A Happy Halloween

Ash Ketchum, a ballerina and a garden gnome…

I feel like that’s the beginning of a really bad joke. Like one my dad would tell (and we would all groan instead of laugh at the punchline)

halloween-2016

So last year we went ALL OUT and dressed up as The Incredibles (seriously, go check those pictures out!) and it was awesome! I feel like I did my time with the whole matching thing and just let the kiddos pick their costumes this year…except for Baby G. He was going to be a gnome and that was it!

My oldest has an obsession…a little one (*eye roll*) of guess what?! Daddy introduced him to a card game and the classic “Red Version” on the Game Boy and now its all he talks about….and I miiight play a little of the game on my phone (maybe….)

ash-the-trainer

So we went with the classic Ash look. I bought a white polo shirt and a blue t-shirt. I cut the sleeves off the t-shirt and cut both shirts down the middle. I sewed the two shirts together at the opening in the front and then craft glued a felt yellow band around the bottom and fake pockets.

For his gloves, I just bought a two pack of children’s gloves and cut off the fingers, and the hat I found online for like $6. I did a simple amigurumi crochet pattern to make a pokeball. (seriously simple, it takes like 20 minutes to make). I already had a tiny black back pack (no, I’m not going to break out into song…hello 90’s!) I did splurge on the cute stuffed animal because I knew my son would love it.

I added some of his normal jeans and tennis shoes and BAM! Best Ash ever! (don’t say that too fast!)

 

 

Gotta Catch Em All

Gotta catch em all!

 

Now the daughter was a little harder because she is so indecisive. I have NO IDEA where she gets that from! She went from ballerina, to Wonder Woman, to a cat and probably other things.

Sissy the beautiful ballerina

Sissy the beautiful ballerina

We stuck with ballerina, because if you know anything about her, you know she loves to dance.  Her costume was super easy, but, I thought, came out really cute! I got her a cotton leotard, white tights, and simple ballet slippers. I made the tutu with a wide elastic band and white and pink tulle which I alternated around. We bought the legs warmers when we bought big brother’s stuffed animal (so they both got something special for their costumes)

 

She had an absolute blast being a ballerina. There was a DJ with a dance stage set up downtown where we always trick-or-treat and she was dancing away on stage to all the great Halloween classics. It was awesome!

ballerina-twirl

Now the decision to make Baby G a gnome was made back in July actually. We were at my nephew’s first birthday party and we put a red party hat on Baby G and my heart melted. With his red hair and tiny toddler-ness (shut up! It’s a thing) I knew that the gnome was in our future.

Garden Gnomw

It was totally a hit and Baby G LOVED his hat. He kept pointing to his head at saying “at at”. I just bought a long sleeve white onesie and black sweat pants for the base of the outfit. Besides that, his costume was mainly made of felt (that I already had lying around so…WIN!)

For the blue “shirt” I just cut a little tunic out. (Just fold the felt in half and cut how wide you want it. Then make a head hole!) The belt is just black strip of felt with a yellow square. For the hat I used the Garden Gnome Hat Tutorial from Tikkido. For the shoes, I just made shoe covers. I sort of followed the Elf Slippers pattern from maya made, but changed it a little to be shoe covers. The beard (also felt) was a last minute addition because I wasn’t sure he would tolerate it…and he did, like a champ!

Garden Gnome

The garden gnome costume was such a hit and was not that hard to make. I might try and work on a costume tutorial post…because seriously…who DOESN’T need a garden gnome in their life!

And yes, I totally put him in our front flower bed like a REAL garden gnome…

Hope you enjoyed our pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!
Happy Halloween!

 

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When Life Happens

When Life Happens

Sometimes life happens.
Sometimes life happens and its ok to admit that it’s hard.

I normally don’t write posts like the one in the picture. I know parenting is hard, and I know that YOU know that parenting is hard. MOST times social media is not the right outlet to complain. Maybe I should repeat that…

MOST TIMES, SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT THE RIGHT OUTLET TO COMPLAIN

Ok, Back to your regularly scheduled post…

As I said, I do not normally write posts like this, but the exuberant amount of unadulterated chaos happening at my house at that time was so overwhelming it was humorous! Seriously, here is the low down:

2 out of 3 of the kids were screaming
The baby was screaming to be held in between shoving amazing amounts of green beans in his mouth and promptly choking on them. (Or screaming because we wouldn’t let him shove more in) Before dinner he was screaming because he wanted dinner.
My 4 year old was throwing a fit, screaming that she is mad, running around the house (for the millionth time NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE) and asking for more food (If you know her, this makes complete sense). Before dinner she was asking for food. EVERY.KIND. OF.FOOD.EVERY.BREATH.SHE.HAD.

The oldest is trying to be overly calm because he feels the chaos in the house. With his mini-notebook in hand, he has a million questions (which he asks VERY calmly) “Mommy, how do you spell AGAIN?” Mommy, will you teach me to crochet with a hook?” “Mommy, can I have my K’NEX back?” “Mommy, can I play with this toy that has tiny, microscopic pieces while the baby is right here?”

It always starts with “Mommy” and ends with me giving him this “Are you kidding?” look while holding a screaming baby and telling (yelling over the baby) the 4 year old to STOP RUNNING IN THE HOUSE!

Oh, did I mention that EVERY WINDOW IN THE HOUSE IS OPEN? Oh, yes, there’s that. While cooking dinner the hubby nearly smoked us out of the house. Seriously, we are talking open front door, red eyes, waving the smoke away from the fire alarm type of smoke. We were one step away from having to crawl around the house!

On top of that (oh yes! There’s more!) my husband had to leave for a meeting at the height of the chaos, smoke, screaming and dinner. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! The only thing I could muster was “Please don’t leave me!” He promised me he would be gone for not very long and would bring back some wine. SOLD!

As soon as he left, the chaos in which I had mistakenly thought had climaxed, indeed increased…three-fold (I can neither deny or confirm this relation to the amount of children in the house). About 30-minutes in, the chaos got too much for me to bear and I gave in and called the hubby to return pronto because, no. As I heard it start to ring, I noticed a ringing sound coming from the counter…

No. This is not just happening.
This is when I started writing my Captain’s…I mean Mommy’s… Log.

Mommy’s Log:

Stardate 69593.6
I have just lost communication with the co-pilot. I must now trust that he will return to the mother-ship and not abandon his crew.

Stardate 69593.7
The co-pilot has been gone for a suspiciously long time for what was supposed to be a “short excursion”. I can only assume he is acquiring provisions of wine and cookies.

Stardate 69593.8
The princess of the crew is finally in her quarters. After much convincing, a firm talking to and a lullaby, I think she has officially retired for the evening.

Stardate: 69593.8
I am growing suspicious of the youngest member of the crew. He seems out of sorts. I suspect mutiny! Or he might just need a nap.

Stardate 69593.9
The co-pilot has finally returned! There was much rejoicing until we took inventory of the acquired provisions. Mistakes were make and in this time of crisis, there is no room for error!

Stardate 69593.9
The entire crew has finally retired to their quarters for the night. The oldest of the crew was commended for his assistance and bravery in a time of crisis. I still have my suspicions about the youngest. I must keep a close watch overnight and the days to come.

and on top of that, we are out of wipes.

***These are actual stardates based on a stardate calculator from TrekGuide.com.

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Advent Week 1: Hope

Week 1 Hope

Advent sneaks up on me every single year, but especially this year because Thanksgiving was so late! I stuffed my face with turkey and pie and turn around and BAM! Advent is staring me in the face! Advent is my favorite season of the year. No, not the Christmas season, but ADVENT. Advent is the four Sundays prior to Christmas where we prepare our hearts for the coming birth of Christ.

The United Methodist Church (and other denominations) light candles on an Advent wreath each week prior to Christmas Eve and a white “Christ” candle in the middle on Christmas Eve. I know that not all traditions do an advent wreath, so I explain about the wreath and have some beautiful candle-lit pictures.
Celebrating Advent at Home: The Advent Wreath
The United Methodist Church puts out a Advent Worship at Home for families to light the candles and celebrate each week just as the church does, but I found myself needing to adjust it quite a bit for my family with such young kids. So I thought I would share my adaptation of the church’s home worship.

Advent Week 1: Hope

First Reader: This is the first Sunday in Advent. Today, we light one purple candle. This is the candle of hope. Advent is a time of waiting and hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus. We hope that everyone will come to know and worship God.

(Light the first purple candle)

Second Reader:  When we look at the first candle, we remember God’s promise.  God promised to send a someone to save the people. God fulfills his promises and takes care of his people. God brings peace and all of this gives us hope. Again we wait excitedly for the birth of baby Jesus.

Sing: Oh Come Let us Adore Him
Matt Redman- Oh Come Let us Adore Him (video with lyrics from youtube)

Read Jeremiah 33:14-16
The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. 15 In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.

Prayer: Dear God: Thank you for your son, Jesus. Thank you for the words of Jeremiah, the prophet, that remind us that you are the source of our hope. Help us to live each day with hope and to share hope with everyone around us. AMEN.

Most of this comes straight from the Advent Home Worship. I re-worded and re-wrote a few things so that my smaller kids could understand it better. I also left out the discussion and shortened a few other parts. Definitely check out the one made by the United Methodist Church!
Advent Worship at Home

Don’t feel bad if you don’t get to this on Sundays. Just try and do it sometime during that week. My parents did this with us every year growing up and it is one of my most powerful memories. I hope that these help you and your family enjoy the Advent season together and keep Christ in the center!

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An Incredible Halloween

Saturday was Halloween and my family had a blast! No gore or scary costumes here! Earlier this year I got the idea to be The Incredibles for Halloween this year! We have the perfect number of people and even a red-headed baby to play Jack-Jack. I soon found out that buying the cheap “made in China” Incredibles costumes would have been WAY expensive. (The adult versions were like $40!) Sorry, I love Halloween, but not enough to go broke! Plus I would rather buy real clothes that are comfortable and possibly used again (minus my husband’s red leggings!)

The Incredibles

I opted to make my own. Off to find red leggings that would fit a grown man! (I found them!) I got some inspiration from Life Out of Bounds, including her logo and mask pattern, but mainly had a picture in my head of what I wanted and did my own thing.

Mr Incredible

I love that my husband was just as excited as I was about this! (Ok maybe not THAT much, but he was pretty excited!) I love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and is game to wear red leggings and his underwear on the outside. I really think he is Mr. Incredible. Mr Incredible had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. He had back boxer briefs with a yellow felt belt and HUGE black socks that he wore OVER his shoes, and of course, his mask to keep his identity a secret.

Elastigirl

As the maker of the costumes, I had a blast getting to dress up with my family! We went downtown for our local Trunk-or-Treat and we had so many comments and people stopping us to take a picture. That was super fun! Elastigirl also had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. (which I forgot to wash before wearing and woke up with HIVES all over my arms the next morning) I used my black swimsuit bottoms with a yellow felt belt, and some black boots that worked just perfectly, and of course, my mask to keep my identity a secret.

Dash

My oldest was so excited to be Dash! I am pretty sure he would have dressed up like Dash for Halloween even if the rest of us were something different. As soon as he got his costume on he took off running through the house. I didn’t know what to do! Do you tell Dash to stop running in the house? Dash had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots (over his shoes) and arm cuffs (yeah, that’s right! I used the entire pair of tights!) a yellow felt belt and of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

 

Violet

My daughter is the shy one of the bunch and I wasn’t sure she would go for this, but as you can tell, she totally got into it. Even though we have a different birth order than the TRUE Incredibles (Violet is the oldest) it still worked out. Violet had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

Jack-Jack

Baby G’s costume was so cute. It was just like the older two kids, but smaller. I originally didn’t make him a mask because I had no doubt he would just rip it off, but he did great when I was taking his picture! I also loved that Jack-Jack and Baby G are right about the same age, have red hair and totally make some of the same noises. Jack-Jack had tiny red leggings (with little bows at the end that we hid with the “boots”), a red onesie (which was amazingly hard to find, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

It made me feel great that not only did my family have a blast, but so many other people enjoyed our costumes! I have NO IDEA what to do for next year. I don’t know if I can top this! Better start working now! Hope you enjoyed our costumes! I would love to see what you and your family did for Halloween!

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Claim it and Let it Be Claimed

Claim it

Sometimes I feel like social media is just a trash can for people to dump on. In the same five minutes I can read a beautiful affirmation to moms for all they do and then a hateful post shaming a mom just because she is feeding her baby differently or birthed her baby differently. Enough is enough!

There has been a great push to celebrate moms in all they do. Because of the popularity of all-natural or “crunchy” moms, this push seems to be celebrating those moms that maybe have been shamed in the past; those that formula feed their babies, those that birthed their babies via c-section, etc. I absolutely love that ALL moms of all different kinds are being celebrated. This makes me so happy!

It’s about time to let moms be who they are do what the want without fear of shame from their mom peers, but I worry we are swaying the pendulum back a little to far.  I feel like I can’t claim who I am or what I’ve done for fear of someone misinterpreting it as mom-shaming. Because of my profession as a doula, I have always been sensitive about what I share and how I share it, but I feel like I can no longer proudly share my proud moments without fear of offending someone. I can no longer claim proudly that I had three completely natural, births or that I exclusively breastfeed my babies. You know what?! I am so stinking proud of myself! I am proud not because I did these things and you didn’t.  I am proud because it was my goal and I achieved it. Just like I would be proud of a career goal. Even though I have no desire to be a doctor, I am still proud of my friends that have achieved this goal and became one.

Honestly, I’m not looking for affirmation or praise. I am just telling you that you are not a better or worse mother because you did things differently than me.  Just because my goals are different doesn’t make one better than the other. My goals are only better for me personally because I set them, I worked hard for them and I achieved them. Your value of a mother is not dependent on my personal achievements as a mom. You are different, your family is different, your needs are different. Celebrate your differences and your own personal journey as a mom.

I am going to start celebrating my own personal journey as well. I am no longer going to feel shame or fear in expressing my proud moments! So I will proudly claim that I feel like a bad ass because I had three all-natural, un-medicated, vaginal births. I labored, I fought, I felt pain, and I made it through. I proudly claim that I have had a great hospital birth and I proudly claim I had two beautiful home births. I proudly claim that I have exclusively breast-fed all my babies and Baby G and I are still going strong. I am proud that I have almost four years (and counting) of breastfeeding under my belt. I proudly claim that I choose to stay home with my kids and love that I have the opportunity to do that.

So wherever you are in life and whatever you have achieved, claim it! But more importantly let other moms claim their victories and celebrate with them, no matter how different they look.

Claim it and let it be claimed!

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The Big Latch On 2015

On Saturday I attended a fun event of global proportions! Ok, really it was an event taking place all over the world as a kick off to World Breastfeeding Week. The Big Latch On  is where groups of breastfeeding moms get together at a set time and have their babies latch and breastfeed for an entire minute. The number of mommies and babies breastfeeding is recorded in hopes to break a record! It’s a neat way to kick off World Breastfeeding Week and is even cooler to be a part of a world-wide community of moms!

Baby G eating at  The Big Latch On. As you can tell, he is still learning to nurse the right way after his lip/tongue tie fix.

Baby G eating at The Big Latch On. As you can tell, he is still learning to nurse the right way after his lip/tongue tie fix.

The Big Latch On is a way to show support for breastfeeding families and communities and places that support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not just about mommy and baby, its about the community they are surrounded by as well. Studies show that if moms have a supportive community (especially their partners) breastfeeding is significantly more successful! But mainly The Big Latch On is an big overall event that helps communities create their own event to show support for breastfed moms and families.

I went to an event at BabyEarth. You probably have heard of it because it has a HUGE online presence in the baby world, but it has an actual store front too! And it’s seriously only like 10 miles from my house! How lucky am I?! (Now that I actually typed that, I’m wondering why I don’t go there more often!) They had quite a few information booths set up, adorable goodie bags for all the moms, and a whole bunch gifts that they raffled off, and guess what!? Baby G and I won!

Baby G and I were very excited to win a set of Phillips Avent bottles.

Baby G and I were very excited to win a set of Phillips Avent bottles.

Brian-The Birth Guy was also there helping with the raffle and giving some helpful breastfeeding tips for moms. Yes, a dude, talking about breastfeeding and giving great information…who knew!? I don’t know much about him except that he is a doula based out of the San Antonio area and is the only male doula in the area. Cool! You can read more about him on his website.

Moms, dads and babies watching a learning signs from Amy at The Signing Connection.

Moms, dads and babies watching a learning signs from Amy at The Signing Connection.

I will be posting more about World Breastfeeding Week and just about breastfeeding in general all this week! So keep eyes on my blog and check out my Facebook page for helpful tips and links!

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4th of July Fun!

Family tie dye

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend! We had a wonderful few days spending time with family. I think that’s why I love the July 4th holiday so much. It’s often spent with family doing fun stuff outside, maybe at the park, or the beach, or hanging out at Grandma’s. I love family time!

Anyways. Every year my little (not so little anymore, I guess!) gets matching shirts for the 4th of July. Oftentimes we go to Old Navy and get their famous “flag shirts” with the year and everything, but we haven’t had much luck getting them in EVERYONE’S size in the same color. This year, that was the case. After wandering the store for too long with three kiddos, I loudly declared my disgust and announced that I would make my own shirts! (and promptly left the store as I realized that not only had the kids lost it, at this point, but so had I).

I have had an itch to tie dye thanks to my doula client turned good friend, so I decided to take the plunge. (more on my tie dying friend later) Let’s do a red, white and blue SWIRL! I got very excited! I bought Tulip powder dye in blue and red, and what I felt like was a million shirts. (In fact it was shirts for my family and for my brother’s family, because what’s more fun than tie dying with your awesome sister-in-law!) It was our first time, and let me just say we are total tie dye NOOBS!

Anyways, here is an action shot of our tie dye shirt making adventure. We didn’t let them sit long enough before we rinsed them so they faded more than I wanted to, but I know better for next time.

swirl

Now, that is what you call tie dye perfection!

 

This is also why I am not writing this as a DIY. I have no business writing a tie dye DIY (I giggle because it rhymes!), BUT my good friend and tie dye guru has agreed to write the “Tie Dye DIY” guest post! YAY! I will let you guys know when that is happening and link it on this page as well.

So we survived the tie dye project, learned from our mistakes and my family and I still got our matching shirts and the tradition was saved! Plus, seriously, we are adorable in matching shirts. Here is the final product! The husband and Baby G modeling the shirts for us. I’m not gonna lie, I love this picture of my husband!

Daddy and Baby G

Daddy and Baby G sitting together at our 4th of July picnic, showing off Mommy’s amazing tie dye shirts.

In addition to our matching shirts tradition, we always pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at a local park where there are lots of fun booths, kids games and FOOD! We wait until the kids are so exhausted that they have totally lost it, we pack up in a hurry and go home. (No seriously, every year we wait just a little too long to leave) We let the kids rest (and pray they nap) and grill a whole bunch of meat and veggies (LOVE me some grilled zucchini). We then frantically eat our meal, worried that we will miss the fireworks, rush around, and always get to the park in plenty of time. Yup, that’s how it goes! I pray the kids remember the picnic and the fireworks and not the tantrums and rushing around! Ah, traditions!

Do you have a fun family tradition for the 4th of July? I love hearing about what other families do to celebrate! Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

 

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4th of July Fun Bags

July 4th table

Besides the awesome shirts, how did we celebrate the 4th of July? Well, I went a little crazy and decorated and made some fun little kits for the older two kids. I got coordinating red, white and blue table decorations, along with some American flags for a centerpiece.

For breakfast we had vanilla yogurt with cut up strawberries and blueberries. The hubby and Sissy made them into American flags, but I couldn’t convince Big Boy to mix his fruit and yogurt, silly kid!

4th of July Breakfast

I also got them red bags full of fun outdoor activities. Each bag contained:
1. Giant bubble wand
2. A Kite (Cinderella for Sissy, and Planes for Big Boy)
2. Red, white and blue glow sticks
3. American flag bandanna
4. 7-ct set of sidewalk chalk
5. 2 beaded necklaces (one red, one blue)
6. Velcro throw and catch game

These bags were so simple to throw together and SUPER cheap. I’m not gonna lie, when I got it all together and gave them to my kids, I pretty much felt like mother of the year! They had so much fun with it all! We spent the day at a local park with friends and they flew their kites until they broke. They blew bubbles until they were all gone, and played catch until some got hit in the head a cried (I can neither confirm or deny this actually happened)

july 4th bubbles

Sissy enjoying her bubble wand. They made huge bubbles, which was “so awesome!”

 

I am usually not one to go crazy with any holiday, but for around $20, the smiles on their faces and all the fun they had, was totally worth it. It was really fun to celebrate together as a family and enjoy being together. So often my husband and I get bogged down in the “raising” part of parenting and forget to enjoy being with the kids. I know I need reminding that parenting is not just disciplining and saying “no”, but also having fun, letting them stay up late occasionally and getting dirty (we just won’t tell Dad!)

kite flying

Flying kites with Daddy was their favorite part. Probably the best $1.37 (x2) I ever spent!

I hope you found some inspiration for your next family celebration or 4th of July. I can’t wait to do something like this again! I am already thinking about the next event coming up. I’m thinking a back-to-school fun bag! Maybe I’ll share about that one too (if it actually happens!)

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Local Summer Events: July 2015

Local Summer Events

Wow! June is already over? Summer is going too fast! Let’s make the most of what’s left with some awesome events in the local Austin suburb area! Check these out!

Friday July 10

Toybrary Austin’s 2nd Birthday Party
10:00am-6:00pm
Come celebrate with FREE playtime, cake and balloons and get discounts on membership and birthday parties. Find out more here.

Cody Fisher- Magician
10:30am-11:30am
Hutto Public Library
This is Cody’s one man stand-up comedy magic show. Cody has performed this material in over 20 countries worldwide. It fits just about every situation and is perfect for audiences of all sizes. This fast-paced show uniquely combines hilarious stand up comedy with mind boggling magic in Cody’s very unique style. This is definitely NOT the same old stuff you’ve seen before!. Find out more here.

Music Under the Stars
6:00pm-9:00pm
Museum’s Lone Star Plaza
Enjoy a free concert for the whole family out on the plaza and cool off with drinks and more for sale. Brownout and Sweet Spirit will be playing. Find out more here.

Music in the Park
6:30pm-9:30pm
Pfluger Park
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. With food for sale on site, head to the park after work, and leave the cooking to us! Find out more here.

Music on the Square
6:30pm-8:30pm
Georgetown Square
This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night in the Music on the Square Summer Concert Series.Please bring your chair or blanket and pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring a cooler (no glass please), Find out more here.

Movie in Fritz Park
Movie starts at Sundown
Fritz Park- Hutto
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and movie snacks and enjoy a family fun movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (PG) Find out more here.

Saturday July 11

Good Night Austin Story Time & Book Signing
10:00am-12:00pm
Kaleidoscope Toys
Goodnight Austin‘s author, Allison Amador and illustrator, Tammy Stanley will be at Kaleidoscope Toys for Story Time and Book Signing. Goodnight Austin is a 36-page, colorfully illustrated children’s book for all who love Austin, Texas. Goodnight Austin, A bedtime book for all who (heart) Austin.

PuppyPalooza
12pm-4pm
Wagner’s Backyard
Puppypalooza is a pup friendly event and will feature fun activities for your pups, cold drinks for the adults and fun for kids and dogs of all ages. Find out more here.

Austin Symphony Orchestra- Concert in the Park
7:30pm
Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace
The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Find out more here.

Tuesday July 14

LEGO Mania and Family Game Day
5:00pm-7:00pm
Hutto Public Library
Come to the Library and spend a great evening enjoying LEGO Mania and to play board games with the family. Find out more here.

Wednesday July 15

Keep Austin Playing
3:00pm-7:00pm
Palmer Events Center
Bring your kids to enjoy all kinds of games and activities that will include a climbing rock wall, blow up baseball batting practice, obstacle courses, a bike rodeo and so much more! This is a completely free event designed for kids of all ages. Find out more here.

Pump It Up’s 15th Birthday Bash
4:00pm-6:00pm
Pump It Up
Help us celebrate Pump It Up’s 15th Birthday at our Birthday Bash. Bring the family to play for free & stay for cake! The first 100 kids to come play will receive a free Goodie Bag. Find out more here.

Thursday July 16

Nature Night
6:00pm-9:00pm
LBJ Wildflower Center
Join us for free family fun Thursday evenings this summer. Nature Nights are fun explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages. Find out more here.

Summer Movies in the Park
Sunset (8:45pm)
Gazebo at San Gabriel Park-Georgetown
Join us in San Gabriel Park near the Gazebo for our FREE 2015 Summer Movies in the Park series! Movies begin at sunset (approximately 8:45 pm). Bring your blankets, folding chairs and picnics for fun for the entire family! find out more here.

Friday July 17

The Que Pastas
10:30am-11:30am
Hutto Public Library
The Que Pastas are a kindie (kid+indie=kindie) band based out of Austin. Formed around the core of songwriter Gene Davis and multi-instrumentalist Simon Flory. Find out more here.

Music Under the Stars
6:00pm-9:00pm
Museum’s Lone Star Plaza
Enjoy a free concert for the whole family out on the plaza and cool off with drinks and more for sale. Ben Kweller w/East Cameron Folkcore. Find out more here.

Music on the Square
6:30pm-8:30pm
Georgetown Square
This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night in the Music on the Square Summer Concert Series.Please bring your chair or blanket and pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring a cooler (no glass please), Find out more here

Saturday July 18

Family Field Day
9:00am-12:00pm
Mueller Lake Park
Get moving with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office at Family Field Day. This free outdoor event will feature activities such as relay races, obstacle course, punt, pass, kick with UT Football and more. Find out more here.

The East Austin Handmade Arts Market
11:00am-5:00pm
This is a FREE show! It’s all part of the uniquely Austin relaxed outdoor shopping experience of local artisans known as The East Austin Handmade Arts Market, which features creations in a wide variety of mediums, all handmade and appropriate for all ages. Find out more here.

Ney Day
12:00pm-5:00pm
Elisabet Ney Museum
So we are THRILLED to announce that you can CELEBRATE ELISABET NEY and her legacy of inspiriation on SATURDAY JULY 18!Come hear live music from Elizabeth McQueen and EMQ, as well as Tiarra GIrls, Yes Ma’am Brass Band, Naga Valli, and the Djembabes! Find out more here.

Sunday July 19

Austin Symphony Orchestra- Concert in the Park
7:30pm
Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace
The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Find out more here.

Monday July 20

The Nutty Scientists
2:30 OR 4:00pm
Round Rock Public Library
“The Castaway” is a fun Scientific Show which aims to awaken the curiosity and imagination of children through their participation in fun activities based on strong educational content. Participate in the excitement as the Nutty Scientists demonstrate how they were able to survive using their brains and of course lots of really fun Science! This program is recommended for children ages 5 and older. Find out more here.

Tuesday July 21

Family Laughter Yoga
6:30pm
Laura’s Library
We will be engaging in laughing, clapping, playing, breathing deeply and stretching our bodies gently. Through laughing, playing and making eye contact, the laughter quickly becomes real and it is VERY contagious! Led by a trained laughter yoga teacher, join us for this fun and invigorating session for adults and children. Find out more here

Thursday July 23

Nature Night
6:00pm-9:00pm
LBJ Wildflower Center
Join us for free family fun Thursday evenings this summer. Nature Nights are fun explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages. Find out more here.

Friday July 24

Nancy and Friends Ventriloquist
10:30am-11:30am
Hutto Public Library
An interactive show of pure fun! Nancy & her Friends weave storytelling and ventriloquism together in a dynamic way that motivates kids to read, teaches them about values and morals, and helps them get in touch with their creativity

Nancy and Friends Ventriloquist
6:30pm-7:30pm
Kaleidoscope Kids
An interactive show of pure fun! Nancy & her Friends weave storytelling and ventriloquism together in a dynamic way that motivates kids to read, teaches them about values and morals, and helps them get in touch with their creativity. Admission is food for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Please bring a non-perishable item PER person attending. Find out more here.

Music on the Square
6:30pm-8:30pm
Georgetown Square
This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night in the Music on the Square Summer Concert Series.Please bring your chair or blanket and pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring a cooler (no glass please), Find out more here.

Sunday July 26

Austin Symphony Orchestra- Concert in the Park
7:30pm
Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace
The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Find out more here.

Friday July 31

Mr. Johnny and Friends
9:30am AND 10:30am
The Round Rock Public Library presents 2 special summer performances by Mr. Johnny & Friends on Friday, July 31 in Meeting Room C. Children ages 1-5 will love to sing, jump, dance, and play with scarves, bubbles and more with Mr. Johnny and Sharon. Find out more here.

I hope you can find some fun things to do with the kids or the whole family! I will be adding more to this list as I find out more events in the area, so check back!

Want to know about even more events that are happening in our area? Check out the Free Fun in Austin Blog!

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Local Summer Events: June 2015

Local Summer EventsSo half of June is almost gone?! Seriously, when did that happen?

Anyways…

You have the kids at home all summer and need stuff to do! Check out these local events going on the rest of June to cure the boredom and up the adventure! All the events are free unless, I note otherwise.

Tuesday June 16

Safari Greg
10:30am-11:30am
Georgetown Public Library
Safari Greg will be bringing live animals from the Austin Zoo. Come find out about all sorts of animals.

Wednesday June 17

Summer Concert Series:Silver Fire Band
7:00pm-8:30pm
Veterans Memorial Park amphitheater- Cedar Park
2525 W. New Hope Drive
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Thursday June 18

Movies in The Park
8:00PM
San Gabriel Park Gazebo
Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and enjoy a movie with the family. Show up early for lots of fun kids activities. Maleficent (PG)

Friday June 19

Safari Greg
10:30am-11:30am
Hutto Public Library
Safari Greg will be bringing live animals from the Austin Zoo. Come find out about all sorts of animals.

Family Movie
1:30pm-3:30PM
Round Rock Public Library
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG).

Summer Music Concerts on the Square
6:30pm-8:30pm
Join us on the downtown Georgetown Square lawn for some live music! Bring your blanket, chairs and picnic and enjoy the music.

Round Rock Express Baseball Game
7:05pm
The Dell Diamond– Round Rock
Cheer on your Round Rock Express as they play against the Iowa Cubs and stay after the game for a  fun fireworks show! Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday June 20

Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival
2pm-Midnight
Music performances and a barbecue cook-off at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settler’s Park. There will also be a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more! Find out more about the Juneteenth Festival

Sunday June 21

Father’s Day Car Show
12:00pm-4:00pm
51st and N. Lamar in Austin
Here is the website for more info.

Father’s Day at the Round Rock Express
7:05pm
The Dell Diamond- Round Rock
Fathers and their kids can come down to the field to play catch before the game from 5:45 – 6:15! Bring your gloves and baseballs. Gattiland will be giving away baseballs to all kids 12 and under! Tickets can be bought here

Austin Symphonic Band: Father’s Day in the Park
7:30pm-9:00pm
Zilker Hillside Theatre
ASB celebrates your Dad with this annual concert at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. FREE!

Tuesday June 23

Magician Kent Cummins
10:30am-11:30am
Georgetown Public Library

Friday June 26

Elizabeth Kahura: Music and Stories from Africa
9:30am-10:00am OR
10:30am-11:00am
Round Rock Public Library

Matt Tardy’s One-Man Comedy & Juggling Show
10:30am-11:30am
Hutto Public Library
Matt Tardy presents a complete character education performance that will grab children’s attention, while showing them the importance of setting goals and making positive choices.

Summer Music Concerts on the Square
6:30pm-8:30pm
Join us on the downtown Georgetown Square lawn for some live music! Bring your blanket, chairs and picnic and enjoy the music.

Fritz Park Celebration and Movie in the Park
6:00pm
Fritz Park in Hutto
Come celebrate Fritz Park’s 10th year with fun activities and then a movie in the park at sunset. Movie is Grease (PG-13)

Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo
8pm-10pm
Show Barn in San Gabriel Park- Georgetown. All your favorite rodeo events and more. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are Adult: $12/ea, Child (6-12): $5/ea, Under 6: FREE.

Saturday June 27

International Mud Day
9:00am-1:00pm
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Celebrate the wonders of mud in the Family Garden. Come dressed for the mess and be prepared to explore bugs and other organisms that live in dirt and mud, make seed balls, mud pies and get up close and personal with a giant mud mound.
Regular Admission Rates Apply: Adults: $10 Kids: $4

Family Movie
1:30pm-3:30pm
Round Rock Public Library
Annie (PG)

Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo
8pm-10pm
Show Barn in San Gabriel Park- Georgetown. All your favorite rodeo events and more. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are Adult: $12/ea, Child (6-12): $5/ea, Under 6: FREE.
Georgetown Rodeo

Sunday June 28

5th Annual Family Water Festival
10:00am-2:00pm
Fiesta Gardens in Austin
The Colorado River Alliance (The Alliance) will host the 2015 Family Water Festival at Fiesta Gardens on the shores of Ladybird Johnson Lake. All geared toward educating about the importance of our Texas Colorado River and being better stewards of our river! FREE! Find out more on the website.

Tuesday June 30

Matt Tardy’s One-Man Comedy & Juggling Show
3:00pm-4:00pm
Round Rock Public Library

Want to know about more events? Here are links to a few event calendars for the different cities in the area:

Georgetown Calendar
Round Rock Calendar
Hutto Calendar
Cedar Park Calendar

Free Fun in Austin
This is a great local blog that compiles all the free events around the Austin area into one place. It is an awesome resource to find fun things to do!

 

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