Painting and fish!!!

A couple of days ago while Keith was out running, Dylan was going through his coloring bin and pulled out the paints...so we painted! Unfortunately I was so distracted by trying to get my camera in the correct settings (shooting in Manual, like a big girl!) and didn't realize the "fun" he was having.

The real fun started when he realized that the paint would splash everywhere when he would clap his hands...

It was much worst after this, believe me! I think the best part was when Keith got home and thought the paint was blood... Fun night :-)

For Dylan's birthday (2 months ago) I wanted to get him a fish (like Elmo on Elmo's World) but we never actually got around to getting it for him...until last night! I really wanted to get him a goldfish, but the guy at PetsMart said goldfish are better off in big tanks and we were only getting a bowl...so we went with a betta. No one was more excited about the fish than the cat...no one!

Welcome to our family, little fish with no name yet!


Our morning at the Stockyards

I've been really trying to take advantage of this summer with Dylan and take him to as many places as I can, while he's in that "wow, cool!" stage. It's an adventure whenever we go out! I've never been to the Fort Worth Stockyards, so last week we acted like tourists and checked it out.

Loved these spices and I even tried a bottled Dr. Pepper! It was a little too sweet for my taste...

Here come the cattle!!! Yee-ha!

I can never pass up a fun railroad pic!

Afterwards we went downtown for lunch...

We've been working on potty training with Dylan this past week. The first 2 days were rough and we cleaned A LOT of pee from the floors (like Anna said, so thankful for the hardwood floors downstairs!), but Dylan has been doing so much better about telling us when he has to go BEFORE and not DURING. He's still using a diaper during nap-time/bedtime and when we go out, however most of those diapers have been staying pretty dry. Even if he's not 100% potty-trained by the time he goes back to school, we're still so proud of him!!!


4th of July and more family!

Because my parents weren't able to make it up for Dylan's birthday, they decided to come up and visit us (and drop Joey off at UNT for the summer session). We celebrated the 4th with some burgers and hot dogs and hoped Dylan would make it to watch some fireworks in the evening...he didn't.

My dad brought Dylan some pop firecrackers from home..."More, grandpa!"

Then he learned he could step on them to make them pop too.

Our master griller hard at work!

And some yummy cupcakes to finish it off :-)

Dylan has never been to a baseball game so we took him and my parents to a Frisco Roughriders baseball game. He actually made it longer than we thought he would...we didn't have to leave until 9:45pm! Dylan's usual bedtime is 8pm, so I was hoping putting him down at 10:20 would ensure a late start the next morning...it didn't.

Around the end of the 3rd inning Dylan needed a break from the "be-ball", so luckily they have a playground area for kiddos...wee!!!

On Friday we took my parents & Joey to the beach at Little Elm Park. It was our first time going this summer, so we were excited to visit it again.

I just can't waste an opportunity to get some great pictures of Dylan!

The rest of the day was spent with Dylan slam-dunking to his heart's content (with some help from Uncle Joey).

We had such a fun visit with my parents & Joey and are so grateful they made the long drive to come see us. We're so happy Dylan was able to visit with both sets of grandparents...he is not loved enough ;-) Next on our agenda: potty train the boy (not Keith)! We'll start on Monday with Marshall Potty Boot Camp, and we're hoping it goes smoothly with as little clean-up as possible...hoping!


Stay-cation at Great Wolf Lodge Resort

Because Dylan didn't do as well as I had planned in the car during our Spring Break road trip, I was nervous about going anywhere too far away for our summer vacation. We were initially planning on visiting the beautiful beaches of Florida, and I'm sure he would've done fine in the car for 8-10 hours (with a few pit stops along the way) but just thinking about the chance that he may not do well or even hate the beach (he HATES the feeling of sand on his feet) seriously stressed me out...I think we'll stick to the beach on Lake Lewisville that's close to home! We started looking into the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine and figured that would be a fun stay-cation that Dylan would love. Keith's family joined us and we had a fun couple of days in our amazing 2-bedroom suite!

Dylan was so excited to go play in the water!

"Paw Paw, I'm so excited!"

"Aunt Zee Zee, I'm so excited!!"

I didn't get a lot of pictures in the water park, but I also didn't want to accidentally drop my camera in the water...

Dylan had to make a few calls. He loved the suite, he kept running between all the bedrooms, turning all of the TV's on and off, and looking out the window at the airplanes flying by.

He took a 3-hour nap on the 2nd day we were there and we actually had to wake him up...swimming really takes it out of the little guy!

"I will NOT take a picture with this stupid cupcake bear!"

He tried stealing the penny the wolf was holding...he starting pulling it, saying "MINE!"
(oh, how I love the "mine" stage!)

Where's Stacey?!?!

There she is!!!

One more "hoorah" in the water before leaving :-(

Can't leave without one more "15 minutes" in the hot tub!

We had so much fun with everyone, and the 15 minute drive home afterwards was priceless! So many thanks to Keith's family for driving up and vacationing with us!!!