Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lucky #7

Wow! Time is just racing past us these days. As of yesterday, Jared and I have been husband and wife for 7 whole years! I thought that was worthy of a little trip down memory lane. We met in 1988 in 4th grade. I was the new girl at school and he was the cute, quiet boy. Friends tell me that he had a crush on me back then...truth is I had a crush on him, too. I was just too reserved to ever admit that back in the day! Fast forward to our college years when we finally began dating. I knew right away that I could spend the rest of my life with him. He had it all--super smart, athletic, went to church, had a good family and was just an all around good guy. We dated long distance for the last 2 1/2 years of college and although it wasn't always ideal, he was so worth it. Jared asked me to marry him on the top of Mt. Bonnell in Austin and I wholeheartedly accepted.

Here we are at our engagement party at my parents house...

and at the church for our wedding rehearsal. Two weeks after we got married, we packed up and moved out west to Lubbock so that Jared could go to law school.

Three years later he graduated at the top of his class and was offered a job at a Dallas firm.

We had a really fun graduation party with our friends, The Sierras, and headed on back to G-town.

Nine months later God blessed us with Jackson and our hearts almost exploded.

Then three years later we were blessed again with Lila.

I love our family so much. I just could not imagine taking this journey with anyone other than my sweet husband. Happy Anniversary, hubdog! Here's to many, many more!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dallas World Aquarium

For our final outing with the Sierra Fam we went to the Dallas World Aquarium. We figured since it was 99 degrees outside, an indoor activity sounded really appealing. It was such a nice change of pace and the kids loved it.

Jackson got to watch the baby penguins as we waited near the entrance for Uncle Mike.

"Those sure are some wacky penguins, mom!"

The entrance to the aquarium sort of reminded me of Hawaii...there's a beautiful waterfall, it's kind of misty and there are all sorts of pretty birds. Then you look to your left and this illusion is shattered because you're now staring at an anteater. (Imagine the anteater pic being here--I can't make it work and I do not want to erase everything I've done just so that picture can be in it's rightful spot)

Pretty soon after arriving we came upon the birdfeeding station. Jackson waited patiently in line and then it was his turn to feed the bird. I thought he was just going to hold a stick with some food on the end of it, like at the zoo, but that was not the case. He actually put a small piece of food in his palm, stuck it through the glass and let the bird come pick it up!

Jackson and Sam got to see so many cool animals--there were stingrays, alligators, sloths, lizards, snakes, monkeys...you name it, we probably encountered it.

One of my favorites, though, was the enormous manatee. It was huge! While we were admiring it and the gigantic catfish, a scubadiver came right up to the glass and waved to Jackson. Bonus!

We finished off our aquarium trip by checking out a few more cool fish. What a fun Friday!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


We have been waiting a long time for this day. Our good friends, The Sierras, live in Austin now. The last time we saw them was before Christmas and it's been over a year since we've seen Mike. Needless to say, we were so excited that they came to visit us this week! "Baby Sam" isn't so much a baby anymore..

Big boy Sam swam with Jackson and thought the baby float was entirely overrated!

The Mamas with our boys. We somehow managed to get these two rascals to sit still for two seconds! I had to convince Jackson we were having a meeting in the secret clubhouse...aka underneath the waterfall.

After all that swimming, we dried off and came inside. The boys headed upstairs for the playroom. Sam has missed his buddy Jackson. Right after we got into the playroom he walked over and planted a big wet kiss (sloberry lick!) on J's face. Jackson didn't do anything--not push him away or wipe it off--he simply froze as Sam continued to moll him! It was hysterical. Sam was so sweet and just kept giving him lots of hugs and kisses.

I think Lila may be more inclined to receive those kisses one day. This was a very big day for her. You see, Aunt Steph decided way back that she was in favor of arranged marriages and that if we had a boy and a girl it could work out quite nicely! So, we just had to document the first day that Lila laid eyes on her future husband.
Could be great rehearsal dinner slideshow material one day...you never know!

I'm pretty sure her father-in-law to-be was smitten with her!

Daddy's girl

Jared got some good snuggle time in with his favorite little girl this morning.

I think it made it extra hard to walk out that door. She's such a little doll and has him wrapped around her finger.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pool Party

When it's 100 degree weather or darn near, it's time to be in the pool! We have loved hanging out at my parents new pool this summer. Today we invited some friends over to enjoy the sun with us.

Thanks Taylor and April for bringing your kids over to swim. We had such a fun day with y'all!

Monday, July 19, 2010

My two girls

It took me 3 tries this morning to get Lila to stay asleep in her crib and take a nap. Keep in mind that this was in optimal conditions--Jackson was upstairs watching a cartoon, the house was quiet and I had soft, sweet lullaby music playing in her room.

Somehow Sadie managed to do it in the middle of our living room on her first try! I was doing dishes while Lila was playing on her activity mat--next thing I know she's sound asleep and has almost rolled all the way over!

Blue Eyed Boy

Maybe it is just the fact that Jackson is wearing a blue shirt AND blue hat,

but goodness gracious, those eyes sure are blue!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Two Professionals

Meet Firefighter Hays and Doctor Raines

They were so proud of themselves. Madison kept saying, "I'm Dr. Maddie!"
Too cute!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lil' Slugger

Jackson is finishing up his second round of organized sports and all I can say is, "we've got a ways to go!" We tried soccer first and didn't have much success there. At first I just thought that he was shy and reserved, when in reality he was honestly just unmotivated! He's got the ability, don't get me wrong, he just has no desire to run fast or score any goals. It was almost painful to watch as he shuffled around the field at a snail's pace. I really should have videoed it to show him later in life. (Hopefully he'll become a star athlete and we can all laugh at his slow start!)

After soccer ended we decided to sign him up for t-ball. He loved playing t-ball at home and was really good at hitting the ball. Surely this new venture would be a hit! Not so fast...

This look says it all. He's just bursting with enthusiasm.

"Alright, I picked up the ball and finally decided to turn sideways so that I can have a chance to hit the ball. Neat."

After telling him about 8 times to hit the ball, he finally obliged my request. He made contact! Hallelujah!

Monday, July 12, 2010

3 months!

My newborn is growing up so fast. She just celebrated her 3 month birthday last week! Lila is such a happy little girl. She smiles and giggles all day and I love it. Today she played with a baby doll for the first time.

Lila "talked" to the doll, smiled at her and even gave her some sweet kisses that looked like she was eating her face! She was so engaged with her baby doll and it was too cute to watch.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Swim day

We had a swim day yesterday with Amanda and her crew. Cason (4) Jackson (3) and Madison(2) all swam together and had a blast. Chase (1) got in the water for a sec, but then had to go in for a nap. Miss Lila (3 mos) was in a great mood the whole day and even took a good nap so that all of us adults could get in the pool.

I love this picture for so many reasons. First, it's amazing that all of the kids are looking at the camera. Second, it's kind of surreal to me. You see, Amanda and I have been best friends since I was born. Literally. Our moms grew up together and made sure that we did, too. We took dance, tap, twirling and gymnasics together for many years and were always super close. There is some classic video of us somewhere and we both have the biggest hick accents (if you're wondering where Jackson's twang comes from, look no further than his mama!). Anyway, I always knew that the day would come when our kids would be playing together. It just still doesn't feel like that's possible yet! Then I remember that we both already celebrated our 30th birthdays and I come back to reality. We can't wait for them to come visit again from Arkansas!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Festivities on the 4th

Whew! We have had quite the time this year celebrating the 4th of July. We began with a swim party for Chase on Saturday. Jackson got to swim with Chase's older brother, Cason, and got to see Chase's cousin, Karlie, too. I mention this because Jackson was completely smitten with Karlie at the party. He's so shy (he is his father's son) so his moves were very reserved, but he did stand near her for a while just working up the courage to talk to her! No joke, it was one of the cutest things I've seen in a while. When it was time to leave he gave her a big hug and had a huge grin on his face the whole time...then he ran back again and gave her one more! He is now referring to Karlie as his girlfriend and told us that she was his favorite person now. Miss Karlie is such a doll, very sweet and has great manners. All good qualities that a mom would want his son to have in his girlfriend. There's only one small problem, though...she may be a little out of his league. Karlie, my friends, is a sophomore in high school and is 15 years old! That being said, we may have just found our first real babysitter!

After the swim party we came home and grilled some hot dogs with Memaw and Poppy. Jackson got to experience his first sparkler and they did some poppers in the driveway. I'm pretty sure Poppy enjoyed the fireworks the most!

Isn't this so All-American? Holding a sparkler while wearing his Texas Rangers shirt.

The next day we got ready to go over to my parents for another swim party. Jackson swiped this iced cookie at 10:30am and I actually let him have it. Party on!

We found this outfit in Lila's closet. It was originally Madison's, but she never got to wear it. Thanks, cousin:)

Two silly peas in a pod--wearing hats that Aunt Glenda brought for them.

The look that Aunt Glenda got when she told Madison to salute. Classic.

Everyone got into the spirit this year. It was so good to see my cousin, Leslie, too. The food was great and the decorations were amazing, as usual. Thanks, Aunt Glenda for making the 4th so special. After chowing down on some tasty BBQ, it was time to cool off in the water.

The slide was the main attraction for a while. Madison loved it...

and Jackson did, too. Although, he is a bit more cautious and doesn't like to slide down at high speeds, hence the feet on the slide and being completely stopped:)

The best part was when the adults got in on the fun. Yay Gigi and Boom!!

Even though there was a wild party going on outside, Lila decided it was time for a nap. There was a great breeze and this girl knew how to enjoy it to the max.

Sporting her Future Miss America onesie as she patiently waited for the fireworks show to begin.

We love the 4th! What a fun holiday!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Uncle Andrew!

Uncle Andrew's birthday was yesterday, so we all headed out to Babe's for a tasty dinner. It did not disappoint and they even had Andrew put a chicken hat on and dance as we sang Happy Birthday to him! I asked Jackson later if that was pretty crazy that Uncle Andrew wore a chicken hat and he said, "yeah, reeeeeal crazy mom."

Lila was in a party mood tonight, too, and was awake for most of the festivities.

Jackson was instrumental in putting candles on the cake, but he left the lighting of them to Memaw. Good call.

He's so lucky--his uncle even let him blow out the candles with him! The cake was amazingly good--chocolate cake with a layer of vanilla ice cream inside, cream cheese icing with reese's peanut butter cups mixed in. Yum!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big Bro

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