Sunday, June 29, 2014

According to my camera...

Not a whole lot happened in May. That can't be right. I swear it was a busy month...

OH!  We went camping! Twice! 

Once with some friends to Bastrop State Park and once to Lockhart State Park with just the fam.  Let me remind you that camping in TX is A LOT different than camping in CO or WY. You have to reserve campsites weeks in advance and you are practically still in town when you do camp.  The boys brought their bikes, and they got plenty dirty.  It was fun to camp before the summer heat set in.

The Bastrop camping trip included Matthew smashing his face on a bridge causing a bloody nose and lip. He bounced back just fine for the rest of the trip. Later that day on our hike with friends, we got lost on the trail. We got our hot and crabby kids to the end of a trail, but it was not the intended exit. So Paul and his friend Russell had to backtrack to find our cars and rescue their families.

The day before Memorial Day weekend, I realized there was supposed to be a meteor shower. I really wanted to see it, so I scoured the internet to find a campsite.  Lucky for us I found one last site at Lockhart State Park.  I got the car all packed up, including dog and boys, and picked Paul up from work (I was pretty proud of myself). Right after we got to the campsite, Seth rode his bike downhill straight into a tree!  We continued the grand tradition of kid smashing while camping.That night we stayed up for quite a while craning our necks to the sky. I did see one falling star, so I can't say the trip was a complete waste, but it was a kind of a let down. Matthew swears he saw one too so he was pretty excited.

I always wondered what these little doors were supposed to be used for. Now I know.

Hiking in the mud.
Later in May, our ward had a field day. It was really fun to see the church family come out and participate in silly games like sponge tosses, javelin throws, lolli pop lick offs, and more. 
Cone Heads

Flying paper airplanes (made courtesy of Dad)
I feel a little better knowing I did document some of our May activities. :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

They survived to year 4!

You hear it every time. "I can't believe they are _________ years old". But it really is true.  When you think about how far they have come and how much they have grown, you have to stand amazed. 

Paul and I knew that Matthew and Seth love all things space, so we thought we would take a trip before their birthday to Houston to see NASA.  We figured we could play at the beach that same trip to fill up some time. Who knew the beach would make a bigger impact then the rockets. 

The water was a little cold for Seth.

Matthew could have stayed there all day.

Mission Control

What a bunch of nerds!

I think Paul and I were more impressed with the Saturn 5 Rocket than the boys.
Matthew Driving Rovers

Seth the Astronaut
Checking out Curiosity

Coolest Rover ever!
For their actual birthday we bought them a trampoline.  It had rained the night before so the tramp was cold and wet.  There were lots of tears early that morning full of disappointment.  After the day warmed up however, there was nothing but smiles! Whew!

The boys are smart, still super cute men, who make us laugh every day. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. Love you Matthew and Seth!

March Visitors

In March we were pleasantly surprised to have the Page's come see us for their spring break. We were happy they wanted to explore and we were more than willing to chauffeur them around central Texas.We ate and Whataburger (Sam's must have), went on a safari and almost lost Megan's new camera to a heard of zebra. We were traumatized that same trip by an ostrich pecking at our window. Another adventure that week included riding a train around Zilker Park and watching the bats on their nightly excursion to find food off the Congress Bridge. We showed the Page's an aquarium where Matthew braved the sting rays and Sam braved the sharks and of course ate some more good food. We pretty much packed each day full with things to do. Naturally we stayed up way too late and wore everyone out but it was a blast!
Can you say "Whataburber" Abe?

The start of the Safari.
Seth kept tying to throw food pellets out of the car, but most of them never made it out the window.
My back seat drivers.

Yum pellets!

Hello friend!
We thought we missed the last train ride, but the boys had faith it was still running. See how happy they are?

You cant see them, but we had to face an entire swarm of bees as we waited for the train to speed up.
This could could have cared less about the bats.

So proud to touch the sting rays!

Here Sharky Sharky!
Sam trying to teach the boys to box al-a-Wii
We love it when family comes to visit.
Thanks for the visit Megan, Sam and Abe!