Colossians 3:17

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014


We got free zoo passes from a friend at church.  First we picked up Dad from work.

The kids got to go see his new downtown office for the first time. 

Then we headed to the zoo altogether.  The zoo had a special giant bug exhibit. 

It was also "Christmas in July."  You can tell the kids are a little too toasty for Christmas but it was a nice idea.  

In the piranha tank.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Family Fun Day

After a too-busy couple of weeks getting our foster license, we needed some quality time together.  We let the kids decide how we would spend our day.

Abby's choice: IHOP for breakfast.

Isaac's choice: Kemah for rides. 

It rained on them but they didn't mind and it actually cooled the weather and was a pleasant temperature (amazing for Houston in July!). 

Abby's choice: Maleficent at the movies (I didn't get a picture).

Isaac's choice: back to Kemah for more rides (they had an all-day pass).

We ended the day with a take-out  picnic to view the Kemah fireworks from a distance. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mini Vacay

After camp, we traveled to the Hyatt Lost Pines with Mimi for a little mini-vacation. 

Abby was sick for the drive and the first afternoon there so she rested in the room with Mimi while Isaac, and Adel, and I explored the grounds.  By the way, ice cream cone = vacation. 

We had to stop briefly at the activity room just so these two could build with the giant legos.

Then we went for a bike ride around to explore more. 

We found the ponies (and lamas)

And rode along the golf path (which we later found was against the rules, but I'm so glad we did it before we found was gorgeous!  Shhhhhh, don't ask, don't tell!)

I loved my pink beach cruiser and kept trying to get a picture. 

See what I mean, pretty!

What a great way to start a vacation. 

We enjoyed dinner in our room (they upgraded us to a junior suit so we had a living/dining room...sweet!)

The next morning, Abby was back to her usual self.  So we all headed off for a horse riding lesson.   It began with horse care...

 brushing and how to put on a saddle.

Abby's horse was Max.

Isaac's was Wee Wee.  (He loved that!)

And Daddy's was DJ.  I left to jog back to the room to get ready for breakfast just before they hopped on their horses. 

After breakfast (a great buffet), we went with Mimi on a little exploratory stroll and found ourselves off the beaten path.  Mimi had bought 3 pamphlets: snakes, animal tracks, and butterflies.  We obliged by encountering all 3. 

First, the snake.  It was fully out in the path, but our first instinct was to back away.  By the time we stepped forward to take a picture, the snake was mostly in retreat and you can barely see him.   But what a thrill! 

We saw deer tracks. 

Wild turkey tracks.

Dog tracks. 

And lots of butterflies, although none of them cooperated for a photograph. 

The afternoon was spent playing at the waterpark.  We spent many hours on the lazy river and some time at the waterside.  The kids enjoyed the sand beach. 

We all enjoyed some poolside snacks. 

After swimming, we enjoyed another walk to the tetherball court. 

And the butterfly garden (again no butterfly pics, but Abby got lots of good flower pics). 

The last morning, we hit the pool first thing and had it to ourselves for a little bit.  The lazy river was awesome with no other traffic. 

I'm pretty sure I'm made for lazy rivers. 

We ended our short stay with a visit to the longhorns and a last breakfast buffet. 

It wasn't cheap, but we enjoyed it and wish we could stay more (or do it again?!?!).