Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watcing you. --Robert Fulghum
A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss

Monday, August 19, 2013

Last days of summer, first day of school

We cleaned, we played, we swam.  I don't want summer to be over, but today, it is.  Here were our last days of summer.  Here is Whit's new ride.

 I had a groupon for Jumpstreet, kids had fun.  Whit really wanted to ride that bull..... AG has the big Neon bow, we went back to jumpstreet for a back to school party.  The kids got t-shirts and they signed their shirts.  She had a blast.

 Meet Diedie and beep beep.  Lightening McQueen is Diedie and any other cars are beep beeps.  The obession is soo big none of the other kids ever came this close to being so obessesed with something.  Nonstop begging to see pictures or the movie.  The girls put pictures on their phone and run a slide show for him.  It's hilarious.  I can't even write this without him screaming, he sees what he wants!  Whit is either holding cars, arranging cars, playing with cars stickers or sleeping with multiple cars.  The first thing he says when he wakes up is, die die.  It's kind of scary.

 Lexi plays with her food. 

 Ainsley Grace decided she wants to start riding in a carseat again.

The dogs are unimpressed with all the activity.

Lexi went to the lake with her friends and she got up on water skis and the wake board!  She had soooo much fun!

Dallas got some awesome rain and beautiful weather for August.  Here are the kids playing in the rain... They got itchty so it only lasted about 30 minutes. Ha.

Here is sweet lulu.  She did such a good job at school last year we rewarded her with a dinner at Simply Fondue and gave her $20.  She was hap-pay, hap-pay, hap-pay.  Here are her hyrogliphics on teh side walk, too.

Brother Love.

Loud kids at the doctors office. And Ainsley Grace pulled these old cheap sunglasses out of the trash and gave them new life.

 We were driving one day and I saw a semi being towed.  I asked the kids, "I wonder why that semi is on the highway driving backwards?!"  They were freaking out!  Could not figure it out.  Was so funny.

Before school let out for summer, the kids wanted a day where we went to the KCPool when it opened and left when it closed.  I put it off as long as I could but last Friday was the big day.  I didn't get many pictures, but they were there from 10am to 10pm.  They had a total blast.  Turned out fun.  Thank goodness Stan relieved me about 7:30!


Well, summer is over now.  Officially over as of this morning.  It just snuck up on us, I don't know how it goes so fast.  Bye little babies, I love you.  Here is to a wonderful 2nd, 4th and 6th grade year.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New York City, beautiful girls, beautiful sweets and a beautiful trip

Our tradition of a one on one mommy trip for their 10th birthday has just turned out to be even more special than we could have imagined it. It's adventurous, it's fun, we learn and we are together....  We make such memories.  Here is AG on her first subway ride.  She didn't want to sit, she wanted to stand and hang on.

The first thing we do when we arrive is visit Rockefeller Center and visit the Top of the Rock.  Views are unbelievable.

 Here we are with our sweet friends. Top of the Rock, check.

Nadine picked us up in style AGAIN from the airport and whisked us to our apartment.  We went straight to mid-town and while we were at the top of the rock, she snagged great seats for us to sit and relax in front of the statue.  You will see on TV people ice skating here in the winter in front of the tree.

 I love this girl. 

After Rockefeller plaza we ran off to go see AG's first Broadway show, Wicked!  INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE show.  I'm still thinking about it.  So good.  But before we made it there, we stopped to visit the other Statue of Liberty.

Off to the Statue Of Liberty.  She is so breathtaking. Here are 3 of the most beautiful girls ever. 

After the SOL, we were blessed to be able to go see the 911 Memorial.  There are no words.  Everyone must visit this one day.  The rose signifies someones birthday. 

Later that day we were off to Little Italy to eat at the country's first Pizzeria, then to Beer Garden with awesome views of the Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Great day.

 That day ended on a gross note for me though.  Behold Tartar.  I have no words for this either.

Every subway stop has this beautiful tile work for each stop.  I love it.

The next day, off to arguably the kids favorite day.  We saw an amazing installation at the Guggenheim, stopped by the Met to see my sweet college friends, went to Dylan's Candy Bar and had Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity.  YUM.

 After all of that excitement, off to our second show.  Stomp.  Now I totally get why this show has been running for 20 years.  FANTASTIC!  The girls met two of the performers and got their autograph.  Soo special. 

Thank you New York City for giving us such a fun place to explore.  And thanks soo much to our dear friends who let us move into their apartment while they are gone for the summer.  And thanks to our friends for going with us and being fantastic travel partners.  See you in 3 years NYC!  P.S. Daddy held down the fort quite well.  Thank you Mumsie and Grandaddy for coming and helping too.