Photos of E’s first haircut. It was so fun. We picked up some goodies beforehand at an awesome new bakery to complete our date. She had a wonderful morning, although the trim she got is barely perceptible. She has some new side-swept bangs and is about 1.75” shorter. We were just too nervous to cut off much! I’ll be braver next time.

We had some special friends in town recently and I’m so happy to say that even though it’s often several months between visits these kids seem to always pick up where they left off. They weren’t able to stay over that night but we did a pretend bedtime anyway.

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I scrolled down past my new blog post and realized I never posted about the Omaha zoo. I guess I’ve needed these past few months to really collect my thoughts about it. No, but it was a magical place and they really went the distance to make the habitats realistic and interactive. And we just so happen to have the young man featured in these pictures coming to visit us this weekend.

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So it was pretty rainy and chilly the day we went so we went straight to the desert habitat which was in this awesome, warm albeit stinky dome. The inside was just a maze of desert-y plants and animals with waterfalls and even ponds you could walk straight up to. I loved how they made a cool place and it was up to you to keep your dang crazy kids from jumping in. There weren’t guard rails everywhere bustin’ up your view.

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Love Pops’s Superman hat. This was a very blue and red day.

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This is what I’m talking about here. This is a bridge they let kids walk on as a shortcut from one part of the path to the other with probably a 20’ high drop down below. A super fun detail.

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Don’t usually see bats unless it’s through a window. Not here though.

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As I said it was pretty chilly that day so we tried to shuttle from building to building, one of which was their aquarium.

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It was awesome. Then E had a huge tantrum in the gift shop. DAMMIT! exhale. But I forgot to mention, thanks to my dad’s zoo tip we got in for half price with our Houston Zoo membership. Did you know most zoos are friends and reward you for being a member somewhere else? I didn’t. So, thanks Dad!

We had the pleasure of accompanying some friends to their lake house last weekend and it was a blast. The house is on Lake Livingston which is a perfect 1.5 hours from Houston. It was a wonderful getaway.

This view was right out of our window. Gorge.

We were ALL on vacation so there was a movie running pretty much the whole time. They had some serious classics like Follow That Bird and The Jetsons Movie. Who could resist?

These little girls won’t be in the same class next year. Sad.

We made the trip downhill to the lake many times. With the little ones shorter bursts were better. E loved it and could have swum all day. Little A gets strange and fussy every time we get in the water - any water, pools, lakes, water parks. Sometimes she just wants to float without being touched and then sometimes she’s fussing while she’s floating so you try to hold her and it gets worse. Sooo she spent a good deal of time on the dock eating snacks.

After a strong effort by the dads, the waver runner was up and running and then E’s day REALLY took off. She went out with Dad several times and then I joined them and then I took her out just the two of us. She looooved it. Raising a real thrill-seeker here.

Going back up for a little break. So many little ones.

This is what these kids looked like just about a year ago. Cute! (I have about 10 photos in that Halloween series and seriously this is the best one. Just too many variables.)

So to all those requesting a new blog post, this is what we’re looking like now. Well, Little A doesn’t always look like THAT.

Then some rain swept in but never made it to our side of the lake. That view just never disappoints.

After dinner and the kids’ bedtime all the rain cleared up and the dads hit some balls, we played a raucous game of pictionary, and then later pulled out a telescope to check out the super moon and burned our retinas.

Never a dull moment! Thanks so much, F Family!!

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Welp, it happened again. The kids were sick on our family trip. No, I’m serious. They were totally sick for our family trip to Omaha. The sickness definitely waged its war but we succeeded in the end because we still had a really great time.

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There is so much anxiety in this moment of waiting for the plane to take off.

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So with two feverish small children we spent the first several days keeping close to the house. That gets old real quick when the weather is blue skies and soft green grass in the 70s.

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E learned the art of thumb war.

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By the time Saturday rolled around we were able to get dressed up to celebrate the graduation.

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It’s always good to get some cousin time. By the time we had to go our different ways E was in hysterics. She had a total melt down.

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After a huge Italian lunch and lots of party prep it was time to tap the keg

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and play several raucous games of horse. Such a great time.

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Yay for family togetherness! Baby A’s sickness was starting to let up a little but as you can see below she was still a little clingy.

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Then we went to the ZOO! Best zoo ever. Post to follow.

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We had some special visitors a couple of weekends ago…and I think I got some pretty cute pictures of it.

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The jasmine here in April is amazing. The neighborhood is covered with it and it wafts through the air with every breeze. Uh-may-zing.image

I bought this linen canopy to take the place of the blasted fiddle leaf fig tree that I can’t keep alive. Visually, we needed some height in that corner (plus some whimsy) but it turns out to be the best little photo booth.

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Such great filtered light.

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Unless you’re on the outside!

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Let’s see if we can cram Grammie in there.

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We hit up our fave spot, TopGolf. If you have one in your city you should go.

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Just one little freckle on her nose.

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Thanks for visiting, Grammie and Boppa!

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I’ve got a whole lot to catch up on here. A couple of weeks ago we went to the beach to frolic. Of course we had to pack up the whole trunk to have all that is needed to frolic.

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The week had been beautiful and warm but that Saturday turned out to be cloudy and mid 70s. Perfect for any OTHER type of activity that we might usually be doing. So the water was pretty cool and the sun couldn’t warm us up.image

We got to pull out one of E’s birthday party kites.

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Such a fun, pink kite!

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My girls.

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She needed to get wrapped up a couple of times to warm up and recharge with goldfish.

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Sandy baby fingers and sea shells.

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This was her first very own juice box and she loooved it. After slurping on it for quite a while I tried to take it away and she cried.

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Reminds me when we first moved to Houston with this little one. They are about the same age here. E is a couple of months younger below.

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And now she looks like this. HA! Weeeiiirrd.

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Our darling A.

E’s Birthday

I’ve tried to write this post for weeks but it’s just such a bummer I haven’t gotten very far. E had her 4th birthday a couple of weeks ago and it was very eventful. image

Her actual birthday was on a Sunday so we celebrated with our little family on Sunday and then she had her party with friends on Monday. I set up a little booby trap for her room so she could wake up to a surprise (this has been on pinterest for years, I’m not inventing the wheel here).

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She immediately opened her presents and then we had breakfast.

imageRight after this picture she had a HUGE meltdown because it’s her birthday and she can put as much snow on her french toast as she wants!! So I was preetttyy freakin annoyed to continue giving her anything at all. The plan was to go pick out a bike later but I was ready for her to spend the rest of the day in her room.

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But we were able to turn it around and E got her first manicure.

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After I did her finger and toe nails she did my nails. She did all one color on one hand but that got boring so the other hand had three colors

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Here she is picking out her bike. We were able to steer her towards the bike we wanted for her but making it seem like her idea. Win win.

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So we ended up having a really good day on Sunday. Then for her party…imageHer kite party started off super fun. The friends started showing up and snacks were had. There wasn’t a whole lot of wind but the adults were having fun trying to get the kites up. There is a gazebo next to a grassy field and a big playground so our party was spread out according to what people wanted to do. I was sticking around the gazebo because it seemed like party headquarters and then about an hour into the party I heard people frantically calling my name and I looked over to see E walking away from the playground crying mama with blood streaming down her face. {shudder}. She fell off the see saw and had a gash on her forehead and a scratch under her eye.

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So a friend drove this frazzled mama and E to a nearby emergency center while we left the whole party and Baby A at the park. Instead of picking up the cake Dad was rerouted to the ER. She was glued up and was ready to go right around when everybody left the park so we had a couple of friends come back to our house to share in this huge, adorable cake.image

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I used some trick candles which were a pretty big hit with this age group. Especially when it’s going to be so long before she gets to blow out candles again!

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So, we’ll have a mark right in the middle of her forehead from her fourth birthday forever and always. Ugghhh… Luckily Dad got her a Cubs hat from his work trip to Chicago so we’re trading off between that and bandaids whenever we go outside plus slathering with lots of Mederma. yay. And I say that with the least amount of enthusiasm possible.

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