Brian did some awesome Photoshop to add himself into this pic. But we learned to maybe spread the kids out, cause it definitely looks like everyone loves me most!! Haha! Who’s the fun parent now?!!?!?
One of our bathrooms has been the only room I hate in our house. It’s needed new texture on the walls since we moved in…3 years ago. But I kept putting it off cause who wants to take that on??
The only before pics I could find were when we looked at the house before buying it (Beckham!!!!). The texture was cracking and peeling off, so it wasn’t just something a good coat of paint would fix either.
So I finally bit the bullet and took it on over the break. Here’s how I felt about this project:
Here’s what happened to the laundry when it was neglected because of this project:
It was every bit as horrible as I thought it was going to be, so I feel justified in my procrastination. But the end result I love!
Fixing this room also meant many trips to Home Depot. One trip the Bigs got to stay home, but Berkley’s just too
small unpredictable to be able to stay home yet, so she had to come. She brought her babies.
And she got to wear her footies. (Perks of being the youngest…I so would have made Becks put on clothes)
What happened between the picture above and this one??
For Christmas Berkley got a kick in the face AND stitches! She was one tough girl!
We spent a full 24 hours getting only yogurt in her and only via a medicine syringe!
But once she felt better, she played Doctor and gave her kids stitches!
We baked cookies, cause you have to over Christmas break!!
SP did Elf on the Shelf one day. She used her best Elf handwriting!
It says: Yay! Look me and my friends are in the white rectangle that is a mini North Pole” (the fridge!)
The day after Thanksgiving we realized we didn’t have Christmas tree anymore. I had made enough decisions and told Brian to pull the trigger on something. Three days later this came in the mail:
Brian’s mom got the kids this awesome swing for our front yard!!
And Sadie Piper got a significant hair chop!
Brian kept saying “Beckham!!” one day like he was about to have a serious talk with Becks. Poor Beckham would say “Yes….” and Brian would tell him “Oh, I’m just reading the back of your shirt.” This went on all day. It was their “thing.” Until one time Brian said “Beckham you moron!”…this threw Becks off as Brian tried to explain, he was indeed still just reading his shirt.
(Also, this story sounds like we are super mean to our kids and their childhood is a rough one. I promise they know our love language is messing with them!!)
Me and my little one were twinkies!
Nothing says small town like a town tree lighting! This is the third year they have done this event (we went every year but last year…it was like 15 degrees that year and we are from Texas, so we stayed home) and it’s grown every year!
This year they had these 3-D like glasses that when you wore them, make EVERY light bulb look either like a snowman or a Santa head, depending on which one you were wearing. I know the technology in my cell phone, microwave, computer, etc is amazing, but this was the coolest thing ever! How did they DO THAT???
Brian bought this solely because it had a red head on it. I bet her’s is real…
These two are buds. Beckham is really blossoming into the coolest big brother there is.
More crafts: today’s was a “Yoshi face”
These two call themselves the Littlests
This was quite the dilemma for me at the store. (So I bought both)
Brian’s desk working on a sermon. I felt like I wanted to make fun of him, but it’s not as cool when you are mocking someone for what? Too many bibles…? Yeah, no one mocks for that.
Three peas in a slide.
It’s very rare there isn’t something on our calendar on a Saturday morning. This week was one of those.
Then Brian remembered he’d seen it was Varsity Donut’s 5th birthday and they were celebrating…with a donut cake no less!
Varsity is one of our very favorite businesses for a lot of reasons:
Donut cakes are one of them!
They make hands down the best donuts ever.
They support the city (they give HUNDREDS of coupons to the library each summer for the summer reading program prizes just to name one)
They also know how to throw a party!
Sadie Piper hula hooping:
Beckham could do a few turns with the hula hoop on his waist, but his real talent is in doing it on his neck! Who knew!?
Did I mention they make the best donuts? And they were free today! Best. Day. Ever.
They had a CANDY CANNON!! It also shot some Varsity head bands which the girls will be sporting a ton!
Then, on this morning we had “nothing to do” we headed to the farmer’s market and got some roasted hatch chilis and homemade blueberry vanilla syrup.
On the way home we drove by City Park and Brian said, “there are horse rides right there…and the sign says ‘open to the public'”
Neither of the girls had ever been on a horse before. They both mentioned not feeling as steady as they imagined!
Then we headed home for real this time and made it back without any more unplanned stops!
Few places are more fun to spend the day than the Farm!!
Beckham spent most of the day looking for a turtle in the pond and his persistence paid off!
The 6 wheeler is always a hit!
Muddy feet are cool at the farm!
Buckle up SP!!
I don’t know if they have ever done sparklers before! Two out of three loved them!
Berkley still had an enormous dislike of fireworks. As in, they still make her break down and scream. So she makes sure she’s inside with Daisy long before they start!
But no worries, we are still in the Lone Star state!
Next stop: 8th Wonder Brewery in downtown Houston. You can see who was interested in this stop and who wasn’t…
Then on to Galveston for a few days at the beach!
Every day Beckham would fill this bucket up with hermit crabs, fish, anything the caught (and then let them all go at the end of the day!)
Got some good cousin time in with Violet!
Galveston isn’t the classiest; found this on the beach…
Spent an afternoon crab hunting!
This was a first for me, but Brian grew up doing it. You tie a chicken neck to a string…
Toss it into the water…
Wait for it…
Then lure the crab over this net and pull the net up!
Pretty gross, huh?
SP being patient
She’s a ham
Mimi and Boo
He’s my very favorite 10 year old!
Scott was multi-tasking by hunting crabs AND Pokemon
Then at night we hunted crabs again, but this time sand ones. Everyone else was using nets (every.one.) except Berkley. She’s fearless. She used her hands.
Boys went on a fishing expedition!
He caught a 5 foot fish that he had to throw back cause it was too big! (didn’t even know that was a thing!)
We ate this fish for dinner!
I asked Brian if this was posed…nope! He was pooped!
The Sno-Cones at the end would have been my favorite part!
Sea World are evil geniuses: they made a 7 day park ticket only $4 more than a one day ticket. So for $20 we spent a second day at their water park!
They had sting ray feeding!!
She hardly fit in her little tube!
The wave pool was their favorite part!
THEN we got to meet up with Lara and her fam!
AND the best part was the boys were both there. I don’t think they have seen each other since…maybe the summer of our weddings?
When we were looking for a hotel to get stay at together, our only requirements were a pool and free breakfast–to wear them all out and then fuel them up the next morning!
Sutton and Becks hit it off! He’s so good with the littler ones!
Why would the hot tub bubble??
After swimming, a little show watching, cause hotels are great for that! Kids again loved making new (old!) friends!
And I got to see this face in person, which is always a good day!
There’s a huge outlet mall in San Marcos on our way to the river in New Braunfels and we stopped in a few stores. Brian tried to convince me SP needed this:
But it was $60, so it stayed at the store!
Then he convinced me we needed gas from the Official Fuel of Nascar
More Mexican food!
Growing up in Texas, you are bound to have floated the river at least a few times. We “needed” our kids to have this experience for sure!
Girl caught this turtle with her hands, ALL BY HERSELF!
Berkley’s holding up another turtle!
Then, and this was a highlight of our trip by far, we went to my roommate Missy’s parent’s house, on the river.
Kids played Chicken Fights, for the first time in their lives!
Who knew 15 years ago God would bring us back together with so many extras this time!!
Love this girl! It was funny how we reverted back to our old roommate ways! When you live with someone I guess there are some things you never outgrow with them!
Where there’s a screen, there are kids.
Her sister and family were there too! So many great friends and our kids couldn’t have loved them more! Makes my heart so happy!
The Chick-fil-a was very loud this morning!
Tour of Texas continues with a trip to Sea World. We lived in San Antonio until I was 11, so we had season passes to Sea World (the first years it was opened, yikes I’m old!), but both Brian and the kids had never done anything like this before!
The first thing we rode was the biggest rollercoaster Brian’s going to get on…which was also the biggest our kids will get on too!
You can see the entirely of the ride (and it’s height, or lack of) in the background!
Everyone rode this log ride, but I thought Berkley was going to cry. She didn’t. But it was a close call!
Feet firmly on the ground was much more fun for our crowd!
Chillin’ with her homeys
They also loved this one!
Daredevils I tell you
And the carousel!
The shows were a huge hit, which is really why we went
On our way there SP said she’s never seen a real life dolphin and that she hoped to that day! Mission accomplished!
Aquarium had sharks for Becks and penguins for Berkley, everyone was happy!
The very last show we saw was Shamu.
I purposely haven’t watched Blackfish, I already feel for these whales. We told the kids this was a big deal, that they were the last generation to see killer whale shows. When I was their age all of the trainers were in the water, jumping, diving, touching. They are phasing out the “shows” totally this year apparently, so I’m glad we got to see them, but I think it’s the right move by SeaWorld. These creatures were AMAZING!
We stayed in Austin, but first ate at Hula Hut, a Mexican restaurant on Lake Austin. You can’t beat the atmosphere or views!
Then we headed to Congress Ave bridge to watch the bats come out at sunset. 1.5 million of them!
The river fills up with paddlers, boaters, swans, you name it!
Sweet Bat Man!
“Be a bat!”
Before we went I was doing research on it and couldn’t find any great pictures of the bats. After going I understand why. It’s not super easy to photograph little bats flying fast at dusk. Who knew?
SP struggled with me as we both tried to get pictures!
They looked like clouds!
We got to see a wicked sunset behind us too, win-win!
Day two, we got up and explored Austin a little. Who are we kidding, we were just looking for this:
I know who we are voting for!!
They REALLY love Willie in Austin. This was just a few blocks away.
Then visited Capital building.
The best part: This “Republic of Texas” seal was installed AFTER Texas was part of the US! Ha!
These are the door hinges!
They thought this chair was so fun!
Brian with his fav president of all time!
Climbed up this super cool tree, before seeing the “no climbing” sign. Oops. Sorry Texas.
We call them, “Bs.” They are cute.
Next stop: San Marcos and New Braunfels!
This was one of the things on our summer bucket list: ride the pedal cart down the sledding hills. (yep, Brian’s idea, not mine! The only part of the idea that was mine was “wear your helmet”)
Beckham volunteered to go first. I was impressed…cause let’s be honest, we aren’t exactly sure how this is going to go down.
This was the smallest hill…
It was slow enough for her to pose. So we moved to the middle sized hill.
This hill went a little faster:
Best picture of the entire day!
Her faces were awesome!!!
She made the same faces every time she went down!
But she made it!
Oh yeah, and just like sledding, you have to get the cart back UP the hill. Berkley was a non-contributing zero. Par for the course.
Beckham was yet again the first to try the straight down hill.
He did it!
Brian did the big hill
I would only do the middle hill. And I insisted on borrowing Boo’s helmet.
Brian was sore the next day. Best dad ever.
This looks like a Mario Kart picture!
They found the mud
Here’s the fun video Brian made: