Us gals decided to go to the Mardi gras highland parade. It’s geared more towards families and throws not only beads, but candy, stuffed animals, toys and gold doubloons. They ended up with a huge sack full and had a blast with their friends. Good times!
Our trip to Christmas at the Gaylord for ICE! We took our time in dropping the dogs off at “your pet bulter” on benton rd and drove on to Dallas, TX. Before ever getting to the Gaylord to check into our hotel, we went to Grapevine mills mall. With multiple animatronics (snakes, elephants, tigers, gorillas, birds etc). The girls absolutely loved it!
At the same mall we rode the train that takes you all along the mall per Evvy’s request and fascination with trains even as a little girl (not to say she isn’t still little but even as a baby).
The ICE feature which we accidentally conned our way into was amazing! We had a 6p appt time for the exhibit so we got into line that wrapped around the corner but could see exactly how long it actually was. We were stuck. In line. Bottom line. So we hadn’t been in line long when the girls were getting antsy and trying to do cartwheels etc so I suggested Brent take the girls to one of the several neat photo opt areas throughout the area to get some good photos of the girls. Meanwhile, I am watching one of the tv screens nearby (rooting for Alabama to lose lol) to which the man with his son in front of me asked if I was rooting for or against Bama to which I QUICKLY replied AGAINST! Lol He agreed and informed me that he was from Louisiana and had graduated from Grambling. Meanwhile, Brent comes back explaining that some family had given him 6 “vip passes” that they couldn’t use!? I gave 2 to our new line friends and took our 4 and family to the nearby VIP line. With confidence I presented our “VIP tickets” to the agent. She tells me the tickets are stubs and do I have any other tickets to which I handed her our regular tickets. Without hesitation she tears the tickets and opens the roped entrance for us to enter. I make sure she knows the man and child behind us had the same tickets and were with us. She then lets them follow behind us. A man on the other side leads us down this hallway, out through a garage area and into another area with a literal red carpet to the front of the line! We were handed large parka coats and able to enter the exhibit.
It wasn’t until after we left the exhibit and left the VIP Frosty the snowman meet and greet that we saw just how long the line to get in (the line we bypassed) was. HOURS LONG! What we finally realized was the that the VIP tickets the family gave us was actually the stubs to get into the VIP frosty meet and greet that were unable to use. They used the VIP tickets (which is why we had stubs) but were unable to use the VIP meet and greet tickets. Whoops! HAHAHA!
The Gaylord room was nice (not anything special for the cost) and we passed smooth out after a whopper of a day…only to be awoken by the BLARING of feliz navidad at 1:30am. The hotel has a pretty neat and elaborate light show every hour on the hour from 6pm-10pm. Apparently they were doing a (way too loud) sound check at that time?
The next morning we went to cookies with Mrs claus which was really neat. It being a small group made it more personal and along with the fact that she made her way around the room asking each chikd their name, age and if there was anything they wanted that she could tell Mr. Clause. All the children and adults ate cookies and drank milk while she read Frosty the Snowman.
*side note. Upon arriving, Amelia spotted 2 fish bean bags that she quickly loved and chose for her and her sister to sit on. She told Mrs. Clause that she liked them. Well, Christmas day the girls awoke to their requested presents from Santa and 2 fish bean bags with a note from Mrs. Clause thanking them for attending her milk and cookie reading session and letting them know that she remembered how much they loved the bean bags so she wanted to send a special gift with Santa from her. J
After much consideration with Aria getting older (just turned 11) and before further house remodeling, we decided to get a dog. Well, me and the girls finally wore Brent down in letting us get another dog lol. We had a lot of stipulations such as: we wanted a dog pound youngish GIRL puppy, with wiry or non shedding fur that would not get very big as not to hurt Aria or the girls (ours or neighborhood). With (online) searching many local and surrounding pounds and rescue centers and with a few visits in meeting the potential pups we were unsuccessful as they were not a good fit. Until I found A mom and 6 pups that had been surrendered in a Tyler Texas pound. I thought the female brindle there was absolutely adorable and fit all the criteria. So, the girls, Aria and I loaded up and drove on to Tyler Texas to meet yet another potential pup. (1) Of course we brought aria to make sure she was “okay” with her new companion…which she currently hates her. #2) To be clear, after a few phone calls to the Tyler pound people asking about the puppy, I did have a good feeling we would be coming home with her or I would not have brought the girls with me to become prematurely attached). She was promptly adopted and quickly named Coco by Amelia. She rode in Amelia’s lap the entire ride back. She has fit into our family well with the exception of being a huge puppy pain in the keester with potty training, biting, tearing things up…you know…what puppies do! LOL. She has grown soooo much in the few short months so much that Brent jokes that she is part pit bull rather than their initial label of miniature pinscher /Chihuahua mix. Luckily the vet says she will only get to 15lbs…hopefully. HA.
Here she is! Our pain in the arse, Coco! Welcome to our family Coco(nuts)!
I failed to mention when we all went to the corn maze, the same weekend Mom and Dad Dooley and the Neef’s were in town, Evvy fell in the corn maze…twice. With only showing mild discomfort while examing what appeared to be a splinter in her arm, we attempted to pull it out. She then screamed as we tugged two different times with no success in pulling it out. Assuming there was a barb of some sort, we quickly found our way out of the maze and were on our way to the urgent care. We were glad we went because what we and Doc found upon having to make a small incision in her arm to remove it was shocking!!!! This is the before it was removed “splinter” and here is the after!
when marie was in town we all went on a safari to which we looked for different safari animals (stuffed animals set up in various places throughout the backyard) through binoculars while eating snacks. Snake eggs (green grapes), twigs (pretzels) and ants (raisins).
lava lamps made from water oil and food coloring in a water bottle. MUCH cheaper than purchasing a real lava lamp lol
Cookie decorating extravaganza with Mimi, June, Heather and girls!
More Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas fun food still to come!
I realized upon looking at my phone pictures that there was A LOT that I missed in catching bloggers up!
I looked at the last post which consisted of back to school snacks but didn’t bother to post 1st grade chalk board pictures! (Below) With it being several months after she started 1st grade, I suppose I can elaborate on how miss Amelia is doing! She scored unbeliveably high on her entry testing as well as maintained straight A’s (so far with 2 report cards). Her teacher met with me to explain her testing and revealed that Amelia was doing outstanding in her class, reading at a 2nd grade level and would be entered into the gifted program. This is not a biased parent saying “oh my kid is smart” this is based on her testing ability and actual every day academic performance. We are incredibily proud of her!
It has definitely been a long time since I have posted thus it has been a busy, busy 2014! We have been busy remodeling the house, celebrating holidays, getting a new puppy and just living! I can honestly say I have never been this busy or happy in my life.
For Halloween, the girls celebrated not only Halloween night but also pumpkin picking with Mimi fall fests with mom and Dad Dooley in town as well as the Neef’s for the corn maze! Was a lot of fun!