Our Weekend!

I love how summertime makes me blog more...don't I have anything else to do!?!? Actually, I really do. I've really slipped on keeping the house clean and tidy, but who wants to clean house when I can play with Dylan! Besides, with the in-laws visiting in a couple of days, and my parents the week after that, that's all the motivation I need to get started. Now, on to our weekend!

Snuggling with Elmo while watching some Saturday morning TV (probably Oprah's interview with the Kardashian's that I had DVRed)

Practicing with some natural light...such a model!

So Dylan is now obsessed with taking pictures! I'm letting him use my old digital camera and he loves it...and yes, that's Keith in the back with a firefighter hat on...

On Saturday we went to Plano for the Firefighter's Birthday Party (thanks for the tip, Cara!). Dylan finally got to see a firetruck up close.

We've been meaning to take Dylan to Founder's Plaza at DFW Airport to go watch the airplanes take-off and land, so after dinner in Grapevine we finally did.

I was so excited I had my 70-200mm lens with me to get some cool close-ups!

Waving "hi"...welcome to Dallas!

Dylan has one more week left of swimming class and next week we're going to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for a couple of days with Keith's family. We're excited for our Stay-cation! :-)


My 29th birthday!

I had a really great birthday this year. Dylan started his swimming lessons at the Rosemeade Pool and he loved being in the pool.
They work on floating...

...and kicking!

And Dylan's favorite...jumping in the pool.

After his nap, we went to Frisco to get my birthday cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes followed by dinner at Uncle Julio's..it was all delicious! Time to live up my last year in my 20's!!!

Maybe it was Dylan's birthday instead...


Father's Day Weekend

I wanted to start off this blog entry with a HUGE 'thank you' to the 3 men in my life that have been amazing father and father figures in my life...my daddy: a man who has always worked as hard and as much as he's had to to put food on our table and a roof over our heads. He will never know how much I appreciate and love him for all he's done and provided for me my whole life...Rodger, my father-in-law: as long as I've known him he has always treated me like family and like his daughter. I am so grateful for everything he has done for us, especially helping Keith become the amazing husband and father he is today...and, of course, Keith: I knew he would be a great father for our children because he has been such a kind and patient husband to me, but he has truly surpassed all expectations I had for him. Dylan adores him and wants to be just like his Daddy, and just watching how great Keith is with Dylan makes me fall in love with him all over again :-)

A picture collage Dylan & I made for Keith...

...and here's the back with a poem.

Here's Keith with our 1st baby...

...and here's a video I made for Keith for Christmas two years ago!

On Friday we decided to take the DART train in to Dallas for lunch. After a quick lunch at Chipotle, Keith wanted to walk around the Arts District before heading back home.

Trying to introduce Dylan to some culture...

Saturday we headed out to Sandy Lake Amusement Park to use up the rest of the tickets I had left over from the last time we were there. Dylan didn't feel like doing much, so all we did was ride the paddle boats (and left with another 10 unused tickets).

Another fun summer weekend!!!


Picnic at the Dallas Arboretum

One of our (my) summer to-do's was to go on a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum. Luckily I found a "buy one, get one free" admission coupon on their website that's good until the end of June (go get yours...now!) so we met our fun friends, the Hyde's, this morning before it got 'crazy' hot out.

They have their cool Chihuly exhibit out right now...I bet it looks amazing at night!

They LOVED touching all the water in the fountains (and almost falling in!)...

Picnic time!

Their "I'm super cool cause I'm two" stance.

Love this picture! He's so cool...

Before we left we had to go visit the frog statues that spray water...however when we got there and saw all the children playing in the water, we knew we should've kept walking.

Dylan was scared of getting wet, but not Jackson!

Ahh, summer!!!


May birthday parties! And summer is finally here!!!

Apparently May is a very popular time to have babies, so it makes for a busy birthday party season! Going to parties (kid's parties) are so much more fun now that Dylan can go off and play without us following him around everywhere he goes...as long as he's sharing appropriately and not crying ;-)

Dylan had a blast at Jackson's birthday party, and he's been obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine ever since!
Chillin' before the party, in true Dylan fashion.

"High fives"

They're going to be BFF's...Jala and I have already decided :)

Later that day we had Ayden's 3rd birthday party. I was so excited to see that the theme was Green Lantern since Dylan already had a Green Lantern shirt...perfect!

PiƱata time!

Partying with my other best buddy, James.

My 1st tattoo...thanks Ms. Annette!

Super cool party, Ayden!

Yesterday we had another fun party...Olivia's 3rd birthday party! It was at the pool/water park in Carrollton and we were so thrilled Dylan had a great time. We will definitely be back this summer.

"Look, daddy"...then SPLASH!

We also ran into our fun friends Anna and Bridget!

Pool parties sure are the best!

Many thanks to all of my special friends for inviting me to their parties! And Happy Birthday to them all! The other great thing about May is that summer vacation is just around the corner. Dylan's summer celebration started with Water Day at daycare.

He had more fun splashing on the water on the floor than he did actually being in the pool.

I'm really going to miss not being able to capture these fun times when I'm on a different campus next year :-(

 Dylan loves kicking his soccer ball around!

He also bought a new water table with some birthday money (thanks Grandma & Grandpa Mitchell!) so this should keep him pretty busy this summer as well!

Dylan and I are so excited to have the summer off together. Keith works until Thursday, so he can join us in our summer freedom on Friday. We don't have too much planned for summer yet, but Dylan's 1st baseball game, swimming lessons, countless trips to the Rosemeade water park and Little Elm beach, and a family vacation somewhere are definitely on our list though. We can't spend too many days sitting around doing nothing, because the summer will be over before we know it!