Friday, April 19, 2013

the beauty of yourself

We spend a lot of time as women analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren't quite right, and we should spend more time appreciating the things that we do like. You are more beautiful than you think.  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

serynn turns four!

Nathan and I detoured our Vegas weekend trip to head to Serynn's 4th birthday party. Danica and Mickey did a fabulous job on the decor ~ I was so impressed! Painting was the theme and Danica made aprons with paint palettes on them for each kid, got a canvas to paint on, decorative paper to color on, and the cake was adorable! The room was vibrantly colored with blues, reds, pinks, purples, and greens, a polka-dotted photo booth, and fluffy round balls of joy to hang from the ceiling. Serynn got a lot of presents (don't kids always??) and enjoyed her time with her friends and cousins.  Everyone really enjoyed dressing up for the photo booth pictures and the food was so good! I thought it was very nice of Teri to make something for the party. I told her I was impressed that she offered and she said she does for every party. What a wonderful grandma!  After decorating the hallway, dining room, and Serynn's door for the next morning, Nathan, Danica, Mickey, and I enjoyed some adult conversation (and drinks) in the Texas night on the porch. Our absolute favorite thing to do since Tristan was born is to sit on the porch and relax after he goes to bed. So glad summer's coming so we can start our routine again!

Birthday girl!

Fun times!

The balloon man!

Serynn's patiently waiting to paint.

Wonderful Grandma helping with the aprons!

The next morning Teri invited us over for biscuits and gravy, eggs, and fruit. I love that she always invites us over to eat every time we visit Corpus. She's such a great host. :)

Thirty-six hours of fun, then Nathan and I were off the next day to Vegas. Our room was really nice at the Pallazzo (thank you for the free room Southwest)! We had a great date night together of slot machines, poker playing, drinking nice wine, and having awesome food at Emeril's Table 10 restaurant. A pretty elaborate date night, but sometimes you have to change it up, right?

Patiently waiting to board the plane. 

Excited to be in warm weather!

Fun times at the Pallazzo!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

easter fun

Home decor for the holiday!

There was candy to the rim at one point throughout the month...

Easter weekend fun!  A month of decor in the house, a weekend of decorating eggs together, KU basketball game, cousins staying the night, and Easter Sunday fun! Tristan really loved his Easter basket this year. I found some Toy Story toys (Heros and Villans) on sale for $10 at the Disney store in OP, scooped them up and put them in his basket!!! He was so excited to see all the ones he didn't have and carried them around in a paper bag all morning long, lol! He did receive one piece of candy ~ a small chocolate bunny ~ which we totally forgot to include until the day before when we were at Bed, Bath and Beyond and saw them and said, "Wait, we need to get a piece of candy for the basket!" Random, I know. But it worked out. :)

Look what the Easter Bunny brought Tristan! All his heros and villans.

D and Eli chillin'

Halloween hunt? Or Easter?

D and I sitting at the kiddos table ~ they wanted us to eat with them!

Look at those adorable shoes!!!


Look at that walk of determination!

Alex looking for money!

Daniel and Eli ~ so cute together!
Family fun! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

midland railway easter egg hunt

We took Bailey and Tristan to the Midland Railroad Easter Egg Train ride last weekend. It was a little chilly ~ colder than we'd expected ~ but we all enjoyed our time together, the Easter egg hunt, the opening of the eggs to see what we got, the photos with the Easter bunny, and the lunchtime fun afterwards.

The hunt was divided into two age groups: 1-3 and 4-7. I let Tristan go ahead without me when the whistle blew, but all the other parents stormed out onto the field to help their child get some eggs! It was hilarious to see these parents more worried about their kids "quickly" getting eggs, then letting their kids enjoy the hunt themselves. I just sat back, laughed, and watched Tristan carefully pick up one egg at a time and place into his basket. He was so intricate about his process and he still ended up with over ten eggs filled with frogs, jellybeans, gummie bears, and tattoos. The two cousins shared between each other's treasures on the train ride back. They had a blast!

all smiles!

Nathan caught me off guard....

Love this picture!

Easter bunny pics!

Excited about his treasures!


ready to roll

So careful!