Saturday, March 17, 2012

Adopt A Block

Adopt A Block

Today, Celebration Serves had a huge Adopt A Block Party! It was awesome! We had live music, hot dogs, drinks, snow cones, nail painting, face painting, bracelets and necklaces, we handed out Bibles, had the Fire Department bring a truck out for the kids to get in and look around in, had a barber come in to do free haircuts, tons of prizes and a big bouncy house. It was so much fun. I took Riley with me, he loves helping out at Adopt A Block.

It's at an East side apartment complex, lots of kids whose parents aren't around, or are involved in drugs, and our church has just kind of adopted this whole complex. We have picked up trash out there, power washed, planted flowers and grass, as well as monthly trips to have parties with the kids.

So today, Riley and I started off with nails and bracelets. He was so cute painting the nails for the little girls, and helping them with their bracelets. But then we moved over to snow cones and we made 100's of snow cones! They were a big hit, we had a line almost the whole time. Then the concert started, a guy from church, and he was awesome, the kids were dancing around! We passed out Bibles to the kids that needed one, helped the kids get in the fire truck and then helped pick up trash and give out prizes to the kids. It was a lot of fun, and I love seeing those sweet little faces each time I go!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Snake Farm

March 17, 2012

My new favorite obsession is Groupon and the like...Living Social, Adealio, you name it, I'm all for a bargain! I recently bought a coupon for the Snake Farm, a place we've driven by hundreds of times on the way to San Antonio, but never stopped. So, I figured it would make a good day trip. The kids had a friend, Michael, spend the night so we could leave first thing in the morning. Well, they stayed up all night long, so they slept the whole way there, and all the way home!

But the Snake Farm was cool, we got there just in time for feeding the carnivores, and then we walked around, they had a lot of neat animals, zebra, warthogs, monkeys, lemurs, peacocks, hyenas, wolves (Regan's favorite) and a lot of gators and snakes. We spent a little time there, then hung out in the petting zoo area, feeding the chickens mostly, who would crow when they stopped feeding them.

Then we stopped for lunch at Wendy's and then had a nice nap on the way home (not me, the kids) and as soon as they got home, they came in and crashed on the couch for another couple of hours! Fun place though, we will definitely visit again.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Break!

We made it to Spring Break! And trying to cram as much fun into one week as possible. I took the kids to Austin's Park and Pizza on Monday to spend the day, but it got so crowded, they didn't stay as long as I thought (hoped) they would. But they came home and the neighbor took them to Texas Jumping Beans and to the park, and then I took them back to APP later, but they were closing. Then on Tuesday we went to the dollar movie to see Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chipwrecked, but they were sold out (oh, darn) so we saw Big Miracle, which we all enjoyed, about whales that were trapped in Alaska. Cute movie. On Wednesday we just hung out at the house and played with friends. Regan went to see The Lorax with her friend, and we went to church Wed night.

Then on Thursday I took the kids to the carnival! We love the rodeo carnival, usually. But I think this year, fresh off a trip to Disney and Universal Studios, the rides just weren't as thrilling I guess. The kids rode all the rides they wanted to ride, we shared a funnel cake and some lemonade, and they were ready to go. We stopped off at the petting zoo before we left, and they were ready, beyond ready, to leave after that.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Shriner Circus

We did this weeks and weeks ago, but I forgot the pictures were on my camera! Jay and Tammy had extra tickets, so we met up with them and saw the circus. The kids got to ride an elephant so they thought that was super cool! Of course I couldn't get them to both look at me at the same time! Anyway, they loved it, there were motorcycles and they did some cool tricks, and Riley was mesmerized. Jay and Tammy then came back to the house and we went to our favorite tea place for tea and scones, it was a fun day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Random Pictures

Just a couple of cute pics of the kids. David bought a Groupon for Salt Lick BBQ, Regan had never been, and it was about to expire so we took the kids for dinner. Regan thought she had died and gone to heaven when they just kept bringing out beans and meat! She really liked it. And the other one is Riley at Kawaii Ice, eating his blue coconut snow cone. The kids love that place (the kids, yeah!)

Broken Toe

On Saturday, Riley and David were at the park for a father/son small group, and Riley decided to play football with the boys, barefoot. Not one of his smarter ideas and now he knows why. He ran into a pipe and hurt his big toe. We debated about whether we should go to the emergency room or wait until Monday morning and go to the doctor. We decided to wait, thinking they wouldn't cast a big toe anyway, and he has crutches from one of his (many) earlier incidents.

So, we took him in first thing Monday morning, they did x-rays (only our 10th set of x-rays in the past 3 years) and sure enough, it was broken. They had to call the podiatrist and set us up with them, so today we went there, they wanted another set of x-rays, and she said there are two clean breaks on that toe. If the bone had shifted even 1 millimeter, she would want to do surgery right away and put a pin in the toe. Riley was VERY relieved that he didn't have to have surgery! So now he's sporting a nice clunky boot, AND crutches, and we have to go back in 3 weeks for even more x-rays and hope he is healing by then. It's gonna be a fun spring break.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Texas Independence Day!

Riley went home with a friend after school, and David was off for Texas Independence Day, so we picked Regan up from school and took her to the Domain, one of her favorite places! David and I had tea and scones at the Steeping Room while she had her favorite, Bacon, Arugula and Tomato sandwich. Then we went shopping, and visited Charming Charlie for the first time and got her some cute earrings and a headband, and tried on a bunch of hats. It was a fun day for Regan to have all the attention, which is about how she likes it!