Monday, September 28, 2009

2009 State Fair

I had not originally planned on us going to the Fair this year. However, Friday morning I asked Ethan if he got to pick family night - what would he want to do? (he was earning green faces at school for good behavior and only needed one more on Friday to be able to pick) His answer, "Ride the big ferris wheel." And what opened on Friday, the Fair. Luckily, there were ways to get in for less, and 1/2 price ride bands. So we went after Paul got off work.

We began the evening by taking DART down to the fairgrounds, fabulous. You don't have to find parking and then walk a mile to get there! Once there we stalked Big Tex and the trains that run around him, while eating Fletcher's dogs and lemonade. Then headed down to the Midway. The boys could not contain their excitement. Thankfully we convinced them the best time to ride the ferris wheel was when the sun was going down. We ran into some friends along the way and let the kids ride a few rides together. We ended the night sliding down "Fast Trax" a fun potato sack ride. Perfect weather, perfect evening, perfect family!

The boys new love are race cars. Nothing better than sittin' in a corvette.

Spoilin' courtesy of Meema. Handsome Batmen!

Space Roller. Mom and Paul rode it, they are crazy.

Texas Star Ferris Wheel
My family

Race Cars!!! (I can't remember the name of this ride)

Ethan & Michael


The perfect ending...Ethan is in love with Monster Trucks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More demolition

The next day the boys were home and loved joining in to help.
I got pelted with lots of rocks trying to get a shot of Graham. His aim - not so great!

Fascinated with anything Paul is doing Sidetracked...a struggling Cicada on the ground If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times. The little boy squat is my favorite!

See they never grow out of it

9th Anniversary

September 2nd, Paul and I celebrated our 9th anniversary. Over Labor Day weekend, we were kid free and able to have some much needed time together. We kicked off the weekend with dinner at Texas de Brazil. The food is delicious, and a dream for any guy who is a meat lover! Too bad I forgot to snap a picture of us all gussied up. We had a wonderful evening chatting and watching Season 3 of 24. Yep, dinner and home for movies!

Saturday we woke up had a breakfast, and headed to Grapevine to hit the Grapevine Wine Trail. What fun touring the different wine makers and learning more about wine, our likes and dislikes. Being able to spend so much uninterrupted time together - good for the soul of the marriage. We talked serious, fun, dreamed, planned, etc.

What good is a weekend without kids if you don't start doing some hefty project around the house. We tore down the "wing" walls on either side of the house. Who knew sledgehammering bricks would be so much fun. I think Paul's testosterone tripled just buying the sledgehammer!

Ups, downs, bumpy, smooth, tearful, joyful...I am blessed to have Paul by my side through this life's journey. I love you!

Potty Update

Graham has successfully, and of his own will, gone poopoo on the potty since Monday. He even had diarrhea and made it to the toilet 4 times; that is after his one major, huge, catastrophical, nasty, explosion!!!

This is very exciting for us. He was giving us some serious attitude about it. We endured, and it has paid off. Oh I'm sure there will be more accidents, but I know we are heading the right way. He even has told us he needed to go #2 while out of the house, that's huge.

That just might be my most exciting news this week!!!