Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
We had a great weekend! It was beautiful! Friday night we went bowling for Drew's birthday. It was fun. Patrick and I played pool like we used to way back in the day when I was in high school and he was just my brother's best friend.
Barrett was not in the best of moods but we made the most of it.
Saturday was beautiful. After Barrett woke up from his 3.5 hours nap we spent the afternoon on the deck. I love this outfit. Something about shorts and long sleeves is just adorable to me.
We sent this selfie to Daddy while he was at work saying we couldn't wait for him to get home.
We had a little Family Date night at Buffalo Wild Wings. Barrett wanted to eat everything.
He was being extra cute.
He loved the onion ring.
Today we had a little play date at the park.
Barrett had a great time swinging!
These boys are so stinking cute!
I think the park wore this poor guy out.
We had a great weekend. I'm so looking forward to longer days and Spring is on its way!!!
at 8:14 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I'm finally getting around to sharing about the wedding. It was beautiful! I'm kicking myself for not taking more pictures. I can't wait to see what the photographer captured. She was so much fun and easy to work with. Hope was the easiest most laid back bride. (Luckily all the weddings I've been in have been this way, no certain shoes or hair and makeup. Perfection) She was getting ready at the church and said we could all get ready there or on our own. My sister and I opted to have our glam squad meet us at the church so we could all get ready together. I seriously have the best friends in the world. Brittany offered to come and help my sister and me with our hair and makeup and I'm so glad she did. (Lorie jumped in to watch Barrett when we needed a last minute baby sitter and Kristen has been my gym buddy and constant listener! So thankful for each of them!) We looked fabulous all thanks to our "glam squad" (Brittany)! After a couple hours of hair and makeup it was time for pictures!
These are the only two pictures I took with my real camera all day. This one you've already seen.
And this one is pretty cute. This boy loves strawberries.
Patrick's parents took Barrett home after the dances. My mom wanted the Mother/Son dance to turn into a family dance so Barrett hung around for that. It was a really sweet moment. We danced and ate and just had the best time. The food was amazing. (Happy Catering Company if your in Birmingham) The cakes were beautiful and delish. My parents had the grooms cake made to look like John's truck and it was perfect. (wish I had a picture) (Posh cake design did them both).
Before we knew it the bouquet had been tossed and bubbles blown and they were own their way. It seemed like it was all over so fast. I knew it would because my own wedding was the same way. Their flight wasn't until later in the afternoon Sunday so they came and ate lunch at my mom and dads. I got to take them to the airport, which I know didn't seem like much to them but I was so excited. It was the first time I got to hear exactly what they thought about the whole day without anyone to interrupt them. They were so sweet and cute talking about the whole weekend. It was fun. Before I knew it they were climbing out grabbing their luggage.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
We started the day with brunch to celebrate Hope and her bridesmaids. We met at Another Broken Egg Cafe in Mountain Brook. I'd never eaten there before but it was delish. I studied the menu for a while and finally settled on biscuits and gravy. It did not disappoint. It was a fun morning getting to hang out with these beautiful ladies.
Hope with her bridesmaids.
The Maxwell ladies.
After brunch we had an appointment to pick up our dresses from the seamstress. Well she wasn't quite finished with my moms so we had to kill some time. We did a little shopping, I got Barrett a cute little bubble for summer and a pair of shorts. We finally got the dresses and headed back home. I went to the gym for my favorite class of the week with Kristen and Lorie then rushed home to get ready for the rehearsal and dinner.
This is where my picture taking slacked off big time.
The rehearsal went smoothly and before we knew it, it was time to head to dinner. The rehearsal dinner and reception were held in the same space.
I did manage to get a picture of my little family both nights but that's about it.
Cousins, Friends. These two are 5 weeks apart and have been buds their whole lives.
The rehearsal dinner was fantastic. My parents planned a mardi gras themed meal and it was wonderful. I put together a slideshow of Hope & John's life. It was so much fun watching them grow up and seeing their relationship grow. After the slide show several people shared some fun memories or words. All week I'd been thinking about what I would want to say. When I finally decided I'd say a few words I couldn't remember anything I wanted to say. I literally woke up at 5:00am Saturday morning thinking about all the things I wanted to say.
Since I write much better than I speak here it goes...what I should have said.
I think each of us would say that John is our favorite sibling. He's kind, he's helpful, he'll make you laugh and he'll make you cry. These are all characteristics he's had since he was a kid. He would be the male lead in whatever the latest playhouse skit Elizabeth and I were putting on and in the same afternoon he'd be Patrick's assistant working on the go cart. One of my mom's favorite Christmas gifts was the year John wrapped up an empty box with a sweet little poem about how he'd spent hours blowing kisses in the box. Mom just cried and cried. Then John said that he turned his box over and spilled all his kisses and had to start over blowing kisses in his box. Mom was laughing through tears. When he'd get kicked off the bus and Mom had to take us to school he didn't complain to much that he was usually late. When I forgot to pick him up from school, he would call and just smile when he saw us turning in on two wheels to get him. When I left for college he was a pudgy little 12 year old. I left and he was little kid. When I finally graduated and moved home he was practically a grown up. He was in his last semester of high school and he had a girlfriend. I didn't know much about her, I don't think he wanted us to scare her off. By the way, she apparently doesn't scare easily. I'll be honest I didn't put a lot of effort into getting to know her. After all John was about to move away to college and how many high school relationships work out. As time went on it was becoming more and more obvious that Hope wasn't going anywhere. She was always around but rarely said anything. She probably couldn't get a word in with this family. I watched John grow from a high school boy that had a girlfriend to a young man that was in a relationship with someone he really cared about. I watched John become a better person and I fully credit Hope for that. I think a spouse should make you the best version of yourself and I can see that in them. So as you begin your life together, I want to share a piece of advice that someone shared with Patrick and I when we got engaged. "Always put each other first. As long as you love the other person more than anyone or anything in this world, you'll have a long happy marriage." I am truly honored to call you my brother and sister and the godparents to my son. I am honored to be a part of your special day and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
My baby brother is married. I feel like I have so many words I want to say but I'm at a loss. I'm so happy for John and Hope. It was a beautiful weekend filled with family, friends, love and laughter. I loved getting to be a part of it. I'll be back with more details, for now here's a picture of my sweet little family. I love these boys to the moon and back.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It's Wednesday again! It's so nice to finally see some measurable progress. I'm starting to notice little changes in my body and it feels good to know my hard work is paying off. I'm enjoying my time at the gym. It's been good for my mind, body and soul. It doesn't hurt that my best friends also joined the gym so it's a little social time too. I still struggle with food. I suppose food will always be an enemy of mine. When I feel stressed I still find myself wanting some comfort food. I'm trying to keep healthy snacks on hand to curb those cravings. I've got a big cheat weekend coming up with the wedding and all the festivities it includes. I'm going to enjoy the wonderful food and drinks but I'm not going to over do it.
On to the scale...