Friday, June 20, 2014

Shower for Baby Parker!

In May, I helped to host a baby shower for my sister and nephew on-the-way along with my mom and one of my sister’s good friends, Julie.  I designed and printed the invites from home, my mom handled all the food and Julie helped a ton with the decorations – she is SUPER creative!

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I based the design for the invites off of what Katie is using for Parker’s nursery.  She’s using all neutrals – gray, white, cream, with pops of orange. I had to add in a pop of blue, too – with two girls in the house it was fun to do something for a little boy!

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This was on the table right where people entered.  I made the diaper wreath and the welcome sign; Julie painted that adorable little elephant sign and we had everyone sign an orange “balloon” for Parker. 



Katie has it framed in Parker’s nursery now!

Here’s the drink station – again, Julie made that adorable pennant!


And the one with his name for the fireplace (that is now over his crib)!



In lieu of shower games, we set up a onesie applique station for guests to make.  They turned out SO cute!





The parents-to-be!


Hadley LOVED to help her aunt Katie open ALL of her presents!





It was such a fun shower and we cannot WAIT to meet sweet little baby Parker!  One more month!

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Photo Catch Up

I know all I post these days are random photo catch ups, but it’s such a great place to keep a backup of photos and share with family far away at the same time! So here we go!

Mother’s Day weekend with my girls…


Mimi and grandpa were here then, too – grandpa had to get in on the photo-op!  Harper is doing her trademark “I hate pictures” pose.


Mall playdate with friends… this is literally the best picture I got of all 4 girls. 


Harper couldn’t hang for shopping after all that playing… love those long lashes of hers!!


After-nap walks with the wagon are our favorite :)


Matt has been taking Hadley to Home Depot on the first Saturday of the month – they have a kids workshop, a bounce house, sno-cones, etc and this was Hadley’s first completed project.  She hammered the nails in, painted and glued it all together!  (ignore the mess around her, and the fact that daddy let her choose what she wore which meant leggings, pj top and patent leather ballet flats)


My littlest blue-eyed-beauty doing some coloring with friends on our favorite texmex patio Smile


Matt and our friend Corbett decided to do a daddy-daughter double date and took the big girls to a Frisco Roughriders (minor league) game.  Hadley was so excited!



While Hadley and daddy were at the baseball game, Harper and I took a nice long walk on the trail by our house to look for bunnies.


This picture of Harper cracks me up… everytime we put a hooded towel on her she tried to look at it like this. ;)


We love when aunt Courtney comes over to play.  We took a trip to the mall and Hadley convinced her to ride the escalator up and down a few times for fun. ;)


Hadley and I took a road trip down to Austin just the two of us to throw aunt Katie a baby shower!  I’ll post the shower pictures in a separate post, but here are a couple of Hadley exploring (in her pjs, boots and princess backpack) nana & poppie’s backyard…




More pictures to come! 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

San Diego: Part 3

I really didn’t mean for this to turn into three parts – apparently I took more pictures than I realized!

So after the zoo, we had dinner in downtown San Diego with Matt’s “line of business” – meaning the head of corporate banking and everyone within the group who was on the trip (each of the groups had their own dinner).  Our dinner was at Donovan’s, a delicious steak house in the Gaslamp quarter.


Because we are super lame were exhausted from the zoo, we called it a night after dinner.

On Friday, our last full day, we were able to meet up with some good friends of ours (shout out to Kaylan because I think she’s one of the only people who actually reads this!) who just happened to be in San Diego for their anniversary trip at the same time as us!  They live in Arizona so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like – we were so excited to find out our trips overlapped! 

After lunch, we had a catamaran ride scheduled for the afternoon.  It was a little chilly, but such a fun way to see the bay!


And last, but CERTAINLY not least… the dinner party the last night was  Considering this was technically considered a “business trip” we were expecting a banquet hall with typical hotel food, run-of-the-mill d├ęcor, etc.  Wrong.  The theme for the last night was “There’s no place like home…” and they went all out.  The Wizard of Oz was written at the del, there’s a whole section of one of the shops in the hotel with memorabilia, but this party took it to another level.  I’ll share some pictures, but let me just say that they do NOT do it justice!  (Please note the projected image of the tornado and house on the back corner of the hotel in the aerial shots.






From the outside dinner/cocktail party, we moved inside where they had completely transformed one of the hotel ballrooms.  There was an amazing live band, ruby slipper chandelier, a balcony where Dorothy, the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow all danced, a giant ice sculpture filled with desserts, a “yellow brick road” running throughout and so much more… it was jaw-dropping.




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The company also hired a sand castle creator for the week we were there and every day there was a new design.  This was the last night’s castle (Oz!) – it has a wagon wheel (the award Matt won was called the Golden Spoke) and a “Thank You” to the girl who planned the whole week (what a job!).

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Such a fun trip!  And the girls had a blast with their nana & poppie (although I have never seen Harper happier than the moment we got home – she literally ran to me with open arms and a giant grin on her face!).

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