Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm trying to be better about posting to the blog, after all this is my digital scrapbook to my children since all of my intentions of creating actual real-life photo albums much less scrapping for them is simply just not going to happen. After all just getting time to upload this photo requires holding Libby on my lap feeding her jerky (something it takes her a while to devour) to have the required time needed to actually upload and post/comment on photos. So that aside we were able to take a road trip to the Texas hill country this weekend and it did not disappoint! We really had a blast. I think I only told Libby to take her feet off of the head rest TV screen 1,134,768,999 times; stopped to let the kids take turns using the bathroom 5,400 times; said the words "stop it" 10,112 times; seriously debated throwing myself from the vehicles 3 times; and I actually only teared up once before I got my blood pressure to simmer down and pulled it together. We visited the Enchanted Rock State Park, quaint and historic Fredericksburg, then we went to Boerne to visit the Cascade Caverns and stayed at the Tapatio Springs Resort for a night.  I would love to post more info on what we did and make recommendations, etc. but honestly I just don't have it in me.  I'm lucky I even got to write these few sentences without being called away to fix one disaster or another.  I did post several reviews on trip adviser however b/c I myself reference that site before booking any hotel or going to any attractions/restaurants, etc. so if you're really interested just pop over and take a look at the comments there.

A view of Enchanted Rock while driving with my camera hanging out of the window.

About to begin our ascent up the mountain.  I don't think it's truly a mountain but that sucker is HUGE and my butt, thighs, and hamstrings were screaming - MOUNTAIN!!! at me the entire time.

It's hard to get an idea of scale of the place but if you look really really really really closely at the photo below you will see where it looks like the "dome" is sprouting some hairs.  Those are people folks.  Yea... it was HIGH.
Since we literally decided to turn the car around (and not because of the kids this time) I was woefully prepared for a hike much less a mountain climb.  Tory Burch did NOT intend for her Reva's to be used on this steep and slick terrain!  A man who kind of trailed us for most of the hike/climb was like, "Oh my gosh, Torys!!!  I HAVE to take a picture for my wife.  She won't believe someone was out here climbing in Tory Burch!"  I'm not sure how I was supposed to take that.  I wore them as long as I could but when it got too slick I just had to go barefoot - ouch!

Taking a break before pushing for the summit.
Yeah.. that's right... chocolate BACON!  

A stroll down the shops of Main Street revealed this outside the front door - genius!  

You had me at "Bier"!!!

Libby was more interested in turning her straw into chopsticks and used them to eat her green beans!

I didn't realize how warm it would be and when the kids saw the hotel pool the HAD to go swimming so we made  a quick trip to WalMart and got some new swim suits.  Libby of course had to get some new shades as well.  

We were walking up to the pool and Libby literally just walks up to this beach chair and plops down like this.  The girl is 2 going on 21 I tell ya!

Maddox's Dinosaur Birthday Bash

In early March the kids and I headed down to South Louisiana for my nephew's Jurassic Park themed birthday party. In a previous post you'll find all the printables that I created for the party and here are some of them on display! I always try to get down to LA a few days early to help with the final touches and construction because my sister is definitely of my blood when it comes to throwing a party. She always goes all out and I LOVE it!

So the photos aren't exactly in order but I'll do my best to cover it all.  While we were building the "electric fence" around the house to enclose the dinosaurs the kids played in the huge blow up slide Sarah rented.  My brother in law was watching the kids and when he realized he hadn't see Libby for a while he luckily thought to climb up the slide and this is what he saw:

Libby had fallen asleep at the very top of the slide.  I guess it was like sleeping on a cloud because I could hardly wake her up to come down.

Sarah really wanted the front of the house to look like walking into the Jurassic Park property so we used refrigerator boxes painted grey and she bought these long PVC pipes which I wrapped in white clothesline to create the electric fence.  She also made some "high voltage" and "caution" signs which I taped onto the poles periodically.  

She also had these fake "fire lanterns" that she bought on sale after Halloween which her hubby ran extension cords to through the top of the boxes to create a "fire" effect.

She bought lots of these cardboard dinosaurs and we tried to keep the carnivores away from the herbivores.

She had the idea to get some pallets and make it look like the raptor was breaking out of his crate.

We created dinosaur nests using hay and large plastic Easter eggs spray painted with a crackle type spray paint after first painting them with an acrylic paint.  We just used the 1/2's to put into the nests so we could stuff the hay around them to make it look built up.

Here are some of the printables I made for the straw flags and some 2" circle punch skeleton silouettes.

The goody bag tags came out adorable and can be saved and printed as is and used for any party as they don't need any customization.

We used these circle sticker labels for the plastic water canteens each child received as well as for the treat bags.  That obviously is an editable file so you will have to add your own customization.

The T-Rex guarding this nest is flanked by 2 baby pools filled with sand and little dino skeletons.  The smaller kids LOVED grabbing their buckets of paleontologist tools and digging for fossils.

This is before we were finished setting up but we were running out of time so I wanted to snap some quick pictures before it was party time.  We had 2 tables set up.  One with food for Herbivores and one with meats, etc. for Carnivores.

How perfect is this cake!  I thought it came out adorable!

She had an "animal encounter" group come out with all sorts of fun critters from mice to a Walobee (spelling?)  Libby was crazy about the rabbits and baby rats.

Ezra LOVED the mice!

Maddox got friendly with some snakes

Weston liked the African spur theigh tortoise

Once Libby found the baby rats that was ALL she wanted to play with.  These poor rats had met their match in Libby Rose.  She wanted to kiss them.

and hold them in her dress

and make them kiss each other.

While Libby was playing kissy face with the rats, the boys were getting some serious air time on the slide.

Steffan decided to brave the tarantula.

He was not a fan.

Ezra's rat friend tried to climb up his sleeve as a stow-away.  

After the party we headed to New Orleans and stopped by Sucre'.

This bakery/chocolate shop/gelato shop is owned and operated by a famous French chocolatier who I first learned about on Oprah.  Years ago my girlfriend mailed me some macarons from Sucre' and I swore I would visit there in person one day.

Libby was a huge fan of the Cinnabon gelato

Weston and I tried several of the chocolates.  My favorite was the peanut butter and jelly truffle - YUM!

I about died over these adorable parasols!

We then had dinner over at Oliver's right near the Insectarium off of Canal Street.  The food was delicious but the best part was that it was an early dinner so they gave us the ENTIRE upstairs by ourselves!  What a blessing with 3 sugar high kiddos who wanted to be loud and run around.

Napkin heads... I have no idea how this started but they just kept trying to one up each other which what design they could balance on the top of their heads.

Don't mess with the fro dude.  The fro is awesome at holding things, whether it's ink pens or Christmas ornaments (just some of the things we've found in Ezra's fro) it ranks supreme!