Friday, March 29, 2013

weekly wrap-up

Had to leave our kitties alone for 3 days to go to a cousin's wedding
 Andrew's been drawing and drawing like a mad-man inventing stories and 'writing' them down
 Our garden is growing {we purchased a garden raised bed kit at our local hardware store}
 My sister is about 18 wks pregnant, and she loves Hydrangeas--so I got her one to commemorate her first pregnancy.
 Our annual Easter egg hunt in the dark was a total success {the groom's family/friends joined in too!}
 Confetti in our hair, on the floor, and even our underwear. Someone said it looked like they made out with the Easter Bunny! 
 Wedding was a blast! I wore 5 in heels for the first time and OUCH. 
 Our trip was a little long -- a total of 7 hours each way -- thankfully we split it up a bit. 
 During our lunch, Jonah is such a cheery little guy. We luv him.
 Blowing Bubbles outside :)
 This little guy was fierce! Our kitty has taken on lizard hunts and this one got away from her inside our house! His tail was torn off poor guy, but we caught it two days later and released it outside.

Have a great weekend! 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Houston Zoo during Spring Break

Houston Zoo during Spring Break might have not been the BEST idea, but, at least the kids enjoyed it.
I planned on bringing my sketchbook and handing the camera to Gary. I told him he was in charge of the pictures and the kids...{hehehe} so that I could sketch out some animals {something I love doing!}
But that didn't fare too well with a massive crowd gathered at the zoo. 
BUT first, because it was Thursday, we had to stop at a Buffalo Wild Wings for some wings!!!
Then came the game of "find a parking spot!" and then walk a mile to the actual zoo. 
It was good exercise! 
And we were thankful we didn't bring our wagon or stroller {on forgetful accident of course} because people could barely get around at the zoo because of the crowd. Who needs them anyway?!
The silliest animal award goes to: Jonathan the Lion.
And this was the only page that came out of me sketching at the zoo. 
A full day, ended with a super spicy meal at my sister-in-law's house. Oh goodness, we were tired! 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Yeah, it's totally a word. Camping IN a cabin is cabimping. It makes sense in this head.
We headed to South Texas for Spring Break last week. I was wanting to get away. You know, from city life? And I wanted to go camping but then I remember those horrific days of tent camping and then I was like, duh, research cabins! So we ended up at Palmetto State Park in Luling, Texas in what they call a limited cabin. But first I had to get packing and road tripping!!!  
 Messy but happy faces, and that's all that matters. 
 As soon as we arrived, 
...and we headed down a little pathway down to the San Marcos River which was a steep drop and was right next to our 'home'.
After getting my finger and my hat caught in the first cast, and after no bites {a little boy can only be patient for so long}, Jonah decided that... 
Our home consisted of
After fishing and unloading our car, we set off to explore the small park.

Andrew barely lets me take photographs of him. He is much too quick and always covers his face up.
But Jonah? Ohhh my little photograph monkey, he loves it.
Supper time arrived and we totally pioneered it....well, almost. 

And after a very uncomfortable first night, the sun came up and it told us so.

That day, we explored the park some more.
We realized we didn't bring enough firewood for Day 2, so we went into town looking to buy some.
Sight-seeing a Mexican eagle, historic places, real estate, etc.
In front of our park was a cluster of clay-roofed white buildings that looked abandoned. I totally asked Gary to see if we could go check it out as it was such a beautiful and promising site! The grounds were well kept, old and empty white hallways resembled those abandoned mental institutions that are haunted--
this was totally up my alley!

We couldn't get inside the buildings, but I swear it was so creepy I wanted come back during the night and totally get spooked--

We had to stop for ice cream along the way, too.
The boys practiced their independence by walking to the playground by themselves. I was a proud momma. 
I am not one to hover over them if I can help it. I plan on letting them be as independent as possible as long as we know where they are headed---what they do, is up to them. 
Andrew snapped this photo of us below,
Everything on the ground was bloomind, the trees however, were tall and dead. 
We counted 4 duck eggs and I found a very lonesome mushroom, so that made me happy!
Oh, the eye-candy! Textures, colors, breeze, creatures, FAMILY. 
This entire trip was full of appreciation and thankfulness that we can enjoy these things!
That morning, after another bad night's sleep, I decided to brave the cold and catch the sunrise. 
And I'm so glad I did. 
This spring break was great. With just a little planning, a little money, and a trusty car, we created memories for the boys, enjoyed family-time outside our house, and appreciated everything God created for us. 
Happy Hump Day everyone! 
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