Sunday, September 28, 2014

Balloon Festival 2014

I took the kids to a balloon festival that was close to us. I didn't tell them where we were going only that it was a surprise. My kids love the anticipation of a surprise. And the fact that we got to ride a big shuttle bus just added to the mystery and fun.
 
 
 
 
We got there just in time to see the sky divers jumping from the airplane.

I LOVE Kate's face in this one. A total look of wonder.

They are becoming so great at taking pictures together.

Oh this girl. She had to go potty 3 times while we there  and to Carson and my dismay sister does not mind the porta potty. Imagine being inside with 2 kids in a Port o potty saying over and over "Don't look down" and "Dont touch anything!" It was disgusting. It scared Carson into justa single trip but Kate didn't mind at all.

Sky Diver! They landed right in front of us on the field.

I love this boy.

Little hand on my knee. (Margaret and Emily)

Beauty

Carson is getting really good at capturing his girls I love the little sunshine angel that landed on Kate. (even has a cross in the middle. :)

He kept us entertained by showing us how he can stand on one leg.

This balloon was huge

The lift off was thrilling for all of us

We loved this lady bug one

Yellow rose of Texas
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The nightime balloons were awesome.

The GLOW...Really great


This was Carson's favorite of course:)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Day of School Pics

In the last 2 weeks we have sold our house, moved to a new city, moved into a new house, started a new school, and I have started a new job. It's enough to make our heads spin and it certainly has more than once. But we know that we are more than conquerors.:) Here are the first day of school pics for my big First grader and kindergartener. It's funny how emotional I thought I was going to be when my baby boy started kinder. It's also  funny how a move and chaotic previous 2 weeks will take that emotion right out of you. There were no tears shed by any of us on the first day. Kate did her usual "Love you Mom, bye" routine and Carson was remarkably calm and collected so I just kissed them and said good bye. Short and sweet. And the next day Carson begged me to walk into school all by himself. Kate informed me that this is what first graders did on the 2nd day so there I was dropping them off and saying good bye from the car. So sad about how time is just going so fast BUT  So proud of how brave they are.

Such a favorite Carson expression these days. I thought about cropping the moving boxes out but I wanted  to remember the chaos of that week end before. :)

So excited. His big day had finally come.

After trudging to Pre K through the summer and asking me a billion times "how many more days MOM?!?!?" The day was finally here!


Me and my boy. I will have to dig up a very similar picture of us from last year. I'm all about the comparisons:)

Oh what a beauty! She was so excited to get the show on the road!

I tried to pick her up like I did for Carson's picture but she wasnt having it. And told me "Mom, first graders are not held for pictures, they stand!"



In front of their new school ready to roll!

Kate with her new teacher Mrs B!

Brother saying good bye to Kate. This was such a sweet moment. "Have agood day in first grade Kate. I love you." It's perfect because they are in the same hall at school so they walk each other to class everyday.

Just like last year. Busy with her picture. Had to stop her to say goodbye. Much to her delight she was the first one in the classroom.


It seemed so appropriate that the sunshine was shining right on him that day.

Carso with his new teacher Ms. D. :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Aquarium, Butterfly Garden, Roly Polies

Now if you had to guess which one out of these 3 would you say my kids spent more time in;/with? Here's a hint, not the one that cost money to get into. Of course it was the free supply of roly polies in the outdoor displays. Which just goes to show you. Free is always more fun when it comes to kids.


Carson asked if we could ride this, Kate was relieved when I told them it was not in operation. The tides are turning.

There was this great exhibit where you could pet a sting ray. I loved it but the kids were a little afraid of it. Carson finally did it and Kate dipped her hand in but I don't think she touched one. :)


An albino alligator. Creepy, ghostlike, and fascinating.

Jelly fish are so peaceful. But not when your kids are pulling at you to go on to the next tank because "these are boring." I could have watched then for awhile though.


The butterfly garden was great. They are everywhere! We tried to get one to land on us but you have to stay really still, and well that's not really one of our strengths these days:)

My goal is to NEVER go to the Texas State Fair. We'll see how long that lasts.

This would have been awesome with out the juice box hanging from his mouth..but this is real life!

I call this her confident walk. :)

Roly poly discovery.


The trees were so beautiful here

The classic 5 year old boy dicovery pose. Love it


We hit the butterfly garden a second time. I think Carson just wanted to run around all of the trails. We were almost the only ones in there. :)

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6