Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bear's Country Fair

 
Bear's 2nd Birthday was held last Sunday in Old Town Spring, and turned out to be such a special day. Family and friends traveled from afar and braved the rain to celebrate our little man, and we couldn't be more thankful. We are so grateful Bear is loved by such precious people!
 
A little background to the birthday party:
My sister-in-law, Scarlett, gave us the idea for "Bear's Country Fair". We knew we wanted something themed around Bear's love for ponies and farm animals in general, so it was the perfect fit for his celebration. Zach started building booths several months ago, and the original plan was to have the party at our house with the "fair" in our backyard. The week of the party, Houston's chance of rain was at 80% for Sunday. Knowing we couldn't fit 80+ guests in our home, we set out to find a larger indoor location. Old Town Spring is less than 2 miles from our house, and it worked out that we could rent a charming dance hall with a large courtyard for the pony rides and games. It did end up raining during the party, but Zach set up a large tent for guests to stand under while they played the games. It was also such a light rain that no-one (even the ponies!) really seemed to mind.
The only downside to the dance hall was that we were only allowed 45 minutes inside to decorate before the party. That was hard for my perfectionist self, because it wasn't enough time to get everything inside exactly how I envisioned it. But, Bear didn't seem to mind a bit what the d├ęcor looked like ;). He was all about those ponies!
Enough words...here's the afternoon in pictures.
 
 

 

A huge thank you to Zach, who worked tirelessly for months to bring this "country fair" to life. Another huge thank you to my Mom for all of her hard work over the entire weekend. Thank you to Katy Bliss for taking pictures, and to Lisa for face-painting. Love you all!


Happy Birthday, Bear Clayton! You are our world and we love you so.
 
 




Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Recap

 Happy November!
Can you believe it? I saw a Target Christmas commercial this afternoon and nearly fell out of my chair. How is it possible? This year has seriously flown by. I'm not complaining though, because we love the holidays! This is such a special time of year.

Halloween was so much fun this year; Bear had a big playgroup party in the morning and he absolutely loved trick or treating that evening. People always say holidays are more fun with kids and so far that's proved to be true. It brings so much joy to see things through the eyes of a child.
 
 And to eat all their candy. In bed.

We woke up Friday morning and got ready for our playgroup party. Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy!

That evening, we ordered pizza and then hit the streets. This little guy was in heaven.
 
"Trick or treat" sounded something like "Chuck E. Cheese", but it's all the same. Just pass the candy, please. He even did all the knocking.
 
My parents came in that night and got to take Bear around to a few houses; it was fun for all of us. Thanks for coming to visit, Mom and Dad! We love y'all.
 
Now onto all things Thanksgiving and, not even gonna deny it, Christmas. Yes it's only November 3rd and the Michael Buble Christmas album is already calling my name.
Shameless.

Hope you had a fun, spooky Halloween!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!!!
 
Can you believe it's already here?! October was such a quick month! Bear is sleeping and soon I'll be waking him up to get ready and head out to our big playgroup party. Can't wait to see all the little ones in costume!

We've had such a busy, fun, festive month and I'm sad to see it come to a close. Although November just means one month closer to Christmas :).
 
 
We visited the pumpkin patch with friends last week.
 
Stacking pumpkins is a little harder than stacking blocks..
 
And we went to Zoo Boo with Daddy on Sunday.
 
And we've been making lots of spooky treats!

One of our favorite neighborhood traditions is "boo'ing" each other. We have so much fun with this every year.
 
Bear has quite mastered the art of selfies.
 
 
I've struggled with uploading pictures (why this blog has been inactive!) but hopefully the problem has been resolved. Lots of posts to catch up on!

Hope you have a fun, safe Halloween. Remember, it's just a bunch of hocus pocus!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elissa & Jose's Wedding

One of my very best friends, Elissa, got married on Sunday and it was an absolute fairytale wedding. Every last detail was stunning and I was so honored to stand by Elissa's side as her Matron of Honor. She and Jose have been dating for nine years, so it was amazing to see this dream day come to life for the both of them.
 
 
The bridesmaids got ready in the beautiful presidential suite at The Woodlands Resort. Hair and make-up team were awesome!
 
Limo ride with the gorgeous bride
 
I don't have any pictures from the ceremony, and all of these are iPhone pictures. They don't begin to do justice to the beauty that was this reception. Just breath-taking.

Bear had fun with the flower girls! #ladiesman

Our beautiful Brittney Granger was supposed to be Elissa's maid of honor, so there were lots of special touches throughout the day in memory of our Beanie. Loved that Elissa carried Brittney with her in her bouquet.

Flip book favors were pretty much the coolest thing ever.
 
To Elissa and Jose,
Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness. I've never known two people any more in love than the two of you. God clearly made you for each other, and we are so very blessed to have you as our dear friends and what we consider family. Love you, Carmonas! Have a blast in Cali!