A Dino-mite Thanksgiving!

Probably most of you know I taught 8th grade science before having my boys, so this post should come to no surprise to you. I was sooooo excited to take my little man to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I love this place. Like I may or may not have been mainly bringing us there for myself, but I knew Jackson would be super excited about going too.  I’ve been so many times since moving to Houston… for science workshops, with my parents and friends… It’s just a fun place to go. They are so good about rotating in and out new exhibits, one of my favorites being the Titanic exhibit. 
Jackson is serious about his dinosaurs right now. This kid knows his stuff. A few months ago, I bought him a big book about dinosaurs just because he had really been interested in them and thought he would just like looking at the pictures. “No, actually Mom, I’m going to learn all of the names too. I am two you know.” – Jackson Campbell (He really didn’t say that but I felt like he did haha…) This kid is two years old and knows what a Troodon looks like, “No, that’s an Iguanadon” and can tell you that the one with a long neck is a Brachiosaurus, which has a long neck like a giraffe. (Came up with that one on his own too.) I’m constantly amazed at his memory and what he is able to do. (Ok, Mommy brag time done haha…)
Jacob is so good about taking off days around holidays so that we can have some family time to do things together. I appreciate so much that he tries to reserve days around special times of the year to spend time with us and other family; I just feel like that is important! I want Jackson to have fun memories from his childhood, like any parent does, so I thought it would be fun for this week to be a dinosaur week! On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we hit the museum so he could see some real dinosaurs and how big they really were.

Got Jude Man wrapped up and ready to go. Thanks again, Solly Baby!
I wish you could have seen his face here… he was so excited, just couldn’t believe the size. 

Looking at Mommy’s favorite!
SLOTHZILLA!!!!!!!!

They also had some life science exhibits with animals in different ecosystems. Thought the turkey shot would be appropriate for this week hehe.

After we toured the dinosaur exhibit, we walked upstairs and went through the Eygptian exhibits quickly and then came down to the lobby and grabbed some lunch at the McDonald’s inside the museum. Before I had a toddler I hated McDonald’s and pretty much only got breakfast there sometimes. Now I kind of don’t mind those chicken nuggets and fries and even like them. It’s amazing how kids change you haha…

Too busy eating a chicken nugget to smile!

We had such a great time at the museum! Jude did great and Jackson loved every minute! Can’t wait to come back!

Friday after Thanksgiving, we went to see the “Good Dinosaur” movie. Jackson had been seeing previews for this movie for months, so of course we had to go as soon as it hit theaters! Dinosaur t-shirt number two was ready to go and Mommy even snagged a little Arlo to join us at the theatre! 
Waiting to go into the movie!
We spent Thanksgiving with Jacob’s family this year (post coming soon!), and all of Jackson’s cousins were able to come with him to his first movie! It was so fun! And a LOT of seats to save haha!

Sitting in the theatre, ready to go! Of course there were tons of previews, Jackson kept saying, “Dinosaur movie!!!” He wasn’t a fan of all the other previews before hand haha.
Even Jude man made the party! We were running kind of late (big surprise) so we just took him with us instead of leaving him with Jacob’s mom. He did really well though, actually took a nap in the midst of the loud movie and kids laughing and making noises!
The movie was a success! Jackson loved it, and did so good sitting with us through the whole thing!

That evening, we put up our Christmas tree! I like to do this right after Thanksgiving. It’s just fun to eat a bunch of food and then the next day get ready for the next holiday! Jackson has been much more aware of Christmas this year, and was really excited to put up ornaments on the Christmas tree.

I love a sweet toddler boy in a tshirt, diaper and socks!
I’m a little behind in my posts, but hopefully one on Thanksgiving day will be coming soon! Hope you enjoyed our Dino-mite week!

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Our Sunday Funday :0)

So this term/hashtag “Sunday Funday” has been relatively recent I guess… either that or I’m oblivious, so it’s totally possible that it has been thrown around for the last decade or two and I didn’t realize it haha… but it always makes me a little sad to see it, because generally it is people out doing something recreational and “fun” on Sunday instead of spending it worshipping our Creator. There is nothing more that I would rather do on Sunday than worship God, because He has done so much for us. I just can’t imagine skipping out on worship to go fishing (not that I fish) or to a game or concert to have “fun” when there is an opportunity for me to praise God for the sacrifice He made for us, for how He Shepherds and watches over us.
Now that I’ve had two boys of my own, I just can’t even understand how our Father gave up His Son for our sins, to be brutally murdered and treated so maliciously. I was telling Jacob this week that one day when I was rocking Jude for nap and looking at his sweet sleeping face, it occurred to me that I couldn’t fathom giving him up to death for someone else, and standing nearby watching it happen. Mary was such a strong woman and not faint of heart.
So it occurred to me this past Sunday that I would snap a few pics of our “Sunday Funday” and maybe put a different spin on the phrase, because there is nothing more that I want to do than worship my glorious Father in Heaven and share that time with my sweet family. And yes, Sundays are so incredibly hard with babies/crazy toddlers and naps, but they are enjoyable to me. It is fun to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and it is fun to sing praises to our awesome God and learn more from His word.
We always start our mornings getting ready for church, so I snapped a few pictures of me and my littlest man before we left. Love his little man shirt and shoes. You can just imagine the pictures of worship because I didn’t take any of those today, hah! 😉
So bashful 😉

After services, we usually come home and eat but sometimes go out. Today it was raining because of the hurricane that came in so we just came home and ate leftover Mexican food. Which I don’t know about you, but a rainy day plus Mexican food is my love language.

I put Jude down for a nap, and the nice thing about Sundays is that Jacob puts Jackson down for a nap, so this momma jumped in bed with a cookie from my sweet friend, Miranda, and my iPad to read a little!

Opened the curtains and blinds so I could watch the rain.
My trusty sidekick, whenever there is food around, she’s always close by. 🙂
My other sidekick. He came to give his momma some snuggles before his nap.
Snuggling on the floor, watching a show after his nap.
My shadow, always sticks close to her momma. Thinks she’s the size of a chihuahua.
So anyway, this isn’t anything groundbreaking, just a sweet day of worship and snuggles with my family. I am so thankful for the life I have and the opportunities we have to worship our Lord so freely. Hope you take advantage of them too! 🙂