Sunday, March 29, 2009

Capitol 10K

Sunday morning Jes ran in the Capitol 10k (6.2 miles). He finished in just over 50 minutes! The Capitol 10k is the 5th largest 10k in the US and the largest in Texas. There were over 18,000 participants! The race started on Congress bridge, went North around the Capitol, and down 15th street to past Mopac. Then it turned back and came along Ceasar Chavez and ended at Auditorium Shores. There were bands along the way as well as people with signs, donuts, water, etc!
Many people dressed up as Armadillo's, balloon men, super heros, etc...

Jes crossing the finish line.

A balloon man.

The starting line.

Before the race. The temperature was in the 40's so it took a mile or so to get warm.

At the finish line!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dallas/Fort Worth Trip

This weekend we took a quick trip up to Dallas/Fort Worth. We left Saturday morning at 7am, arriving in Fort Worth Stockyards at 10am. We saw cowboys do a small cattle run down Exchange Avenue, then explored some of the shops/museums and ate. After that, we went over to Dallas and went to the Museum of Nature and Science. Mason loved playing with the different exhibits and the dinosaur bones!

On day two, we attended the "King Tut" exhibit at the Dallas Art Museum. It was really cool to see all that stuff. We then saw the 6th floor (JFK) museum and World Acquarium. It was a busy, expensive crazy trip, but we got home Sunday night at 8pm.

Positives of the trip: Hotel room, overall things to do, fun!
Negatives of the trip: Expensive, a few things we tried to do were closed, could never find a restaurant when we wanted one!

World Acquarium

Museum of Science! Mason played with the shadow wall for about ten minutes, making as many different shadows he could think of!

Cowboy Museum



Train track in the StockYards.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dear Texas Events Planner...

"Dear Texas Event Planner,
As awesome and exciting as explosions and canon fire may seem, it scares the hell out of my children. Please, at a minimum, give us a 10-15 second warning to cover our kids ears in the future.
Thank you."

Today, we attended the Texas Indpendence Parade. We went last year and Mason had a great time! Not so much this year....
He's still a little shell-shocked from the "bombing" at the Air Show in Laredo a few weekends ago, so them lighting canon's in downtown Austin didn't help make the parade a fun experience. First...we heard them coming, so he started to panic. Second, we're surrounded by skyscrapers(so it echoed), and third, there was no warning....
Mason started crying as soon as he realized there was going to be canon fire. And after they let it rip twice near us, it was over. However...we couldn't convince Mason of that. So, 80% of the parade was him crying and covering his ears.
Our new family rule...take earplugs for kids at ANY Texas outdoor event.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

That's what he said

This one is more of a "That's what he did". I was in the bathroom and Mason came in holding a light bulb. Before I could say anything he yelled "This is off limits!" and ran off. I never did figure out where he got it from! When I asked him why he had it he said so that he could tell me it was off limits. Kind of missed the point there didn't he!