Monday, February 25, 2013

Sight Seeing in South Texas

We're so lucky that Colt is a good traveler.  The kid seriously doesn't mind to just pack up and go...which is awesome for us!  We had several stops while in Mission and he didn't miss a beat.
Now where are we going?
On our visit to South Texas, we did a little shopping at the local flea markets.  Because most of the residents & visitors in the area are older, Colt was by far the youngest (and palest) person we encountered.  He didn't mind a little bargain hunting & cheek squeezing by little old ladies!

Three Geriatrics & a Baby
We also drove down to South Padre Island for a day and stopped to eat lunch just before crossing the bridge.  Being able to dress up your kid in funny hats is almost alone worth having one!  Colt wasn't sure what to think of his pirate hat, but we think he was working on getting his "arrrrggghhh" down pat.



Colt only has one shoe, just like the peg leg Pirate
South Padre Island was pretty much a ghost town, just waiting for the thousands of spring breakers destined for there in only a few weeks. Which was nice, but the drinks were just as high priced as if we were drinking them out of a funnel in a wet t-shirt contest.  Heather did not remember ever paying $14 for a mixed drink in school!  How do college students these days afford it??


The Gulf of Mexico was still too cold to swim in, but it was tolerable to dip your toes!  Colt was not a huge fan of the wind blowing down the beach & the chilly water.  He hasn't had a great track record of beach visits though.



But it sure was nice to put your feet in the sand!





Saturday, February 23, 2013

Run for the Border: Colt's First Trip to South Texas

Both Brett & Heather have a lot of family in Texas!  Most of Brett's relatives are from the Abilene area, while Heather's are in South Texas and the Dallas/Ft. Worth regions.  Nevertheless, there's plenty of people to go visit when the weather gets warm!

Colt & Heather flew to Dallas on the first leg of their tour of Texas.  We stayed with cousin Jane & her family overnight before meeting up with Phyllis, and Aunt Bernardine to head down to Harlingen for some warmer weather & more relatives.  Colt managed to knock over a full McDonald's glass of ice tea into Mimi's lap on the flight, leaving her with wetter britches than his!

No one sent Heather the memo about wearing matching outfits
Uncle Sonny & Aunt Ann were happy to show Colt the sights and sounds of South Texas in the winter.  They are winter Texans that live in Mission for several months out of the year and then relocate further North when the Texas temps start to rise.

The weather there was amazing!  Considering New York was still recovering from Nemo, the need for sunscreen was welcomed with open, short sleeved arms!

Colt saved his Bugging Out t-shirt for Uncle Sonny,  the Entomologist
It didn't take long before Colt was into the crate of fresh oranges pulled of the tree in the front yard!  He loved snacking on them, rind and all!



Looks like Uncle Sonny & Aunt Ann's house is the place to be! 




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Coccadots in Clifton Park!

One of the best places in Upstate New York to chomp on cupcakes has just opened a new shop in our community!  You may remember that Coccadots was featured on Good Morning America last year for their Super Bowl chicken wings cupcake...looks interesting, right?


Now, thankfully, we don't have to drive into Albany for fun treats like these:




Maybe if we walk from our house, we'll come out ahead?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nemo Blizzard Produces First Time Sledders

When Upstate New York was slammed with Nemo Blizzard we ended up with a little snow...about 6-7" to be exact.  Not a lot compared to Boston (24") but it was enough to cover the grass and hills.  It only took a few hours before the roads and parking lots were cleared.

We purchased our first sled ever from Sam's Club and head off to hit the small slopes.  Growing up in the South sort of limits your winter activities.  Plus, living in the flat lands has a disadvantage.  Heather realized she had never been sledding before!  Thankfully, Brett was an old pro so he was able to show us the ropes.

We looked online for sledding areas in Clifton Park and ended up in Kinns Road Park, which looked a little too wooded for our taste.  A cross country skier was nice enough to lead us to a park near Exit 10 at Jewett Park, where we took to the hills!

First timers Heather & Colt had a pretty good time!  Check out our slideshow of wintry fun:

 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Milestones: Eleven Months Old

As this guy gets older and older, getting him to sit still gets harder and harder.  
Can you believe he's 11-months-old now??



Case in point...



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Buzzer Beater: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

One of Heather's favorite new past times is stalking Groupon and Living Social for good deals.  When she stumbled across 2-for-the-price-of-1 to the Basketball Hall of Fame, she snapped it up!

Some folks might remember that Brett was the only person in his church basketball league to ever get kicked out of a game, as both a player and a coach.  Heather spent many years shinning the pine for her high school team, but whateves....her name hangs on the gym wall at Twin Rivers High School celebrating the year her team won district's, just like the names of the girls who actually played.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Massachusetts  less than two hours from our home in Clifton Park.  It's home to more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history!  We got to see a ton of interesting things, from Pistol Pete's floppy socks to the original Boston Celtics uniforms.  One of the best parts was an 'open gym' where you could practice your free throws!  The best part is that you don't have to be a huge basketball fan to enjoy the museum!

Here's a peek: