Tuesday, a day with the Animals…at the Houston Zoo

And, we’re off! Here we go on the Hermann Park Conservatory Train! We were first in line for tickets and the first riders on the train. I was insistent that we arrive early to the zoo if we were going to go at all over spring break. From what I hear, the number of people that go to the zoo on a spring break day is 20 times the number on a regular day. So, we were kind of crazy to tackle the zoo on this day. But, I’ve been called worse. So, we arrived in the parking lot around 9:30am and we were good to go.

 First stop, the elephants. There are two new els!

 And, there they are. My beautiful family and a giant elephant. Awesome! This moment was just before the first fit of the day.

 Here’s Trinity enjoying a very expensive lunch. Hopefully most of the cost goes to protect endangered species and care for the zoo animals. It’s for a good cause. 🙂

 Leeland’s very first carousel ride. Could he be any happier…..or any cuter!?!?

 Momma and Trinity! What a beautiful, fun day we had at the Houston Zoo, Spring Break 2011.

The River with friends

New Braunfels, here we come! Here are pictures of the kids on our way to New Braunfels for the first weekend of Spring Break.

 By the time we arrived, it was time to go straight to bed. You would obey that hand, right!?

 And, here’s a view from upstairs. Our friends had a fajita y familias fiesta on Saturday with four families. We had a blast with all of the kids- all boys except for Trinity! And, the food and company was awesome!

 The girls at the party!

 Partying with Leeland!

 And, the girls are on the floor!

Here’s a family photo of the six of us before we headed home. We had a wonderful time and so appreciate having friends that welcome all SIX OF US into their home! It was a great way to start Spring Break. Thanks, friends!

Spring Break!

It’s the start of Spring Break this afternoon. Basically, we have no school next week. That impacts 3 of the Els directly and of course impacts all of the rest of us as well. We  are excited to have extra time together. We’re hoping for good weather so we can do some fun Houston activities next week. Happy Spring Break, everyone!

El Spring Break 2010- Let’s put these kids to work!

So, we didn’t really put the Els to work for Spring Break. But, since I had the three of them at home with me the entire week with no breaks, we tried to stay busy. Here is a sampling of what we were up to:
We planted blueberries and blackberries and helped prepare an area where daddy added lots of brick pavers.
Notice how Trinity is really getting into this!
On the last day of Spring Break we ventured out. This was our ride on the ferris wheel at the Downtown Aquarium.
We also had a visit to the zoo on the last day of Spring Break. What an adventure. We usually go when it is mellow during the week. Yikes. Remind me not to go over Spring Break next year. It’s a ZOO!
The boys on the ferris wheel.
Bakri in front of the elephant exhibit.
Bakri waiting to board the train.
Giving me that smile!
The ferris wheel up close.
The grizzly bear.
Miss Trinity on the train.
A sleeping lion.
Maddux waiting to board the train.
Somebody likes to make silly faces.
More fun at home!
We enjoyed spending the week together and especially enjoyed the huge improvement in the weather. It has made all the difference to be able to spend more time outside at least before it gets too hot. Happy Spring everyone!