Thursday, September 10, 2015

Visiting the Houston Arboretum


I can't believe I forgot to upload this post!

Weeks and weeks ago, in the middle of the summer, Barry had to take a week long work trip to New York so we had a vehicle for a whole week! 

Being my ambitious self I decided that after dropping Barry off at the airport I would take the boys to the Houston Arboretum. They have some nice nature trails that would be plenty long enough to wear the boys out while introducing them to the idea of hiking. 

I. Had. A. BLAST! Not sure about the boys though.  :)


It was ungodly hot (look at Nathaniel's little cheeks!) but there was plenty of shade and a small breeze. 



This was pretty much how the whole hike went. Barry couldn't figure out where we were going and William was finding every. single. blackberry thorn bush. Nathaniel was torn between trying to run around and trying to look everywhere at once. 


These boys did looooove the wooden platforms. Thankfully there were a ton of them. They loved the way their shoes thumped as they ran. 


There was a nice little spot for us to sit down and get rehydrated. There were also plenty of benches along the trail. 

We had a ton of fun and as it gets cooler I know we will be spending a lot of time here. We only did the inner loop but I hope to work them up to the outer loop. Next time I might take them to the Challenger Seven Memorial Park where there are nature trails and playgrounds to keep them happy. 

I just love being outdoorsy with these boys!

-Maria

Also...here's what it's like trying to pee with three toddlers that are not strapped down to a stroller. 


You're welcome.





Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Bucket List - 2015


I'm so excited for this fall!!!

Of course, it doesn't feel like fall yet. Our daily highs are still in the low 90s but today it is dreary and about 85 degrees out so I'm saying its fall damnit!

I was inspired so this morning I picked up around the house, lit a couple of fall themed candles and sat down to figure out our Fall Bucket List. 

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fall bucket list:


Indoor activities:

 watch a Halloween movie with themed dinner
 roast pumpkin seeds
 watch or attend the thanksgiving parade
 trick or treat smell my feet plates
 make handprint bats
 Halloween bowling
 apple print pumpkins
 read Halloween books
 read fall books
 finger paint
 make a fort
 color big pages
 food and drink to make:
                    -scones
                                    -apple cider
                                    -mulled wine
                                    -something pumpkin-y
                                    -crock pot stew
                                    -chili
                                    -pumpkin pancakes
                                    -pie
                                    -jello jigglers
movies to watch
                                    -practical magic
                                    -hocus pocus
                                    -classic monster movie
                                    -the thing
                                    -the fog
                                    -abc family’s Halloween marathon
                                    -All the Harry Potter Films


things to do:

 enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte
 drink pumpkin ale or beer
 carve pumpkins
 throw a mini tailgating party
 fall photo challenge



Outdoor Activities:

have a bonfire in the backyard
have a picnic
go trick or treating, take photos of costumes
drink hot chocolate on the front porch
play in the leaves
fall scavenger hunt
take a foggy morning walk
draw with chalk
catch fireflies
make smores
ride bikes
play Frisbee
play catch


places to go:

arbooetum (canceled due to rain)
blessington Farms pumpkin patch
fall themed photos
corn maze
go on a hay ride
attend a fall festival OR pumpkin patch
run a turkey trot
go to boo at the zoo (canceled due to rain)
go apple picking/visit an orchard
renfest
drive in movie
go antiquing
visit a farmer’s market in the country
visit an octoberfest
haunted house
visit nature parks
moody gardens
children’s museum
george ranch
froberg’s farm
sam Houston state park
go to the library
state fair?
visit a historical site
tour a factory
discovery green 


Its a pretty decent list, I don't know that we will make it through everything but the boys are getting older and it is getting easier to get them out of the house.  Last fall we took a trip up to Pennsylvania. I'm really missing how much fun we had. While we can't make that trip again this year I'm hoping this fall will be full of fun! 
-Ri

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