Tuesday, September 13, 2016

And so it begins...

Another school year has begun and all of the activities and schedules that go with it.  Summer was a lovely break but I do love me a good routine.  Parker started second grade (cry) and little Sis started 3 year old preschool (hooray)!  I love my time at home with Sydney but Tuesdays and Thursday with her at school are pure gold.
She also started ballet and it's pretty much the cutest thing on the planet.  When I was pregnant with her, we were surprised with her gender and when I found out she was a girl I embraced all things pink and knew one day I'd have her in a pink ballet outfit...love!!!

First day of second grade for this big boy!
After school snack together.

We didn't even make it until Friday of the first week that Parker came down with strep throat.  Stupid school germs!  We played lost of Battleship that day!

Well, ballet didn't exactly start out how I had planned.  She cried and cried.  Sydney is the child who cries with a new experience.  Every drop off is hard, she is an emotional girl! ;)

But it ended with a smile!  Whew!

First day of 3 year old preschool!  She was so excited to go and for the first time EVER...didn't cry when I left.  Can I get an Amen?  Yay for Sydney!

Friday, September 9, 2016

I'm back baby!!

I have taken the longest blogging break ever, not sure why, I just did.  I'm mad at myself for doing it because this is the most perfect way to "scrapbook" these wonderful years of having little kids and watching them grow into big kids. I like to document the big stuff and little stuff as well.  The days are long but the years are short and one day I will want to remember it!!

I am not going to play catch up since last March, I am going to start with highlights from the summer and move on!  My kids love looking through the blog books I print from this blog, so kids...this is for you!!

Summer was busy and fun!!
Summer started with the end of baseball season.  This little slugger is quite the ball player and so fun to watch.  His love of the game is addicting!
Memorial Day weekend, Parker turned 7 and we celebrated at the ranch of course.
Soon after we headed to the Ozarks for our annual trip to Big Cedar Lodge...this place has my heart.  I want to live here for forever.
Just hanging out by our cabin!
On the lake with cousins is the best!
Blake, Sydney and Adelynn.
We played hard at the ranch with some of our favorite people!
The oldest and youngest cousins, Faith and Sydney.
Some good walks and talks happen at the ranch.
Aunt Lindsey and Sydney discussing life.
Sis caught her very first fish with Grandad this summer.
Some of the Austin girls with some little dudes on the 4th.
She loves all things sparkly!
We spent most of our days at the pool with friends.
We made a trip down to Dallas to visit my family and hang out with a frog at a water park. ;)
Go Rangers!!
We definitely did a lemonade stand this summer.  This kid made $50 in one afternoon.  I need to open one.
We ended the summer with a trip to Rosemary Beach, FL and it was SO much fun!  Just the four of us, at the beach, soaking in the last days of summer.

A little girl on the beach with her bucket.  Melt me.
Hunting for crabs at night was a big hit! Wearing a head lamp made it super cool.
Parker ended his summer with the loss of his very first tooth!
And a post about summer can't be complete without mentioning how much time was spent on the golf course.  Parker is a natural at golf...it's fun to enjoy this sport together as a family.  
And just because I needed a good cry, I went and found this precious picture. 
Parker started playing golf at age 2 with a plastic club.  This is on the golf course at the Broadmoor so evidently, the plastic club even traveled with us!
I mean, could he be any cuter??  Ugh, why do they grow up so fast??

Monday, March 28, 2016

Disney Cruise 2016

Well, we have officially been back a week and it's about time I blog about this fabulous trip!!  Over Spring break, we went on our second Disney cruise with James's family and it was JUST as fun as the one we did last March!  Last year on my blog, I went into much more detail about the ship itself...if you're interested in seeing that post, look here.
Our stops this year were Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  Disney knows what they are doing and it's fun for everyone, no matter what age you are!!  I'm going to let the pictures do the talking!!

Excited to get off the airplane in Orlando!

Our whole crew boarded Disney's "Fantasy" ship the next day!
This is one very excited bunch!
We were still in port and this girl found her happy place!  At the pool in front of the giant screen watching a Disney movie.
So I had visions of getting tons of pictures of Sydney with characters throughout the week.  First opportunity comes up after dinner and this is how she felt about meeting Goofy.  Her feelings never changed...about any character, princesses included.
The next day was a day at sea and here we are again...happy place.  Parker was either riding the AquaDuck water slide every hour of the day or at the arcade...not many pics of him during days at sea! ;)
All decked out for "formal night".

These two...14 months a part and inseparable!
So this night she was ALL about meeting Mickey Mouse!
Look who's missing from the picture.  We got up there...tears and more tears.  She just couldn't do it.
Eating dinner at Animator's Palate!
On Tuesday we were in Tortola.  We chartered a boat and island hopped all day long...it was fantastic!!  Only our family was on the boat and we snorkeled the caves at Norman Island (parts of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed there), went over to Cooper Island for lunch and ended the day at Virgin Gorda exploring the famous Baths.  It was the BEST day!

Love these people!
Two cool dudes! 
We have learned over the years of cruising that going off and doing your own excursions is the way to do it!  We don't like being herded around with everyone from the ship...we like our own schedule and our own peeps! ;)
These are his Darth Vader shades...he wore them everywhere!!
Ready to snorkel!
A cup, water and sand...all she needed to be happy on the beach while waiting for lunch!!
The boat ride back...no words needed! ;)
A tired bunch in front of our ship!
On Wednesday we were up and off the boat early for a day in St. Thomas...another favorite island!
Megan's Bay early in the morning!
Sydney and daddy having fun in the sand!
Swimming with my girl and watching sea turtles!
We went into town for lunch and then found an awesome ice cream shop.
There is nothing better than eating pink ice cream with your cousins!
Thursday was a day at sea and we started it off by meeting Donald Duck!
Do you see her face?  She would scream all the way down and then go back and do it again and again and again.  I just sat at the bottom with a magazine! ;)
Our last day was Castaway Cay day...a whole day at the beach!
Pluto was there to greet us after breakfast!
SO bright!
Parker immediately created a sand castle masterpiece and was quite proud!
Digging a hole.
Exploring the hole.
Goodbye Bahamas!  The kids were SO tired in this picture!
We had a wonderful time!  If you're thinking about doing this vacation...I highly recommend it!!  You won't be disappointed! ;)