Monday, January 26, 2015

Welcome Will!

My newest nephew, Will, was born last Tuesday and I couldn't wait to be able to see him in person!  I had a pretty nasty cold all week long, so I was very thankful to be feeling better by Friday so I could travel to my sister and brother-in-law's house with my dad and brother for the weekend (my mom was already there) while Ben held down the fort with the kids and dogs at home. 

Will is definitely a cutie pie!  I enjoyed holding him, cuddling him, admiring his tiny little features, and taking far too many pictures!

Big brother Drew is adjusting well to his new baby brother.  We had a grand time this weekend together racing cars, reading books, and playing piano.  I'm sure these two little guys will be best buds as they grow up.

Although tired, my sister and brother in law are doing great as well!  I think the second time around, while still full of many challenges, is easier overall on parents. 

What a great weekend!  We are definitely looking forward to going back over spring break to introduce Will to his Uncle Ben and crazy cousins! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

This past Friday Allie made her theatrical debut as Daybreak, the smallest and quietest of the seven dwarfs from her school's production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Allie reviewed her script every morning and evening to make sure she knew exactly what she was supposed to do when.  Daybreak was the one dwarf that didn't like to talk (definitely a stretch for Allie),  but saved Snow White many times throughout the play and even pushed the Evil Queen through the magic mirror to save everyone at the conclusion of the performance. 
Her school partnered with a local children's theater company to put on the production in one weeks' time.  On Monday auditions and casting took place.  Rehearsals were held after school every day last week (until 8:00 pm) with their final performance on Friday evening.  Seventy third through fifth graders, in conjunction with teachers and the two theatrical coaches from the children's theater company, pulled off an amazing performance! 

Allie with a couple friends from her class before the final show.

The entire cast!

We were proud of Allie's hard work throughout the week!  You could tell all the kids had a blast, making new friends and working together toward a common goal.  And they were all excited about Dilly Bars in celebration of a job well done!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

San Antonio 2015

The Saturday after New Year's, our whole family packed up and boarded a plane bound for San Antonio, Texas.  Ben was already headed there for work, so the kids and I were fortunate enough to tag along.   It was wonderful to once again feel the warm sun on our faces and take deep breaths outside without our lungs freezing solid.  Granted, the weather was cool for the people that live there, but to us, anything above 50 degrees with sunshine feels like an early spring. 

Of course, as soon as we got to our resort, the kids headed straight to the pool (thankfully, the pool was heated to a warm 80-degrees so we didn't look too crazy swimming--even though we pretty much had the pool to ourselves!)

During our brief time in San Antonio, we made sure to pack in a lot of fun!  Due to Ben's work commitments, we were unfortunately not able to connect with extended family that live in Texas, but we did our best to enjoy the beautiful city and surrounding Hill Country with the time we did have. 

Our first stop was Sea World:

A visit to San Antonio is not complete without touring the Alamo and surrounding Spanish Misisons.  Zach was so excited to see the Alamo and has read many books about the historic battle.  He was also insistent that we visit ALL of the missions.

Of course, we had to take a riverboat cruise down the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk.

We also made a stop at the peculiarly intriguing Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum in downtown San Antonio. 

We also had the opportunity to tour the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest underground cave in Texas.  We even saw a bat!

We made sure to take part in the culinary delights that can only be found in the state of Texas:  Awesome Mexican food, Chicken Fried Steak, Smoked BBQ Brisket, A Perfect Steak Dinner, and Dunkin Donuts (ok, there are Dunkin Donuts elsewhere in the country, but we are deprived where we live). 

We had an incredible time, although when we returned, I felt like I needed a vacation from the vacation we just had.  I don't think our family does "relaxing" very well, especially when we are in a new place with so many new things to do and see.  San Antonio is a beautiful city and we definitely enjoyed our time there!