Friday Favorites: Top 5 Photos

I totally missed posting my top five pictures on Tuesday, so I'm going to be little late to the party and share them today!

Please note: There is quite literally no way in the world that I could choose five pictures. I have taken thousands upon thousands of photos of my children. Sarah has taken thousands upon thousands of photos of my children. I can't choose five. I'd have this weird nagging feeling. I could maybe choose five of each kid from the sessions we've done with Sarah... but probably not.

So, instead I'm doing the top five pictures from the biggest days of my life.

I do.

Ryan and I decided to do "first look" pictures the day of our wedding. Best decision of the day, well, besides marrying him. You would think after being together for seven years we wouldn't be nervous, but we both were. We opted for a later wedding because I wanted to be married at night but we didn't want to miss any time at the reception so we took pictures prior to the ceremony. This moment was worth it. Just me and him and our dear photographer there to capture it. We were able to talk and pray and just spend a few precious moments together. 


As soon as we found out we were expecting, we dubbed the baby "peanut". Even after we knew he was a boy and picked our a name, he was still Peanut. Radley arrived 9 days early but was the longest labor time I had. We initially arrived at the hospital at 6:30am and were sent home with instructions to drink water. I sent Ryan to work but by noon I felt like my uterus was going to pull an Alien and just shoot out of my stomach. He arrived at 6:31pm to an entire cheering section of people. I think we easily had 20 people in the waiting room which should have really been called the "we are so impatient we are standing outside your door and will push it down if you don't let us in" room. Charis was there snapping pictures that I didn't even know I would need or want. How silly of me. This picture to me defines the moment I became a mom. This dark haired beautiful boy was all mine to love and discover and protect. 

Big brother.

Radley was so excited to be a big brother. He just couldn't wait to hold the baby and love the baby and just be a huge helper. I loved watching this sweet moment happen. He got to hold for the first time and as soon as he did, he looked up at me, smiled and kissed her head. He's been an awesome big brother from that moment on.

A trio.

I just can't love this moment enough. Ryan and I had discussed how we wanted to let everyone know that MAK was a boy or a girl + what his or her name was. I had shirts made that said "Team Landry" or "Team Aubrey" (what her name would have been if she would have been a boy) and we decided that he would walk out wearing the shirt holding  either two pink or blue balloons. This picture is everything to me. I'm not in it, and I wasn't even there to see it happen. I saw it hours later when we were alone in the hospital room with Landry while the bigs were back at the house with Gigi and Pops. I can imagine how he must have felt - carrying his baby to meet his babies. What a joyous thrill to kneel down and say, "Meet your sister." 


For our 10 year anniversary I surprised Ryan by recreating our wedding day.  I had planned for ages to get my dress to Sarah so when the girls and I left the house I was wearing my Easter dress. I sent him a text after we had "checked the lighting" to let him know that he could head up to where we were with Radley and then gave him a little hint ... he was SHOCKED to see me in my gown. He may have even produced a tear or two. The kids LOVED being there on our "wedding" day and I loved showing them what love looks like all these years later. 

Happy Friday y'all!

Linking up  with AndreaErika, and Narci  today... 


Royally Waiting: What's Up Wednesday Edition

Happy Wednesday y'all! Shelly, Holly and I are so excited you keep coming back for Royally Waiting. We are having the best time getting to know each and every one of you!

This week is extra fun because we are joining Sheaffer, Shay and Mel for their monthly What's Up Wednesday! 

What we're eating... 

I can honestly say that since doing my first Whole30 in Nov. '15, I have committed to a healthy, whole breakfast 90% of the time. My go to spicy+sweet brussel hash is still in the rotation. Keeps me full and satisfied until lunch. 

I have been eating TONS of salads with my new favorite dressing. 

This Tessemae's is so good that I think I could honestly just drink it. I want to have a shrimp boil and dip the shrimp straight into the dressing - it's so light and full of flavor and full of goodness! And a little goes a LOONG way. So ignore the higher price because it's worth it!

We've also gotten in the habit of buying two rotisserie chickens at HEB and shredding them to use during the week. My new favorite is to add Fed+Fit's homemade mayo, cucumber, tomato, and then slice fresh avocado. So yummy!!

**I wish I only ate like this. I've also downed a few powdered donuts this week, too!**

What I'm reminiscing about...

This time last year my students organized a meal packing event to benefit the people of Haiti. In 3 hours we had 145 volunteers pack 37, 152 meals! They are hosting this same event this Friday! So if you're on campus and want to help - let me know!

The annual Paw Print Festival is always this time of year and we had the best time last Saturday on a perfect spring day! Like clockwork, the pictures from the first year I co-chaired the event popped up on my timeline. 

(With donut all over his face!)

What I'm loving...

This candle Shelly gifted me.  

(I mean, the name alone is worth the purchase, but y'all...I fell asleep and left it burning all night last week. First, I didn't burn the house down. Second, my house smelled amazing for days. Third, there is still a TON of candle left!!) 

This shampoo/conditioner/dry shampoo. 

I bit the bullet and finally tried Living Proof. (Ok, my mom bit the bullet and finally bought me some for my bday). I LOVE it. I am not a wash-my-hair-everyday kind of girl. (Who am I kidding - I go way more than two days). But this keeps it so clean longer - even WITHOUT the dry shampoo. 

What we've been up to... 

I had every intention of dedicating a post to our eleven year wedding anniversary. But, well... life happens. 

We got to celebrate by attending a WEDDING! How fun is that?!?! Liz was one of my favorite Aggies of all times and she's still one of my favorite human beings ever. She met her husband at Baylor while they were both attending seminary. My favorite touch to their sweet nuptials was when they presented communion to every guest there. 

And then we had some fun in photo booth. Age looks good on us. We earned those wrinkles and rolls through laughter and tears and late nights of frozen pizza and ice cream.

What I'm dreading... 

I have committed to working out. Again. Dreading the early mornings but also really looking forward to this time to focus on me. 

What I'm working on... 

See above.

What I'm excited about...

Finishing the job that Big Event crew started last weekend. Our front landscaping was just sad and awful - they ripped up tons of bushes, raised the beds, added mulch and got everything read for us to plant. Ryan has also pulled out the rest of those bushes on the right. We have a blank slate... any suggestions?

What I'm watching/reading...

I started a new show that I've heard tons of amazing things about - my favorite being that one of my friends is related to the star! How fun is that?!? If you need something a little silly and fully musical then check this out on Netflix. LOVE.

I have an entire shelf in my closet of "books I need to read." Most are religious and I've done a horrible job keeping up. Starting Finding God's Will this week and have enjoyed the message. The author is an Aggie and used to lead Breakaway at TAMU which is a huge weekly bible study/worship on campus. (And by huge, I mean like 10K people attend).

What' I'm listening to...

On repeat.

What I'm wearing...

Almost every single outfit the past two weeks have started with these
I LOVE them. SOOOOO cute. AND comfortable. AND I grow 4 inches. 


I especially loved them with this combo. Cold shoulder from my birthday shopping spree, a coveted Dooney and Bourke (Zulily find!) and white jeans. I felt so springy!

What I'm looking forward to this weekend...

Yard work. And having nothing real on the agenda!

What I'm looking forward to next month...


What else is new...

Our link-up is still fairly new! Hope you'll join us each week as we give a run down of what we're up to! What are you waiting for??

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Paw Print Festival 2017...

Saturday was the College Hills Elementary annual Paw Print Festival and the first set of spring storms finished just in time to make a gorgeous day!! We always plan the event to coincide with The Big Event at Texas A&M so that we ensure we have PLENTY of volunteers to help run all the games. I happen to think that we get the BEST volunteers since half of them are from MSC FISH. 

These Aggies do everything from setting up games, hauling tables, hanging signs, taking tickets, scooping ice cream and helping where ever needs arise - we realized we needed a photographer so Manny made sure to document the day. And since they love my kids, I lucked out and got a glimpse into all the fun they were having while I was busy running around!

Radley adores Drew - his whole face lit up when he saw him. I kind of think the feeling is a bit mutual. I'm not sure who gives each other more sass.... 

I mean, Dad Drew is the best.

Tia and Uncle Josh made their way up there in time for the official start with all the girls in tow. (Ryan was at our house with our own set of Big Event volunteers helping to redo the front landscaping in our yard!) I was very clearly giving them an important message. 

So thankful for this six pack!

My kids had so much fun all day long!

Kelsey, Drew, and Becca walked around with them, held their drinks, kept track of their prizes, filled them up with plenty of sugar and spoiled them rotten. At some point they had all 6 and didn't blink an eye. (Well, I think Drew had all 6 for 5 minutes and may have been freaking out a bit.)

Emmy's feet may have never touched the ground. 

While my "old execs" were making sure my kids were taken care of - this crew (and Manny behind the lens) was making sure I was taken care of. They checked in, ran errands and just offered the best support to this event. 

A THOUSAND BIG THANKS to you MSC FISH! You enrich my life and my kids' lives so so so much!