Monday, April 30, 2012

Country Living Fair in Austin!

This past Thursday, Noonie, the littles and I headed to Austin to check out the inaugural year of the Country Living Fair in Austin.
I have to give an honest report and say we were a bit disappointed. The prices were rather high and we just didn't find too many fun treasures. Everyone we talked to said the same thing. But we had a great weekend nonetheless.

We've been trying to eat healthier but on the way down there it seemed like it was a junk food fest!
First stop...Dairy Queen, where Hudson picked out these funny goggles as his kids' pack prize (Yes, they actually let him pick!! That was new for me but maybe it's that way at DQ all the time??).
A certain little miss threw one cRazY fit over eating her steak fingers. Noonie ended up trading her her chicken sandwich (Grandparents!!...she would have never done that when I was little!!!) but the tears still continued. Oh my, what am I going to do when she's a teenager??!
When we arrived at the hotel, the littles were ecstatic. Seriously, my littles are ObsEsSEd with luggage carts. Elevator buttons too - HA!
Yes, that is a bottle of OxyClean in the background...I'm slightly obsessed with it and can't seem to travel without it - Ha Ha!
{Sorry for the blurry Canon is on the fritz again and I had to borrow Noonie's point-n-shoot...I think it may be time for Canon and I to split up for good.}
Thurday night we ended up eating at this Italian restaurant...
The decor was a bit out there but the littles liked the food.  Hudson ate the biggest bowl of mac-n-cheese EVER! 

Friday we were up early for the fair.  We stood in line for 45 min to get in {soooooo windy!}...
But even though we had weekend passes, we walked the entire market in just 2 hours - boo!
The little pumpkin was the most excited because she found a sweet dress for her American Girl doll made out of vintage linens...
There were some fun booths there, like this tepee...
The little pumpkin made friends with some of the sweet vendors...
I don't think the littles have ever seen a camper. They were in awe of all the girly ones we saw there...
This pink one was the little pumpkin's favorite.  She said she wanted one in our backyard ;)
So after checking out all the booths...
...we stumbled upon the animals!
The littles LOVED this part of the fair!
We met the cutest little calf!!
Meet Colorado...he's only 4 months old.
And then, there was Speck...he was not too friendly.
And that was it, our Country Living Austin experience...
Of course we had to stop by IKEA...
More and more treats...
And even a stop at Waffle House!! Whaaaat??! I don't think I've been to a Waffle House since 1990!
Love this sweet pic of Hudson hugging Noonie...when either Mimi or Noonie are around, he is all about his grandmas!
And that was our weekend in a nutshell. I ended up finding some fun fabrics and trims while we were shopping in Dallas (yay!) but the only thing I bought at the Country Living Fair was a $12 bright yellow throw with orange pom poms (think 70s!) that I can't wait to use for a halloween tablescape this Fall. Noonie found a vintage sock mender and that was it. We left longing for {here}.
But hey, at least the little pumpkin is super duper excited about Emily's new dress!! *wink*

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hudson's first swimming lesson!

A week ago yesterday, Hudson had his very first swimming lesson...he looks so little here to sweet baby boy!
Not too sure about this whole floating thing...
But the "island"...he LOVED the island!
Don't let me go, okay?!
But when she said, "let's kick", he was ALL smiles!
There's that island again...and this time rInGS!
He sure tried out a lot of different equipment in that 1/2 hour lesson...
Not too sure at first...
But by the time he made it to the side and practiced "elbow, elbow, tummy, knee" he was smiling and ready to go back in!
Last stop...the slide!
Yay for a great first lesson!!  He loved it.  I think I have a water baby on my hands ;)
The little pumpkin started back too...she was super excited!
Noonie and Papa J came to watch the littles. These two had some very serious conversations while Hudson swam...
Love the bond between these two.
Thank you Noonie and Papa J for coming to watch the littles! Noonie, the littles love their swimming lessons...thank you!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

up, and uP, and UP!

No bangs and all of a sudden she looks all grown-up! *tear*
I think she's recently had a major growth spurt. For the longest time she's been in a 4T, hence why we haven't had as many resells {oh yeah, that and I can't seem to carve the time to go through the boxes of 3T and smaller clothes she's outgrown...but I have that as a goal for this summer!} In the past year and a half, I think she's only gained 1-2 lbs. but she just keeps going up, and uP, and UP! It's like all of a sudden she's all legs!
And by the way the little pumpkin is striking her own Wonder Woman pose in that picture.  Yes, she's into superheroes...girl superheroes ;)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

He's got the whole world in his hands...

Sometimes we all need a reminder, don't we?
Pictures taken at church on Sunday, April 22nd, right after the Children's Live Rosary...Grace's first time to pray the rosary.
It was dedicated to someone we love very, very much.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,according to his power that is at work within us. ~Ephesians 3:20