Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome Baby Giraffe!

On Wednesday we went to visit the brand new baby giraffe that was born at the zoo last week.  We heard that she was finally out and with the rest of the herd on Tuesday, so we got up and headed to the zoo on Wednesday morning so we could be there when it opened.  We headed straight for the giraffes.  Unfortunately, only a few of the larger giraffes were out.  I suspect the younger giraffes were in the barn because it was a bit chilly out.  We went to the children’s area and played for a bit.  The kids always love brushing the goats.  After about 45 minutes we walked back to the giraffes and the new mama and baby were out and about!   It was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and the kids were so excited!  The little girl was less than five full days old.  I was surprised at her bravery.  At one point another giraffe started to chase her a bit and her mama went right over to protect her.  They wandered over to a corner and the little baby nursed.   So cute!   It will be so neat to watch her grow.  I’m sure we will visit her every time we go to the zoo.  Definitely go see her if you live nearby and have a chance.  Can’t wait to hear her name…

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rodeo Houston 2011

Last night we went to the rodeo with passes from George’s work.  We went in to the main arena and watched for a little while.  Jacob loved watching the various events.  Grace was more interested in cotton candy and heading to the carnival.

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The kids remembered the giant slides from last year and wanted to do them first thing this year.  They were a hit once again.

Grace:

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Jake and Clare with Daddy right behind:

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Mommy, Grace, and Clare all rode together.  Jacob insisted on his own teacup.  The twins loved it.  Mommy and Clare had fun for about 30 seconds and then wanted the spinning to stop.

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The twins loved the roller coaster.

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Best friends!

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Do I even need to say that we were so tired when we got home that we all climbed into Mommy and Daddy’s bed and went straight to sleep?  I’m pretty sure we didn’t even brush our teeth.  Don’t tell the dentist.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Clare’s Ballet

Grace has been begging for months to get back into ballet, but I just couldn’t handle it with the move and all.  Now that we are finally somewhat settled, I went ahead and signed her up for ballet at the Y nearby.  Of course, that means Clare has been dressing up and talking about “my ballet.”  We lucked out that they had a class right before Grace’s for kids around Clare’s age.  She loved it!  I it was so cute to see how proud she was to be doing ballet just like her big sister.  She was even mad when she couldn’t participate in Grace’s class after her own.  Unfortunately that means I didn’t get any pictures of Grace’s class because I was dealing with a fit-throwing toddler out in the hall.  But Grace loved her class too and was even asking about having class again today.  Now I just need to find something for Jake.  Soccer was already full for the twins’ age group, so I’m looking into martial arts.  I’m sure I’ll have pics of him as soon as I figure it out.

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

We’ve Moved!

So I haven’t blogged in a really long time, but I have a good excuse.  We’ve been really busy since, oh…, late September.  The twins’ birthday was the beginning of October, then my birthday, then George’s birthday, then Thanksgiving, then George changes jobs, we decide that we need to move closer to his new office, we start getting our house ready to go on the market, then it’s Christmas.  The house goes on the market in January, and we moved into our new house in mid-February.  We are still getting settled although the main things are unpacked and in place. 

Unfortunately, all this turmoil means I haven’t taken many photos.  Because we actually live in the city now, I decided to get a zoo membership since we are only about 10 minutes away.  We have been twice since we joined last week, and the kids really love it.  We are picking zoo animals to learn about, going to the library and getting books about them, and then going to the zoo to see them a few days later.  This week Jake picked alligators, Grace picked pandas, and Clare picked monkeys. 

Each time we visit, we go check on this little guy:

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He was born on the twins’ 5th birthday last year and is really, really cute!  We even got to see him take a bath!

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Here are the twins and Clare in front of the elephants. 

Moving with three little ones has certainly had its share of adventures, but I’m thankful that we are in our new house and Daddy’s commute has been cut by a couple of hours a day.  We are all happy to see more of him!