Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Splish Splash Story Time

The library here has several different story times. One we have been going to is the Splish Splash Story Time that they are having over the summer. It is held at the city water park and after reading a couple of stories and singing some songs we get to play in the kids pool. 

It was so much fun! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stonebriar Center

Last week we decided to go back to the Stonebriar Center since it was closed the last time we were there and we didn't really get to see that much. First stop was Vera Bradley! I got a $20 coupon for my birthday and I was wanting to check out the new products that released that day. 

Then we found the play area. It was a big hit with the girls. There were a lot of kids there and from what I gathered it stays pretty busy. They also close it everyday to clean it which is something you don't see at all mall play areas. 
After playing we were all hungry so we stopped by the food court and found a Chick-Fil-A. Yummy! I promised Grace a trip to the "Princess Store" aka Disney. 

We saw a carousel and the girls REALLY wanted to ride. 

Grace picked out her horse and Olivia climbed on the horse next to it.

This was Olivia's first time to ride a carousel but Grace remembers riding one at the zoo with Grandma not too long ago.

Olivia was full of smiles and giggles!

She did NOT want to get off when it stopped. Maybe next time we can take Daddy and make him ride :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Valley Forge Park aka Train Park

About once a week we drive over to check out the progress on our new house. And then we always drive around the community to find parks. We already have our favorite picked out!

Valley Forge Park in on a corner in Providence Village and it is covered with shade trees. There are some picnic tables so we need to take our lunch one day. The park is small and only has the wooden train to play on but that isn't what makes it so fun for Grace.

Grace is a nature lover and there is a lot of nature at this park. She always brings home some "squirrel food" and finds bugs and leaves.

 Here is Olivia checking out the caboose!

The yellow car is a little tunnel they can crawl through.

And even with the shade it was still HOT. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mount Scott

One weekend last month we took the girls to Mount Scott and then had dinner in Medicine Park. Grace had been wanting to go climb the mountain again. When we got to the top, Grace found a bunch of ladybugs! She loves to examine insects so she had fun catching lady bugs and then letting them go again.

 Then she was ready to climb like her Uncle Billy.

 Even Olivia wanted in on the fun of climbing. She did a really good job!

We had dinner at the Old Plantation restaurant and then had planned to get some ice cream at a little shop nearby but it was already closed for the night. We walked down the riverwalk a bit so the girls could explore a little more. I think they had a pretty good time!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More from the 4th of July

Before we moved we wanted to light some fireworks of our own. We knew we probably wouldn't be able to light any on the 4th since we would be living in an apartment in the city. We also thought it would help Grace be more used to fireworks and enjoy the displays on the 4th more. And it worked! We got a few pretty ones that shot into the air, a couple fountains, some sparkles, and some kiddie ones (parachute, tank, etc). 

Grace REALLY liked the parachute!

She was excited to light more that night. She even held a sparkler! These pictures came out really bad. I have no idea what setting my camera was on but obviously it didn't work.

And I found a few more pictures from the first parade we went to on the 4th. I had read about a "children's parade" in an article of 4th of July activities in the area. They really meant "children" because it was just a parade of kids! But they threw candy so the girls had a blast :)

The second parade we went to said "float parade" so I was thinking big floats. Nope! The floats were golf carts with patriotic decorations. I missed most of them because I was busy helping Grace collect all of the candy that was being thrown.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

4th of July

Here are some pictures from the 4th of July. We saw 2 parades and a great firework display (with several other displays in the distance). Grace enjoyed the candy that was thrown during the parade and they both really liked the fireworks this year! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dallas Farmers Market

We have been trying to keep busy and find things to do in the area. I had read about the Dallas Farmers Market so we decided to make a fun outing on Saturday.  We started by visiting a park that both girls love in the neighborhood we will be living in. Then we made the drive to Dallas and stopped by Lakeshore for their weekly craft. Both of the girls made sun visors while I looked for some educational games/supplies for Grace. 

Finally, we made it to the Farmer's Market. I had read to go early for better selection or later in the day for better deals. Since we needed to make it our last stop (it is too hot to leave fruits in the car!) we went in the afternoon.

There are several different sheds and our first stop was Shed 2. There were several vendors and and a few crafters set up. 

Grace wanted her picture with the tomato!

We tried some gelato and then headed to the two sheds that sold the produce (which I don't remember the #'s now). There is also a shed where vendors sell flowers and plants and another where they sell produce in bulk. 

We ended up getting some blueberries, peaches, and a cantaloupe.  Some of the prices seemed a little cheaper than some of the grocery stores. And some vendors were selling their items for less than others. We walked around and then went back to where we found the best deals. The cantaloupe was $1 because it had to be sold that day.


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