Monday, April 29, 2013

Picture Post

I took hundreds of pictures on our trip.  Of course, I didn't have words for them all.  So here is just a picture post!  We tend to take some goofy pictures!  Which I didn't notice until looking through them!
We should have been models!

people watching at the beach

Manly beach

cemetery right on the edge of the ocean. It was crowded.

Vines in wine country

Piggs Peake Wine

He was attacking me!

Wine and Cheese before going exploring in Tasmania

Jumping on the bridge that was really high above rocks

also, acting very dangerously!:)

At Port Arthur

Oldest bridge in Australia

Though, it isn't that old!:)

So there you have it. No more posts on Australia:)  Hope you enjoyed them!:)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Port Arthur

One last informative post, then just some funny picture out takes and I'll be all wrapped up with my Australia trip!  It didn't take too long right? 

Port Arthur.  The Tasmanian equivalent to Alcatraz.  Well, at least that's what I pictured as we were getting the tour.  I'm not sure about you, but if I were going to be in prison, I don't think this would have been a bad one.  Other than all the stories they told us of course!:)  The view is incredible. The grounds are stunning ( I'm sure they weren't back then though).

They have made a day trip out of visiting this old prison.  you can go, eat lunch, and even come back another day.  There is lots to see, lots to read, and just a gorgeous place like I said.  It was expansive, so there was lots of walking.  They had lots of trees, gardens, and history. 

In 1996 there was a mass shooting on the grounds, in one of the restaurants leaving 35 dead.  There was a beautiful memorial for that, which I guess I didn't get any pictures of because I can't find them. 

There are rumored to be ghosts.  They offered ghost tours after dark.  We were not staying that long, but I guarantee you, if my mom had known about this trip, she would have forced me to do one.  She was really into that stuff.  I'm sure it would have just scared me. 

So there you have it.  The last of our adventures in Aussie.  There will be a picture post to share some of my favorites that don't have a story to go along with them coming soon!  Thanks for sticking with me while it took me almost 2 months to get them all posted!:)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Graham {18 Months}

A year and a half.  Where does time go?  Graham has turned into a little person. He has opinions, he has likes and dislikes.  He has given us a little taste of the "typical toddler."  He opens cabinets, throws himself on the floor screaming in super tantrum mode, and his is our little parrot.  That's probably the biggest difference in him and his brother, he will try to repeat anything we say.  I love hearing his little voice.  I love hearing him have conversations with his brother.

He currently is obsessed with bibs and shoes, his puppy slippers to be precise. He will throw a fit if you take them off.  He loves to swing, eat, and play.  I'd say about 85% of the time he is a happy sweet little boy. The other 15%?  Try to put him in his car seat?  A fit. Take him out of his high chair? fit. make him come inside from playing? Fit.

Lucky for him, between his fits, he is a silly goose.  Everything makes this kid laugh. Hit him on the head with a balloon, giggles.  He is a big fan of the tickle monster, giggles.  I think his head is numb.  He rarely ever cries because he hits his head.  Which he does a lot.

Like I mentioned, his verbal skills are so much more advanced than Dylan's were at this point.  He has lots of words, but trys to make me seem like a liar, because he is pretty people shy. Strangers try to get him to smile at them, and he will just stare at them.  It cracks me up, and of course he will say " hi or bye bye" as soon as they walk off.  I am amazed at how much he already knows.  He knows all the parts of his face ( ears, nose , mouth, nose head, hair), and a few body parts, belly, hands, feet.  Plus so many more random things that I try to think back on with Dylan and can't remember. Which is why I am writing this post!  To remember

He loves his brother, but is also happy to play by himself, which makes this Mama very happy.  He loves to play with stuffies still.  He will be the kid who gets a stuffed animal everywhere he goes.  He is just so sweet with them, he tries to carry multiple all the time, and his bed looks like one of those machines you can pull animals out of with a crane!  ( ok, maybe not, but if we would let him take them all, I'm sure it would look like that. 

He loves to show me his muscles, and point to airplanes, birds, and any car that is coming down the street.  Though I would say his favorite thing to do is of course swing on his new swing set.  He would literally stay all day if we let him.  Sometimes, if he is holding George, I will look and his eyes are closed.  He is either really enjoying himself and savoring it, or it puts him to sleep.  Silly boy.

He is still our long and lean child, finally broke into the twenty's for weight: weighing in at 22 lbs today!  A respectable 33 inches long.  He is wearing shorts that I'm sure Dylan could still wear, but I have passed on to him.  He is wearing 18 month shirts, and size 5 shoes, though I bet he could move to a size 6. 
Showing me his muscles!
He seems to have inherited his daddy's ears.  At his last checkup at 15 months, his doctor found a hole in his ear drum.  We treated it with antibiotics, and he closed, so we thought.  His ear has always been a little yucky.  It always has tons of wax, and sounds like there is liquid in it.  So today, we got a referral to an ENT, with the probability of tubes.  I'm not surprised by this.  I knew something wasn't right with his ear, it's been gross for way too long.  Even his good ear had fluid in it.  I guess one good thing, is even with chronic ear infections or ruptured drums, he still has yet to run a real fever, nor has he shown any sign of being in true pain.  So hopefully in a couple of weeks, we will get some final answers from an ENT. 

I can't believe my baby is closer to two than one now.  I can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the coming months!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tasmania- Devils

Devils are what come to mind when you hear Tasmania right?  Well I learned on our trip, of which I only am about 2 months late on writing about, that Tasmanian devils are kind of like cute.  Though they don't live very long lives, because they basically have this genetic face cancer that kills them all. 

I wanted to get the boys a Tassie devil stuffy, so we of course had to visit the conservatory while we were there.  This turned out to be quite an expensive little stop, but hey, they are trying to conserve the Devils right?  They also had some roo's and wallaby's.  Wallaby's are like squirrels in the sense that we saw lots of them dead on the side of the road.  Believe it or not, Australian's are not big fans of kangaroo's.  They are pests.

Back to the devils.  We got there just in time to see a feeding, which was pretty gross.  They are carnivores, and you could hear them crunching on the bones that were left.  They will eat every part of an animal.  The guide told us how a pack would burrow into a cow carcass and stay for days until it is all gone.  I know, gross, but also fascinating.  I mean, these little guys were not that large.  The one that we got lots of pictures of had a snaggle tooth, which was pretty sweet looking. 

They look like little  bears, but from everything I remember from the guide telling us, you couldn't really want to come across one in the wild.  They are pretty mean.

Luckily, the trip was a success in that they had the softest stuffed devils we had found! They also didn't cost an arm and a leg which was nice!  Sadly, the wiskers are pretty pointy, so Dylan isn't a big fan of it yet!  Oh well.  One day!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Menu

Remember I said I had already done it last week.  I think I'm going to start planning two weeks at a time, makes it easier!:)

Sunday: Picaso's after my soccer game with Adam's parents

Monday: Crock pot chicken and stuffing, green beans, salad

Tuesday: Oven Baked Taco's, roasted corn, and re fried beans

Wednesday:  Adam's indoor game, so take out of some kind.

Thursday: Beef Tips and Gravy, mashed potato's, salad

Friday:  The boys and I are on our own, probably leftovers

Saturday Lunch:  Boys and I are on our own-  Ham and Cheese sliders, fruit, chips

Saturday: Pork Chops with peach BBQ sauce, salad, mixed veggie

Sunday: Family Dinner

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Vegas Baby

Last week, I was lucky enough to have spent a few days in Sin City.  It was a Bachelorette party for a friend that I play soccer with.  Through soccer and a mutual group of friends, we have become quite good friends.  It was a great trip.  Though, very out of my comfort zone.  There were late nights, night clubs, lots of alcohol, way too much food, some Aussie hotties, a hike, and even ( maybe ) Royalty!:)

But you know..." What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"  So here are some pictures from our various outings!

Sharing a drink at Sugar factory

Hiking off our bad decisions
 My favorite night! 

Thunder from Down under!

Sitting at our table at Moon

outside patio at Moon

First night in Vegas Baby!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

" Higher"

It finally happened.  We bit the bullet and got the boys a play set.  I've been trying to talk Adam into this since Dylan was a baby.  He kept thinking he could " build one " himself.  Yes, I have no doubt that he could, but it would take weeks, maybe months of short one or two hour sessions.  Finally, he caved, and I went to doing what I do best.  Online research.  I found a place that had great reviews, so we made plans to go check them out.

Of course, we headed there with one in mind, and once we saw it, and talked with the workers, we decided on another one.  Thankfully, they were " On sale" so getting a different one wasn't too shocking!

We did a roof top, which is still on it's way!
They had a two week backlog of delivery and install, and they of course wanted to come the day I left for Vegas.  Monday was the day.  The boys watched for most of the morning as Dylan kept saying " Is it done yet?" I told him no for hours, seriously, it would have taken Adam a year to do this.  It took them four hours and that was uninterrupted, and it's their job.

Eventually, right at nap time, the guys finished.  Needless to say, I had to let them play before nap time, because of course, we had dinner plans at Adam's parents house, and we would have to leave right after they woke up.  I'll tell you what, they were not happy when they couldn't play before we left.  Luckily, Adam's parents under stood why we wanted to eat and run, so that's what we did.  They got another hour or so, showing Daddy their new " wingset" and slide.  So far, I'd say it's a pretty good purchase, but I guess it's too early to say!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hippity Hop

I have already shared with you the boys Easter baskets, but I thought that I would share some pictures from our Easter Sunday.

The day, of course started out pouring.  Good thing that I didn't have an egg hunt planed for our house. One great thing about the rain was that Adam and I woke up long before the boys did, so we were able to get ready for church and eat breakfast before the boys woke up.

The boys woke up with just about enough time to rummage through their baskets, Graham's favorite toy was the bath squirters, though I don't think he knows what they are.  He also is a big fan of his books.  Dylan's favorite was no surprise.  The magnifying glass.  He hasn't really put that thing down since.

Checking out Daddy's basket
We fed them, and headed to church with Adam's parents.  Right after the service was the egg hunt.  Dylan and Graham for this year were still in the preschool group.  I'm thinking next year I will move them up.  They were pro's.  Dylan's basket was so full, we moved some over to Graham's which once he got the hang of it was also full.  Luckily, there weren't many kiddo's in that group so I didn't really feel that bad.  But hey, other than the one I threw in the basket because I stepped on and crushed, they gathered them all alone.

After the service they had a breakfast burrito bar, it was yummy, we didn't stay for long because they were starting to melt down.  We headed home shortly after eating, and sadly, Graham fell asleep in the car on the way home, and transferring didn't work this time, so he wasn't in the best of moods for the rest of the day.

Dylan had a evening out with Daddy and Papa.  He went to his first Dallas Stars game.  Other than it being " too loud" ( his new thing) he had a great time.  He of course wanted to play on the ice, but overall, I'm thinking he will be attending more games.

So there you have it, that is how we spent our Sunday.  Monday, was also a big day in our house, more on that another time!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Menu

Monday:   Delayed Easter celebration family dinner

Tuesday: Shrimp scampi, pasta, mixed veggies

Wednesday: Adam has an early soccer game - Take out, or a pizza at soccer

Thursday- Pork Tenderloin tips, quinoa

Friday- shredded ranch chicken tacos, beans, corn

Saturday Lunch- Caprese Quinoa Salad

Saturday- Doing a little BBQ

Sunday- Family Dinner