Tuesday, May 31, 2016

April Miscellaney

April was a busy month. Well, all months are busy months, so it was normal! ;)

Running errands with 3 little girls is always interesting!  We had to pick up Brandon's tux one day and the girls came with us, so they performed in front of the mirror while we waited.
I laughed when I saw this in our playroom.  They are supposed to be cupcakes but Meredith turned the bottoms upside down to create an octopus. ;)

I let the girls pick their beach towels this year and Meredith was very excited about it when it came in the mail! She asked me to take her picture, so I obliged!  And, Miranda was so excited about her new lunchbox, she fell asleep on the couch holding it. ;)

April also brought Pajama day at preschool!

One day, Miranda and I visited Mackenzie for lunch and I think they enjoyed their time together.

So, not only did Miranda promote in swimming, but Meredith did too!  It was a long, hard year of being at the "dolphin" level, but her confidence improved and therefore her swimming skills did too!  Yay Meredith!

I ordered workbooks for the girls for this summer and when they came in, Mackenzie was super excited to get started even though school was still in session!  She was also very excited that one of the workbooks is going to teach her cursive!
Mackenzie and Meredith are both artistic and crafty, but I forsee a lot more crafting done with Meredith in the future.  I had a painting project and so Meredith had her own painting project!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Miranda swim lessons

At the beginning of April, Miranda took a 2 week swimming class so she could promote to the big class.  At the end of the 2 week session, the parents were allowed to go into the pool area, so I was able to get better pictures and videos.  Her teacher was Mr. Rudy and he was great!

Kicks on the barbells.

She's having lots of fun!

In her beginning class, they are just focusing on floating on your back until someone gets you or you touch the side of the pool in case they were to fall into a pool.

"And grab the bricks..."
She likes the slide too!

And at the end, they dove for rings!

This first video is actually from when she was in the baby class (her last one), but they did the same stuff in the 2 week session.

The next two are videos that Meredith took.

And diving for rings...

And finally, she received her certificate and promotion!
Yay for swimming! ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NYC - day 4

Our last day in NYC was really more of a travel day.  We slept in since that was really our last time for a while to sleep in. ;)  Then we packed up and checked out before heading out to breakfast.  We loved that small little deli down the street so we ate there again.  We were going to try to go somewhere else nearby, but we didn't think we'd have enough time before needing to head to the airport.

This is our hotel room...

And views from the hotel room...

I love rooftop gardens.

Unfortunately I scratched my eye that morning at some point and it bothered me the entire day.  By the time we got on the plane I was wearing my sunglasses and had tissues constantly wiping up my tears.  We were sure I had pink eye, so going home to the girls wasn't as exciting because I was trying not to touch them too much.  By the time I woke up the next morning, my eye was completely better.  Who knows what really happened to it, but at least it wasn't pink eye.

We got home late that night, put the girls to bed and so ended our vacation!  It was great and reminded me that we need to take anniversary trips more often!  We have a family vacation planned this summer and while it won't be as relaxing as this trip was, I'm looking forward to making more memories!

Monday, May 23, 2016

New York - Day 3

Day 3 in New York was our last full day in the city.  We slept in that morning and then went to a little deli for breakfast just down the street from our hotel.  We didn't have any plans that evening, so Brandon looked online and found a concert for us to go that night.  I'll get to that in a little bit.  After breakfast we walked 18 blocks to see the Empire State Building.  My guidebooks said the best time to visit was on weekday mornings and I will say even though there were lines, it wasn't too bad.  I'm glad we chose that morning to go.

The first set of views are from the 86th floor. Please excuse the massive number of photos, but I just couldn't resist - the weather was just too beautiful not to take pictures!

The financial district is in the distance and you can see the Freedom tower (the tallest building).

Close up of the Financial District.

The Statue of Liberty is in the center of this frame.  It looks so small compared to everything else and yet, it must have looked huge when it was originally built!

A close up of Freedom Tower.

The Brooklyn Bridge is in the distance.  We finally drove over it on our way home from the concert that evening.  My picture didn't turn out so well, so this is my best one!

Chrysler Building...
Apparently this is a residential tower in midtown.  It's super tall and skinny and so out of place.  Very strange.

I'm not sure what bridge is in the distance, but it looks big and we are really far away, so it must be huge up close!

Theses views are from the 102nd floor.  That level was fully enclosed so there is plexiglass in the photos.

Chrysler Building, again.

Central Park.  It's amazing how big of a park it is in the middle of the city.

After the Empire State Building, we took an uber drive to the upper West Side near the Museum of Natural History.  We ate at Unos for lunch and again I was amazed at the bathrooms being in the basement down a narrow staircase and hallway.  You'd never find that here in Texas!

One of Mackenzie's favorite movies lately is Night at the Museum, so we had to go the American Museum of Natural History to see if it's anything like the movie museum.

The statue of Roosevelt was outside, but he was riding a horse!

So big!  I wish we could have gone in to see it, but we didn't have enough time to spend the hours it would take to see everything.

I just love the details of these stone buildings.

 The inside was beautiful, but it was not like the movie! Ha!  There were dinosaurs, though!

After the Museum, we meandered through Central Park.  It wasn't as pretty as I know it can be since it was still winter/early spring, but again I'm just amazed at such a huge park in the middle of the city.

Ice skating!

And to follow our routine, we went back to the hotel to rest before our evening adventures!

Our tickets we bought that morning were for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in a Theater in Brooklyn.  We took an uber ride to downtown Brooklyn.  We had them drop us off at the library since we were really early.  After realizing that's not really where we wanted to be, we went to a pizza place about 10 minutes away.  That place turned out to be really good with wonderful pizza and delicious gelato!  Another uber ride to King's Theater and we were ready for our concert!  It was a beautiful theater that had just been remodeled.


I'll be honest, I knew some of the music, but not all of it and I had only heard of one of the guitarists, but Brandon really liked it, so it was great!  We left a little early (about 3 songs from the end) and took yet another uber ride back to our hotel.

Day 3 and our last night in NYC!
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