Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 California Trip Part 1



We took off early Sunday morning July 31st for LAX.  And we hit the ground (or minivan) running!  


This little guy was excited to be in California!


And we're OFF!


First Stop right out of the gate........ 





Then lunch at In N Out in Beverly Hills! And to check some things off our list......
Cool Movie theater.....check!

 The Girls and I made our way to the Teen Choice Awards! Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Garner, Kelsea Ballerini, Kobe Bryant, Victoria Justice, John Cena, Cameron Dallas, Lucy Hale, Keke Palmer, Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele,Chloe Lukasiak, Maddie Ziegler, Jessica Alba, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson and PLL Cast,  Brooklyn Beckham, Chloe Grace Moretz, Daisy Ridley, Candace Cameron-Bure and Fuller House Cast, and Jason Durelo and many more! 

Let's be honest... I don't know who half of those people are, but I don't ever want my kids to forget that I took them to see all of those people.  We drove through a NOT SO GREAT part of town to get there and I was feeling pretty proud of myself! 
Here we are at The Forum! It was pretty retro!


 The girls were star spotting in the crowd on the floor the entire time.  So fun!


We spent the first night in Burbank at the Residence Inn.  Day 2 of our trip we headed to Warner Brothers Studios for a tour.  Our hotel was only about 10 minutes away from WB......perfect!
 I already can't remember what this is...but I think maybe a store front for Annie, or Spiderman, or Friends, or ER or something!
 This tour was a total score for Emma because this is the set of Pretty Little Liars.  This is their church and many other sets.  They were actually filming when we were there, so we saw the red lights flashing on the studio which meant they were filming right there. 



 Full House House


 Cool for Mom (Me) on the "Friends Set"

And the Oscar Goes To...... Emma!

And the Oscar Goes To..... Ellie! 

We left WB and were starving.  We headed to Pinnochios in Burbank, suggested to us by a friend.  It was quite the experience.  We just wanted pizza, but they didn't serve pizza until after 2:00 and we KNEW we were in over our heads, but it was too late to get out of it. We were tourists in a local place and we were out of our league! 
Then we headed to Santa Monica and checked into the JW Marriott for 3 nights.  FAB.U.LOUS!
These are Pics on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica and Malibu.  It just felt soooo great outside and the cool, crisp, salty open air was so welcoming for this Texas Crowd!


And a quick pic of the kids in the Cockpit of the airplane.  I'm just going to leave this right here since I can't figure out how to slide it to the top!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 Recital

Dance Recital 2016!  Too bad we didn't get a picture of Ellie with all of her grandparents at the recital.  But, after sitting in the audience for 4 hours, they were ready to go! :) It was so nice having everyone there to watch and support Ellie!




Backstage Shenanigans













Friday, June 17, 2016

MaY 2016


May.... oh May! It takes FOREVER for you to get here and in the blink of an eye, you're GONE!  Here are some fun pics from the month!



5th Grade EP Rayzor Track Team!  You're looking at a bunch of WINNERS here!

Moe Moe.... 


You can tell what our month was like looking at these 
2 quotes that I screenshot on my phone. We obviously needed to see in a cutesy way!



Last Day of school with friends.  Lauren, Ellie, Sophie and Emma.  Sweet friends, sweet girls!

Ellie and Vann waiting on the ice cream truck!


Aubrie and Ellie at the Track Meet




Not Sure where this pic came from... but it's cute!  Aniston, Ellie, Sarah and Lauren!


Vann and Thomas at Vann's soccer game! It was COLD in May!
Like REALLY Cold!


Maggie May at her window on Gene's Suitcase


Ellie and Vann at the Rangers Game

The Girls at the Rangers game

Not sure where we took this... I'm thinking after church!

Some of Team 6 at the Dance Banquet

The rest are from the Last Day of School.  My pretty and sweet girls!













Memorial Day in Austin with The Colliers




And, ending with the teenager in our house!  Deep breaths mama, deep breaths!