For Mother’s Day Haley and Ani came over and watched the kids while Jamie and I went to eat at Wild, an Asian Barbecue and Hot Pot.

The food was so good and it was really fun cooking it in the little barbecue pit in the middle of our table. The food was so good, too!

Fast Lunch

The other day Zeke had a field trip and I totally forgot to pack his lunch for it. His teacher emailed me at 9am to ask about his lunch. I saw the email at 9:02. I had his lunch packed and ready to go at 9:07. Jamie ran it over to the school and was back home at 9:15. Both of us grew up in the middle of nowhere, but sometimes it’s really nice to live so close.

Used Book Sale

We went to our school district’s last annual used book sale last weekend. We got so many books and DVDs. Since it was the last one they are doing we all were kind of like if it sounds at all interesting just get it.

We got there a half hour before they opened and the line was already quite long. We we happy to stand in the sprinkling rain, though, for books.

My mom came prepared for the occasion wearing her cute Little Women book cover earrings.

Just over two hours later we were done shopping with several big bags stuffed full of books and DVDs.

My parents spent almost $50 and got all these books!

We spent just over $100 and got all these books.

And all these DVDs.

We went back the last day of the sale because they give you bags and the first one is $15 and each additional one is $10 so we ended up spending $35 for all these books, DVDs, and CDs! I’m so sad this was the last one they are going to do, but I certainly got enough books to last me quite a while.

Daddy Doing Hair

Back when I pulled the ligaments in my back I couldn’t lift my right arm for a few days which meant I couldn’t do Mayci’s hair without severe pain. So Jamie stepped in and with my guidance he got her hair into a fine ponytail. Mayci did not trust him doing her hair at all. Her facial expressions were hilarious.

Zoo Lights

We got the kids (plus Haley and Ani) annual passes to the zoo this year (my parents got passes too). They were on a great sale making them totally worth it.

We figure Haley, Ani, and my parents can take a kid or two at a time so it won’t always be all of us going together (which can be kind of crazy). I suspect Joel will be making a lot of zoo trips between now and when school lets out.

The last time we went to the zoo was while the kids were still in foster care after their good-bye visit with their bio mom. They were just 19 months to 5 years old then!

We used our new passes to the zoo on New Year’s Eve for the Zoo Lights celebration (no jackets even after dark… gotta love winter in Texas). Six kids in the dark in a place we’ve only been a couple times before is super nuts even with four adults and one marginally helpful teen.

They ran around, they danced, they climbed on the lions. They had so much fun. Even when it’s hard to take all of them places and we’re constantly counting to six just to be sure they are all where we expect them to be, it’s totally worth it to see happy their faces and making memories with them.

Texas State Aquarium

While on vacation we went to the Texas State Aquarium. We rented two double strollers. That was one of the smartest things we’ve ever done.

We also checked out a sensory kit for Noah. By the end of the first exhibit he was completely overwhelmed. The headphones instantly calmed him down and made the rest of the visit quite pleasant for him.

All the kids really liked the dolphins. Though when we asked them what their favorite parts were Zeke said walking next to me, Mayci said riding on the escalator, and Anthony said riding in the elevator.

So, basically, we spent over $250 for the kids to like normal, everyday things the most. At least Noah liked the fish. He kept waving to them and saying “Hi, fish!”