Wednesday, October 11, 2017

South Padre Mini Vacation

Man we needed this vacation so bad. I was looking forward to it for so long and it lived up to everything I thought it would be. The greatest thing about going to South Padre is that we had no agenda and got to just enjoy the beach and relax the whole time. It was so much fun having Mom and Dad with us and they helped with the kids SO MUCH. We all had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back again! Since it's only 5 hours away, we might have to make this a yearly tradition.
April holding on tight to Grampi in the waves.
 Jamie and Ben building a sandcastle for "Beautiful Pink" the duck. I tell Ben he looks like a Sea World trainer in his rash guard. I love it! It keeps him from getting horribly sunburned and it looks great on him. I made sure to get all the kids rash guards before we left for the beach. 
 Me holding Ryan. His favorite place to be is in my arms. ALL THE TIME. That boy is super attached. He wasn't sure what to make of the crashing waves at first.
 Once he was able to start playing with sand, he was all about the beach. The girls loved playing in the sand.
 Ryan tried eating sand and then realized it was pretty gross. He loved those little play shovels though. The first day we were at the beach there were tons of jellyfish, so we didn't get in the water a whole lot. Ben was the only one who got stung, but he said it didn't hurt any worse than an ant bite.
 Mom with Ryan and April. The Air BnB we stayed at had beach chairs and this awesome beach umbrella that we were free to use. It was amazing!
 April enjoying her apple.
 Everyone relaxing in the Air BnB house. Jamie is showing Grami how well she can read.

 Ryan doing his favorite thing again.
 The place we stayed at was super roomy, and only a 3 minute walk to the beach. Perfect location and we loved that it had 2 beds and 2 bathrooms.

 The second day we explored Port Isabel a little bit, which is about 20 mins from SPI. We went to this cool sea life place where you could look at the fish and animals.
 The tortoise Domino walks freely around the Sea Life center, and kept trying to walk underneath our stroller.
 April said, "That sign says, "April's Dolphin!" It actually said, "Out of Order", but why not?
 The Sea Life Center had this super cute photo area where you could dress up in mermaid outfits. The girls loved it! What little girl doesn't want to wear a fin?
 Ryan chilling with Daddy.
 He was not a huge fan of the dolphin.
 Grampi and Ryan.
 Right outside the center is this place called, "Pirate's Island" where you can go to eat and also do some fishing along the dock. Jamie was all about taking pics with these scallywags!

 Mom got in on the action too.
 Dad and Mom enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.

 Ryan eating again.
 Me and April hanging out. She is becoming more affectionate than she used to be.
 The view from where we were.
 This one probably won't make the wall, but it was worth a shot!
 Mom was so awesome the second day and watched Ryan for us so that me and Ben could focus on the girls at the beach. The next day we didn't see any jellyfish, and the water was perfect for swimming.

 See how I managed to sneak in a pic of both swimsuits I own? Yeah, I did!
 Mom and Dad watched the kids for us on our last evening there so that we could go out on a date. We went to this place called, "The Painted Marlin" where we enjoyed shrimp and fish tacos and got to watch the sunset. It was truly gorgeous and the pictures don't do it justice. We had such a nice relaxing time and were so grateful to Mom and Dad for taking care of the kids for a little while.

Adios, South Padre! Until we meet again!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jamie's First Few Weeks in Kindergarten!

Jamie started Kindergarten! She has had a great first few weeks of school. They started a day late on August 29th because of the bad weather due to Hurricane Harvey. I took the typical "First Day of School" pic and then Jamie wanted to make it an everyday thing. So now we have pictures from the 1st-7th day of school! Hahaha. I convinced her that it was making us run late in the morning, so she finally agreed we didn't have to take them anymore. Hahaha. That girl is so determined and knows what she wants. Her Kindergarten teacher this year is Mrs. Moore. Jamie loves her and is really enjoying school so far. I got choked up on the first day, but Jamie just waved at me and was like, "Bye, Mom!"
So excited for her first day of school!

 Sitting in her classroom on the first day of school.
 Cute and ready for the second day of school.
 Sassy and stylish for the third day of school.
 Posing in our front yard for the fourth day of school.
 Excited and ready for the 5th day of school.
 Happy for the 6th day of school.
 7th Day of School!
 The second week of school Jamie was having a hard time listening to her teacher, so Mom watched April and Ryan for me. I brought DQ for Jamie and she and I had lunch in her school cafeteria. Please excuse the no-makeup and frizzy hair look. School starts early in the morning, ok? I love this girl and I am so proud of her for doing so well and making friends.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ryan's Birthday and Jamie's Birthday and Everything in Between

Our little man Ryan turned one year old in July! Since we were traveling back from Grant and Hailey's wedding on his actual birthday, the flight attendants on our Southwest Airlines flight let Ryan sit in the cockpit with the Captain! That was super cool. I think I enjoyed it even more then Ryan did.

When we got back home the next day we did the whole cake-and-presents thing. Ryan loved his cake. But to be honest, there's really no food this kid doesn't devour in two seconds!
 Grami and Grampi Garcia got Ryan a basketball, football, and soccer ball. He hasn't played with anything else in an entire month! He loves carrying them all around the house.

 Eating cake. 'Nuff said.

Our boy sure loves to share! Hahaha.
Ben finished the kid's playscape! They love it and play on it all the time when it's not 150 degrees outside.
Jamie finished her swim lessons! She did two weeks through the city with one of her friends from our mom Meetup group. She is much more confident in the water now and likes trying to swim without her floaties.
 Jamie with her swim lesson teacher, Mr. Spencer.
 We went on a super fun day trip to Mansfield Dam out on Lake Travis. We got there nice and early so we got a great picnic table spot to put all our stuff on. Ryan LOVES being outside.
 April ready to swim.
 Enjoying the beachy part of the lake.

For playgroup on Jamie's actual birthday, we went to New Braunfels to the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo. You get to go up close to the animals and they also have roaming chickens and peacocks. The kids loved it!
 April enjoyed looking at the jaguars.
 Here is the adorable Fennec Fox that the kids got to pet.

 They had a petting zoo with sheep and goats and pigs, and those animals were CRAZY!! They loved their food.

 Jamie enjoyed chasing the baby chicks around and holding them. 
 Jamie with her friend Annabelle.

Touching the huge python. This is about as close as I got.

Jamie was a very lucky girl this year, because not only did she get to go to the zoo on her actual birthday, but then she had an amazing Birthday party two days afterwards with tons of friends and family! We played backyard water games and ate watermelon, pizza, and cake. The kids had such a fun time!
 The colorful cupcakes Grami Garcia made for the party.
 The cake! Grami made this one too.
 I got a slip n' slide from WalMart for under $10. Totally worth it! Took the kids a little while to figure it out.

 April enjoying the kiddie pool.
 Ryan loved being a part of the action.


This was the biggest hit of the party. I put a sprinkler on the slide and then a tarp at the end and the kids took turns going down. Jamie wouldn't because she said, "I'm terrified!" But a lot of the other kids did!

 Playing Duck-Duck-Goose with water.

 I think we had about 20 kids total. I told them to eat their watermelon and pizza outside on the tarp. Totally cut down on the mess!
 The chaos with everyone inside.

 This is Ryan after two slices of pizza, countless grapes, and a cupcake.
 Getting the candles lit!
 Happy Birthday to Jamie! Can't believe she's 5 years old!

 Opening presents.

It was the BIGGEST, LOUDEST, CRAZIEST party ever!! So much fun.