Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gateway Clipper Fleet Boat Ride

I came across a groupon to ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, so I bought it in hopes of going to see the city when Bianca visited.  What better way to see the city? I can't remember riding any of the Gateway Clipper ships since I was very little.  I was actually excited.  My kids had never done it either.

When we got there Jack said he wanted me to take a picture of him on this bench and he posed accordingly.

Then Ella....

Then Isa....

Then there was Nicholas.  He cracks me up.

Everyone was excited to ride the Gateway Clipper. I'm not sure they knew exactly what to expect.

We got down to the dock and waited for our ship to come in.  It was fun seeing the city from this vantage point.  I don't think I've looked at the city from this side of the river too many times.

It was a really nice day out, but it was hot.  We still opted for the top deck.  The tour guide was really good and he told us a lot of information about the city that I didn't know about, so that was cool.

I really enjoyed going around and hearing all the interesting history, which is so NOT like me.

We topped of the adventure with a little Pirate show that was a little bit creepy due to the on board Pirate.  Jack liked it, however, and that's all that matters.

I don't know why I waited so long to do the Gateway Clipper, my kids really enjoyed it and it's a fun thing to do with out of town guests.  I'm sure one day my kids will say, "I haven't ridden the Gateway Clipper since I was 7 (9, or 11) years old."  Ha!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour

Once again, and this is NO surprise, I'm behind on my blogging.  I REALLY want to remember this experience so I'm documenting here.  

Ella's best friend from Texas (who now lives in Arizona) came to town for the Taylor Swift concert.  You guys know Isabel and her mom Bianca.  

Santa brought each of them tickets and we've had their matching outfits since about February.  So to say we were excited for this event is a major understatement. 

Of course I was so happy to see Bianca too.  I love her so much and miss her terribly.  It so sad when friendships are divided by distance.  Bianca should totally move to Pittsburgh right?

Anyway, we were all gussied up and ready to go see Tay Swift!  

Once we got close to the venue, everyone was pointing and commenting on how cute the girls are.  Ella thought it was so funny.  I thought it was adorable.

I mean if you saw these two coming wouldn't you think they were too cute?

We got into the venue with plenty of time to spare.  Santa did a good job getting the tickets.  Although I am privy to information that Santa and Mrs. Claus had a huge bickering session when the tickets were being acquired.

Mrs. Clause insisted that Ella would want to sit on the floor even if it was towards the back. Santa, thought it would be better to sit up a level not on the floor. Mrs. Claus instead, yelling at Santa, "I want on the floor."  So yeah, Ella's tickets were on the floor near the back and they were pretty good.
I'm glad Mrs. Claus go those seats.  The first level seats would have been good too.

We had a fun time listening to the opening acts, but the girls were definitely bored waiting for Taylor. It just showed me how much they really LOVE Taylor.  They liked the other acts, but they were antsy and didn't really care. We took selfies.

 Soon enough Taylor came out and put on an amazing performance.

Taylor is a class act.  She has sass and sex appeal without being trashy.  I admire that about her.

She did several wardrobe changes and mad sure her fans had a great time.

I also admire that she can sing, dance, play guitar and piano.  She really is a talented young woman.

The girls never got bored. They sang and danced to every song.  They knew EVERY WORD TO EVERY SONG.  They both would have given anything to reach out and touch her.  The people seated 4 seats over from us were invited to the front row by Taylor's mom.  I guess it wasn't meant to be for us.

It was a great concert, beyond what I could have imagined, but it was the experience with our friends that made it even more special.

We were tired and hungry after the concert and headed to the only place we knew would be open.  Pirmantis.  Isabel wanted to know what happened to her mom and why she was eating such bad food.  Susan happened.  That is all!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

First vs. Last 2015

What a year it has been.  When I look back at all this family has done and accomplished this year it seems almost unfathomable.  Somehow we all made it through.  

Jack went to first grade a little boy and came out so much more.  

Jack thrived and grew so much in first grade.  He is reading chapter books now and loves to read. That's something I never thought I'd say about any of my kids.  I'm so proud of his own initiative to read every day.  Jack got all As all year and he was proud of himself.  Way to go Jack!  

I think Ella changed the most over the year physically.

I look at her first day of school picture and I see my precious little girl.  On the last day of school I see this almost 10 year old GROWN UP... um... thing.  IDK even know what she is.  Not a woman, not a teen, but definitely not a "little girl."  Maybe it has something to do with her braces being off and her perfect smile.  

As beautiful as she is on the outside (yes I'm biased) she's MORE beautiful on the inside.  She is kind and smart!  All As ALL year for this third grader!  Off to fourth you go.  The world is yours.  Way to go Ella! 

Then there is this guy.  What do they call them? Tweens?

Nicholas definitely shied away from his dear old mom this year.  I mean not at home, but when at school.  I guess I embarrass him just by being around.  I try not to be THAT mom.  He's never really said anything, it's just the way he acts.  Ugh it breaks my heart.  

Even if he does pretend to not know me at school, he's got the school thing down pat. I did not help him with ONE thing this year.  I never looked at his assignments.  Never had to help him do work or study.  He did everything 100% on his own and that makes me VERY proud.  I did monitor his grades (of course this is ME you're talking about) and if anything was "slipping" then we would discuss it.  I want Nicholas to always work hard no matter if he has all As or not.  Why get a 90% when you can get a 98% haha!  Nicholas got ALL As ALL year too and his Science and Social Studies scores were always over 100%.  He is definitely strongest in math and has to work harder in Language Arts.  I'm proud of the little man he is.  Way to Go Nicholas.  

Goodbye first, sixth and first grades.

Hello summer!  

And just because no one wanted to leave Sid out.

She hasn't changed.  Eat. Sleep. Poop.   Way to go Sid!