Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hat Creek Round Rock

Today my friend and I met up at the newest Hat Creek, in Round Rock. I love how they are all designed differently with unique play areas for the kiddos. Jackson and Olivia could barely be enticed to eat, they were so busy exploring the wooden playhouse with its various levels and slides.

Jackson and his friend Mai were tie-dye twins.

I had the usual grain burger with fries. Never a disappointment.

For dinner, something light. Ranch Salad with Red Potatoes and Smoky Chickpeas from Isa Does It. Gotta love that avocado ranch dressing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cookie Decorating Class

The other night I served a quick dinner, Broccoli and Cashew Cheese Quinoa Burritos from Oh She Glows. I premade the filling earlier in the day, so I just had to warm it up, roll up the burritos and give them a quick sear in the frying pan. And then I was off!

Off to a fun cookie decorating class at the Make It Sweet baking supply shop that my friend Jennifer invited me to.

It was really fun. The cookies were already made, but we did get some tips on making cookies that hold up well to decorating. Then it was time to learn some different icing techniques. 

Patriotic little herringbone pattern.

Hearts and arrows.

Hawaiian flowers.

Teeny stars and stripes.

We are signed up for a cupcake decorating class in the fall -- can't wait!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jackson's Birthday

The last weekend before school started was a blowout. We had not one, not two, but three birthday parties to attend, including Jackson's!

First a party at the arcade for a soccer friend.

Fruit Ninja on the big screen! Olivia is the ninja master.

Next, a party at the children's museum for a sweet little boy we know from our play group.

I was happy we got to spend some time at the museum together before school started. I am going to miss these types of daily outings now that both Jackson and Olivia are in school. But, we will still have summer and vacations and early dismissal days to run around together.

Jackson's favorite, the water room!

He also loves the gears. Such an inventive mind.

Laser light show in the light room!

My friend ordered way too much pizza from East Side Pies, so she sent home an entire huge veggie pie with us! It had roasted garlic, spinach, sundried tomato, and goat cheese.

Finally, our own birthday boy had his big day. My first baby is seven. He woke up to presents from the whole family.

We had his party at Jumpoline Park, a trampoline place. After pizza and cake, the kids jumped for hours. I was a little tentative about this schedule of events, but these children have strong stomachs and thankfully no one puked, ha!

Happy birthday to our sweet, funny, creative Jackson. Your animated energy always makes your friends smile and you are such a great helper to your mama and daddy. You make our lives so much fun and our hearts are stuffed full of big love for you.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tony's Birthday

Tony celebrated both his birthday, and starting a new job, during the same week. We were not able to have a date night, no sitter at the moment. So, he went out to see Straight Outta Compton with some pals while I watched the kids. We also celebrated with a family meal. I made my Tex-Mex loving  husband some tasty enchiladas with cashew cheeze, black olives, and red Hatch chile sauce.

The kids and I also made the Boston Cream Pie Cake from Vegan Pie in the Sky. Jackson and Olivia looked through the whole cookbook together and that was the one they chose. Good pick!

We are so proud of Tony as he starts his new director job, which he has been after for awhile. It is going to be a great year for him.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gymnastics and Thai

Olivia has been doing gymnastics for about seven months. She enjoys it, but she would rather play soccer this fall, like Jackson does.  She is finishing her last few gymnastics classes this month. Her last class included a parent showcase. The girls performed a little dance routine, and then everyone was called up to receive a medal. Olivia was very excited because it was her first time getting a sports medal.

After the awards were given out, she was allowed to show us around the gym and show off her moves.

Her balance and confidence have really improved. When she started the class, she would not walk across the balance beam without holding her teacher's hand.

Tony took an extended lunch to come see Olivia's performance. Afterwards he took us out to eat at Thai Cuisine. We helped ourselves to the free appetizer/dessert bar while we waited for our entrees. I had fried broccoli and spring rolls with peanut sauce.

My meal was the tofu ka prow, with spicy basil sauce. So good. And plenty of leftovers.

The kids got a kick out of the day's dessert, an alien green tapioca pudding with coconut milk.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maoz and Bowling

We ate out a lot this month. As it gets hotter outside, I feel less and less like turning on the stove. One day I had a craving for Maoz. Especially their fried broccoli. I can never get enough of that green goodness. 

Olivia and her chipmunk cheeks full of broccoli agree with me.

After lunch we walked over to the nearby playground, but after ten minutes we were all sweaty and miserable. August is definitely time for indoor activities. So we went bowling.

Jackson and Olivia are very competitive with their bowling. They are pretty evenly matched, so there is usually no clear winner until the last frame. That doesn't stop them from asking who is in the lead after every single frame.

But, their enthusiasm is nice. Whether he knocks down one pin or ten, this is Jackson's reaction.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

First Day of School

Today was Jackson's first day of 1st grade, and Olivia's first day of kindergarten! Jackson is kind of jaded already; once he found out his best bud was in his class again this year, he was fine with going back and didn't have much to say on the subject. Olivia, on the other hand, has been super excited all summer. 

After dropping them off, I went home and creepily hugged on Monster for awhile. ("You're still my baby! You'll never grow up!") The house felt so quiet. I walked on the treadmill and did yoga, then I had to get out and run some errands. I stopped by Trader Joe's, mostly just to pass some time. Of course I found a few things.

I also stopped by the Asian market to stock up on noodles.

It was hard not to buy this tray. I mean, it has some flowers on it.

For lunch I fixed myself a nice salad, blending up the Caesar dressing from Plant-Powered Families and tossing it with romaine lettuce and homemade garlic croutons.

At pickup, Olivia reported that her first day was "AWESOME!" and Jackson said his day was pretty good as well. Also, he lost a tooth in the cafeteria! It has been wiggly for a month and of course it comes out on the first day of school!

After an exciting day, a simple dinner of rotini with marinara, and lots of fresh basil.