Our fun actually started Wednesday. We had dinner with family friends which involved swimming. (thankfully we had no accidents in the pool:)
Friday was Lambert's birthday but he had plans for us to go to the circus so we had his VERY YUMMY birthday dinner Thursday.
The kids helped me make homemade cheesecake. We sang Happy Birthday Friday before we headed out to the circus. The Doll loved all the celebrating.
Lambert and I spent the morning in Houston. We had a nice breakfast togehter and then did some shopping at our favorite shopping spot. It was so nice to just be together. It doesn't happen often enough. I love just sitting and being with him.
We arrived at the circus and she didn't know what to think. We weren't sure how she would handle it, but.... SHE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
Hoot always seems to have her in a choke hold... not sure why...
Lambert says I'm not in enough photos so he took some of me with the kiddos
It truly is a great show.. however the turnout was terrible. There were lots of empty seats. We could have moved to the front row of the floor section at intermission if we wanted to. We had great seats so we stayed put, but I was shocked at how few people were there.
Saturday we stayed home and had a relaxing evening. We had an early dinner and the kiddos played out doors until dark. Hoot has the best little friend two doors down and they enjoy getting together.
She copies her big brother almost ALL of the time.
This morning we decided to take a family day and head to Galveston. It was an awesome day too. We did some things we haven't done before and I think we all enjoyed it. First we ate at our favorite haunt.. Bennos.
The Gumbo is the best and the littles love the chicken strips. It's a must try if you're in Galveston. Then we headed over to the streets adorned with the wood carvings. Many of the historic trees were lost during hurricane Ike. The strong winds uprooted many, but the salt water killed thousands more. Local artisans sculpted new life into many of these trees. You can find them tucked in gardens and peeping over fences. Our favorite is the great dane leaning over an iron fence.
The homeowners decorated him appropriately for the holidays.
I have an affection for owls being Hoot's mom.
I told him if he didn't smile for me, I was going to make him go back in the ocean!! Read previous Galveston post:) He detests the camera.
Next we headed over to Bishops Palace for a tour. We have never done this before, but we loved it. The docent was so interesting. She gave the best tour. The house was amazing but we couldn't take photos once inside. It was 20,000 sq ft. The owners built it in the late 1800's for $350K. The widow sold the home in the 1920's when she moved to Washington. The house sat on the market for 3 years with no offers. It was finally sold to the Catholic Diocese for a mere $40,000!!!! We were very fascinated by the tour. Hoot enjoyed it as well. The Doll not so much... she tolerated it.
I love these kiddos
Moving right along we made our way back to the seawall and rented a family bike... We've never done this before, but it was a blast. I'm so glad we did. We strolled along (Lambert did most of the pedaling)
We took a look at the construction going on. There is a new pier coming to Galveston soon. The Fertitta's are launching Pleasure Pier. The pier will be similar to the Boardwalk in Kemah.
It doesn't look like much now, but it's going to be great. It's site was home to the historic Flagship Hotel that was finally torn down after Hurricane Ike.
I had to take this photo. Oh to be young
Well that's it for this entirely too lengthy post. I had to fit it all in because who knows when I'll post again. I'm tired! Please forgive the misspellings... I'll have to go back later and edit:)