October Lights and Halloween

My son loves the holidays that involve decorating with lights and inflatables! Here in America, that would be Halloween and Christmas time! I love watching him plan how he is going to set up. Luckily, my dad helps him a lot. My dad has his ways such as using wooden stakes to hold the inflatables down and covering electrical connections with plastic materials. It takes my son the whole day to decorate a front lawn. But he is always so happy with the results.

We have a variety of lights for Halloween that have caught his eyes. Mostly, they have been purchased at Wal-Mart. Here are some examples:

#lights #halloween

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Bring on the skulls, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns!

He says he's too busy decorating gma's place that he can't decorate ours

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Of course, the plain orange ones will do also!

His newest addition to the inflatables is the white ghost from Wal-Mart.

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Not sure if we are trick-or-treating this year. We may just be giving treats for the most part. They did pick out their costumes purchased from Wal-Mart also. One will be Lego Batman because we couldn’t find a scary enough clown. The other one will be Pikachu from Pokemon.

I will add the Amazon links for those costumes in case you are on the go and just need to buy them fast!

This price is for under $16.00 in a child’s size small.

The Lego Batman was definitely cheaper at Wal-Mart. However, if you have the Amazon gift cards, this may be better for you!

Hopefully, my son will get to decorate our lawn soon! We have our own inflatables to put up. The next project is to get some photos of Emma and Sophy using some Halloween background. It will be our first Halloween with the pets and I am looking at Pinterest for inspirations of course. Be on the lookout for costumed versions of Emma and Sophy on this space!

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine Review

We spent the weekend with our worldwide traveling family https://www.facebook.com/DskiAdventures/ so all the cousins could be together at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine! On our way from Sugar Land we definitely stopped by two Buccees to stretch our legs and refuel. So that broke the long road trip for us.

Since we lost our Jeep Commander to Hurricane Harvey, we took Andell’s 11 year old BMW 335i. It did well! To get the most out of your stay, you can start using the waterpark at 1 pm prior to check-in. So get the kids in their swimsuits already before entering. You will get white wristbands. The boys were amazed! They have been to MANY waterparks, but they still entered with awe and amazement. Your kids will have fun even if you won’t! But you will most likely have fun!

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There is an outdoor and indoor area. Know that the outdoor closes about 5 or 5:30 depending on the day. The indoor one closes later. You will need to go to the lower level to get to the entrance of the water park areas. There at the ground level you will see the arcades, pizza restaurant, little girl’s spa and all the other things to entertain your little guests.

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Since my boys love basketball, they obviously could not spend too much time in the water basketball section. The teens love that section too. So just keep an eye out. The teens were friendly when we went and entertained the boys. They even gladly shared the balls.

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There is a lot of seating in that section and about two handicapped tables. Grandma and Grandpa hung around there while waiting for the rooms to be ready. I will tell you that if you don’t wear your swimsuit, it will be hot for you indoor. You might as well take a dip! Or have plenty of cool drinks with you.

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It is a waterpark and there will be many steps to climb! What’s great is that you are not under the blazing sun and it is manageable!
You will definitely get your steps while being with the kids/having fun.

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We booked the rooms with the bunk beds, and I would do that again. It just makes it more fun for the kids. You are able to have 7 in each room.

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We did have to move out of our room, at GWL’s request because there was a maintenance issue affecting the room below us. But they absolutely more than made up for it! We enjoyed a great breakfast buffet for the 13 guests. If you have a large group and want to spend some time together, this is a great place to be.

Some more photos of the trip!

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The kids had such a blast, they were really begging us to go return the following weekend! We will be back!

Halloween Decorating

Our youngest has an October birthday and big brother enjoys all the Halloween decor. We are pretty festive during the month of October. We have been going to Lowes to browse their current stock on inflatables. Most importantly, we are waiting for them to go on sale! Here are some of the ones we are wanting and they are all Minion themed.

Our youngest who turns 7 this year will be having a Pokemon themed party! Pictures from that party coming in about a month. But you can be sure the cake will be from Cake4Tay. This was the cake Angel made for David last year!

We haven’t decided on a Pokemon cake yet, but I know it will be one of a kind!

Gifts for 9 year old boys and a 6 year old little brother

My son saves items from Amazon to purchase later. Usually he will tell grandma to buy him a few things based on what he has saved in his shopping cart. How is that for delayed gratification? Here are some items on his list. First, he is into NBA basketball jerseys!

Because he is into basketball…

Little brother’s favorites

Weeknight Fun: Arcade Games

My youngest son really wanted to play some arcade games on a Tuesday night. We just returned to school and to our regular schedule after days off due to Hurricane Harvey. It was an easy first day back and because he was upset about losing the SUV due to Harvey, I decided a night out would be good for him. Andell and I decided to hit Regal Grand Parkway. We can give them a game card while we sit and sip coffee or eat. All this while watching the boys.

When we arrived it was obviously pretty quiet being a weeknight. We decided to join the boys in trying to get plushes from the claw machines. All four of us also played Pac-Man! The boys shot some baskets. All four of us also played air hockey. The boys had a great time!

They are into arcades #sons #follow

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#like #follow #sons

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There’s nothing like winning a plush from a claw machine!

Train your dragon #like4like #followforfollow #like4follow #likeforlikeback

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Summer Get-together

The best way for me to have a get-together with active boys is to make sure that a place will allow them to be active! The boys got to be active at Levy Park when the boys’ cousin came down for the weekend!

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There is a mini golf area with seating around so you can watch them play!

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The boys were joined by another cousin who just happened to bring a soccer ball. They burned energy!

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I did say burn energy!!!

More climbing around!

Meet new friends!

The park provides many carts with magazines to read, art supplies to be creative, and games for your family! Use of these items are for free!

@leelee_paz_t here !!!

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For sure on Saturdays there are food trucks!

Dinner option 2

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Dinner option 1

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There is a spray park area, so be sure to bring swim attire and extra change of clothing!!!

To end the weekend with their cousin the boys did a lot of swimming!


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We did pool hop thanks to the boys’ aunt!

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I should have taken pictures of the MANY steps that even I decided to climb on many times! What else can you do in this Texas heat?