Book worm

Millie has always been into books. She loves flipping through them, pretending to read.

We noticed a few weeks ago that the average children’s stories we were reading to her just weren’t engaging enough.

Our solution?  Harry Potter. We have always talked about reading novels to her, and now seemed like the perfect time to start.

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We found a paper back copy at our local used book store, and I couldn’t wait to begin reading it to her.

The first night I brought the book out she couldn’t wait to crawl in bed and listen to the story.

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We read 4 or 5 pages every night before bed, and so far it has been a success! We are currently on chapter two, and seeing that I haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, this story time is just as special for me as it is for her.

We can’t wait for dad to get home from vacation so he can join in on the story time fun.

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Millie’s second birthday

Millie turned TWO in April, and it felt as though the entire month had been set aside just for her. We had a small birthday party at the park,  which ultimately turned into a tailgate party because of the 24+mph winds (oh April, how we have have a love hate relationship). As you can see from the photos, the theme was buzz lightyear aka Amelia’s favorite character EVER!

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We also planned a three day trip to disneyland to celebrate at the end of April. Which let me just say, three days was one too many for all of us. Day 1 was magical, day 2 was magical, day 3.. well we were all worn out, overheated, and very overwhelmed.

It doesn’t help that the gusty winds followed us to anaheim. The first and second day were accompanied by 25+mph winds, plus it was the hottest week southern California had seen all year. Nearly 100* degrees every day.

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We were able to snag photos with many of the characters, but the one we wanted to see the most was Buzz Lightyear. I have to say that he is quite elusive. We waited in his normal spot in California Adventure park, where he never showed. He wasn’t in the pixar parade, even though we were told he always is, and on our final day, he again didn’t show at his normal spot. By the end of the trip I firmly believed that buzz lightyear is a dick! 😛

After we got done with Disneyland, we headed south to San Diego to visit with Rach and the kids. It felt amazing to just relax and enjoy the company of one another with no real plans set in stone.

Rach offered to watch Amelia one of the days so Calvin and I could have a date day.

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We ate breakfast at this quaint little restaurant, went to the beach, got ice cream, and then saw the Amazing Spiderman. It was absolutely amazing just spending the day together.

Don’t get me wrong, Calvin and I do date nights quite often at home (go to dinner,  maybe see a movie), but just spending the entire day together,  knowing Amelia was in good hands, well it was a much needed alone time to just dwell on one another.

The one big thing I wanted to do before we left SD was hit up Coronado beach. Rach has access to the private military beach, so it is a must stop when we visit. We headed that way late afternoon on our last day in town.

I have said it before, and will say it again, Amelia is such a water baby. She has absolutely no fear of the ocean and jumped right in.

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Overall it was a great end to a great vacation, and a wonderful conclusion to the month long celebration of Amelia turning two!