The husband got to spend the first week of the year in Utah, skiing with The Semper Fi Fund. My sister came to visit and we went to our first Rampage hockey game of the year. We also made a trip to Austin, did some shopping and toured the capitol building.
Our first trip to the ER for stitches. I’m impressed we made it this long. The little one fell off her bed and landed cheek first on her bookshelf. Only two stitches though. She also turned 7. I made her a gigantic heart shaped cake and her day was made.
Spring in Texas! We made a trip to the Pedernales Falls State Park and had a couple afternoons of bluebonnet hunting. We also spent a day in Gonzales. It’s an adorable town and full of history if you are ever in the area. I also went to Dallas to attend a Caregiver’s Retreat with The Semper Fi Fund.
Drove out to Castroville to see the poppies, took in another Rampage game, and had a girl’s weekend in North Carolina. I had never been to NC before, so we squeezed as much into our four days as we could. Went to the beach, the state capitol, and a flea market. The big one tried out and made honor band for the next school year. He was so happy and we are so proud.
The husband was gone for a while, but I can’t for the life of me remember where he went or what for. The little one and I ended up having a weekend to ourselves, so we went downtown, did some shopping, had lunch, and went to the top of the Tower of Americas. We managed to squeeze a trip to Houston in, taking in a baseball game. When the husband got back, we did a full day on the bike in the hill country. Memorial weekend was full of festivals, bands, and baseball.
The kids got out of school and our summer officially began. The big one had a few weeks of swimming camp and we went to the Stockdale Watermelon Festival. I want to say the husband was gone again. He’s always going somewhere.
I was childless! The big one went to Disney World with his dad and the little one went to her grandparents in California. The husband and I had big plans to take advantage of it, but all we did was go see American Aquarium at Gruene Hall. We go to so many concerts that it’s business as usual for us. The little one got her expander put in and braces will follow. The big one then came home and turned 11. These kids need to stop growing. I can’t take it. I did finally get a new couch. That was the highlight of my month.
We took a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and spent a fun filled weekend with my family. 20 of us in one house. It was a great time though. We also made a trip to Austin to the Westcave Outdoor Preserve and to see the bats at dusk. Then school started, 2nd and 6th grade, and the fun slowed.
Labor Day weekend started off with a trip to Luckenback for a concert and a day spent in the river. Some friends from California came to town, so we spent a weekend showing them around. We also finally went to the Hamilton Pool.
The big one and I had a day date in Austin. We went to the LBJ Library first, then saw Newsies. He wasn’t as thrilled with it as I was, but I loved it! We did the usual October corn maze. I took the little one to the American Girl store. The second grade at her school had too many kids, so they started a new class. She got moved. We weren’t happy about it, but it’s turned out ok. The big one wanted to join a Lego Robotics club at school, but he had to apply. Applying meant drawing and writing an essay about an invention that can help people. Only 10 kids could get in and he made it. He’s kinda smart like that.
Veterans Day meant we all went to the little one’s school for a parade and then went to the big one’s school for a band concert. My dad came down for a few days and the husband was in Arizona for a week. We made a trip to see LBJ’s ranch (I’m totally knowledgeable in all things LBJ now). My sister came down for Thanksgiving and we spent most of the weekend in West Texas. We went to Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Big Bend National Park.
We haven’t done much beyond baking and crafting. We did see The Nutcracker and then check out all the lights on the Riverwalk. The big one went to Europe (Super excited for him, but I’m also slightly jealous). After Christmas, we took a trip to hang out with my family for a few days. We hadn’t done Christmas together since 2009, so it was long overdue.
I’m excited for 2017. 2016 was a hard year for me and I’m hoping this next year will be better. We’ve also got a few trips planned already, but we had to postpone our Iceland trip because my sister got a new job and can’t take the time off yet. That just means I get to go visit her in a new city now!