Work and Play

Samuel got his first job.
He was a sign holder for Liberty Tax.
I was so impressed with how committed he was.

We loved going to the Bass Pro Shop and checking out the waterfalls.

We went to the Highland Games for the first time this year. 
It was so awesome, food, dancing, strength competitions,
and best of all, archery!

Sophie's first time!
He did it all by himself, so proud. :)
I think someone will be asking Santa for a bow and arrow this year.

Fiesta Parade!

We have lived in San Antonio over 6 years and have never 
been to the fiesta parade. 

 "Fiesta" is a week-long party downtown. 
Usually we don't bother going down at night cuz 
there's alot of alcohol around.

But this year our good friends invited us to go with them during the day for the parade.
We took the bus downtown together to save on traffic.

Playing at the bus terminal

Waiting to get on the bus

Riding the bus.
Man I miss Sophie's long hair.

Our good friends, their son is Ethan's age.

Cotton candy!

We walked to the parade area and got awesome seats

My mini :) 

Getting ready for the parade to start


And it begins! 

We loved the horses the best



she had a great time

Tired bus ride home

When Daddy Babysits!

I love that Daniel and I are opposites in a lot of ways. 
When Daniel babysits, this is what I come home to.

All you need is a hose in the backyard.

Body paint and a slip n' slide all in one!

I wouldn't have been able to just let them get dirty.
I'd have been following them around trying to clean them up. :)

They had an awesome time!

Weekend Away

Every now and then Daniel and I take a few days to get away from it all. 
We miss the kids a ton but it's been great for our marriage.

Earlier this summer we went to a hotel just down the street,
just in case anything happened at home, we could be there fast. :)

The only reason we feel comfortable doing this, is because we have found
a couple here in San Antonio that are better than family.

We have similar parenting styles and our kids love them!
A month later we watched their kids while they went out of town. 

Sometimes it's just about relaxing in peace and quiet

And getting to be together

Love you babe!


Elizabeth Bennett

This has been such a fun summer!
It's been so crazy and busy, but lots of fun memories...

The story of our summer begins when my beautiful sister got married
and we brought the whole family to Abilene for it.
Her name is Elizabeth Bennett now. Love it!

The night before we left, Sophie got really sick for the first time. 
Total puke-fest. She had never puked before and to top it off,
 she was awake till the early hours of the morning.
More scared of puking than scared of being sick. 
She finally fell asleep shortly before sunrise.

We took out the van's middle seat to make more room in the back. 
Daniel is great at sitting with and entertaining the kids. 
I miss him when he's so far back there, 
but being able to focus on driving without any crying or screaming is pretty nice.

The driver! Focused! 
I love the drive up to Lizzie's place though, so pretty in the hill country.

my co-pilot! :)

Daddy's pictures in the back.

Samuel's still sleepin'

We made it to Lizzie's! It's so fun to get out of the city!
I don't know how Liz handled everything.
It was a super busy weekend but she was so relaxed! 

She even had time to make a flower-girl dress for Sophie!

Sophie loved it! Like playing dress up. 

Lizzie trimmed it a bit... 

And we added some accessories! 

Gloves even!

Sophie was out like a light after her sleepless night the night before.
I don't know if you can see in this picture but Ethan's face is pretty white. 
He went to bed lethargically instead of his usual boisterous-self.
We thought he was just tired but when we heard heaving sounds coming
from down the hall we knew it couldn't be good.
He ended up getting the same 24-hour stomach bug that Sophie had the night before.
I have never seen so much puke! (sorry TMI!) 
But it was a big deal, the weekend of my sister's wedding!
We made lizzie stay away so she wouldn't get sick, and Jacoby was awesome! 
He just started cleaning up my kids puke without skipping a beat, 
like it was any other day instead of in the middle of the night, the weekend of his wedding. 
Luckily Ethan was able to fall asleep right away 
and wasn't sick any more after that. 

The next day we got to work right away on decorating! 

The bride! 

"We're gettin married!!!!"

Love these two!

The whole weekend was so fun! Here's Jackie, mother of the groom!
I really enjoyed getting things ready for the wedding!
We all came together to help out 
and it was the best way to get to know Jacoby's family! 

I remember when Samuel was a baby,
Lizzie and I were like his big sisters and now he's so big. :)
He was awesome at those balloons!

Things are coming along!  

Wedding cake!
Jacoby's Aunt and me workin on it. 

As soon as we were done decorating we went to the wedding rehearsal 

The church! 

Sophie was a little bashful at first, but with Samuel by her side she was a champ.

Lizzie couldn't make it don the aisle with out crying. :) 
So beautiful sis. 
Walking with Jacoby's dad Scott.

Jacoby, with groom's men. :)

On our way to the rehearsal dinner!

Man, we've all grown up so much!

Dinner at Outback Steakhouse
I heard that Scott was camera-shy, so I had to get one when he wasn't looking. :)

Family photo!
You can tell the kids are so tired! :)

Bennett Boys!!

Conked out back at the house,
the night before the big day!

I couldn't resist!! LOL!
The morning of the wedding. Oh yeah.

Jacoby spent the night at his parents' place, 
so I made breakfast while Lizzie showered.

We did a few more things at the reception hall, grabbed some lunch,
then went to get her hair done.

Got the place all to ourselves. :)

Gorgeous hair!

Happy bride!

The bigger the better!

Look at the height! 

"Hey Thith!" 

We rushed to the church to finish getting ready, all us girls were in the nursery.
Sophie loved the toys.

The bride getting her makeup on. She brought that mirror herself. :)
She was so cool and collected. I was so impressed!

Getting laced up!

So pretty.

MawMaw, Jacoby's grandmother, came in to wish Lizzie luck, 
but then she took a dainty gold ring 
from her cute little hand and gave it to Lizzie. 
It's was an old family heirloom that has been in Jacoby's family for generations.
Many Bennett women have worn it while getting married.

She surprised Lizzie with it. Such a special moment.

I love it that my baby sister has joined such a great family!

Ok, stuff is getting real, it's all about to start

Last minute pictures before the ceremony. 

I didn't get any pictures of the ceremony because I was the Matron of Honor,
but I was able to get these on our way out of the church. 

Sophie holding my bouquet.
She did great! Didn't miss a step walking down the aisle 
while throwing petals. I was up front watching her and I was so proud.
It'll be her turn one day and I know I'm gonna bust these pictures out. :)

While the happy couple were getting pictures taken I snapped a few myself.
Here's Coby, such a handsome kid!

And Scott, all dressed up! 

And the happy couple!!!
After I took this photo I told her that I could barely see her belly
So she fixed that...

There's baby Olivia in the picture too!
It was such a happy day! 

This photo I caught by chance but it's one of my favorites.
Lizzie was showing MawMaw's ring to Jacoby.

We tried to get a family photos while the bride and groom were finishing up.

Typical family photo! Hilarious!

That's about the best we could do. :) 
We had such a great time! 

Time to party at the reception!!

Getting her grub on.

Samuel came to say hi. What a stud. :)
After we ate and had cake and a toast they opened the floor for dancing.
My kids' favorite part! They danced and danced till they almost passed out. 
We headed home to put them to bed. 

The next morning we fed the chickens and collected some eggs.

Sophie loves/hates Jacoby's hens. They are so interesting, they make noise,
they are colorful and move on their own, 
but at the same time she can't get too close to them. 

Samuel was checking out Coby's little 4-wheeler

Guys fixin stuff. :)

Chatting with Coby.

A bit too big for it, but he had a lot of fun.
We all did! It was an awesome weekend!
Thanks for having us!
Love you guys!