Our Houston Vacation

So, yes, we do live in Houston, but there are still things we haven't done yet!  And, since we seem to be staying in town this summer, we decided to go for a boat ride.  

We've seen the paddle boats before, and the lake is just the right size for our kids' attention spans...those 25 minutes were easily the highlight of their day (and possibly week!).  

Since we were right next door to the zoo, we decided to go there too.  They just opened a new water pad--yes, Kaia and Harry loved it!!  It was pretty much a perfect day.


Kaia and the Amazing Castle Village

What does a 5-year old do during nap time when she isn't allowed to play on the computer?  Re-arrange the play room and build a Castle Village as big as herself, of course! (Warning: Videos are shaky...if you get seasick, watch at your own risk!)

She's a very good sport to let her 2-year old brother "Boom!" it after she finished and we took pictures!

It's the Little Things

I have so many big things to write about--fabulous outings, local trips, classes, new recipes, crafts, and other projects--but sometimes it's the little things that make days memorable and build relationships.  I'll work on the big things later...tonight, I'm going to share a little thing.

A few days ago, my kids tried Sugar Snap Peas for the first time.  Kaia saw them on Sid the Science Kid and wanted to try them in real life.  Both kids loved breaking open the pods and pulling out the peas...as did our little friends!  I was the only one who thought the pods were edible.

Kaia insisted the peas only tasted good if they were rolled in Ranch.  Harry thought they were amazing plain.

The whole pea extraction process was such an adventure in discovery and senses.  There were different ways to open the pods, different colors and sizes of seeds, and some pods that were even empty!  Kaia announced every new breakthrough and Harry would hold up each discovery while announcing, "See?!"

They learned something new together.  They discovered something they didn't know before.  And they did it at the kitchen table...yay for easy!  And yay for little things!