Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Packer Fun

Back in the glory days of our time at ACU, two of our favorite people to hang out with were Collin and Holly Packer. After several years of begins spread across the country from one another, we're finally back within driving distance. We were really excited to jump on our first chance to run up the road to Dallas to get some time with some great friends. 

This is really the first time that we've spent any real time together with each of us having our three kiddos, and it was pretty hilarious to watch how much fun they had playing with each other.

Of course Ryla would be drawn to the baby... These two spent most of the afternoon with one another giggling and having a ball.

This really sums up the level of crazy fun that we had with our time together. Lots of laughs, a great chance to catch up with great friends, and a chance for some great new friendships to be established. Looking forward to many more road trips in our future.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

There's no denying that we're fortunate to live in one of the coolest cities around. A great highlight is being able to enjoy the culture and excitement of our good ol' Longhorns. We had the chance to go UT baseball game with our buddies the McWherter's. It is always a blast to hang with Casey and McKenna. Those two take the party with them wherever they go and graciously allow us to pretend to be as cool as they are.

Of all the things we've done since being here in Austin, this was one of the most unique and exciting things we've done. Now, it took a little practice, but the munchkins were able to figure out how to represent the home team (with various levels of ability and coolness).

It's hard to say what Aidan enjoyed more- the night at the ball park, or the chance to get a little one on one time with his girl Harlow.

UT brought the heat to the Sooners that night, and we loved every second of the action.

Easter 2015

Easter is kind of a big deal around our house- and it's not because of the candy! What we love about Easter in our family is the chance to experience this holiday as something special and sacred. Sure, we've got the coordinating outfits, obligatory "aren't our kids cute" pics, and baskets of candy. But the bulk of our Easter celebration is spent celebrating and embracing resurrection. The highlight is always that chance to share the experience with good friends. 

Noah decided that the photo session went a bit too long. It's good to know that he's not the passive aggressive type. He pretty much lets us know with total certainty that he fully hates what he's experiencing. Ryla did her best to force him into compliance, but that's a lot of hostility to reign in....

This year we had a really special opportunity to spend the holiday with our good friends Jess & Kirby Dunagan. Our kids really do love hanging out with each other, and we enjoy our time with Jess and Kirby just as much as the kids enjoy their time together. What's great about time with the Dunagans' is that Kirby is that you learn a lot. The guy is pretty awesome at just about everything. And Jess may just be one of the smartest people I know. Their absolutely the type of people that make us better.
This picture was miraculous captured in the one millisecond that all the children were still, together, and smiling. It's really an Easter miracle that this exists. Sure, the kids were excited to be together, but what they were really ready for were the overloaded plates of mashed potatoes and bacon wrapped ham (we'll always be in your debt for that incredible combination of pork goodness)!

Our kids unanimously agree that Easter egg hunting is the most ridiculously awesome experience in the world. They do it with phenomenal enthusiasm and excellence. And another big shout out to our Kirby for the top shelf photos of the event. I really don't know many people who can build souped up Power Wheels, make awesome bacon wrapped food, and take professional quality pictures. 

Easter 2015 was really a great experience. This one really seemed to capture all that Easter is intended to be. We're grateful for the fantastic people we have in our lives, the great friends are kids have made, and the incredible life we get to enjoy.