Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Hirst Burst retires at age 5

This is my last post on the Hirst Burst.  Apparently, I exceeded my photo upload quota, and rather than deal with it, I just started a new blog.  If you are interested in reading, head on over!

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Ugh!!  I cannot figure out how to get my pictures posted in the right order.  I am so not good at this blogging.  Does anyone else have that problem, or am I just not computer savvy?  Oh well, so these pics are all out of order.  

Last week we took the boys to Disneyland, and had a blast.  We decided to be brave and make the six hour drive instead of flying.  And it actually turned out great!  We left in the evening, stopped to have dinner and feed Hudson once, and then drove the rest of the way.  Hudson did not cry at all.  Not once!  He is an angel baby.  It was his bedtime, so after we stopped for dinner he slept the rest of the way.  Jacob did pretty well too--I brought a cookie sheet for him to play with his cars, and Kevin put "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express" on his iPad, and Jacob was in heaven.  He watched it three times in a row, and begged for another.  And speaking of Kevin, he is amazing.  He drove the entire way there and the entire way home.  He knows I don't like driving at night, so he did it all (or maybe he is just afraid of my driving and didn't want me behind the wheel!  Either way, I'll take it).  He is the best.  

Hudson was good the entire time, and Jacob was good too.  Although he had a couple of tantrums, but we were expecting that, because he is two.  Each day we went back to the hotel to take a nap, and I think that helped a ton.  Definitely doing that again.  Here are tons of pics from the trip:  
The boys with their Mickeys

Before we went to Disneyland, Jacob did a bunch of chores around the house and earned some spending money.  He earned about 75 cents.  When we got to the store at Disneyland, he saw this cool train and wouldn't part with it.  It cost more than 75 cents of course, but we pretended he paid for it all.  I figure, he still young enough to not know how much things actually cost.

I was showing Hudson a Mickey stuffed toy, and he laughed for the first time.  It melted our hearts so we were suckers and bought it for him:)

My aunt and uncle live in San Diego, So they drove up on our last day and we all had lunch together at the Rainforest Cafe.  It was so fun to see them and my twin cousins, who are getting so grown up!  They are also great little athletes:)  We had fun seeing them, and Jacob kept giving everyone hugs when we said goodbye. 

Such a happy boy!  He already loves Disneyland.

Jacob's favorite ride, the Casey Jr. Circus train

He also loved the teacups

Handsome boys!

In California Adventure, we took Jacob to the Disney Jr. Live show.  He is really into Mickey Mouse clubhouse right now, so we thought he would enjoy it.  And as you can see from his face in this picture, he LOVED it!

This once cracks me up

Fun in the Bug's Life Area.  Jacob took Mickey with him on some of the rides, seat belt and all!
It was so funny to watch Jacob lean forward to see when the water would come out.  I was just waiting for him to get sprayed....and he did.  But was not happy about it.

Tired after a long day

So enchanted with the Little Mermaid...I guess he shares his dad's love of Ariel:)

It's funny how you pay tons of money to get into Disneyland, and the kids have the most fun on the slides, which we have at all the parks at home:)

Jacob was being a real charmer with the family behind him in the picture, and he ended up with this bag of chips.  He walked right up to them and said "can I have those chips please?"  and they started laughing of course and he kept saying it and they couldn't say no.  So he walked away happy:)
playing together

"buckle up Mickey!"

Dole whip float--Amazing:)

mint julep

Mickey beignets--sooooo good!

cool guy waiting for the shuttle

"Casey Jr's coming down the track..."

"There it is!"  He loved this train:)

Jacob loved sitting in the caboose on Casey Jr.

Mickey's house

Goofy's house

Jungle Cruise, the only ride he cried on

Jacob getting his second wind in Downtown Disney

I love Disneyland.  I want to go back already.