Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding weekend!

Three weeks ago we headed over to Fayetteville for Alex and John Michael's wedding!  It was so much fun and such a whirlwind weekend.  We really enjoyed celebrating their special day and yes it is somewhat surreal to watch your little brother get married.  Parker and Kathryn got married the year after we did and we have had our children at the same time.  We are in very similar stages in our lives.  John Michael is six years younger than I am and he's about to begin such a wonderful phase of his life.  I am so happy for him and Alex and I love that I got to relive the fun and excitement of this newlywed phase!  

We certainly had fun celebrating (as we always do!).  I took some photos over the weekend that I'd love to share.  You can see more in the June photo album and some of the professional photos on their photographer's blog (Benfield Photography) - get ready, they are amazing!

Seesters at the Rehearsal Dinner.

The trusty Nicole came to clean the boys' up and do some updos.


Family #selfie as we get prepped for the wedding.

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

A couple of handsome fellas.

He knows he looks good.

Dapper dudes.

I didn't take too many photos before or during the wedding.  It was a bit chaotic with all the kids, even though they really did such a wonderful job.  Emmett walked down the aisle with another little boy, Connor, holding the ring pillow.  They made it the whole way perfectly.  I was SO proud of him!  What's more, he sat in church during the ceremony and was still and quiet (aside from the occasional "Amen" that came a beat late, ha!).  I held Theo who fell asleep for almost the entire ceremony.  To say I was relieved is an understatement!  You never know how things will go with kids, much less a baby past his bedtime.  After the ceremony we showed Theo off to some family and friends and then sent the happy couple off in a pink cadillac!  We ran home to put Theo down for the night with a sitter and then brought Emmett with us to the reception so he could do some dancing.

So proud of this kid!

Now, I want to mention that I had no clue how Emmett would behave at the reception.  For a while we thought we'd leave him with the sitter, too.  But after talking about it with my mom for a while we decided to bring him, with the help of Sara and Kenni who agreed to take him home when he started to get tired/cranky.  He can be very shy in new situations and can act really whiny, so I was apprehensive.  But he had a total blast!  He was one of the first ones on the dance floor (Eric captured some video below) and when he saw the glow sticks, Harry Potter glasses, and glowing foam swords he was in heaven!  I don't think he would have had as much fun or lasted as long without the glowing sword.  He kept pretend hitting me and then falling down on the floor.  As the night wore on, he'd stay a little bit longer on the floor before getting up, becoming more and more tired.  I think he lasted until around 10 pm!  As you can tell by the video, the kid has moves all his own and no one was more surprised than his mama!

Now we've come to the portion of the night when the children were in capable hands so the adults could let loose!  And for us that means chugging water and iPhone #selfies all.night.long!  I'm pretty sure Kathryn and I took over a hundred of them.  We had a I'm sure you'll be able to tell.

Favorite one from the night.

Playing Katy Perry's "Roar" perhaps?

Such a handsome family. :/

Oh, the bride got in on some #selfie action, too, don't worry.

Yes, we did have as much fun as it looks.
Gah, what a fun time.  Hard to believe it's already been three weeks since the big day.  The happy couple has already honeymooned in London and Ireland.  Now on to enjoying the next phase of your lives together!  Congrats!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Idaho clan comes to Dallas

Geez, I'm falling behind on my posting!  About a month ago (hard to believe time has gone by that fast, but OK) we welcomed Karen, Barb and Bob to Dallas from Idaho.  This was Eric's grandparents' first visit to Dallas since we've lived here and their first time meeting Theo.  I think it had been almost a year since they'd seen Emmett.  It's hard when we live so far apart so we were thankful that they hopped on a plane to come see us.  

Here are some photos of the visit and a look at some of the things we did while they were here.

Grandma and the boys.  

Em at the playground.

"Brothers!" in the chair.

Emmett posing next to the albino crocodile at the Fair Park Aquarium.

Giving an iguana a stare-down.

Theo loving life.

A sea turtle scaring me half to death.
The visit time out to include not only Eric and my seventh wedding anniversary, but also my birthday.  So with the boys in capable hands, we headed out to Tillman's Roadhouse for an amazing dinner.

Tableside s'mores with this joker.

"Brothers!" on the rug.

Everyone made me feel special on my birthday.

Bob, Barb and Emmett at the Dallas World Aquarium.
The tail-end of the trip was spent in Fayetteville and while we were doing wedding-related things for Alex and John Michael's big day, the Idaho gang stayed with Sara and Kenni in their new house.  They also kept Emmett for us on several occasions which was very helpful.  We met up with them on Sunday before we headed back to Dallas.  Breakfast at Cracker Barrel and photos on the front porch!

I had to include this picture!

Glad we all got the Wear Blue memo.

Smiles all around!

Group shot!

Monday, July 7, 2014

iPhone pics: months 2 to 4

For this iPhone picture round up I've got a group of photos featuring Theo and his adoring family members.  Everyone wants to be in the frame with him!  Well Eric didn't realize I was taking that sleeping pic but the rest were authorized.

The next group features some general T silliness.  We've got a lounging T in the middle left and his Magic Mike 2 audition pic on top right.  Plus his peace sign too-cool-for-preschool pic underneath that.  Lots to love here!

It's too bad we don't take any photos of this kid...

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Often when I'm taking photos of Theo, Emmett will want to get right next to him for a "brothers!" photo, too.  This is much easier than requesting a photo of the two of them together.  What's the difference?  One is my idea and one is Emmett's idea.  I bet you can guess which one Emmett is more compliant for!  

To see all of the "Brothers!" photos, visit the June photo album.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family portrait

Back at the beginning of June we traveled to Little Rock for Jonathan and Sarah Beth's wedding.  Since we don't often get all dolled up (the boys wore matching monogrammed shorts!) I asked Kari to take a family picture for us.  Theo didn't give us one of his characteristic smiles, but Em sure did!  I've already got this framed in our upstairs gallery wall.

Also, Jonathan and Sarah Beth's wedding was beautiful!  It was a noon wedding with lunch and lawn games after.  We loved the intimate ceremony and getting to talk with the bride and groom during the reception.  Oh, and they had a brown sugar baked bacon that I still dream of occasionally...

To see all of the photos from our family portrait session, visit the June photo album.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4 month check-up

Theo had his 4 month doctor visit today.  He tipped the scales at nearly 19 pounds, which is three full pounds more than his last visit at 2 months.  He also barely fit on the baby scale, I'm not sure what we're gonna do at 6 months!  He got shots but only cried a little when he got them and stopped once I picked him up.  He's a tough lil' dude.

Weight: 18 lbs. 15 oz. (over 95th percentile)
Height: 27.25 in. (over 95th percentile)
Head circ.: 41.8 cm (48th percentile)

Giant baby.
Things Theo likes:
Looking in the mirror
Bath time
Sleeping in his car seat
Chewing on his hands
Grabbing things (like my hair, ouch!)
Back bends

Fun facts about Theo:
He has clammy hands and feet
He gets sweaty when he cries
He was born with a mole on the left side of his belly
He's the biggest baby ever*

"We gotta get one of these for the house, ma!"
Theo has been napping so much better during the day.  He will typically take a 2 hour nap in the morning and a couple smaller naps in the afternoon.  He goes to sleep around 7ish and will usually get up at least once (sometimes twice) to eat and go back to bed until 7 or so.

Theo tolerates tummy time pretty well and is strong enough for the excersaucer and Bumbo seat.  He loves to stand on his strong little legs and push up on his toes when you hold him.  Some guaranteed ways to make Theo laugh are to move his legs back and forth quickly and lift his arms up over his head and wave them around.  Also, toot sounds.

*This is just a guess.


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