Friday, July 11, 2014

Uncle Shane comes to visit

Uncle Shane was working in San Antonio and we were so thankful to get an evening with him before he headed home.

 It was his first time meeting Talia and she loved him right away.

She checked him out and decided he was a keeper.

Shane's lap was always taken by one kid or another. 

Mom and Dad came down and met us for dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant.

MiMi snuck in a kiss or two… :)

It is always so special when the family gets together and we were so happy to have time with Shane!

Family Fourth of July

The Hill family (my mother's side of the family) all got together at my parents house for a fun 4th of July Weekend Celebration! 

Ian and Talia playingin the back yard.

The weather was beautiful!

My baby girl in her red, white and blue dress

She is such a daddy's girl

The boys got out MiMi and Papaw's little pool and splashed around in the yard.

Mom and I cooking in the kitchen.

Namama, Carol and I

It always seems like everyone hangs out in the kitchen!
Here is dad, Buddy and Bobby (my mom's brothers)

Aunt Mary, Uncle Bobby and Uncle Buddy

Namama and my momma

Carol brought lots of fun games for the boys to play.
They loved velcrow ball.

2nd cousin Sarah and Joaquin played Simon.

2nd cousin Natalie is so good with kids. The boys love playing with her and so does Talia.

Ian, Mary and I lounging on the couch

Fun family time

Talia loved her baby doll

Play dough was a fun favorite of the boys and Uncle John and Sarah and Natalie

Talia had lots of people to feed and cuddle with her.

At night all the grown up crew played family board games around the table.

4th of July was full of crazy glow stick fun!
Ian's eyes looked so crazy, I took a picture.

Then he took a picture of me…
We had a blast with family for the weekend!

Monique and Josh get Hitched!

We have known Monique and Josh for close to 10 years and it was such a special time to be a part of their wedding. They have a truly deep place in our heart.

I took the photos for the wedding, Ian was the officiant and the boys were the ring bearers.
We had so much fun being there all together.

Daddy and his baby girl all dressed up.

The setting was beautiful in Laguna Canyon.

The boys looked so handsome all dressed up in their suits and bow-ties.

Monique was absolutely stunning! I felt so proud to see her so happy!

Ian did a fantastic job marrying the two of them. It was truly magical!

Friends for All Times

It was so WONDERFUL to get to spend an evening with my long-time friends, Carolyn and Darren!

We all met up in Seal Beach for dinner and drinks one night after they got off work.
I have had so many wonderful memories over the 15 years we have known one another!
Every time we get together it is a blast!

The day we flew back home to Austin, Carolyn came for a last minute visit to see the kiddos and meet Talia! She is so great with kids and it was a special way to end our time in California.


The kids had a blast at Disneyland this summer.

We parked in the Donald parking lot and this was our family "before" shot.

We made it into the park.

Toon town was a hit but the guys didn't like being put in Mickey's Jail.

Talia's favorite ride was "Small World". 
She loved looking at all the scenes.

The boys had a blast with Gamma and Gampa.

Joaquin and Elijah sat in the front of the boat with Gamma.

They loved it.

The boys were so excited Uncle Stu took the day off work to go with us.

The boys were mesmerized by the castle. 

Elijah's favorite ride throughout the whole day was the Haunted Mansion.

Talia had a blast!

We bought her a little Mini Mouse sunscreen hat to wear during the day.

Gampa holding Talia in line

The lines were not very long

Since the boys were quite a bit taller this time than the last time we went to Disneyland, they were able to ride a lot of the larger rides. Splash Mountain was one of Joaquin's choices and he sat in the very front of the log.

It was at this point that Elijah started screaming to get off.

Joaquin loved every minute of it…Elijah, not so much.

After Splash Mountinan, we loaded on the river raft and sailed over to pirate island

Elijah was in hog heaven

Daddy and Uncle Stu showed the boys all the secret caves and tunnels all throughout the island.

Next on the list was the Matterhorn. Elijah and I waited in line together.

Joaquin loves giving kisses to Daddy.

We met up with Uncle Stu's girlfriend for lunch and she was so wonderful with Talia.

Andrea and Talia were so cute!

Uncle Stu and Talia were making the same grin.

The next ride was Autotopia. I drove with Nick and Joaquin drove Ian around. 

We didn't get a picture of Uncle Stu and Elijah but the boys had a blast driving the cars around the track.

Can you tell Joaquin is in the happiest place on earth?
He was wearing Gampa's hat.

The last ride of the night was Star Tours.

Gamma, Talia and I sat this one out, but the boys had a blast!
They all came out telling us about the 3-D warp speed and so on.

We had a blast making memories together.