Sunday, August 23, 2015

Last Week of Summer - Museums, Zoos and Birthdays, Oh My!

We've had a few things on our summer bucket list that we never got around to doing so my kids have had the best last 10 days of summer ever checking things off. 
 It started off with them getting to go to the Ft Worth Children's Museum with Honey and Boss one weekend while we were away at the lake with some friends. 
 My parents sent me like 30 pictures from this day and I loved getting every single one!
 Here are a few.
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Apparently Ty's favorite thing was this wind tunnel.
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Love these of sweet Dylan in his stroller. 
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And these with the T-Rex outside are adorable. 
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I think they took pics with every bronze statue they could find. 
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Meanwhile, we had a fun couples weekend at the lake kid-free.
It is such a special treat to get away and we don't get a chance too often. Our friends are so gracious and sweet about wanting to go to the lake house. I love that they always are wanting to go and think its a fun place to be. Its not too big and doesn't have many bells and whistles but we LOVE it and can't imagine summer without being there as much as we can. 
 Without kids we do a LOT more boating...sunset cruises and tubing and wake boarding. We can stay on the boat for hours without having to run back for nap time or because its too hot.
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Monday we went with some cousins on the Howe side to the Ft Worth Zoo. We are so glad to be members there! It was so fun being with all the cousins. And everyone did a great job staying together!
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Best group shot we could get. 
 Only missing sweet, camera shy Grady. 
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Kinley and Aubrey had matching snaggle-tooth smiles to start the day. These pics was taken at Aubrey's bday party on Saturday and at lunch at the zoo on Monday.
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But, in the prairie dog house, Aubrey finally lost that dangling tooth and it was cause for celebration. Kinley has been wiggling hers ever since trying to match again.
Broke Grady of his camera shyness :)
We got to the zoo a little later than the rest and have a much shorter ride home so we stayed to do the splash pad.
 It is SO MUCH FUN and the best way to do the Fort Worth Zoo in August.
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The second half of the week we headed to Dallas and on Wednesday we hit up the Perot Museum with Honey.
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Saturday we headed to the Dallas Zoo with the Nordells.
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 I think they had the best time ever and I am sad we didn't get to stay too but, I loved getting the pics.
 Thank you Nordells!!
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It was a tight squeeze getting all 5 kids and our double stroller in their car but they made it work!
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We also celebrated Tatum and Arabellas 6th birthdays this week.
 Tatums was at Skatetown and it was so fun!
 It was Kinley's first time to roller skate so I took her on my own for some one on one learning and she did so great.
 There were a few falls but, no tears and lots of determination.
 She got to go home for a sleepover with AG afterward and that was a special treat too.
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Arabella's birthday was a magical unicorn party with some sweet friends.
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School starts tomorrow and I am so glad we had such a fun summer!
 I always have mixed emotions about school starting.
 I am glad for fall weather and a solid routine but, so sad to not have all three kids home with me all the time.
 I treasure summer.
 Glad we went out with a bang!

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