Catching Up with the Campbells: Life update – Moving to College Station Pt. 1

I’ve been a tad M.I.A. lately… mainly because over the last 4-5 months we have been in transition MOVING! And it has been CRAY CRAY! Jacob got a job offer for a private company in College Station, TX, and while we were SO incredibly sad to leave our friends and family, it has been such a blessing for us. He is home so much more, we eat dinner together every night, a five minute commute vs. an hour and 20 min… we are so much more at peace here and having the opportunity to catch up with some of our friends we haven’t been close to since we were in college. So I thought it was appropriate to do a couple of “Catching Up with the Campbells” posts so you can kind of see what we’ve been up to over this past summer and fall. And just to warn you… these posts are going to be looooonnng… we’ve been some busy people lately!

So this whole summer we were very back and forth between Friendswood and College Station, trying to find a house and then picking out interior features for it, and then also celebrating birthdays for Jackson and my mom in June, me in July and also our TENTH anniversary… Jacob also got kidney stones that week of our anniversary, my cousin passed away suddenly and tragically and I was so sad I couldn’t attend his funeral… we had swim lessons for Jackson for two weeks that were a tad torturous, and in the middle of all of it we were getting our house ready to sell and then preparing for showings… which if you have ever tried to do with toddlers, you know it is just about the worst game you can play with them hehe… Jackson had oral surgery to take care of some cavities in July, we celebrated the fourth of July in there too and went to an Astros game and tried to hit up all of our favorite Houston “things to do” while we were still in town. We visited my parents, I met up with my former teaching gals, traded in our car and had a fabulous going away party. WHEW! And that was just June, July and August haha!!!!

This was SO bittersweet, we really thought we would be here for 20 plus years haha!
My big helper man.
On our way to College Station to meet with our builder’s wife and pick out interiors… the lady at Dunn Brothers sized up our drinks haha… maybe we looked tired or something!
Peek at the new house!
Then to my parent’s house in Vidor to celebrate Father’s day!
Swim lessons with our little buddies!
Working hard! Sweetest swim instructor ever!
Dinner with Jacob’s family to celebrate my niece’s birthday!
It’s official!
This sweet boy turned FOUR!

More visits with sweet cousins!
Went to see Cars 3!
Celebrated 4th of July hehe… Jude was really excited about our country’s independence that day.
Celebrated my 32nd birthday with a friend of mine! Sleepover downtown, massages, a facial and brunch! Yes please!
My sweet mama watched my kiddos and got me a mini bundt cake haha! (Also Jackson’s face bahaha…)
Dinner out with my original Campbell boy 😉
And back to College Station to pick out fixtures hehe…
Took the boys to an Astros’ game! Of course FOX came along!

Went down to Kemah to ride the train and go to the Aquarium, had lunch at Tookies after! Such yummy burgers!
Met up with my mom at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!
Then spent a day in Galveston at the beach!
Jude wasn’t too crazy about the sand and water that day!
Jacob and I spent the night down in Galveston for our anniversary! Sadly our ten year trip to Cabo got canceled because of our move! BOO!
I mean you have to try everything right???
So we ate a lot down there haha…
Back to the beach!
Spent some days at the splash pad!
Took a trip down to the Galveston Train Museum! My boys are obsessed with this place!

Spent a day at Nasa with Jacob’s family! Love this place too! Can you tell I used to be a science teacher??? HAH!

Speaking of Science teachers… met up with this fine ladies for lunch one day! Love them so much!
Y’all.. MORE cousins!
Sweet going away party!

We love and miss our Houston friends so much!
Fam bam pic!
And another trip to College Station during the week with Jacob! He started commuting back and forth for the work week so we went with him a few days!

Then September hit… my last living grandmother passed away the week before we were supposed to move up to College Station, so we traveled to Vidor to celebrate my Maw-Maw’s life and death, and then came back to Friendswood just in time for Hurricane Harvey to wreck the entire Texas coast. Some of my best friends lost their home, my parents had six feet of water in their home… and with so much to process in such a short amount of time, we pushed our move off another week. We sadly left the following weekend to move into a townhouse that Jacob’s company owned, for us to use in kind of a transitional period while we waited for our house to sell and for our new house to be finished. We moved up just in time for Jackson to start his Pre-School, and he did so well with it, especially considering everything that little guy had just been through and witnessed. He was so nervous going and I was so proud of him for being so brave. So the following pictures are from the month of September. I told you we have been busy! 🙂

On our way to Grandma’s House!
My cousin DeWanna and I at the visitation, haven’t seen her in years!
It’s always fun playing games on Pa-Pa’s iPad 🙂
These kind of things never get easy…
I can’t even remember the last time we were all together. It was so good seeing every again, and of course it would be Maw-Maw bringing us all back to one spot for a moment.
She has brought the BEST banana pudding for each of my grandparent’s passings… I’ve known her my whole life and she is absolutely one of the sweetest ladies ever.
This sweet lady lived a long life, dedicated to her family, and she will be missed.
Our neighborhood after the second night of rain…
Just would not stop raining!
Playing in the garage! Desperate times y’all haha!
Took a walk around the neighborhood, it was so windy!
Because what else do you do when you have been cooped up for days?!
Waited in line for groceries with my neighbor! We were cracking up because we dressed the same that morning haha…
So after the storm went through Houston, it bounced back and up East to my parent’s part of the state… they had to evacuate and be picked up by a boat.
My sister and brother-in-law had stayed overnight after the funeral and kind of ended up getting stuck there for the storm.
I just cried my eyes out when my sister sent me this picture… this has been such a hard thing for them this year.
I-10! So crazy!
My parent’s house at some point… they ended up with around 6 feet of water in their home. Pretty much lost everything.
My parents had evacuated to my Aunt’s house in Houston, so we met them for dinner on the way up to College Station. I don’t know that I have ever been more grateful and happy to see their faces as I was that night.
And then school started! He is so ready!
Jackson and his teacher! She is just the sweetest!
Spending his first day as an only child with Mommy!
First day of school reward!
A look at our townhouse neighborhood.

Whew! So serious update here! If you made it to the end, I think you deserve a trophy… or at least a cookie. I’ll be following up with Part 2 once I can get around to it!


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!

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!