Tuesday, March 29, 2011
My own mother commented that since the other side of my family has a quilting challenge (quilt one, quilt two, and quilt three) maybe we should have a papercrafting challenge. Funny, because she's much more of a quilter. Maybe she was joking but the idea took hold. We all had an entire year to come up with some card using this crazy paper. My sister already did hers so I thought I'd better go ahead and try to figure something out.
I can't believe that I actually like what I came up with! I like it so much I made another. And saved some bits to make still more. I mean, who would have thought a cute card could evolve out of these pink poodles?? I might just owe my Mother In Law an apology, hee hee!
Oh, and here's Julie's creation!!
Monday, March 28, 2011
As you can see from that first picture, taken in the first ten minutes, it didn't take long for Zack to get on board! We had a great time and it WAS a beautiful time of year to be there. Afterward we rode the zoo train and then got on the road to head back to Austin. We could see immediately that traffic was terrible so we did an about face and had a mid-afternoon dinner on the Riverwalk instead. We sat outside, right on the water, with no waiting - that makes a trip to San Antonio complete!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Is it always windy on the top? I think it must be. I've been at different times of year but it always feels like the wind will knock you over. When we were on the steepest part I really did fear for Sammy being blown over! We insisted he hold someone's hand - otherwise we could just see him starting to tumble down and just never stopping!
Some tips: If you want to camp there make reservations far in advance. If you just want to hike, get there early! We arrived at 9:30 (it's a two hour drive from Austin) and only had to wait a little but later the park was closed, only letting a car in when a car left. As we left we counted about 120 cars waiting to get in. Bring a flashlight if you want to explore the caves. Finally, dress in layers - it's cooler in the wind but HOT down at the base!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Won't it be fun when my own kids get old enough for a family game night more complex than Candyland? I know kids start getting less interested in games with their parents as they get older but I'm not above making a rule they have to play. They'll thank us for it later, right? Not to wish these days away - I am in love with how cute an age Sammy is at right now, and Zack is learning so much every day. But I'm thinking later will be really cool too.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
But when I was still fifteen feet away, he just jumped. I don't think this photo conveys how high it really was. He landed on his feet but the impact of the landing crumpled him into a little accordion fold of a boy. I gasped out loud and another mother gave a short little shriek. Then he popped up with a mouthful of dirt, bark embedded into his forehead, and big smile. I picked the bark out of his skin, which left a little puncture underneath, he spit out the dirt and the other mother offered me a defibrillator for myself.
We've since set some firm guidelines on heights too high for jumping.