Monthly Archives: March 2013

SeaWorld — take 2

Earlier this week we went back down to San Antonio to make the most of our SeaWorld season passes. The crowds were light and the weather was fantastic!


When we were there over Christmas, we didn’t get to see the Sea Lion show, so it was our first stop.


And we loved it! Especially the “Silly Guy” (as Carter called him) in the pre-show entertainment.

The Shamu show was fun and new. Raine loved watching three-year-old baby Sakari jump, splash, and “dance” around.


We spent plenty of time at the playground.


Raine loves the rides. She couldn’t get enough of the Shamu express . . . again! She also loved the drop tower.


Carter ventured onto the ferris-wheel . . .


. . . but he still prefers the carousel!


Momma even got drug along on a couple rides.



Raine fit right in with the macaws from the dolphin show — Huey and Louie!


Carter still loves feeding the dolphins.


Raine worked up the courage to touch a dolphin a couple times.


Carter worked up the courage to take a photo with Cookie Monster.


Raine really wanted to say hi to Elmo; she finally managed to do it after one of the shows (but there were too many kids around to get a picture).


Monday night we met up with Ritchie, Lindsay, and Jessica for dinner at Rudy’s BBQ. It was fun to catch up with them.


Visit from the Kinzlers

The Kinzlers came to visit Thursday night and the kids had so much fun playing together. They have really missed Ophelia since she moved down to Austin. Every time we get together they pick up right where they left off, as if no time had passed at all.

We went to the zoo Friday and nearly froze as a cold front moved through and dropped the temperature to 45* — needless to say, we spent a lot of time in the climate controlled exhibits!








I should also point out for future reference that Ophelia has officially claimed Carter. She is going to marry him just as soon as they are old enough. It makes sense, after all, she was his first kiss!

Spring Break 2013

Spring break was beautiful! We didn’t do much the first couple days — I was still recovering from my first “real” trial the week before — but we managed a couple fun outings near the end of the week.

3/13/13 – blowing bubbles


3/14/13 Fuel City, Dallas



Dallas World Aquarium – this place was amazing! They have a rain forest complete with monkeys and sloths hanging out in the trees; aquatic animals from all over the world; jungle cats; a shark tunnel; penguins; and tons more.






“Cheese!” (I got a new lens for my camera and spent a lot of time experimenting. Look at that bokeh!)


3/15/13 Playgroup



3/17/13 Playing at home

Carter is always pretending to be a dog and insists that I throw the frisbee for him to fetch.

Raine is always writing. We go through paper like most households go through water!

On-stage teaching a class or doing a show or something.

3/18/13 (Technically this was after spring break.) Carter and Raine decided to get a jump on Easter decorating . . . starting with their faces. I was so concerned with it being permanent marker that I didn’t stop to get the camera until after I had scrubbed it all off Raine’s face. (This looks like a mug-shot of Carter!)


Girls’ night out and skipping with the mayor


Friday night we planned a fun Mother/Daughter and Father/Son date night. Unfortunately, it turned into a girls’ night out when Daddy came home from work to find his date conked out! Poor Carter is trying to give up naps, but sometimes he just can’t make it!


Raine and I had fun at the Artisan Theater watching “Pinkalicious” — a VERY fitting musical for little Miss Pinka-Roo!


Saturday morning the kids and I went to a nearby park for a walking town hall meeting with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.


I was very impressed with the Mayor. She handled tough questions from local residents without giving any lip-service. She was very knowledgeable and well-spoken. I will definitely vote for her again.

Raine’s vote was locked in when the Mayor took her hand and they skipped off across the park!


Raine-isms, Carter-isms, and some photos

2/22/13: Just heading over to pick up the mail . . . with style!

M, pointing out a newly-bloomed daffodil in the backyard: “Rooey, look. I think we have a flower back there.”
R: “Yeah, you’re right! There is a flower back there. Look Carter, we have a flower. It’s summer!”

2/16/12: Raine jumping rope.
Disclaimer: I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: I DO NOT have any say in Raine’s outfits!

C: “I’m really tough.”
M: “Oh yeah? You’re really tough?”
C: “Yeah, I’m really tough like Daddy.”

2/15/13: Yes . . . those are backward!

R, singing the Wheels on the Bus: “The swipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish; swish, swish, swish; swish, swish, swish. The swipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish, all through the town.”

3/1/13: I have zero fashion sense. I admit it, I embrace it, it works for me. Raine . . . well, she has her own sense of style. I have decided to steer clear of it because I know I would just stifle it. So this is what she wears: boots, hot-pink leg warmers, stripes with prints, and a sequin tiara to top it all off!

R: “Mommy, can I make some foam shapes now? I made a real craft.”
M: “No. I already told you, ‘no foam today.'”
R, giving me a big ole crusty face: “Well then . . . Daddy’s nicer than you now!”

3/1/13: Playing together out back — their favorite thing to do. Usually, Carter is the dog and Raine is the mom.

M: “Carty, is that poopy in your underpants?”
C: “No. It’s skid-mark.”
M: “A skid-mark IS poopy.”
C: “No. Pee pee is pee pee. Poopy is poopy. Skid-mark is skid-mark.”

2/7/13: Carter has started putting holes in the knees of his pants. This is officially the first hole . . . the first of many, I’m sure.

R, as we drive across the bridge over the creek behind our house: “Mom, I think there is a whale in the water down there.”
M: “A whale!?!!”
R: “Yeah, I just saw a fin sticking out of the water.”
M: “What kind of fin?”
R:” It was black.”
M: “A black fin? Like Shamu?”
R: “Yeah!”
M: “So you think there is a killer whale down there in that six inches of water!???”
R: “Yep, there is a killer whale down in the water. I saw it.”

Every time we drove over the bridge after that, Raine would look for the killer whale. About a week later we were driving over the bridge and this conversation took place:
R: “Still no killer whale but I saw two rabbit ears.”
M: “Oh yeah? There is a rabbit down there now?”
R: “Yeah. Maybe the rabbit ate the killer whale.”
M: “What!?!! You think a rabbit could eat a killer whale!?!!”
R: “Yep, that’s what happened. The rabbit ate the killer whale.”

Raine is such a social butterfly. Her teachers are constantly telling me how much her classmates all love her. I picked her up the other day and at least eight of them had to give her a hug before she left.
2/27/13: she brought home a whole stack of papers that her classmates had colored for her. These are the portraits of her that some of her friends drew.
And a little note about the tiara, she saw it at JoAnn’s and just HAD to have it. I told her she could buy it with her own money if she had some — thinking she didn’t have enough — but, as you can see, she did. And she has been wearing it ever since! EVERYWHERE!
Repeat: “I will not interfere. I will not interfere. I will not interfere.”

Carter is definitely NOT a social butterfly. He refuses to say a word in social settings — school, nursery, the grocery store. So imagine his teachers’ surprise when he busts out singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” during lunch the other day. He sings constantly at home — “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “C is for Cookie,” “ABC’s,” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” are his favorites. They are always sung way off pitch, with his voice cracking, and with dismal pronunciation . . . but oh so cute!
1/17/2013: Give the kid a ball, however, and watch out! He will be your best friend if you have a ball.