Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"All Better" Outing

After spending almost a week and half avoiding the outside world due to swine flu, the kids were finally starting to feel better.  Not 100%, but their fevers had all broke for the mandatory 24 hours and were no longer contagious so Ken and I decided we needed to get out of the house for some low key fun.  We chose Kiddie Acres, a mini kid carnival full of old fashioned rides.  I hadn't taken the kids in a while and it was Ken's first trip there.

Kade on the carosel. He had to do it all by himself, and wouldn't let us stand with him.  Luckily, there was no major incident to report!

Kacey's favorite color is purple and Kade's is red.  They were color coordinted for almost every ride.  Ken's thoughts: "This amusement park for kids had really old school rides. Why do I say that? These propellers are spinning fast enough to easily chew through a couple of kids. When the ride started and the propellers started flying I was thinking....hmmm that looks a bit dangerous."

I have plenty of pictures of Kambry sitting in her stroller happily watching the older kids have all the fun.  This time I caught her making a funny face and it makes me want to go and squeeze her cuteness!

The proud parents

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fashion forward

I really hope that Kacey and Kade are not starting a new fashion trend!  I know other mom's who have told me funny stories about their kids and their clothing choices, and I have seen many of them...princess dresses at the grocery store, crowns and magic wands at storytime, the same outfit everyday for weeks, my nephew wore his clothing inside out and backwards for a while (it was only because he insisted he dress cute!)  Anyway, mine have never really tested that.  They usually wear what I tell them.  Done.  Case closed.  One less thing I've had to fight.  Lately however, they are really into wearing underwear on the outside of their clothes.  Kade went to the grocery store like this the other day...I have decided to pick my battles.  Besides, it will make GREAT blackmail opportunities when they are teenagers!

Careful...they bite!

GeeGee had a couple days off work towards the beginning of the month and we decided to take the kids to do something fun.  I found a drive-thru safari in New Braunsfels.  On our way, we stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel in San Marcos.  Yummmm, their biscuits are the best!

Kade waiting for lunch.

Kacey with her ginormous lollipop!

When you arrive at the Wildlife Ranch, they have food for you to purchase at the gate and you roll the windows down and make your way onto the road.  It was a beautiful day and we were lucky to see animals right away!  The animals walked right up to the car and most of them were very polite and would just wait for you to put your hand out, some were a little pushier and would stick their heads in the car...scary! 

We mostly had the kids throw the food on the ground, but Kade was getting very brave by the time we got to the zebras (you all know where this is going don't you?).  We are all having a great time feeding the zebras when Kade started crying.  He turned to me and showed me his was covered in zebra slobber!  "Zeba bite da pinger, zeba bite da pinger!"  Sure enough, his ring finger had a definite bite mark on the nail and first knuckle.  Luckily the zebra seemed to have realized his error and didn't chomp all the way down!  Kade recovered quickly and we continued on, only from there on out we threw the food on the ground, just to be safe.

Super happy Kambry!

Up close and personal

Washing up!
We finished up by feeding goats and checking out a few animals on the grounds.  It was a super fun day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Behind, again...

October was a very busy month at our house. In addition to the usual fall festivities, birthdays, and Halloween events, we had the displeasure of welcoming H1N1 into our home for a little over a week. Right when I thought I was starting to get caught up again, Kambry came down with a different virus that gave her 103.8 fever for 4 days (no other symptoms...strange). She made a full recovery the day before her birthday. One of my goals this week is to get the blog caught up, so please hang in there while we take a trip back in time for the month of October!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Spooktacular PJ's

I was a little jealous when everyone posted their super cool glow-in-the-dark skeleton pajamas.  When I went to the store to get them, they were sad!  But then my mom showed up with these super cute ones for the kids!  They don't glow in the dark, but I think they are adorable!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Everyone at our house is sick, except me...for now.  At 4:30am I heard a soft cry come from Kade's room asking for Mama.  When I walked in his room he whispered his request.  "You lay down me, Mama".  How could I possibly say no?  I soon realized what had woken him, and got him the medicine he needed in order to drift back to sleep.  It was in those moments between wakefulness and slumber that he reached out and held my hand, gently but with determination.  It was such a tender moment it caused me to hold my breath and say a prayer of gratitude.  At once I had a strong impression to memorize that moment and his little hand.

Once he was back to sleep I made my way back to my room, haunted by the simplicity of his gesture.  His little hand, so tiny, so tender, so soft.  One day they will grow, they will be strong and thick.  When they reach out, it will be to his own family.  They will become the hands of a man.  

Kade Edward, I love you.  You are my fiery, active ball of energy that can turn on the charm and the tenderness in the most special moments.  I cannot wait to watch you grow, to witness the man you are to become.  I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Daddy's Day

One Saturday that Kambry was a little under the weather, Ken took Kacey and Kade to Old Settler's Park (our favorite!) to release the wiggles.  They stumbled upon a motor home show and got to walk through them all.  Ken said some of them were pretty amazing.  Kacey even took her turn at the wheel!

They made it over to the park and played and played, then decided to feed the ducks.  Kacey said they scared her, but Kade was fearless and he scared them!  Ha!  Totally sounds like my kids :)

They worked up quite the appetite and made their way to a little burger dive that is actually quite yummy!  

All in all it was a fun day, and Kambry and I enjoyed our snuggle time together!