Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge & Six Flags Over Texas trip

James flew home from his trip to Massachusetts with his Auntie Kate and to make it easier on her we met them in Dallas to pick him up. Since we were already up there we decided to make a trip out of it. We went to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine for a few days and then headed over to Arlington to go to Six Flags. Although extremely exhausting, it was a great time for everyone. Mike's brother, Tom and his wife and kids (who live in the Dallas area) joined us for the trip and it was so good to see them and allow James to hang out with his cousins. If you haven't heard of the Great Wolf Lodge, it is a huge indoor water park with a hotel attached. They have them all over the country and this was our first time visiting. It truly is a great experience and fun for the whole family. We will definitely be going back in the future.

James in front of the water park sporting his wolf ears

Jackson loved his wolf ears too :-)

James with his cousin Tommy at the Gaylord (hotel/resort across the street that we had dinner at)

James in front of the big fountain at the Gaylord

photo of the Great Wolf Lodge waterpark

and another one

James with his Great Wolf Lodge dragon that he helped stuff himself

James and Jackson with their cousins Tommy and Jack at Six Flags
(disregard James' sour face, he wasn't in the mood to take a picture)

Daddy, James, Tommy and Uncle Tom on one of the rides

Mike's face is priceless

James and I on the antique cars

James and Daddy taking a dippin' dots break

James with Peppe Le Pue

James with the Coyote

This photo pretty much sums up the trip :-)

Massachusetts Trip

So this year we decided it would be good for James to spend a week or two with his Nanny and Poppy (Mike's parents) since he rarely gets to see them. We all traveled up to Massachusetts as a family and spent a few days together, then Mike, myself and Jackson headed home and left James for a week and half to get some much needed spoiling from him grandparents. He had an absolute blast with them and kept them and Auntie Kate very busy. Even though it was hard on me to leave my first-born baby for so long, I think it was very good for him and his grandparents. We are thinking of making it an annual trip in the summer and may even leave Jackson with them next year as well. Here are some photos from the trip:
James and Jackson ready for the trip to Boston

James and Poppy having a stare-off

Jackson and Nanny

Jackson and James with Auntie Kate

James in Rockport, MA

Daddy and James walking the jetty in Rockport, MA

Rockport, MA

My little man

Nanny and James

James at a local baseball game

James making homemade pizza with Nanny

James at the DeCordova Sculpture park

Hamming it up

At the sculpture park with Nanny

James with his sandcastle at the beach

James with a vampire they came across in Salem, MA

James in Salem, MA

Port Aransas Trip

A week after James' school let out we packed up the car and headed to Port Aransas for a Family beach trip. We were joined by some of our good friends, the Byrds and the Suggs. It was a short trip (only 4 days), but all of the kids had an absolute blast as did the adults. Mr. Joe took the kids fishing on his boat one day and we all went on a Pirate ship adventure. I am looking forward to heading back there with the Byrds later this summer.

James, Lyla and McKay on their way to go fishing

The kiddos fishing away!

Naked baby on the beach for the first time

He absolutely loved it (as well as eating the sand)

All the kiddos playing in the sand

Jackson and Ruby

Happy Baby!

Sleepy baby...

The kids ready for the Pirate adventure

The Red Dragon

James, McKay and Lyla with their Pirate gear

James doing some sword fighting

My little pirate


James and McKay

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

James' Pre-K Graduation

I have been so busy this summer already that I didn't have a chance to do a post about James' Pre-K Graduation. It is definitely hard to believe that my little man is already graduation from preschool and going onto Kindergarten, but as they say, "Time flies when you're having fun!" :-) I'm so proud of James' progress and know that he is going to do amazing in Kindergarten. I just hope they're are ready for him, because he is definitely a handful! Here's some photos of my little graduate:

James with his awesome pre-k teachers, Ms. Jackie & Ms. Laura

James all ready for graduation

My handsome little man walking in

James with the school director, Ms. Cindy

James with his best friend Logan (I'm loving the goofy face :-))

My little graduate with Mike and I