Oct 15, 2012

Beauty and the Beast

Our family is all about Broadway shows, so when we heard Beauty and the Beast was coming to Houston, we bought tickets and planned a weekend getaway!  Watts is a little young for the theatre, so he stayed home with Mawmaw and Pawpaw.  We left early in the morning and by 10 a.m. we were ready for what else?  Ice cream!  
Stella chose an ice cream sandwich with chocolate ice cream and fudge inside.  Excellent choice...
Cille is still allergic to milk so she opted for a Jolly Rancher Push-up that she both ate and used to accessorize her outfit...
After we got checked into our hotel (Thanks, Aunt Sarah!) we suited up for a trip to the pool...
The pool was on the roof and it was C-H-I-L-L-Y!  Please don't zoom in on my back fat in this picture, or what the heck?  If you need a little self-esteem boost for the day, go ahead.  Zoom and make some jokes at my expense.  What I don't know can't hurt me, right?
After a luxurious afternoon nap, we got dressed up for dinner and the show!  We met our cousins Savanah and Jessica at the Downtown Aquarium Restaurant...
The girls loved the fish...
As well as their impromptu photo session with Damon...

The 3 dancing princesses...
Low light was not such a treat for the phone camera...
But we still have some good looking cousins, don't we?
It was so much fun spending time with these girls!  We don't get to see them enough!  (Damon didn't tell me this was supposed to be a candid shot...oh well, cheese ensued.)
They're so excited!
The show wore them out and they were almost done by the time we made it back to the room...
We started the next morning with a ride on the Metrorail...
...to the Houston Children's Museum!  Did you know that it is the #1 children's museum in the nation?  Me neither...
While we were there, Stella was absolutely mesmerized by this brain teaser puzzle.  I helped her try to figure it out for a few minutes, but it was hard and I got bored, so I went to play with Cille and left Stella and Daddy to do puzzles together.  Stella persevered until she found the right solution, and Daddy swears he gave her very minimal help...
Daddy also was mesmerized by the brain teasers.  Here's a shot of his handiwork.  It's not as impressive from a 32-year-old as it is from a 4-year-old, is it?
Fun with mirrors!  Can you imagine the energy level of this many Stellas?  I don't want to...
Cille learned what "hang up the phone" really means...
The girls put on a great puppet show...
We also found a station that asked visitors to make their own sign advertising sweetgrass baskets for sale.  Here's mine...
And here is Stella's that she copied from mine.  Not bad for a preschooler, huh?
We grabbed some yummy lunch at the snack bar...
Then we explored future careers in Kidtropolis.  Stella tried out law enforcement while Cille opted for a life of crime...
They pretended to be Aunt Lacie on the ambulance...
Cille pretended to be Daddy on the bike...
Eventually she made it to the right side of the thin blue line...
We took a break for story time...
Then Stella was back in action on the Power Tower!

Cille sneaked in in spite of the fact that you are supposed to be 5-years-old to participate!  (Stella looks 5, so we let her slide.)
Daddy enjoyed the Power Tower, too!  All three stories of it...


Cille had fun nearby in the obstacle course...

And both girls were so worn out from their adventures that they fell asleep during the 3 block walk back to the Metrorail...
And slept right on up to the room where they got a good nap in...
When they woke up, we made a very risky parenting decision and decided to visit this place...
I am still not sure what we were thinking.  I should have taken the girls by myself because let's just say that "no" is not very firmly entrenched in Daddy's vocabulary.  By the time we left, the girls had new dolls and the dolls had even received new 'dos in the American Girl Doll Hair Salon...(that really exists...no kidding.)



Oh, well, how can you say no to that?
Cille named her baby "I Don't Know."  I Don't Know really enjoyed her visit to the beautician, as you can see...
I laughed out loud when I saw these allergy stickers for the dolls' lunch boxes.  How can you tell when your children are spoiled?  Even their dolls have food allergies!
While Daddy fetched the car we took a spin in this...
Back at the room the girls tried on their new dresses so they could be twinkies with their babies...

I love this picture.  They have so much fun together!
We had a spectacular weekend getaway!  Special thanks to Mawmaw and Pawpaw who kept Watts all weekend so we could move around the city a little easier.  Watts, we can't wait until you're big enough to join us!  Don't worry...we'll find some more manly things for you to do...

1 comment :

Dara M. said...

I wish I had known yall had come into town, although I know y'all were plenty busy. I took Tal to the childrens museum when she was up here for a week and she LOVED it!! we spent ALLL day there. Glad y'all had a good time, maybe y'all should move up here, just thinking. lol.