Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend


What a busy weekend we had.  Jess and I started off in Elcampo with friends to watch a concert while the kids had a fun night with DEDE and Skipper.  Once we picked them up Saturday we headed to the Bay House and had a fun few days.  We made cookies, fish, swam, feed the seagulls, watched the dolphins, ran around, watched movies, and much much more.  I don’t think we stopped while down there, but then again we never do.  Nanny and PawPaw, Ramsey, Jon and Sara and their two boys, Trent and Landon were there to join us.  It is nice to get away from the big city every now and then and enjoy time with family away...

Once we got home Drake didn’t want the fun to end so we blew up the pool and the fun began.  We did splash bombs and grilled hamburgers and just hung out as a family in the backyard the rest of the day. It was a wonderful memorial day weekend.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Drake's Pre-K Graduation

Our first born has graduated from Pre-Kindergarten with the blink of an eye.  I have felt so many different emotions, from sadness seeing Drake not need us as much, to excitement of what the future holds for him.  Watching him grow and learn from his school and us has been amazing.  He is like a sponge soaking it all in, and he doesn’t forget a thing.  I remember in Pre-School learning nursery rhymes and counting to ten, but the things these children learn at a early age blow me away.  Drake knows all his letter, sounds, and counts and counts and keeps counting.  He has learned the days of the week, months of the year.  He sounds out words to write and uses sounds to read.  He loves books, I guess he gets that from me since I have a love to read.  But he is your typical boy with his constant wanting to hunt, fish, and catch frogs with dad.  He is gentle, but strong when needs to be, and loving but yet demanding.  Drake has made us into proud parents, smiling all the time at everything he does.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sea World Get A Way!!


May 8th-11th we spent our time at San Antonio, between the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Sea World.  Jess’s brother Jon, wife Sara, and their two sons Trent and Landon, also joined us.  We had a great time and relaxed as much as we could with 4 wild boys at our side.  It is amazing seeing life through the eyes of our children.  Just to hear the screams of excitement as they would see the animals up close and personal.  It was well worth the end of the day tantrums that happen occasionally.  We had taken advantage of the dine with Shamu program while we were there.  The whales swam around right next to us while we dined on, not the best food, but heck what do you expect at a park.  The whales allowed us to take some awesome pictures while there trainers worked with them on doing different tricks, I think that for me was my highlight.  I think my husband’s and sons favorite part was feeding the dolphins.  Ever year I feel like we shell out a ton of money for a few buckets of fish, but I guess it comes to show the things we do for our kids.  The boys went nuts when the dolphins swam up to get the fish, and Drake even  got to touch his nose a few times.  


This year we even tried out the Lost Lagoon at Sea World.  The second day at Sea World we threw on our suits and headed down to the water area.  It was fun, but I think I expected a little more for the younger age kids.  Drake loved it, but he is at the age where he can do so much,  but Carter spent a lot of time fussing and ended up falling asleep in the stroller.  After two hours there and a happy 5 year old we called it the end of Sea World and headed back to the hotel to spend our last afternoon there.

Hyatt Hill Country was wonderful as it was last year.  They just let this resort be very child friendly.  Children running every where and tons to do for the kids.  Drake rode the bikes that they have to share, and we got time at the playground.  But mostly the kids loved the lazy river.  We floated and floated and FLOATED the river.  Drake would get his own tube, and Carter would sit with one of us and he was happy as ever.  When they got tired of that, which didn’t happen often, they would play in the man made beach.  That worked well, Jess and I would grab an adult beverage and watch the kids make sand castle..  AWESOME!!!  

Sunday we left for home with a few tears from our oldest child who was begging for just one more night.  But time to head home and back to the real world.  I am already looking forward to next year again at the resort, but it might be a tad bit better, because I promise you that Sara, my sister in law, and I will be at the spa.  PARADISE!