Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Birthday and Happy Father's Day!

Happy Birthday and Happy Father's Day, Travis! We have been celebrating Travis all weekend. I felt kind of bad for him because his birthday fell right in the middle of us packing and getting ready to move. I would normally bake him a cake or pie, but this year I bought a cookie cake for him because all of my baking supplies are packed up. Tyler serenaded him by signing Happy Birthday which was so cute! I'm so thankful we have Travis in our lives. He is a wonderful husband and the best Daddy we could ask for. He never complains about watching the kids and he is always willing for me to get away and have some time for myself. The boys absolutely love him and I'm so glad they have a Daddy that will take the time to show them how things work, take them fishing and golfing, and just do BOY stuff. Our lives wouldn't be complete without you! We love you!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Friends

We have had a gift card to Build A Bear Workshop for almost two years now! One of Travis' homeowners gave it to us when Cooper was born and we had yet to use it. I wasn't even sure it would be worth anything after that long, but it still had all of its value, so I decided we should use it before we moved. We told the boys we were going to make some special friends that they could take with us to Harlingen. They were very excited and picked out a friend immediately! Tyler choose a puppy dog and Cooper choose a bear. They enjoyed their morning making their friends and had to take them with them in their beds for naps!


Tyler stuffing his puppy dog.


The boys giving their animals a bath.


Cooper bathing his bear.


Showing off the finished product. With the help of mommy and daddy, Tyler named his dog Spot and Cooper named his bear Brownie. Mommy and Daddy were too cheap to buy an outfit for the animals so they came home naked!

Goodbyes

Last night some of our best friends threw us a going away party. We had a wonderful time swimming, eating some yummy ribs, and visiting with good friends. It was definitely hard saying goodbye at the end and tears were shed, but I know these friendships will last a lifetime.

We have been busy packing up the house and getting ready for the big move. I am leaving Thursday with the boys and heading to Tyler to spend some time with my family before making the drive down to Harlingen in early July. Travis' plan is to pack up the U-haul on Thursday and head down to Harlingen on Friday and then start work on Monday. Our lives are crazy right now and I don't really see it settling down anytime soon! Here are some pictures from the party last night.

I love this picture of Laura and Marley.


Sweet Daniel, one of Cooper's buddies from church.


I love this sweet picture of Hudson.


I think the men had more fun with the water guns than the kids.



Cooper and Daddy enjoying the pool.


Sweet Coop!


Tyler is obsessed with goggles right now. I really need to buy him a pair!


Oops! Somebody found the chocolate chip cookies!


Shelby


Uncle Ross had some new friends by the end of the night. The little girls love him!


I love this picture of Jeremy with his kids.


Sweet Natalie! I love miss Natalie.


Tyler and Natalie giving hugs as we were leaving. This picture is a keeper for their wedding video, right Laura?



Travis and I have been so blessed to have GREAT friends here and leaving them is probably the hardest part about moving. They have become our family here. We have such a unique friendship with three other couples. The wives and husbands all get along wonderfully as well as the 13 kids between us and I just think it is rare. I treasure these friendships so much.

Saying goodbye to Candice. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet. She has a huge heart and is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She is always full of wisdom and encouragement. Her family is about to embark on an adventure of their own and I can't wait to see what God does in her life.


Saying goodbye to Laura. She is the hostess with the mostess! She is the crazy one that keeps us laughing and she ALWAYS has a smile on her face. She is one of the most generous people I know and I have been blessed by her many times.


Saying goodbye to Ashley. Ashley is fabulous in every way. She amazes me so much. She is blessed with the ability of leadership and inviting people in and making them feel welcome. She is probably the biggest reason the four of us are so close.

I love you girls and I can't wait to get together for girls weekends!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Johnson Construction


Front elevation before

Back of house before
Back of house after

Front of house after
So this is what I've been up to since I've been working on my own. This house is down in a nice older neighborhood close to 610 loop. It was a small house built in the 40's or 50's and we added close to 600 square feet of master suite and utility room. It is going to be really nice when we are done. Here are the before and after exterior pics. I'll shoot some interior a little later. We replace roof,siding,windows,garage door, front door, and repainted the old part of the house in addition to adding on the suite. Jeremy McFarland of Brick Moon Design in Spring did the design so give him a call if you need some architect work done.