Monday, November 24, 2014


Well, Mondays sure are much nicer when you're off - for a whole week! I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan again today! 

I'm starting on Thursday, because it was my first day off for the Thanksgiving holiday! I took Thursday and Friday off, and since I do communications for a school district, that means I get the entire week of Thanksgiving off...just like the kiddos! Definitely a nice perk. :) 

Anyway, I kept Walker home with me Thursday and we got ready to go to my parents' house for the weekend! He "helped" me do a ton of laundry, clean the entire house and pack. Thursday was a nice mail day, too: our Lewis Wines Wine Club shipment came in! 

The Griswolds and their gypsy wagon were packed up and ready to head south for the 4-hour drive by 9 a.m.! I'm thinking that's a record. This was our first road trip with Walker since he was nearly three months old, so I had done a ton of research and preparation for it - which I'll share this week for anyone interested - so we were ready to go! 

And yes, we turned Walker around in his car seat. Sue me. I was so tired of the meltdowns every time we got in the car {that lasted until he got out}, so we flipped him. And guess what?! We use a blanket in the crib, too! *Gasp!* And guess what again? He did GREAT in the car and I felt like I had a different baby. I guess I really wouldn't like riding backward, either. 

Anyway, off of that soap box! 

Walker did great in the car and we made it to my hometown a little after lunchtime. We hung out at my parents' for a bit and then all went to my grandparents' for supper. My grandmother made a great baked potato soup, salad and a chocolate pound cake. 

Before we ate, Walker and my Dad did a little "catching up." I'd say they're both pretty smitten. :) 

After we ate, two of my cousins {who are my age} came over to hang out and visit. One thing I love about the way I grew up is that we all lived in the same town and were - and are - so close! My cousin Rebecca and her husband Kris brought their little girl, Audrey, who is exactly one year and one day older than Walker. They were little kissin' cousins! ;) 

I have absolutely zero pictures of Saturday because I was so busy soaking up family time! Walker decided he wanted to wake up at 5:50 a.m., so we were all up and rarin' to go before 7 a.m. {My poor child is such a creature of habit. That Pack 'n' Play? Not cutting it for that spoiled always-on-a-schedule-and-sleeps-in-his-crib dude. Le sigh.} My Dad made us all yummy omelets and bacon, and we just lounged around for the morning. 

After Walker's nap, we took our Christmas card photos with the photographers who took our wedding portraits! They live in my hometown and are good friends of our family. I have seen them and can't wait to share them with y'all - I'm sure you will love them! :) My brother showed up in the middle of our session and Walker about died over him. He loves his Uncle Parker! 

We ended the day with a great Baylor football victory, a yummy home cooked meal by my Mom, and just spending time together. 

We went to church, then picked out our portraits of choice at our photographers' house. Then, my Mom made another yummy meal for us, my parents, my brother and his girlfriend. 

We left after lunch, and Walker didn't make it 10 minutes down the road before he passed out., I started taking pictures of my hometown. East Texas and its pine trees will always have my heart. 

Walker did excellent on the car ride home and we didn't even have to stop! We made our typically-four-hour drive in three yesterday. While it was really hard to leave my family, it was good to get home. 

I'm looking forward to this whole week off and not having having to go back to work until Dec. 1! 

Hope y'all have a great Monday! 



  1. Pretty pictures! Sounds like a great weekend of family time! Glad Walker was a good lil traveller for you too!

  2. Lovely pictures! The kissin cousins are too cute. Enjoy your time at home with your family.

  3. Stopping by from the link up! Looks like a great weekend with family! I'm so jealous of your week off, I only get Thanksgiving and Friday.

  4. Look at your baby's buddah belly! Oh I miss my son being a BABY! *Le'Sigh*
    Oh, and flipping the carseat around - I did it too... And my son will be 8 in March. He survived and so will yours ;) But, I got a lot of "YOU DID WHAT" when I did that. hehehehehehehehe. Mom's are weird! ALL OF US!

  5. I can't wait to see some East Texas trees tomorrow.
    So glad you got to go see your family! :)

  6. Aw what a sweet picture of him and his grandpa! I love his belly in his cousin picture - too darn cute!!!


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