Beckett and Eli (2 1/2 years old) and Nash (5 months and 1 week)
This past weekend we headed to Houston for a few days. We stayed with our friends Texas family, the Riley clan (check out their blog HERE) and had such a relaxing and laid back weekend. We got in around 9:30pm on Friday night and headed back after church/lunch on Sunday. Here's my dozen favorite pics from our visit. We are so blessed to have such amazing friends in Texas. They're the kind of friends where you can do a buncha nothin' with and still have a blast.
Luann and Justin prepared some scrumptious and uber healthy home-cooked meals for us so we'll be featuring some of those recipes of Wednesday. Make sure to check back in for that, especially the crockpot chicken and quinoa. Luann is pretty active on Pinterest (follow her HERE) and has quite the following so she's always telling me about some new recipe, great pin or exceptional new blog she stumbled on. I'm always so appreciative for her insight because she's right on top of the trends.
I told her if I could just borrow her amazing web searching skills/brain for the day, I'd be chock-full of great info for the blog always. I adore when my friends tell me about their recent finds. They're so sweet to share. So needless to say, when you get the two of us together with an iPad, it equals some serious sharing and non-stop fun!
The boys were all sweet as pie the entire weekend, as was Zola. Our human and hairy baby were both exceptionally good on both legs of our trip. They both slept almost the entire way there. On the way back, we stopped two-thirds of the way (in Bastrop) at the Sonic. I needed to go potty and we had to get our half price slush on. Then the floodgates opened. Nash woke up. And then there was a carseat blowout situation. And then I had to nurse. And then I ordered sweet potato tots. And then Zola had to go potty. And then Walt. And then we were finally back on the road, ha! Never a dull moment over here...never!
It's actually a tradition that the day we get back from vacation, no matter how long (remind you this was only a 36 hour trek), we always get takeout or fast food. I know it's against our 'cook at home most of the time' mentality, but I love knowing that nobody has to be in the kitchen the evening we cruise back into town. We stopped by Pei Wei and got ourselves some dinner on the way back into town. It was awesome to have our suitcase unpacked, laundry started, cloth diapers folded and the house back in working order before dinnertime. And to know that we only had to reheat dinner was a glorious feeling.
Thank you Rileys for the amazing weekend. It was so great to see y'all. Always the gracious hosts, we left with yummy tummys, full hearts and splendid memories. It's so amazing to have friends that are like family when we're so far from both of ours. Check out some of my fave pics below!
Luann and I took her two boys to the Saturday morning Farmers Market while Walt/Justin took Nash and Zola for a walk around the Riley's neighborhood. We scored some scrumptious fresh veggies and ginger snap cookies for the boys.
Someone was a big fan of Beckett/Eli's trampoline. Jump, jump, jump...lil' man!
Now this is what I call relaxing. And Zola perched, obviously making herself right at home. The boys were all great nappers so we actually got to have some laid-back adult time too.
When two grown men are reading Snuggle Bunny to one tiny boy...I pretty much want to die at the cuteness level.
Such a beautiful boy, that Beckett!
Amazing weather, all weekend long!
Smiling at Mr. Justin!
Eli...the pint size sous chef.
And the best bath ducky you ever did see!