Monday, August 12, 2013

Snapshots of our days: June (take two)

Our kids are full of adventure and June was no exception. There was a new park built by our house recently, so the kids and I thought it would be fun to check out. We loved that it was unique from the other parks in our area. Egan met some boys to play with while we were there and they made the whole thing into an obstacle course. It's been too hot to go back much, but we look forward to Fall so the plastic and metal play things won't be so hot!
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Sloane checking out her baking.
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Egan and I were doing some cooking one afternoon and put on our aprons.  Sloane insisted I put hers on as well.IMG 5813
Sometimes Sloane has a tough time waking up from a nap. This day she just snuggled us for a bit.
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Look, there's a Karate guy at the gas station!
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Here are 6 of the "little" kids from playgroup all having lunch together while the big kids were at vbs. We pretty much had a week of playgroup for the littles, and the big kids loved getting to be in class together.  It was a win all around. :)
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We visited the "Recycle Reef" exhibit at the Perot Museum on Father's Day weekend. The idea behind the exhibit is taking recycled materials and recreating them into under sea creatures… as art. Egan of course requested that we make a "cuttlefish". Where he comes up with ideas like this, I'll never know, but he insisted. Top left: Egan and Blake hard at work. Top right: a picture of a cuttlefish (or something similar) for reference. Bottom left: Showing the work of art to Sloane.  Bottom right: the cuttlefish in his new environment.
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After we did our thing at Recycle Reef, we turned the kids loose in the play area. Sloane can move FAST, and wants nothing to do with baby play areas… of course!
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Remember that old show "cat dog"? This is our kids best interpretation of it.
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This right here sums up her personality so well.
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This does a pretty good job of it too. She loves her "Bubba".
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I painted my table and chairs back in May and I just love how it freshened up the room.  I've been collecting plates for a while now and finally got enough to hang them up. Egan doesn't get the whole "plates as decor" thing (and neither does his dad), but I'm thankful the guys in my life humor me and my crazy ideas.
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In fact, when Egan first saw the plates hanging up, he said, "Mom, why are there all these plates on the wall? Did you want to make a plate rainbow?  Why didn't you put a plate int he middle?" He never stopped to wait for an answer.  He was so puzzled.
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We had some buddies over to play and eat lunch. They must have played hard because not a one of them let out a peep.IMG 5941
Sometimes Sloane has crazy hair when she wakes up.
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The playgroup made a trip to an airplane museum. We had about 14 kids with us and I think each one of them was in awe.IMG 5966
They even got to sit in this helicopter! Talk about BIG TIME!IMG 6011
"You will see here…" (Egan talks like he KNOWS IT ALL to his friends.)
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I can't remember why Sloane is just in a diaper, but somewhere we went… she didn't make it home with clothes.  Sweet smile.
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We hit a mall that isn't our normal one.  Egan's eyes really lit up when we told him he could ride the carousel!
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He also got to try See's candy. YUUUUM!
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We went on an evening walk to QuikTrip for a drink.  Egan on his bike, Sloane in the stroller.  I promise she was having fun.  She just takes her job as DIVA of the fam very seriously.
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Egan showing off his screech mark on our way home. He's a proud boy!
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Again… sunglasses… serious.  This time with a computer.IMG 6112
Sloane skipped kissing a frog and went right for a chameleon.
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That pretty much sums up June! Lots of fun on the go and at home.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

One of Egan's friends had a Firefighter birthday party which Egan thought was AWESOME.  In fact, for days later, he said on multiple occasions, "Dad, did you know I'm friends with Firefighters?"
At the party, they had all sorts of firefighter related games as well as hats the kids could wear.  The icing on the cake for Egan came when the fire truck pulled up to the front yard.  They were so sweet to let the kids climb in and have a look around the truck.
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Egan found every nook and cranny to inspect and of course ask every question he could  think of.
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All the kids and the sweet fireman.IMG 5748
I think Egan had this guy cornered for a good 15 minutes asking how every single thing on the firetruck works. He would then share his new knowledge like he'd known it all along.IMG 5766Then…. this. HE. GOT. TO. SIT. IN. THE. DRIVERS. SEAT.IMG 5754

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Snapshots from our days: June

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She put these on herself and then wore them like that for the whole car ride.  I'm pretty sure she is just humoring me with the picture.
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Egan at a friend's birthday party.  It was a prince and princess theme.  Egan wanted to go dressed as a knight. His own idea.  We fashioned this costume from my felt stash (armor), cardboard (shield), Sharpie ("E" on shield), sword (the one pictured was his party favor, but we also brought one from home that was originally a pirate sword that I covered the Jolly Roger with some felt and tape.) and finally a knight helmet from his dress up bin. It was a snazzy look for sure!
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There are a couple bounce places we frequent.  One of them has this ginormous alligator to climb into and bounce.  Every time we have gone, Egan has refused to climb inside… until recently. I think part of the reason is because it's an alligator.  I think that also he didn't like that he'd have to squeeze through a hole that sealed off the inside from the outside. (That's him finally climbing inside the alligator's mouth.)IMG 5638
This could be another reason he had no interest in playing in the alligator.  This is the exit.IMG 5639
You better believe he ran up to me and said the alligator pooped me out!
One morning I realized our house was far too quiet.  I hadn't heard from Sloane in 30 seconds.  This is where I found her… playing a rousing game of shred the tissue.
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Egan found his "ray bans" (look-a-likes) and wouldn't take them off.
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Then this one got a hold of them. Sloane loves her some shades!
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It's clear she has a brother. Dinos and airplanes.
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Fort Worth museum of nature and science.  Where kids get to push a button to make nails go in daddy's back.
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It's also where 1 year olds get to drive ambulances.
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And kids get to launch airplanes from a special paper airplane launcher. (Blur of the airplane is just under the exit sign in the photo.)IMG 5697
It just so happens that the day we visited the museum was DOUGHNUT DAY!  So, we decided to stop in at Krispy Kreme on our way home. This face explains why.
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He, on the other hand, took it very seriously. Picking a doughnut is a tough decision. After much deliberation, he picked the glazed doughnut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.IMG 5710

We had a date night planned for later that night.  We'd heard great things about Lockhart Smokehouse (The Dallas restaurant based off the "real" Lockhart stuff) and while it isn't your typical date place, we had fun.
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I had ribs and Blake ordered brisket and sausage they truck in from Kreuz market (where I was just a week prior.) My favorite cut of meat is the "Shoulder clod".  They were out of it here this night, but do offer it.  It's leaner than the standard brisket and awesome. We also ordered habanero mac n cheese.  It was as spicy and maybe more delicious than it sounds. In a break from the "real" lockhart bbq, this place does offer forks AND sauce, though they claim there's "no sauce needed."
After dinner, we continued our stroll around the Bishops Arts District checking out the shops along the way.  We eventually stumbled upon Dude, Sweet Chocolate and got a Panca Chocolate bar.  Those folks take chocolate seriously. They describe the bar we got as "72% mixed South American dark chocolate bar, Pervian dried ahi amarillo (dried spicy chili with heave smokey tones) and grape nuts."
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We finished up our date night at The Belmount hotel where there was a band playing on the patio. We got the only table available which was front and center… right by the guys playing live. Conversation was OVER. :)  The view of downtown Dallas was great tough!
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