With all the rain we’ve been having lately, the backyard has turned into a water park for the girls. Molly, in particular, loves going outside to play, especially when it is raining. She likes when it is raining really hard best of all. She and Claire will spend hours at a time out there just splashing around and playing with their toys.
They even set up a water park for their My Little Pony toys. The park is inspired by Schlitterbahn and features a giant water slide with a big pool at the end of it. There is also a “natural pond”, which is basically a big puddle. And the Swamp of Doom in the muddy grass area. Claire made a map of the park and even added a snack stand for refreshments (it’s alternately a smoothie place, a fish taco place, or Benny’s Fish ‘n’ Chips).
Here are some pics of the girls having fun on the stage at Scholz Garten, a beer garden in downtown Austin founded in 1866. As we waited for our food, Claire and Molly ran up on stage and put together a show for the smattering of customers in the outdoor patio this Saturday afternoon. The German-themed mural must have inspired them.
This year, we’re going to sort of miss Father’s Day since Kit is on call and can’t really do anything fun; she could be called away to the hospital at any minute. So as an early Father’s Day, I got to choose something to do, and I picked Scholz. I’m not a big fan of beer, but I am a fan of 150-year-old beer gardens. And it turns out they have some great beer and root beer on tap, good bar grub, and cute little girls running around on the stage.
After lunch/dinner, we went home and watched the original Star Wars to top off my pre- Father’s Day. (Molly hated Star Wars, and Claire seemed to tolerate it.)
Kit was schedule to run an audit at a hospital in downtown San Antonio on Monday, and she had a nice hotel room right across the street on the Riverwalk, so she invited the rest of the family along to enjoy a quick trip to S.A. We had lots of fun for a one-day trip, mostly exploring the Riverwalk, swimming, and eating. The girls did not want to leave on Monday morning after a final swim at the hotel, but I had to get back to work in the afternoon to catch up with the team on the happenings at Apple’s 2015 developer conference (WWDC).
With a swimsuit and red cowboy boots, Molly keeps it real, Texas-style!
The girls head out for their last day of school for this academic year. This was Molly’s last day in Pre-K and Claire’s last day in 3rd grade. It is a pajamas day for Molly, and both girls get to bring games, stuffed animals, etc. for their last day with their classes.
Here are a few of the things that Molly has specifically stated that she “hates” in recent weeks. Note that most of these things are almost universally admired by people who are not Molly. Also, this is only a partial sampling of things that Molly strongly dislikes.
- The movie Back to the Future
- Fresh Lemonade
- Our dog, Muffin
- Car washes (“why can’t you just keep the car clean to begin with?”)
- Dinosaur bones
- Dipping pretzels in hummus
- Dipping tortilla chips in hummus