Monday, October 5, 2015

Deep in the HOT of Tomball, TX

I wish I could convey to you the amount of humidity that was involved in taking these photos.  Imagine running a half a sauna.  That was something like what it felt like this July day just after an epic thunderstorm turned into blazing sun.  I didn't know I could sweat so much.  
Remember that scene in The Wizard of Oz, the one where the witch was "MMmmmmmeelting".  That was us.  Mom and I.  We were the wicked witches, melting into a puddle.  


Tomball is a quaint little town near us with antique shops and a little courtyard between the shops.  I knew it would be picture perfect, I didn't know it would put us on the brink of heat stroke.

At least all the kids were perfect.  Well most of them.  Ok, ONE of them, and I'll just let you guess on that one.  Lincoln did his best robot imitation most of the time and was devastated when we asked him to just act natural.  Then they found some snails and refused to put them down much to Lillian's amusement and dismay at the same time.  

So the snails made the portraits as well.  Several in each of their hands.  Hey, at least it kept them from putting their hands on each other.  

Fine!  We will just make your pictures while looking at the slimy bugs and call it a day!  
They really weren't that bad for the amount of heat and sweat we forced them to endure. 

We walked across the street and had ice cream and took a dip in the splash pad.  It was refreshing and delicious.  
And well deserved by all!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Heaven looks a lot like Ten Mile

Moms rarely get a weekend all to themselves.  Even more rarely do 12 moms get a break from their 25+ children for an entire weekend.  I won't say it's easy to coordinate but how glorious are the 48 hours we get to spend together without serving little hands and feet around us!  We only had to serve ourselves.  We ate what we wanted and we only had to share if we WANTED to.  We ate meals that were hot, not necessarily nutritious and NOT prepared by us!  We drank adult beverages.  All.  day.  long.  We stayed up late and only woke when things in the kitchen got rowdy with a cup or two of coffee.  The attire was pajamas or swimsuits.  

These are my Nashville girls and even though I haven't lived there for 2 and a half years, I never missed a beat!  I fell back into their circle like I had never left.  That's how you know, it's real!  I was SO happy to join them on their annual girls trip to the lake at Ten Mile.  It made me overwhelmingly happy that I could be with them for 2 whole days, no kids, no husbands no problems.  All the distance between us just faded away.  

We started our weekend with a gourmet meal at Loveless Cafe.  That made both my heart AND my belly happy!  Gah, y'all, there just isn't anything like it anywhere!  It's EPIC and when I lived in Nashville it was only minutes away!  I'm lucky I made it out of Nashville with only a few added pounds! 

If you wonder what we did all weekend we'd be hard pressed to give you an exciting run down.  It consisted of A LOT of sitting on the pier.  And I mean A LOT!  We would get in the water to cool off floating in packs of 2 or 3.  We squealed about fish biting our toes and we even ventured over to jump off the neighbors pier once.  There were photos of it but they are not in my possession.  We also came up with a rowdy obstacle course that everyone was required to participate in.  It included a kids slip and slide and a made up yoga pose of your choice.  There were explicitly NOT photos to be made of that event!  

We watched the sun set every night we were there, all the way until it went below the skyline and the spiders started coming out onto the pier.  We would then squeal our way back to the house and indulge in freshly baked cookies and watch movies from the early 80's!

I got my first taste of Cards Against Humanity and I was shocked but also head over heels for the game.  I came home and bought it for Jason and I to play with neighbors!  

Dinning on the pier happened ALL DAY LONG but hey, it was our party we could eat what we wanted to!

If I could hold onto these moments, these girls, I would not let go!  I love them so and miss them dearly!  I might have only lived in Nashville 2 years but my heart will always go back there!  

Our Epic 12 person selfie, we are pretty sure its a record.  At least it is for us!  

I'll always love Nashville and I'll always love these girls!  Thank you so much for a fantastic 48 hours away.  It refreshed my mommy soul and made me miss you all over again!  

Pigtail Perfection

It took us what FELT like a long time to finally get to the point of pigtails!  It might be a stretch for some but we have been seriously rocking the pigtails lately!  There is just nothing cuter than a toddler with two tiny pig tails in her hair!  

I'm pretty sure I was even older than her before I rocked the pig tails so I guess she's lucky to have enough to pull it off at 1.  I was nearly 3!

We are finding that pig tails go with EVERYTHING and it makes her even MORE irresistible!  
Even the brothers think so!

Isn't this the TRUTH!?!  

We couldn't help but notice the uncanny resemblance to Boo from Monsters Inc!  My little blonde haired Boo baby!  
We love her AND her pigtails!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Up the Creek

There is nothing these two love more than "playing in the creek".  They'd choose a slimy mud hole over the pool any day.  I have scoured this place and have only found one or two places to let them be dirty boys in.  Luckily one is nearby us at the YMCA.  We hike back into the woods and there is a hole with partially stagnant water and partially running water to play in.  The boys love to take their shoes off and traipse around in the water or the "sinking sand".  The catch any number of critters that they happen upon.  This particular time, they caught fish with their bare hands.  It's the girly girl in me that will never  understand this fascination but I let them be boys and get dirty and play in the creeks.  

In Alabama, the creeks aren't so hard to come by.  This creek is one I played at when I was little even.  It hasn't changed so much.  I can remember the time when I liked walking up the waterfalls and jumping from rock to rock.  Now the critters, that was always outta my league.

I'm just glad they can have fun like this without screens or being entertained.  This is how it should be.  This is how we played and we obviously turned out PERFECT! ;)

Come on Ride the Train!

We had a 14 hour drive ahead of us but that didn't stop us from making a last minute fun stop to ride the train.  The Houston Area Steamers are life size miniature trains that volunteer train enthusiast host a free rides day once a month.  I saw the ad for the Zube Park in Hockley and looked up how far it was.  Its actually really close to us so we hit the road.  We were working on at least 100 degrees outside and full sun.  We had to wait in a significant line but when we made it on the train, it was all fun and breezes!  Lillian waved to all the people as we left the station and we all enjoyed the scenery around the large park.  The train ride was a little longer than i would have expected which was nice after such a long wait.  We will absolutely go back again.  In the fall.  When the temps go WAY down!  Nothing outside the water is fun in the Texas Summer!