Sunday, November 30, 2014

San Francisco Trip + Thanksgiving

 We traveled to San Francisco a little over a week ago.  Phillip had to present some of his research at two different conferences, so we decided to make a family trip of it prior to Thanksgiving.  We left on Tuesday and made it as far as Salt Lake.  Bradford threw up in the car four times on the way there, and Stella threw up twice.  It was lovely as can be imagined.  The above picture is the view from our hotel room in Salt Lake City.  I was able to do a session at the temple; it was a neat opportunity.  On Wednesday morning, we ate breakfast with Phillip's mission president.  They seem to be such nice and amazing people. 
 We traveled all day Wednesday.  I was thankful we didn't have any repeat performances with the kids throwing up.  We stayed the night in Carson City, Nevada.  I thought Carson was a neat city and a lot prettier than I expected.  On Thursday, we made it into California and stopped by the Calaveras Big Trees State park.  We got to see some awesome giant Sequoias. 
 This tree stump was amazingly huge.  I think it was over 30 feet in diameter. 

 The kids by the roots of a fallen sequoia. 

 This tree was hollowed out, and the kids and Phillip were able to walk inside it for about 50 feet.
 Bradford was so excited to see this tree.  It was pretty neat. 
 Rural California was so beautiful.  After we saw the big trees, we passed through a lot of beautiful countryside that had orange groves, walnut groves, vineyards, etc.  It was so fun to see. 
 Phillip spent all day on Friday at one of his conferences.  The kids and I didn't have the car or much to do, so we went on some long walks.  The kids were excited to see the boats docked in San Francisco Bay. 

 On Friday, we went to a museum with Phillip's Aunt Sonia and Uncle Wendell.  It was so nice of them to take us around to so many neat places.  Bronson liked looking at the fish above his head in the Aquarium. 
 The museum simulated what a rainforest would be like.  This was one of my favorite parts.  Butterflies and tropical birds flew all around our heads.  It was beautiful. 

 Our view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the beach. 
 The kids had never before seen the beach.  They were so excited to see the water and find seashells.  Unfortunately, no seashells were to be found.  Maybe next trip :)

 The kids loved climbing the rocks. 

 They loved playing in the water.  Unfortunately, Bradford tripped and got a feel for how cold the Pacific Ocean can be in winter. 

 Phillip was so excited to get to ride in Uncle Wendell's Model T.  The kids loved bouncing on the seats in the back.  I was only a little worried they would topple out of the vehicle when Wendell made sharp turns :)  Wendell took us to see a WWII aircraft carrier-the Hornet.  It was BIG. 
 Phillip also took a spin in Wendell's 1960s MG.  Needless to say, he was loving life. 
 Wendell let the kids drive around at the park in his push pedal car. 

 This is how we were all feeling when we traveled to St. George on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. 
 Here are several pictures on Thanksgiving Day.  We ate dinner at my Grandma and Grandpa Bundy's house.  There was a lot of really good food to be eaten, and I did my best to eat as much of it as possible. 

 It was just us three girls home for Thanksgiving.

 Me with Grandma and Grandpa. 

 We went to the temple on Friday night to see the lights and the nativity. 

 Bronson tried on Grandma Bundy's glasses while we were waiting for our ice cream after going to the temple. 

We had a really fun trip.  As Phillip said, we have gone on one family vacation, and that will probably be enough for us for the next 30 years or so. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

The King

Bradford really likes to pretend he is a king.  We have already established he is going to be a king for Halloween next year.  He and Phillip often contend for this coveted position.  Brad (and Phillip) likes to wrap blankets around himself and make crowns out of various objects.  We've had crowns made out of play fence, paper, magformers, squigz, etc.  When Phillip took the kids over to our neighbor's house last night, I wasn't surprised when Brad came home with what he thought would make a perfect crown.  Our neighbor got a plant from the grocery store, and it came wrapped in felt that was cut in a leaf pattern.  She gave it to Brad who immediately put it on his head.  When he came in the house, he got our fall throw and tied it around his neck.  He then got the stool and sat on the stairs like this for the next hour.  The proud way he was sitting and the way the blanket flowed down the stairs was a bit much.  I had to take a picture.  With his nose high in the air, Brad sang songs to himself in preparation for our upcoming primary program. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

1 Year Old!

 Bronson turned one this weekend!  I tried to take a bunch of pictures of him with my phone camera, but he is so wiggly;  they are all blurry.  Here are a few pictures anyway. 

Bronson had his 12 month appointment on Monday.  He is 32 & 1/4" tall (97th + percentile), 23 lbs 14 oz (65th percentile), and his head is 49.6 cm (97th +++ percentile).  He is still our big, happy boy.  His mouth has exploded with teeth recently.  He has eight right now, and I think more will be coming in soon.  Bronson loves to climb the stairs, get into his siblings toys (and everything else), and he loves to laugh.  He isn't walking yet, but I am hoping that will change soon as he is getting rather heavy to haul around.  Bronson has brought us a lot of joy in the last year.  We love our Bronson Pete.