Saturday, October 25, 2014

September 2014 Part Two

Justin is all about the outdoors - hunting, fishing, bugs, mud, etc. All that fun stuff. He convinced me and some of our friends to go on a camping trip one weekend in September and it really was so much fun! It wasn't really "true" camping - no tents were involved and we had electricity and toilets, but let's just call it camping anyway. We stayed in a cute little lodge and let the babies run around outside a lot. Justin and the boys (and Candace!) went fishing and then we did a big fish fry one night. We played a lot of silly games at night and made s'mores. It was so much fun hanging out and making memories together. 

Justin brought his new fishing boat and Emory had a blast "driving!" Justin was so proud of his sweet little girl and I just love that she has a pink tutu swimsuit and a big bow on in his manly camo boat! Haha! 

Emory and Cameron's first time riding in a boat! Emory clung to me tightly and Cammie went into survival mode and went limp - it was hilarious! We think they enjoyed it...maybe. 

This picture of Cammie cracks me up - she looks like such a big girl just hanging out in her chair! 

These two are just too cute together! Their personalities are so different, but for the most part it seems to work well. They have so much fun playing together and they get so excited when they see each other! 

Emory saw that Justin was enjoying a little treat and wormed her way up into his lap for a bite. She is one smart cookie! 

Say "cheese!" Two dirty outside camper babies! 

Best friends forever! 

The only thing cuter than a baby in pajamas is TWO babies in pajamas! 

This is how they were the entire trip - so excited to run wild and free!! 

The trip was so smooth, even with two babies! They both napped well and slept pretty great. We were all happy about that! One thing I noticed and thought was so funny - I apparently only think about taking pictures of my child. I forgot to get any pictures of the rest of us! Oops! Next time! And yes, there will be a next time! Justin has already decided that we need a longer and "more real" camping trip in the future. I think I'll agree, as long as there are no tents involved! Haha! 

Another fun thing that happened in September was wedding dress shopping with Candace!! 

Wedding dress overload! We went to two different places and Candace was such a trooper trying on lots of dresses, even if she was ready for a nap! Haha! 

Best friends forever - seriously! 

A big thumbs up after Candace picked her dress! And can I just say that it is one that Alyse and I picked out?! I mean, we are so honored. : ) 

Candace's dressing room. Is she not the cutest bride ever or what?!

Her wedding dress is Oleg Cassini. Just couture. No big deal. 

We seriously had THE best time spending the whole day together and just watching her dreams come true of becoming a bride. She looked amazing in so many dresses, but we all ended up falling in love with the same one. It was totally meant to be!! I can't wait to see her in it in April!! 

And here's just a few other random pictures from September:

Sometimes when I tell the dogs to "go lay down," Emory runs over to their bed really quickly and lays down in it before they can. She is a mess! Haha! 

Play date at the splash pad. These babies love the water! 

My cute little swim girl! She looks so big and grown up here. Time flies when you're having fun, which we definitely are around these parts! 

Thank you, Lord, for a beautiful September full of wonderful memories! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

September 2014 Part One

September was a fun and busy month for us - as evidenced by my lack of blogging! I'm determined to get caught up, though! 

Here's what we were up to in September. Y'all might want to prepare for a long post! 

My little patriotic princess on Labor Day! She's standing "at attention." 

We spent a lot of afternoons outside in the backyard playing in the pool and making a huge mess for Justin to clean up. : )

We were so thankful to have a good friend who has a neighborhood pool where we spent many many mornings playing and swimming. How cute are these swim babies?!

Emory and Cammie = best friends! These two are so stinking cute together. 

We had a baby shower for our dear friend Madison and her soon-to-arrive baby boy. Of course I slacked and didn't take any pictures other than this, but it was so much fun! It's so nice having a good group of friends here finally! We can't wait to meet baby C!  

Emory spent a Saturday shopping with my parents while I napped after working and she had so much fun. She loves going to Sears and riding on the lawn mowers - she must take after her daddy! 

We celebrated our friend Abbie's first birthday! It was a party in the park and the sweet babies had so much fun. I can't believe that Abbie is one already! She was the tiniest little 9 month old when we first met her, barely walking. Now she's a (still tiny) one year old walking everywhere!

Who doesn't love a huge ball pit?!

Emory and her friend Lucy - how cute are they?! I think they look so similar!

And in the MOST EXCITING NEWS of the month...

...Candace got engaged!!!!!! She showed up at work to show me her bling bling! Congratulations Candace and Karl! 

We have Mommy and Me play dates each week and they are some of our favorite days! I took Emory, Cammie, and Charity on a nature walk at the park and they were the cutest, even if our walk took forever after all the stops! Haha! 

At least one baby knows what "say cheese" means! 

Story Time at the library is another of our favorite activities! It's a good place for Emory to practice sitting still and listening. And she gets to sing and dance and blow bubbles, too! 

Grandma and Emory say GEAUX LSU! I have to be honest, I'm not really a huge football fan, but I do love dressing Emory up for game days! Priorities. : )

When grandma and grandpa are in town, we go over to Gigi's and play with Ginger. Emory likes to help her eat and Ginger is nice enough not to mind! 

These two love to walk the neighborhoods and act silly together! 

Bubbles at Story Time with her friends! It's so neat watching these little people interact together! Well, when they aren't pushing or biting each other. Haha! 

We made it out to Sci-Port one day to explore and absolutely loved it! It's a little pricey to visit frequently, but it's definitely worth a splurge every now and then. They have tons of little things for the kids to play with and do, including these huge teeth! 

Beep, beep - get out of the way! This makes me almost hyperventilate thinking about them driving - I know the years will fly by! 

Sitting on the table and playing with blocks! She loves to build towers and then push them down! 

Emory's first corn on the cob - which I felt needed to be documented. She loved it! 

These two are so funny. They just plopped down in the middle of the road and played for a little bit. We are so glad that they live on a dead end street with minimal traffic...and that their neighbors don't mind when these two come knocking on their doors! 

Emory has developed a "silly" personality and it's so cute. Once she figures out that something makes us laugh, she loves to just keep doing it! Cammie was telling her to "Get up, Emory Grace!" 

More from September to come! So thankful for this beautiful life!! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Last of Summer

Ever since college, my head automatically categorizes August as fall, simply because it was the start of our fall semester. I still think of it like that, hence the title. So even these might "technically" be the last of summer pictures, it's certainly not the end of summer here with our 90+ degree weather and hot hot days. We are ready for some fall coolness! 

Here's what we were up to in August:

We spend most of our afternoons in the backyard, playing in the pool, swinging, sliding, and drawing with chalk. Emory loves to watch me draw things. She says, "Ooooh, ooooh!" It's nice that someone thinks I'm talented. Haha. 

Radar wanted the chalk, too, apparently. Haha. 

We spend most of our days with this sweet angel - Cammie Lee! They are the cutest sweetest babies around, when they aren't stealing each other's toys and snacks. Haha! 

But I mean, really, how cute are they?!

Auntie Whitney came in one day to hang out with us and we went to play at the park. Emory loved the extra attention!

We went to visit daddy's favorite place - Bass Pro! Emory seems about as thrilled as I was! Haha! 

The alligator's cutest catch of the day! 

We love play dates at the park with our group of friends. Now we just need some boy baby friends! 

Sweaty sweet baby - rifling through someone else's bag and stealing their snacks and water. Busted! 

Daddy wanted to swim one day after doing yard work outside. There was only room for one! Haha! We need a bigger pool!

Emory is a major book lover and when it gets quiet, I usually find her like this - surrounded by books. Isn't that just the sweetest thing?! I can't wait until she can read them to me. 

Rocking and reading, just like mommy! 

Alyse came up to stay one weekend and we had the BEST time! We literally did nothing except stay in jammies, watch tv, and eat...and it was perfect! Emory absolutely loved having Alyse there and was sad when she left. 

Please come back soon, Alyse!! We miss you!!! Emory wants you to read 50 more books to her! Haha! 

Another one of our mommy and me play dates - such cute cute babies! 

On August 19 we got to find out what the next baby Poole is going to be!!!!! Anddddddd, it's a..........BOY!!!!!! YAY!!! We were thrilled, although Emory definitely didn't get what all the screaming was about. I love her face in this one. She is thinking, what in the world?! It was loud because we were SO EXCITED! We can't wait to meet you, baby Poole boy!! 

Emory is mommy's big helper and loves to do whatever I'm doing. Daddy found her a little broom and so she sweeps when I sweep. She actually picks up dust and hair, too! It's awesome! Now if only she understood how to sweep it into the dustpan. ; )

I'm usually behind the camera, so it's nice to get pictures with my sweet girl. We were swimming at Aunt Pam's that day and Emory had a blast, eating chips and drinking an Icee. I'm pretty sure she thinks she's a teenager already. 

This was right after Emory woke up from a nap one day and she was being so sassy. It was adorable! She ran up to me and wanted me to put her glasses on and she did not want to take them off. Hey, it was bright inside after her nap. Haha! I just love her grumpy face and her crazy hair. What a sweet doll! 

Grandma and Grandpa come up every single Saturday and on this day we went to Gigi's and bought a pool. Emory had a blast splashing around and playing. She is so blessed with the greatest grandparents ever!! 

First LSU game and Emory was ready! Too bad she fell asleep before it even started. But she sure looked cute that day! 

Cheerleader baby! Cutest Tiger ever! 

I have to get creative to try to get still pictures of Emory these days so that it won't be blurry. I've figured out that if I stand her up in a chair, she is stuck for a few seconds so I can snap away! 

Happy little duck! 

Candace moved to Shreveport in August and we have LOVED having her over a lot and playing. Emory loves her Aunt Can! 

We've been taking a lot of walks in the evenings before bath and bedtime. Emory absolutely loves it and usually squeals and runs and laughs and just has the best time. Until we see a stray ball or a kitty somewhere. And then she cries because I tell her she can't go and get it/pet it. Haha.

Gorgeous view - a beautiful sunset and my sweet sweet girl. I am so blessed!