Thursday, June 29, 2006

Clifford



Clifford the big red dog came to Barnes & Noble for a special storytime a few days ago. I was surprised that Aubrey wasn't really afraid(like she is of Chuck E Cheese). Maybe because the dog that came really wasn't all that "big" or maybe because Chuck E Cheese just has a freaky mouse face. I know I was scared of him when I was little and I still am=) Anyways, the girls were SO excited to meet Clifford:the not-so-big red dog.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Yee haw!



Today was a nice day for a picnic. A little cloud cover and even a breeze! We had lunch with Joey at the Central Park in Frisco. Its just a small little treed area with benches and a little stream running through it. It also has sculptures of cattle from the "Shawnee Trail" that were driven through this area long ago. The girls thought they were pretty cool and Joey, well, he decided to go for a ride. Ride 'em cowboy!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Under contract!

We have found a home! Yippee! We love it. It officially went under contract today and we have the inspections set up for tomorrow. Pray that everything goes well! If it does, we will close July 20. We're excited...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More Buda Bits



Just wanted to add pictures from our last Buda event. These are from the Library's Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. There was music, balloon animals, face painting, crafts and the "Jigglebug Express". This little make-shift train was at every Buda festival, parade or party and the girls loved riding it! It was basically a tractor with a few additions=) Buda is a simple town....

Face painting. Aubrey's request-a purple unicorn please...Of course Ella wanted the same.

Here is a picture with the librarian Ms. Martha and the girls friend, Cole. He was almost exactly Aubrey's age and they played well together. Every Wednesday morning we were all at the library for storytime and Ms. Martha was the best, so animated and so loving towards the children. She knew each child by name. We will miss them...



Something we did quite often at our neighborhood park was kite-flying. Joey took this picture to the left-I think its a cool shot of Aubrey flying her kite.




I love Ella's smile in this one to the right. She was so excited....at first. She only lasted a couple of minutes=) Then she ran to the playground.










I just had to add this one. Its from another time we went kite-flying with Joey's parents. Joe was trying so hard, on a not-so-windy day, to try to get the kite flying. Check out that stride!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Goodbye Austin,Goodbye Buda

Our family-June 3, 2006



Hey everyone! We are finally pretty much settled into our apartment up here in Plano, Texas. I've been meaning to set up our blog for awhile. We have enjoyed reading everyone else's-this is such a great idea!
Anyways, we are doing pretty good, busy house-hunting in north Dallas. For those of you that don't know, Joey's office relocated to Frisco, which is just north of Dallas. It all happened so fast! It seems like we had just moved to Austin-well, I guess we had=) We were there only about a year and a half. We were sad to leave that area. We were in Buda, a great little town just south of Austin and we have many memories we will never forget. The weekend before we left, Aubrey had her dance recital and did soooo great. I know we are partial, but she was the best one out there=) She was in a combination, ballet, tap, gymnastics class every Tuesday since August and it was the highlight of her week. It also really helped with her shyness. To the right, you'll notice her pose very similar to Jenna's=) Below is also a picture of her with her class after the recital. She is second from the right. Such sweet little ballerinas. . . . .

We were happy to have so much family come and visit this past weekend right before our move. My mom and the boys and Joey's parents, sister and nephews all came up for the recital. It was a full house! The girls loved it and so did we. One night, we decided to take everyone to Congress Bridge in Austin. It is the home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. We thought all the boys would get a kick out of it. Right at dusk, millions of bats fly out from under the bridge and it is quite a sight. They seriously fly right over you, which worries me a little bit. Everyone tells me they won't fly into your head, however I just always have this feeling I'll be the one person that one smashes into(or is attacked). So, I like to stay low. Joey had the idea of attaching a bunch of fake bats to your body and running around screaming like you were being attacked. We laughed at that idea, considered it for a couple of minutes, then decided no, it may traumatize children. Anyways, its fun-you just bring a blanket, snacks, and wait. It is a beautiful area with trees, right by Town Lake. Here are a couple of pictures from when we were there-waiting for those freaky bats. . .

The bridge. . .

A couple of bats flying over Joey. . .

Scary!

It was so nice to have family come and visit. They were also a big help with us having to move two days later-keeping the girls entertained & helping us pack a few things. The girls loved spending time with family. . .

So, now the weekend is over. It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but we will see everyone at the reunion, right? Monday, the movers came and packed our stuff. Tuesday, it was loaded and taken to storage. We packed a few of our own things, valuables, photos, irreplaceable items, clothes, toys, and some food to take with us to corporate housing. The girls tried to help, but had more fun playing in the boxes as you can see. . .

We arrived here Tuesday night. So far, the girls love the apartment. Its also nice to have a pool to take them to this summer. Its like a little vacation. We are also excited to have aunt Cindy not too far away, so we aren't alone! We get to see her tomorrow-yea! Well, wish us luck as we embark on another adventure!!!! Hopefully we find our new home soon. Take care everyone.

We'll keep you posted. . .