Archive for July, 2013

I can’t believe our time in Midland is coming to an end. Jordan finishes up his internship at the beginning of August, and then we’ll pack up, say our goodbyes, and ROAD TRIP to Boston! We have had so so so much fun here in Tejas, and it will be really hard to leave. But Texas is always here, and we will always be back, so there’s always that :)

Coop’s love for his furry friends has grown a crazy amount, since Lupe has become his new BFF. It’s really going to be a sad day when we say goodbye to Lupe… In fact, Lupe is out of town this weekend, and when I broke the news to Coop, he curled out his bottom lip and almost started to cry. I’m not gonna lie… adjusting to no Lupe, no backyard, and no pool might be a weeeeee bit difficult.


Cooper and I joined my mom, sister and niece in Gruene, Texas for our first annual Girls+Coop trip! We went to Sea World and Cooper realized Shamu is his most favorite thing on earth.


These two pics were the day after we saw Shamu… Ya know, I’m so glad Toy Story isn’t based on real-life events, because Cooper’s old stuffed animals totally got the shaft.



On our way back to Midland, we made the greatest pit stop ever and got to see Allison and Ella!! (McKenna was at school. sad day). Allison MADE a blob (because she’s crazy cool like that), and Coop and Ella had a blast playing in the water.


And then Ella and Coop relived the same pose on the same couch TWO years ago! So funny. Jordan and I can’t stop laughing about Cooper’s perfectly round face. And Ella is just such a big girl. I can’t get over it!


We’ve had several weekend trips to Lubbock, and Lindi and Taylor are always so sweet to let us crash with them. Leighton is out of this world adorable, and Coop things all of her toys are awesome.2013-07-26_017Even though this picture is totally inaccurate (because I’m RARELY the one driving… Jordan is a road warrior), I still had to share.. My sweet, sleeping boys :) Life is just so fun with these two.


We went to a few fire stations the other day in Midland with Uncle Buck and Amy, and the firefighters were so nice! They let Coop sit in the drivers seat and everything. He was quite the happy camper.


We like to hit up random parks in Midland… Who knew one park could have a t-rex, bull, and camel all in the same place?? Midland is so diverse ;)


4th of July with the fam

July 26, 2013

Yes, I am aware it is July 26th. But I had to share the cuteness.

We had a Strebeck vacation in Abilene, Texas, of all places, and it really was perfect! We rented a house for a few days and did a whole lot of hanging out, swimming and eating.

It’s so fun to watch all the cousins play together and to know that they’ll grow up having such great memories with each other. Oh, and I have fully accepted the fact that for about 20 years, there will never be a picture where all the kids are looking at the camera :)


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this one… it’s just so funny. they’re all in their own little world.2013-07-26_0032013-07-26_004

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The Gresham Family

July 24, 2013

We know this sweet family through our church in Lubbock, and it’s been so fun to watch them grow!








Kaylyn and Michael

July 24, 2013

I shot Kaylyn and Michael’s wedding three years ago today (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, GUYS!!!). I will always remember their perfect, outdoor wedding, and the special, sweet love Kaylyn and Michael have for each other. If you feel like taking a walk down memory lane with these two, you can check out their engagement, wedding, AND anniversary photos here.

They got married at Vintage Township in Lubbock, so we started our session with a little wedding reminiscing :)


ow ow!!!








Clyde & Georgia

July 12, 2013

How sweet is this??




The Blackketter Family

July 12, 2013

I went to high school in Midland (I graduated TEN years ago. oh my.), so it’s been fun being back on old stompin’ grounds for the summer. I haven’t run into too many familiar faces, but maybe that’s what happens when you are out of town seven weekends in a row. I do love our crazy summer :)

It was SO fun, however, to run into this sweet family on purpose! I went to high school with Lauren and David, and it was such a treat to meet their precious Reagan. Check out the cuteness.





Man oh man. What a fun journey it’s been – watching Chris and Amy go from friends to good friends to awkward friends to more than friends :)

Their wedding was this past weekend and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I can’t even describe how much joy it brought me to watch my best friend marry her main squeeze.

The wedding weekend was kicked off with a backyard BBQ at Chris’ Papa’s house. It was intimate and sweet, and so much fun.


Here are a few from the rehearsal dinner (via my iphone… not the best quality!)


Ahhh the wedding day. Amy was (is) radiant and Chris was (is) so handsome. They made a handful of kiddos feel pretty special on their big day.


My parents (and sister’s family) and Jordan’s parents were at the wedding, so not only was it a big reunion with so many of our college friends, it was also a fun family reunion. Which brings me to this… Jordan’s momma – Nana – chased our little wandering boy all around Spirit Ranch, not to mention she kept him all weekend long since we had wedding festivities and whatnot. She made sure he walked down the aisle, was fed, bathed, changed, etc. and she did it all with a smile on her face. She loves our boy well, and she really blessed us by giving us some free time! Thanks, Nana :)


mi familia!


Coop busted out moves I had never seen before. Of course I didn’t get pictures of that… But when they were all boogied out, they took a break to play in the rocks.


The night ended with the polar bear. THE polar bear. Let me explain. One year for Christmas, Ella was given a verrrryy expensive Christmas decoration, which just so happened to be a huge polar bear hugging a Christmas tree. Let’s just say it doesn’t look like a hug, if ya know what I mean. I’ll keep it PG here, folks. Anyhow, it turned into a big joke, especially once CasaGrande formed. The polar bear has been tucked into Chris’ bed, in the back seat of my car, in Bob and Allison’s shower… It has traveled TO temple, and then back to Lubbock when Allison and the girls made a surprise trip to help me pack… And then it somehow ended up in Amy’s garage in Midland. I stole it back last week, and it made it’s way into the backseat of Amy and Chris’ getaway car. Perfect way to end a perfect weekend :)