Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fort Worth's Japanese Garden

This morning I took the kids to Fort Worth Botanical Gardens for a bit of playtime and hopefully chances to get photo opportunities of the two of them. Most of the gardens were blocked for the summertime event of Concert in the Gardens, which I was unaware was taking place. However, in the few times we've got to the Gardens, we'd never gone inside the Japanese Garden. So we decided to go adventuring.

It was beautiful, but got hot quickly with the summer heat of Texas bearing down around 11 am.


 But my little monkeys didn't seem to mind too much.

Especially since someone has a great mom who filled her dress pockets with fish food pellets for the koi pond.

She was so much like Brian and only fed the fish one pellet at a time. It seemed like it took forever to feed the fish. And she was very discriminating too regarding the location and fish she wanted to feed. She wanted to feed the "sad ones" so they would be happy.

There were several Buddhist monks in the garden as well. Sophie seemed to attract a lot of attention somehow and they were constantly trying to take pictures of her. One asked if he could get a picture next to her, but she jumped into my arms and covered her face.

Thankfully she wasn't too shy for me and allowed me to get lots of good pictures of her, and of Connor.

Overall, it was a great discovery and I'm sure it's best appreciated in milder weather. We didn't end up seeing it all because we ended up leaving due to the heat.

For more information on Fort Worth's Botanical Gardens Japanese Garden, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just Can't Get Enough

Our son is just so cute and sweet. Any post pregnancy issues have been with my physical health, while Connor remains perfect, content, and already capable of self soothing. We are so blessed to have another child who is also of a mild temperament... something we weren't exactly expecting.

I know he has stolen my heart, and I think he's stolen his dad's heart as well. Brian has also been teasing me about how I'm always taking pictures and doting on him, that I definitely do not have postpartum depression.

Birthday Bash for Her Brother

For the past several weeks, Sophie has been informing me how important it is for 'baby brother' to have a birthday party when he comes. In fact she had it all planned out. She believed baby brother needed balloons, a purple Dora cake, pizza, and it could be done at her school with her friends.

I was kinda touched that she had thought it was so important to celebrate her brother although I think part of it might have been an excuse for her to have a party with her friends. Either way, I wanted her to feel like being a big sister and a new baby in the family was something to celebrate rather than something to dread because babies come needing lots of attention. So Brian and I met Sophie half-way.

On Friday, Brian, myself, and Connor came to Sophie's school with a purple Dora cupcake cake that she could share with her friends in her class.

All the kids were so excited to see a little baby. Connor slept through practically all of it, despite several faces and voices inches from his face.

And Sophie got a part of the party she had planned for her little brother.

Headed Home

On Wednesday, Connor got to head home. He is such a sweet little boy I just can't stop bragging about him and watching him.

And in addition to coming home, Connor got to meet one family member who was unable to visit him while he was at the hospital- Oscar.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Animals at School

During the summer, Sophie's school hires and provides a range of activities for the kids. They bring in puppeteers, magicians, and provide snow cones on some Fridays and "Splash Day" on other Fridays when they show up at school in their swimsuits and a change of clothes.

Last year I didn't attend any of these activities because like most adults I was working...but I loved hearing her stories about her day at school. Since I've been on maternity leave I thought perhaps I could attend some of her little activities. Well.... so far I haven't attended one... but Grammy did!

While I was still in the hospital on Wednesday, Grammy Barton attended on my behalf the Petting Zoo that was hosted at the school. And through her pictures, I was vicariously there. Sophie loved all the animals, but especially loved that HER GRAMMY WAS THERE. Apparently she cried when my mom left.

Anyway, here are the pictures of Sophie with the animals and her friends.