Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mid-Week Picnic

It's a nice day today so I decided to take the 2 younger boys for a picnic at a local playground.  We prepared for the picnic in the morning - we went to the grocery store and bought some picnic foods and we packed up our lunch.

Late in the morning we headed out.  I was disappointed because the sky looked and felt like rain, but we soldiered on to the playground.  When we arrived at the playground I was even more disappointed - the normally quiet playground was teeming with children.   We found out a couple of minutes later that a school was having it's school picnic at that particular playground.  The children were a bit older than mine, and this made it difficult for my kids to safely play.

I followed Baby Boy around the playground keeping him out of harm's path for about an hour before we ate.  Due to the overcrowding by the school kids and their teachers (each teacher seemed to require an entire table to sit and text on a mobile phone), all of the picnic tables were taken, so we sat on our picnic blanket while the kids gobbled their food.  Then they played for a few more minutes before we headed home.  The sun came out as soon as we started toward home.  We didn't get rained on.

The kids on the playground were typical children in some ways - fairly self interested and not really looking out for others.  I was surprised, though, at how unfit they appeared physically.  A large portion of the children looked overweight and many of them were constantly stopping to catch their breath during their playtime.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I love theatre and opera.  In Aberdeen a few shows rolled through town each year and I saw as many of them as possible.

Here in Houston there are many theatres with many shows.  It's hard to figure out what to go to and how to get there.  I decided to take the kids to a children's theatre and the show was wonderful.  The theatre was close to home and parking abundant and free!  

The theatre we went to offers subscription blocks and I decided we would subscribe for a 3 show package for the next theatre season.  I just filled out the form and committed to theatre dates a year from now!  I can't believe there are dates in my diary for then.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Baking

I made some Easter egg cookies for the schools and my friend helped me to decorate them. Here are some pictures!

Flood iced cookies

Decorated cookies

Cookie platters

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Embroidered Picture

Big Boy wanted me to embroider something for him, so I decided to make a picture of a horse to hang on his wall.  He particularly likes the metallic thread, so I sucked it up and used it for part of his picture.  Metallic thread is difficult to stitch with and it bunches and gathers in the most annoying ways.  Sorry about the light reflections on the photos, the picture is framed with glass so taking a picture is tough.

Monday, April 14, 2014


We went to the Arboretum today before the big storm hit. I'm glad we did, we had a fun walk and learned about bees. 

We also saw a few snakes. I took a picture of this little guy....he's not too close, just the way I like it. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday - Little Boy's Singing Debut

Today is Palm Sunday and Little Boy's class from school sang at church.  For weeks they practiced the songs.   Their teachers made up palm leafs for them to carry to the front of the church.  Little Boy practiced at home.

Today Little Boy had a bath and got all dressed up.  We ate a nutritious breakfast and headed off to church....where he stood and sucked his thumb instead of singing.  His classmates all did their own thing.  Two of them sang boisterously.  Two of them cried.  One of them simply stared out at everyone.  Little Boy stood in a relaxed pose and sucked his thumb.

I asked Little Boy afterwards why he didn't sing.  He said "I didn't want to."  Then he sang the songs all the way home.

I guess that's how it works when you are three years old.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Busy Saturday

We had a busy day!

It started early, when we dropped off Daddy for a 7:00 a.m. start on the MS 150 Bike Tour.  The starting point was a fair distance from our house.  We left him at about 6:30 a.m. and I took the kids out for breakfast at Denny's. 

I've never been to Denny's and I was pleasantly surprised. The kids menu was very clever - for a set price the kids can pick 3 items off a list.  The list had about 10 things to pick from so every kid should be able to find what makes them happy. Breakfast was fast and cheap and the kids ate well. We will definitely go back. 

Then, I took the kids home and we did some chores. We headed out to do a craft at Michael's at 10 a.m.  The craft wasn't great.  The kids basically made cards out of construction paper and used felt markers to draw on them.  Pretty disappointing for a craft store. 

After the craft we went home for lunch and a quick nap.  Then we drove Big Boy to a birthday party that was very far away from home (a 35 minute drive).  We dropped off Big Boy and the I took the other kids to visit our friends. Partway through the visit I got a call saying the birthday party was going to be extended and that I should pick up Big Boy at 6:00 p.m.  It was a 4 hour party!

Since the party ran through dinner hour I took the little kids out for supper before picking up Big Boy. Then home to bed!!