Saturday, August 30, 2014

6th Birthday

Brady is 6 years old!!!  For his birthday, he woke up to a special breakfast and lots of presents.  He spent the morning building the new lego sets that he received, went to the doctor for his 6 year check-up, had lunch at Double Daves Pizza, came home and built more legos, played a little bit on the Wii with Dawson, built some more lego sets, had super, got one last surprise present from Randy and me (shockingly, it was a lego set), and watched The Lego Movie for movie night before going to bed.  It was the perfect day for our sweet, adorable six year old boy.
 
Breakfast ready and waiting for Brady when he woke up - cinnamon muffins, strawberries, orange juice and apple juice in "fancy" plastic cups, and water in his light-up cup.

Good morning, birthday boy!

Ready to open presents!

The first thing he wanted to open was the present from Angie and Kaelin.

It was a cool pirate dig kit!

Next up, was the gift from his big brother.  And oh, how he loved it (look at that face!).

A great big hug of thanks for Dawson.

It was a Star Wars Lego set.

He also loved the Lego Movie Lego set from Gramps.  It was the Lego set he "always wanted."

Opening some Despicable Me games.

Minion Operation and Monopoly.

Opening some Angry Birds building sets.

What?  Another Lego set?  He could never have enough.

Saying a big thank you for all that he received.

Yummy!  Pizza at Double Daves.

All smiles as we sing "happy birthday" to him.

One last surprise birthday gift we gave him at the end of the day - the Lego police station.  He was so excited and appreciative!

Chuck E Cheese Surprise

We surprised Brady with a birthday eve trip to Chuck E Cheese on the way home.
 
Wearing his birthday crown.

Excited about a lunch box of tokens and a voucher for 1,000 tickets!

Cuties ready to go play games!

Mini Golf

Another fun outing we had while in Galveston was a round of mini golf, always a favorite with the boys.
 






Kemah Boardwalk

During our vacation, we went to the nearby Kemah Boardwalk for lunch at The Aquarium restaurant and fun on all the boardwalk rides.  Our ride time was cut a bit short due to thunderstorms, but we enjoyed the time we were able to spend there.  I wasn't able to get many pictures, but here are a few:
 




Jetty

We trekked out to one of the jetty's on this windy, wavy day.
 



Rainforest Cafe



Galveston with Friends!

On the day when most kids were starting school, we met some of our homeschool friends at the beach!  This freedom is one of the greatest joys and blessings of homeschooling.  It was such a fun, memorable day!
 
The happy crew - Brady, Estelle, Fiona, Dawson, Teddy, Otto, Clara, and Finn.

Dawson and Estelle - sweet, sweet friends.

Dawson, Estelle, and Teddy literally jumping for joy.

Fun on the boogie board.

Dawson pulling Estelle.

Teddy pulling Estelle, while Dawson prepares to tip her over.

Brady dancing and splashing in the water.

Dawson and Estelle taking a break from the water and sand.

Free ferry ride!  And we saw LOTS of dolphins.

We had the perfect end to the day at Rainforest CafĂ©.  (The kids toasting with their cool light-up cups.)


San Luis Hotel

 We love when Randy teaches at a conference at the San Luis Hotel and we get to tag along a make a family vacation of it.  In fact, Brady's request for his birthday was that we could stay at "that parrot hotel" again (he's very fond of the talking macaw in the lobby).
 
Here are some pictures from our time at the San Luis:
 
Sweet smiles in front of Phydias' cage.

Phydias, the talking macaw.

The boys even got a picture with Phydias out of the cage.

One of the pools at the San Luis - this one has a slide, a waterfall, and a cave.

Brady with a palm leaf hat.

Dawson with the palm leaf hat.

Lounging and drying off a bit before going inside.

A fun kid's sack race.

Brady's balloon sword (and his fierce face).

Dawson had the face painter paint a dragon on his arm.

Iron Man balloon.

Captain America shield.

Pillow fort on the bed from which to watch for lightning (there was a big storm the last day we were there and the boys enjoyed watching the lightening over the water).