Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I'm not sure what the Easter bunny, chicken eggs and Jesus have to do with each other but we love to celebrate around here! I grew up hunting easter eggs and loved the hunt! We started off today with the kids opening their baskets and their new church outfits (from us...we don't really do the whole Easter bunny hoopla). We had an awesome service at church followed by brunch at Cheesecake factory on the patio...gorgeous weather today! Then we came home for naps (all 5 of us), we did the egg hunt. Then we played with kites and bubbles in the driveway (Easter basket gifts) while we waited on Papa and Vivi to arrive. Jordan cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill for all of us. YUM! It was such a good day!






 Before church pic

After church pic with the paparazzi app on my phone. It's hard to get a decent family picture with no one around to take it! 

 2nd attempt (what is Maddie doing!?)

Egg hunt excitement!










I can't believe March is over! On to April...lots of fun trips to Dallas and TWO weddings! Both my sisters are getting married in April!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Nashville

Audrey and I just returned from a 4 day trip to Nashville. We left on Monday and came back Thursday. Jordan was on daddy duty with Hunter and Madison back on the home front. He did great, as usual, and was able to get the kids to all the places they needed to be, school, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and a few of his own meetings and was on time to them all, he ROCKS! Before I left I laid out the schedule of who needed to be where all week and the outfits they needed for each activity. Not that he can't dress them but it made things easier so he didn't have to go looking for uniforms and shoes every time they had to be some place different. Plus I've seen what the kids end up wearing when left to him :)



We got up at 4am Monday to catch an early flight. Naturally Audrey slept on the flight!

And watched a little Mickey Mouse

We had a nice relaxing week staying at Christine's house. Audrey and Brody had fun playing together. Their "playing" was mostly Audrey watching and laughing while Brody ran circles around her.

Sara's boys were sick so we weren't able to stay with them the 2nd half of the week. But I did make a trip over to meet her newest kiddo, Beau. She ran out to the car to see Audrey for the first time too.

We had a play date at Lauren's house one morning. The kids had a lot of fun over there and it made me miss having her around here in Houston!

Every night we would put the kids to bed at 6pm and then head out for girls night. The first night we went to a movie. The next night to Arrington vineyards for a wine tasting then on to coffee and dessert. The last night we went down to Amy's house to meet her sweet baby Issaac. Then we all went to dinner in downtown Nashville.


Audrey and I flew back home on Thursday afternoon. We had a great time catching up with my Nashville girls and I was so glad I was able to bring Audrey to meet them all! It's been way too long since we were there last. Madison was only about 8 or 9 months the last time we went.

I missed these guys so much. It's hard to be away for that long but it was nice to spend some one on one time with sweet Audrey.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patty's Day

St. Patrick's day is always a special day to me because it's the day Jordan proposed to me 9 years ago. Hard to believe it's already been 9 years and we have these 3 beautiful blessings as a result. I'm one lucky BLESSED girl!







Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sea World Spring Break 2013

We surprised the kids and took them to Sea World for Spring break this week. The day before we left we told them we would be going and they had a lot of questions about what they would be doing once we got there. We told them about Shamu and all the fun rides and other animals and Hunter wanted more details about this Shamu character. Upon hearing of our plans for the week Hunter pulled me aside and said "hey mommy, I'm not going to be feeling well when it comes time to see the killer whale, you can just take Maddie." Hahah Love that kid!

We started off the trip in New Braunfels at the famous Naeglelin's bakery. 


Audrey looks SO old in this picture. SLOW DOWN

Dinner was at Gristmill in New Braunfels.


The weather was perfect so we sat on the patio overlooking the river

Such a cutie patootie this one...she's growing up so fast! She loves the camera. 

Jordan being...Jordan

Hunter loves to find a good climbin tree

Of course Maddie is never far behind!

We stayed at the embassy suites. We had planned to rent a house but we were too late with booking. What can I say we aren't much for planning :) The hotel was perfect though. They had a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite available which was PERFECT for our party of 5. Everyone had their own bed and own space. The kids crashed from a day of travel and excitement the moment their heads hit the beds. 

The next morning was SEA WORLD DAY!



They woke up READY TO GO

Hunter was cracking me up. He was so excited he could sit in this chair and his feet could touch the floor. 



The weather was perfect. Started off kind of cool so we had light jackets on. But by mid-day it was perfect and they changed into swimsuits for the wet rides. 



Hunter and Madison rode their first roller coasters. Hunter was actually tall enough to ride all but 2 roller coasters in the park.



We saw each animal exhibit




Audrey finally passed out after lunch for about an hour. She got in way less nappin then she usually gets in a day but we will take it! She was such a trooper all 3 days we were gone.

The kids rode this ride the most. We had fast passes so they got to skip the line and go straight to the front. This was the main wet ride they did. 

I didn't want to get wet (daddy took one for the team) so Audrey and I stayed in the shade and shared a dippin dots!

On to the splash area

more fun with daddy

I coaxed Maddie into the stroller to try to get he to nap while Hunter went on one of the big roller coasters she couldn't go on and she actually fell asleep! While she slept Hunter had a dippin dots and Jordan and I took turns riding the biggest roller coaster.

Funnel cake anyone?! Clearly we stuck to the healthy eating on this trip. The kids LOVED the funnel cake.


Finally Shamu. Hunter was not the least bit scared. In fact they sat on the front row in the splash zone. Daddy took another one for the team in the splash zone while Audrey and I watched from the dry area in back. Hunter said Shamu was his favorite!


After a FULL day we met Tia Dre at Julian's New York Pizza for dinner. The kids were wiped out by that point. Hunter passed out in the car on our way to dinner and was pretty out of it the rest of the night. He walked the entire day at the park and is the only one of the kids that didn't take a nap in the park. He was exhausted!





The next day we packed up, checked out of the hotel and went down to meet Tia Dre at the river walk. She lives right on the river walk so she took us on a little tour of the area.

Hunter and Maddie played the ipads while we waited for Tia Dre to arrive. 

Cuties

Family pic


We walked the River walk and then took the boat back to our starting point. 







We had lunch at La Gloria on the river








Audrey had her first lime



When we got back home Hunter told us that Sea World is his favorite place and asked if next time we go we can stay for 57 days instead of 2.