Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

It’s field trip time!  Over spring break my mom and I took all the kidlets down to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and it was amazing!!!  Like stunningly beautiful.


And they have this amazing kids’ section!  It’s relatively new; it had just opened when I was pregnant with the twins.  Y’all, it is totally worth the drive!


They had a ton of fun water activities.  Kate and Xander loved the waterfall.  🙂  And Mia loved the little stream.  I would be prepared for your children to get soaked.  lol.


We happened to be there on a Friday and they had the cutest little preschool mommy and me class.  And it was free!  Or rather, it was included with admission.  lol.  It was so much fun!  I actually considered if Xander and I would be able to make it down there in time after we dropped Mia off at school (she starts in April ::sob::) but I think it’s just a little too far.  They had a bunch of rocks and seeds and stuff for the kids to touch and smell.  Then they read them a story.


The second half of the class was a nature walk!  I had to put Mia in the stroller so we could keep up with the class, but the instructors were so good about it.  The other kids would gather around a plant to smell it and then they would bring something over to Mia so she was included.  It was not something I asked for, but it was certainly appreciated.  🙂


All in all, this place gets 2 enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

Keeping it Real

Check out the amazing bluebonnet pics I got this year.  #NailedIt

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My kids are such naturals.  Xander especially has the makings of a model.  hahahahahaha

Don’t worry, I have plans to attempt this again next weekend.  Kate is going to be gone this weekend camping with her Girl Scout troop (I miss her already!!!) but I’m semi confident that the bluebonnets will still be looking good next weekend.  Fingers crossed!

Interview Books Are Done!!!

I finally finished the interview books for Mia and Xander!!!  Longtime readers might remember when I made an interview book for Kate.  If not, check out this (super old) blog post where I did a tutorial.  🙂

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Well, now that the time is nearing for my tiny baby big girl to start school I realized that I needed to get my tush in gear and make ones for the twins!  Amazingly enough I was able to get all of the supplies, though I may have paid a bit of a premium for a few of them.  Whoops.

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I also realize that I never came back and updated the old post once I actually used the book so here you go.  🙂  I’m using Kate’s book for the photos since I actually have it up to date and the twins’ books are still blank.  I take Kate’s picture on the first day of school every year.  At first I thought that I would take it in front of our door so you could see her growth over the years with the door knob as a reference point, but I quickly realized that our poo brown HOA mandated door color is not an attractive backdrop for photos so I switched to our front porch.

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Of course, then we came to the last day of school.  We were filling out the interview book on the eve of the last day of school and RaptorDad just assumed that I was taking pics on the porch with the chalkboard for the last day of school.  Which seemed like a great idea to me!  But then, where to put the pics…  I decided to make use of the backsides of the cardstock and added a velum pocket for the annual report card.  This is also where I put her class photo.  I actually take a picture of the picture (don’t worry, I pay for the 8×10) and resize it to 4×6 so it fits in the book.  (I covered it up because I don’t like to post pics of other people’s kids online without permission, but you get the idea.)

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I love seeing how her answers change every year!  And I love having a sample of her handwriting.  <3

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And since the whole books is already put together, it’s easy to keep up with.  🙂  Sometimes there’s a delay in printing the pics because I don’t want to pay shipping for one 8×8 photo, but the actual interview portion only takes a few minutes and is always fun to do the night before right after dinner.  Side note: apparently 8 is the new 13.  yikes!

This is actually one of my favorite memory projects because it’s so easy!  It’s a fair bit of work and expense upfront, but now that is’s done, it’s done.  🙂  Well, except for the idea I recently had for the cover page, but I’ve got to convince RaptorDad to put his mad photoshop skills to use for that.  lol.


March is here!

What’s up spring!!!  We had a busy fun filled February and now we’re on to a busy (hopefully) fun filled March.  🙂  Let’s see the February goals.

  1.  Make my bed every day.  I did better at the beginning of the month.  lol.  But I would really like this to become a habit.  The room looks so much nicer when the bed is made.
  2. Sell all the cookies.  We did it!!!  And we will not do it again.  lol.  At least, not this many.  I know that plenty of people sell 1000 boxes or more, but 400 nearly killed us this year.  I’m thinking more like 200 next year.
  3. Get my family well!  Ugh.  We continued on the sick train in February adding a couple of ear infections, some throat gunk, and bonus pink eye.  ::yuck:: BUT, Mia is scheduled for new ear tubes on Tuesday and as a bonus they’re going to take out her adenoids and maybe her tonsils at the same time.  It’s not going to be a fun recovery, but we’re really hoping that this solves her recurrent sinus issues once and for all.
  4. Embroidery for quilt.  Still a work in progress…
  5. Spring break plans!  Sadly, our spring break plans devolved into surgery recovery plans.  Kate is going to get to go to Houston for a few days though so that should be fun.
  6. Interview book prep.  I’m still deeply in denial about preschool, but I did order the actual albums.  Now I just need to recreate the file and print the pages.
  7. Finish Kate’s patch blanket.  I need to do this…
  8. Bake something with Kate.  Success!   We made King Cake for Mardi Gras, and she took the lead on making some scones for a little tea party she had with her BFF.
  9. Valentine craft.  No, but I did score a canvas that I want to use for a St Patricks Dat handprint craft.
  10. December Daily.  I didn’t do a darn thing for December Daily, BUT I did finish a whopping TWELVE project life layouts.  🙂

March Goals

  1.  Surgery recovery.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
  2. Create files for interview book.
  3. Print interview book pages.
  4. Cut interview book pages.  I still need to find/ purchase all of the embellishments, but that can be done at a later date.  I ::have:: to have the pages printed before Mia starts school.
  5. Patch blanket.  I need to just dedicate a few nights to getting it up to date.
  6. Macaroons.  Kate and I want to try to make macaroons over spring break.  🙂
  7. St Patrick’s Day festivities.  We’re going to attempt to make some pretzels.  Also, the aforementioned handprint canvas.  Maybe other stuff?  We’ll see.
  8. Order name labels for Mia’s stuff.  ::sob::
  9. Scrap!  I’d love to keep the momentum going on Project Life!
  10. Hexie Love.  I’d love to get another 9 flowers stitched together.  🙂

I’ll try to get a few non-goals blog posts up in March, but I make no promises.  lol.