(Crabbing at Netards from Grandpa's boat.)
(This is all the loot we brought home from Christmas.)
Next, was Matt's 32nd birthday at the end of January. It was low key but fun because it was on a Saturday so he was actually around. That in and of itself is a treat for us girls (usually) hehe. He just relaxed most of the day while I slaved away in the kitchen (I kid, mostly). I got his massive three layer German Chocolate cake made from scratch, then made home made pizza that we ate as an early dinner and then we had some good friends come over to eat cake with us and join in celebrating Matt and all he has accomplished in his life so far. He is incredible.
Valentine's Day was sweet...way too sweet. We started out with a sugar loaded breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and pink buttermilk syrup. Then, I pretty much let Carlee and Dani eat all the Valentine Candy they wanted throughout the day, figuring what the heck, it is only once a year. Then, when Matt finally got home from work, we exchanged Valentine gifts (mostly candy) and ate even more sweets before dinner, which wasn't even made yet (yes, having a hard time keeping up these days). Then we made the girls boxed mac n' cheese with hot dogs and put them to bed. I went and got Chinese take out which we ate while trying to watch a romantic movie but the food wasn't very good and the movie was total trash. Later that night, I awoke to Dani crying in her room. I found her on the floor because she couldn't get her door open. It stunk so bad when I opened the door, I immediately thought, POOP. I ask Dani if she pooped her pants. She looked slightly insulted and said no. Then I discovered the PILE of vomit on her bed/pillow. The pillow had absorbed all of the liquid so all that remained was slightly digested mac n' cheese, hot dogs and whatever else. I told myself not to add to the mess. I got Dani cleaned in the tub and in a different bed with a bowl next to her and clear instructions to throw up only in the bowl! Then I took the sheets and pillow to the kitchen sink where the smelly mess was rinsed and disappeared into the hungry disposal. Matt slumbered like a content baby. Good thing for the plastic crib mattress in that toddler bed, those people knew what they were doing when they made that thing. The pillow went out to the trash. As, it turns out, Dani was happy as could be, no stomach flu, just too much junk in her belly...Happy Valentine's Day kid!!!
(We frosted cookies and made Valentine goodies to take to our neighbor's and friends a few days before Valentine's Day)
A few days later my sister Angie and her husband Brad and their two boys Harper and Rowan came to stay a week from Toas, NM. It is awesome that they came all the way to San Antonio (12 hour drive) for their children's spring break this year. We went to South Padre Island, except Matt unfortunately. We stayed in a hotel right on the beach. It was cold and windy but we made the best of it. It was pretty much Harper and Rowan's first time at the beach and they loved it. They didn't let the cold keep them from getting in the ocean. As many times as Carlee and Dani have been to the beach in their lives, you would think that they would like to play in the ocean water, but they don't. They like the sand though. Dani and Harper stepped on a blue Man-O-War. We collected tons of sea shells. The awesome swimming pools at the hotel were ice cold but there was one that was slightly heated so we hung out there and the hot tub. We were there the week before spring break so it was quiet on the beach and at the hotel. We ate some good sea food. Angie, Dani and I were sick so it was all kinda challenging, but when is life with (or without) young kids not challenging? We were there Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday we spent all day at Sea World (except Matt of course) where I lost track of Rowan and had to have security help me find him while Brad and Angie were riding some roller coasters. After Harper, Carlee, Dani and I searched for him for a while, we knelt and prayed that we would be able to find him. Then we prayed again to thank Heavenly Father that he heard and answered our prayer. Other than that, Sea World was a blast!
(The next four pictures are from Angie)
(The next seven pictures are from Angie)
(At the hotel)
This is where we stayed: Pearl South Padre