Thursday, July 21, 2016

Garrett and Cristie get married!

GT's youngest brother, Garrett, got married at the end of May.
We are so thrilled that Cristie is officially part of the family! She is fun, beautiful, kind, laid-back, generous, always up for anything, a huge helper, and she loves and appreciates Garrett- winner!

the wedding was at the Four Season Dallas and we spent the weekend loving on family and celebrating Garrett and Cristie!
my little family arrived Thursday night and my parents were already there, so we had friday to just relax before everyone else arrived.

the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were Friday evening 
and when we got to see everyone!
cutest little ringbearer and flower girl
Taylor kids

Saturday morning, us girls attended the sweetest bridesmaid luncheon hosted by Cristies aunt
not only was the room and decor beautiful, but the words spoken were tender and incredibly sweet
i love these shots of Ruth, Cristies mom, speaking.
her beautiful words brought on equal amounts of laughs and tears.
they have such a special relationship that was so clear for us all to see

the rest of the day was spent by the pool, taking naps, and playing in the grandparents rooms.
That night, there was a Boots & Blazers welcome party for everyone in town for the wedding
and Judson was so pumped 
he spent the entirety of the evening out on the lawn roping
it was super fun having our friends with us, too!
 i wish that i had more pictures of Garrett and Cristie- and more with the whole family, but it just didn't happen. 

the wedding was Sunday evening!
that morning, we had a church service at the hotel for everyone staying there (about 100 people!) and it was awesome. 
Then we had more time at the pool, naps(!), then getting ready for the wedding
the boys were the ring bearers and actually did pretty good.
Judson did great during the rehearsal, but froze at the ceremony
he hates being the center of attention, so when they opened the door and he saw a couple hundred faces looking at him-he bolted.
after begging him to follow the other three down the aisle, he wouldn't budge.
so, i did what all good mothers do. i said if he walked down the aisle i'd buy him a big ninja turtle.
he turned around and ran to his uncle Garrett.
i mean, i'm not proud- but he did it.
Townes and Gracie were given suckers right before they walked down, so they went no problem at all. i'm sure the pictures are entertaining
Cristie was stunning!
hopefully I can link to the professional pics eventually so you can see more of her amazing dress and the jaw-dropping venue. 
sweet sisters
i only had brothers growing up, so I am loving that these awesome girls are my sisters!
all of the Taylor kiddos

the best family photo we managed...
and i could not get enough of these handsome guys
all the heart eyes
Judson's behavior was on par for him at the reception
he preferred to stand to the side and watch all of the other kids (including his hilarious brother) dance and run around on the dance floor
the iphone quality is far from good, but you get the idea of how cute the little bitties were

and my parents and brother came, too!
along with lots of other friends and family 

we had the best time at the reception celebrating Garrett and Cristie!
the band was phenomenal and i think we could've danced all night.
if you can view it, click here to see a cute little video of the bride and groom from the photobooth.
probably my favorite wedding reception ever.  

the whole weekend was wonderful.
we were able to spend some time with all of the family and our good friends.
The boys loved the hotel and the pool, even having little picnics in our hotel room.
the hotel had little robes for the boys!

before we left town on Monday, we were able to meet my girls and my brother for brunch at Breadwinners (our favorite)

after a weekend with our family and friends, we are always so full of gratitude for the relationships we have. Adding another Taylor is just the icing on the cake!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

our Roo turns 2!

our sweet little Townes Wesley turned 2 last friday! 
and we celebrated him with a family party the next day at my parents
GT smoked some pork loin, ribs, and chicken and it was finger-lickin' delicious
we also had watermelon, beans, cookie cake and ice cream- a perfect little summer meal.
Mark and Del brought Gracie with them and we all loved having our sweet little girl cousin with us!
Garrett, Cristie and Josh came in from Dallas and they are the ulta-uncles and aunt. 
Jake, Jamie and their crew didn't make it because baby Ben was born the day before TW's birthday!!!!
I am definitely going to share photos of him, don't you worry your self. 
He is beautiful and perfect and Jamie is a rockstar!
the rest of our local family was there-which totals roughly 35 people alone. they're the best at loving us.
we really have a great home team and i'm so thankful that our boys are surrounded by such great love and lots of fun!
the kids played in little pools, sprinklers and with water balloons and bubbles in the back yard and seemed to have a grand ole time. 

I think that turning 2 has actually been good for Townes.
the few months leading up to 2 were the challenging times.
he is 1,000,000 times happier and content now than he was three months ago.
He is getting much better at communicating and we are figuring out his personality and how to discipline/guide him more effectively.
He can be rather emotionally driven and has really big feelings with seemingly no identifiable triggers for his big feelings at times.
He is hilarious and knows how to make us laugh.
He LOVES to be chased and not caught. so, playing hard to get is his game. 
He snuggles like a champ and still is a pretty hard-core mamas boy.
One second he is stuck to me, trying to crawl back in my uterus... and the next second he is 100 yards away, playing by himself as content as the day is long, caring none at all if i'm even on the same planet. 
He loves his "bubba" and likes to be part of all that he does.
He has the most beautiful blue eyes and they get him out of quite a bit of trouble (whoops).
He has the best laugh and i can't help but smile when he gets tickled.
He is just about the cutest thing I ever did see (non-biased, of course)
He is most definitely the sweet to my heart and melts me like a handful of m&m's on a louisiana summer day.

Happy Birthday to my sweet little Roo.
2 years with you has been a delight...the best is yet to be.

(a little background on "Roo"... if you're wondering.
as an infant we called him Townes-a-rooskie, then Rooskie, then Roosk, now Roo-Roo or just Roo.
Judson next-to-never calls him Townes,  but always Roo
I call him Townesy, Roo, or Townes Wesley (double name as needed))