Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colorado Cousins

Last week the girls were so excited to see their Colorado cousins! Since they live so far away, we don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like. Unfortunately, since our spring break was the week before, they were pretty busy with school & all of their extra curricular activities starting up again but Sadie was beyond excited when they showed up at her soccer game last Tuesday night:


I didn't get a picture of everyone but I got all of the girl cheerleaders in our family! Afterwards we went to Double Dip & grabbed a quick dinner & ice cream:



Braxton & Sadie had so much fun running around & playing outside. It was a quick night but it meant the world to Sadie since her cousins came all the way from Colorado to watch her play :)

On Friday, we cleared our plans so we could spend the entire day with them. We drove over that morning & took the big kids to the movies to see Beauty & the Beast. I could write a whole different post about that because I loved it! Sophie & Whitney stayed home & played with Grandpa because we thought they were too young for it.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Robert & Sherry's house & I took my time holding & loving on the newest grandchild, Penny:


She was born in December but it was the first time we had gotten to meet her. I knew everyone else would want to see her that night so I held her as long as I could! Well, technically I had to share her with these 2 little girls:



We haven't really been around a lot of babies (I think we are technically past the baby stage these days with most of our family & friends) so this was the first time either girl got to hold a real baby & they were so excited! We spent the rest of the afternoon playing & visiting:







Even though we don't see them often, the kids do a great job of just picking back up where they left off. It really helps that Sadie & Braxton are close in age and so are Sophie & Whitney.

Later that night, all of Bryan's family came over to see Tim, Jessica & the kids and we celebrated all of the birthdays in March, which are a lot when you have a big family. Sweet Penny got all of the attention since no one had met her before!



Some how I got pictures of the guys, but none of the girls:



And we finally got a picture of Grammy & Grandpa with all 6 of their grandchildren:


We had such a great time spending the day with them before they had to head home. I love watching all of the cousins play together & we were so thankful to finally meet Penny! Can't wait to see you all again this summer!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rock-n-Roll 2017

Bryan ran the Rock-n-Roll half marathon yesterday & it was his 4th year! I remember him running it the first couple of years & it was hard to get down there in time with a baby & a toddler but this year was easy. His cheerleaders were ready to go & waiting for him at the finish line:


I get text alerts during the race at each split & he was looking really strong at the 5k & 10k marks, but then I got his 10 mile time & could tell he had slowed down. Unfortunately, he did not do as good as he hoped, but he finished in less than 2 hours:


It was the same course as last year & I told him we would be in the same spot so as soon as he came across the bridge & down the hill, he was looking for us. We were completely shocked when he came straight over to us & kissed all 3 of us! He usually barely gives us a wave & then finishes the race strong. Afterwards he told us that he was exhausted during the race, knew he couldn't beat his time & had a feeling this would be his last endurance long distance race so he was focused on seeing us & celebrating at the end. This sweet lady next to us caught it all on her camera & sent me the pictures:



Wasn't that so nice?! After that, he sprinted to the finish line & we eventually met him in Reunion Park:


We think he did great & are so proud of him for finishing & doing it under 2 hours, even though it wasn't his best time. He had a harder time training this year, he had a long, stressful week at work which I think impacted him mentally, it was unseasonably hot & his left leg was bothering him. All that to say that he is looking forward to running, but shorter distances. Looks like he will stick to 5k & 10k's like me! We took one last picture downtown before we headed out:


We headed straight to Manny's for lunch because Bryan was ready to splurge on Mexican food. Later that night, we ended the day with our first official sno cone of the season:


What a perfect way to end the day & celebrate his success!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

One of the reasons we took the girls to Conroe for spring break was to visit the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. As far as I know, it is one of the biggest in Texas & last for several weeks with big headlining musicians. I grew up going to the rodeo & have always wanted to take the girls. To be honest, we technically didn't take them to the rodeo, we spent the day at the livestock show & fair:


Houston was not on spring break so it wasn't crowded & we had perfect weather. We went during the day & left late that afternoon as the crowds started rolling in. I would have loved for the girls to see the rodeo, but it didn't start until 7:00 that night. Instead, we had fun checking everything else out. We had lunch & then headed inside to see the livestock:


We found a steer named Sadie who just had a calf the day before. And right next door was a steer named Zoe:


The girls loved it! Too bad the real Zoe wasn't with us :)

We took the girls to the petting zoo, but Sadie wasn't a fan. Guess she's a city girl! Sophie stayed a little longer as long as Mimi was holding her:



Of course neither one of them was afraid of the rabbit:


or the ponies:



Ok, so maybe Sophie was a little scared at first, but then she did great!

They also learned about the life cycle of an egg & got to watch some baby chicks hatch. I thought that was pretty cool! We saw an ant farm, learned about bees & then they got to plant some sunflower seeds to take home:



Although I think we left them at Mimi & Doc's house in Conroe!

Eventually we went outside to the Midway because Sadie was dying to ride some rides! Mimi treated the girls to face painting:




We lucked out because since it was during the week & not spring break for HISD, there were no lines so the girls got to ride what ever they wanted:






Bryan & I even took turns riding with them:




I think it was the first time Bryan started to feel old. Sadie really wanted to ride the tilt a whirl & about half way through I thought Bryan was going to be sick:


Thank goodness he held it together but he had to sit & take a break for a while afterwards! Eventually he felt better & we couldn't help but visit the food tents one more time before we left. We had lunch earlier but I was determined to buy the fried dessert sampler so we could all sample fried oreos, nutter butters, nutella, twinkie & snickers:


What a fun way to end the day! Maybe next time we'll stay for the rodeo!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Break 2017

I know most schools in Texas started spring break this week, but we actually had ours last week. Most of our activities go on hiatus during spring break & we didn't have much going on so I asked the girls if they wanted to go to a day camp. Sophie was thrilled to go back to My Gym where she goes every summer:


She absolutely loves going here & she talks about it every time we drive by. We actually had a lot of friends sign up for camp here so she knew several people, including her buddy KJ:


I asked Sadie is she wanted to go to My Gym since several of her friends were going, but she asked me if she could go to soccer camp. She went to an indoor camp at the PIT last summer & has talked about it since then, so she went to a 3 day camp:


It was from 1:00 - 3:00 in the afternoon & it was well worth the money! On the first day, there were only 10 kids, 3 of them girls so they got a lot of attention & really got great technical training. Her friend Kenzie was there along with a friend of hers, Arden:


That was when I picked her up the first day. Her face was so red & she was dripping in sweat - I don't know if I have ever seen her work that hard! They literally played soccer for 3 hours straight & she loved it! Her favorite part might have been when camp was over & they passed out popsicles! The coaches there were so great they even let Sophie have one :)

On the last day, they had an awards ceremony & they all got medals:




She has already asked if she can go back this summer!

I also spent some time over spring break cleaning out both of their closets getting everything ready for spring & summer:


Can you see Sophie is the background doing a happy dance? She loves trying on clothes & changing clothes every chance she can get. Her closet is ridiculous. Between Sadie & Zoe's hand me downs, that girl needs nothing:


I always want to buy her something but I seriously have to stop myself because she has more than she needs already.

At church last week, Sadie & Tatum were matching:


Not planned but they totally loved it!

We had soccer the first weekend of spring break but not the second weekend so we took advantage of the free time & made a weekend road trip to Conroe:


The girls loved getting to see Daisy! A cool front blew in while we were down there so we didn't spend as much time outside as we had planned, but we still had fun. We took the girls to the rodeo but there will be a separate post about that because I went picture crazy. On Friday, my mom had to work so my dad took us to Incredible Pizza Kitchen. We go there almost every time we visit so I didn't take any pictures but this was Bryan's first time & I think he was impressed. On Saturday, Bryan & I went on a date so my parents took the girls roller skating for the first time:


Apparently going on a Saturday afternoon the weekend of spring break was a bad idea because it was really crowded & there were 11 birthday parties going on! But that didn't stop our girls from having fun :)

My mom also treated the girls to manicures & pedicures and she topped off the weekend by rolling their hair for church Sunday morning:


This was their first time sleeping in sponge rollers but they thought it was fun & looked so pretty the next morning:


It was a quick trip to Conroe but it's always relaxing when we get away for a few days. Thanks Mom & Dad for spoiling all of us! We had a great weekend being lazy & hanging out but we enjoyed every moment!