Friday, April 20, 2018

NYC part 1

Tyler had a work training in New Jersey last week. Since that is so close to his mission (NY, NY South) we thought it would be fun to turn it into a getaway for us! HUGE thanks to Gigi and Poppy for getting me there and taking such great care of the kids while we were gone. We always said we'd go there for our 5th anniversary (a few years ago now haha), so we were super grateful to get to do it at all. I flew into Newark on Thursday where Tyler was waiting for me. On the first leg of my flight, I read an entire book, and on the second leg, I caught up on the many podcast episodes in my queue. Traveling alone (compared to traveling with little kids) is straight up luxurious. 

Tyler and I rode a bus from Newark to NYC. Got off at Penn Station and walked right into Times Square! We were so excited to be there, and so excited to find a New York slice. 

After eating we went to our hotel (in Queens) to drop off our stuff, then headed back out to see Times Square at night. We were so full of energy and excitement we decided to stop by Grand Central Terminal too.

Times Square was so fun and so insane! So much going on. 

We ducked into a little toy shop to take a picture with this little stuffed bear. Ha. What was funny was that the next day as we drove by I saw a man on a ladder combing the bear's fur. We knew the kids would have loved this big guy.

It was so fun learning the subway system and the city with this guy as my guide. He was full of knowledge and memories from his time there as a missionary, and it was so fun for me to see him in his element there.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

We love to see the temple

We are so excited that our Houston Temple will be rededicated this weekend! It got flooded during Hurricane Harvey and has been closed ever since. We love the temple and are so thankful to have one close to us, we've missed being able to go inside so much! We took a drive there one Sunday, thinking we would be able to walk around the grounds, but the gates were closed. We parked across the street and took some pictures to hang in the kids' bedrooms and had a nice talk about the temple and what happens there. It is where we make covenants with Heavenly Father and where we can be sealed as families forever! We are so thankful for the temple!

Had to include this one - Max's face cracks me up!

Love my forever family!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2018

We look forward to the arts festival every year! It's one of our longest-standing traditions and we love that time with Grammy. This year was quite the adventure because we had a crazy cold front and storm come through. It was SO cold and raining off and on. Didn't stop us from having fun!

Best picture I got of the group haha. We had quite the crew there with Grammy, Uncle Rob, Gigi, Poppy, Heidi, James, Wes, and us! 

It's hard to tell how cold it was as we are all a little underdressed, but we could seriously see our breath! We couldn't believe it.

Harvey was such a happy trooper the whole time and fell asleep toward the end of our time there.

It's always an adventure getting that big double stroller around. Usually we just use it around the neighborhood, but for events like this we take it out. Good thing Uncle James was there to help so we didn't have to get Harvey out and wake him up!

Can't wait for next year! Crossing our fingers for warmer weather next time!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

General Conference Weekend, April 2018 edition

A crazy amount of pictures for a crazy fun weekend! We started it off with soccer games for Millie and Max. Max needed a lot of encouragement to stay on the field for some reason, so Tyler was a champ and stayed with him out there. 

Millie and Poppy picked flowers between games.

Harvey has a pretty good life - a shaded seat with access to all the snacks.

I was chasing Harvey at one point and turned around and was just overwhelmed with love and gratitude for our family and that we get to live close to so many of them. Love them all so much.

We had quite the crew there, including Heidi, James, and Wes who aren't pictured here. Afterwards Millie was asking why everyone had come, saying it was "just a soccer game." We talked about the fact that they weren't there for soccer, but to show love and support for her and Max. There's a lot of things people can do on a Saturday morning, and they were all so nice to come spend that time with us. They're very blessed kids.

After soccer we were off to Gigi and Poppy's house for swimming, burgers, and conference watching!

Gigi got the kids swimsuits and they looked adorable!

Hunting for eggs.

We also took Max out for his very first tennis lesson! The kid took to it like a fish to water, which made my heart SO happy. He was so excited and motivated! Can't wait to take him out there again.

Sunday morning we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house. The Webb's were there so the kids were excited for some cousin time. We ate delicious food, watched conference, and hunted for more eggs.

Keeping little hands busy so their minds can relax and listen.

All that pat-a-cake tired us both out, apparently! Love my sweet boy.

Conference weekend is the best!