Saturday, October 25, 2014

In my life I've loved them all

Vacation is winding down [nooooooo!!!!!!!!!] and we finally got [most] of the family on last night to take a picture in front of the Grand Canyon sign.

The Family At The Grand Canyon

Pretty good looking family, huh? :) And yes, I am having to stand on a rock because I'm really short!

We don't get to do big family pictures a lot because it's almost impossible to get everyone in world at the same time. We're not a huge family, but even just getting 11 of us there at the same time was something else.

By the time we finished our photo, it was getting late so we settled in to watch a movie, but I didn't get to finish it because I had to go to bed. Having to get up early on a Saturday should be a CRIME!!

I don't know what we're doing tonight, but tomorrow night is our big family dance! I really can't wait!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs

So last night we headed up into one of the little areas near the canyon where we were sure to catch a lot of fireflies!

Catching fireflies

It was absolutely beautiful and led to many interesting facts about fireflies. Like, did you know that fireflies have butts? Of course they do! Everything has a butt!

Did you know fireflies have butts

We caught all our new firefly friends in our jars that Payton got for us. Well...Sophie might have smeared some on her shirt and Abby might have worn one as a ring, but MOSTLY we caught them in our jars.

My own jar of fireflies

Oh, and Payton might have fallen into the canyon.


So after a trip to the coffee shop for treats, we got dressed and headed to the yoga area because Riley was going to lead us through a session.

Nighttime Yoga With Yogi Riley

It was actually quite relaxing! Riley did a great job even though she probably thought about kicking us out on more than one occasion. *laughs* I don't always remember to breathe deeply and it was exactly what I needed last night.

The end of yoga

We're hoping to have the whole family here tonight so we can take our big family picture, but we'll see how that goes because it's almost impossible to get all of us online at the same time. But whoever is around will be in the pic! Woo!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

She probably should have gotten a pre-nup.

I really hate thinking that our vacation will be over soon. It makes me sad! I want to live at the Grand Canyon forever!

Last night, we had a camp out and told stories.

Camp Out Night

Poor Abby didn't get to come to the camp out because she's got the 'bola, so she stayed in bed. But the rest of us settled in around the fire to make smores and listen to stories. My sis told us the story of Rumpelstiltskin.

Camp Out - Lolita, Payton, Takeo

That's always been one of my favorites, but listening to it now as an adult had me wondering about something. So the girl basically lied to the king by saying that she spun all the straw into gold. Not just once, but on 3 occasions. Then he marries her [I ain't sayin' he's a gold digger...] pretty much based on the fact that she was able to do that. So she's queen and then almost has her baby snatched and then they supposedly live happily ever after. Okay but... Isn't their whole marriage based on a LIE? I know he said she'd never have to spin it into gold again, but what if??? Y'all, times are tough. What if the kingdom needed more money later? The economy being what it is and all, sometimes the gold just runs out. What's she supposed to do the day he's like "Look, baby. We need some gold. How's about you go do a little spin magic?" Is she supposed to claim that she forgot how? Yell at him for being careless with the last gold she spun for him? Claim it's that time of the month and she can't do it? I HAVE QUESTIONS.

Okay, maybe I got too involved there.

And then Takeo told us a story about some bees and how if you're a jerk, you end up getting stuck in some human's bee farm. Birdy and I didn't have stories to tell because we're more of the listening type.

Camp Out - Birdy and me

Then Livvy told us the best story ever. It had suspense, magic, romance, twists and turns... and she got a discount at Modcloth! Woo! *laughs*

Camp Out - Bella, Tess, Livvy

Tonight is fireflies night! We'll be catching fireflies in jars so that we can keep them as nightlights. Can't wait!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Can't Stop The Beat!

You know, I think I have enjoyed this vacation more than our Bahamas vacation. Not that I didn't LOVE going to the Bahamas with the family, but I think that tropical living isn't really for me. I'm okay with it for a bit but then I need trees and grass and stuff like that.

Today, I started off the day with a little morning yoga.

Morning Yoga

It was a such a peaceful way to start off my SL day! And who wouldn't feel relaxed with that view, am I right?

Yesterday, Abby and I took a boat ride down the river. My poor little one isn't feeling too hot right now, so I did all the rowing.

We're in a boat

Last night, we had our fun family street dance! It was awesome!

Family Street Dance

Street Dance 1

Street Dance 2

My sis DJed the party using all of our songs that she had us list for her last week.

Lolita at the street dance

It was super fun guessing who picked what song. Of course, we knew if the song was fairly current, it was probably Tess or Payton, and if the song was old, it was probably Aldwyn's pick. Takeo tried to make us shush during the guitar solo of one of his picks, but we can't stop and won't stop our mouths. No one tells us what to do!

The kids, of course, looked ADORABLE dancing in sync!

The kids at the dance

It was a really really awesome time and I'm glad that we did it! We have another dance coming up at the end of our vacation, but that one is more fancy.

Tonight, we're camping out under the stars and telling stories! I can't wait! But until then, I think I'm going to hike up to the coffee shop and grab a latte and a muffin. ♥

Monday, October 20, 2014

We go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong!

Tonight was a quieter vacation night for us. Our girls opted for an early bedtime, so the rest of us headed to the movie area to watch Grease, since Payton has neverrrr seen it.

Vacation movie night

If there is ever a chance for me to sit on my favorite seat, I always take it. What? He's totally comfortable and I'm too cute to sit just anywhere.

He's my favorite seat

Takeo and Lolita are sooooo cute, right? :) Well, of course they are. We don't let unphotogenic people in the family!

Lolita and Takeo on movie night

Payton and Riley were mostly listening to the movie, I think. Payton wasn't feeling so well [I think she got the 'bola], so she had to go to bed early.

Payton and Riley on movie night

Tomorrow night, we have our family street dance! I can't wait! We have our more formal "end of vacation" dance coming up, but this one is a casual fun dance for the family. Woot!!

Oh, the movie is almost over. Goodnight!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

All Together Now!

Day 2 of our Grand Canyon vacation! I started out my day with a short hike up to the coffee shop for coffee and a view.

A great way to start my SL day

This afternoon we had lunch together that my sister prepared. She's a really a much better cook than I am!

Sis makes a delicious lunch

The burgers were SO good! We have some non-face eaters in the family, so this was our time to chow down on cow and pig while they were not available for lunch. Payton said her burger was bigger than her head. I think she was right!

Lunch with the family

We also went on duck rides down the river! The scenery was so gorgeous, sometimes I forgot to paddle! But we managed to make it all the way around the canyon before I had to get to the airport.

Duckin' Down The River

Aldwyn's flight got in late this evening, and I jetted off to the airport to get him. Since it was our family plane and we have special privileges, they let me run out there to meet him as soon as he got off the plane. No waiting by the luggage terminal for this girl!

Well hi there!

The girls were really happy to see their dad! And Bella, Livvy, and Tess had arrived just a little while before we got back to the lodge, so we set off to explore and show everyone around.

With our girls

By the time we made it all around, the sun had set, so we all settled into the lodge to just chat and hang out as a family.

Family time in the lodge

It's wonderful now that all the family is together again, safe and sound on our vacation. But I'm so tired, so it's time to get into bed so I can be fresh faced for another day at the Grand Canyon tomorrow!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We made it!

We made it to the Grand Canyon!!

The plane ride was LOADS of fun! We had to charter a plane just for us because of all the luggage. But that's okay, because we like it better when it's just us!

About to get on the airplane

But it was a good flight, and no one wet their pants! That's pretty much the marker for a successful trip, am I right?

When we got to our destination... well, it was BREATHTAKING.

It's amazing!!!!!!!!

But of course, you have to be careful with kids when you're at a place like the Grand Canyon. And if they're our kids? You have to be chasing them constantly!

Birdy, get down from there!

It's just so amazing! We explored around a bit before the sun went down, and there are so many things for us! Including a coffee shop!! [Birdy and I were thrilled!]

Our own coffee shop!!!

Since it was a long flight, we all were happy to get to the lodge and just chill out and relax. Or get comfy-cozy, as my sister says!

Just chillin'.

Abby, Payton and Me

Takeo sitting on my sister!

Even at night, the sights were lovely. I cannot wait to really have time to explore.

Nighttime at the lodge

Moon rising at the Grand Canyon

I am so so happy that we made it there! Riley came in on a later flight, and tomorrow, Bella and I think Tess and Livvy show up, and Aldwyn will probably be the last to arrive so I'll have to pick him up from the airport. Then the whole family will be together and that's when the fun will really begin!

Until then, goodnight from the Grand Canyon!

Relaxing in the lodge before bed

Loading up, ready to goooo!

We loaded up the car tonight!!

Getting ready to go

The girls and I had to just rest afterwards, though. Because we're only 3 girls and we really needed Aldwyn to help us take everything to the car and he wasn't here to help. See that backpack? That's all of his travel stuff for the week. The rest is all ours. We packed him all up... minus a certain pair of shorts.

We're tired after packing

We fly out to our Grand Canyon vacation tomorrow night! Only I don't think I have any room for the girls in the car, so I'm probably going to duct tape them to the hood of the car. I think that's legal, right? I mean, they'd be pretty secure with some good duct tape... Right?

I really can't wait to go! If you are a new reader who wasn't around for our Bahamas vacation, let me just tell you right that that it is much more immersive than our everyday SLives. We really get into it and that's really a good thing because it's a total bonding experience. And it's definitely good for me right now because I could use some immersion.

My next post will be from the Grand Canyon! Can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Zanzibars' Fall Photo...or two.

We have been trying to get together to take our fall photo for a few days. Finally we were like, hey, let's just take a picture of how we usually are in SL. Nothing fancy, you know. Just us hanging out the way we always do.

I think it came out pretty well, don't you?

The Zanzibars' Most Epic Fall Photo

Of course, we are KIDDING!! We have indoor plumbing, Abby generally doesn't try to fall off of pumpkins, Birdy doesn't eat dirt, and I would NEVER go outside with my curlers on! *laughs*

We laughed and laughed while doing this picture! It was so fun!

But you know, we're adorable and clean up well, so we had to pose for another picture.

The Zanzibars - Fall 2014

Isn't my family adorable?

Birdy reminded us that it's been 6 months she first met us! Well, at least, 6 months since she met Abby and me. She didn't meet Aldwyn for a few days later because that's just how we roll. LOL

Aldwyn heads out tomorrow for a quick trip, so the girls and I are going to be in charge of packing his suitcase for our Grand Canyon vacation. I hope we don't forget his underpants. Nahh...I'm sure we'll remember everything. He'll fly out to join us on Sunday. We fly out on Saturday! Woo!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pickin'!

Tonight, the family headed out for pumpkin pickin'! And I should actually be in bed, so I logged out of SL without getting SLurls for places. Sorry!!

Our first stop was at the Gilmore Farms.

At Gilmore Farms

It was so cute there! We found pumpkins, the girls bobbed for apples, they met a horse, and then they found free baby chicks! Payton wanted one for umm...well, food purposes. But Riley cried and they made a deal that no chicken nuggets would be made as long as Riley cleaned up the poops. Abby asked if she could have one, and I said yes as long as she cleans up after it.

Abby's Baby Chick

After our time at the Gilmore Farms, we headed to a pumpkin patch that we went to last year because they have a LOT of pumpkins of different sizes.

Pumpkin Pickin!

They also had coffee and cocoa out, and Birdy grabbed the BIGGEST coffee. I couldn't control her!

Birdy LOVES her coffee!

Of course, the Oleander girls wanted the biggest pumpkin in the place. No worries, their daddy would somehow get it home for them!

We love pumpkins!!

Our girls didn't ask for the biggest... but somewhere along the way, Aldwyn ended up with a pumpkin head. I...I can't. LOL!


We set out all our pumpkins when we got home. If you go trick or treating this month and stop by our house [more on that later!!], you'll be able to see all our pumpkins! I also worked on the front porch today because we are going to have candy out for trick or treaters, but we'll be heading out to our vacation soon and I wanted to have it ready before we left. Saturday is the day, so you know more packing pictures are to come!

But it's late, so I'm going to bed. ♥