Tuesday, March 30, 2010

holy cow

Because we live in Texas, we do things like ride horses to the grocery store and say "yeeeeehaw."



Okay, not really... but there are a few friends of ours in California who think we live that way.



We don't. I swear. Our kids are pretty citified... sometimes I think maybe even too much so.

Which is why when something like the Austin Rodeo happens, we jump on the chance for them to get a glimpse of life on the other side.



Lil was enthralled by the dairy farmer. She can't drink cow's milk, and was quick to ask "Where do they keep the soy cows?" HA.



"Mama, is this a DRAMA llama?" She adores those books. She got right in there with the animals and did fine until they started crowding her. I didn't blame her for bolting.



Jack and I watched from the outside. He taunted the goats with his puffs. Stinker.



And Lily asked Mike the question he always knew was coming: "Daddy, can I get a pony?"



It was hot, so we eventually left to check out the carnival side of the rodeo, stopping along the way to get a snack. In a place with every junk food imaginable, Lily had no interest. She wanted bread.

Bread? I love that weirdo.

We got drinks instead and stopped to feed Jack, who needed a sweet potato fix.



Poor lil man was miserable with teething, so he and I found a shady spot and watched Mike and Lil head for the rides.



Her squeals could be heard from miles away.



Heights freak me out but our girl was unfazed. She actually wanted to go on the roller coaster that continually spins upside down in a loop. No way, bud.



It was a wonderful day... so wonderful, in fact, that Lil passed out at 5:30 that night and didn't wake up until the following morning. Jack was out shortly after...

Mike and I had the entire evening to ourselves. Pretty awesome. Thank you, rodeo! :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

fairy godbrother

My sweet boy, you may not believe me later, but you were totally a willing participant and kept those pink, sparkly wings on for longer than I think you'd ever like to admit.



She is currently working on training you to wave a wand and say "bibbity, bobbity, BOO!"

This shot may happen to reappear sometime in your mid-teens. Quite possibly when a girlfriend is around. Completely by accident, of course.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

my first baby



... is looking way too much like a little girl these days.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

the warm and fuzzies?

Lily has always been a friendly kid... almost overly so. Do you know that we have not even one Santa/ Easter Bunny/ Disney character freak out shot for her?

The only time she has gotten close to being spooked was at her school breakfast with Santa. When we asked her why she had been upset, she replied "because he was wearing glasses and that was not right." Okay, Miss Fashionista.



::plops herself on his lap:: "Hi, Easter Bunny! I'm Lily Kate Vaughn... but you knew that. Do you like my dress?"



Being that Jack is a friendly kid too, we figured his experience would be the same. In fact, when he first sat down, he was so distracted by Grandma that he didn't even notice whose lap he had been placed on.



But then, he looked up and wanted OFF.



This was more than enough for his sister. She hopped down, more concerned that such behavior would affect the number of eggs in her Easter basket.



And this poor guy was left to fend for himself.



As my mom pointed out when we left, "he's just not a fan of stuffed animals."

Very true.

Better luck next year. :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

mama, is it...

still happy hour?

Lily will usually croak that question with one eye open as she wakes from her nap.



Bed head, front seat, blue slushy, crazy outfits, sleepy eyes and barefoot.... it's our favorite post naptime treat and sick day destination.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

the zoo, zoo, zoo

There was no school for Lil on Wednesday since it's Spring Break around here, so we got decked out in green and headed out early.



It was a good plan, except that we forgot that there were a zillion other kids who were also not in school.... and pretty much all of them were at the zoo too.



The crowds didn't ruin our day, though. Lil and Jack are in Grandma heaven. I'm pretty happy to have her here too, especially since Mike has been out of town.



While we were there, we discovered that Lily does a mean elephant impression.



Pretty impressive, huh? :)



She was most excited about the aquarium.



Jack was mesmerized by all of the fish too. From the moment that we walked into the exhibit, he squealed and squeaked. People were cracking up.



It was his first official trip to the zoo and we loved watching his reaction to all of the animals. The kid doesn't miss a thing. He is such a riot.



Being there together was so much fun.



This morning as we looked over our snapshots from the trip, Lily saw this one and said "I make one beaaaaaaaautiful butterfly!"

I'm extremely concerned about her self esteem. :)

Hello, lovely Spring! Please stick around for awhile.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

happy st. patty's day!









Sending a little luck o' the Irish your way!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

how bout a round of applause

Our sweet eight-month-old (8 months! I don't want to talk about it.) now has ear tubes. He made surgery seem easy yesterday. We hope that this will be the beginning of the end to any more ear infections.



He started clapping over a week ago and as you can tell, he is so over us asking him to show off his skills. I can't help it, though. It's so fun to see him getting more communicative.



We realized over the weekend that he's started to sign "more" too. I love how quickly signing comes together once it starts. It'll be interesting to see what he's been thinking about us all this time....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

happy feet

Her first day at ballet, tap and tumbling was a success.



I love the way that her belly button is sticking out through her leotard. She makes me laugh. Her brother, too.... he couldn't get enough of her tapping around on our tile all morning. He was hysterical with laughter. So funny.



At the end of class, she was so proud to show off her first position "pizza slice." My big girl. I'm thankful and amazed at how far she has come in these last six months.