Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new decade has begun...

Well there is no use denying it or trying to pretend it didn't happen...I am officially out of my twenties and into my thirties. Can't say it was an easy transition for me, but I sure did celebrate it big!
We celebrated pretty much for a week straight and I felt so special and loved on. My mom and sis put together a special dinner and craft night with my dearest and closest girlfriends. We had dinner at Stab's in Central and then went back and had a blast doing crafts and eating dessert. It was absolutely the best night ever! I didn't get home until after midnight and I can't even begin to tell you the last time I stayed up past 9:00!  I felt like I really let it loose that night! HAHA!
How adorable are our crafts? My sis is pretty amazing with her craft abilities. She lives up to her last name! I just love her!
Christian and I took a little trip to Covington for the weekend and celebrated our birthdays. He turned 31 just two days after me, so this was our gift to each other. A night away with no kids is a priceless gift.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast, ate out at a fancy restaurant, shopped and went and saw "American Sniper". It was an absolutely perfect weekend. It was actually our first time away overnight in THREE years. Yeah...that is terrible.
Our adorable bed and breakfast. Can't say I would stay there again...(no hot water was not my idea of luxury)...but it was all about the escape!
My yummy steak at Ox Lot 9. It was devoured in 5 minutes flat.
My all-time favorite place..."the Berry Patch" in Hammond. Food to die for.
Life has been so busy lately, but oh so fun. I am loving these days home with my two little munchkins. My days are incredibly stressful, but so so fun. These two keep me smiling!
Here is to my 30's. I know it will be a fantastic ride!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Weston Hayes

From the day he was born, I have called Weston my "angel boy". I don't know why I nicknamed him that from early on, but he sure has lived up to the name. I don't know if you remember or not, but I had a really hard time when I learned Weston was a boy. I realize it was extremely ridiculous for me to be anything but thrilled with whatever God gave me, but I admit I was set on having another girl. I just knew from the beginning that I was going to have two girls and that was the plan I had in mind. The day of the sonogram I was blown away when I found out he was a boy. I admit it took me sometime to adjust to the thought of having a boy. I think it was just that I didn't know anything about boys...I have been around nothing but girls most of my life and I just was more comfortable with girl things. To be completely honest, I was nervous and slightly bummed about having a boy all the way up to my delivery. I completely feel terrible about that now...but it is just how I felt.
However, the moment I laid eyes on Weston, my walls came tumbling down. My fears and apprehension melted away the second we saw each other. There was an instant connection that I cannot even begin to explain. It is almost as if Weston broke me in an amazing way. I realized in that moment and every moment with him since, that God knows far more what we need than we could ever imagine. Our plans for ourselves pale in comparison to God's design for our lives. Weston taught me that lesson in a mighty way.

Weston Hayes has been the best addition to our family. He adds so much fun, laughter and innocence. He is always happy, content no matter what and always up for whatever we are doing. He is a charmer, a goofy ball of smiles and always ready to give kisses. He is a mama's boy, an outdoor lover and a nursing champ. My little man naps great, eats great and poops at the exact same time everyday. (Too much information?) Sorry.
I was determined to give Aubrey Lane a sister, but I honestly don't think she could love Weston anymore if she tried. Their relationship has been pure gold since the moment he arrived. Aubrey has loved Weston from day one and is adamant that he is near her at all times. Don't even think of separating her from her little brother. I laugh because she will baby talk him and say, "come here my little handsome man". I know first hand the amazing blessing of having a brother and I can only hope their relationship will continue to be this unbreakable throughout life.
I can't believe my boy is a year old, but as I look back over this past year, I have no regrets. I have cuddled with this little guy, savored his midnight feedings, kissed his neck and taken in all his sweet fragrances with such determination, because I know how fleeting this time is. I feel like I have been blessed with the opportunity to really enjoy Weston fully...and taken each moment and tried to tuck it away in my heart. Every single night that I put him back in his crib after a nightly feeding, I pray over him and thank God for blessing me with his life.
Weston Hayes, my prayer for you is that you continue to be a ray of sunshine to everyone you come in contact with. May you grow, develop and continue to blossom in all you do. Keep on making me laugh and spreading joy to those around you. May you know how loved and wanted you are and may you always be a momma's boy.
We love you, Weston Hayes. Happy first birthday little man!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Making More Memories Part II

Well the Christmas season is officially behind us and it honestly feels so nice to just slow down and relax a little. I feel like the past month has been "go-go-go-go." The days and nights were jam packed with parties, programs and get togethers. We wouldn't have it any other way, but it is nice to just have things calm down a bit and get back to normal.

These last few days have been filled with wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Memories that I wish could be frozen in time and re-lived at any moment of my choosing. Such special times with my friends and family. I know I say it all the time, but I have the best friends and family in the world. We simply love hanging out with our family and enjoy talking and laughing for hours.

Ok enough with the mushy stuff...let's get down to some fun.

First up was Bre Bre's dance party. Oh what a hoot. There were 25 3 year old's and it was a scene to be seen! Aubrey performed what she has learned of her recital piece, (Love is an open door, of course) then they each gave out treat bags to each other. We went home with 25 bags of cookies, candy and treats. Most of it is rotting in my pantry as we speak. I honestly was overwhelmed this Christmas with class parties, I feel like everyone tries to go big and impressive with their treat bags and this just makes for unnecessary stress for the mommies...I mean, the kids could care less. Let's just give them a sucker or a piece of candy and call it a day. I seriously spent about 4-5 hours making over 40 treat bags and I was completely exhausted.

Anyway the party was a success and Bre had a blast. Dance has been life changing for her and she is making such great strides. She follows directions and is learning a ton. I have been soooo pleased with the studio and the teachers. They are amazing.

My cutie sporting her Christmas dress made by our extremely talented Nana.

Instead of my parents giving us big gifts, we usually just go out to eat to a really fancy restaurant without the kiddos. We had a magical evening with my parents and brother and sis. We went to Fleming's and enjoyed steaks and of course Mac and Cheese. Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures! We were having too much fun without the kiddos!
We exchanged presents with my side of the family (the kiddos) on Saturday before Christmas. We wore our pj's and enjoyed gumbo and potato salad. Yum.
We had a house full of wild kiddos and they had a blast opening presents and just playing together. These girls love each other like crazy and when they get together it is pure joy.

We are so blessed to have such an amazing MeMe and Papa D. They spoil these girls and Weston rotten and blessed us so much this Christmas season.
Christian's sister and brother in law were in town for the week from Texas and it was so fantastic to have them here. We absolutely LOVE when we get together and it feels like our family is complete when they are around. We miss them so much but savor the time when they are here.
The kiddo's made ginger bread cookies and had a blast getting sugar loaded.

Even Weston got in on the action thanks to Papa!

We have started a tradition where I make Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve to eat for Christmas morning. It is a true labor of love, but my family loves those ooey, gooey rolls and it fills the house with wonderful smells on Christmas Morning. Bre got in on the action and helped me sprinkle the cinnamon sugar.
And yes...homegirl is wearing a swim suit. I have to pick and choose my battles these days.

Christian had to work until 3 on Christmas Eve, so we waited for him to get off to go to my brother's annual Christmas Eve dinner. We usually go to our church's Christmas Eve service, but both kiddos were exhausted and I felt like naps were needed. I missed being at the service, but I did have the blessing of getting to watch it online.

My brother cooked a feast and it was so nice to just sit around and eat good food. No presents...which honestly makes for a more relaxing night. It is a great way to celebrate our Savior's birth...complete with a Happy Birthday Cake for Jesus.

My angel babies...so sweet. I could weep just looking at the innocence of their faces.

My little man rocking his red sweater!

I love these two Goobers!

Shout out to my hot hubby...he always says he never makes it onto my blog. I'm so busy photographing the kiddos' cuteness that I sometimes forget about the two of us!
Looking good, babe...Looking good!

And to make my night even more special...my most favorite person in the world came to spend the evening with us! Uncle D! We are so blessed to have him in our lives and he makes everything more special. We also had a wonderful Christmas celebration with Uncle D the week before and it was just priceless. We love him so much!

Christmas morning was a whirl wind of wrapping paper, boxes and excitement. Both Bre and Weston received about 3 gifts and it was the perfect amount of presents to not overwhelm them. I think we will continue to keep presents to a minimum because honestly they enjoy what they received more when there isn't so much of it. Bre got a tablet, a Doc McStuffin's ambulance and a flashlight. Weston Hayes got a climbing toy, a ball and a tool set. Christian got a bow and arrow and I got a new chair for my den! We both got lots of little gifts too and tons of gift cards! Holla!


Christmas Day was spent relaxing and then that night we headed to Christian's Nannie's house for seafood gumbo and games. We had to dress up for a fun mystery game and it was hilarious to see everyone in their costumes! Christian actually won a prize for his Elf costume!
The night was a blast and we laughed and played games until the kids couldn't hang anymore! So many fun memories!
We concluded our Christmas fun by spending Saturday morning at Nana and Papa's for breakfast and our gift exchange. Nana and Papa went above and beyond in the gift department and we were blown away by their generosity! It was such a special day hanging out in our pj's and enjoying everyone's company. I love that Christian's side of the family can sit and talk and hangout for hours. It always seems like just minutes when we actually spend all day together! It is a blast.
Nana made the kids custom pj's and I have to say they were the cutest things ever!


It was such an amazing month. I can honestly say we had a month full of non stop fun and family. It was a Christmas to remember.
Most importantly, we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Without Him and His gifts to us...we would have nothing worth living for.
Merry Christmas!!!