Archive | July, 2008

Zoo, Hotel, Friends, & Souvenirs

15 Jul

We had SUCH a great time on our little family vacation to DFW. The whole purpose of our trip was to take Reece to the Fort Worth Zoo, which I have always loved (I even made Scott go with me once when we were dating). For the past several months as I’ve read books with animals to Reece, my excitement over taking her the zoo has grown so much I could hardly contain myself. So she had heard the word “zoo” several times, especially in the last couple of weeks, and she had no clue what I was talking about. Well, Friday morning she got to see what all the hoopla was about and she LOVED it! Here are some pictures from our day at the zoo:

Waving to the giraffes

Looking down at the hippo

Up close with the white tiger

Feeding a bird with a seed stick

Playing in the kids’ activity barn

Riding the carousel

Riding the train with Daddy

I loved the look on her face as she saw all of these different creatures God has made. And now she knows these animals really do exist when we read our books!!

Reece also really loved the hotels (two nights in FW, one in Plano). She would run back and forth across the room. The TV and radio were both at a perfect height for her, so she loved to crank up the volume on the TV, run, turn on the radio, and dance. She certainly didn’t need all of the toys I packed for the hotel (well, besides her baby and bear, of course)! Our first week of swim lessons back home must have really paid off too because my “water-weenie” was now stripping her clothes each time we passed the pool. We took her swimming one evening before bedtime and she loved when her Daddy “threw” (more like dropped) her to me in the pool. She signed “more” over and over.

We also really enjoyed seeing good friends that we don’t see as often as we’d like, including my cousin Rocki with her husband and two kids; Nat-Nat, by BFF from way back when, her husband, two boys and mom; and Scott’s old buddies from the company he was with before Gallagher.

Reece’s souvenirs included a cute little hat from the zoo, along with a giraffe that makes noise. All Scott & I wanted to take home with us was a dozen Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera Bread. We found a Panera Bread on the way out of town Sunday, and ordered our lunch as well. The kid at the register was having a really hard time both communicating and punching things into the computer. When we placed our order they had 7 of our favorite bagels left. By the time we GOT our order, they were down to 4…better than nothing, I guess.

While I’m glad to be back in the LBK (tonight we thanked God for “home”), I’m already missing the family time our short little vacation provided. Life’s just so much more fun when Scott doesn’t have to go to work, and I don’t have to keep house! 🙂 Reece was a true joy and constantly kept us entertained despite being pushed to the limit each day.

One last picture…this one is of Reece entertaining herself on the way home Sunday…by putting Cheez-its in between her toes and wiggling them!

4th Fun

8 Jul

Reece had a fun-filled 4th of July with friends and family. Festivities began Thursday night when we took her to the Vintage Township neighborhood parade. We met up with our friends, The Rush Family, and Reece and Emmie rode around the park in the cutest parade you’ve ever seen.

We then went to Plainview on the 4th and celebrated with family and friends. Reece swam, played tennis, rode in the golf cart, ate watermelon, rode a tricycle (with Grandpa’s help), and more!

Updated Family Photo (minus the belly and Rynn):

Mohawk Status

1 Jul

Proof that Reece’s hair is growing!!! These pictures were taken in December when Reece had a mini-mohawk at best:

Seven months later, here’s what we have (for the record, it would be longer if it weren’t curly):

At this rate we may have pig-tails this time next year!!!