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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.

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Dad and Chris Come to Visit!

When my dad called me up this summer and told me that he and Chris were planning to drive out to visit us, I thought he was crazy.  That’s 22 hours each way of driving in the car.  I said no way Jose.  Flying is the only way to go.  And the only fair way to do it was for us to pay for at least one of their plane tickets (actually we should have paid for both tickets).  It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to get them out here than it is to get all six of us our there.

But we are SO glad they came. We had so much fun playing with the kids and swimming in our pool!  Colin and my dad got to play some Chess (can you guess who won?) and they finally got to build the Soda Can Robot.  While the boys were doing that, Chris helped the girls make a dessert for our pool party Friday night.  My dad and Chris also got to see the kids do gymnastics Wednesday night.  And then on Saturday night we snuck away and took my dad and Chris to Del Friscos as a belated Christmas present.

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A Night with Jim Gaffigan!

Jim Gaffigan might very well be one of funniest people on the planet.  But the best part about his humor is that it is all clean!!  He made international headlines with his “Hot Pocket” comedy routine, but won us over through his hilarious interpretations of parenthood.  The guy has five kids and lives in a New York City apartment with his wife Jeanie.  Clint always jokes that He. Is. Jim. Gaffigan.  In many ways – and in almost every way – that is so true!!

When I found out  – back in March – that Jim Gaffigan was coming to Houston, I knew we had to go!  I surprised Clint with the tickets for his birthday.  But the other surprise was that we were going with two of his best advisor friends, Matt and York, and their spouses, Mindy and Christina.  We had SO much fun!  We met up at Jasper’s for dinner and then walked across the street to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  Oh it was so hot that night, but the night was so much fun!  And the opener, oh shoot what was his name, was just as funny (if not funnier).  What a night!!

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San Antonio Hill Country Resort with Kiddos: Days 2 and 3

We woke up to the best Fourth of July that I can remember.  The day was endless and the night was truly spectacular.  We started the morning off with cereal and breakfast tacos outside by the grassy courtyard and watched the squirrels play.  Then the girls and I hopped on the free bikes and rode around the resort while Clint took the boys to the playground.  Seriously, this resort has it all.  Then we met back together and went down the green waterslide over and over.  Even Keaton got to go down on my lap.  Next it was time for a french fry break (for Sydney – that girl LOOOVES french fries).  Clint then found a hammock which he claimed the entire day and took a nice nap with Keaton.  It was pretty perfect.  I took the older kids to check out the kids club (Sydney borrowed some toys) and then it was time to go surfing!  Colin was an awesome body boarder and almost got up on two feet.  Hayley was great at bodyboarding, but WOW, she amazed everyone at surfing!  She was incredible and was surfing minutes at a time and was just killin’ it!!  We were so proud of her!

After surfing, we had lunch outside at Vince’s Watering Hole and then all hopped back in the lazy river.  I love that lazy river!  Of course, then the kids wanted to build more sandcastles, which is always fun.  Keaton was just loving digging up dirt.  That kid is such a boy!!

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Later that afternoon we went to the ballroom to decorate Keaton’s stroller for the parade.  Then we got all dressed up in our Fourth of July outfits (yes, I love matching) and grabbed dinner outside at the BBQ pit they had set up and ate outside on the picnic tables.  It was pretty darn good.  Of course, we got ice cream afterwards.  Colin was so funny.  He marched up to the counter, ordered a vanilla cone, handed them his room card, and signed his name and room number . . . as if he was any age other than seven.

Then it was time for the parade.  I was SO impressed!!  They had a full on marching band and dozens of actors dressed in full American Revolution regalia.  One of the drummers asked if Colin would start off the parade.  Sure!  Colin’s never hit a drum in his life . . . but you wouldn’t have known it!  He was AWESOME!!  You would have thought he had been playing for years.  Then the parade began!  It was SO fun . . . except that the kids darted off in separate directions.  Gees Louise!  Phew!  I finally found them!  But now where was Clint?!  Seriously?!  We all need leashes.

We found Clint just before one of the most spectacular fireworks show I have ever seen.  The Hyatt brought out blankets for every family to lay out on the golf course. They also passed around free popcorn and treats.  The marching band played patriotic music in the background while everyone gathered and waited for the fireworks. It was a pretty humbling moment.  I have never felt more proud to be part of this great nation.  Then the fireworks show began.  They pulled out all the stops!  The show was absolutely spectacular and was right over our heads. The fireworks literally filled the entire sky!  The kids, especially Keaton, just loved it!!  Keaton kept clapping, bouncing up and down, and saying “yay” over and over!!  It was SO cute!!!  And the best part?  When it was all over, we just got up and walked back to our hotel room.:)

I was so sad to leave the following day.  We should have stayed another day.  Next time we will. Seriously, we have the cutest kids!  I love vacations, especially ones like these, because you can just forget about the endless “to do” list and just spend time with those that matter the most, your family!  XOXO

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San Antonio Hyatt Hill Country Resort with Kiddos: Day 1

The San Antonio Hyatt Hill Country Resort is one of my top three all-time favorite resorts.  It’s right up there with Disney’s Grand Floridian and Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas.  We LOVE the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.  We always have the best time, and each stay gets better and better.  This time we got upgraded to the Hill Country Suite, which meant we had a separate eating area and an additional bedroom.  Score!  And we were smack dab in the middle of the action.

We pulled in late Sunday afternoon after a long day of off-roading, checked out our HUGE hotel suite, and headed immediately for the pool.  Probably the best part of the entire resort is the lazy river.  You really feel like the river was indigenous to the area, and that they built the hotel around the river.  It’s such a peaceful escape!  I grabbed Sydney, Clint grabbed Keaton, and Hayley and Colin each grabbed a tube, and away we floated down the river completely forgetting the rest of the world.  For that moment in time, everything was perfect!

After passing by the sandy beach four or five times, the kids wanted to get out and build sandcastles, so that’s what we did.  Most everyone had packed up and gone to dinner, so we had the beach to ourselves.  It was so nice!  Keaton was loving the sand.  He is so cute!  We played until 7:00pm or so and then packed up and roasted marshmallows by the fire and made s’mores.  Seriously, could life get any better??

And it just did.  At that very moment the staff was setting up for a movie under the stars.  They brought out blankets for everyone, and passed out free popcorn and drinks.  We cuddled up together and watched the movie Ice Age 2.  At that very moment, life was pretty darn perfect!

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Hidden Falls Adventure Park with Kiddos: Off-Roading

Sunday was another day where we had no idea what we were going to actually do until the day we did it.  Jeff and Kelly were visiting Kelly’s mom in Fredericksburg the same weekend and were going to Hidden Falls Adventure Park with Jeff’s beat up Land Cruiser.  They wanted us to go so badly!!  But there was no way on earth I was going to take by uber-expensive one year old Land Rover.  No way Jose!  Well, I caved Sunday morning.  But, I’m kind of glad I caved.  We had SO MUCH FUN!!!  And my car did AWESOME!!  Anything you wanted her to do, she did without a sweat!  She was like, “This is simple guys. Give me something more challenging.”  The park was huge!!  Like 175+ acres, I believe, and we only scratched the surface.  And the place was gorgeous too!  There were a ton of fun trails, waterfalls, and pools of water!  Next time we are bringing a picnic lunch.

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