Sunday, October 19, 2014

October is my favorite.

I really think that October might be my favorite month out of the entire year!  
Octobers = Joy.  

I have been putting in some extra hours at work, which by default means less hours at home.  So this weekend we enjoyed a long weekend at the lake and it was so wonderful.  I needed the rest, the family time, the cooler weather, the beautiful sunsets.  It was also our maiden voyage in our new camper, which I couldn't love any more!  At the campground we were at they had a fall festival and trick-or-treating.  Some campers went ALL OUT!  As far as my girls and what I prefer their little minds to think, I wasn't fond of the spooky part...but we tried to explain that it's all for fun, make-believe, NOT real.  Otherwise they would be up with nightmares...NO THANK YOU!

When we asked Bella and Lucy what they wanted to be for Halloween this year...Lucy chose to be a mermaid and Bella chose to be a fairy princess.  I think it's more fun to make their costumes/put it all together. Plus I am a fan of little, to no money spent on their costume.  So for Bella, we got a wand, wings, crown and flowy skirt.  For Lucy, I snagged this red top at a friend's yard sale, I made her little skirt with some material from Hobby Lobby, sparkly elastic band and Aunt Lulu donated the mermaid colored tulle for the fins.  Rylee was also a mermaid that her mommy put together for her too.  {However as the night went on she ditched the tail & wing and opted for comfort as she rode her bike and trick-or-treated}
Here are some of our fun times...
Rylee~4 years old
Bella~4 years old
Lucy~2 years old

We got home mid-day on Sunday from our long lake weekend.  With only 12 days left in October and zero days with nothing to do...we decided that it would be a great day to visit the pumpkin patch...and IT WAS!  I say it every year, but this might be my favorite fall activity.  Old Bakers Farm is so much fun.  I love everything about it...corn maze, hay mountain, cotton-throwing, wagon riding and pumpkin picking!  
 This next series was too good not to share, Bella and Lucy finally made it to the top of Hay Mountain and slid down.  Thankfully their daddy was there to catch them...
I love looking at these Pumpkin Patch from years pasts.....



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Brody's BIRTHday!

mama & Lindsay
There's LOTS of love in this picture...Daddy, Mama, my sisters, niece & brother-in-law, just minutes before we meet baby Brody.
Rylee entertaining us, snapping pics
On October 9, 2014, I was totally honored and humbled as I witness the birth of my nephew.  My sister's 2nd baby, Brody was born at 9:04am.  I was also honored to be present during her 1st born, Rylee's birth.  It just tickled me down to my soul to see these angels be born.  Brody's BIRTHday was full of unexpected surprises.  After being induced all night, Brody flipped, coming out feet 1st...that was the cause of her c/s, but in hindsight it was nothing but God intervening...He always knows best.  There were some things that were discovered that could've caused major complications....however Lindsay delivered a healthy baby boy at 9:04am.  His weight and length was exactly the same as his big sister!!! 
7 pounds 15 ounces and 21.5 inches long.
Lindsay took great care of my Lindsay.  She is just one of the precious friends that I miss seeing!
If your looking for adorable camera straps...Check out Lindsay's Etsy's store!
I love our family and I love that it is growing and expanding.  Yes the noise & chaos is also expanding...but so is my heart and all the love that's woven our family together makes this life so much more enjoyable! I see our children creating relationships that they will always cherish.  As close and I am with my sisters, we are together as often as our busy life allows us to be.  Which means our children are always together as well.  Right now our girls can't help but be best friends.  And we love it that way!  I know this sweet little boy will just fall right in with them.  
Welcome to this crazy world, little man.  
We will hold you close to our family and love you forever & ever!


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Las Vegas!!

I would love to say that we went to Vegas for Jacob's 30th birthday, but truth is he had to go for business meetings and I tagged along for the fun! We still celebrated his birthday there. Every second that he wasn't in meetings, we were enjoying Vegas!  When he was in meetings, I was hanging out by the pool at the Mirage, where we were staying.  It was beautiful!  I must say....Alabama has hot summers, but Nevada has hot summers too! Everyone kept saying that with the decreased humidity there that it wouldn't feel as hot, but with temperatures over 100* everyday...it didn't matter...it was HOT!
Staying on the strip was so much fun.  Everything was at our fingertips.  We walked the strip every  night.  Going into almost each casino, giving them a little of our hard earned cash.  We gambled a little and lost every dime.  We mostly played the 25 cent slots and 3 card poker.  I can see how people get addicted to gambling.  It can be fun...but it really hurt my feelings to lose our money and never hit it big.  We didn't get carried away and lose too much.

 While I really did enjoy every minute of our little get away, this evening was my favorite of the entire trip....
We ate dinner at Top of the World restaurant, which is more than 800 feet in the sky. It had breathtaking views and the food was delicious.  We watched the sunset as we slowly revolved in the sky, getting a full 360 view of all that Las Vegas had to offer.  Even though it was a splurge, it made for a very romantic dinner and wonderful evening.









After that amazing dinner, we hit up Fremont Street which was different than the strip.  Jacob and I thought it was super fun and we stayed until the early morning hours.

I really enjoyed The Golden Nugget casino, I thought it was a very classy and beautiful casino.  However I wasn't able to get rich quick while we were there.

We stayed at the beautiful Mirage
We went one day to the Hoover Dam.


 Of course we walked the strip quite a bit...
And we rode the roller coaster at New York New York
watched the gorgeous water show at the Bellagio
This is just too funny to not share...conversation between me and my sisters.  They keep me rolling!
I was so excited. Drinking my diet coke from a REAL glass, eating my snack mix and spreading out in the roomy seats....Jacob slept.

We had a blast in Vegas!  I'm happy as long as I'm with him!


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