Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Houston....Again

While in Houston, we hit up the Downtown Aquarium and the Zoo............








Next up.....pictures from our trip to Galveston and the beach!!!!!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Houston Part 2

The kiddos and I ventured to the Children's Museum one day.  Earlier this year, Parent's Magazine did an article on the 10 best Children's Museums in the country, and Houston's was in the top 10.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!  It was an awesome Children's Museum!  We did not even make it through it all!  The kids had a blast!  I would definitely recommend anyone to try it out if they are ever in Houston!


I had to take a picture of my bridge.  Nate is usually the one who is good at figuring these things out (hence him being an engineer) but I was pretty proud I figured it out!  I'm surprised it didn't get destroyed by Toby before I took the picture! 


My kids could have spent all day in the main hall.  They had various activity tables set up.  The boys loved the "Tetris" pieces and Lainey was happy to sit at the coloring table!

 Corbin LOVES puzzles.  He really is amazing at them!  He's been able to figure out jigsaw puzzles on his own for about a year and a half.  He was happily entertained here for quite a while!

They have one of the coolest water areas I've ever seen at a Children's Museum.  Another cool part....it is OUTSIDE!



Toby lost interest in the water toys once he found the slides!

After the Children's Museum, we hit the mall again.  We were there the night before and saw the train, but it was finished for the night and Corbin was pretty disappointed.  So we headed back to take a ride!


The BEST mall play area EVER!  It was a HUGE castle with so many bridges/rooms/tunnels/etc to play in.  The kids had a blast!
 Well, had to attempt for a group picture....didn't turn out so well!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Houston Part 1

In June, Nate had a training in Houston for work. We decided to go as a family and spend the week in Houston with him and then head to Galveston for a few days!  We stayed right by Nate's training so we could take him each morning and then venture off to have some fun during the day!  My best friend for the week was "Garmin".....it literally saved our lives and my insanity!  Houston is a crazy awful place to drive!  Whew.....there are days I was surprised we made it back in one piece!

Lainey and Corbin excited to go to bed the first night!  These two LOVE staying in hotels.




 On our first day, we ventured off to the Houston Space Center (aka NASA).  It really was a lot of fun, minus the "accident" we had and had to find someone to get us stuff to clean it up.  Is there anyone else besides me who decides to potty train their child right before leaving on a trip?  (He actually did very well on the trip minus this "little" incident).


Corbin talked about astronauts for weeks after we went! 
He still mentions them and wants to go back to see them!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

May 2011 Part 2

My good friend's brother was here from Seattle and going through Starbucks withdrawls, and it was his birthday, so I did this cake for him.....


Lainey with friends from school at end of year party......

Feeding birds at the zoo........

Playing at the zoo........

Merry Go Round at the zoo.........

Our good friends have 3 boys, the same age as our 3 kids (within a few months of each other).  Their two oldest both have birthdays in May, and they usually do a joing party.  This year they had a camping party, and here's the cake I made for it...........



Toby is ready to grill his hot dog at the camp out........

Just playing around.............

Monday, August 1, 2011

May 2011 Part 1

Nate's Birthday.......

Corbin may have a future in cake decorating....watch out Duff!




Our snake.......
I was watering our newly planted garden one morning, and noticed something black laying on the deer netting between the garden and the fence.  I didn't think was praying frantically that it wasn't a snake.  I sprayed it with the hose to "just be sure" and sure enough, it started to wiggle and squirm (it couldn't get out of the net).  Great I thought....what do I do now?  Neighbors weren't home.....so I called Nate at work and told him I had a fun job that had to be taken care of immediately.  So here he is trying to figure out how to take care of the "issue".  It was really long, he held it up at one point and it was about as tall as Nate!  ewwwwwww!  Needless to say, our snake had a nice little meeting with our neighbors gun.  And to date, I have not found any more.....thank goodness!

Lainey's Field Day......


 I didn't get to see her here, because I was helping at another station, but Nate said she was making basket after basket.....right in a row!


Nap time????...........

  

Reading Kick Off.......
Our school district started a summer reading kick off 3 years ago (the first year they did it, I was intering for my Master's and was excited to get to be a part of it, but Corbin came early and well, that was that).  I was VERY impressed with the program they had for all the kids this year.  They bussed all the K-5 students to the high school stadium and had a program for them.  They did an American Idol/Reading Rainbow type performance.  They had high school students dressed up as characters from various storybooks.  It was really neat (all except for that darn "bad wolf"......Corbin saw him right after we got there, and well, let's just say Corbin was pretty upset.....it was a pretty scary costume).  At the end of the day, at their own schools, they were given a reading bag full of books based on their grade level.  It really is a neat thing!


Mommy's Little Helper.......
Toby LOVES the vacuum....small or large, when I turn it on, he will RACE across the house and just start grunting, pointing, and grabbing.....he LOVES to vacuum!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

April 2011

We flew some kites.....


I love how Corbin is just staring straight up at it!


 Made some cakes.....




Celebrated a THIRD birthday!  He wanted a Toy Story Rocketship.  I can't believe he's THREE!


And just wore ourselves out!