All dressed up and having such fun!

We (David, Ashley, Zach, Meg, Larry and myself) did something last night that is rare...really rare. We all got dressed up and went out! We went to a wedding, in Lubbock for Taylor Potts. The Potts family are very very dear to us and we were so excited to celebrate with them as Taylor and Erin became man and wife! What a sweet couple! What a beautiful service and reception. The six adults in our family have not had a chance to do something with only the adults since Owen was born. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE having our grands in tow but this was a fun time to get all dressed up and do something together! A HUGE thanks goes out to Meg's parents who kept not only their three grandsons but also kept Emma too! They had so much fun and in turn we were able to have a very fun grown up night! We don't have many occasions to dress up...so it was really fun for the girls and the boys were very sweet and tolerated the ties! :) Thank you boys and thank you girls! We had so much fun sharing our dress up stuff, jewelry, etc.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the family!!!

Zach and Meg...looking good!
Larry and I
Ashley and David
Zach and Meg...waiting for meal time!
David (I think he was tired of me taking pxs) and Ashley
Me and my girls...Ashley and Meg
My beautiful girl!
Meg insisted...I really hate having my px taken!
Meg and her fascinator
My adorable daughter-in-law Meg
Ha. I had to include this. Notice my two kids. They crack me. I was trying to get a picture of us on the pew before the wedding, and when I looked at this later...who are the two clowns! Yep, and they didn't even know each other was acting crazy! I love these four!!!


Fun times with Miss Emma Grace

Ashley and Emma came to spend the better part of the week with us last week, before the rest of the family came in for the July 4th Celebration. It was WONDERFUL to have her here and I am not sure we could have packed more into the week! We swam, decorated for the 4th, visited friends, visited family, cooked, ate and played played played with Miss Emma. Oh how she makes me laugh! She is such good medicine. I was not on my A-game when Ashley and Emma arrived, been having a few issues with my back so I was so thankful for Ashley's help and Ashley and Emma to cheer me up! :)

I just had to share a few pictures of some things that made us laugh this week.

#1 The girl loves monkeys, and loves Curious George or as she says, "George". I just LOVE the way she gets so engrossed in the movie...like I am pretty sure the house could fall down around her and she would never know! She doesn't get to watch a lot of TV, which I really appreciate but when she does, the girl takes it in. She would sit on the couch and not move a muscle! So sweet.

#2 I bought a baby at Target, nothing special, but just a baby for Emma to play with when she is here. Seemed like to me, we are a little heavy on "boy-toys" and so I felt it only fair!  This baby just so happens to be one that you can take a bath with. She really hadn't given this baby a lot of her attention the last few trips, but oh my, that changed this time! I asked her if she would like to take a bath with her baby and the mothering skills came alive! She had so much fun bathing her, putting her clothes on, putting her to bed, etc. She carried that baby around most of the week. When we would get the baby and Emma out of the tub, she wanted to make sure baby did everything she did...get wrapped up in a towel, lotion on, diaper, etc. We even showed her how the baby knew how to pee pee in the potty and Emma wanted to do the same thing! This picture cracks me up! She would want baby right beside her each time she was getting dressed, etc. I think Emma for sure is going to be one of those little girls that loves to play with babies and is already showing amazing mothering skills! So sweet. But let me just say, she just as easily will sit in a pile of dirt and pour it over her head! :)

#3 Okay, as you notice in the above picture, Emma has goggles on, or as she calls them "Doggles". I need to back up a little on this story. The first day we met Meg and the boys at the pool (which by the way, thank you so much Meg for letting us come swimming!!!) Emma noticed the boys "doggles" right off the bat and could not quit talking about them. She wanted them badly. So, the next day when we headed to the pool, we made a quick stop at the store for Emma a pair of goggles. I cannot describe and sadly I wish I had taken a video of her walking through the store holding those "doggles". She said "Doggles" OVER AND OVER AGAIN and was so excited! It took a lot for her to hand them over at the check out so they could scan them and she never took her eyes off them! All the way to the pool, the little voice from the backseat was "Doggles, Doggles, Emma's Doggles"over and over again. She was so proud...but we had no idea how attached she would become. For the rest of the week, she held on to those goggles...sometimes wearing them on her face, on her head or had a death grip on them in her hand. It was priceless. Mom and Dad have had to pry them out of her hand before bedtime on several occasions. The funniest was when we first put them on her, they made her eyes kind of pull like when you have a really tight ponytail! She would look around with those squinted eyes and you could just tell she was trying to figure out what everything was...so funny...but she kept them on!!! So, I am pretty sure we will all refer to goggles as "doggles" from now on out and remember this precious little girl who could not have been more pleased with any gift than she was these cheap little "doggles"!


It was a GRAND ole' time in Abilene, Town!

We are so blessed. Our sweet neighborhood hosted their 15th July 4th parade this year. It is such a fun event for our grand children. They love decorating their bikes and wagons and it is such a big deal to them! You would think it was the Macy's parade...and yet better! We decided this year to see if David's parents, Patti and Joe could join us for the holiday weekend. It was so delightful to have Patti, Joe, David, Ashley and Emma for the whole weekend! Zach and Meg and the boys were able to hang out with us too...so it was a perfect holiday weekend! :) We did LOTS of eating, sitting around watching the kids on the water slide that we set up in the backyard, eating, visiting, eating at Perini's, loving and playing with the kids and sadly, eating some more! :) Ashley came in earlier in the week and was a huge help to me! Thank you sweetie!!! So, I will stop typing and let the pictures tell about ALL the fun we had!

Ashley made these fun labels for all the food items...such a cute touch!

We made Pioneer Woman's Pulled Pork with this yummy slaw on top...Big Hit!!!
Darrell, Larry's dad watching the kids on the slide. We love you PawPaw!
Zach and Larry just hanging out
Larry and Joe Snow sharing stories!
Marie, Larry's mom talking with the girls!
Ashley and Emma before the parade
Emma girl, styling in her shades and decorated wagon!
Clay is ready to go!
Will is ready to ride his bike in the parade! Big Boy!
Ashley, Emma and David before the parade
Check out sweet Will, his hand over his heart for the pledge! Adorable!!!
Three little boys...ready to ride!
Will, Emma, Clay and Owen
Owen, Clay and Will