Friday, June 16, 2017

Painting rocks? Yes, please!

Before swim lessons, we had some time to kill so Kate and I stopped at a park near Cheryl's house for a little bit. While Kate played in the playground, I took off around the walking track that encircles it and watched her play as I walked. Along the path, I came across a painted rock that looked like an alligator's head, and then another yellow one with a heart that kind of looks like Ohio. I had heard that some people were painting rocks and hiding them all over for others to find, so I was pretty excited that we had stumbled upon them.
 I did a little research about where you could find rocks to paint, so after swim Kate and I went to a landscape company that sells mulch and stones in bulk and picked out 30 pounds of rocks to paint. We go big, you know?
Thankfully I already had a ton of acrylic paints leftover from various projects, so we didn't need to go buy paint or anything like that. We got to work painting pretty much right away. Kate started with some ladybugs and I did an assortment of designs. I painted that rocks white first so that the paint colors would really stand out on them.
 We sealed the rocks once they were all dry and ready to go. I think out first batch turned out lovely, and now we will have to go to the park and leave them around for people to find. But I think it's safe to say that we've got a new hobby to be hooked on this summer, and I'm thinking of all kinds of designs I want to paint!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Little Cutie

Kate and I happened to be down in the Magnolia Street area this afternoon so I grabbed a few fun photos in front of one of the many murals down there. Enjoy:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Swim Lessons have begun!

We are now in year 4 of swim lessons with Mrs. Cheryl of Hubenak Swim School. Kate's pretty advanced now and swims like a fish, but there are so many more things to learn and I love that she enjoys it so much. It's also bonus time with friends, and there's nothing wrong with that! These girls have managed to be in the same class now for the past 3 years.
They're learning more techniques now and working on stronger kicks and diving.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yiayia Came Home!

Yiayia and Bill spent 30 very long days visiting some friends in Europe. Kate was not pleased with their trip and missed them terribly while they were gone. She cried the first few days after they left, but Yiayia had left some gifts behind for her to open occasionally while they were gone so that kept Kate occupied some, and they were also able to facetime and text as well. She was still super excited when June 8th rolled around and it was time to pick them up from the airport. She made them a welcome home sign:
So we arrived at the airport right around time for their flight to land, which was probably a big mistake on my part because it takes forever to go through customs and what-not for international flights. In hindsight, I shouldn't have gotten us there so quickly, as we ran out of things to occupy Kate pretty soon after arriving.
 I showed her the monitors on the wall and explained which flight we were watching for, so she kept checking it constantly.

 Once they landed, she wanted to stand at the end of the walkway from the international flights doorway...even though I explained to her that it would be a while before they walked through them. We stood anyway, and waited. Every time the doors would open for someone else to walk out, Kate would lean around trying to see the people still back there in line to see if she could spot them.
 Finally her little legs got tired, so after going to the restroom for the third time since arriving we sat at a nearby table to wait. That's when she finally spotted Bill in the crowd and shouted "I see them! I see them!!"
 At that point she became pretty attached to Yiayia and wouldn't leave her side. We had one very happy little girl on our hands.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Exploring Airfield Falls

I have visited Airfield Falls in the past for photo opportunities. It's the only natural waterfall in Tarrant county, and before there wasn't much of a trail head to get you there other than a sad parking lot and sidewalk. Not many people knew about it, which was kind of nice, but it's also nice now that the parks department has constructed a fancy new trail head with good parking and a cool partial aircraft display. Kate and I decided to go check it out today, since we've had tons of rain lately so I knew the falls would really be flowing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

It's VBS Time!

It was the first night at VBS today and Kate was very excited! Our theme this year is The Battle Belongs to the Lord. The church building is decked out in Army and camouflage. We even have a almost life-size (cardboard) tank in the foyer. Everything looks so good!
 Nana and Nick have been going to the adult class while I run around and take pictures of all the kiddos like crazy, as I usually do during VBS. It will be a busy but fun week!

Trying Lumi Snow

Krystal, Scruffy and the kids came back over this afternoon to visit again. They have to head home to Colorado soon, so we won't get to see them again for a while. It's hard when family lives so far away. We were jut hanging out around the house when they told us about this ice cream-like place called Lumi Snow. It's not really ice cream, and it's not really snow's like if snow tasted like ice cream? I don't know - it's really hard to describe. All I knew is that we really needed to try this out, so we got dressed for VBS (it starts tonight!) and headed over to eat some snow.
 It is definitely yummy and definitely difficult to describe, but we all enjoyed it a lot! We will have to eat there again.