Thursday, July 31, 2008

Viva Las Vegas...



Well, as some of you know, Clarissa and I went to Las Vegas last week for a short vacation. We stayed at the Excalibur in one of their newly renovated rooms. We had a great time. Great people-watching opportunities!

We caught two shows while we there. We went to Mystere by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island. LOVED IT! I've always been a Cirque du Soleil fan, so I was very excited. We sat in the second row and it was amazing because we could see everything so close up. We also took a cab to Rio to see Penn & Teller. Also a good show and we got to meet them afterwards. Check out my slideshow to catch a picture of me with Penn.

The rest of the trip was spent running around from casino to casino, none of them paying out anything. We also got to experience the chaos of a bunch of drunk people being told by Metro police that they had to leave Bellagio and head either further north or south of the strip. Lots of unhappy, inebriated folks dropping f-bombs at policemen was somewhat interesting to watch. After Mystere, the cops closed down the streets surrounding the Bellagio. We found out later that there was a suspicious bag left on the sidewalk outside the hotel and that a bomb squad was brought in to check it out. Needless to say, it was nothing since you probably didn't hear about it in the news. I'm glad we got to go, Clarissa never gets to vacation anywhere and I thought it was fun to hang out with my sis, just the two of us having fun.

SYTYCD

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I know I haven't mentioned my show in 2 weeks, but rest assured that I am still watching. Not much to say, I do like that my two favorites are still there (Kaytee and Joshua). However, I have also grown fond of Twitch and Chelsie. I can't believe that Will was voted off. He was so talented! I haven't watched this week's episode so nobody spoil it for me please!

The Aquarium Blues



Well, I'm very behind on my blogging, so I will start off with our trip to The Aquarium Downtown a week and a half ago. If you haven't been, DON'T GO!! I was very disappointed with our visit. The Aquarium complex is nice to look at and is a wonderful idea, but not worth the money you spend. We had lunch at the restaurant first. It took 3 hostesses and a ten minute conversation to figure where to seat us in a dining room of 20+ empty tables. We had to ask for a highchair 3 times. The food was not bad, but was not good either and way too expensive for what it was. Kaylyn's hamburger tasted like the kind I used to get at my elementary school cafeteria. The Aquarium itself was cool, nicely decorated and good exhibits, but very short. We went on a train ride into the shark tunnel and then took a couple of rides on the carousel and one and two hours and $100 later we were done. We all left disappointed and with a mild case of heat stroke. At least we got some cute pictures.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Attention, attention...we now have video!

I am so excited because I have been waiting for my Flip Video Mino to arrive. I saw it in my Parents magazine and thought what a convenient way to catch all the cute things my children do and post it in my blog! I have to say that I am very pleased with my purchase. It small, easy to carry, and very user-friendly. Here is one of our very first videos. More to come later....
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When you need a little de-motivation....



Most of you are familiar with the motivational posters (see above) that you see at the print shop at the mall, or maybe in your very own office. Well, my co-workers and I discovered a website with posters that represent the real world. Check out these Demotivator posters. (One example below)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Swimming classes


Kaylyn had her first swimming lesson today at the Sea Star Swimschool and Gymnastics Center. She's the only one in her class on Tuesdays so she was by herself with her swim instructor Beau. She did fairly well from what I could tell. We sat in the observation area. I could tell that she wasn't always listening to what her instructor told her, but she did things that I could never get her to do in the water before. She was kicking her legs and floating on her tummy and back with assistance. She has absolutely no fear of the water! She ended the 30 minute lesson with a huge tantrum because she had to leave the pool. Brian and I were quite embarrassed. Oh well, it was her first time. It should get better, right?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Children's Museum - Sugar Land


Clarissa and I took the kids to the Children's Museum of Houston's Sugar Land satellite center today. It is open just for the summer and closes its doors on July 18th. It was a big hit with Kaylyn. She loved the music exhibit (of course) and hugged the giant purple bird mascot thingy that was wandering around twice. Unfortunately I forgot to bring the camera. I did take a picture on my phone of Kaylyn after I painted her face with "Care Bear" related symbols. Not bad for an amateur artist! Afterwards we had lunch at Souper Salads and went shopping at Target. Now home for NAPTIME!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

We are Care Bears..La La La La La


Well, we've discovered that Kaylyn is just like her daddy. When she decides that she wants to get into something new, she goes all the way. Her latest craze is the Care Bears. I think it's great because I loved the Care Bears when I was younger. I already know all about them! So far Kaylyn has managed to get those near and dear to her to buy her: Cheer Bear (rainbow belly badge), Grumpy Bear (cloud), Care-a-Lot Bear(2 hearts), Funshine Bear (sun), Oopsy Bear (star), and the silver anniversary Tenderheart Bear. She has also picked 4 DVD's. Her favorite is Care Bears Big Wish Movie. She is currently asking for Care Bears shirts, cups, and shoes. I think I'm going to make her a Care Bear for Halloween. Maybe we should just be a Care Bear family?

Spoon fed


Well Jack started eating solids this week. He took his first meal like he's been eating from a spoon for months! He kept looking at me like, "What took you so long?" So far he is enjoying rice cereal, sweet potatoes, and freshly pureed bananas. My boy is growing up!

SYTYCD



Okay, I think Bollywood is great, so guess what my favorite routine was this week?? Kaytee and Joshua are still my favorite couple. I'm nervous that they are going to split everyone up this week. I guess we'll have to see what happens.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th!

Well, I had to work the holiday and the day after so my husband and children went to Lufkin to celebrate the Fourth of July with Brian's family. After work I spent my evening catching up on my DVR list. I watched this week's episode of SYTYCD. I have to say the talent this season is amazing. My favorites this week are the 2 Mia Michaels routines. I can't decide which one I like best so I posted both. What a creative mind... I love it!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SYTYCD Top 16

Well,I'm a little bit behind, but at least I'm posting this before this week's episode. Thank goodness for DVR.

So, I'll make it short and sweet. I still love Kaytee and Joshua and their Samba routine was great. They are still my number one couple. But, I'll have to say my favorite routine this week was Chelsie and Mark's hip-hop routine. I am in love with Tabitha and Napoleon's choreography!

As for the bottom 6, I am not attached to ANY of them, so it kind of didn't matter who went home. Matt did do a great solo and deserved to stay after that.

Final note - Yay!!! A couple that got good reviews on their Disco routine! Congrats Jessica and Will! It only took 4 seasons.