Thursday, April 5, 2018

Emilia: Age 12



1. What is your favorite color? lavender
2. What is your favorite toy? soccer Ball
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Netflix
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Ham and cheese sandwich
 6. What is your favorite outfit? Aggie soccer jersey and leggings
7. What is your favorite game? Soccer
 8. What is your favorite snack? Vanilla wafers 
9. What is your favorite animal? Norwal
10. What is your favorite song? Demons by Imagine Dragons
11. What is your favorite book? Smile
12. Who is your best friend? Anna, Lakshmi and Gabi
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Soccer
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and my birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Llama, panda, Olaf, Torchy Taco and soccer ball pillow
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Big noodle pasta
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional soccer player and physical therapist 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Break in Washington, DC

Here’s how our spring break in Washington, DC broke down by days with Beau (7) and Emilia (11).

SATURDAY
Spirit Airlines IAH to Baltimore
Super Shuttle suburban met us outside baggage claim and drove us to the hotel.
Hotel - Canopy by Hilton at The Wharf

Dinner: Shake Shack on the Wharf near the hotel.

SUNDAY
Every morning we ate the complimentary breakfast at the hotel.
We bought 7 day short travel Metro passes to get us around the city for the week. The hotel is near the Green line’s Waterfront stop.
Took the metro to the National Mall and saw:
  • Washington Monument (couldn’t go up since it’s under repair/renovation)
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorials (for men and women)
Lunch: food truck. There was a St. Patrick’s Day parade and people playing baseball and a  football league.

  • Then we went to the Smithsonian museum of Natural History.

Dinner: Caesar salad, pizza and garlic bread from Pi Pizzeria on Uber Eats.

MONDAY
  • Holocast museum-  They have a kid’s exhibit that was great for Beau. There were parts of the main exhibit that we bypassed/didn’t point out to Beau.

Lunch: cafe by the Holocast museum
  • Bureau of Engraving (have to get pick up free tickets the day of for the tour so we did that before the Holocast museum)
  • Smithsonian museum of American History
Dinner: Firefly - the kids each got a sugar cookie to decorate when we got there with sprinkles and mini chocolate chips and then they baked it while we ate dinner so they had their creation for dessert.

TUESDAY
  • I had bought 9am tickets a few weeks before we left for Ford’s Theatre. The house was closed for renovation but we saw the museum, theatre and aftermath museum that is across the street.
  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • National Archives - just saw the Declaration of Independance, Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Late lunch/dinner: Founding Farmers - we both wished we had one of these in The Woodlands!

WEDNESDAY
  • 9am White House tour
  • White House museum

Lunch: Hard Rock Cafe
  • The Supreme Court
  • 2:30 Capitol tour (private one given through our Congressman’s Kevin Brady’s office)

Dinner: Shake Shack

THURSDAY
  • Mount Vernon (had to add some money to our metro passes to take the metro and bus transfer to get there)

Lunch: Mount Vernon
Dinner: Ted’s Bulletin 14th Street location (50s diner that always serves breakfast. Recommend this place too!!)

FRIDAY
  • Library of Congress
  • Went back to the Capitol to use our passes to see the House chamber
Lunch: Capitol cafeteria
  • Zoo

Dinner:
Tracey- Teaism with my college friend Megan

Chris and the kids tried to go to a Chick Fil A but the location hadn’t opened yet. So Beau had McDonalds, Emilia ate Subway and Chris had Chipotle at Union Station.

SATURDAY
  • Arlington Cemetery
Lunch: The Portrait Gallery Cafe
  • The Portrait Gallery
Dinner: Hank’s Oyster Bar next door to our hotel

SUNDAY
Fly home (reverse from coming)

Things we didn’t see:
Most art museums
the new African American museum
Spy Museum
MLK Memorial
Georgetown

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beau: Age 7

Beau's ready for his 7th birthday party 🎉


1. What is your favorite color? Green
2. What is your favorite toy? Transformer
3. What is your favorite fruit? kiwi
4. What is your favorite tv show? Slugterra
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and jelly
 6. What is your favorite outfit? Soft stuff
7. What is your favorite game? Minecraft
8. What is your favorite snack? Oreos
9. What is your favorite animal? red panda and turtle
10. What is your favorite song? White Winter Hymnal
11. What is your favorite book? Big Pokémon book
12. Who is your best friend? Nathan
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky charms
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Make sticks sharper and play with them
15. What is your favorite drink? Hi-C and fruit punch
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas because I like to get lots of presents
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? All my stuffed animals
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Blueberry waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Quiche
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Army

 PS: Age 6 Age 5 Age 4

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Emilia: Age 11





1. What is your favorite color? aqua and red
2. What is your favorite toy? stuffed animals - Olaf
3. What is your favorite fruit? grapes
4. What is your favorite tv show? Legends of Tomorrow and The Great British Bake-off
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? pizza
 6. What is your favorite outfit? Lularoe leggings and top
7. What is your favorite game? soccer
 8. What is your favorite snack? Granola bar
9. What is your favorite animal? arctic foxes and a beluga
10. What is your favorite song? Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
11. What is your favorite book? Breakaway by Alex Morgan
12. Who is your best friend? Anna H.
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Soccer
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and my birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Olaf and a pillow
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Big noodle pasta
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A pediatric dentist or professional soccer player or coach


PS: Age 10 here, Age 9 here, Age 8 here, Age 7 here and Age 6 here

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Family Pictures 2016

Once again we had our family pictures taken by the wonderful photographer, Andrea Bacle.  We took the pictures at my parents ranch in Riverside so you catch glimpses of the Belted Galloways in our first shots!  It was a beautiful late afternoon with the sun setting so the colors in the sky are gorgeous!  Of course our newest family member, Roxy, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, joined us.  We even got a picture with my parents, their dog Zorro and Grandma (Dad's mom).













































Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beau: Age 6


Today Beau turns 6!  This weekend he celebrated with a dinosaur pool party!  He's now lived in the USA longer than Australia although he loves to wear his swim trunks around all day without a shirt or shoes.  He talks... a lot.  He always wants to play legos, cars, dinosaurs, restaurant, house or with the Star Wars light sabers.  Beau makes friends easily and thinks McDonald's is great because you get a toy and there's a play structure where he can always find a group of boys to play with.  He's looking forward to kindergarten where he'll get to ride the bus to school.

1. What is your favorite color? all the colors in the rainbow
2. What is your favorite toy? legos
3. What is your favorite fruit? kiwi
4. What is your favorite tv show? Ninjago
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and jelly 

6. What is your favorite outfit? Dinosaur shirt where you make a mouth
7. What is your favorite game? Fantasy Forest (at Mamaw's house from Chris's childhood) 

8. What is your favorite snack? Tiny Teds (Australian little cookies)
9. What is your favorite animal? Gorilla and turtle and red panda
10. What is your favorite song? I don't have a favorite song
11. What is your favorite book? I don't know because they keep coming out with new books. Pete the Cat and Star Wars.
12. Who is your best friend? Paul and he's my closest friend too since he's our neighbor
13. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Mini Wheats
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swim!
15. What is your favorite drink? Fruit punch berry (from Pei Wei)
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas because I like to get presents and Santa gave me the gift I want
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lots of stuffed animals
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Kolaches
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? McDonald's
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I have no idea yet

PS: Age 4 here, Age 5 here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Emilia: Age 10

My baby has turned double digits!!  Her party will be this weekend.


Emilia and Beau in the bluebonnets along I-45 on Easter

Emilia making a shot on the goal at last Sunday's soccer game


1. What is your favorite color? Aqua
2. What is your favorite toy? Kanani (American Girl)
3. What is your favorite fruit? pineapples
4. What is your favorite tv show? Austin and Ally
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? big noodle pasta
 6. What is your favorite outfit? Her Easter dress (white lace)
7. What is your favorite game? Sorry!
 8. What is your favorite snack? Granola bar
9. What is your favorite animal? Penguin
10. What is your favorite song? One Call Away by Charlie Puth
11. What is your favorite book? 56 Story Treehouse
12. Who is your best friend? Harlee B.
13. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Flakes
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Soccer
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and my birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Giraffe
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chick Fil A chick n minis
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Big noodle pasta
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Life guard or Pediatric dentist

PS: Age 9 here. Age 8 here, Age 7 here and Age 6 here

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Family Pictures

I wanted to share our family pictures that we took this year.  Andrea Bacle, an amazing photographer, in The Woodlands took these pictures near the boathouse.  We loved them all and it was hard to decide which ones to frame!!