Sunday, May 31, 2015

Iris turns 2

Today is Iris' birthday. She turns two! Seems like yesterday that we met the small feisty girl. She won our hearts then and squeezes them tightly still today.

To celebrate her birthday all the pups got a walk around the lake. A little bit later we had a puppy party. That included a party hat for the birthday girl and "Tuna Cakes" for all the furry ones.

Birthday portraits- 3 of my favorites.
 Party time!
How many shots does it take to get one where all the subjects are looking at the camera?
The answer is 12.
 ***The winning shot!***
Time to eat the tuna cakes!
Going, going, gone!
They didn't waste any time cleaning their plates.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Crêpes and Crawfish

On Saturday evening our friends (and former neighbors), the Harkey's rolled into Spring. They were just starting out on their way to New Orleans and planned time to hang out with us. Lucky us!

We met up at a (new to us) place in Vintage Park called Coco's Crêpe. We secured a long table on the patio and ordered up some crêpes from the menu of 21 crêpe options, not including "build your own." Want sweet? Want savor? They had it! They also had incredible Chai Tea made with Vanilla Gelato. Holy cow!

In this picture you can see Briana's Coco’s Crêpe (Coco’s Crêpe with strawberries, Whipped Cream, Caramel & Chocolate sauces) and my Chicken & Spinach Crêpe (Chicken & Spinach with mushrooms, mozzarella & wild mushroom pesto sauces). YUM!!

I got a good picture of the gang with the crêpes and Chai Teas. Again, YUM!!
 Dig in!
To our delight, a musician set up in the courtyard and we were able to enjoy his singing and guitar playing. Ed and I, along with Clark and Briana, even got out and danced to a song.

From there, we went to a bingo hall for some evening fun. It turned into a long night but it was great to be with our dear friends.

On Sunday, Briana's last day with us, we went to another (new to us) place called, "China Bear." She hadn't tried a lot of Chinese food so we thought this buffet, we had only heard about, might be a good way for her to try a variety. Turns out we were all in for a huge surprise.

First off, this restaurant is huge. Seriously. Huge. Secondly, the variety was way more than we expected. It included all kinds of seafood, sushi, Asian, and for anyone not digging all of that, basic Americanized food.

The kids and Ed loaded up with things they normally eat at a Chinese place. I decided to be adventurous and got one of several things new to me. I tried and liked muscles, octopus, and edemame in black bean sauce. I tried and didn't like razor clams. I tried and couldn't swallow an oyster. (I don't get the oyster love at all!)

Briana and Clark had never tried crawfish before so I got a plate and gave them a lesson. They were a little afraid. It was funny!
 In the end they ate a couple each and Briana said she actually liked them. Clark said they were a lot of work but pretty good. Success!

Outside of the restaurant they had Koi pond that ran around two sides of the huge building. We bought a cup of fish food for $2 to share in feeding the fish. Look at all these beautiful Koi.
At the very end of the lilly pad filled pond system was a lovely waterfall. 
Perfect picture place!

Good times, good friends, good food! 
And now that they are gone we miss them all!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bubble Run Houston

We signed up for the Bubble Run Houston because it looked like just plain fun. Who doesn't want to play in bogs of bubbles? And colored bubbles at that!
Pre-run photo
20,000 plus people, along with Emily, Isabel, Briana, and us showed up on Saturday morning at NRG Stadium in Houston. We were wearing our Bubble Run T-shirts, bibs, and headbands because we are cool like that! 
Clink on the photo collage to see it bigger!
Here is what Clark had to say about the Bubble Run. "It was too early in the morning for this type of activity but it was colorific." Yep, he is a youngster. 20 year olds!!..... :::insert eye roll:::

Here is what Dane had to say about the Bubble Run. "I have never seen anything like it. The bubbles were so tall I could disappear in them. It was amazing. I had so much fun."

This is what it looks like from afar. We may or may not be hiding in the bubbles!
Here is what the shirts looked like at the end. I took a picture because I am assuming that the color will wash away just like our color run shirts did.
 I added this picture of me with my water bottle tucked in my shorts because I like it!
I was having fun!
It was frothy bubblicious fun, for sure. It was delightful to walk through, for sure. Would we do it again? Probably not. It was worth doing once for the experience. We will instead look for smaller local 5Ks in which to participate.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pop Show

Dane's choir put on a "Pop Show" as its end of the year concert. We did our best to get good pictures with the Canon but the lighting in the cafeteria was not the best and our seats were not centered (even though we were on the 4th row).
Here is a picture from the "Hakuna Matata" number.
Here are some pics from the "Treasure" number.
 Here are a few pictures from the "Jump To The Rhythm" number.
 Dane also sang in two other numbers called "Family" and "We're All in This Together."

It was a fun night of movie themed songs and dance performed by some musically talented kids.

Home Again

Ed and Dane drove up to Denton to help Clark get packed up and moved out of his dorm. It was a big job, I hear, but they did it! Before they left town they had a quick dinner with Briana who is staying in Denton for the summer.

Ed took these three pics with his phone.
 They are as cute as can be!

We are looking forward to lots of summer visits from Briana.

Band Banquet

Mason attended the Hawk Band Banquet at the Hyatt in downtown Austin. Here are a few pictures from his fun night of dinner and dancing.
Mason and his date, Katie.
  Mason and his best bud, Joel.
 Photo bombed!
Mason and a friend.