Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's the end of the summer as we know it

We all know that Texas is perpetual summer.  There are 4 seasons, slightly different that other places. There is almost summer, mid-summer, still summer and Christmas.
We wound up the end of Summer 2016 with pool visits with friends 3 days a week, a trip to the Shack and a Concert in the rain.

The Shack is a quirky burger joint in Cypress that boasts of their junkyard playground and eclectic burgers with fried eggs, plantains or cheetos on top to suit your fancy.  They had me at fried egg.

I was peer pressured into buying some Gwen Staffani lawn tickets way back in the spring (aka almost summer) and as the date drew closer, people started dropping like flies.  Well, I wasn't one to let me $20 groupon ticket go to waste so I was IN.  Girls night without the kids, how bad could it be?
BAD!  It was HOT because it was still Summer in Texas but it was also pouring down rain.  I wavered a few times but unlike Lauren below, I stood my (muddy) ground!  I have never in my life been so happy to have been wearing my rain boots.  My flip flop friends were slip sliding all over the place and some even ended up barefoot in this muck.  I suddenly knew what Woodstock felt like minus all the drugs and free love!

We made the best of it and it turned out kinda fun.  In a messy, desperate-for-a-shower kind of way!

Next up, we made a last ditch visit to the Science Museum.  We have been several times to the butterfly exhibit but never into the museum.  I found some discount combo tickets and it made it worth it!  

Lillian's best little friend Chloe and her family joined us.  They are so cute together.  

We are pretty sure this is one of Jackson's long lost relatives.  Don't you see the resemblance?

We headed off to meet the teacher mid August.  New lunchboxes all around and we were set.  Lillian thinks she's headed to school also.  Not so fast baby girl, you'll be home with me a few more years!

Jackson moved over to the big kids side of the school in 5th grade,  complete with his own locker! Lincoln ended up getting Jackson's 2nd grade teacher and he was thrilled to have the same one!   Lillian thought the locker was her personal playhouse with mini door.  

The first day came quickly and while no one said they were ready for summer to be over, I think it was a nice change for everyone!  Lillian was sad to see them go but she settled into having mommy to herself quite well!  She waves goodbye from the door and says "ugga muga" from Daniel Tiger.  She also waits for them to return each afternoon.  

One hot afternoon after school, Lillian joined the neighborhood kids in a fight with the water hose.   I'm not sure that the hose didn't win but it sure looked fun!

We potty trained this summer and Lillian is just getting the hang of going alone.  Sometimes it doesn't work out quite right.  But hey, at least she's tryin!

Is it just me or is it quite the oxymoron that this book is called "Princess Baby" yet the one who checked it out and ripped it into tiny pieces is anything but a princess?  She begged me to read this book in her bed.  It was her favorite.  So I was astonished to come in to get her from nap and see that she had destroyed the public library book.  There was no recovery from this princess baby, the book had to be replaced.  

Lillian learned to ride her scooter.  She's pretty good at it too.  And the fact that she looks adorable doing it is a major bonus!  
Cheers to a great summer's end!
Hello Fall (otherwise known as still-summer)!!!

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