Monday, January 30, 2012

The Airshow

This year Chuck’s sister Melanie and her family came with us! What a treat!  The weather for the airshow was perfect. But the kids’ attention spans were a bit lacking…It was still worth it though. I’m coming to love this yearly tradition.   (Note to self: next time bring chairs and stuff for the kids to do!)

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Earplugs are a must!

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My man, at the height of his hairyness. I think it was the next week that he chopped and shaved it all off.

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Mel and Jason were hoping Kaleb would be so excited about the planes. But the noise was something he didn’t really care for.

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If I had a dollar for every time the kids pulled their earplugs out, then asked me to put them back in…

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One highlight for me was watching the Blue Angels get going. Do you see the pilots standing in front of their planes? I love how it’s all choreographed.

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Chandler, inspecting the planes that are parked.

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One of my favorite shots that Chuck took that day…

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Love Creek Orchards

It’s a yearly tradition, Love Creek Orchards. This year we tried going to a closer one and it was a big fail. It was the one in Helotes. It was more expensive than LCO at the gate to get in, and THEN you had to buy tickets for everything. And it was not nearly as cool as LCO. 

They had a petting zoo, but all of the animals were in cages.

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Chandler, one that is not deterred, had a great time anyway.

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And I did manage a shot of the boys while we were there.  I love how Chance has on crocs even though it was cold that day, and Chandler was wearing his knight costume, and his HEB stickers on his jacket.  Charlie wasn’t really looking because he was talking about how he wanted to buy a bigger pumpkin. The rest of the attempts I made have him pouting because I said “No.”

PA284179So I decided that just wouldn’t do, and we made a Sunday afternoon work. I want to say it was the last day LCO was open? But we had so much fun.

Chandler decorated a scare crow. Charlie did, too. I think Chance did as well, but at that point Chandler had run off, so I was chasing him rather than getting a photo. Story of my life. Sorry, Chance.

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This year my friend Kira and her daughter Kyriel came. I love coming with first-timers because it’s like it’s new again. Kyriel rocks the bean bag toss…

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The petting zoo.

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Charlie managed to feed the turkey without losing a finger. He gets bonus points for bravery.

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One thing we all enjoyed was the Indian dancing. They had a teepee and a group of Indians dancing, and then the chief gave a mini sermon on the religion of the Indians with his testimony thrown in. The boys were totally into it!

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And a ride on the train, and we were good to go. I love how this is the second year in a row that Charlie rode the train to help a smaller child out. By next year he may be too big to even fit.

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This time, instead of painting the pumpkins there, we brought them home and carved them (a first!) and then put lights in them. Charlie was finally happy to get a big pumpkin.  Chandler even put putty in the mouth of his jack-o-lantern, so it looked like his tongue was sticking out. This is what they looked like at night in their room:

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chandler’s photoshoot

I asked him if I could take his picture. He said only if he could pose himself.
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Then he said “It my turn, Mommy!”
So I set up my camera for him, and let him direct me.
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I may have a little photographer on my hands..
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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Budding Artist

Chance has really taken to writing since he started kinder this year.  He loves writing cards for people, or stories with illustrations.PA143982

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Boston in the Fall

Chuck had a business trip planned in October which would have him in Boston for a week. So I came up that weekend and we had a fun time exploring a little bit of New England sans kids.

We went whale watching…

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Checked out a real castle…

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Hung out with friends (Shimon, Chuck’s coworker from his days at Renesys, and his wife Nicole).

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And ate fresh lobster!  Oh and the restaurant had nice light…

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Thanks goes to Granny for coming and watching the kids for the whole time!  We had so.much.fun.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chapter 41 Reunion

Chuck was in a band in college, and has many fond memories of those “Good Ol’ Days”.  So here, 11 years later, they reunited to support some charities in Austin, and we had a blast. Chuck played one song, and then they completed the set with their second bass player who had taken Chuck’s place way back when.

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Afterwards, we went out for dinner. Oh the nostalgia in that simple act…

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Chapter 41 with Andrew Osenga and band, and Adam Ribbeck who had this amazing idea and followed it through to completion!

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