Wedding Weekend Getaway

This past weekend was one I had been looking forward to while simultaneously dreading for months! I was dreading it because it would be the first weekend we would spend away from the boys, but it would be a weekend Cory and I would spend together and attend the wedding of one of my oldest, greatest friends! I was definitely looking forward to alone time with Cory and seeing my friend on such a joyful and beautiful day!

We spent the weekend in Austin and nearly everything about it was wonderful! The weather was gorgeous! We got to try new restaurants and take naps! These kind of things are a big deal for parents with little ones! Owen and Hunter can be incredibly well behaved at restaurants but there’s something so relaxing and refreshing about eating a meal at a leisurely pace and enjoying a second drink!

And then there was Jen and Joe’s spectacular wedding! I’ve known Jen since I was in 6th grade and she was in 7th. We were pretty much inseparable in high school and got into a lot of innocent but hilarious trouble. She is one of the funniest, fieriest people I know! She was always my big sister! We hadn’t seen each other in a while and one of the most emotional ways to re-unite with someone is when they are also emotional and looking absolutely stunning in a wedding dress, about to marry the love of their life! There were a lot of happy tears and it was just such a perfect night! We wish them nothing but love and happiness and laughter (lots of laughter!) and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!

The happiest part of my weekend, however, was coming home to my boys! They were in great hands with my in-laws (who are so spectacular for keeping them on a weekend!) When people say it takes a village, they are NOT kidding and I don’t know what I would do or how incredibly hard it would be if I didn’t have Cory’s parents and my parents, and awesome co-workers who are also awesome friends! Hunter was napping on Gramma when we got there and Owen was playing in his room and man-that boy gave me the biggest hug! They did great and had a blast but I was so happy to get my boys home! Hunter was super affectionate the rest of the day as well! I got several hugs from him and a kiss!

I loved my time with Cory and I loved re-uniting with some wonderful, sweet friends, but oh how things change as the years go by! I am so grateful for the time we had but my heart is whole when I’m with my boys!

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Growing Up

This Labor Day weekend was great! I love getting to spend extra time with family and friends! The boys are growing up so fast that it makes me really appreciate the time I get to spend watching them interact and learn new things!

Owen is so big and opinionated! But he is cautious and compassionate too! He looks like a little boy! He loves going to Sunday school and playing with his Lifegroup friends! He still loves trains and super heroes! He thinks his Dad is hilarious! He is so helpful in the kitchen- his favorite thing to make is brownies but he helps with pancakes, scrambled eggs, pizza, and cookies too. He loves the water and puts his whole body under to swim. He’s also a fan of the beach since our trip last month. His favorite chore is feeding the dogs and gets upset if you do it without him. He’s been to three movies with his Gramma and Grampa (his favorite was The Secret Life of Pets) and likes to feed chickens with his Grammy. He also likes to talk locomotives with his Paw-Paw. And he can spell his name! He wanted to marry me but he’s been talking about someone named Sheena recently… apparently he wants to marry her now but she lives in Dallas. He told us that she burns pancakes but she makes him green beans! We were cracking up! (And for the record, little man- Mom doesn’t burn pancakes and I’ve yet to get you to eat a green bean!)

Hunter is growing up just as fast! He is also opinionated but a little less gentle when it comes to his big brother. I guess being the youngest gives you an extra bit of fight! He likes dinosaurs and super heroes too! He’ll grab Superman or Batman and pretend they’re flying while he spins in circles! He also is still really into Monster Trucks. He’s still a pretty big momma’s boy. He loves cuddles in the mornings and loves to twirl my hair. He’s still nursing but I think weaning is on the horizon. He laughs SO MUCH! He thinks his brother is so funny! He loves to color and play with sidewalk chalk! And when he really wants something he’ll say “Pwease, pwease!” and there’s no resisting! But my favorite thing to hear him say is “Momma!” He’s very chatty and I can’t wait until I’m able to understand everything he says! He’s a great eater- but he prefers fruit or macaroni and cheese over most meats. And he likes trying to escape bath-time after his clothes and diaper is off!

I think they both have an amazing sense of humor! They’re such happy boys! Hunter wants to do everything his big brother does! And Owen is so protective of his little brother! Makes my momma heart very, very proud! God sure knew what he was doing when he gave me these two!

We went fishing on our church campus with Gramma and Grampa on Labor Day. Hunter “caught” his first fish- a tiny perch that he was a  little hesitant to touch. With Grampa and Dad’s help, Owen caught a few too! I’m so grateful that my boys are so close to their grandparents! They get to experience so many new and cool things with them! We know we’ve been blessed and we are reminded each and every day!

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Thanksgiving 2013

Four whole days with Owen and Cory! It was wonderful!! We went out to my parent’s place in Plantersville on Thanksgiving. Cory’s parents and my sister joined us. Of course we all ate too much…And I have finally found a delicious and easy cheesecake recipe. I change up the add-in’s, so for Thanksgiving it was crushed Oreo’s and a chocolate ganache glaze. And I use the traditional graham cracker crust instead of the chocolate wafers. After dinner we played outside until it got too cold. Owen went for a hayride in the wheel barrow. That kid is non-stop! So thankful for him, my husband, and an amazing family (our furry kids included)!

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The rest of the weekend we spent putting up the tree, decorating for Christmas, and doing a little shopping. Owen and I took several naps in our favorite arm-chair (my favorite part of our holiday).  We watched a couple movies and several football games (Wow Auburn! I always enjoy a good Alabama loss) and just enjoyed being able to relax. Oh and I tried my hand at our first pot of menudo- thanks to my BFF Daniella. Although it came out good, I think it will be a while before I attempt it again because the smell of raw tripe is nauseating. But I got the seal of approval from the hubs and father-in-law so I’m calling it a win.

And a big shout-out and thanks to the husband for putting up our Christmas lights. I contributed by watching The Mummy and napping in my chair with Owen. I can’t wait to share the holiday season with Mr. Owen! He just brings a whole new sense of wonder and excitement to this time of year! It makes me feel like a kid again!

Our “first” Halloween

What a difference a year makes! Last Halloween Owen was just shy of 4 weeks old. This Halloween we were out trick or treating as a family. To be honest, we only stopped at two houses and mainly dressed him up for the photo-op’s. But our little Charlie Brown had a great time, despite his daddy eating all his candy!

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We also visited our local pumpkin patch the weekend before and picked out our pumpkins. We rode the hay-ride however all Owen wanted was to run around the fields and piles of pumpkins. He had no time for photos, but we managed to snap a few! He was konked before we pulled out of the parking lot.

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