Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Fun Winding Down

Last week we had another Kid Club event. I thought it was the last one, but noticed in the announcements Sunday we have another one next week. I should know that, I'm the one that planned it! Ha! Anyway, we went to Peter Piper Pizza. They had Christmas in July. We had pizza, games, a craft and ice cream. The kids had a blast.

Sadie enjoying some ice cream. She's getting really good at feeding herself...



When I took it away from her...


Sadie entertained herself while Elijah and I worked on our craft...



I thought there were tokens included in our price so I didn't buy Elijah any when we got there. By the time I realized we weren't getting any I was going to buy some but he didn't even need any. He "played" the same game the whole time and loved it!...










I know my mom is going to get onto me, but I wouldn't buy Sadie tokens to ride the train, but hey, she didn't know it was supposed to move. She had a great time just sitting on it. I know, I'm so cheap!...



But she didn't care!







So much so that when I made her get off...





The next day was our last library day. It was the zoo day. The zoo keepers brought a few little animals, mostly things you find in your backyard, but Elijah didn't care. They could have just shown pictures of animals and he would have loved it...










Showing the kids a ferret...
Funny story: At one point the Zookeeper tells all the children to be really quiet. She then instructs some people to shut the doors and guard them. Then she says, "If the animal gets loose don't scream, just tuck into a ball and don't try to touch it." At this point all the moms are looking around with worried looks on their faces. I saw a flash of me in the future yelling "A dingo ate my baby!!" Ha! It was just a parrot and they said it sometimes flies off. Nice.


Reading some books at the library after the show...


"Mom, I think I'll take this one"...


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kadesh 2010

Last week Beau took a group of kids to Camp Kadesh in Abilene. The kids and I tagged along so we could see family, friends and not have to go a week without seeing Beau! It was a long week, but we had a great time.

Sunday we left town after church and drove to Stephenville for Cale's 2nd birthday party. After getting our party on we got back in the car and drove to Abilene.
Monday we hung out all day, then met some family for dinner. Beau didn't get to come, but I was able to go to my all time favorite restaurant...Abuelos! Mmmmm...


JoCarol gave Elijah all the change she had in her purse for him to throw into the fountain and she taught him to make a wish...
The funniest thing of the night was what Elijah called JoCarol. I guess when we talk about that family we say "Mark and JoCarol". As in, "we're going to Abilene to see Mark and Jocarol" or "We're going to dinner with Mark and JoCarol". Well, Mark was there, but Elijah kept calling JoCarol "MarkandJoCarol" like that was her name! It was really funny.
After dinner we went back to Mark and JoCarol's house. They live on a really pretty golf course and we took a long walk all around the grounds. We were even able to see some wildlife at the pond...


Tired from our long walk...



Sadie LOVED Josh. I mostly think it was because she loves her dad so much and just knows he's handsome so she was drawn to another handsome, dark haired man. She just hugged and hugged him...


Tuesday we met some friends, Meg and Zack and their 3 sons at Mary's Palateria for some Mexican Ice Cream. It is another Abilene favorite of ours!
Wednesday JoCarol took us to the Country Club for swimming and lunch. Now that Elijah has a life jacket he is all about swimming and Sadie LOVES the water so they had a blast. I wasn't able to get many pictures because Sadie would just take off and jump in the water if I let go of her. No fear...
Wednesday night the kids and I also got to go to mine and Beau's old church. It was fun to see some of our old friends and let them meet our babies.
Thursday we met Lindsey and Jackson at the children's museum for some playtime and then continued our playtime at Burger King for lunch...
Riding in the ambulance...




Putting on a show on stage...





This sound wall was so neat. Every different piece of wood made a sound when you touched it. I think I had as much fun on it as the kids...



Thursday afternoon we walked about a block from our dorm at ACU to "Grandpa" and "Mimi's" house. They are the grandparents of a girl in our youth group and "Grandpa" collects trains. Our friend Traci, their daughter told us we HAD to go see the "town". Elijah loved it!





His face after seeing the trains!...










Elijah even got to push some buttons and control some of the trains...




We laugh that Sadie can sense a "Mimi" from a mile away. She doesn't care at all that they are complete strangers. She will walk up to them and crawl in their lap or put her arms up for them to pick her up. I'm talking about random strangers in restaurants, the grocery store, a parking lot...And thats exactly what she did when we walked in the door. She walked right up to Mimi and got in her lap...




"Come on Mimi, lets go find some toys"...
Posing with Haley, one of the youth group girls that they love....

After I showed them the face Elijah made in the picture...




Friday morning we went over to my friend Candice's house to play with her daughter and let us moms catch up (Candice was one of my bridesmaids). We attempted to get a picture of the kids and we weren't very successful.

Elijah age 3, Ryleigh age 2 and Sadie age 1...



The girls...Sadie was hungry and so over picture time (hence the snarl)...




One of Elijah's new favorite things is to take pictures with my camera. He asked if he could take a picture of Candice and I. I think he did a pretty good job!...





Then we went to another of my Abilene favorites, Alley Cats, for lunch...




My sassy, lovable, sensitive, precious, bossy, little angel...(don't look directly into those big brown eyes, they'll melt your heart!)...

We left camp on Friday night and went back to Stephenville for the night. The kids swam and played Saturday morning and then we drove back home and arrived just after Beau and the kids got back. It was a busy week!!

We were SO tired when we got home!! But, it was so much fun to see so many of the people we love and we're already talking about our next trip to Abilene!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Its my turn!!

I planned a trip to the Jumphouse in town for our KidsClub. The last time the kids and I went Sadie couldn't walk yet so she didn't get to enjoy it. Not this time!! She had a blast!

On her way up...


With her buddy, Joel. They have the same birthday, but Joel is one year older. He is a sweetheart and loves Sadie, but who doesn't, right?...

Jumphouse Obstacle Course.

Going under...


Through...



Over...




She came down the slide and I wanted to snap a picture, but as soon as she slowed down enough she turned around to do it again...





She found some older girls to follow around...






Trying her hand at basketball...












She had been wanting to go down the BIG slide all morning and I finally took it. She wouldn't even wait to get a good picture, she was just trying to scoot off the edge. No fear...