Sunday, April 26, 2015

Soaking up the sunshine

Now that Michael is only flying for American family time is typically very infrequent and usually at odd hours BUT this weekend we both got off of work around the same time on Saturday and we decided to go for a drive. Since we are building a house we love to go and find new neighborhoods and go into model homes to get ideas. The particular new neighborhood we found this week abutted a HUGE ranch with green pastures as far as the eye can see. As I was driving by I saw all these adorable new baby long horn calves and I really wanted to kids to be able to see them so we stopped and tried our most enticing cow noises to try and lure them over.

Sadly we weren't fluent in cow so we didn't get to pet any babies but the kids still loved seeing the cattle and I loved being able to knock the "city" off of them a little bit.

Speaking of cities... today after church we wanted to do something outdoors since we were between thunderstorms so I suggested taking the kids to the outdoor dancing water fountains/splash pad in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.  

There's lots of seating with some umbrellas for shade and the pad is so large that it did't feel too crowded.

The water levels constantly change which keeps it unpredictable and fun for the little ones and I was oh so tempted to just run in there myself!

None of the other kids had swim clothes on but since we were going down there intentionally to play in the water we were very prepared with towels, etc. and think if I had some extras with me I could have made a pretty penny.  So my advice is that if you are going downtown just to walk around bring some towels and maybe some swim clothes with you just in case because it's really hard to resist letting your kids go and run through the water jets.  There is also a bathroom right near by that you can change them in on site.  

Libby kept trying to catch the water in her mouth:

Ezra just wanted to try to jump over the jets.

Luckily we left just in time as the bad weather started to roll in.  Ezra was the first to spot this amazing cloud formation.

So we decided to call it a day and head on back home.  I love where we live because there's so much to do here for free. 

Sister trip to Disneyland for Spring Break

I just noticed that I hadn't posted anything to the blog since DECEMBER! Yikes! I am failing in my photojournalism of my kiddos early years. A lot has been going on with the Burk family lately. Michael is no longer in the Navy and has been flying non-stop for American Airlines. We sold our house in 1 day and closed on it and moved out in 3 weeks! We are now living in a small apartment trying to save some money while our new house is being built. We have finally agreed on a floor plan after MONTHS of back and forth with our architect so at least now it feels like we are getting some forward momentum going. My own job is now sort of in limbo in terms of staying full time or going part time. Ezra played basketball and then soccer and we are currently "sport less" aside from Libby's gymnastics and it's really nice not to have to worry about getting him to/from practice and games. 

And now onto Disneyland: So this Spring Break my sister and I wanted to take advantage of the military discounts we get for Disney tickets as well as my free flights with American and we decided to take our kids to Disneyland. It was so wonderful and everything I hoped it would be. I was very sad to leave and with I could go back tomorrow. I always want to stay that the cheapest hotel to save money but my sister is the polar opposite and always wants to splurge for luxury. Since she was paying for the room with her earned Disney points from her business credit card I didn't object when she wanted to stay at the Disney Grand Californian Resort and Spa. I have to say that it was PERFECT! There was a full bed and bunk beds with a trundle in our room, myself and my 2 kids stayed in the bunk beds and my sister and her son slept in the full sized bed. The hotel is centrally located so you never need any transportation. You just walk one way to get to Disneyland and the other to get to Grand California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. It made it very easy to go back to the room for mid-day naps and showers (a MUST). The lobby was insane and I absolutely would stay there again. As far as Disneyland goes Libby was totally enamored of the princesses and loved meeting all of the characters. I loved the parades the best and I would advise everyone to make sure you schedule time to see each and every one of them. Fantasmic was super scary for small children and I kept apologizing to my screaming/crying/frightened kids every 5 seconds for bringing them to that. Even as an adult that is not something that I'd recommend getting a dinner pass for. World of Color though was wonderful and very appropriate and the kids liked that one much better. We got a dinner pass after eating at Ariel's Grotto and the food there was great. Cars Land is a MUST see at NIGHT! Radiator Springs is all lit up with neon and it's just like in the movie. I absolutely would make sure you at least can take a stroll down the street at night and maybe get a churro at the Cozy Cone.

Waiting to board the plane to California:

My sister as I said is all about luxury so she booked a limo for the kids to take us to the resort.  It was a HIT!  They were freaking out the whole ride.

The lobby of the Grand Californian Resort and Spa

I think we bought Minnie Mouse ears w/in 15 seconds of getting into the park :)

We ate lunch at Flo's cafe.  It was neat inside but the food was just average.

Because of the popularity of the Frozen "world" they had little kiosks where you can get a buzzer that alerts you when you can go and meet Olaf and play in the snow.  We were just walking along and Libby mentioned seeing Olaf and a lady was walking by and just gave us her buzzer b/c her son was too tired to go!  So we got in a shorter line then we would have had to get in and were able to just walk right in!  I would highly suggest getting the buzzer because we waiting quite a while even with one so I can't imagine if you didn't have it.

We had a Mickey themed breakfast on Main Street where we met Oscar.  He's been working at the same cafe on Main Street (sadly I can't remember the name of it) for 52 YEARS!  He was one of the highlights of our trip. I loved talking with him about the "old days".

Waiting for the parade

Libby's eating a Dole Whip.  I waiting in line at the Tiki Hut forever for that thing and I have to say that it was not all that.  For all the hoopla about Dole Whips I was totally unimpressed so I'd say skip it.

This is what the boys would do when princesses would pass.