The start of summer is unofficially here, time for fun outings like strawberry picking and strolls in the botanical gardens. May is also birthday month here, and Natalie had been asking for a strawberry cupcake for weeks. We bought a bike trailer as a birthday gift for both kids, and we hope they will enjoy rides around town, although Sam still needs to grow into his helmet. We had a fun time at Eastwoods Park celebrating their birthdays with friends at the splashpad, and more cake.
Go, Sammy, go! (the wrong way up the slide)
Wow – a butterfly!
It’s a PARTY at the botanical gardens!
Sam and Natalie at a lookout in the Zilker Botanical Gardens.
Anne-Marie helping Natalie over some stepping stones.
Flowers – bahhh; who cares about them when there are “tractors” to see.
Pleasant day at the botanical gardens.
The kids aren’t quite sure about the new bike trailer.
Picking strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm
Somebody likes strawberries
Train birthday cake
Sam enjoys the splashpad at Eastwoods Park at his birthday party.
Life with a toddler and a baby means time flies…here are a few of our favorite photos from the past few months. We enjoyed Christmas with both sets of grandparents and Sam learned to sit and then crawl in quick succession. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and adventure-filled 2014!
Natalie having fun with Grandma Judy
Natalie and Sam enjoyed hanging out at Zilker Park on Veteran’s Day.
Post-Thanksgiving weigh in . . .
. . . and Sam is catching up
Always a helping hand – Natalie was excited about her new rake.
Natalie prepping the tree to host Christmas in Austin.
Natalie went with all of the grandparents on the bus and train to the Capitol building.
Natalie loved the light room at the Thinkery (Austin’s children’s museum)
Sammy enjoying a warm winter day on the front porch.
Natalie has been enjoying walking Gobi with Aunt Kim
Natalie chose a butterfly costume for Halloween this year, complemented by her firefighter’s hat that she’s been attached to since the Fire Station Festival. Here are some pictures from the evening (the flying-animal theme was unplanned):
Natalie sporting her fire-fighting butterfly costume with Anne-Marie
Sammy seemed happy with the cat ears after eating a little bit of mango in the morning.
Halloween morning started with everybody taking their turn as a cat.
Halloween Portrait 2013. Sam enjoyed his last week with Grandma Judy before starting daycare.