Tuesday, August 18, 2009

better safe than sorry...right?

Jeff has been wanting me to make the blog private for a while, so I'm finally doing it!!! If you want an invite to read this blog, leave me a comment with your email or send your email address to stefanychandler at hotmail dot com.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Final Summer Vacation...

It seems like we've been on vacation all summer! This last vacation was an awesome way to end the summer! My parents took my entire family (27 people) to Disneyland!! I know, it sounds crazy, and it was but it was also tons of fun!

Matching shirts for the 15 kids was a definite must!! RED for the first day and YELLOW for the second. It helped so much to keep track of the kiddos! Here's a sampling of the over 200 pictures I took.

Dad and Allyson

Caleb, Mom and Avery

Chloe and Jeff

Me dancing with the parade guy! I guess I was having too much fun on the side so he pulled me out to do the twist!

Meeting Pooh

Jeff, Caleb, Mason and Tim with Mickey!

Hannah, Caleb, Abbie, Allyson, Lindsey, Cassidy, Avery, Chloe

Claire LOVED getting wet. She was soaked all the way through and just couldn't get enough of the water!

Watching the High School Musical 3 concert

Midnight on day 2!! Caleb and Claire couldn't stay awake. Chloe was wide awake and soaked from going on Splash Mountain a few more times before they closed! We put Claire on top of Caleb to walk out of the park and back to the hotel!


After a couple days of Disneyland, we headed north to Solvang, which is about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara. My parents have a timeshare thing so we stayed in it there. It was super nice and pretty close to the beach!! We all had our own 2 bed/2 bath condo with a full kitchen and family room, dishwasher, washer/dryer. It was so fun and relaxing! We were wishing we could have stayed there a few more days.

Chloe, Avery, Mason and Caleb playing cards in their jammies on the balcony after breakfast
At the beach...Chloe was so excited when she found some seaweed!

Kali the mermaid with nasty seaweed for hair...I can't believe she let them do that. She was grossed out and could barely open her eyes!

Cool Claire with shades!

Kyler and Caleb had so much fun jumping the waves. It was fun to watch because they kept knocking Caleb over!


Claire LOVED the beach. She loved playing in the sand and in the water. She was completely happy the entire time...which was nice for us!!

Solvang...it's a cute little Danish town with lots of character.
Solvang is only about 15 minutes from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Jeff, Tim and Claire went to check it out. They couldn't get in, but here are Jff and Clarie outside the gate!

All the kids before we left.
Top row: Cassidy, Kali, Ashlyn, Hannah, Meg, Maeve, Kate, Abbie
Bottom row: Kyler, Claire, Chloe, Avery, Reese, Mason, Caleb

The view from our balcony.

Thanks Mom and Dad for an awesome vacation! We had a blast!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The nightly bedtime ritual...

First Claire goes to Caleb's bed to give him some snuggles....

Then off to snuggle her big sister....

Then to her bed...

where she stands up and jabbers and plays with Chloe for a little bit...

Then she finally lays down and goes to sleep!