Swingin'…Just Swingin'…


Andy and Alex take River to the park all of the time. I’ve never seen a child who loves to go to the park as much as that little girl.

And her favorite thing to do? Swing.


She likes to swing high and fast. Andy pushes her and she just squeals with delight!


That is the face of a happy child.

What makes your kids happy?


Mine like to play fetch in the back yard… :p


Princess for a Day at the Renaissance Faire


This weekend, we headed to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas.

Lately, River has been obsessed with princesses. She loves Beauty and the Beast and all you have to do to make her happy is tell her she looks like a princess.

So, we knew this would be the perfect treat for her!

Her mom did an awesome job of dressing her up in a princess costume. She braided her hair and River looked so beautiful.

River was so excited to go to the “fessival” to see the King and Queen. She wanted to dance with the King, she told us. It was so cute.

Our first stop once we arrived was by the face painting booth.


River was so excited to have her face painted. She sat so still and did a great job of letting the artist work her magic.


My favorite thing about it, though? The Nerd has this irrational fear of face paint. It totally weirds him out. And I may or may not enjoy seeing him squirm. I mean, come on! Face paint? Not clowns or bunnies? Face paint?



Once she was finished, River ran over to the mirror to get a better look at herself. She was so excited!


Isn’t she a doll?

After she was all prettied up, we headed browsed around the festival some more. River loved seeing everyone in their costumes.

We soon found a shop with crowns. Of course, no princess is complete without a crown.

She picked out this beautiful yellow crocheted crown with butterflies on it. So adorable!

Then, we headed off in search of a show or some food.

Along the way, we happened upon a shop with fairie wings. Once River saw them, she immediately headed that way. And how could we resist?


She picked out some blue ones. You know, to match her pink dress and yellow crown. So cute!

With her wings and crown, she was a full-fledged princess. She found another mirror and was dancing and twirling and admiring her outfit.


This was my favorite shot of the day. She has just the perfect princess pose!


And here she is dancing and having fun! Love it!


Next, we got to ride a camel! Err…River and Nanna got to ride a camel.


Don’t they look like they’re having fun?

It was such an awesome day, and I think River had a blast!

My favorite part of the day? The food!! Sausage on a stick and kettle corn. Y.U.M.

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival? What’s your favorite part?



Spring In Texas Means One Thing…

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Ask any Texan mom (or, in my case, aunt) and they’ll tell you — Spring means days spent eyeing random fields and highway sides looking for the inky blue petals of our state flower.

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What is it about bluebonnets that makes us go crazy and dress up our children and try to make them sit still long enough to snap a few photos?

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It’s not like we haven’t taken these pictures every. single. year.

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It’s not like it’s *easy* for a toddler to sit still while there are so many pretty flower to touch.

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So many pretty flowers in which to frolic.

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So many pretty flowers in which to… check your e-mail? Yes, this is what Nerds do when you bring them along for “moral support.” He does this all. the. freaking. time.

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River had a great time running through the field of bluebonnets we found.

Such a great time, in fact, that she cried when it was time to go.

“But I wanna play in the pretty flowers,” she wailed, as Nanna carried her back to the car. “We can’t stay here all day,” Nanna replied. “But I don’t want to leave.”

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I guess we’ll just have to come back next year.

Do you like our field of bluebonnets? It’s the *perfect* spot if you live in North Dallas.

There are three huge field of bluebonnets right in front of the JCPenney headquarters in Plano. Here’s the address: 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas. If you turn right onto Corporate Drive from Legacy Drive, there are spots to park along the road. So awesome!

Do you take photos of your kids in the bluebonnets? Where are your favorite spots?



River and the Big Red Ball

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Last weekend, we got to play with River and her newest, most awesome toy: A giant red inflatable ball.
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My brother found it at Costco. You air it up and roll it around — kids can play inside it.
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River rolled around in the ball so much it made her hair stand on end. Gotta love static electricity.
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She was laughing and giggling.
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She had so much fun.
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I just love these shots of her laughing.
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So much laughter she couldn’t contain it!
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The Nerd had fun pestering her.
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Soon, though, River got bored and started playing by herself in the front yard.
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The Nerd wouldn’t stand for that. He rolled the ball toward her.
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It went a bit faster (and harder) than he intended and hit her right in the face.
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She fell down…
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…but she was ok, I promise! She just kind of looked at The Nerd like: Seriously!? and then got up and continued playing.
It was really funny to watch. The rest of the weekend, she kept saying, “You knocked me down, Uncle James.” And I would start giggling hysterically.
Of course, I had to make an animation of the action:
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Poor child. She’ll be scarred for life.
No children were harmed in the making of this post. At least, not physically.

Snow Day!

It is COLD here in Texas.
And by COLD, I mean “oh-my-goodness-I’m-gonna-freeze-my-tushy-off” weather. We knew it was coming, so on Monday night, The Nerd and I packed up and headed to my brother’s house.
It is much a much closer commute for The Nerd from there, and the schools I was scheduled to visit were closer, too.
We had a plan: The Nerd would wake up at 5 am (before it hit freezing) and drive in to work. If school was still in session, I would go about my business as usual.
But when the alarm went off at 5 am, we were in for a surprise. It was 26 degrees outside. And it only got colder.
The Nerd had an important meeting at work, though, and had to commute in anyway. The normally 30-minute drive took 2.5 hours.
I was *really* glad that schools were cancelled.
And so was River!
She got all dressed up in her purple coat and matching headband. Isn’t she a doll?
She was having so much fun…
Until the wind started blowing. With the windchill, it felt like it was in the teens outside!
When the wind hit, she grabbed her hair and didn’t put down her hands the rest of the time we were outside.
It was really cute.
The ground really wasn’t cover with snow, per se, just an icy mixture of sleet.
I tried to get her to stomp on it, but she was too light to leave any footprints.
The road in front of the house was completely iced over, so Andy took her out on it to “skate.”
I think that one day, my niece will be a daredevil. She *loves* anything that involves spinning or sliding or going really, really fast.
It was a really fun snow day! We don’t get those very often.
Is it cold where you live? What do you like to do on snow days?