Monday, April 25, 2011

Pam and Jason's Wedding

Thursday we loaded up the car and headed off to Austin to attend our friends' wedding.  Pam and Jason asked Eric, Scott and Sydney to be in the wedding so it was extra special.

We stayed at a ranch just outside of the town of Dripping Springs.  There was a lot of outdoor space and plenty of animal sightings.

Friday morning was rehearsal.

Saturday was the big day.  Cathy (Memaw) was able to join us this weekend to help out with the kids.  It was absolutely wonderful to have her help!!

About an hour before the wedding Sydney wanted to put her dress on so we did.  
About 20 minutes before we needed to leave she wanted to take it off so we did.

slightly scandalous...

When it was time to put it back on for the ceremony she fought, she cried, she did not want to put that dress back on.  It did go back on eventually and she became a happy little flower girl.
The rest was history.  It was a beautiful wedding and both kiddos made it down the aisle without me :o)

Monday, April 18, 2011

egg hunt

Sunday was the egg hunt.
The Easter Bunny was there.  He is much more lovable than Santa apparently.

And daddy was there!

They are in their position, waiting for the signal to go...

Sydney is gathering her game plan seconds before the sea of children swarm the field!

The hunt is on...

Will they find a ticket for a big prize?

They've collected quite a few and now it's time to see what's inside.

Sure enough, lucky little Sydney, had a winning ticket and lucky for her brother, had no interest in the prize so it was all his--even if it did seem a bit inappropriate for a 4-5 year old.  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

team pictures

The city decided not to arrange for team photos this t-ball season so our team took them ourselves after today's game.

2011 spring t-ball

giving a tiger roar

Thursday, April 14, 2011


From caterpillar...

to butterfly...

we watched them change.

Some of us kept a closer eye on them than others.  I made the mistake of leaving it out one night on the dining room table.  It so happened that that was the night they began to come out of their chrysalis and I can only imagine the fun jack had with them since the cage was found the next morning clear across the room.  Luckily no one was hurt.

What are the odds...
They hatch so quickly so we usually miss the butterflies emerging but today I happened to check on the last chrysalis right as the last butterfly started coming out AND had time to run and get my camera AND the picture is actually a great picture!

This is our last butterfly coming out of its chrysalis.

We released them later this afternoon and the cycle continues.

half a dozen eggs

It's that time of year again.
Time for...

I wanted to enjoy them a bit longer and the kids won't even eat eggs so we got rid of all the insides.

Sydney's thoughts...
Is this over yet?  Eggs sure are yucky.  I love the color pink!  I picked out my pink dress today. 
Who knows!

She finally did try but ended up sucking some of the egg into her mouth so she was done.

This is better!  Mommy does the work and I make a mess!

Instead of using an egg dying kit we used food coloring.  Did you know that on the back of the box it gives you the "recipe" to make all kinds of colors?!  I did not until today.

Monday, April 11, 2011

This post was inspired by recent events seen at Space Center Houston today.
Rad Rhonda, of Space Center Houston, demonstrated shooting a rocket using ingredients similar to baking soda and vinegar.  
I did not have the energy to re-create Rhonda's rocket but since we were grocery shopping on our way home I did throw a few extra large bottles of vinegar and 3 boxes of baking soda in the cart.  I sure missed shopping in bulk while in Russia!

Among the uses of vinegar on the back of the bottle is building a volcano...

Alrighty... since we already did all this in Russia I decided to put my recycled containers to good use in hopes of prolonging the excitement of this experiment.

Sydney patiently spooned her baking soda into her jar.

Scott rapidly went through each and every container.  He probably used half the bottle of vinegar while Sydney was patiently spooning her baking soda.

When Scott grew tired of the two ingredients he asked for salt and tried any and every combination of salt, water, vinegar and baking soda.  He said the salt just made it a bit spicy.  

Yay!  She's ready for the vinegar.  Here we go...

Clean up time!
Actually I asked Scott what he was doing and he said, "Making pork chops."

Now she dumps the entire box of baking soda!!