Monday, January 31, 2011

Alamo & Sea World 2010

In September, I convinced my  husband that we needed a little vaca since we skipped the summer one dealing with the house.  We have friends in San Antonio, so we decided on Alamo and Sea World.  The last time we had been to Sea World, Anysa was just about Brax's age now.

I was so excited to get us really good Sea World tickets.  They had a special that you could buy a kid ticket for $5 with each adult ticket purchase.  Plus, Brett Michaels was playing in concert that night so that made the trip complete...ha!

The kids had a Friday off, so we headed down on Thursday night so we could check out the Alamo before SW opened.

Heading in for the tour.

Forgot the details, but this tree is BIG and OLD!

Waiting for the dolphins!

This was so fun!!  Since we were there on a Friday morning, the crowds were still really low for the shows.  Anysa was asked to be in the seal show!!

Finding out what it was like to be a seal.

She was a trooper!

Meeting her new friend!

They gave us fish coupons for being in the show.  Those seals can really eat!

Mommy, Luke, and Anysa coming in for the big splash!


Our cool dude!  We did take him on a few rides, including a water one.

Having fun at the SW park.

Waiting on Shamu!

Seriously, I could have taken even more pictures of this.  I don't think it ever stops being magical!  Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Goosebumps again!

Shortly after this picture, Daddy headed to high ground with Brax while I braved the upcoming tidal wave with the big kids.

We got to meet the new baby whale!

A family performance!

They warn you a LOT that it is coming, but you are never quite ready!  And they are not kidding, you get WET WET WET!!  I managed to save my camera right after snapping this shot of Anysa and Luke down front. 

Wish Luke could have been that little boy meeting Shamu.

Saying good bye....and one last splash!!

Brett was returning to SW that night after cancelling this concert last year due to going to the hospital.

Anysa's typical pose at loud concerts (despite wanting to be there!).  We missed the shot of Luke rocking it out.  The couple behind us was laughing at his enthusiasm.

This happened about 5 minutes before the concert started...he was pooped.  And he did not wake up despite the noise!!

We only stayed for about 4 or 5 songs, but I liked it and he did a good show.

We crashed HARD at the hotel that night before visiting with friends the next day. 

I think everyone had a good time!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Halloween 2010

Don't be spooked how far back in history this takes us! 

I can't NOT tell the stories and share the pictures!  :)

We had a funny clown, an egyptian princess, and a transformer.  Please don't ask me which transformer.  Despite working with kids for 13 years, I can never keep the trains, dinosaurs, and special super heroes all straight. 

My favorite part of this holiday is that I am usually pulling costumes, etc out of a box where they have been stored since I purchased them the year before at 50-80% off!  :)  I got so many good deals the year before last that I still have some unopened costumes and accessories to create new looks for 2011.

My trio

cheesing it up...even the transformer!

brax was so funny about it all.  we had practiced with his costume a few days before just to make sure he would wear it.  the material was pretty yucky and it was almost too small, but he liked it.  he loved that hat and even had fun letting me put make-up on him.  he liked standing on counter and looking at himself in the mirror while we worked.  Can you tell he had been perfecting his "cheese"?  My kids are no strangers to mommy with a camera!

headed for his first big go at raking in the loot.  he was still stroller bound last year!

mom is interupting his mission

daddy rescuing him from the camera.  wish you could have seen him run towards the church

cupcake walk



cleopatra giving it a shot

little man and daddy had been practicing this move at home just for this perfect opportunity!

the winner!