Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy 8th Birthday, Dane!

Today is the 8th birthday of my sweet and funny son, Dane! I am putting some pictures up to show his growth through the years!

And many more~~~~!!

Friday, February 25, 2011


Today, February 25, 2011 is the anniversary of the day we closed on the Caisteal House. We have officially lived her for 6 years! 6 years!! I can't believe it! It really doesn't seem like that long ago. But it has been that long.

I found some pictures that I took prior to completion and some taken once the house was completed. Amazing! I still can't believe it...until I see how young Dane is in the photos. Then I believe it, and I get sad.

We were OH, so proud of that SOLD sign.

Inside- still nice and clean.
Little Dane is checking it out.

Dane turned 2 yrs old 3 days after we closed on the house. We had a small birthday party with pizza and an Elmo cake. Besides the boys young age in this party picture, it is interesting to see the back yard with out grass and another home still under construction. (Look! There no blinds up yet though Ed worked fast and furious to get them up in all 22 windows within a week, give or take a day.)

Here is to many more happy years in this house!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valentine's Day

For breakfast on Valentine's Day, I made turkey bacon and heart shaped pancakes for everyone. For dinner we had heart shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy's (a take and bake pizza place). In between, the boys went to school, Ed went to work, and I worked on the yearbook.

The only boy that celebrated Valentine's Day at school was Dane. The class decorated "mail bags" and exchanged cards. In addition, Ed and I bought him Valentine's balloons and a button through the PTO that were delivered to him at the end of the day.

I popped into the classroom to get pictures. Here is Dane with some classmates showing off their balloons.

The note on the balloon reads, "To Dane, Our favorite 7 yr old in the whole world! Hugs and Smooches, Mom & Dad (and Andy!)"

Monday, February 14, 2011

Aquarena Springs

On Sunday, we loaded up the family, picked up the girlfriends, and headed out to San Marcos for an afternoon of outdoor fun at Aquarena Springs. The Huschka's, the Monica's, and the Needom's met us out there.

For anyone who visited as a child (elementary field trips!), please know it is very different. In fact, the only thing that is the same are the glass bottom boats. But that is also the only activity that has a cost.

The property was purchased by Texas State University in 1996. They use it for educational purposes, including marine biology studies and grade school field trips. It is open to the public all year long.

They added a floating walkway into the "wetlands" which is the shallow part of the springs. You can walk out over the water and see plant and animal life. They also added an aquarium building. In there, you can see tanks holding the famous & native San Marcos Blind Salamander, several species of native fish, and native turtles.

The weather was PERFECT!!! We had such a great time! You will see why in the many, many, many pictures I took. (So I took over 200 but have whittled them down for the blog!)

Inside the aquarium building....

Waiting for the Glass Bottom Boats....

We got our own boat since we had a big group.
Inside the boat and under the boat....

Springs and fish.
This picture shows the newest area of springs which appeared in the last month, our tour guide said. She asked for name suggestions. We all hollered out names like, Oreo's, ice cream sandwich, milk shake, cookies and cream, and cream of wheat. But my favorite was the combination of two names- "Cookies and Cream of Wheat!" To which the kids all hollered "gross!" at me! Ha!

Plant life.

More springs.

Reflections in the glass.

The crack in the middle of this picture is the result of an earthquake that happened in the 1920's on the Balconies Fault Line. The brick shows where the springs come up in the crack.

Back on shore, we headed to the wetland walkway. But first, a cool picture of a naked tree!
The place where you used to be able to catch the Sky Cable Cars. Doesn't look the same, does it?
First thing in the wetland walkway, we see some native turtles soaking up the sun.

Plant life and animals.

The floating walkway.....

We headed over to the picnic area for lunch and play time.
We all packed picnic food and outdoor toys. The weather was so great we played for a long time!

The grounds and structures are so beautiful. I just had to shoot posed pics of the kiddos. These are the best and in some cases the funniest!
The Gang!

Lizzy and Dane

Jessica and Clark

Carly and Mason

Kennedy, Dane, & Lizzy

It really was a wonderfully relaxed and fun day. We couldn't have asked for better weather or better company.