Thursday, August 26, 2010

Malibu for a Day

On our whirlwind vacation in late July we decided to head to the beach to start things off with a bang. And what better beach than Zuma Beach in Malibu? I'm sure you all must know that it's Merliah Summers' hometown, right? You know, as in the Barbie in A Mermaid Tale Merliah Summers? Oh, the joys of having 6- and 4-year-old girls who just love Barbie!

The beach was gorgeous and the kids had a great time. Our hotel was pretty nice too. We enjoyed the pool, comfy beds and time away from the regular routine.















Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lucy's 6th Birthday

We celebrated Lucy's birthday three times this year with the last at our family reunion and the first on July 16th, her actual birthday. For our family party we got her a couple Strawberry Shortcake things (the new rage around here) and a little Barbie cake (also the it thing). Yep, nothing like a little family fun! By the way, the Strawberry Shortcake things actually smell like strawberries. Even the DVDs. Wow!

The middle celebration was a water play party with a few of her school friends. They hit the house running and were busy inside, outside and all around the house. We had the waterslide up and the Barbie dollhouse ready to go, so they were definitely set. Six 6-year-old girls love a party and it was a whirlwind!

Opening presents on her birthday. I cannot believe it's actually, truly been six years since she came into this world. Six! Really?!

Strawberry Shortcake. Enough said!


Barbie cake. Chocolate. Candles. Singing. Look at that smile!


Ready for her water party.



Awww, sisters!


Lucy and her best friend, Mary, playing the water balloon toss.





Party games!





Sunday, August 1, 2010

Family Reunion

Last weekend we had our family reunion in Redding. It had been a few years since we'd all been together so it was great to see everyone again. It was very hot that weekend but we kept cool inside. The kids seemed to enjoy the water play and it was fun to see the next generation all playing together. Lucy and Seth especially hit it off. It was so sweet to see that! I wish we lived closer to everyone. Still, it was great to catch up and we all hope to get together again soon. Perhaps for Grandpa Red and Nona's 60th anniversary next year?

My mom also was super nice to throw Lucy a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. All the kids seemed to enjoy it and Lucy certainly did. She loves that place. She's still terrified of the actual Chuck E. Cheese costumed character, but she manages to stay on the other side of the room when he appears.


"We're all together again!"

The Olson-Nicholson family


Lucy's 6th birthday celebration at Chuck E. Cheese's

Sammy and Owen driving the fire truck


My cousin Kim actually climbed up there with Owen and Sammy! Such a fun aunt/cousin!!!


Coming down the slide.

Singing, candles and cake!

Presents from family

A portion of our family gathering

Outside watching the festivities under those beautiful shady trees on Oak Knoll

Baby Noel

Uncle John and all the kids playing

Breanne, Mike and Kim digging into the BBQ feast

Annie keeping cool with her mermaid