Dan was working on Easter Sunday, so we bumped our back yard hunt up to Saturday with the boys.
Of course the first thing you have to do to get ready for the hunt is color the eggs! I love doing holiday traditions like Easter eggs with Lucas now that he's big enough to really get excited about all these little things. He was so thrilled to watch the water change with each tab he put in.
What color will it be?
WHOOAAAAAH! My egg is PINK!
Lucas picked out a space themed decorating kit and he was pretty thrilled to play with everything.
Lucas and Dan worked on decorating the eggs while I put Paul to sleep and they had such a great time. He was so pleased with his finished product!
Paul and his cheeks all ready for bed.
Watching his big brother at first to get the hang of this whole egg hunt thing.
Lucas is a pro
Lucas helped Paul get a few eggs, which he then put in and out, in and out of his basket.
There's some more!
It was a successful hunt!
The boys checking out their loot.
Their little table all set up for brunch.
And the big table looking very festive, too.
My little bunnies all ready for bed on Saturday night.
My dapper dudes before church. Happy Easter from the Nelson boys!
After practicing with our hunt at home the day before, Paul really had the hang of things for our easter egg hunt at church
Team Nelson getting some eggs!
After church we went up to the park for a little bit with our girl while we waited for daddy to get home.
My sweet little boy.
The Easter Bunny usually leaves baskets overnight, but this year he was nice enough to wait for Dan to get home to make a special delivery right to our front porch.
The doorbell rang and I had Lucas peek out the window to see what it was. He was so excited when he spied his and Paul's Easter baskets!
The boys had to take a peek out the window after retrieving their baskets to see if they could find the Easter Bunny making a run for it after ringing our doorbell. He must be pretty fast!
Paul was more interested in the grass in his basket than he was in any of his goodies!
My tulip centerpiece bloomed on Sunday right in time for Easter dinner. I love tulips!
The gorgeous arrangement from my parents.
April 5, 2015
Our last full day in Houston, we were able to explore the NASA Space Center. It was really neat to see everything - I just wish we'd had more time to do it all.
While waiting in line for tickets, it was apparent my little Washington babies weren't well equipped for the Texas sunshine and heat!
Whoa! Look at those big teeth!
Not exactly related to real space exploration, but Lucas was pretty excited to see his favorite alien, Bumblebee!
Daddy and Lucas heading into Space Shuttle Adventure
It was really neat to see some of the crafts, tools and other items used on real missions, and Lucas thought everything was pretty awesome. Of course, since this was the day Dan had skipped the conference to join us, my favorite part was just being there with him.
I think the boys would agree.
Of course, the highlight of the trip was getting to join the Bairds for dinner on our last evening in town. It does my heart good to spend time with my besties, and it's even sweeter to join our two families together and see all the love bouncing around.
March 28, 2015
On Friday, we had a full and busy day at the Houston Zoo and the Children's Museum of Houston.
We had to circle around to find parking for the zoo and my ever-perceptive Lucas took notice. At the end of our day at the zoo, he said, "Mama, I'm so glad you found a parking spot. It was a fun day!" I'm glad too!
Visiting my favorite - the gorgeous elephants!
Sweet boy really loved trucking around on this squishy floor in the kiddie play area.
Lucas with the "eraffe"
Lucas showing Paul the finer points of goat petting. Etiquette is key.
The goats have always been his favorite.
After our adventures at the zoo, we made our way over to the Children's Museum of Houston to meet up with Brianne and the twins. It was so wonderful to meet Gemma and Jansen! They are so adorable and the boys had such a fun afternoon playing with them. Of course, I was thrilled to death to spend some time with Bri in between chasing our little ones around. Funny how much things have changed in the last few years for us! It's so much fun to see your best friends become parents and all the wonderful things that come with that stage of life. Nothing better!
Paul and Gemma strolling around together.
The Nelson boys and Baird twins in action in the Japanese room of the museum!
We had a truly fantastic day, especially hanging with Bri and the kids! In the evening, Dan and the boys and I had a super yummy dinner at Guadalajara Hacienda in downtown Houston. I also got to enjoy probably the best margarita I've had in years! I almost had two, but I legitimately think I wouldn't have been able to walk home safely if I'd had more than just the one. It was goooood!
March 27, 2015
We took a family trip to Houston for the Society of Surgical Oncology conference in March and we had the best time! We arrived on Wednesday in the afternoon and our first day was mostly spent traveling, getting settled in our hotel and enjoying some yummy Houston BBQ for dinner.
On Thursday while Dan was at the conference, the boys and I ventured downtown to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences to check out some dinosaur bones for Lucas' 4th birthday.
Happy birthday to my 4 year old dinosaur nut! He had the perfect shirt for celebrating his special day!
We really, really enjoyed this museum. I thought it was nice the way the bones were set up with a visual representation of each animal behind them.
I love that Lucas had his two favorite dinosaurs in his hands the whole time we walked through the hall of paleontology.
We had lunch at the museum and I was a little surprised to find the only offering they had was a McDonald's. I've never been to a museum with a fast food restaurant inside!
We made a couple of loops to see the dinosaurs and also visited the other exhibits and watched the dinosaur film at the museum theater before we called it a day. I told Lucas he could pick one thing out at the museum gift shop for his birthday and he was thrilled to death to get this dinosaur grabber toy. I was thrilled that we walked out of a museum gift shop having spent less than $5!
It was such a nice day, so we strolled around the gardens surrounding the museum for a while before heading back to the hotel.
Paul was being so silly! He did so great all day hanging out in the stroller! He was definitely eager to stretch his legs as we walked outside, though.
We found a fountain and Lucas made a wish with his penny.
"What did you wish for, bud?"
"A monster truck."
Oh my little 4-year old boy. You are such a big personality and bright light in our lives! You are sweet, compassionate, smart, and hilarious and I love watching you grow! We are so lucky to have such an amazing boy!
Mama and the birthday boy.
We grabbed dinner and spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our room and having a mini celebration for Lucas' birthday. We might have been away from home, but I brought a few goodies to make it festive in our hotel room! We picked up cupcakes and a candle and made it a birthday to remember!
We even put balloons in the bath for their tubby time! Lucas was singing, "a party in the tub, a party in the tub, heigh-ho, the Derry-o, a party in the tub."
It was a great time vacationing and celebrating our little guy's birthday!
March 26, 2015
Lucas was special helper in class right before his birthday, so we brought in a snack and a treat for the kids to celebrate. His class was learning about worms and dirt that day, so Lucas and I made dirt cups - pudding topped with crushed up Oreos and finished with a gummy worm. I think the last time I made dirt cups I was maybe 6 or 7! It was a lot of fun. I had a great time volunteering in his class and watching him learn and interact with his friends. Paul was along for the ride in the Ergo all day and I think he had a fun time watching all the big guys!
This little guy is almost four!
March 24, 2015
Our friend and fellow Fit4Mom-er, Patti, is married to a fireman, so she graciously arranged for a special class at his fire station on a Saturday. We had such a great time and the kids loved seeing the fire trucks up close.
Lucas' little face when they pulled the truck in was just the best!
He got a bit of a scare when they turned on the siren as he was climbing up into the cab, so after that he was a little leery of getting on or in, but he really enjoyed checking everything out!
Little pup and the big truck
Us moms with our wee ones!
March 21, 2015
This year, we celebrated a decade of married life. Being Mrs. Nelson has been pretty fantastic; I couldn't imagine my heart belonging to anyone else! These last ten years have been the happiest of my life and we have done so much together. We have made our home in three states, had two amazing little boys together, traveled all over the country, thrived through six of the hardest years of a doctor's career, cheered each other on, laughed together, challenged each other, and grown as individuals and as a couple. At each stage, at every milestone, at any hurdle, we've been there to do it together as a team.
We'd celebrated our anniversary early with our trip to Monterey, but I wanted to have a nice evening together on the actual date of our anniversary. I dug out our crystal and cake topper from our wedding day and made a special meal for us at home.
Our wedding color was soft pink, which is funny because I'm normally not a big fan of pink. Still, I stuck with the original color scheme; I'm a sucker for traditions!
Our unity candle, toasting flutes and chocolate covered strawberries.
The little cake I made for our dessert with our Cinderella cake topper on top.
The table all set for a romantic dinner at home complete with the taper set from our unity candle.
Flowers from my hubby with our goodies.
"My heart has wings, and I can fly, I'll touch every star in the sky. So this is the miracle, that I've been dreaming of... So this is love!"
Thank you for a great 10 years, hubby!
March 19, 2015