Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Father's Day

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On the actual DAY of Father's Day, we gave S some presents, and spent time with him. It was a lovely, lovely day. LM and I went to pick out some paper to wrap his gift in, and LM chose that lovely red paper with animals on it for his Daddy. So cute.

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LM was so excited about giving the presents to Daddy.

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He carried the smaller ones in from the other room.
The big one - he devised a delivery system.

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Then he "helped" Daddy unwrap them.

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One gift - matching "BIZ" shirts.
S was very excited to have met Biz at the Yo Gabba Gabba show in March.
I might have forgotten to blog about that...

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He also received a couple of pizza gadgets, even though he's trying to be gluten free.
He still likes making pizza, so there you go.

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Then, on to the big gift.

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A sno-cone maker!

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The boys put it to use on Father's Day - twice. 

They also made one of LM's Kiwi crafts together:

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And, we took Daddy out to brunch at one of his favorite spots - Ozona. After naptime, LM and S spent some quality time together at the park while I went to work for a concert. It was a great family day, and we loved spoiling S. 

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See you soon.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Roughriders

We are set to head out to Colorado again this year, for a few days working in the mountains with my work. I'll work, the boys will play. So, the posting may slow a bit in the next week or two. We are lucky to have people who can watch and care for our life here while we are away, and are very thankful for that. But, before we head for the hills, so to speak, I want to get a few more posts up!

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Last weekend, as part of our Father's Day activities, we headed to the Frisco Roughriders game. LM had been to a baseball game in Indiana when he was barely one year old, but this was the first one he had been to where he sort of got what we were doing. We weren't sure if he would find it interesting or not. He definitely loved it. We actually made him leave just before the game was over, just to beat the traffic, and he definitely wanted to stay to the end.

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When we arrived, we headed to our seats. We tried to get seats as close to the action as possible, thinking this would spur his interest. It definitely helped, but in hindsight, this particular ballpark is so intimate, I think any seats we would have chosen would have been fine.

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This is the mascot, Deuce.

It turns out we were sitting in a special section where people who are regulars get a special wristband for free food. Someone sitting behind us gave us their wristband! We had planned to watch a few innings and then go get a bite to eat. So, with this wristband, we had free food! I went into this special area, and got us all hot dogs, chips, and drinks, then went back and got us some ice cream. It would have easily been $25-30 of food we didn't have to purchase.

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With all our free foot loot.

We ate at picnic tables out away from the action, and then let LM check out the playground. Yes - this ballpark has not one but TWO playgrounds. One is for little ones and one for bigger kids. He loved playing on the equipment. There was this bell you could ring, and one of the little girls was guarding it - anytime he tried to ring it, she would run back over and take control of it. Once she left, he was so excited to ring the bell! I was proud that he didn't push or shove her out of the way to try to ring it though - he waited patiently until she was finished. Whew.

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After the playground, we stopped in the store and let LM pick out a little souvenir. Then we headed back to the game. When we got back to our seats, LM was more interested in the game than he had been when we arrived. He liked it then, but now he was really into it. It was really amazing to me that he could get so into it. He was also amazed that everyone in the stadium sang "take me out to the ballgame" at the 7th inning stretch. He had learned that song at school and knows all the words. He has brought this up to me on several occasions since then - how everyone sang together.

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Then, we made him leave at the top of the 9th. It was 9pm, so he was sleepy, but still into the game. But, given the hour, we didn't want to get stuck in a long departure from the parking garage. He fell asleep in the car shortly after we left.

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Some clowning around...

It was a great outing to do with our family - we enjoyed it, especially since LM enjoyed it so much. The weather was not too bad, especially for the time of year it is! There was a nice breeze and not too hot. So, we lucked out there. LM talks about wanting to go back all the time, so I am sure we will do that when we have the chance.

See you soon.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Caitlin's 4th Birthday

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Last weekend, we were privileged to attend Miss Caitlin's 4th birthday! It had a Minnie Mouse theme, and was a lot of fun for the whole family.

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There was a slip n' slide!

The kids had a lot of fun on the slip n' slide, but when we first arrived, and for quite a while, in LM terms, LM was being shy and anti-social. This is new for him - he used to just jump right in to anything, but now sometimes he's cautious at first. Don't worry - it eventually wears off. But, he played on the slip n'slide when pretty much everyone else had given up...

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This is Caitlin's cutie little sister, Emily.
She has gone from baby to toddler since we saw her!

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When I say fun for the whole family, I mean it.
Adult games and beverages, too!

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And adult guessing games and trivia, of which I failed miserably.

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LM, finally sliding away...

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The food and decor were all themed so cleverly, too.

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There was also a pinata! 
The kids hit it and then pulled the strings.

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LM actually pulled the trap door string, but it still needed a little help.

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Plenty of candy for everyone!

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More of this cutie...

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Later, cupcakes!

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And then, presents!

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A fun time had by all.

See you soon!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Birthday Prep Photo Shoot

I found a birthday invitation for LM's party that required a photo to be used on it. His party will have a "firetruck" theme, at his request. He has a fireman dress-up outfit, so I thought it would be really cute to get a photo of him in the outfit for the card. I talked to him before I bought the template. I asked him if he would like to have a photo on his birthday invitation, and if he thought it would be cool to dress up as a fireman. Of course, at that moment, he thought it was an awesome idea. And, when I brought it up to actually do it, he didn't want to do it at all. Ahem.

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Getting ready - and our boxes in the background.
Still have to get those to storage. Soon.

So, Daddy came to the rescue. He talked him into letting Mommy take some photos. And, by golly, they turned out pretty cute!

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We went out to the backyard, and he decided to swing first.

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But then Daddy talked him into climbing the ladder to the slide.
You know, since firefighters climb ladders.
This was a perfect location to get some sweet shots.

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The money shot - this'll be on the card.

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But I did have to take a moment to decide.

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My sweet boy.

So glad Daddy was able to talk him into it. It's gonna make the invite. And, looking forward to his party next month, where I hope he has a great time.

See you soon.