Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rodeo Trifecta

We quickly learned that if you live in Houston, in March you RODEO.   We took it to the extreme this year when we scored not just one but 3 sets of tickets on opening day!  
Our first Rodeo started out as a total soaker.  Dad was with us and we were seeing Alan Jackson!  Dad has always been a big fan of his and let's face it, he's a top 40 kinda guy!  We can sing every song of his.  We parked and began the 2 mile walk to the midway.  It began to rain and when I say rain I really mean POUR and fill your boots with water.  Lillian was in the stroller and we thought we were sheltering her but it turns out, the stroller cover was just soaking her more.  When we made it to the livestock show arena, it had subsided raining but we were still wet.  We took a few to dry out and wring out our hair.  

We toured the petting zoo where the goats tried to eat Lillian's dress and the boys took a spin or two on the carnival rides!  

Then, we headed inside to catch the Rodeo which we quickly learned in years past, is actually the best part (aside from all the fried foods)!  We love the bull riding and bareback.  We sit on the edge of our seats for the chuck wagon races and we laugh and laugh as the teenagers try to tackle pool little calves in the 4H calf scramble!  The pinnacle of all Rodeo's is the mutton bustin'.  That's where  ten 5-6 year olds are placed on the back of a sheep as it kamikaze runs to the other end of the arena.  It was certainly Lincoln's cup of tea when he was old enough.  I can't see Lillian enjoying it as most of the little girls wind up thrown off and crying before its over.  Occasionally one makes it all the way across and comes up crying or with a look of sheer terror as the crowd goes wild for the child who held onto the bull, er sheep!

Onto the main event, Alan Jackson didn't disappoint!  He sung all of this best songs and didn't try to bore anyone with "new" music!  Heck, he's probably too old to worry about new stuff and he's satisfied with his previous top 40 chart toppers!  

This one didn't make it all the way through the concert.  10pm is WAY past her bedtime!  We all enjoyed round 1 of Rodeo Houston and I'm glad dad got to go with us to see AJ!

The next Rodeo roundup was a group of my girlfriends in the neighborhood.  We all got tickets to see Luke Bryan and made it a girls date!  

We took the time to sit in the wine garden with a couple bottles of rose and cheese trays.  Not something I would have done with Jason or the kids, it was a nice change of pace to the carnival scene!  

Luke Bryan was a great act.  Some of the girls were really smitten with him, I just think I'll keep the one I've got!  I mean, he's no country star but I never get tired of seeing him walk in wearing that business suit!

The third and finally rodeo trip was the closing day of Rodeo Houston.  We had tickets with Jason's parents and they ended up not being able to make the show due to rain and closed interstates.  Houston flooding problems.  So we hit the rodeo one last time and this time, we didn't fool with that 2 mile walk from the parking lot.  We got us a pedal tax and let one poor guy pull our entire family on the back of a bicycle.  He's got stronger legs than I do!  It was a fun ride anyway!

We made our rounds at the carnival, sampling all the yelp'd best fried food of the rodeo.  We landed on the fact that you just simply can't beat fried oreos for the best fried delicacy.  

We like to think we really covered the BEST of Rodeo Houston 2017 and already look forward to next year's acts!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The BIG Birthday Bash (Birthday weekend Day 3)

The Big Birthday Bash weekend culminated on Saturday for Lillian's party.  It was what ALLL the prep had led up to.  I planned for weeks and worked on decorations while neglecting my house for days on end.  My entourage that flew in was GREAT for helping me party prep.  I was so thankful they were there.  

Tracie can build a killer donut hole tree.  This may not look like it but there are 12 DOZEN (yes, 144) donuts holes on this tree.

This was my masterpiece.  It's a "dream catcher" of sorts made from doilies from BOTH of my grandmothers.  I worked on it for several weeks, sewed, tied, and strung it up.  I even went into an unnamed park to "borrow" the branch for the top.  Transporting it proved to be tricky but I LOVE how it turned out and it now proudly hangs in her bedroom!  I love decor that has meaning!

HEB slayed her cake again as well.  I love paying $40 for a beautiful cake that also taste amazing!  

This was my other brain child.  This "maypole" was a pinterest item I managed to pull off.  It was another labor of love as I had to use old thrift sheets as the ribbons to make them long enough, I even sewed them together.  It turned out so cute and the girls LOVED the maypole.  So much so, I kept it and hope to have a mommy and me mayple party one day!  

Flowers by Cheryl. Not only is she amazing at photography, she can arrange flowers better than any FTD I know!

The strawberries were a special delivery from Mont Belvieu, TX.  She volunteered to help and I signed her up!  My favorite cousin in Texas (even if she's my ONLY cousin, or relative for that matter, in Texas), Amanda  made them.

This little banner has made a birthday party debut for the last 3 years.  I made it for Lillian's first birthday party and it was a pinterest project turned EXPENSIVE!  After I made it, I kissed her little head and told her she would have to use it for every birthday party until she turned 16.  So far I've kept my promise!  

The decor wasn't the only group effort, the food was also a collaborative.  Lillian has some people that luuuuuv her!

Party Prep in action!  

In addition to the strawberries, I'll add this to the reasons I'm grateful to have a cousin in Texas.  Taylor and her sweet friend played an amazing Elsa and Anna for Lillian.  She was clearly thrilled when they walked out and she held their hand as they walked around at the party.  

She was beside herself to be in the presence of her favorite Disney Princesses.  

She loved them, and I don't think they minded too much either.  

The guys came to the girly party too, they just tried to lay low and eat more cake.  

We had a couple of extras in our family photo!  The more the merrier right?

No Elsa and Anna appearance is complete without a song!  Here the girls all sing, "Let it Go!"

Lillian was equally as happy to have Allie Gray AND her "Aunt Jamie" at her party.  I have a pretty good feeling I felt the same way about her when I was Lillian's age!

"Fairy Godmother" Miss Marie was never far behind her Lady Lillian making sure she was always safe and warm.  She has a very special place in ALL of our hearts!

Can't believe my baby is 3!  She'll always be my baby!

Aunt Tracie was the calm to my storm.  She always has been.  My best friend since I was 3.  

We all love how shy Allie Gray LOVES Uncle Jason.  They are a cute but unlikely pair!

I hope all her birthday wishes come true!  

Lots of Lillian's little princess friends came to help her celebrate.  Everyone received a flower crown specially made by Nana!  

The initiation of the maypole!

These two wanted to hold the same ribbon!  Precious!

Then someone tried to tie else to the steak.  She was a pretty good sport about it!

The afterparty at our house looked like this!  What better way to thank all the people who helped me put on such a great party for Lillian than to serve them 40lbs of crawfish!  
Believe it or not, we finished it off with no problem!

Until next years party!