Sunday, August 30, 2015

Austin's Park & Pizza

We had the opportunity to go to Austin's Park & Pizza for a birthday party and the kids had such a blast!  They played air hockey....


and rode the rides...



...and they had a lot of fun with Laser Tag.  It was like pulling teeth to get them to try it, but once they did, they couldn't get enough of it!  Chase tried it first and then Chloe was scared so I went in there with her.  She started crying as I got her into the vest and everything, but when I asked her if she was gonna quit she said no (through her tears).  She cried all the way up until her first shot, and then she laughed the rest of the way.

Mission accomplished.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to School

It's that time again!  Time to go back to school.

The kids love coming to my school, so they got to "help" me get my classroom/office ready:



They have it pretty good, having a theatre teacher mom, because I have fun props they can play with!  The "snakes and slugs" bin is their favorite:


I had a storage room to clean out, which was great fun:


Chloe started Kindergarten this year, so we got to go to her Kindergarten orientation...


And here are both of my babies on the first day of school (Chloe in Kindergarten, Chase in 3rd grade)!  It's the first time I have ever gotten the chance to take them.  Their dad has always done it in the past, so this was a treat!


When I picked them up from school I took them to dinner so they could tell me about their first day.  The results are in:


Happy School Daze!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Goodbye, Summer

We had a busy summer!  Here are just a few random photos of some of our fun.  Enjoy!

We swam...



Ate frozen yogurt (our favorite!)...


Played board games...



(And video games...)



Went to some local festival-y things...


(where they won crazy prizes)...



The kids went to a church camp through their dad's church and I got to see their final "show" (Chloe took art, Chase took soccer)...




Chloe made me lots of fun jewelry with paper and tape...


And by the end, we were pooped!


Time to go back to school!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Austin Mini Vacation

I took classes all summer, so we did not have much time for vacation.  I had one week with the kids to squeeze in some serious summer fun, so we took a "mini vacation" around the Austin area and downtown.

We went to the Hill Country Science Mill for some hands-on fun:






Then we went downtown, where we spent a bit of time at the hotel pool (of course!)...


And we saw the first half of "Hairspray" at Zilker Park (shame on Mom for getting there too late because we couldn't see a thing).  The kids were beat and frustrated so we had to leave at intermission...


I had to get a workout in, so I dragged the kids to the hotel gym with me, fully armed with electronics to occupy themselves... but they surprised me by exercising with me!  How fun!


It's a good thing we got all that exercise in, because then we went to the Ice Cream Festival:



And then we took a downtown boat tour.  It was HOT, but interesting, and the views of the city were beautiful!


In the end, we just love to get away.  Even though we didn't get all fancy and board a plane to an exotic destination, we had fun.  It's all about the time you spend together, anyway.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Round Rock Express Game

I took the kids to a Round Rock Express game and we had a lot of fun.  We got seats in the grass this time, with easy access to the kids area.  It was perfect.  It wasn't crowded at all so the kids had lots of room to lay around, run around, etc.



I was doing my best to explain the rules of the game, and toward the end Chloe was getting more into it.  She decided she would pray for our team to win:


Man, she is precious (if I do say so myself)!

Conversations with a 5-Year-Old: Mandarin Orange Battle

Today I had a battle with Chloe over mandarin oranges at lunch.  She kept trying to stall by engaging me in conversation, so I told her I wasn't going to talk to her again until her oranges were gone.  Shortly after that...
CHLOE: Mom? Mom? Mom. Mom. Mom. Mooooo-om. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom? Mom! 
MOM: Chloe, I'm not talking to you until your oranges are gone. 
CHLOE: But you just talked to me when you told me that. 
DONE.

For the record....  It took two hours but I WON.  HA!!

(OK, who is the child here??)