Alright, here are the rest of the pictures from the trip:
We took lots of naps. After the long drive and not sleeping well, we had a hard time catching up and plus we all got sick. :( But sleepy pictures are super cute.
But we did do lots of fun things, like go to the mall (civilization!!! We NEVER go to the mall here cuz it is about an hour away), and the River Walk, and parks. I think we all had a really good time and it really felt like a vacation.
Matthew really enjoyed exploring Grandpa and Grandma's house...and hiding in the cupboards. :)
Tyson and Grandpa took Josh and Caleb to the local missions. Me and Grandma aren't nearly as interested in history as they are. :)
Grandma took the boys to Build-a-Bear. I have never been there and neither had the boys. They LOVED it. It was such a fun adventure for them.
The one person I thought wouldn't care at all about something snuggly loved his animal the most. Matthew grabbed this rabbit and hugged it tight pretty much endlessly. So cute. When I asked him what his name should be, he said "frow," which is his word for throw. So that is his name. :)
They got to "wash off" their animals. Josh really enjoyed this part.
Josh picked out this bear, we all kind of thought it was a little girly so we kept trying to convince him to get something else, but he was very determined. This was his. And he named him "Giggly."
Caleb picked this cute little rabbit and named him "Fluffy." I love the names little kids pick. Note Matthew digging through the hearts in the background. He would not leave those things alone.
Walking to the mail boxes where the mail man pulled up and showed the kids how he fills each of the boxes and even let Josh lock up the doors when he finished. What a cool mail man.
The house suddenly got quiet and I looked out the window and saw this: All four of them walking hand in hand. Totally adorable. So I ran after them barefoot to get a picture. I felt a little bit like my dad. Lol.
Reading time with Grandma.
Matthew was way too comfortable climbing up and down the stairs over and over again. So this is me barricading the bottom of the stairs to catch the little guy if fell down. He never did though. Unlike our last trip, there was no falling down stairs, calls to poison control, or trips to the ER. I have to say, I was and am pretty thankful it was more low key this time.
Matthew also loved this spot. I was so nervous he was going to get smacked in the throat by someone on the other side, but miracle of miracles, he never did.
Tinywings, I think is the game they were playing on the mini i-pad
More cute sleepyness.
And this is kind of out of order, but here are the pictures from the car ride there. I was really excited to eat lunchables. Hehe.
The trip wasn't all happiness, especially for this guy. He wanted to be held really bad. I thought he just wanted to run around, but I set him down on one of our stops and he acted like the ground was made of lava or quicksand and started shrieking and wouldn't stand. It was kind of funny, but sad too.
Caleb casting some spell in his sleep. At least that is what it looked like.
The very tired drivers.
All bundled and cruising.
The first few minutes. Josh was this happy THE WHOLE time. He kept saying "I don't want to be a chicken!" because I asked them if they felt all couped up. Believe me, I regretted saying that one phrase for almost 24 hours straight.
It was a REALLY long drive there and back. Not something we could do often. But we made a lot of fun memories. Tyson and I had lots of fun talks there and back, we read a book, sang songs, and chewed celery and drank pepsi until we thought we were going to puke. We had a lot of fun in Texas and vacations are way nicer now that the kids are getting kind of old enough where I don't have to constantly moniter everything they do. I'm really glad we got to go and hope the kids remember it, they are fun memories.
Mom and Dad Cooper and Hannah were WAY nice and watched the three boys for three days while I went with Tyson to his conference. I love my kids, but sometimes it is SOOO nice to get time away from them. It is sad that all day I was alone, but since I was uber sick it was nice to just get to sleep. I left to go to Jamba Juice and then went right back to our cave on the top floor. The last day there we stopped by the capital building on the way back to San Antonio. It was fun to get out and explore and it is always cute to see Tyson read every single plaque. :)
This drinking fountain was really cool. We found it right after I thought a bee flew up my shirt and in front of all the tourists Tyson was trying to help me get it out. Hilarious and really awkward. But oh well. :) So this drinking fountain was from a long time ago and the water comes from the top of the structure. I don't really know how things work, but it was good water and it was fun. Here is my handsome hubby getting a drink.
Our view from the top floor.
I LOVED this couch/chaise lounge thing. I seriously was there all the time. So fun.
One evening we went on a walk and found these crazy cool cow statues and a cute duck pond as the sun set. It was really neat and a fun adventure. I LOVE spending time with Tys.
The inside view from our floor.
Someone left this in the hallway for room service to take away. I thought it was so cute I had to take a picture. 38 years, I can't wait to be married that long. We haven't even been married 7 years. So weird to imagine even living 38 years. :) So I told Tyson when we have been married 38 years, I want room service too. I don't know why, but I have always wanted room service, weird I know. It is just so exciting. So you will know we have made it when we get room service. :) I will order: chocolate milkshakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Yup, I have it all planned out.
A few weeks ago we went (drove, yes drove, 22 hours) to San Antonio, partly because Tyson had a conference he was presenting at in Austin, and because Cooper grandparents really wanted to see the little boys. So we trecked the treck and we had a great time. It may take a few days, but I'm going to try to put the pics from the trip up. Here are the ones we took from the Zoo. Josh told me to write that it was really hot, that is why they have sunglasses and are squinting. :) And I agree, as a prego chick, Texas really is way too intense in the heat area.
We finally got a picture of Tyson and Hannah. :) Oldest and youngest siblings. Crazy how old she is now, and she is awesome with the boys. They adore her. They have pretty awesome aunts and uncles.
Caleb was in a super crabby mood pretty much the whole time, except for when we saw the hippos, he loved that part. :) This is him protecting himself from the sun and keeping out of photos, hilarious.
Tyson was obsessed with taking pictures of me the whole trip. So I am including this so everyone knows I was actually there. :)