Friday, April 30, 2010

Digging for Dinosaur Bones

Last Thursday we went on an "adventure" to the Austin Nature Center. (If we call it an adventure the kids get soooo excited about it!) My friend's daughter was in town with her kids, so we all piled in "The Beast" and went together. If you are in the Austin area, this is actually a pretty fun and FREE place to go. There are lots of plants and animals to look at as well as big sand pits where the kids can dig for "dinosaur" bones.
Getting ready to go inside.

Ryder, Kassidy, Kyndall, Rustin and Kaydence check out a fox.

Rustin, Kassidy, Kaydence, Ryder and Kyndall watch the snakes

I thought it was so cute how Rustin and Ryder snuggled up to look at the animals

On our way to the dino pits!

Digging for fossils---I think it is so funny how they always gravitate toward "their" color (Rustin is blue, Kaydenc is yellow and Kyndall is pink/red).

Kyndall, Kassidy, Ryder, Kaydence and Rustin

What is it about narrow ledges that makes every kid want to walk on them?

Kyndall, Ryder, Rustin, Kaydence and Kassidy

Follow the leader....Kyndall, Ryder, Rustin, Kassidy, and Kaydence

After the nature center, we found a nearby park to have a picnic.

Kaiya recently participated in the first grade play, "It's a Dirty Life"---it was the perfect kid play---cute, funny, musical and SHORT!!! The quints loved watching it!

Riley participated in the cub scouts pinewood derby races again this year. Last year he won first in both speed and design. This year, we had a little trouble with the holes drilled for the wheels, so we were just happy that he didn't come in last place for speed! He did, however, take home the first place trophy for design!!! Yay, Riley! Last year Jayson did a lot of Riley's car, but this year Riley wanted to do as much as he could by himself. He chose a simple design that required minimal tools----a Hershey Bar Car, and he did a great job!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

STOMP in Austin!

For those of you in the Austin Area, STOMP is coming to the Paramount Theatre next week, May 4th - 9th. Jayson and I are taking Riley and Kaiya to see the show on opening night. The kids are so excited! I think it will be a lot of fun!

The show runs from Tuesday, May 4th through Sunday, May 9th. Showtimes are at 8 pm Tues - Fri, 5 pm and 9 pm Saturday and 3 pm and 7 pm Sunday. Right now, Wilkinson Quints Blog readers can save $10 off the ticket price by using the code word "BEAT". To get your tickets, click HERE, or call (866) 9PRO-TIX. Or for more information click HERE.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Fun Photos From the Flamingo Farm

A few months ago, Elle Mendenhall, who has taken several pictures of the Jones Quintuplets here in Austin, contacted me and offered to do a photo session with my quints. It was an offer I couldn't refuse! We finally got together last Monday at the "Flamingo Farm" (a lawn and garden center here in town that is known for the plethora of plastic pink flamingos out front). It was a great place for pictures---lots of colorful buildings, old cars, bluebonnets and of course flamingos :-) Even though the kids were not completely cooperative, I think she got some great pictures! You can see more pictures from Ella Bella Photography on Elle's website, HERE.

Kyndall, Ryder, Kaydence, Rustin and Kassidy

Kyndall, Kaydence, Rustin, Ryder and Kassidy---Once they found these large Easter Eggs, we had a hard time getting them to take a picture without them!






Kassidy, Rustin, Kyndall, Ryder and Kaydence


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Quint Olympics---Quintathelon (2nd out of 3)

Here is is.....the long awaited for continuation of the Quintathelon! Watch the next two events as the quints compete in the 10 meter sprint and the high jump. Who will take home the gold medal and the title of the "World's Greatest Quintathlete"??? Stay tuned to find out.....

(Somehow I have messed up my blogger settings, so on my computer I can't see the whole video---if you have the same problem, click HERE to view it on YouTube)

If you missed the first episode of the Quintathelon, you can view it here:


Monday, April 19, 2010

Bluebonnets and Longhorns

For those of you outside the great state of Texas, the bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. It is a wild flower that only grows for a couple of weeks in the spring. The abundance of bluebonnets depends a lot on the amount of rainfall that we receive the early part of the year. The past couple of years bluebonnets were hard to find, but this year there are a ton! (Click HERE to see my attempt at taking bluebonnet pictures last year.) The longhorn is the mascot for University of Texas in Austin----So taking pictures with bluebonnets AND longhorns is about as "Texas" as you can get. The only thing that would make it more "Texas" is if we were eating BBQ in the bluebonnets with the longhorns....hmmm....maybe next year!

Field of Bluebonnets


Old Longhorn

Young Longhorn

Ryder and the Longhorn size each other up

Riley tries to befriend the longhorns

Not all of the longhorns were happy to have us invade their territory---this one decided to voice his opinion

Kyndall showed no fear with the animals. This one was a baby that we could pet and hand feed. Kyndall was fascinated, but then the cow decided he was done being "Mr. Nice Guy" and knocked her down (this picture was the moment before impact). Fortunately nothing was hurt but her pride. She kept her distance after that!

Kaiya and Kaydence: Kaydence and Kassidy were a little more apprehensive about the large beasts. They insisted on being held for the first hour we were there....then they loosened up a little.

Rachelle with Kyndall, Ryder and Rustin

All the kids: Back: Kassidy, Riley, Kaiya, Front: Ryder, Rustin, Kaydence and Kyndall

Rachelle with Kyndall

The kids loved the golf cart that the owner drove around. They were ecstatic when he took them for a ride!

I didn't even think it was possible to fit 12 kids plus an adult driver on one golf cart!

Kaiya and Riley

Ryder and Kyndall

Kassidy and Kaydence

Bluebonnets and Longhorns----The Wilkinson Family: Ryder, Jayson, Rustin, Rachelle, Kassidy, Kyndall, Riley, Kaiya and Kaydence

I was so busy smiling at the camera that I didn't realize how close the cows were getting, or that they were getting a little bit tired of us hanging around. Bob quickly stepped in to calm them down!


Kyndall and Rachelle (Kyndall was so busy that I couldn't get her to stop long enough to smile for an individual shot for me. She looooooves flowers!)

Rustin---true to his nature, Rustin mostly wanted to destroy the bluebonnets.





Kaiya and Riley

My friend and photographer, Kristen Duke, also came a long and got some great pictures (including a really cute one of the quints sitting on the fence). Check them out HERE.