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Friday, May 22, 2015

A date at the races

We went on a fun date with Heidi and James over the weekend. We went to see some horse racing! I hadn't been to the Sam Houston Race Park since I was very little (any of my siblings remember 25 cent day??) and Tyler, Heidi, and James had never been! 

There was a lot going on, inside and out. It was a little peek into a world we knew nothing about, which was pretty fun. 



This is where the jockeys mount their horses - we would stand here and observe and pick who we thought would win. Within ourselves, of course - no betting for us.


Obviously, a very intense process.



Then we would go watch the race. Sometimes outside near the track, sometimes inside at a counter. It was really nice to have both options for when we got a little toasty.


I somehow picked the winner 3 times out of the 4 races we saw!! It was kind of hilarious. Beginner's luck or something. Below is one of "my" winners in the winner's circle. It's too bad I don't bet.


And lest you worry that the kids had no fun while we were off on a date... they had a great time! Thanks Gigi and Poppy!



It was a great day all around!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday photos

I go through phases of being consistent at taking pictures, and other times I don't take any for a while and then take a ton in one day. All of these pictures happen to have been taken on a Friday.


Watching a lizard outside


I snuck in a book for me in our library haul


Millie is so excited to go to a ballet camp with Aunt Heidi in June. She's obsessed with the leotard/tutu that Gigi and Heidi got for her, and the ballet slippers we got her. Fancy Nancy taught her to plie, and Aunt Heidi has already taught her some other awesome moves! 



Tyler loves these game burgers he sometimes gets with his work team. The patty has bison, venison, and probably other stuff I'm forgetting.  


Millie often tells me to cover my eyes while she does something for me to see when I open. I was sitting here for a good 5 minutes this time.


Waiting for Daddy in the rain. Max loved getting wet! 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mostly Max


He loves the t-ball set he got from Monka and Ampa for his birthday.


This was from that one time I accidentally gave Max's brand new shoes to Goodwill! They fell into a bag of stuff I was donating and when we got to our next destination (only about 5 minutes later, luckily) I realized they weren't with me. I'm glad the people at Goodwill were nice and didn't make me buy them back!


Max loves to be on the couch, not in anyone's lap. He loves to feel like a big boy, and it's even better when he can get up by himself. Luckily that's not all the time yet.



Max gets super-vocal about food, especially if he sees some out of his reach that he wants. I'm trying to be a little nicer about letting him feed himself the messy stuff because it keeps him quiet! Seriously, he is so loud. Also, he only spoon-feeds himself with his left hand. We may have a south paw!


"Where's Max?" He loves playing peek-a-boo.


Still a major lover of balls!

Max is at such a fun age. He brings me about a thousand books a day, and then turns around and backs up until he runs into me and plops down in my lap. Usually, the book is about animals.

He is becoming a little more of a picky eater. He is still worlds better than Millie, so I'm not complaining!! He loves to eat, and I love him for it.

Nicknames: Maxaroonie, Maxaroon (both made up by Millie), Maxadoodle, Supermax.

His first words were "Thank you," which comes out "Tey tey," and "buh-bye." Pretty adorable. He now also says "more," and today after making a mess he walked in and pointed at it and said "No no!" I just love this stage.

Max still takes 2 naps a day, and is a great sleeper at night. He typically sleeps from 7-6:30 or 7! Dream boy.

We just love our Max!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tyler turns 28




Tyler's birthday presents: new running shoes and running clothes! 


This may not look like much to you, but this is one of the best gifts I could give to Tyler: an organized room. No more papers randomly strewn around the room, no more bin of maternity clothes and stacks of YW stuff in the corner, etc. Also, we really need a headboard and new comforter. 


We love waiting outside to greet Daddy when he comes home!



The one thing Tyler wanted to do was go for a run! Since I'd already run that day, I rode a bike and pulled the kids along. It's kind of become part of our evening routine now. I told Tyler he must be a pretty good guy if all he wanted to do on his bithday was go for a run and the best present I could think to give him was a clean room. But seriously.




Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes :)

Happy birthday Daddy!! We love you!

Friday, May 15, 2015

9 on 10: May 2015/Mother's Day


Tyler made yummy waffles in my new waffle iron! Peanut butter on one half, strawberries on the other.


Love these two kiddles.


Millie was so snuggly and sweet to me all day! She told me I'm beautiful and that I'm the queen of everything. Not sure where she gets this stuff but it's pretty sweet!



Talking to AJ! Last time before he comes home in June!!


We were also celebrating Tyler's birthday. 28 candles nearly burnt the house down! Haha




Max loved the lighters, and of course Uncle James.


I tried to get them hugging, but missed. They have been so funny together lately.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moments


Max is usually only allowed to have a binky when he is in bed, whether for a nap or a night. After getting from a nap one day he spied his backup binky on the counter and kept taking one out to put the other in. It was so funny.


That one time it was Max's fault we were stuck in Target for so long. Usually it's Millie who holds us up!


"But Mom, he asked me to paint his face!"


Millie's little Mother's Day project - she painted terra cotta pots and we put some flowers in them. She had so much fun.



I just love it when he wanders off to play on his own. 


A Sunday chat with my fam.


His cheesy faces lately are just killing me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Houston Zoo

I've been trying to get to the zoo since we moved here 3 years ago! Somehow things always got in the way. This week we finally made it happen. The zoo has one free afternoon a month, which is awesome because it is usually really expensive, so we went on the free day. Gretchen took us up, for which I was so grateful! The weather was nice - a little rain here and there, but just enough to cool us off. Tyler happened to have a big deadline that morning so he was able to join us afterwards! Hooray!!



Had to stop by the cougar!



This orangutan was pretty crazy looking! He started walking around and I asked Millie, "What do you think he's doing?" She said, "I think he's watching a novie." There you have it.





We'd be looking at these incredible, exotic animals and instead of looking at them (or after), Millie always noticed the random bunny hopping through the enclosure, or a bird looking for food on the path, or a turtle swimming that wasn't part of the zoo. It was so funny. After a minute or two of looking at each animal, she'd say, "Okay guys, let's go see another aminal!" She's such a ringleader.



Of course, the animals moved right before the picture, making it look like we visited a very unwatered park. Or something. 






Max loved it. He loves animals so this was right up his alley. He'd point to them and yell, "Oh! Bah!" or he'd growl, because that's the sound most animals make if you ask him. He got so excited about every single one. 




Not a real giraffe. In case you were worried.

It was a pretty awesome day at the zoo!