Monday, March 31, 2014

35th Anniversary Party

Last weekend my parents had a small party to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.  Before the party we went to my parents house to spend some extra time with Aimee, who came in from LSU for the weekend.

These kiddos are lucky to have such a great Granny and GiGi.  We were happy that Jon's parents could celebrate with us.

The kids took it upon themselves to open my dad's gift from my mom.

The ladies!

The 4 of us kids made my parents a scrapbook and each wrote a letter to them. 

And then this happened.  Some of us hurried out of the house to head to the party and stage my mom's anniversary surprise.  It's a joke between my parents that my Dad has never been able to surprise my mom.  With a little coordination and keeping our mouths shut (which never happens) we were able to pull it off!  Great job, Pops!

When they pulled up to the restaurant Peter pulled around the corner in the car and stopped in front of her.  She just kind of stared at it until she realized it was for her!

Anywhoo....They had the party at a British pub/restaurant in Clear Lake called Cock and Bull.  We had appetizers and drinks in a lounge area and then a big meal in the restaurant.  Lots of my parents friends came to celebrate.

Can I get an AMEN for Acadian Bakers Brownie Chocolate Mousse Cake?  Greatest thing ever.

The kids were very well behaved, considering what a late night it was for them.  Note to self: Connect 4 keeps them occupied.

personalized menu

And then this happened. 

It was 70's night at the restaurant, so it was only fitting that we participate, right?  

It ended up being such a fun night and party!  Don't ever ask where I get it from.  I don't know many people my parents age who would willingly and happily dress in sequins to commemorate their 35th wedding anniversary.  So thank you to my parents for being such a wonderful example of a happy marriage and having lots of fun along the way!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Madeline's First Soccer Game

In an effort to introduce Madeline to different activities, we signed her up for our neighborhood soccer league.  All practices and games are in our subdivision, so it seemed like a win-win.  We picked out her equipment and she was so excited for her first practice.  Then she had her first game.  And I just have one phrase for you: The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.  At the first game, she got on the field, and stood there with a look like, "You want me to do what?  Um, no."  At one point she was standing there, belting out songs from "Frozen".  Another time we caught her comparing belly buttons with a friend.  And then she started telling the referee that the teams were "orange and blue, not blue and orange."  Before the game she kept telling us she was nervous, so I'm hoping the future games will be a better experience for her.  She did kick the ball a few times in the first game and that seemed to make her happy, so we'll focus on those.

Master of the pre-game photos

Madeline and Sarina

Aimee was in from LSU for the weekend, so she surprised Madelne at the game.

Team meeting.  Jon is an assistant coach.

The look of determination.

Team photo after the game

 Madeline and her friend Case

This video just about sums it up. Oh, how I love that little run.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The HSLR is one of my very favorite things about living in Houston.  My mom and I took the kids the first week, along with our friends Valerie and Brock.

First up, a flashback of previous rodeos:





When did they get so big?  Please excuse me while I go cry...

They were both pretty interested in what was going on.  One of our favorite things to do is look at the baby animals.

They also learned where milk comes from...

Little man was not so sure about the petting zoo.  He kept giving the animals strange looks.

He decided to pet the back of a random stranger instead.

Madeline, on the other hand, loved it!

She would have taken this one home if I let her.

Sunflowers!  Last year we brought our seeds home and the flowers grew 7 feet tall!

 Madeline and Brock

 During the pig races Madeline was chosen to be the cheerleader for the blue team.  This is a very big deal in kid world. :)

This year they were finally tall enough to enjoy some rides.

Learning how to plant seeds with GiGi

I tried taking a picture of them in front of the tractor, but Andrew just wanted to climb in it.

After four hours at the Rodeo (and one fried s'more later) we were worn out!  Now onto the concerts...

Jon and I were able to make it to two rodeo concerts this year.  First up: Usher.  For those who have missed my previous rodeo recaps, let me explain:  I do not enjoy the "typical" rodeo concerts at the Rodeo nearly as much as the Top 40.  I would rather dance my way through a concert than listen to 8484465 versions of a love song.  Anywhoo....
We went to see Usher with my family (minus Aimee, who was busy with Mardi Gras at LSU.  Tough life. :)
We got tickets in this giant club level/suite, so we watched most of the rodeo on big TV's in a lounge area.

We were SO excited to see Usher.  He made his grand entrance on a motorcycle, which was impressive.

And then the singing and dancing started.  And it was awesome...Usher has some talent.  But then, the sweating started.  Yes, sweating.  By the end of the second song he was dripping puddles on the stage.  It made it hard to watch on the big screens.  Let's be honest: If I was dancing like him, I'd probably break a sweat.  But Usher...for the love....if you have a waterfall coming out of your forehead, why on EARTH would you choose to put on a leather jacket halfway through the show???

And then his microphones started going out.  He went through THREE of them.  I can only imagine they shorted out because of the massive amounts of sweat being poured on them.  When his second "bling" gold one went out, he said, "Well, I guess all that glitters isn't gold."  With all that being said, it was still an impressive concert if you could get past the distractions.  I think I'm just bitter that he didn't sing one of my favorite songs of his, Confessions Part II.  It's ok, Usher.  I commend your mad talent and will still watch you on The Voice.  And you eventually smarted up and lost the leather jacket for the motorcycle ride at the end.

Now...concert part II: Maroon 5!  Unlike most women, I do not find Adam Levine very attractive.  I do, however, LOVE LOVE LOVE their music.  And Maroon 5 did not disappoint!  I sang my way though the entire concert, except for one slow song which I did not know.  Then I started having flash backs of when I fell asleep at the Lady Antebellum concert.  But soon the song was over and I continued my singing. 

This guy is a good sport.  

And in case you're wondering, Adam did NOT take his shirt seemed to be a popular topic of conversation.    My favorite songs of the night were "Harder to Breathe" and "Payphone", although he sang really well through all of them.  I took some videos but then you would have to listen to my singing and I don't want to put you through that. :)  Dare I say, Maroon 5 *might* now share my #1 Rodeo concert list spot with the Black Eyed Peas.
Until next year, HLSR!  2014 was a GREAT one!