So Far This Summer

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We have spent A LOT of time in our backyard.  Baby Boy loves being outside.  Right now is absolute favorite is playing with his diggers (bull dozers, excavators, steam rollers, etc.) in his sandbox.

We have spent A LOT of time in our backyard. Baby Boy loves being outside. Right now his absolute favorite is playing with his diggers (bull dozers, excavators, steam rollers, etc.) in his sandbox.

We found an "excavator" at the park.

We found an “excavator” at the park.

He spent an hour or so playing on it.  We had to all but pull him off of it to get him to leave.

He spent an hour or so playing on it. We had to all but pull him off of it to get him to leave.

We convinced him to give the swings a try.

We convinced him to give the swings a try.

And the slide but he headed back to the digger as soon as he could.

And the slide but he headed back to the digger as soon as he could.

Posing before Sunday School

Posing before Sunday School

Drying off and warming up in the sun after a swim

Drying off and warming up in the sun after a swim

We've also had some really fun play dates!

We’ve also had some really fun play dates!

He was so tired after his play date

He was so tired after his play date

His new favorite weekend activity is to go to The Home Depot and check out the riding lawn mowers.

His new favorite weekend activity is to go to The Home Depot and check out the riding lawn mowers.

Being silly before heading to Sunday School

Being silly before heading to Sunday School

Bubbles on the deck

Bubbles on the deck.  Also, this is his preferred summer attire.

San Antonio Weekend

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We drove down to San Antonio a couple of weekends ago and met up with my parents.  We had a fun weekend of swimming, Sea World, and visiting the Witte Museum where our good friend Liz works.

We drove down on a Friday afternoon.  We arrived in time to check in and grab an early dinner with Nana and Granddad.

We drove down on a Friday afternoon. We arrived in time to check in and grab an early dinner with Nana and Granddad.

Ready for the swimming pool

Ready for the swimming pool

Trying out the baby pool

Trying out the baby pool

Then we were on to the big pool.  I think he held on for dear life for the first 20 minutes we were in the water.

Then we went to the big pool. I think he held on for dear life for the first 20 minutes we were in the water.

Eventually he just insisted I keep a tight hold on him while he splashed a bit.

Eventually he just insisted I keep a tight hold on him while he splashed a bit.

Bright and early the next morning we headed to Sea World.

Bright and early the next morning we headed to Sea World.

We were able to get in early for a very special breakfast

We were able to get in early for a very special breakfast

He was so excited to have breakfast with his Sesame Street friends

He was so excited to have breakfast with his Sesame Street friends

Kisses for Elmo

Kisses for Elmo

Elmo was a favorite

Elmo was a favorite

Big Bird

Big Bird

Zoe and Granddad

Zoe and Granddad

Cookie Monstor

Cookie Monster

Burt

Burt

Kisses from Burt

Kisses from Burt

Burt and Ernie picking his nose, and not pictured is Burt wiping it on the camera lense

Burt and Ernie picking his nose, and not pictured is Burt wiping it on the camera lens

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Daddy's favorite Sesame Street character

Daddy’s favorite Sesame Street character

Coloring with the Sesame Street gang

Coloring with the Sesame Street gang

Then they brought out a microphone and much to our surprise, Ernie was able to get Baby Boy to sing "Rubber Ducky"

Then they brought out a microphone and much to our surprise, Ernie was able to get Baby Boy to sing “Rubber Ducky”

More hugs from Elmo

Goodbye hugs from Elmo

After breakfast we rode a few of the Sesame Street themed rides

After breakfast we rode a few of the Sesame Street themed rides

Waiting for a show to start

Waiting for a show to start

"It's Shamu!"

“It’s Shamu!”

After a big day at Sea World, he had a rough time waking up Sunday morning.

After a big day at Sea World followed by more swimming, he had a rough time waking up Sunday morning.

We met my parents at the Menger Hotel in downtown for a delicious brunch.

We met my parents at the Menger Hotel in downtown for a delicious brunch.

Group shot

Group shot

After breakfast we met Liz at the Witte Museum

After breakfast we met Liz at the Witte Museum

Playing dodge ball on the light up floor mat

Playing dodge ball on the light up floor mat

They had 3 seats with different numbers of pulleys and ropes.  The goal was to sit in a seat and try to pull your own weight upwards and see how the number of pulleys made a difference. Baby Boy was getting some help from Liz while Mommy and Daddy competed to see who could pull themselves the highest.

They had 3 seats with different numbers of pulleys and ropes. The goal was to sit in a seat and try to pull your own weight upwards and see how the number of pulleys made a difference.
Baby Boy was getting some help from Liz while Mommy and Daddy competed to see who could pull themselves the highest.

Then we headed over to the indoor toddler playground.  Here's Baby Boy sliding down celery.

Then we headed over to the indoor toddler playground. Here’s Baby Boy sliding down celery.

Me crawling through an apple

Me crawling through an apple

Daddy getting a push

Daddy getting a push

We had a lot of fun at the museum.

We had a lot of fun at the museum.

Silly faces

Silly faces

Weekend in Galveston

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Part of why I haven’t posted in months is because we’ve been busy and I’ve had some issues with iPhoto.  All of my photos from our Easter weekend trip to Dallas have disappeared.  We had a fun weekend in Dallas with John’s family, and Baby Boy had lots of fun hunting eggs.  His favorite were the confetti eggs he smashed all over the sidewalk.

The following weekend we drove to Galveston to spend time with John’s sister and her fiancé before she started her nursing program.  We ate so much good seafood!

Watching the boats come and go

Watching the boats come and go

Fun after dinner with Aunt Melissa

Fun after dinner with Aunt Melissa

There were 3 horses lined up together, and Baby Boy had to try all 3.

There were 3 horses lined up together, and Baby Boy had to try all 3.

Last one

Last one

We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.  Baby Boy had fun with the animatronic animals, the fish tanks, and the "thunder and lightening" storms that happened every 15 minutes.

We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. Baby Boy had fun with the animatronic animals, the fish tanks, and the “thunder and lightning” storms that happened every 15 minutes.

We spent one afternoon at Moody Gardens.  The penguins would jump off of this platform on a fairly regular basis.  John told Baby Boy to yell, "JUMP!" at the penguins, and Baby Boy was thrilled when they would.  He just knew they were listening to him.

We spent Sunday afternoon at Moody Gardens. The penguins would jump off of this platform on a fairly regular basis. John told Baby Boy to yell, “JUMP!” at the penguins, and Baby Boy was thrilled when they would. He just knew they were listening to him.

Jump!

Jump!

Watching the butterflies

Watching the butterflies

"It's a kitty cat!"

“It’s a kitty cat!”

We had a really fun time with Melissa and Ismael.

We had a really fun time with Melissa and Ismael.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday was a busy day for us.  We started the day with an Easter Egg hunt and petting zoo at church, and the fun continued until bedtime.

Scoping out the eggs

Scoping out the eggs

He wasn't too sure what he was supposed to do at first

He wasn’t too sure what he was supposed to do at first

He got the hang of it quickly though

He got the hang of it quickly though (Notice the robot bucket?  He picked it out himself.)

Excited about his eggs

Happy about his eggs

He would not sit in the bluebonnets

He would not sit in the bluebonnets

In the bluebonnets with Daddy

In the bluebonnets with Daddy

He was done with pictures and ready to go play

He was done with pictures and ready to go play

This is his new pose

This is his new pose

Baby Boy loved that his cousin was dressed like a lady bug

Baby Boy loved that his cousin was dressed like a lady bug (Sorry, it was sunny, and I couldn’t tell my finger was in the way.)

Unprompted kiss

Unprompted kiss

Baby Boy was excited to pet "Peter Rabbit"

Baby Boy was excited to pet “Peter Rabbit”

So cute!

So cute!

He did great with the bunny

He did great with the bunny

And then he was done

And then he was done

After we left church, we decided to finally tour and join a gym.  We had been discussing joining a gym since we moved here, and we finally did it.  The gym looks fine, and the kid’s area is promising.  They have a small playscape, toys, and a large screen TV.   When we looked at the kid’s area, Baby Boy REALLY wanted us to let him go play.  Hopefully it all works out because the weather is only going to get hotter, and exercising outside is not a great option.

At this point we tried a new restaurant for lunch.  The food was fine, but the best part was the play area we accidentally stumbled on behind the restaurant.

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He had a blast!  He was in tears when it was time to go.

He had a blast! He was in tears when it was time to go.

After a 3.5 hour nap, Baby Boy woke up in time for dinner.  We then played in the backyard until it was too dark.  It was a really fun Saturday!

 

 

Austin Zoo

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This past Saturday we headed to the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary.  Almost all the animals have been rescued.  One of the lions was found in horrible condition in a junkyard in Arkansas.  Several of the reptiles were found in abandoned apartments and duplexes.  Other animals like the wolf hybrids were purchased as pets, but then the owners realized owning a wolf wasn’t what they thought it would be and surrendered the animals to the zoo.  A set of foxes was seized by immigration when someone ordered them online from Russia.

Anyway, the zoo isn’t too far from our house and is just the right size for a 2.5 year old.  We had quite a lot of fun.

Not looking at the tiger and panther

Not looking at the tiger and panther

He was interested in the turkey though.

He was interested in the turkey though.

You can buy food to feed several of the animals.  We didn't buy any food this time because we weren't sure how Baby Boy would do.  He wasn't a big fan of the petting zoo part the last time we went to this zoo.   The animals are very used to be fed by visitors.  Another visitor kindly gave Baby Boy 3 pellets to feed to the goat.  He did great with the first one, but then the other 2 kept ending up on the ground and Baby Boy lost interest.

You can buy food to feed several of the animals. We didn’t buy any food this time because we weren’t sure how Baby Boy would do. He wasn’t a big fan of the petting zoo part the last time we were there. The animals are very used to be fed by visitors though as you can see above. Another visitor kindly gave Baby Boy 3 pellets to feed to the goat. He did great with the first one, but then the other 2 kept ending up on the ground and Baby Boy lost interest.

Checking each other out.

Checking each other out.

His current favorite exhibit by far.  His interest in snakes probably has something to do with my poor play-doh skills.  I can make a really great snowman and an even better snake.

This is his favorite exhibit by far. His interest in snakes probably has something to do with my poor play-doh skills. I can make a really great snowman and an even better snake.

And no zoo trip is complete without a train ride.

And no zoo trip is complete without a train ride.

We headed to Chipotle for lunch after two goats started getting a bit PG-13.  After nap time, our friend Liz stopped by on her way thru Austin.  We found a new restaurant to try and then had an even better discovery at a bookstore.

Dinner with Liz

Dinner with Liz

John and I are more than a little excited about this children's book

John and I are more than a little excited about this

Spring Break

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For our “Spring Break,” Baby Boy and I headed to my parents’ house.  We had lots of fun things planned to do that week, but Baby Boy ended up getting sick.  One night Uncle Mark saved the day/night by taking a late night trip to the pharmacy for us.  Then I got sick the following week, and then Baby Boy got sick again two weeks after that.  Is it summer yet?  We did get to go to the beach at Stahlman Park for a bit and the Houston Zoo.

Walking down to the sand with Nana

Walking down to the sand with Nana

Looking for the just right spot

Looking for the just right spot

Digging

Digging

He decided he wanted to take a shovel full of sand and throw it in the water

He decided he wanted to take a shovel full of sand and throw it in the water

But once he got closer to the water, he realized it was moving toward him and took off running back to safety.

But once he got closer to the water, he realized it was moving toward him and took off running back to safety.

Waving at a Coast Guard helicopter

Waving at a Coast Guard helicopter

The week before we headed to Lake Jackson, my mom had been telling us all about the baby giraffe, baby elephant, and the zoo train.  Baby Boy was so excited to go, but he didn’t understand that he had to wait a week.

He was so sad that he couldn't go see the zoo right then.

He was so sad that he couldn’t go see the zoo right then.

We found the giraffes!

We found the giraffes!

The baby

The baby

Then we found the elephants.  We made sure we saw the giraffes and elephants first.

Then we found the elephants. We made sure we saw the giraffes and elephants first.

We watched the elephants for a long time.

We watched the elephants for a long time.

A close-up of the baby

A close-up of the baby

He also really enjoyed the piranha tunnel.  He wanted me to go with him the first time, but after that he was fine on his own.  Getting in and going thru the tunnel was the easy part, getting out was a challenge for anyone bigger than a toddler.

He also really enjoyed the piranha tunnel. He wanted me to go with him the first time, but after that he was fine on his own. Getting in and going thru the tunnel was the easy part, getting out was a challenge for anyone bigger than a toddler.

The big boy all on his own.

The big boy all on his own.

Lunch break before the main event.

Lunch break before the main event.

The TRAIN

The TRAIN

He loves trains!

He loves trains!

Selfie

Selfie

Sleepy boy on the drive home

Sleepy boy on the drive home