Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Monday, March 09, 2015

Puerto Rico

We've been back almost a week now from our trip to Puerto Rico. It was SO nice to get away. I think it was about the 3rd day into the trip when I remembered that I had "forgotten" about things at home. It was nice to leave life behind for a bit, and just to relax and enjoy ourselves as a family.

We had a terrible time on our first day traveling. We sat on the Dallas runway for over 2 hours waiting for a gate because there were so many flight delays and cancellations. We finally got to a gate and had to run to our connecting gate only to find out that it had been transferred to a different gate! Running again, we finally made it to the right gate to find our flight to Puerto Rico had been cancelled. We then had to stand in line to get re-booked (This took over two hours!) But got on a flight the next day. (Another story, I ended up outside of security without my Boarding Pass. Couldn't get back in- awful sobbing to security guards didn't even help my cause. That story on another day). Because of the snow and flight cancellations in Dallas, all hotels were completely booked. We finally found a hotel in Arlington, and rented a car to drive there to stay the night and fly out the next morning.

We got back to the airport the next day, and all the flights were still really backed up. Luckily, our flight made it out on time, and we were on our way to PR!

My dad decided to travel with us, but he flew on a different airline, so he was there a day ahead of us. We were completely exhausted upon our arrival, so we went straight to bed. The next morning we woke up, had breakfast, and took a walk on the beach. My earthly heaven!

That afternoon, we took a bus to Old San Juan. We visited a Spanish fort. It was so beautiful!

The rest of the trip was beach and pool time. I laid out in a beach chair a lot and soaked in the warm sun. I felt hot, and it was absolutely wonderful.

Audie is always prancin' and dancing' around.

Matt rented a boogie board and we did some boogie boarding. Below, you'll see that this gave me wedgies. Keepin' it real.

The last morning, I got up by myself for one last walk on the beach and to take some pictures of the ocean. 

Our flight back had flight cancellations AGAIN. This time, the flight from Dallas to home was cancelled. The only option was staying the night and trying to get out in the morning, which wasn't guaranteed because of additional winter weather passing through. We ended up renting a car and we got out of there as quick as we could. We missed the Dallas storm, but we hit the storm in OKC. After that, it was an easy drive home. 

The good news about our flight cancellations is that we were given vouchers towards another flight! We'll be able to take a trip somewhere this summer for free. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Audie from a couple of weeks ago.
Gets me every time.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The week of Christmas and after, Matt was off work! It was so nice. We did a whole lotta nothing, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was nice to just have a week to relax with no agenda.
We did take the girls bowling one are some pictures from that hour!

Selah was a hoot. She really loved it.

She kept playing with the air vent-blowy-thingy. (What's that for, anyway?) I love these pictures of her. I jut wish I had got my focus right!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Modeling and photo shoots went on at our house last night. Sure to make a photographer momma proud.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Selah, faces, and boots.

It seems to be that someone else in this family is taking after their father. Audie has already adopted her dad's quirkiness, and it appears that Selah is following suit. Why can't anyone just smile at me when I take a picture of them?

Selah is definitely developing her personality of a "kid" and not a "toddler".
She knows how to be in the spotlight and she's liking it.
 It's probably a good thing that Corinne and Audie are the set of friends around here. If the set of friends were Audie and Selah, I think they'd get into a lot of trouble and wreak some havoc around here.

I liked that Audie left her socks in her boots when she took them off. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

This and That

Here's a hodgepodge of photos, and not in the right order.

Some of our friends raised some guinea fowl this summer. They got the birds to eat bugs out of their garden. The guineas did their job, and now that garden season is over, the guineas had to die. One Sunday afternoon, Matt, Keenan and I shot 'em. Then, they were beheaded. I'll spare you the photos of the guineas being beheaded. Instead, here's a cute picture of Audie checking out the killings from afar.

From the months October to March, this is the best spot in the house. It's the only place that sun shines in through the windows, and it's so warm. It's not uncommon to find one of us sitting in the sun spot. 

This morning we went to visit our chocolate friends for our annual halloween photo!

Back in early September we met up with cousins downtown for Corinne's birthday.

A couple of weeks ago we had a school field trip to the pumpkin patch. It has been years since I have been to a pumpkin patch, and I have to say they have evolved quite nicely. Back in elementary when I went for field trips, it was a hayrack ride to the patch, pick your pumpkin, and then go home. Now, there are tons of activities to do at pumpkin patches! The one we visited had train rides, zip lines, slides, barrel rolls, playground equipment, corn mazes, goats....

 It was a fun field trip, and a perfect day with nice weather. The girls enjoyed spending time with their teachers and classmates. After a couple hours of playing on the equipment, we took a tractor out to the patch to pick out pumpkins. We took our four pumpkins home and the girls painted faces on them.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

This and That

Can I brag about this one for a bit?

Corinne had her fall recital last week. She did excellent! We went out for ice cream afterwards to celebrate. 
Earlier this month, the girls had assessment testing at school. Corinne's reading grades were superb! She scored "above average", being at 94% --meaning she reads better than 94% of kids her age. The testing also said she is proficient with 80% of words at a 5th grade reading level (she's in 3rd grade). Her math scores were above average also, being at 86%. Woohoo! Proud momma! I cannot claim giving her any smarts though, all of that has to all come from her brainy father. He can claim passing on the brains, I'll claim passing on the beauty. Heh heh.

We are still trying to get our house sold in order to move to our new one! It's been about 3 weeks and I'm trying not to grow impatient! I know the outcome is in God's hands, so doing my best to hold tight.

My photography business has been going really well. I have had several client shoots, and even more exciting...the opportunity to be a 2nd shooter at 3 weddings. It is great experience to get under my belt, and hopefully in the near future start booking weddings on a consistent basis.

Can't believe this week will bring October. I suppose it's time to start thinking about Halloween Costumes and fall activities! Until then, we're hangin' out with hopes that our house sells soon! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Why the prairie dress?
Why this mis-matched socks?
Why the weird river dance?

Because she's Audie, I guess.