Wednesday, July 27, 2011


We went swimming with Leslie & Griffin yesterday and I just had to snap a few pictures of these cuties! When I came home and looked at the pictures I just couldn't believe how big they look. It is crazy how fast time is going by...(insert tear)...

Griffin & Hudson

Silly faces!

One last hug before heading home. :)

Thanks friends...such a fun morning!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

San Antonio 2011

Since our trip to Sea World last year, Hudson has brought it up at least once a week. So, about two months ago when I told him we were going again in July he talked about it each night before going to bed. We even had a countdown going! It is amazing to me how much he remembered from a year ago. To say that he was excited to go back is an understatement. The child was THRILLED! So, this past Thursday, Noni, Hudson and I loaded up and headed to San Antonio. (Daddy had to fly in on Friday night after work.)

Hudson woke up Friday READY.TO.GO. to Sea World!!!

One happy boy right here!
Crazy enough, we ran into The Poe Fam! How fun to see friends! We of course had to get a picture with Brittney and Quinn. :)

First stop, Shamu! I'm always amazed at this show...blows my mind.

Check out baby Shamu!

Next stop, the ski show. Hudson loved this so much that it surprised me. He always asks how old he'll have to be to ski when we are at the lake, and now he is asking me when he can ski like this. Hmm...never...please???

He LOVED the sea lion show!

How could you not love this guy?

I didn't get a picture, but they had the walrus do sit ups...crazy!

Look closely below and you'll see the baby sea lions...precious! They were still furry. :)

Noni told Hudson that he could pick out a treat while we were there and he found it immediately! Last year he picked out Shamu and this year he picked out this baby seal pup and promptly named it Locky. (No clue as to where the name came from, but he hasn't let go of it since this picture was taken. Locky has gone everywhere with us!)

After he got Locky, we decided we had had enough of the heat for one day and we headed back to the hotel for a nap and swimming. Kelly arrived Friday night around dinner and Hudson went to bed dreaming of ANOTHER Sea World day ahead!

Saturday morning we headed back out and let me just say that it was PACKED! Going on a Friday was MUCH BETTER for anyone planning to go.

Our first stop was the dolphins. We didn't make it for feeding time, but Hudson loved watching them on Daddy's shoulder.

We then headed back to the Shamu show because we didn't sit in the splash zone the day before and Hudson wanted to get wet. So, we braved the splash zone, and thankfully didn't get soaked! (Just a light drizzle!)

Baby Shamu was just too cute!

Waving to the whales.

Cool dude.

Next was Azul and I have to say, this show is awesome. There is so much going on and Hudson loved every minute of it.

See the beluga whale with its nose poking out??

We had planned on playing in the splash park after Azul, but Hudson wanted to climb instead. (The splash park was BEYOND packed anyway, so it worked out perfect.)

Hudson and Daddy way up high!

That evening, we headed to the River Walk for dinner. Hudson LOVED it too...we didn't think ahead enough to get tickets to ride a barge, but will definitely do it next year because Hudson was really interested in it. Oh well, dinner at Casa Rio was absolutely wonderful!! We of course had to take some family pics while we waited.

Take 1

Take 2

SUCH great long weekend! Hudson is already asking me to count down the days until we go back. It is going to be a long count down!

Sweet Momma's Getaway!

I never could have guessed 4 summers ago when I met for a playgroup (which most of us were still pregnant at the time) that I would end up becomming such good friends with this amazing group of girls. We have watched our kids grow together, we have grown as moms together, and have grown as friends. I am truly blessed to have these "Sweet Mommas" (as we have named ourselves) in my life! We decided a few months ago to have our very first kid free getaway. We were so excited when we found out that a friend of Alli's from church was going to let us use her house at Possum Kingdom Lake. It COULD NOT have been more perfect!!

Check out the back porch...awesome for morning chatting!
Several of us slept in these bunk beds. Totally reminded me of church camp...LOVE IT!

Amazing views all around!

When we arrived and unloaded all of our stuff, ate lunch, grabbed a fun cocktail and headed to the pool!

A lineup of sussies we brought for each other! :)

A quick pose before getting some sun.

This pool was AMAZING!!!

When we had our fill of time in the sun, we headed back to the house for dinner. Don't you love this shot of us toasting??

Since Meredith's birthday was right before we left, we did a little celebrating. Cara made these precious rainbow cakes in jars. They were DELISH!

We took our cakes outside to eat in our jammies. Does life get any better than that?!?

That night we had a little "favorite thing" gift exchange. It was SO FUN and will definitely be a part of our getaway tradition.

We stayed up late, talking, laughing, and TALKING and LAUGHING!!! The EXACT thing we were there to do!

The next morning after sleeping in and a leisurely breakfast, we headed back to the pool. SO RELAXING!!!

A few pre-dinner pictures.

Being silly...LOVE IT!

We went to dinner that night at Wildcatter Ranch. It was awesome, but even better than dinner was our little photo shoot we had outside the restaurant. The people watching us probably thought we were insane..we were cracking up and taking a million pictures. There wasn't even any wine involved!!

The next morning we had to say good-bye to the lake house. :( We were sad to go, but so incredibly THANKFUL for the time we were able to spend together.

We grabbed lunch at a precious little sandwich shop in Mineral Wells before offically going home.

Below: Cara, Meredith, Brittney, Dena, Alli, Kara, and Amy

Cara made this to remember our first "Sweet Momma's Getaway!" It truly says it all. LOVE YOU GIRLS!!