Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"Where's Crew???"

stretching out my leg for me...

First Day of School

The kids were ready for school to start this year! How is it possible that they're in 1st and 3rd grade already!??

Museum time

On a hot hot day this summer we decided to spend it at the new Perot Museum in Dallas.  We'd heard great things about it, so we figured we better try it out before we move. The boys loved it!

cool dino hat for Crew:

William and Hudson were very excited to see how Oil is drilled and pumped, since they've seen it live and in action with my dad:

Downtown Dallas:

3D movie on Pandas:

The museum has a really cool stream outside the museum that the kids can play in, which my boys had a blast in:

Grandma's 90th

Due to the impending birth of our 4th child, I guess I need to update and dust off the ole blog!!

In July we celebrated my grandma's 90th birthday.  What a fun celebration it was! Every single one of her living grandchildren made it to the party, and all but 1 of her great grandchildren.  

What's more appropriate for the fisher-woman in the family than a fish themed birthday??

These cousins love each other so much!

This is our family…no use even bothering trying to have nice smiles.  These boys love their Great Grandma so so much…especially because she moved into a nursing home just .5 mile from the house.

My Grandma with all of her living children and step-children.  There is 1 deceased step-child and 2 deceased birth children.  11 in total!

The grandchildren:

the great-grandchildren (minus 1)

It was a wonderful day of celebrating our sweet grandma, whom we all love so very much!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Girls Trip 2014

Girls Trip 2014 was our 11th annual girls trip, and our very first non-beach girls trip! Each girls trip has it's own special memories, but this is probably one of the most special trips because we were attending Angela's wedding in Canada! We were so excited to get to celebrate with her as she married her dream man, Charles.  It was so great to get to know him a bit, and we are looking forward to getting to know him better next year on our Girls Trip (with husbands tagging along)…

We started out by Ash, Melissa, and I flying into Montreal, renting a car, then driving the 2 hours south to Ottawa. We had a yummy dinner, complete with Poutine (YUCK!):

On that Friday, we headed out for some breakfast and coffee at a local cafe:

Then we went to see Ange and meet Charles.  Ange put us to work (well, Melissa):
just teasing.  Melissa totally volunteered.
We spent the rest of afternoon in downtown Ottawa, and it was beautiful.  We had high tea at the Chateau Laurier:

That's the Chateau Laurier in the background.  It's one of the most beautiful hotels!
the 2 preggos (due 1 week apart!)

We got pedicures:

This is Parliament.  SO beautiful.

I sure do have beautiful friends.  :-)
And we ate Indian food for dinner that night, in our hotel room, in our comfy clothes…because we are wild, party animals:

The next morning was the wedding, and it was absolutely perfect, but we expected nothing less from Angela!

All of the wine bottles had a significant location either to Charles, Angela or both.
It was such a great idea!

First in line for appetizers! 
After the most beautiful, fun wedding celebrating Ange and Charles, we headed off to Mont Tremblant about 2 hours north of Ottawa. Dave had been there before and said that we just had to go visit- and we were glad we did.
But on the way, someone got a little sleepy:

Mont Tremblant has a gorgeous walking village, and we stayed at a hotel right in the middle of it. The weather was perfect!
We started our morning off right with a Canadian donut: the beaver tail.

In the winter, Mont Tremblant is a ski village, but in the summer it's perfect for hiking.  We took the gondola up to the top of the mountain for a day of hiking.

You can see the village of Mont Tremblant in the background

As you can see, the views were amazing.  

After a day of hiking, we headed to the beautiful city of Montreal for a little bit of European flair.  Unfortunately, it rained one of the days we were there, so we were stuck enjoying the sights from our car.  But we still managed to eat lots of yummy food, enjoy each other's company, and laugh lots.

What food for my soul to spend 6 days with these ladies! And what a blessing to have the very best friends a girl could ever ask for.  As always, I'm already looking forward to next years' trip!