Friday, March 29, 2013

Bluebonnets

I grew up in the Pineywoods of East Texas, surrounded by tall, towering pine trees, lush landscapes, and rolling hills of red dirt. East Texas is known for azaleas and dogwoods and basically some of the prettiest Springs you can imagine. When I moved to Central Texas for college, I was less than impressed with the natural scenery. Until mid-March. There is something that Central Texas has that East Texas doesn't. Bluebonnets! Springing up in the medians and roadsides of every highway, they usher in Spring with such showiness.

We took Andrew for his rite of passage as a little Texan (they are our state flower, afterall)--his first amateur photo shoot in the bluebonnets. We must have gotten rain at all the right times--they are lovely this year!

 
 


 




 
 
Happy Spring, y'all!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wordy Wednesday

Jackson has become interested in what we do all day while we are at work so we've given him very simple explanations. Justin is a research administrator for the Texas Transportation Institute so we told Jackson that Daddy helps build roads. I am the coordinator for orientation at Texas A&M, so we just told him simply that I help the Aggies. When we told him this you could see his wheels turning and he, thinking of his favorite Aggie, said "You help Johnny Football, mommy?" to which I was able to reply, "Yep, mommy even helped Johnny Football" (our orientation is mandatory, so yes, I've seen every single new student that's started at A&M in the last 8 years...even Johnny Football). So now, when I pick him up from school, he says "You have a good day mommy? You help Johnny Football?" =)
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I already shared this one on Facebook, but I'm recording it here for posterity...

As he touched daddy's recently shaved face, Jackson said "Daddy, where did your whiskers go?" He pulled down the collar of daddy's shirt and, touching his chest says, "Oh here they are! I find them!"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way!


We began our Easter celebrations on Saturday by attending the College Station/Bush Library Easter Celebration. It was a dreary and cold morning, but there were lots of fun things to do!
 
The main event at the celebration is of course, the Easter Egg Hunt. But the whole hunt takes about 45 seconds, so there were lots of other activities for the kiddos. As we approached, Jackson saw the bounce house and demanded to "jump in the castle!"


But as we were waiting our turn the Easter bunny arrived. And he made a grand entrance indeed! He definitely won Jackson over as he rode in on the top of the fire truck ladder, with the truck's lights flashing and horn beeping.

And then it was time for the Easter egg hunt!
 
Let me see if I can describe the scene and do it justice. It was like the Hunger Games meets Zombie Apocalypse meets Easter Egg Hunts. They had two different grassy fields roped off and designated by age group. Thankfully we were in the 0-3 group. About 15 minutes before the start of the hunt, the crowds began to form around the perimeter, just as the tributes arrived forming a perimeter around the cornucopia. There were hundreds of Easter eggs, but they were definitely more concentrated in the middle. You could see parents coaching their toddlers on strategy: go to the middle where the eggs were more plentiful, or stay on the outside where there is less competition, more safety, but more effort required.
 


And then, from somewhere, you hear the announcement "GO!" And that is where the zombie part comes in. Holy cow. The mobs of children descended on the eggs with such....enthusiasm. But there was definitely a bit of a mob mentality to the whole thing. I'm just glad we weren't in the 4-7 age group! Jackson did great and loved grabbing the eggs as fast as he could!


After hunting eggs, Jackson declared that he wanted to see the Easter Bunny. We waited our turn and Jackson was quite excited. I was hoping it wouldn't be a repeat of our visit to Santa in which Jackson was eager until we got to the front of the line and then completely melted down.

At first he was a little uncertain...
 
But quickly decided that the Easter Bunny was pretty cool!

Since Jackson hadn't actually gotten to jump in the bounce house earlier, we headed back there next. To make things even more fun, we ran into good buddy William on the way, so they got to wait in line and jump together!


We checked out the fire truck...


And got a fishing pole balloon creation from a "funny haired lady".


It was a busy but fun morning! All the excitement wore Andrew out and he took advantage of his snugly spot to take a little nap.
 
 
 
This was our warm-up for the Easter fun...Jackson's school has their Easter party on Thursday and then we are happily headed to east Texas to celebrate with my family over the long weekend. I am very thankful for a short week!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Girl or Boy?

On Friday night, we went to a fun gender reveal party for the Acostas. We couldn't wait to find out if Andrew would have another buddy or a girlfriend!
  
What's it going to be....
 
 
It's a.....boy! I think Andrew, Cole, and Baby Boy Acosta will be a force to be reckoned with!
 

Congratulations Acosta family! We are so excited for you! Boys are so much fun!

 Can't you tell how excited Andrew is?

Jackson was super excited to play with Jilly and eat cupcakes and still insists that Jilly is having a sister baby. Oh well, we have a few months to convince him otherwise!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Loving Daylight Savings Time

I used to hate the switch to Daylight Savings Time. Now that I have little kids, it means that (for a few precious weeks while they adjust to the change) they don't get up at their normal ungodly hour in the morning. It also means that it feels like our days are longer and we get more time to play outside in the evenings.  It doesn't hurt that the weather has been perfect here-- in the high 70s and sunny...not too hot, not too cold.  We've been living it up!


Precious Andrew!

Silly Jackson roaring like the tiger he saw at the zoo.

Oh my these mutual adoring smiles just make me wonder how I ever worried that adding another child to our family would "ruin" Jackson's life.

Brotherly love

Andrew is a pretty tough kid. He's already getting a few licks in!

Dear Andrew, please stop growing. Love, Mommy

"How you doin?"



I LOVE his t-shirt. It says "Chicks dig me". Ha!

Jackson enjoys driving his car at full speed down the incline of the driveway. Daddy smartly placed a 2x4 at the bottom of the driveway to stop him from flying into the street. So now he gets to drive like Speedracer down the driveway AND crash into the board. Definitely double the fun for our little adrenalin junky.
 I can't believe it's almost officially Spring, but we are already enjoying it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Kiss me...

I'm (1/16th) Irish!

Maybe this tub IS big enough for the both of us

Andrew outgrew his little tub, so it was time to move him up to the big tub. As you may recall from this post, Jackson wasn't too keen on sharing his tub. What a difference a month makes! Now he thinks it's pretty fun! And so does Andrew!
 

Giving your brother a bubble beard is so funny!
 
 And Andrew thinks Jackson is just hilarious!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day Trippin'

On Thursday night, Uncle Cody arrived to take Nana back to Dallas and, since Friday was our "Spring Break" day, we left to take a quick day trip to Waco to visit the Cameron Zoo as they headed out.
 

Amber and Jillian came too and we all got to ride together! These two are really such sweet friends, happy to share their snacks, favorite camera toy and Bubble Guppies.

 I like to think that Amber and I are sweet friends too. =)
 
 
And this boy is just plain old sweet!

These precious friends were excited to see the animals!

When we went to the zoo last month, Jackson was led all around the zoo by sweet big cousin, Annabelle. This time, Jackson was eager to be the leader and confidently took Jillian by the hand and off to the first exhibit.

We had a great day! The weather was perfect, the crowds weren't too bad for the first couple of hours that we were there and the zoo is just the right size.





This was a really cool chime that would ring when you jumped on it. Definitely a hit with Jackson!




Andrew is such a good-natured, happy baby! He was content to hang out in his stroller all morning, alternating between snoozing and taking in the scenery.
 
"Hey guys! Come on, guys!"
We left as it was really warming up and the crowds were showing up. We enjoyed lunch in Waco and then headed home, just in time for naps. It was a fun, easy trip with great company and a perfect way to spend our day off from work.