Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nothing Much

Thursday we went to the Austin Nature Center. It is perfect for kids our age, a little water, a little sand, rocks for Preston to throw, trails, and pathetic animals.
Austin has such a guilt complex about caging animals. The zoo is filled with sad, neurotic furry creatures, pacing back and forth, or hobbling around on 3 legs, missing a wing, blind, albino... The nature center doesn't disappoint. Every little animal has a page of it's sob story, usually involving a man with a gun or car, or someone trying to raise the cute fox in the back yard. It's not exactly the tribute to the beauty of God's creation I loved to show the girls at the Houston Zoo, but whatever.
We did this for a LONG time. Back and forth, back and forth.
Watching the one-winged, one eyed owl.
We got a trampoline Thursday after the Nature Center. Andy drove the girls to San Antonio to pick it up and then assembled it that evening. It is my dream to own a trampoline, I personally LOVE to jump, flip and fall.
Pretty tuckered out, wearing the "thank you" t-shirt from the girls at Shady Grove.
I've decided to call it "The Nanny"
Saturday, the girls and Andy went to Dallas for the day for cousin Austin's 1 year birthday!
Could he be any cuter??

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day Trippin through Spring Break

So Amity and Amanda and I loaded up 9 kids, 3 double joggers, and 3 bikes and headed to town lake and zilker to kick off Spring break. We decided to run/walk/crawl around the trail first (3 miles). Caroline kept asking "why don't you run as fast as Mrs. Bonneau?" little twirp.
Bike accidents and toddlers wanting to get out and run slowed us much more frequently than my 6 mile/min pace:)

I used to play on this fire engine at Zilker, and it probably went much like this. Barefoot and getting mom's attention from the highest place possible.
ALL Boy!!

Preston and Caroline Kickin it in the Keens on the train.
I love this man. He plays for the runners and train riders all the time.
Amanda and Maeve ready to depart.
It was hilarious sitting behind these three as they told stories, jokes and swapped
basic nonsense!

I made a rookie mom error the next day.
Raining, spring break... do not go to the Hoppin' house.
Day care "field trips", moms needing to get out of the house with cranky toddlers, very large bully kids out for spring break...
Knee to the face, does this look like fun? No, it was not.
I think hell may be full of Hoppin' Houses.
Yesterday we went swimming with friends (really, hot-tubbing) and today we went to the Austin Nature Center and Shady Grove for lunch. The girls are driving with Andy right now to pick up a trampoline (so I never have to go to a bouncy house again!)... Pictures later today.
Hope you are also having a great spring break!!

Peace Out!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

10 years

Ten years ago I married this man. He has been the best gift in my life. He is one of the most considerate people I know, always one step ahead of me.
He actually wants to serve me, comfort me, encourage me, and challenge me.
God knew exactly what kind of man I needed to soften some of my rough edges.
I wish I had a digital picture from then, we looked fresh faced and energetic...
For our anniversary, he took me to the Lakeway Resort, 20 min. from our house. We went to a great dinner and then the next day enjoyed the quiet, books, he ran, I got a facial. Then he suprised me with a sunset sailboat ride. We left right out of the Lakeway Marina with a "captain" who taught us how to sail (I wasn't really paying attention to him, I had wine and cheese).
Thank you Andy, happy 10th aniversary!!

And thank you Kathryn and Liz for babysitting the circus at home!!

Whatever it is, I know what you're up too....

Some pictures from our balcony:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Everyday life Pics

She is my little revolutionary. Now, I need to channel that in the right direction!
Oh, I adore this child!

Watching basketball with dad
Caroline and Maeve
Preston and Andrew

Lucy and Jack

Preston, Nana and Grampa

Baby Nathaniel born to Andy's older brother, Jon and Amanda. He is perfect!

Just Vaccuuming.
Lucy's very best friends at school, Madren and Annie, on pajama day.

Austin Snow!!
Snow phonograms :) weird, I know...
I loved that Caroline was home for school on the snow day, again...
Preston would have NOTHING to do with the snow and hung out in the neighbors garage while the others had a ball

Snowball fights with Luke

Caroline made snow balls and poured syrup all over them. Yes, like Laura Ingalls in Big
Woods, or the Long Winter, Plum Creek, I get them mixed up. Did I mention we home school part time :) We're just going to be a little dorky. I'm OK with that!