We bought a Groupon back in the fall to take a tour of Minute Maid Ballpark here in Houston. We put the Groupon off until two days before it expired- but we made it and had a fabulous time exploring our local pro baseball park. Minute Maid is a neat field. It is state of art, clean, and HUGE. We have also toured the old Yankee stadium in NY and Fenway in Boston. We love taking these tours and will usually partake in a tour if we are ever in a town with a major league baseball park while on vacation.
The tour itself was just okay. It was rather simple and we were with 30plus new interns for the staduim. They were all senior college students interning in hopes for future jobs in radio, sports affiliated careers, and sports advertising. They were all super sweet to us and over all made the tour enjoyable. It was just a very crowded tour. If they had not been there there would have been about 7 of us touring. I enjoyed seeing the park with no one in it.
I always enjoy going in the press box and looking at the field from the reports point of view. I also enjoy getting all the fun facts about the stadium. For example- Minute Maid use to be a train station hence the reason there is train that moves and has fireworks every time there is a home-run or the Astros win the game. Also, the grass on the field is from some foreign country and cost over $100,000. That's just ridiculous to me. I may sure regular old grass would do just that same. It was pretty but not $100,000 pretty.
And then may favorite part- going in the dugout. We have cool pictures from all the dugouts we have been in- I love that Cora is in this one with us. It is always neat to walk in there, see the cleat marks on the benches, and sit where the players sit. It was a fun tour all around and glad we can now mark this ballpark off our list of places we have toured and seen a game (many games actually). And Cora, like always, did awesome on the tour.
The above picture was take last week in the middle of dinner. I love it. It looks like she is praising Jesus for her yummy (and messy) spaghetti. Cora is becoming so animated and picking up on new tricks every day. Yesterday she went from sitting on the floor to standing with no assistance. She only stood a couple seconds then dropped back down to her bum. But she sure looked proud of herself and her new trick!
We have also upgraded to a new car seat. We put the transition off for a while due to cost of a new seat, the holidays were crazy, and I had a hard time deciding on the best seat for us. We went with the Britax Roundabout. So far we are really enjoying it. We found a good deal on Amazon and had gift cards from Christmas. (You know you are a parent when you start spending your gift cards on your child instead of yourself). The above picture makes me laugh. After we installed the seat we put Cora in and she screamed. Not sure why- we were not even going any where. Other than that the transition was no big deal. She likes the roomy seat and enjoys the view now that she is closer to the window. It is a bit frustrating to me she has to stay turned around for the next year. Cora does not do awful in her car seat but I know once it is turned around she will do a lot better.
Other than that we are just enjoying some rest and calmness in our lives. No big trips or travels, no big commitments, no stresses at the moment. For that I am soooo grateful. The summer and fall were busy and packed with fun and not so fun things. I like the calm January usually brings our family. We do have some fun things coming up in the future- visits from grandparents, trips with long time friends, a couple races (5k for me and a dualthon for Steve), AND we just booked our first baby free vacation coming in April:). So as you can see life will get busy again. For now I am going to go enjoy a cup of coffee and watch my daughter play. Happy Weekend!