Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer in Houston Recap!

This summer Austin interned for his second and last time with Shell. This coming here he will complete his Phd and hopefully Shell will offer him a full time job after that. Fingers crossed!

This time around we decided to try living in Katy since a lot of professionals with their families live in Katy. We had heard a lot of good things about the place so we thought we would test it out. In the end we decided that "suburb" life doesn't fit us. But, we really liked having a house with a pool and getting to have some awesome neighbors with kids and all that. It really was a super fun summer! So, we don't regret it at all. 

Anyway, here are a few highlights from the day to day life while we were there! 


About to start the long journey to Houston

We were excited to see that our yard in Texas was inhabited by lots of creatures such as this turtle!

Splash pads are our favorite spots in the summer

Playing in the rain in the nude was Oliver's favorite!

The boys loved having a bunk bed in their bedroom even though Calum still had to sleep in his crib

We did a lot of bike riding this summer (and napping on the rides... haha!)

We ate tons of watermelon pool side

Having a pool was seriously such a life saver! We swam several times a day all summer long!


Corn is one of their favorite foods!

Oliver was really sick one day and Calum just wanted to snuggle up with him and make him feel better!

On our bike rides we often looked for little picnic spots to eat our lunches!

Oliver got really into collecting insects this summer

This was just the start of his collection

Celebrating Father's Day

Calum had a pretty scary injury. He ripped the end of his finger off when he stuck his finger in the chain of an exercise bike. We had to take the finger piece to the hospital and they stitched it back on. He was in pretty rough shape after that! Poor little guy!

They had to sedate him to stitch the finger back on because he was so upset and couldn't sit still. It was really sad! 


Biking along the Bayou in Houston was one of our favorite things to do! 

Calum is 18 months old! 

Oliver just turned 4

They are the best of friends! Moving around a lot is hard but it definitely makes them rely on each other, which I love!

We went to the Crocodile Encounters park in Houston and it was SO COOL!

The guide fed all the crocodiles and alligators raw chicken

We lived around the corner from this amazing Vietnamese Pho restaurant and we quickly became friends with the owners! They wanted to keep our children when we told them we were moving back to Michigan. haha!

We had THE BEST neighbors! Kasey, KaSarah (who babysat for us and was so great with our kids) and Kooper Creeley. They were the sweetest family and we will miss them so much!

Oliver and Kooper were really great friends! They would swim together and bike in the culdesac almost every day.

Heading back to Michigan

We drove all night long so we could skip the hotel... our boys woke up in the middle of the night and were too excited to go back to sleep. haha! 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Oliver's 4th Birthday

For Oliver's 4th birthday we threw him a little party in our backyard here in Houston. We had a pool party! All the kids and adults swam for the first hour or so and we ate lots of food and drinks. We also had a pizza that was so huge it didn't fit into the front seat of the car. Austin had to drive it home in the back of the car. haha! All the kids were so excited when they saw how huge it was! 

Then we had cake and ice cream and played in the pool some more until it got too hot to be outside anymore! Oliver had been asking for a Shark cake for his birthday since last year's birthday. I can't believe how stubborn this kid is when he sets his mind to something (sound like anyone else you know? Austin? yeah.). haha! So, even though I knew it would probably look horrible, I tried just for him. Because I love this boy with all my heart! And, ya know what? It did look pretty weird. But, Oliver was really really happy about it and that's all that matters!

Auntie Hope helping me make the fondant for the birthday cake

Oliver opening his present from Mom and Dad

His first remote control car! He was really excited!

My awful attempt at a shark cake. Oliver asked for a shark cake for months so I had to at least try!

Oliver playing with his new Cranky the crane from Mimi and Papa

Oliver reading his Magic Treehouse book from Uncle Chris and Aunt Devrey

Oliver loves his new "cell phone" (that's what he calls it) from Grammy and Grampy Boles

Opening a few presents at his party

Calum loved wearing his party hat!

Oliver with his neighbor friend, Kooper, and Parker and Jace Statham

Auntie Hopey and Calum eating birthday cake together

The LeFevres (Skye, Tyler and their two boys) and Stathams (Brittany and Breton and their 3 boys) came and also my friend Sarah Monson and her kids, Isaac and Phoebe

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Week of HOPE!

This summer we flew Hope out to Houston to spend a week with us! It was her first time flying alone and she was a bit nervous but she got here ok and we were ecstatic to see her! We decided to start a new tradition of having a "Week of Hope" or the "Hope-apalooza" or the "Hope Extravaganza" (we couldn't decide on a name, but you get the idea) every summer because it was just SO SO fun! 

Basically we just partied the whole week she was here and the boys cried and begged her not to leave. It was actually really sad. They love her SO much! It was a blast for me too! Having alone time with my baby sis and having her ALL to myself was a special treat! We will never forget the time we had with Hope. 

Hope and Calum playing

We swam constantly while she was here! We even jumped in a few times with clothes on. haha!

Watching "Finding Dory" in the fancy Texas movie theater. She had to sit in between them so they wouldn't fight over her.

Calum fell asleep, which was SO nice for me! I love the snuggles!

We had a fun pool day at a small church run water park called "Noah's Ark". 

Oliver sliding down the ark

Hanging out on the whale

Hope spent a while trying to perfect her dive off the diving boards and Oliver had to join in! 

Eating donuts on the way to the BEACH! 

I made Hope a mermaid tale and you can tell she hated it! haha.

Making sand castles together

My little family! 

On our last night together we took Hope to a really cool restaurant that was a less-cool version of a Rainforest Cafe.  Then we took her to the Houston water wall because it's pretty awesome!

I love my sis!! We will miss her SO SO much!