Monday, June 28, 2010

The true joys in life

Another favorite part of being back in Dallas is seeing my parents, brother, sister in law, and nephew!  My biggest regret is not living in the same city as them .... 

Arrie is obsessed (and that might even be an understatement) with Sonic.  A Route 44 vanila cream coke calls her name daily during happy hour, so we of course made a date out of it while I was in town.  

It was very refreshing by the pool and in the 96+ heat!
Don't tell anyone, but Arrie rocked a bikini at 32 weeks pregnant :)


Team Lugar on Rock Band
- Jordan jammin' on the guitar
- Arrie doing her thang' singing
- Kelsey banging' on the drums
- Griffin trying to steal our equipment in the middle of our game!

How can you blame him?!



Auntie Kelsey gives lots of love!!!!
Griffin showing off how smart he is with his letters and numbers.


"Pa" asked Griffin a question while they were reading, and Griffin said "hmmm" as he put one finger on his lip as if he was pondering.  It was so cute!  We don't know where he learned it -- ahh kids!


All the fam and Momma behind the camera


Gorgeous sister-in-law preggers - 
Gracie will be here in 5 weeks!


And I had to upload this hysterical video of Griffin driving the golf cart.  This was his very first time riding a motorized vehicle and figured out how to make it "go!"  Positive encouragement goes a long way and as you can tell ... my family has a lot of cheerleaders :)


After a long day with lots of playing, we all had a slumber party at Mom and Dad's, which was soo fun!  Just wish Gabe could have been there with me too .... waking up with all my immediate family was special for me (and mom of course)!


The first thing we did the following morning was go to the park 
while it was still somewhat cool.  
HA, not quite, it was already hot at 8:30am!







Life as a kid is just the best.  Check out that face!!!!


Miss you all already ... sending my love from Seattle!!!

"You don't choose your family.  
They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
- Bishop Desmund Tutu

44 comments:

{ L } said...

You always look so pretty! What a fun time with family. I'm all about those SONIC happy hour drinks too. ;)

Christa said...

I LOVE Sonic too! I get a Diet Dr. Pepper about everyday! Sounds like you had a great time with family!

Risley said...

looks like youe having SO much fun on your visit!!

Claire @ Completely Claire said...

Gotta love Texas heat! Is it sad to say I wouldn't want it any other way!? I think I just might go get my daily sonic coke RIGHT NOW!! Love the pics! Have a great day!

Lea Liz said...

Looks like you had a great visit, being with faimly is wonderful!!!!

Where oh where did they get that mini golf cart??????????

Lindsey said...

what a fun weekend visit!
i am also obsessed with route 44 diet cokes- i treat myself to one whenever i drive by a sonic :)

Q, La, and Gooner said...

So much fun! She does look great at 32 weeks! How on earth can she drink that EVERY DAY and still look so fabulous?

I've gone off soda cuz of the bad things in it. ahhhhhhh. (I WILL sneak in a Cranberry Limeade Slush every now and then...

Christy said...

Oh I do the same thing every time I go back home to Texas! I LOVE Sonic =)

Looks like a great weekend!

Brittany said...

The playground is always fun! Love the pics :-)

Your nephew is too cute driving his golf cart!!

Glad you had a great time with your family.

Rachel said...

Such cute pics! Glad you had a great time with your family. I really need to try one of Sonics vanilla cokes, everyone talks about them!

Candace said...

I miss Sonic sooo much! The closest one here in Cali is an hour away :( I will definitely be cashing in on Happy Hour when I head back to the Midwest in a few weeks!

5th Belle Avenue said...

How fun! And now I desperately want a Sonic cherry limeade! YUM! I lived in Plano when I was younger. Love Dallas!

mjellis said...

What fun pics! I love being with my family too - what a wonderful gift!!

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Hope you have a great week!

Ashley said...

What a fun trip! I'm also a Sonic addict..gotta have a Dr. Pepper every day! Hope you have a great week!

Lindsay said...

It looks like you are having such a great time :)

Adrienne said...

What a great trip...I miss living in my home town some times too near all my pals and mom ... I love happy hour and I am sure they miss me since I gave up caffiene

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

So cute love family time, that golf cart is adorable future little golf pro. I'm sad we don't have any Sonic's ANYWHERE in Sac.. :(

Arrie said...

Yea! I love that picture of you and Griff! So sweet. And you looks so tan and skinny!! We love that video around this house. Griffin loves to watch it and say, "griffin drive!" We miss you already and can't wait for our aug/sept visit!

Brittany said...

Love the pics! The picture of Griffin "pondering" is too cute!!

Kelly Marie said...

I lovee Sonic! I just went for my first time when we moved to TX!! Family time is the absolute best! What fun pictures :) My sister in law is due in 2 days, but it's their second baby and they decided against finding out the sex..anyways one of their top name choices if it's a girl is Gracie!

Caroline said...

I hope I'm cute enough to rock a bikini at 32 weeks pregs! :) Glad you had a good time with the fam in DALLAS! :)

Tatiana said...

Fun times with the fam are the best! My hubby LOVES sonic as well! Oh, and welcome to TX!

Lil' Woman said...

Adorable pics.....he's such a little cutie!!

Jenn said...

Love sonic drinks, I still haven't been during the "happy hour" thought, need to check that out!

Family love is the best, bummer Gabe wasn't there to share it though!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

How fun!! What great pictures!

Your nephew is so so cute!! And Arrie is 32 weeks pregnant? She looks AMAZING!! I hope I can look that good!

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Roxanne said...

love this post :) fam is THE BESSSSST! and i love how long your hair is getting...looks super pretty!

riemasjourney said...

nice pics, i really love your blog.

Dani @ OK, Dan said...

Your family seems so awesome! Griffin is adorable and you look so pretty! Never been to a sonic...but now I wanna try one.

xo,
Dani

undomestic chica said...

You know, I've never had Sonic? I know, I know, I should try it. Looks like you had a blast though!

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

YOur sister LOOKS Amazing. I cant believe she is due in just 5 weeks. Lucky her! What a cute little newphew! :)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

What a cute video! Love all the photos!

Design Apprentice said...

Such great photos. So happy you go to visit with your family, and I love the quote at the end of your post.

Amber said...

Such sweet pictures!! 96° heat, YUCK!! I'll move to Seattle and you can move to Dallas, how's that sound? :)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

I love that last picture! So sweet!

Mark and Emily said...

Do u know where they got that golf cart? My son needs one...:)

Samantha said...

i LOVE me some Sonic!!

Tamara Nicole said...

Awww looks like some good old family time! And big kudos for her rockin the bikini all prego! I think it's like the cutest thing ever!!! i totally want to be prego during summer (and be in shape! Lol) so I can rock it too!

Jax said...

So cute! And love me some SONIC! :) 8:30 am and it already looked nice and hot at the park.. haha.. Oh, how I love summer but I'd love it more if it stuck around 80 degrees... :)You look gorgeous, per usual, love! :) I love how long your hair is getting!!

Kassie said...

Aw I LOVE family time!! You look so pretty :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

There's nothing better than family time! AND of course Sonic.

Allison said...

You have such a good tan. That's so cute watching him drive. We were doing the same thing over Christmas.

Tatum-LeTard said...

Family is so much fun!!! My close, close, VERY close aunt and cousins are in town from Austin, Texas this week. And it has been swimming parties, pizza parties, movie nights, and shopping galore! You and your fam are so adorable!
P.S. Vanilla cokes are my fav too!

OceanDreams said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time, cute outfit too! :)

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