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Reunion in Colleyville

December 3, 2012

When Jordan and I first planned our holiday trip, it made so much sense for Cooper and I to hang out in Texas for a few weeks while he flew back to Boston after Thanksgiving and  finished up classes and finals. After about day 2 without him, we were both thinking, “who’s idea was this?!?!” We miss Jordan like crazy. But it really has been great to see friends and family (and go to sonic, rosa’s, chickfila, and basically just go park in parking lots for fun, and take advantage of every drive-thru I see).

This past weekend, we headed to Colleyville to meet up with Amy and Allison and the girls for a little reunion weekend. We stayed at Allison’s parents’ house, and they sure treated us well!! Not only did they let us take over their whole house and scatter toys all over the place, but they made sure we ate the greatest food all weekend long, and treated us to so many fun things. Such sweethearts.

We fed the ducks and played at the park Friday afternoon. This weather is unreal. It snowed in Boston Friday – so weird.


That McKenna is just too cool.2012-12-03_014

We taught Ella the turkey high five. I think she’s mastered it. 2012-12-03_015

I think Coop was testing the waters for a proposal.2012-12-03_0162012-12-03_0172012-12-03_018

We went to the Gaylord Texan Saturday morning to go to the ice exhibit – Merry Madagascar. It was pretty amazing. However, I don’t have any pictures because Coop was quite the unhappy camper. Haha. But it was still cool to see and Ella loved it! Maybe not the best toddler activity around :)

As we were driving back from the Gaylord, Allison saw a sign that said “Christmas in the Park.” So her dad looked into it, and Santa was in their neighborhood, along with a horse and carriage! It was perfect. And we didn’t even have to pay $25 for a picture of screaming kids with Santa. Ever since McKenna and Cooper were born, we have joked that they’ll get married someday… So this one will most definitely be in their wedding slideshow.


The kiddos had so many sweet moments together. It sure is fun to see how they interact. We love making memories with these peeps!!2012-12-03_022

Jordan, Cooper and I got to spend Thanksgiving in Fort Worth, and it was so good to be around family. My parents will be in Mexico for Christmas, so the day after Thanksgiving, we celebrated an early Christmas with them. And it was 80 degrees the whole time. Hilarious.

We were always told that we’d move up from the kid’s table when we had kids ourselves. Now we see that they just told us that so they could have grandbabies, because we’re still at the kid’s table. It’s the place to be!!



The grown up table2012-12-03_004

The whole gang. We were missing A LOT of people, but it was still a fun group!


These sweet boys entertained Coop the whole time. And of course Coop thinks they’re awesome.2012-12-03_007

Every year, the guys play football during the half time of the Cowboys game. Mimi had to rescue Coop a few times.2012-12-03_0082012-12-03_009

For our family Christmas, we went down to the Fort Worth Stockyards and went to a REALLY good restaurant called H3. Thanks to my sista for planning everything! And check out my dad’s ponytail. Ohhh Dude!


The pictures of tractors on my phone were more important to Coop than our family photo.2012-12-03_011

Coop was in little boy heaven with his new train and cars. So much fun!


Keina in Boston

November 12, 2012

Oh where to begin with Keina! I met her in 8th grade in Edmond, Oklahoma. I was the new kid at school, and we became friends. We only lived in Oklahoma for a year and a half, and Keina and I have kept in touch ever since. She was in my wedding, she came to visit Lubbock when Coop was just four weeks old, and she’s one of the best phone-talkers I know. She’s a loyal friend and beneath all of her spunk and sass, she has a really big heart. Or maybe her love language is spunk and sass – I’m not quite sure ;)

Keina lives in DC and hopped on a plane to come visit this past weekend. Have I mentioned that I love visitors?!?

Since Keina has never been apple picking, we made another trip out to Honey Pot, and Jordan got to come, too! He has a creeper ‘stache, in honor of Movember (men’s health awareness). So don’t think he’s trying a new look out. It will most definitely be gone, come December :)




Coop loves his daddy so much. It’s just the greatest thing ever.


This picture is the first of many where Keina is standing with or in front of something random.


While Coop was napping and Jordan was studying, Keina and I went and walked around Boston for a few hours. Boston Common, Boston Gardens, the North end, and harbor… It was the most beautiful day ever. There were street performers everywhere, and a mermaid. What???


Isn’t she such a sport for letting me take pictures of her all over Boston?? I’m so annoying, I know.


When Chris and Amy came to visit, we took a picture of Chris sitting on the duck statue. Then Aric did it when they visited. So naturally, I made Keina sit on the ducks as well. She had to stand in line with all of the children. Hehe :)


Thanks for taking the time to visit us, Keina!! We’re coming to DC in the spring – WOOHOO!


Aric + Casey in Boston

November 3, 2012

If you haven’t noticed, we love when people come visit us in Boston (hint hint to all of you feet-draggers).

Aric and Casey are such sweet friends of ours, and it meant SO much that they came to see us – especially since they are some busy peeps. But luckily, we bribe people to come see us so they can see Cooper, along with experiencing this cool place called Boston.

They flew in the same day Nana flew out, and the weather wasn’t so much on our side. This picture was taken the day before hurricane Sandy came to visit, and we felt a little crazy, since we were practically the only people walking around and doing touristy things. We still had fun. Plus, we needed to take advantage of being outside before we literally couldn’t!



Then Sandy came. We watched movies, ate, ate some more, played some catch phrase, and we were even a little bit productive at times (we all had photos to edit and Jordan had cases to read). And class was cancelled for Jordan! So it was pretty fun being lazy all day long. Aric and Jordan ran out in the crazy wind/rain for a few minutes and were DRENCHED. They just HAD to experience Sandy for real.

Sandy left, and the next few days were super pleasant. We were (are!) so thankful that Boston didn’t get hit hard, and we’re praying for everyone affected by Sandy in New York. It’s just so sad.

And then there’s these guys.




And then there was a lion.


We celebrated Halloween by cheering on Section J in the Flag Football Intramural Championship. They played a great game, but Section D came out with the win.



Section J’s mascot is a lion, so Coop was definitely representin’






We really did a lot more than be lazy, play at a playground, and watch flag football. I just wasn’t the best picture-taker. Maybe it’s because Aric and Casey have four cameras ready to shoot at any given point in time :) Thanks for visiting, you guys!!!

Nana in Boston

November 2, 2012

It was SO much fun having Selena (aka my mother-in-law aka Nana) in town. She’s pretty great, and she loves Cooper like nobody’s business.

We went apple picking at Honey Pot. It was such a precious little place, and the drive to Stow, MA was beeauuutiful!


One of our friend’s girlfriend, Allye, came to town. She stayed with us for a few nights and joined in on the fun! We loved having her around. And Coop most DEFINITELY loved having her around.



Coop is happiest while “driving” things.


checking out the sheep and throwing leaves with nana


There were books being read by these two constantly. It’s just so sweet to walk into a room and see this.


We went to Mount Auburn Cemetery, and OH MY GOSH. It was absolutely beautiful. The cemetery itself is gorgeous, but the view of Boston was pretty awesome.




The color of that tree is insane.


My most favorite picture of Nana and Coop




Thanks so much for coming to visit us, Nana!! We loved every second of it!

Fall at HBS

October 20, 2012

Coop and I were strolling around campus, enjoying the amaaazzzing weather, and also scoping out some locations for Mini Sessions (get ready for some actual photography-related posts!). Not only did we stumble upon some beautiful spots, but we ran into Jordan and his section taking class photos. Hence the spiffy get up :)

Check out those colors. It’s unreal!!


Yes, I’m aware that I buttoned Cooper’s jacket wrong. I fixed it, don’t worry :)



Jordan and Cooper do “noggins”… Were they bump foreheads. It’s pretty cute.


We are LOVING fall in Boston, to say the least!2012-10-20_008

The Everyday Stuff

October 18, 2012

It’s crazy to me how little boys love boy things. I feel like Cooper’s love for anything with wheels happened overnight, and it’s kind of amazing, because it keeps him occupied and interested for so long! That is, until the train becomes unhooked, or the tractor is under the couch and out of reach. Then, meltdowns happen. That’s been fun, too.


He’s been putting on any shoes he can find, and struts his little half-naked body around the house in them. Cooper is rarely fully clothed, as I’m realizing in these pictures.


Lots of playing with friends, lately. HBS really is amazing for families. There is always something going on – a class, an activity, a playground where you’re sure to find someone. It’s pretty wonderful. Oh, and how cool are those colored spaghetti noodles in the bottom right picture?! Coop played with those in his toddler class, and it kept the kiddos entertained for like 30 minutes. The momma who did it said she just boiled the noodles, drained them, put them in separate bowls, and then added the food coloring. Genius.


Okay, this is so fun. So, my friend from high school, Emily, lives in Boston. She’s super smart and is getting her Masters in Landscape Architecture. Pretty cool. We met up a couple weeks ago, and caught up on THE LAST TEN YEARS OF OUR LIVES. Yeah, we hadn’t seen each other since I graduated. I can’t believe I’m old enough to know someone and not see them for 10 years. Anyhow, our other high school friend, Rob, plays in a band called Balmorhea and they played in Cambridge last week! They’re on a tour right now, so you should definitely check them out and see if they are headed your way. Balmorhea really is amazing and Jordan and I couldn’t stop talking about how good they were. Truly inspiring stuff. So yeah, long story short – I’m old, it’s fun to catch up with friends, and you should listen to Balmorhea.


How fun is it that HBS students get section pictures?! I love it. Coop and I were out for a walk today, and stumbled upon Section J taking their picture. So I did what every professional photographer loves – took pictures over her shoulder and put a cool filter on it. Haha :)

And there’s Jordan studying. He’s been such a good student. He’s had many a late night study sessions, complete with a Dr. Pepper.


Coop and I hang out a lot. It’s pretty fun. And some of our friends surprised Coop with a giant cheese ball jar. Happiest kid on the block. And then the bottom right picture is my little sewing nook. Maybe it’ll inspire me to A) sew more than three things this year, and B) finish decorating the rest of our apartment. We’ll see :)


And last but not least, these leaves guys!!! These pictures are of trees on campus. So lucky me, I get to see them all the time! Having never seen a “real” fall, it’s pretty amazing.


Jordan didn’t have class yesterday, so we decided to make a family day out of it and go leaf peeping in New Hampshire. We woke up to a dreary, rainy day, but everything was still so beautiful. We took a pit stop at a random park in Lee, New Hampshire so Coop could run around a bit.



Then we spotted this giant slide. I thought it would be so fun to go down it with Coop, so I grabbed my rain jacket to sit on (because the slide was really wet), Jordan egged me on and told me to “live a little bit,” and Coop and I made our way to the slide. I’m a sucker for a good dare.


Well, turns out this slide is the devil. The second we started down the slide, I knew it wasn’t going to end well, because we were going FAST. How did I not see this coming? A super long slide, a slick rain jacket, and wetness… Maybe not the best combination. So I held on to Coop super tight with one arm, and tried to slow us down (unsuccessfully) with the other, and Jordan took pictures (haha!). As you can see, Jordan started getting a little concerned when he took that last picture… So funny. Long story short, Coop and I shot out of the slide, and flew about 10 feet, slid for 10 more feet, and he only cried a little bit because I screamed as we flew through the air. Haha! We survived the devil slide. I just have a bruised butt, swollen ankle (from digging my foot into the ground as we slid), muddy clothes, and good memories to prove it :)


So instead of gallivanting about New Hampshire, we ended up at the mall (which just so happened to have Chick Fil A… Score!) to buy some non-muddy clothes. Maybe I’ll brave insane slides more often, if it means I get Chick Fil A and new clothes out of it. I’d just prefer it to have a big foam pit at the bottom of the slide, instead of wood chips and dirt.


We stopped at a little farm/pumpkin patch to pet some animals, get a pumpkin, and eat things that are REALLY good for you (cider donuts, pumpkin whoopie pies, snickerdoodle cookies… NUM).


It was just the perfect little family day. These two are just the best.


Apple Picking

October 6, 2012

The sun came out Friday morning (yayyyy!) and it was such a beautiful day. Crimson Kids took a field trip to Tougas Family Farm. It was 45 minutes away, and it was a beautiful drive – so many leaves are turning!! Every time I see a vibrant little tree, all by its lonesome, I think, “holy cow, I literally cannot imagine how it will look with EVERY tree so beautiful.” Give me a break. Lubbock doesn’t really have fall, okay? But back to the farm… We went for a wagon ride, picked some apples, ate cider doughnuts, and just enjoyed the sunshine!2012-10-06_001

Jackson (Jaxy) and his sweet momma, Tara, rode with us, and they seemed to have a similar apple picking approach. Eat as many apples as possible.




This morning, we joined a few friends to Shelburne Farm, and it was beautiful as well!


Coop continued to perfect his apple-eating technique. And Rush even grew up picking apples on a legit farm, so he had some really good pointers for him :)


Ahh sweet friends. Matt and Chesna, Rush and Krista, John and Whitney… And Jason, Becca & Noah hadn’t arrived yet… I guess we’ll just have to do it again to get another group pic :)


Jordan went to Lubbock this weekend to watch the Tech/OU game. So he missed out on the apple-picking fun… Except for this one picture. He flew back real quick to pose. Always being where he needs to be, that guy!



The Every Day Stuff

October 2, 2012

I keep thinking what life is going to be like when it starts getting cold and rainy, because seriously, everything we love to do is outside and involves lovely weather. But really, we have had SO MANY beautiful, sunshiny days, and that has made our transition to living in Boston SO much easier.

Last week was a wet, rainy week. But it was fun. We splashed in puddles, hit up the library, built forts, stayed in our PJ’s all day, and when the sun would come out for a few hours, we would go hit up the wet playground and then hurry back in because it gets dark and cold at like 6 p.m.!! Crazy.


Oh Coop. You make life fun, kid.


The leaves are starting to turn!


There have been intramural flag football games going on the past three weeks. Coop and I have loved cheering on Section J.


Slowly, but surely, our walls are becoming more and more decorated. The picture on the left is right when you walk into our apartment. My friend from back home, Lindi, made me that AWESOME frame with magnet board. I love it so much. And the picture on the right is above Cooper’s crib.


Coop is turning into such a little boy, and I loooove watching him get excited about his favorite things! Puppies, trains, trucks (buses, tractors, anything that has wheels), airplanes, and his two favorite books – one about trains, and one about “Uncle Layne’s” farm. The picture on the bottom left is basically what happens every day – Coop is bundled, he has a book and a stick (such a boy), and we’re walking somewhere. Sometimes we have a purpose, sometimes we don’t :)


Jordan got all dolled up before a Section J hang out one night… He had to wear something that started with a J. Jorts. Gotta love the jorts. Also, you’re looking at Section J’s president!!! Wouldn’t you want your president to wear jorts?! I most definitely would. So proud of this guy.