I can’t believe that summer is over already and the kids are back in school.
It went by SO fast.
Which I know everyone always says, but seriously you guys, it seems like the first week of summer vacation was just a few days ago and I was saying things like “I’m not sure I’m going to survive it. My kids are driving me INSANE.” and “If I was ever going to develop a drinking problem, it would be this summer.”
Thankfully, we all survived the summer and my liver was able to hold its own.
We had a few great trips and spent some amazing time with friends and family. There are a lot of pictures to share with you and explain.
But those things will have to wait for now, because some exciting stuff has happened recently and it needs to be addressed.
It started a few weeks ago when Zach turned SIX. You all know how awesome he is, so I’m not going to waste our time and tell you about it. Instead, I’m going to tell you about how we celebrated his birthday.
He’s been saying for a while that he wanted to go to an Angels game to see Mike Trout play, so we thought we’d make a little trip out of it. We got tickets to a Friday night game and I booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, which has a super cool “Kids Suite” that has a separate room with bunk beds. We also decided to spend Saturday at Knotts Berry Farm. The hotel room and amusement park were surprised to the kids, although Zach was positive we were spending a night (actually he thought it was four) at a hotel because he’d asked to for his birthday, so I’m not sure it was that much of a surprise.
So first up was the Angels game, which was great. They lost, but we still had fun. Ollie spent most of the game saying “Where’s Puig?” which was awesome, but is probably only funny to you Dodger fans out there. Being a birthday boy, Zach got a special hat and sticker, and since Ollie’s birthday was coming up too, he got one as well. Then she took pity on Dylan and gave him a hat, which he didn’t want, so I took it. Score.
Zach’s hat is…interesting. He still insists on wearing it.
And since it was a Friday night game we were treated to some pretty incredible fireworks afterward. Happy Birthday to you, Zachary.
Things didn’t end there, though. When we got back to our room at the Hyatt OC, there was a birthday surprise waiting for Mr. Zach. It was very nice of them to acknowledge him (and highlights how awesome some brands are at using Twitter to enhance a customer experience, as I’d mentioned we were going to be staying there for our trip.), so thanks Hyatt!
The next morning we headed off for Knotts Berry Farm, although we almost had the kids convinced that we were going to be swimming with sharks for the day. What fun are kids if you can’t mess with them on their birthday?
Needless to say, they were excited when we pulled up to an amusement park and not a shark tank.
We had a blast. Zach had a great birthday and Ollie got to enjoy his first official roller coaster ride. (Which you can see video of here, if we’re Facebook friends…ahem.)
On the long drive home we stopped for dinner at Claim Jumper in Burbank and we got to sing Happy Birthday to Zach. I was also able to get what might be my favorite picture of him ever.
So, fast forward to this week, when the boys started school. Dylan is a big, bad 3rd Grader and Zach is in 1st Grade, and is finally on the big kid side of the school.
Being Zachary, and having no concept of the fact that he’s (technically) an uncool little brother and lowly first grader, has made himself at home with the big kids on the playground and at lunch. In fact, he told us that on his first day of school he left his fellow first graders and sat with Dylan and his friends at lunch. That kid, man.
The very next day (which was only yesterday but seems like a lifetime ago already!) Ollie started preschool. He was SO excited and ready.
He made himself right at home and didn’t even bat an eye when I told him I was leaving. In fact, he could barely be bothered to stop playing to give me a kiss goodbye. The report at the end of the day was that he did GREAT and is a “total sweetheart.”
Speaking of Ollie, today is his 3rd birthday!
He is very excited to be three and wants to eat cake. Which is funny, because he doesn’t normally like cake. So we’ll see how that goes when we celebrate his birthday tonight.
So far he’s only been gifted a fish balloon, but he doesn’t seem to mind.
There are a few more things coming his way later in the day.
Nothing crazy, though. We’re going to take it easy, and not spend the day at an amusement park.
Everyone’s got school tomorrow, anyway.