people on board
I always felt like we were well taken care of
and that they tended to any of our concerns or needs.

If you missed any of my other posts,
here they are:

If Alaska isn't already on your bucket list...
add it.
Seriously! :)