Sunday, June 19, 2016

while I waited...week 24

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
Last week started awesome!  We welcomed home Colby and Holden and seeing those two walk off that airplane was the best feeling!  It was like I could finally take a deep breath!  We loved having them back with us and hearing about all their adventures in California.  We also got to hear all about how they can't wait to go back and stay even longer next summer! #ohboy #we'lltalkaboutthatlater Hope was still at my parents while she wrapped up the second week of swim lessons.  We should FINALLY be a party of five by Wednesday of this week!  I can't wait for that but in the meantime, here's what else I was up to last week while I waited...

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
We started off our week by getting our bigs home!  They texted me this picture right before their plane took off Monday afternoon.  Shortly after this, Mike and I set off for Austin to pick them up.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
I sent this screenshot to Katy and Shelly as proof why boys should not have cell phones.  #whatwehavehereisafailuretocommunicate
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Tears puddled in my eyes as I saw them walking towards us.  It had only been 10 days but they had both grown!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Holden couldn't wait to give Mike his gift!  It says:
"To the world's greatest farter - I mean father!"
She thought it was hilarious!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 I am one happy mama in this picture!  Oh, and see my cute scarf?  That was my present from Holden.  She did SO good!!!  I love it!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And then God blessed us with the most amazing sunset on our way home.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
Tuesday morning we all slept late and when I checked IG, I saw where these cute kiddos were having a lemonade stand.  We quickly put on our tennis shoes and took a walk to get some!  Boy, was it good!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Meanwhile, Hope was enjoying playing in the dirt at my parent's house!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Shelly recently shared a fabulous post on summer holidays - both big and small.  She inspired Holden and I to make a craft in honor of Flag Day!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Hope started Wednesday by rolling straight from bed to picking tomatoes!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And, back in College Station, Holden was getting lots of love from Mini!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Which quickly progressed to borderline terrorizing both Mini and Maggie!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
But, we did find out that Mini loves to watch kittens on YouTube!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 My mom sent me this pic before Hope left for swim lessons.  Oh.my.goodness!  Could she look any bigger?!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 See the fun prints above our bed?!  Our babysitter made those for us!  I'm in love!  Here was my inspiration.  I guess you could call my personal style "hopeless romantic, quirky, and slightly juvenile."  After many years of living surrounded by things that I saw others loving, I'm finally confident in what I like.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Wednesday night was suppose to be a pool party sponsored by Holden's dentist but right before we got there, someone puked in the pool.  Instead of waiting it out, I offered to take the girls to get blizzards,  I LOVE this pic of them!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 On Thursday morning, Holden and I loaded up and headed to see Hope's swim show-offs!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 We don't just craft at home - we also craft in the car! ;)  Wondering what she's making?  Check out the finished product!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 It's a three hour drive to my parent's house.  Sadly, a large section of the road is under construction... meaning our trip was even longer! :(
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 But, we made it with a few minutes to spare to watch our girl swim like a little fish!  She loves the water!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And I love having my girls together!
Except...we weren't together long.  Holden decided to stay with Hope at my parent's for a few more days.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And I was on the road again...it's an easy drive - but six hours round trip can be tiring.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Later that evening my mom sent me this picture.  The girls were definitely glad to be together again!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Around 9:30 pm that same evening, Katy texted me that her electricity was out.  She was also kid free so I quickly went and picked her up.  I'm up for any excuse for wine and Gilmore Girls!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Colby and I did a whole lot of nothing on Friday so when Mike got home from work, we were ready for dinner!  This Texas Martini hit the spot!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And then Colby convinced us to try a new ice cream shop!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 The moon was amazing on Friday night!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 My sister-in-law took the girls to see Finding Dory on Saturday.  They love hanging with their cousins!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 And then they came home to get dressed to go to a wedding.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 Loren was so sweet to do their hair!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 The gorgeous bride is Tara.  She was one of our babysitters a few years ago.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 We decided to head to the movies on Saturday night.  Colby was in charge of the time and he said "around 8".  Well, we assumed that meant 8:00 pm when actually the movie didn't start till 8:45 pm.  Needless to say, we had an hour to kill before the show!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
Colby loves to act all embarrassed for pictures but he really does like hanging out with us. #noreally #Ipromisehedoes
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 The one and only thing Colby wanted to do while the girls were gone was to bake a cake.  I was happy to oblige!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 He knew exactly how he wanted his cake to look!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
 A Warriors/Father's Day cake!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 24
I was so impressed!  He did a fantastic job for his first cake!

Sadly, the Warriors lost and he didn't really want to try the cake.  But, Mike and I did and it was so yummy!

I'm really glad you stopped by!  Have an extraordinary week!  

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

check out my FAVORITE link-ups page to see where I'm linking up today!
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also linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston and

and the ladies from 100 Happy Days
KateAlisonLinzee, and Valerie

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful glimpse into your wonderful life!

    Beautiful family. You are blessed indeed! :-)

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    1. Truly! I do feel blessed indeed! Thank you for your sweet comment! Hope you're having a wonderful evening!

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  2. Wow what a beautiful family you have and you make all the ordinary things of life look so fun :)

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! That's my specialty - turning ordinary into extra-ordinary! I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope you're having a great summer!

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  3. Those texts... too funny! Glad they made it home safely!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. He's a mess, Darcy! But, I wouldn't have it any other way (most days!). :)

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  4. What an eventful week!! your kids are really cute! And the cake looks fantastic!!<3
    xo JANE xo
    http://livingwithjane.com

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    1. Thanks! I was really impressed with his cake baking skills! Definitely didn't get those from me! ;)

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  5. Sorry he didn't get the win he was hoping for. California was sad too!

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  6. I'm still so impressed with that cake! And did Holden bring Aunt Shelly a scarf because I'm dying over that one! So cute...and what are the odds it would be perfect with your outfit. For serious...will pay her to make me some red white and blue puffs. :) Can't wait to have the McBerty 5 back together!!

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    1. AND the cake tasted good too! Isn't the scarf adorable?! When I read her your comment she said, "oh no - I didn't think about getting one for her!" Check the nearest grocery store - that's where she proudly bought it! :) And, you know the odds were in her favor that I would have on black and white! Oh, and she's making your poms right now! Can.not.wait to see you guys soon!!! Seriously not soon enough though!

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  7. 1. Thanks for buying my kids lemonade
    2. Thanks for giving me wine and Gilmore Girls
    3. Love that you got some 1:1 time with Colby!
    4. The Creek again soon!

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    1. 1. anytime!
      2. anytime!
      3. me too!!!
      4. can.not.come.soon.enough!!! let's plan one soon!!!

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  8. I love your enthusiasm for everything, and life! you and Mike are raising great kids, and your whole family is gorgeous!
    What a terrific cake! And it was his first??? WOW!!

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    1. Ah, thank you so, so much! What a sweet thing to say! And, yes! This was his very first cake! He's already talking about making another one!

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  9. Such a fun post with so many great pics, but my favorite has to be the fact that your daughter is wearing a blardigan!!! That's the best for a chilly airplane, right?? Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. Haha! As soon as I got a new blardigan for Christmas, she claimed my old one! And, she definitely agrees - it was perfect for the chilly airplane! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you're having a super week!

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