Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites 3.24.17

Happy Friday friends!!
I'm linking up for Friday favorites with my girls Erika, Narci and Andrea. 

1. Our first family camping trip was a top favorite this week! 

You can see highlights here! We had the BEST time! 

2. Thanks to my friend Shay, I picked up this book to read during our camping trip. 
It started off a little slow to me. There were a tons of characters and I couldn't decide who was important! (also I didn't start it till we were at our camp so it could have been that I was completely distracted!) But it quickly picked up and I really enjoyed it. 

3. Speaking of Shay, her new cookbook is so good! You can pre order it here!(click picture for link!)

I let the boys pick out several recipes to make together. 

 It's a favorite at our house for sure! Baker is actually calling it his cookbook.  

And speaking of  our favorites, her Strawberry Lemon Bread from Mix and Match Mama Eats is a big hit with everyone. I made it for a playdate and the kids (and moms!) devoured it. I have probably made it 10+ times since I got the cookbook this fall. 

4. Fisher is officially paci free! We told him if he would ditch the paci that he could pick any treat he wanted from the store. 
And his favorite thing was this soccer ball! 

5. These boys enoyed cowboy day at school a few weeks ago! It's one of their favorite days of the year!  

I was really impressed that Fisher was brave enough to ride one of the Hardin Simmons Six White Horses! 

6. And just a few recent pictures of my favorite boys....

I pretty much let Baker dress himself all the time. He is very creative!

cuddling his baby brother!

Happy weekend friends!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Camping Abilene State Park

I accidently fell off the blogging train! Whoops! This has been my life lately.....

And sometimes this too...


We are going on a big camping trip to Big Bend in a few weeks. We have been gathering supplies for a few week and the boys are so excited. A few weeks ago we attempted a backyard camp out....

AND it was a TOTAL disaster! I slept inside and the boys were not pleased. (but hello, I'm pregnant and my bed was right there!) The entire adventure was a complete wreck. 

We decided to attempt round 2 before we ended up with a disaster in the middle of a National Park!

We headed out to Abilene State Park, and I'm happy to report that we had the BEST time!

We set up camp. 

Then I did a lot of relaxing and reading. 

And the boys played in the dirt. 

We enjoyed a little family walk. 

And Fisher just couldn't hang! 

We wrapped up our night with some grilled burgers! 

And some more dirt...

The boys thought it was so funny that they got to go to bed dirty! 

I did a little more reading while the boys slept. 

And the next morning we all woke up refreshed!! HA! okay so maybe that's not exactly what happened. The air mattress we brought for me was a huge bust! I ended up snuggling up next to Fisher on a toddler (crib sized!) air mattress. It was a little rough! 

Someone also should have reminded me about all the up and down and squatting that goes with camping! I was feeling rather large by the end of the trip! 

Over all I would say this was a very successful trip! Everyone had a really good time. We unplugged and spent time together as a family. The boys got to play outside all day which is their favorite! We can't wait for a big trip in a few weeks! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Loves

Happy Valentine's Day friends!! Today I'm linking up with Andrea for her Show and Tell Tuesday. Today I am talking about My LOVES!!

Up first of course is my husband, Austin. 

Austin and I met at Texas A&M in fall of 2005. We were both standing in the cafeteria line at the 12th man in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) getting lunch. He happened to be with a mutual friend and we became casual acquaintances that day. We would often see each other on a campus and stop and chat but nothing ever beyond a casual friendship. 

Several months later my friend Deena ended up hanging out with Austin in a big group. Later she told me how we should get to know each other better because we would be best friends. 

In the fall of 2006, I had a biology class on the engineering side of campus and I ran into Austin one day going to class. He asked me for my phone number and I was pretty ecstatic. 

Then a week went by and he never called! I messaged him on facebook and invited him to go to an event with me. We had our first date shortly after on November 21, 2006. 

This picture was taken the night he proposed on March 28, 2008. 

We were married November 29, 2008. 

We've had numerous jobs and been through several transitions together. (side note we look so well rested in all of these before kid pictures!) 

We lived in an apartment and two different houses together. We made a big move from Mckinney to Abilene almost 2 years ago. 

We both love to travel. 

Austin loves to garden. He enjoys good craft beer. He loves camping and building things. 

He is very meticulous and great with numbers and math. He will be the designated helper with all math homework at our house. 

In August of 2011 and April 2012 we lost two little loves that we can't wait to snuggle in heaven one day. Those were some of the hardest days of our lives, but we also grew so much during that time. 

February of 2013 we were blessed with our first born, Baker. 

We were so in love with our baby boy. Lots of prayers went into his pregnancy and we were over the moon. 

Baker just turned 4!! He loves monster trucks! They have consistently been his favorite thing for the last year. He loves playing outside and reading books. 
He has so much enthusiasm and can light up a room. He does everything with his WHOLE heart. That being said he is also our difficult child!! He wholeheartedly throws fits but then turns around and loves you more than anyone else. He keeps us on our toes! and he keeps reading lots of parenting books. 

9 months after Baker came into this world we were SHOCKED to find out we were pregnant with Fisher.

Fisher was born in August 2014. And once again we were over the moon excited. 

Fisher is 2.5 years old. He has the best personality. He is sweet and tenderhearted.  Last week when Baker had to get his 4 year old shots Fisher cried with Baker. He could just feel his pain. I know the day is coming where he will point and laugh at his brother, but how sweet is that?! He is typically very easy going, unless of course you are trying to feed him something he doesn't like. He is my favorite napping buddy and we take the best naps together! 

 He completely owns me with his precious personality and adorable expressions. 

He absolutely LOVES the water. If there is a way he will be completely soaked at all times!! He wants to be outside all the time and thrives when he just gets to run and play! 

AND our latest little love, 

Baby boy #3 is coming our way in July! 

I know God has big plans for this little boy and that he will fit perfectly into our family. 

These boys are my loves!! I never Pictured myself raising a bunch of boys, but it's seriously the best thing ever! And their daddy is pretty amazing too. 

We are also surrounded by amazing family on both sides that have helped shape our family. I know we are extremely lucky!! 

Hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day!! 

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