Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lindsey's Wedding!

Lindsey and I became best friends when we met at girls' camp when we were 12 years old. We literally saw each other every day during our high school years because of seminary, church basketball, mutual, and usually we'd try to hang out on the weekends too. I found a few gems of us from our high school days.
 Here is us at EFY when we were roommates!
At Seminary or mutual one evening. We always saw each other!
One time when we got all dressed up for a stake dance. We LIVED for those dances!
On my wedding day. Lindsey took all of our wedding photos for us!
 Here's us together more recently (earlier this year)
Hanging out with the kids at the Southpark Meadows playground. 

This weekend Ben and I got to go celebrate Lindsey as she got married to her long-time boyfriend Scott at their wedding in Austin. We had such an amazing time, and everything was so beautiful. Lindsey looked gorgeous!
 Here's our selfie with the happy couple.
The beautiful venue. The weather was absolutely perfect for an outdoor wedding. That's Texas in November for you! No jacket required.
There was an orchestra quartet playing live music.
Taking pictures with Lindsey's dog Sparky.
Me and Ben exploring the scenery.
Lindsey in her beautiful wedding dress. 
 Cutting the cake!
 Me and Lindz!
I love this girl, and I am so so happy me and Ben could celebrate her special day with her!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Fun

Thanks to Natalie, I got to have an awesome Halloween costume this year. I still can't believe you didn't wear it, Nat! So I just have one question: Who wore it best? Lol!


Just kidding, just kidding! We're obviously both beautiful in it! It was so much fun to wear this costume, and I loved spinning around in it. Thanks again, Natalie!
My Friend Kristen Sierra throws a Halloween party every year, and it's always so much fun! Here I am with my good friend Whitney. She went as a Whoopie cushion!
I think we got everybody in this pic. Notice how I'm really getting into my character, since my eyes are shut. Just "Sleeping". NBD. Hahaha.
Here is the costume that we wanted Ryan to wear for Halloween. I borrowed it from Whitney, and Ryan looked so adorable! He would only wear it for about 5 seconds though, and then he started fussing and crying for us to take it off. So . . . he didn't end up wearing it. :( At least I got a few pics, though!
 Ryan and Daddy.
 The girls were so excited to get to wear their costumes to our ward Trunk-or-Treat night. April was Elsa and Jamie was Princess Aurora because she wanted to match me!
 Ryan ended up wearing his skeleton shirt because he threw a huge fit when I tried to put on the Incredibles costume.
Dressed up and having fun eating chili.
Jamie and her friend Langly.

 Our witchy pumpkin that Ben and the kids carved! I was busy making homemade caramel apples.

Halloween night! April sweetly allowed Jamie to wear the Rainbow Dash costume that Grami actually purchased for her to wear.
 Sassy as can be.
 Sweet little Elsa ready for some candy.

 It was rainy and cold on Halloween night, so we only got down two streets before it started pouring! The kids still got tons of candy though.
 Here's Ryan in his improvised Halloween costume that also happen to be PJs: Army Man!

Some other Halloween Happenings:
 I took Ryan and April to the pumpkin patch for playgroup while Jamie was at school. They loved it!

 Jamie got to decorate a pumpkin as a book character for school. Here's Twinkle the pumpkin.
 April and Ryan and I went to our annual PeeWee Halloween carnival with my Meetup group.
It's hard to believe Halloween is already over! I really love this time of year, and it's even more enjoyable when you have three busy kids to share in the fun of the season. Even though Ben didn't dress up with us, he had fun too!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

South Padre Mini Vacation

Man we needed this vacation so bad. I was looking forward to it for so long and it lived up to everything I thought it would be. The greatest thing about going to South Padre is that we had no agenda and got to just enjoy the beach and relax the whole time. It was so much fun having Mom and Dad with us and they helped with the kids SO MUCH. We all had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back again! Since it's only 5 hours away, we might have to make this a yearly tradition.
April holding on tight to Grampi in the waves.
 Jamie and Ben building a sandcastle for "Beautiful Pink" the duck. I tell Ben he looks like a Sea World trainer in his rash guard. I love it! It keeps him from getting horribly sunburned and it looks great on him. I made sure to get all the kids rash guards before we left for the beach. 
 Me holding Ryan. His favorite place to be is in my arms. ALL THE TIME. That boy is super attached. He wasn't sure what to make of the crashing waves at first.
 Once he was able to start playing with sand, he was all about the beach. The girls loved playing in the sand.
 Ryan tried eating sand and then realized it was pretty gross. He loved those little play shovels though. The first day we were at the beach there were tons of jellyfish, so we didn't get in the water a whole lot. Ben was the only one who got stung, but he said it didn't hurt any worse than an ant bite.
 Mom with Ryan and April. The Air BnB we stayed at had beach chairs and this awesome beach umbrella that we were free to use. It was amazing!
 April enjoying her apple.
 Everyone relaxing in the Air BnB house. Jamie is showing Grami how well she can read.

 Ryan doing his favorite thing again.
 The place we stayed at was super roomy, and only a 3 minute walk to the beach. Perfect location and we loved that it had 2 beds and 2 bathrooms.

 The second day we explored Port Isabel a little bit, which is about 20 mins from SPI. We went to this cool sea life place where you could look at the fish and animals.
 The tortoise Domino walks freely around the Sea Life center, and kept trying to walk underneath our stroller.
 April said, "That sign says, "April's Dolphin!" It actually said, "Out of Order", but why not?
 The Sea Life Center had this super cute photo area where you could dress up in mermaid outfits. The girls loved it! What little girl doesn't want to wear a fin?
 Ryan chilling with Daddy.
 He was not a huge fan of the dolphin.
 Grampi and Ryan.
 Right outside the center is this place called, "Pirate's Island" where you can go to eat and also do some fishing along the dock. Jamie was all about taking pics with these scallywags!

 Mom got in on the action too.
 Dad and Mom enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.

 Ryan eating again.
 Me and April hanging out. She is becoming more affectionate than she used to be.
 The view from where we were.
 This one probably won't make the wall, but it was worth a shot!
 Mom was so awesome the second day and watched Ryan for us so that me and Ben could focus on the girls at the beach. The next day we didn't see any jellyfish, and the water was perfect for swimming.

 See how I managed to sneak in a pic of both swimsuits I own? Yeah, I did!
 Mom and Dad watched the kids for us on our last evening there so that we could go out on a date. We went to this place called, "The Painted Marlin" where we enjoyed shrimp and fish tacos and got to watch the sunset. It was truly gorgeous and the pictures don't do it justice. We had such a nice relaxing time and were so grateful to Mom and Dad for taking care of the kids for a little while.

Adios, South Padre! Until we meet again!