Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame...to watch football players!

Saturday was such a fun day for us...and I think it's gonna be the first of an annual event for our family, too. We (Houston) have a phenomenal defensive player for the Texans in JJ Watt. The man is pretty awesome - his foundation does so much to help kids.  

Saturday he hosted a softball game - Texans offense vs. defense - and raised over $300,000 for the charity. This money was earmarked to help middle school kids through after school sports programs.
I found a cool video from the game through his site, too...check it out!

My kids are big Texans fans - stands to reason living in the house with their father!! They had a blast. Aaron got his football autographed by some of the players, including JJ Watt - I don't think daddy is going to give him back his football now, though! :)

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Cheesing for pics with the football...and Emma had her picture taken with the SWAT Team...WattCollage5
Toro was there and even took a turn at bat and time to sign autographs for the fans!WattCollage4
I think the players had a lot of fun - they were dancing in the outfield, had a fake rush on the mound, had a rapper for their manager...what fun their job must be!
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Wonder where we can find this big glove!WattCollage2
Michael got to see his favorite player up close & personal, too!IMG_3920
Cushing is still in rehab so he just coached first base.IMG_3902Copy
And Schaub took out a fence, but made the catch!IMG_4017Copy
And of course, the cheerleaders were there...though only for a minute actually. They just came out to announce the players then they were gone again...IMG_3936Copy
These were a few of my favorite shots...we were close, but next year we're buying tickets the day they go on sale and hopefully get some right behind the dugout. There was a lot of signing going on there!IMG_4025_1CopyIMG_4023_1CopyIMG_3983_1CopyIMG_4000_1CopyWattCollage1
It was a wonderful day out. We were gone all day, but it was all fun & everyone slept very well that night, too! Friday we were actually gone all evening, too. Michael's company hosts a crawfish boil every year and this year it was Friday...bounce houses, bull rides, pinatas, candy, games...it was a full evening as well!
Crawfish, piñatas, & bounce houses oh my!! Oh and a bull, too! That's what our Friday was made of!
So the kids had a full weekend, needless to say!

Lately every weekend seems to be that way - we haven't had an open day on the weekend in about 6 weeks now I think. I'm ready for some down time! But it sure was fun!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


I've been lagging on my posts as of late...no real reason except life is busy - which is probably true of most of us these days.

I've had a break from cooking a couple days a week b/c of crossfit - Michael takes dinner duty those nights and he and the kids usually go out or something - last night, though even though I didn't have crossfit I got another break! Came home to daddy grilling it up for us - surf 'n turf style, too!
Thanks babe! It was yummy, too!!

Also - about three months ago I got ombre highlights on my hair -  it was very subtle b/c I was kinda nervous about how it would turn out. You probably saw it if we're friends on FB or if you follow me on Twitter. Well, a couple weeks ago I went back for more...a lot more!! I love it and think it looks awesome for the summer! I wore the same shirt yesterday from the first time I shared my new locks so I decided to show the comparison from the first time - what do you think?
Needless to say 2nd go round was a lot more noticeable!

And more random stuff - Michael went out of town last weekend and the kids take every opportunity to sleep in our bed - so these are the pics we took and sent to daddy early one morning while he was gone!
Please ignore my puffy eyes - it was early! LOL

They left me later that day to spend the night with their Teta & Geddo (my parents) b/c I had a wedding to attend - I went with a coworker since Michael was gone...it was a fun ladies' night out!
So, that's all I have for now - just odd & ends!! We have booked two camping trips for the upcoming months. We really enjoyed our first trip in the camper and can't wait to use it again & again - and hopefully have some more interesting stories to share, too!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Life on the Lake

Sorry I've been kinda quiet for the past week...we had a fun, full weekend out of town and since being back I've been so busy at work and home I haven't taken much time to post anything. I've got two photo sessions to share soon, but haven't finished going through all the pics yet.

This past weekend we took the camper to the lake for the first time and it was a blast! We took it up to my hometown and found a beautiful spot on the lake - this was the view when we walked out of the camper...
Our view for the rest of the weekend! #lake #camping
What more could you possibly want??
Evening on the lake!
We spent a lot of time with family, fishing, and just relaxing! I am ready to take it out again...very soon! Michael is fishing in a tournament this coming weekend and we do need one weekend to stay at home after that, but maybe the following weekend we'll get to hit the road again. Aaron couldn't get enough of the fishing - looks like daddy is going to have a good fishing buddy on his hands! He practiced his casting all weekend.

Emma wasn't as into the fishing, but she loved being outside and near the water and exploring everywhere with me!
My babes talking it over last night at the waters edge! What a fun weekend we had!
With work being so busy right now I'm thankful for the full weekends away from home to relax, too - relaxing isn't something I've been able to do during the week. And for whatever reason Aaron hasn't been sleeping through the night, coming to wake me several times during the night recently. I take him back to his bed a few times and eventually he ends up just sleeping the rest of the night in our bed...which means I haven't been getting much rest. And did I mention I've started crossfit? I go two nights a week right now - for about two months now. I really need to get a good night's sleep after all that work so I am praying whatever is making him wake up every night so much will remedy itself soon.

That being said - I've been up working tonight, but now that I'm done and was able to sneak in this quick post I'm about to shut my eyes and take advantage while he's snoozing right now! Pray he stays asleep tonight so mama can catch up on her Zzz's!!

Sweet dreams to all!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Overdue JellyStone Pics

I've  been lax in posting my pics from our trip to JellyStone Park! We had a blast and I had a lot of pictures to post - it's just been busy ever since we came home so I am finally getting around to it now.

Cabin 217 - one of the bare bones Boo Boo cabins - was our home for the weekend. The kids loved it b/c they had bunk beds, which was the coolest thing, of course!
And you don't go to JellyStone without meeting Yogi himself, right - or Cindy!!
Horseshoe Lake was a treat b/c the kids caught a ton of fish!! And Emma caught a turtle!!!
Emma was fine as long as she knew nothing yucky was touching her! Such a girl!!
My son on the other hand was like "Bring on the grossness!" Such a boy!!
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Ewww...he even broke some in two to put on the hooks. Blech!
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The pond was certainly well stocked and big!
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 The kids also had a blast on this giant jungle gym...I've never seen one quite this big!
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This was great for us, too b/c we could sit and relax nearby on a picnic table while the kids wore themselves out and didn't have to worry where they were b/c there was only one way in or out! Wish we could put this up in our back yard.

Daddy grilled us up some yummy dinners each  evening over the charcoal - and Emma sat down eat day to journal about everything she did!
At night we always had a campfire - I mean, you have to right?? It was a cool fire b/c we bought some stuff to put it in to make the flames change colors. That was a big hit!
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And where there is a campfire, there are s'mores...right??
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We made super, yummy, gooey ones with these giant marshmallows!
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And with full bellies we would walk down the road to the log benches to watch a movie at night under the stars...that was one of my favorite parts!
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The kids did brave the cold water one day - the slides were just too much for them to resist. We had to force Aaron out, though when his lips turned blue!JellyStone6
The last evening Emma decided to forgo the fishing for arts & crafts...so I went with her while Michael and Aaron went to catch some more fish. Fitting for my girl, she picked out the peace sign piggy bank!
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Before kids Michael and I used to tent camp and loved it...the last time we went, though I was about 7 months preggo with Emma. We've wanted to go back, but I didn't want to go in tents with the kids. I thought a popup would be better and we've talked about it for a long time...well, after this trip we realized we couldn't wait any longer and finally bought one! Now we're ready for another trip back to this or any park! We are taking it out this weekend for the first time and I cannot wait. It's a very nice and roomy one, too and the kids think it's like a big playhouse at this point! LOL

I don't really know what it is b/c sometimes camping does take more preparation and work than going to a resort where you're catered to, but it's still much more relaxing than anything else to me! I can't wait for all the memories we'll be able to create taking the kids out to camp!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Picnic in the Park

We spent a fantastic afternoon outside enjoying this incredible weather we've had today - it's been absolutely beautiful and we took full advantage!! We were up early and indulged in some Shipley's for breakfast (sooo bad, I know - but so good, too) and then headed over to the east side of town to my parents' house. We got all packed up and headed to the the park where we spent the next 4 or so hours just playing...I even climbed all over the numerous jungle gyms and acted like a kid myself!
Picnic in the park with Teta & Geddo!
The kids loved being out by the water, too and kept wanting to go swimming - it's still a bit too cold for that, though. Aaron didn't mind just watching it with his Geddo, though!
Looking at the water with Geddo!
I told the kids we'd have a movie night tonight - so I got Wreck it Ralph and made them popcorn and a movie night is exactly what they had. I just laid them down and I am sure I heard them snoring before I even made it back to the living room - they had a full day! They will both sleep very good tonight! Which hopefully means that I will, too!


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Grammy's

Every year our sitter, Grammy, has an Easter Egg hunt for the kids she's kept presently and over the years...it's always a lot of fun and good to see past friends, too! The kids always have a blast and there are TONS of eggs and candy!
This is Aaron & his best bud Jordan!
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And this cutie is affectionately referred to as Baby Jackson...though he isn't really a baby anymore, but incredibly adorable nonetheless!
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When Emma stayed at Grammy's house Madeline was her running buddy - we don't get to see her as often anymore, though so the girls always have fun catching up over Easter! Madeline is catching up with Emma on height - I think she'll pass up her big brother soon, too!
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So, for the past six years this is how we began our Easter holiday...something we always look forward to as well!
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And when my kids are both in school I hope we continue going back to hunt eggs at Grammy & Grappy's house!!