Friday, December 31, 2010

Denis' Seafood is a Great Restaurant for Families

We have been going to Denis' to eat for years. Somehow I've forgotten to post a review on its kid-friendliness. We went there again today & Little K ordered a bowl of shrimp gumbo.

The staff was exceptional, bringing a high chair for her doll & a small tea cup for the doll.

Of course, I loved the gumbo that I had & Trent enjoyed his lobster bisque & sea scallops. You will love the super fresh seafood!

- Until the next nap time...


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Black-eyed Pea for Warm Food

With all this cold, rainy weather in Houston, we headed to Black-eyed Pea for grub to warm us up. Great grilled chicken & broccoli. Trent loved the chopped steak &

Little K ate most of her spaghetti. Her favorite was the ice cream sundae included with the kids meal. I guess she didn't need to warm up after all.

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Deauville Plaza Dr,Houston,United States

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The grinch Who Stole Christmas

It was another great TUTS performance. We loved "The Grinch!"

- Until the next nap time...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Making a Christmas Poster

It's a beautiful afternoon in Houston. Our indoor Christmas decorations are up so my husband bravely agreed to hang the out door lights. Years ago, he chastised me for singing & dancing to Christmas carols while I was holding the ladder. Atop the ladder was my husband, bouncing around amidst strings of lights!

Today, Little K needed help "finding something to do" & I wanted her within eyesight. We decided to set up an outdoor art studio, where Little K could paint a Christmas poster. Instead of wearing a beret, she donned a Santa hat!

I helped write in pencil "Merry Christmas!" & then she painted over the cheerful message. Then she added her own designs. To dry, we hung her masterpiece on the gate, which again proved to be a good display area. It was a nice way to spend time outside with my daughter.

- Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Singing the Meaning of the Holidays

So Thanksgiving is just 2 days away and I don't like it when we forget about Thanksgiving and jump straight into a shopping spree-induced holiday season. So when my husband sent me this link, I was hesitant to open it. I'm so glad I did.

When you see and hear things like this, it brings the best of both Thanksgiving and Christmas to mind... and heart. My daughter loved this music and enjoyed looking for the people who wore the big buttons because they are the singers. Great publicity, too! What do you think of this?

Enjoy! Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Free Holiday Music from the Veggie Tales for Youngsters

For a limited time, the Christmas collection "The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree" by the Veggie Tales is available through for FREE. It has 16 songs by those adorable Christian vegetables. Amazon walks you right through the process in about 2 minutes.

Surprise your youngsters with this festive music.

Until the next nap time...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thanksgiving Art Work

This morning, Little K & her CiCi made this little Indian. They took a tangerine from CiCi's tree in her back yard. They carefully taped two yellow leaves to the back of the fruit. Then they pushed cloves into the front of the fruit to make the face. Ta da! Thanksgiving art work.

- Until the next nap time...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

So it's the eve of Halloween & we're on the way to a Halloween party in Galveston. Little K lost her red hood, which was the key piece in her handmade-by-her-Grand "Little Red Riding Hood" costume. My husband just announced that he forgot his cowboy hat (he was dressing like a western bandit!) and Nestle recalled Raisinets & lollipops because they failed to mention that peanuts are in the candy. Really? As a mother of a child with a severe peanut allergy, that's a big miss! Nestle should have been more responsible.

All this said, the weather in Houston is gorgeous & I'm thankful for my family. We had a great time at the St. Rose School fall festival last night & I'm eager to learn how much money the school earned from the event. (In spite of the fun, it's still a fundraiser, you know.)

My fingers are crossed that my daughter will have no run-ins with peanuts this weekend. It's a high alert holiday when you have a peanut allergy. I hope Little K & all kids revel in the spirited fun of Halloween. I can't stop smiling when I see all the great costumes. Too fun!

- Until the next nap time...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Masquerade Ball at the Houston Symphony for Kids

This morning, Little K (aka Little Red Riding Hood) and I went to the 10 am Houston Symphony performance - Weatherford Family Concert. The theme was "Masquerade Ball" so kids were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. It really helped the guests get into the Halloween spirit.

The music was fantastic and the conductor was great about explaining what the music was describing in advance of playing a piece -- super for young audiences. I liked the chance to snuggle in our seats with my daughter and relax for almost an hour. We heard music from Ghostbusters, Night on Bald Mountain and Danse Macabre. Fantastic! Plus, the symphony put projections of jack o'lanterns, witches and ghosts on the walls to tie into the music. Even Little K was excited to tell her daddy about the music.

On our way out, we found Radio Disney playing games and music outside Jones Hall. It was a good end to the morning. I highly recommend season tickets to the Houston Symphony's Weatherford Family Concerts. It's ~ $100 for the annual subscription for one child and one parent with a symphony each quarter. One performance is at 10 am and a second on is at 11:30 am. Here's the line up for the rest of the year:

- Saturday, Dec. 4: Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman (with a visit from Santa)
- Saturday, Feb. 19: Music from The Lion King
- Saturday, April 2: Symphony in Space with tunes from Star Wars and ET

Hope you'll check these out with your families. Until the next nap time...

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fishing Tales

All this fishing this evening reminds me of a funny fish tale. When I was young, Dad took me fishing regularly at Grandfather's ranch.

Once, I was apparently quite talkative. The trees lazily hung above us in a canopy. Dad just wanted a few fish.

"Megan, If you keep talking, you'll scare the fish away. You have to be quiet," Dad said.

My little brain suddenly flooded with hundreds of questions for dear Dad. Finally, one burst from my lips: "Where are fish's ears, Daddy?"

It was suddenly time to go & I had no idea why. Patience is priceless but so are good fish tales with Dad.

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Navasota, TX.

Scarecrow Festival in Chapel Hill, TX

Today, we decided to take our first trip to the Scarecrow Festival in Chapel Hill, Texas. It was really fun.

They had tons of booths with items for sale like a traditional street festival. They had an area for the kids that included a small ferris wheel ($5), a train ($3), a petting zoo ($3) with the cutest pot belly pig baby & much more. Of course, the costs add up quickly.

Food ranged from everything on a stick, fried Twinkies & potato chips, gyros, sausage, snow cones, fruity tea, lemonade, beer & much more. Dieters: be ware!

Little K's favorite part was getting her face painted & getting a unicorn doll now named Abby.

The adults had fun, too, walking around & enjoying the nice weather. Trent said: "I went all the way to the Scarecrow Festival & all I got was poor!' it was really fun though. I'd like to go to the Scarecrow Festival in Brenham tomorrow to do a comparison. Maybe they'll have more scarecrows. I'm not sure I can convince my family to get up tomorrow to go though. We'll see.

- Until the next nap time...

Friday, October 01, 2010

Addressing Obesity in Our Children

I think this is a great idea so I have to share. According to the American Heart Association, "currently, 25% of the nation’s children are showing early warning signs of heart diseases, but this can be undone."

Our own family set out just last week to eat healthier and be more active. I know, it's only been a week but we all have to start somewhere. Check out the following facts about childhood obesity and health in general and then learn how your family can do more to care for each others' health.

Thanks to Meghan Allen at the American Heart Association for these facts.

"Our nation is facing an increasingly dire obesity epidemic and this includes the Houston community. The number of meals being eaten outside of the home has reached an all time high. Since foods eaten away from the home are typically served in large portion sizes and are higher in energy density compared to meals eaten at home (My insert: not to mention they're usually drenched in salt), it is extremely important that Houstonians are well informed about what they are eating.

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Houston DINEs campaign. Houston DINEs is a local education and awareness campaign to provide dining information and nutrition education to all Houstonians.

The American Heart Association wants to empower consumers by encouraging them to ask questions about the calories they consume. This will increase the ability of consumers to make informed choices in the food and beverages they purchase in restaurants."

Learn more about what the American Heart Association is doing and how it can help you & your family. Visit to learn more.

On a Friday evening, my thoughts of restaurant eating have been curtailed and healthier choices are trickling in. How about you? How do you encourage your kids to eat healthy?

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


"Rather than offering free admission on already-crowded holidays, patrons now will be admitted for free after 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month." - according to By PAIGE HEWITT of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE

So which Tuesdays are the free days. I checked out the Zoo's web site and found: "the Houston Zoo will offer free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing. During the months that Daylight Saving Time is in effect, the Houston Zoo closes at 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.). During Central Standard Time, the Houston Zoo closes 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.)."

For more information, visit Perhaps we'll see you there.

Until the next nap time...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Snow Cone Time

Although school is in full swing, it's still hot in Houston. Yesterday, Little K had been so helpful, that

she earned a snow cone after dinner. These snow cone wagons have popped up all over Houston & are a refreshing treat. This one, at Ella Blvd. & 43rd St., is open until 8 pm. Tasty!

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Houston Heights

Sunday, August 29, 2010

That Pizza Place on Ella

We are now trying "That Pizza Place on Ella", formerly Double Dave's. My salad was fresh & the beer was cold. Trent's Stromboli & my calzone is in the oven. There is a good variety of pizzas, subs & more here.

This is a fun, casual pizza joint for families. They have an air hockey table & a handful of video games. The big screen TV caught my eye, too. My favorite part is the wooden patio in the back, which is great for parties & even a DJ. While they will deliver (713-686-3283), kids will enjoy the joint.

And now for the taste test. Yummy!

- Until the next nap time...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Have a Splash at Discovery Green

I've been "itching" to take Little K to the fountains at Discovery Green this summer. When I realized last week that summer was almost over and we had not made atleast one visit, I sent a text to my sister Colyn.

Want to go to Discovery Green fountains? Please say "yes".

Luckily, Colyn agreed. Last night, we took the girls just before 5 pm downtown to the fountains. My sister had not yet been there but seemed to really like it. Her daughter Claire (age 2) and my 5-year-old loved every minute of it. I really like that the fountains will slowly increase in height and strength and then stop altogether.

"Where'd the water go, Claire?" I kept asking my niece. My daughter echoed. She'd look around & around  & around until finally, the water started up again. It gives the kids a bit of suspense. I just like to watch.

Looks like we'll make a repeat trip since I deleted ACCIDENTALLY all the great photos that I took of them playing in the water. Oh well. We always need fun things to do. Hope to see you there. I've posted here some of my favorite photos from the fountains at Discovery Green Park. Enjoy!

Until the next nap time...

Burn Off Some Energy

Little K was bored to tears (almost). I promised an adventure after I finished my work. She stood close by, watching over my shoulder as I typed. (Clearly, she's never heard the tale about the watched kettle that won't boil!) She didn't have camp that week because we were heading out of town to see my grandparents in Ohio in a few days. Trent & I would take turns entertaining her throughout the week. (That does bring up the point that my mom stayed at home with me when I was little but didn't entertain me every moment of the day. Perhaps I'll save that for another blog post.)

Finally, it was her turn. I had promised that we'd head to the "jumpee thing" at Memorial City Mall before school started. She never seems to forget those promises. So, we drove over, parked and head for adventure. (Enter near Eyemasters and Target.) After a short wait, I paid maybe $10, and the excitement began. The staffer strapped Little K into the harness and she jumped for 5 very long minutes on a contraption that seems like a twist between a trampoline and an bungee cord jump. She loved it and eventually figured out how to flip herself over once she was mid-air. It was cute... and did I mention EASY?

Next, she stepped over to the rock wall, was again strapped in, and then she looked a bit confused. "Get to climbing, girl," I told her.

Honestly, what did she think she was signing up for? I didn't push it.

Little K gave it a good shot and I was surprised when she was so close to the top, she slid down. But there's a bell to ring at the top so everyone knows you accomplished your goal, I thought. Okay, so there are a few differences between my daughter and me but only a few. She gave it another try but gave out a bit sooner. I really think her little legs had just been through enough.

My new secret weapon: the "Jumpee thing" at Memorial City Mall. Little K slept like a baby that night. I smiled in glory! My only regret? I can't find my photos and video on my iPhone. Darn!

Until the next nap time...

Monday, August 09, 2010

After a yummy breakfast of homemade biscuits & gravy, we met Aunt Patti & cousin Bentley at the movie theater at The Greene. We watched "Toy Story 3" & really enjoyed it.

Afterward, we walked around the outdoor mall (like Town & Country Villages in Houston). When we returned to the car, a family had run into my PaPa Don's parked car! Luckily, they stayed to talk to a police officer until we showed up. That was our only downer of the trip, except PaPa Don's ear ache. Here's hoping his doctor appointment Tuesday returns good news & the accidental driver pays for the car repairs.

We're waiting for our flight in Dayton & are oddly ready for home. I'm craving our schedule & a bit more play time before Little K heads to kindergarten this Friday. Where did the summer go?

- Until the next nap time...

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Young's Dairy Farm

During our Ohio trip, we went to Young's Dairy Farm for our first time. It's similar to Dewberry Farm in Houston but has a large dining area that focuses on dairy products (although burgers are available).

A video shows how the staff males the cheese. The ice cream was tasty but too much for us to eat. Little K enjoyed the outdoor activities with our Barrett family. Perhaps we worked off some of our calories.

- Until the next nap time...

Friday, August 06, 2010

Dig Taters

Many moons ago, my mom, sister & I came to Ohio in August to escape the Houston heat. The other years, we came in early June to celebrate the start of summer. June trips also meant pea picking.

This August, we found the weather in the low 80s. PaPa Don blamed the lack of peas on the rabbits as he had done in years past, although it is really past harvest time. I in turn taught my daughter the potato song:

"This summer I went to Ohio.
I went there to help PaPa pick peas.
The rabbits arrived there before me.
Dig taters cuz there ain't no peas.
Taters, taters, dig taters cuz there ain't no peas!"

When Little K found a little potato, she hollered "Souper!" since the little taters go in Grammy's soup. When she found the big potatoes, she threw up her hands & yelled "Mongo!", taking after cousin Lauren when she was a youngster (She turns 24 today).

I took a turn at digging up green onions & garlic, which I taste tested. It had such a strong flavor! I've since been told that I should brush my teeth. Oh well. I've freshened my green thumb & Trent is helping me with our own garden ideas.

- Until the next nap time...

Pa Pa Don Still Makes the Best Pancakes

Add together 2 eggs, 1/4 tsp

vanilla, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 Tb cooking oil, "some milk". Mix well in the mixer.

Put in a cup of Hungry Jack

pancake mix. Mix well. Add in more pancake mix as needed.

The mixer seems to really get the pancakes fluffy. However, the true test is in the tasting. Yummy pancakes! Thanks, PaPa Don.

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Dayton, OH.

Thursday, August 05, 2010


After dinner, there clearly was tickle time between Little K &

Uncle Sean. He was so surprised at the difference between our daughter & his at the same age. (photos tomorrow night will also be telling!) Too bad they both like teasing.

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Dayton, OH.

Do a Hair Do

As tradition demands, Little K "fixes" PaPa Don's hair. Unlike her mother & her aunt, she doesn't have any temporary hair dye!

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Dayton, OH.

Mini Burgers & Good Memories

Little K earned $2 this morning by picking up all the twigs that fell after last night's Ohio t-storm. We then went to a local rummage sale, where she bought coloring pages for 50 cents.

We'd worked up quite the appetite so we drove to the Hamburger Wagon in Miamisburgh, OH.

My PaPa Don says the original owner sold the famous mini burgers for just 10 cents each.

They now go for $1.10 each but are cooked right in front of you & are delicious!

My sorority little sister replied to my FaceBook post about this & says she has fond memories of this "monument", too.

Of course, there is the distinct possibility that we both love this place because our grandfathers have brought us here for years.

What are/were your favorite pitstops with your grandparents?

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Miamisburgh, OH

Baby Birds Need Space

This morning, we took a peak at

two baby Robbins that were nestled in a nest outside of my grandparents' big window. Little K thought they "were so cute".

Unfortunately, my mug got too close & one of the baby birds lept out of the nest. The mother & father bird quickly flew into action but the baby couldn't fly back into the nest! We obviously backed WAY back but we'll keep a eye on the little feathered friend.

Little K was quite upset with me, claiming I didn't even apologize to the baby bird for scaring it. Ha!

- Until the next nap time...

Location:Dayton, Ohio

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Good Start to our Trip to Great-Grandparents

So each summer, we make a trip to visit my maternal grandparents, Little K's great-grandparents, in Dayton, Ohio. We also have aunts, uncles & cousins there. Each year, it proves such a rewarding experience... for me. The opportunity for my daughter to really get to know her great-grandparents is truly priceless.

We landed today to be greeted by PaPa Don & Grammy. An hour or so later, we arrived at their house & Little K promptly headed out to PaPa Don's garden. She picked okra, green

beans, baby pumpkins, cherry tomatoes & even luscious, big, juicy tomatoes! The funniest part is that my mom said they were "her tomatoes" but she didn't fly up here to eat them! Her. Her. Eat your.... Tomato out!

- Until the next nap time...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Blog Design

So, you may have noticed that the Kids Activity Queen's blog has a new look & feel. This is a precursor to the re-launch of our new Web site, coming next week. We are so excited and hope you will find the blog and soon-to-launch Web site easier to navigate.

Your thoughts and comments are welcome here always.

Until the next nap time...

USA Today Shares Fun Things to Do in Houston

Interesting article in USA Today about fun things to do in Houston. Read it online at

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Our Circus Act

As I mentioned in my July newsletter, we visited the circus. I'll post photos later. We arrived early to see the pre-show of animals up close. So glad we did. We saw zebras, tigers, horses, elephants, clowns getting dressed for the show & lots if tricks. We even saw an elephant paint on an easel!

The circus is in town for ~2 more weeks. I highly recommend going as a family. Even this Mommy was wide-eyed!

Until the next nap time...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Pool Float

After a day of errands & weeding at the house, Little K enjoyed a dip in the pool with a little help from our new pool float. Who's Texas proud?

Until the next nap time...

Friday, July 09, 2010

Pirates Take over Summer Camp

It's "Dress Like a Pirate" Day at Summer Safari (camp) and we really got into it.

I actually drew up a treasure map (on a torn grocery paper bag) with hints around the house for Little K to follow to the treasure chest. We'll do that after Daddy and Little K return from camp and the pediatrician. (A bad case of the coughs make it hard for my little pirate to say "Arrr!")

With a white t-shirt, brown pants and a bandana on her head, my sweet girl headed to camp with her map in hand. Upon arrival, the camp counselor was preparing the kids with temporary tattoos. So cool!

Earlier in the week, they had made pirate hats from black construction paper. The treats today included a wristband compass, an eye patch and a necklace. Activities are including: walk the plank (an old mattress), water balloon toss to the other pirates' sail (a bed sheet with a pirate image across it) and more. I can't wait to hear about the day's activities.

It seems like this theme would also be great for a pirate birthday party. How fun!

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Stay Dry in Houston while Painting Your Own Pottery

After a day of Summer Safari (camp), the rain started pouring really hard at our house. Still, Little K and I wanted to do something special together. So, we headed to Young at Art Studio in the Heights.

Once there, we dried off and then picked two large tiles to paint. At left, Little K shows off her tile with a collage of flowers on a red background. Apparently, I was taking too long because my daughter also had time to color a page with markers and stamps, thanks to Mrs. Laura's creativity.

At the end, we headed back out into the downpour to return home. We'll pick up our tiles next week after they've been fired. We're hoping to do enough off them to create a new tile top on my old sewing machine table. Good thing we started last summer!

Young at Art Studio is still one of our favorite ways to get out of the Houston heat or rain. Maybe we'll see you there.

Until the next nap time...

Post-Partum Depression

A friend of mine was recently blessed with the birth of a daughter. While very excited, she is struggling a bit  through post-partum depression. She is seeing a post-partum specialist so I feel like she is on her way to healthy feeling. Still, I'd like to do something fun but simple for her.

Any suggestions?

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Show Your Kids that You'll Stand by Them

I've seen this video before but I still think it's cool. Mark Johnson is uniting people around the world and changing lives through the power of music. The video says it all and it’s quite powerful. Check it out, share it with your kids and talk about standing by each other. Watch the Stand by Me video at

Until the next nap time...

Enter the Animation Coloring Contest

I thought this contest looked fun and is an easy indoor activity to beat the heat. I hope Little K will be intrigued.

Download an entry form or pick up a copy of the Greensheet now and enter to win the Health Museum's Animation coloring contest! The winner from each category, ages 2-5 and 6-10, will receive a prize pack that includes a museum membership! But get your coloring finished soon - all entries must be postmarked by July 27.

Two grand prize winners will receive prize packs that include a membership to the museum and Cartoon Network merchandise in this contest presented by The Health Museum and Greensheet. Pick up a copy of the Greensheet June 14 - July 23 or download an entry form now that includes the complete official rules.

Entries must be postmarked no later than July 28; winners will be announced August 10. Limited to ages 2 – 5 and 6 – 10. No purchase necessary to enter.

Until the next nap time...

Monday, June 28, 2010

I had a 7:30 am flight to Fort Worth this morning for work. Trent & Little K agreed to take me since my car is in the shop. At 5:30 am, I gently woke my daughter, saying it was time to go to the airport.

My sleepy girl arose, grabbed her baby dolls & headed to Daddy's car.

"I can't believe I'm in my PJs," she said sleepily with a slight sound of a giggle.

"I can't believe we are driving at this hour!" I replied. It was still dark outside. All in a day's work, right?

After my meetings, I head back to the airport. Surprise! Flight delay! Oh, I'll be home soon if those Houston storms will clear.

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fun Summer Activities in Absolutely in the Loop Magazine

Looking for fun things to do with the kids this summer? Joy Stevens has written a great article in Absolutely Inside the Loop magazine, which includes Dadddy-&-me activities, pontoon boat tours, swim lessons and even recommendations while the parents are exercising at the gym. Check out the article at for more exciting ideas.

Until the next nap time...

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Day After Father's Day

This morning, Little K awoke and found me at the computer, working away. I convinced her to get dressed and then gently wake up her daddy.

Instead, Little K went into our bedroom, climbed up on her father and said: "Daddy, wake up. It's Kids Day!"

Today, following Father's Day, we both chuckled but my husband is quick even upon first waking.

"Good!" he said. "Since it's not my day, I'm going back to bed. Or should I put you to bed?"

"No way, Daddy!" Little K giggled. It was a good start to the day.

Until the next nap time...

Friday, June 18, 2010

All in the Eye (& Ear) of the Beholder

The other weekend I bought some new face lotion that smells so aromatic. It's wonderful! So earlier this week I put it on as Little K got in bed. As she called for her bed-time prayers, I took a deep breath of my relaxing-scented lotion & calmly walked into Little K's room. She's gonna love the smell, I thought.

As I laid down on the bed, Little J commented, indeed.

"Mommy, you smell like Daddy's shaving cream," she said, scowling.

There went that idea!

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

So I'm stuck in traffic on 249 so I'll take a minute to blog.

Little K is in her second week of summer camp, which means no uniforms. Well, that is except for my daughter, who keeps picking out her uniform shorts and skorts to wear. I told her she could wear any of the shorts in her drawer for camp. Nope. She keeps going to her closet to get those uniform skorts. At least the uniform bottoms are solid navy so it's not super obvious. And a change if shirts is a good cover. Who knew I wasn't the only sucker for the uniform?!

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Studio Movie Grill Kicks Off Summer with Kids

The Studio Movie Grill not only makes going to the movie easier to dine and relax, it also is stirring up a pot of cool flicks for kids this summer. Monday - Thursday at 11 am kids can watch fun films for only $1 while adults get in for only $2.

Here is the line up for the Studio Movie Grill at Town & Country (called City Centre) but check the Web site for the schedule at your local Studio Movie Grill. Visit and then click "Family Fun" in the bottom left corner.

Horton Hears a Who (6/7-6/10) (G)

Charlotte's Web (6/14-6/17) (G)

Curious George (6/21-6/24) (G)
Planet 51 (6/28-7/1) (PG)
Kung Fu Panda (7/5-7/8) (PG)
Madagascar 2 (7/12-7/15) (PG)
Monsters v Aliens (7/19-7/23) (PG)
Ice Age 3 (7/26-7/29) (PG)
Rugrats in Paris (8/2-8/5) (G)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (8/9-8/12) (PG)
Muppets from Space (8/16-8/19) (G)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Last week was Little K's last trip to pre-k & I was surprised at my reaction to the milestone. I was surprised the year flew by so fast & that my baby completed her first year in elementary school.

Little K at first said she didn't want to go to kindergarten because they have homework & that's boring. She later admitted that she didn't know what "boring" meant.

After meeting both kindergarten teachers, she's looking forward to it. Phew!

Today my husband dropped her off at her first day of summer camp. She was ready at 7 am! Wow! I'm sitting at the doctor's office for my annual check-up, wishing I could have dropped off Little K. Well, there is tomorrow.

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Free Family Film Festival at Houston's Marq*e Theater Starts in June

Just click on this image for a larger view of the schedule of movies. Enjoy these free flicks with your family.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alarming Alarm Clock

This morning, I was getting ready for the day when I heard my 5-year-old's wake-up alarm start buzzing.

"Stop it, alarm! Stop it!" my daughter shouted.

I laughed sympathetically. I feel the pain, girl. I feel the pain.

Until the next nap time...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sing It, Baby

Who knew years ago when we got our karaoke machine that one day our 5-year-old would "perform" Taylor Swift (who was Taylor 5 years ago?) in our family room?

Until the next nap time...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cool Culture for Kids and Adults in Houston

I like to introduce various cultures to our family but it can be difficult at times to share these with a youngster. However, here is a clever way to explore some Hispanic culture and enjoy a break from the day.

The Artisan Jewelery Bazaar will be held on Tuesday, May 4 from 5 - 8 pm at Under the Volcano, located at 2349 Bissonnet. This is a sale of Colombian and Mexican artwork and artisan jewelry with part of the proceeds benefiting "The Vagina Monologues" and La Rosa Womens' Shelter. While I don't advise taking children to the bar, this event provides a short break for adults and then an opportunity to talk about how the art and jewelry were created and how the pieces reflect the Colombian and Mexican culture. My daughter would love the jewelry and I appreciate the lessons about different cultures.

Please RSVP so the facility can make the necessary arrangements.
Amira Gongora, Community Coordinator: (713) 551-3944
Oralia Acosta (832) 858-4260

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Go Astros!

Last Saturday, we decided to go to the Astros game. It was fairly unlike us to make a last-minute decision like that but I'm so glad we did. We sat on an upper level but just to the left of home plate. The view was really pretty good. Plus, I could see Astros owner Drayton McLane sitting in the front row of the first level so I was pleased.

It wasn't long before Little K was asking for a treat. Before I knew it, she had struck a deal with her daddy to go to the Astros shop after the 4th inning. From there on out, Little K asked if it was time yet every five minutes. I tried to teach her about the game (& get her mind off of buying something she clearly doesn't need). Since Little K is playing t-ball this year for the first time, she was able to better grasp the concepts and cheered for the Astros... then asked if it was time to get a treat.

I remembered time after time when my grandparents took me and two of my cousins to Astros games in the old Astrodome. They'd feed us over & over again, plus Grandmother always brought candy for us and the other kids sitting around us. While ticket prices weren't as high as they are now, I wondered how my grandparents did this regularly for years.

Soon, it was time for the treat. Trent took Little K to the shop and returned with a huge Astros monkey. I suppose it's a "rally monkey", although the home team didn't need it. We won against the Pirates. Yeah! After the purchase, Little K's heart sang with glee. Her monkey cheered for the Astros, too, and then tickled his new fan. Indeed, we will now have a new friend to accompany us to future Astros games.

Until the next nap time...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Flashback to Childhood Swimming

Yesterday, as we watched, the kids splashed about in the teacher's pool. They were taking turns with the instructor and supposed to be practicing the latest lessons. All I saw was a lot of splashing and smiling.

Suddenly, I started laughing so the adults (including my husband) asked what was so funny.

"When we were little, my sister used to to an inverse 'Nestea Plunge'," I said while wiping the laughter tears from my eyes. "She used to fall face first into the pool with her arms spread like an eagle and yell 'Dead Bird!' It was the funniest thing ever."

While I kept laughing, the adults looked at me oddly. What funny things kids do.

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tickle Your Kids' Art Tendencies at the Free First Sunday Event at MFAH

Families will discover the exciting world of Movement in Art. Don’t miss the innovative artists of the CORE Performance Company. They will share a dance specially created to be performed outside in the Cullen Sculpture Garden where families will also create wire sculptures full of movement and sketch beautiful works of art. Inside the museum, create a colorful paper collage, get moving on a family gallery experience led by an MFAH Educator, move your body as you listen to a story and look at contemporary art, and more.

When: 1 – 5 pm on Sunday, May 2, 2010
Where: The Museum of Fine Art (MFAH)’s Caroline Wiess Law Building is located at 1001 Bissonnet Street with free parking across the street. Call 713-639-7300 visit for more information.

Free admission for all throughout the day (the museum is open 12:15-7:00 p.m. Sundays)

Enjoy! Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week of Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. At Little K's school, they are celebrating all week. Over the weekend, we were asked to collect recyclable products that the kids could turn into musical instruments in class. Little K took an empty, plastic coffee jar with dry pasta inside. When she shook the container, the dry pasta made "music". During class, Little K said she put beautiful stickers all over the can. Later this week, her class is going to have an Earth Day parade, making music with the items produced in class.

Today, the classes will be planting flowers around the campus as part of the celebrations. Not only will it help beautify the grounds, it also teaches the kids about nature. I love gardening with my daughter. While her attention span is still short, it's good to show her how things grow when they are nurtured. That works for plants and people. :-)

What are you doing this week in celebration of Earth Day? I'm thinking about going to get some vegetable plants to add to our garden.

Until the next nap time...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Backwards Day

Have you ever had one of those days where things seem backward? Yesterday was Little K's. After school, we begged her to get her swim suit and a cover-up on so we could run by a networking event in the Heights and then head to Little K's swimming lessons at 6:10 pm. We had so much to accomplish yesterday that we were literally running from place to place. Finally, my husband Trent went into our daughter's room to "encourage" her to get dressed.

After a quick networking stop, we journeyed on to swim lessons. I chatted with my husband and some other parents while Little K and two other children practiced in the pool with their teacher. I noticed that Little K's bathing suit seemed to come way down in the front. Luckily, she doesn't have anything to show but it looked really weird.

Maybe she just needs to pull up her suit, I thought.

Ten or fifteen minutes go by. I watch Little K practice her freestyle swim and she's really trying to work on her arms. Unfortunately, I'm distracted by the fact that it looks like she's wearing a skimpy bathing suit because her backside is hanging out of her swim suit. That's when it hit me.

"Trent, did you help Little K get her bathing suit on today?" I asked my husband.

"No, I told her she could do it herself," he replied. After all, she's 5, right? I get the thinking here.

"Well, she put it on backward. Look!" I said.

There went my Little K paddling away with her bottom hanging out. Maybe I should remember she's my LITTLE K.

Flash forward to dinner time. We were starving so Little K quickly changed into play clothes and we went to a restaurant to eat. By the time we got home, it was past Little K's bed time so we started putting on her nightgown. She was so exhausted from the full day that she lay on top of her bed like a wet noodle. I just looked at my husband and laughed.

"What?" Trent asked.

"Her underwear is on backwards. I've got to fix it for her," I said. "What a day!"

Hope your Friday is better and that all of you have a wonderful weekend! Until the next nap time...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Time Hot Tub

After a great 5th birthday (thanks to many friends), we relaxed in the back yard. Little K loved time in the hot tub but begged for the swming pool.

"That's what summer is for

," I said. Someone has to look ahead.

Until the next nap time...

Monday, April 05, 2010

Bay Area Mom Updates Blog for Local Parents

Here's another good family-oriented blog for folks living in the Bay Area (outside of Houston & Galveston). See for details.

Until the next nap time...

Bluebonnet Sighting

Yep, spring is here. I just saw bluebonnets at Loop 610N & East TC Jester. Park at the Boy Scouts office & walk on over! Great photo opp!

Until the next nap time...

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Spring is Here

There's just something about

being barefoot in the spring. We got so lucky with the blue sky weather for Easter weekend. I know different families have

different traditions for this holiday but my favorite is the family time.

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Go Western Art

While the rodeo in Houston has come & gone, some western art is making its debut. We learned yesterday that Little K's artwork would be on display at the

Kroger grocery store located at 43rd Street & Ella Blvd. She created her masterpiece during art class at St. Rose School as a way to kick-off rodeo time.

So our family HAD to make a

grocery store run yesterday. Here's what we discovered.

Until the next nap time...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Break 2010

With 2 working parents, Spring Break has required a nit of shuffling but the time together has been well worth it. On Monday, my sister took Little K & her daughter to the Madd Potter to paint their own pottery. Since Easter is just weeks away, Little K painted a statue

of rabbit in "rainbow colors", of course. Baby Claire painted an Easter egg two shades of purple...with her Mommy's help. We'll pick up the items next week after the staff fires the masterpieces. They'll be great Easter decorations. Big thanks to my sister for watching Little K Monday afternoon.

Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, Little K enjoyed gymnastics at Discover Gymnastics, followed by playdates each afternoon with neighbors. Wednesday's playdate was actually a St. Patrick's Day party for children. The kids painted a small flowe pot with black paint. The hostess then used a glue gun to create a handle with a green pipecleaner. Once the glue & paint dried, Little K filled the pot with artificial grass & gum disguised as gold coins. Ta Da! An instant pot of gold from a friendly leprechaun!

Thursday, Little K went with her Grand, Aunt Juji & cousin to the zoo. They stayed for 5 hours so I was so glad we packed waters, snacks & lunch.

TGIF! Today, we ran a few errands & are now heading to Galveston for the weekend. Even if the weather turns cooler as is being predicted for Houston, we'll have some relaxing family time. Little K's Cici (parternsl grandmother) & her Aunt Susu will be there, too.

Something tells me returning to school on Monday may be a challenge. Any suggestions?

Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break! We'll post photos from the island.

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Trip to the Zoo Made Easy during Spring Break

Thanks to the Houston Zoo for these tips on making your trip to the Zoo during Spring Break much easier.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Looking for Fun in Houston This Spring Break?

Hope you all will come visit me at the Barnes & Noble on West Gray in the River Oaks Shopping Center on Saturday, March 13 from 2-4 pm. I'll share ideas for fun local things to do this Spring Break in and around Houston.
Hope to see you there!
Until the next nap time...