Monday, August 26, 2013

Ezra's FIRST day of school!

Steps to follow to have a GREAT first day of school!
I was totally a mess over Ezra's first day of school.  Historically he's been VERY panicky with any new change, so I have to say I was expecting a total melt down where the teacher would have to peel him off of my body (this is what's happened in the past) but Ezra was a ROCK STAR!  He walked right into his Kindergarten classroom and didn't look back.  I was sooooo proud and filled with joy for his BIG moment but also a big blubbering bag of flesh and bone on the inside.  For the past 2 weeks I have been on the verge of tears when I think about our baby boy going to "big school".  I feel like we were just packing our bags to go to Africa to get him, how can it be that he's already enrolled in school???  All of the kiddos were so super duper cute with their backpacks 3/4 their size, being trailed by moms and dads with cameras, iphones, and camcorders.  I got to thinking about all the "firsts" that our children get to experience and I'm so glad that Michael and I were chosen to be mom and dad to this incredibly handsome boy so that we could share in these "firsts" with him.

Friday, August 16, 2013

First day of flag football (with freebies)

So yesterday was Ezra's first flag football practice. So far we haven't tried to put him in any organized sports because he's SUPER shy and his sensory processing issues get kicked into over drive when there are lots of people around but Michael really wanted to try so he signed him up. He LOVES football and football movies. Around the house it's not uncommon for him to just be hanging out wearing a football helmet but when he got to he field yesterday he panicked. So after quite a few tears and pried fingers off of our arms and legs he finally got into it and wanted to run around with the other little boys. I ran the obstacles with him and we let him try to take the flags off of us so he could be a part of the action without just throwing him to the wolves and he did seem to really like it. After we left he wanted to know when the next practice was and wanted to be sure that I saw that HE was the fasted and toughest little boy there.
So now we'll see how it goes and hopefully this will be a positive experience that will help him adjust quicker in social settings and let his athleticism grow. I'm including some digital freebies for you as well. Just click on the image to save to your computer then slip your own photos under the frames in photoshop.
The face of intimidation!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A lovely birthday visit

This weekend my sister and her family came to Texas to visit for my 33rd birthday. The kiddos had a blast playing together and I always LOVE spending time with my "soul mate", Sarah. Ezra adores playing with his cousin Maddox and we were able to do lots of fun things together.

First we took them to the Dallas Aquarium.  Aren't they just too cute!

Maddox is obsessed with airplanes and since we were going to see the new Disney movie "Planes" Michael was able to get us on base to tour the plane he flies.  They had the hanger all decorated for a retirement ceremony so the boys got to walk the "red carpet" and we told them that all the special decorations were done just for them :)
No one else was in the hanger so the boys got the plane all to themselves and got to play pilot!
Lieutenant Commander Ezra Burk at your service.
Libby wasn't into the plane too much but she loves wearing Daddy's hat and playing the role of a princess :)
We had a great time and can't wait to see them again for some family fun time.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cheeseburgers in paradise!

Apparently I went temporarily insane last weekend because I woke up thinking, "oh it would be a GREAT idea to take the kids to the zoo while Michael is working..." Yeah, not so much! We made it through about 1/2 the zoo before I surrendered and called it quits but not before having some lunch which was the only time I was able to snap any photos of the kids. I wanted to post these because I feel these pictures so perfectly capture Libby's personality.

"I just smeared ketchup all over the table but you can't be mad because look at how cute I am!"
"I see you eyeing my french fries over there, don't even think about it!"
"Juice is SO yummy!"
"I can fit this WHOLE nugget in my mouth!"
Ezra on the other hand just wanted to be "a lion"...
I'm not sure why he thought lions eat paper.
The cutest darn lion I ever saw! 
Luckily we ran into a little boy who was splashing people with water and Ezra wanted to get in on the action and cool off a bit.
Aaaahhhh, now that's refreshing!

Time away from the kiddos in Chicago

Michael and I were very lucky this summer and were able to travel to Chicago in order for me to attend a veterinary conference. Since part of my way was paid by the AVMA for me to be a moderator for the conference we jumped at the chance to have a little kid-free time. Of course after 2 days we were terribly lonesome and wished they were with us, but overall we loved Chicago and can't wait to take the kiddos back with us in 2017 when the conference will return there.

A client of mine said that we HAD to try Lou Malnati's pizza.  We waited about an hour for a table but it was quite delicious.  I have to say that Lou Malnati's is in our opinion MUCH better then Gino's pizza (another Chicago favorite). 

The architecture is varied and beautiful.  We took a architectural boat tour on the Chicago river and it was very interesting and also relaxing and cool because of the breeze on the water. I personally much rather the baroque style but some of the more modern buildings were also really neat when you're told about their planning/structure/etc. 
A great view of the Chicago River.  The girl in the photo was an innocent bystander that now will forever be immortalized on my blog :)  There were lots of people craning for this shot so I just snapped a pic when the bridge was sort of clear.
One of my favorite parts of our whole trip was a short jaunt to Millenium Park.  There's some really great art down there including the famous "bean".  If I were a better blogger I'd take the time to look up it's real name and the artist, but I am 1.  too lazy 2. blogging during nap time which is almost over so I have to get done what I can in a short amount of time.  "The Bean" was crazy awesome.  I could have spend an hour there just checking out all the reflections of the city and being mesmorized by the curves, etc. 
Michael and reflected off "the bean".
 "Peace out"
The sky line of Chicago reflected off of the back of the bean.
They have an amazing set of digital art/fountains/splash pad in the park.  These tiles are actually like little digital televisions and the image changes constantly.  There are several faces featured on the tiles. 
Kiddos stand under the mouths because every so often the face changes to an open mouth and the image "spits" water onto the splash pad.
There's another fountain down at the other end of the splash pad that I didn't photograph.
One of my most favorite things about Chicago vs. New York was all the beautifully potted plants.  There are planters EVERYWHERE.  One light poles lining the streets, in front of restaurants, buildings, etc. and they are brimming over with beautiful flowers.  I loved the color everywhere it was great. 
The only thing we didn't get to do was go and see a Cubs game because it was their off week :(  But hopefully next time we'll make it out to Wrigley Field.