Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter!


Happy Easter! I tell ya.... I don't know how the Easter Bunny does it. It must be so stressful to tip-toe around the house, praying the kids don't wake up to discover you stuffing their baskets and hiding all the eggs.  And it's amazing when he hid the eggs outside in the pitch black he didn't step on the gigantic fire ant hill that he perched an egg on top of (that was fun to retrieve this morning, let me tell you)!

In preparation for his arrival, the kids colored eggs:


Chase left him a nice note with instructions to recycle all our plastic eggs from last year:


This morning Chase burst into my room at 5:30 am (!!), excited because he woke up to find an egg in his room.  He was ready to go, but I was thankful to be able to say, "Well, we have to wait until Chloe wakes up...." and told him to crawl into bed with me and cuddle until then.  I don't think he even laid down.  Every little noise coming from Chloe's room he had to shake me and say, "What was that?!?"  Chloe slept until about 6:30 and they were finally able to check out the treats the Easter Bunny left:


After examining their loot...


 ...we went on a hunt!


They got so much candy that Chase decided we needed to sort it all out into baggies.  It was a proud moment for this OCD mama!


We then had to wait for about an hour and a half until it was light enough for us to go outside and hunt for the eggs they colored:


Chase's shirt is totally on backwards.  I pointed it out to him and he didn't care.  I guess he isn't that OCD!  Ha ha!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter morning!  More pictures are in our Photo Album if you're interested!

 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Conversations With a 2-Year-Old: What's Your Name?

Chloe climbed into bed with me this morning, wanting to chat.

Chloe: Mommy, what's your name?
Me: Mommy.  What's your name?
Chloe: Chloe.
Me: What's Chase's name?
Chloe: Brother.
Me: What's your daddy's name?
Chloe: Roy.

For the record, I don't know anyone named Roy.  I swear!

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Harker Heights Easter Egg "Hunt"

Today I took the kids to the Harker Heights Easter Egg "Hunt." It was more like an Easter Egg Dash.  The kids were really excited, though.  We got there early because we have learned from past experience if you aren't ready to go right at the start time, you will get no eggs.  Here they are, ready to go (before the eggs were even put on the baseball field):


We lined up along the grass and waited patiently (ha!) for them to say "go."


Chase got into his sprinting "start position" and Chloe quickly followed suit:


Now, when we got there we found different fields for different ages, and strict instructions that there were to be no children older or younger than those ages on the fields.  I'm sorry.... Call me overprotective but I did not feel comfortable setting my son free on the "6/7/8-year-old" field while I went with Chloe to the "3 & under" field on the other side.  So I compromised and took them both to the "4/5-year-old" field.  On that field the parents were instructed to stay on the sides, so I told Chase he was in charge of taking care of his little sister.  Well, let's just see how THAT panned out, shall we?  Click on the thumbnail to view the video:

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The "hunt" was over in about 2 minutes (tops).  Here is the "after" pic.  Notice the difference in their baskets.  Thank goodness Chloe didn't seem to notice (or mind):


In one of Chase's eggs he discovered a ticket saying he had won a special prize!  It was pretty cool, and he was super excited:


He is sleeping with his pirate sword tonight.  Ha ha!

More pics are in our Photo Album if you're interested!

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Break Mini Vaca!


I had the kids for the first half of Spring Break this year, and we decided to take a mini vacation to Bastrop, a little town east of Austin.

Because kids always have the best timing, Chloe threw up twice right before bed the night before we were supposed to leave.  We ended up postponing our trip the next day until I felt confident she could handle the car ride without throwing up.  We got to the hotel later in the day and spent a lot of time like this:


We did get a little swimming in that night but that was about it.

The next day she seemed to be doing a little better so we headed out and played some mini golf:


Chloe cheered right up when she saw the merry-go-round (her favorite)!


Then they played in the arcade for a bit:


For dinner that night I took them out (which I never do!) and it was a good time.  The restaurant had a really cool atmosphere.  We were able to sit outside, which was really nice.


After dinner we ventured down to the "Beer Garden" area that had these amazingly awesome crooked playhouses for kids:


There were two, and the kids decided they each "owned" one.  This was Chloe's house...


...and this was Chase's:


They had fun inviting me over to their houses to play.  I totally want one of these in my backyard!


There was also a cool stage area that I'm sure they use for entertainment on the weekends, etc:


Chase had fun pretending the silver post was a microphone, so I had to jump in.  Chase didn't hold the camera steady for any of the photos, but you can still see well enough to know that Chloe had a great time imitating my rock star moves!


The next day we chilled at the pool some more in the morning:



And then we headed out, stopping at a local "zoo" on the way.  When I pulled up I just started laughing and I knew we were in for an adventure.  This was what we pulled up to:


Chase favorite exhibit was the guinea pigs.  Yes, the guinea pigs.  At the zoo.


And Chloe's favorite were the goats.  I guess they don't really care what the animals are, as long as they can feed them!


They had peacocks just roaming around, which kind of freaked me out.  I mean, they were beautiful and all, but aren't peacocks supposed to be mean?


We had a nice little getaway, and the kids were pooped afterward.  When I pulled into the driveway and turned around, this is what I found:


I ended up pulling back out of the driveway and just driving around town for the next 45 minutes because I didn't want to wake them up!

Spring Break is now over (tear...) and it's back to work!  Hope the rest of you enjoyed your breaks (for those who are lucky enough to get them)!

P.S. More pics are in our Photo Album if you're interested!