Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shop Till We Drop.


I had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


I spend the majority of my weekend in Fort Worth and Dallas with my mom and sisters doing a lot of shopping. The term "shopping with a purpose" is an understatement for what we did, we shopped like it was our job. Connor is about to begin Party Season for her debutant year. The party season is 11 days of themed parties to honor the Abilene Debutant's. I look back to my debutant year and remember it as one of the best times of my life.



Chloe was a very good sport and didn't seem to mind the focus being on Connor at all. (Don't feel sorry for her, she did not go home empty handed!)



We also enjoyed a first for my sisters, Fondue! It was so fun and we were very entertained the entire night, I have a feeling it will be a new tradition during our marathon shopping trips.


We all missed Kyley and Rhyan very much during our shopping trip, luckily we got to see them briefly for dinner before heading back to Abilene on Sunday. We were all very thankful to squeeze Rhyan, even if it was only for a couple hours.



I will leave you with a question...how do I put picture side by side?














































































































Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Fredericksburg Family Weekend

A couple of weekends ago, before I was a blogger, our family of 10 loaded up and headed to Fredericksburg, Tx. There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family, we are always laughing, dancing, or eating. Actually, we are usually doing all three...at the same time. We had such a wonderful time celebrating Blaire and JR and really took advantage of all Fredericksburg has to offer.




Friday night all the wedding guest climbed onto buses and headed to Lukenbach, Tx for a private concert and dinner. We were all anticipating the surprise performer and very excited to find out it was Gary P. Nunn. Although I am not very familiar with Mr. Nunn, or Texas country in general, we had a blast dancing to all the vaguely familiar songs. It was a beautiful night under the stars and it gave me an excuse to wear my boots which I always love.





The crew, minus Logan and Taylor, who came later.





Also, a BIG shout out to my littlest sis Chloe for making her dress






After a late night of dancing we were thankful to have a lot of time for R&R on Saturday. We enjoyed an amazing brunch at the Sunset Grill and then spent the day shopping. We all revert back to 5 years olds asking "Dad, can I get this?" or "Sam, can I get this?" over and over again. So thankful to have patient and GENEROUS men in our family.






The real party began on Saturday night at the wedding. We were all anxious to get to the ceremony and see Chloe in action as the Acolyte. We were very curious to see her in her white robe, gloves, and hat. She was cool as a cucumber and did a wonderful job escorting the ministers down the aisle. A very important job in my opinion! Kyley also looked great coming down the aisle with the rest of the bridesmaids. It was an amazing wedding with wonderful food, drinks, and most importantly an amazing band. We took cards so maybe you can experience them at the next Braaten wedding, hint hint Logan and Taylor!






The only thing that could have made this weekend better would have been if this little girl was there.







Two post in as many days...does that make me a pro?




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Blogging Faux Pas.

I am starting off my blog with a faux pas. I owe a big apology to Mrs. Jessica Jeffrey, one of my dearest friends, for unknowingly copying her blog design. I guess we share the same desire for a bright, cheery, and more importantly inexpensive blog.



Is it bad that this is my first blog post and I am already suffering from a terrible case of writers block? I have noticed that writing a blog is fairly simple if you are a mom, crafty, or a genius in the kitchen. Although I am none of the above, here are a few things that I am.




Wife of 5 years to this handsome guy





Sister to these beautiful girls


(One of which is a mother, crafty, and a genius in the kitchen. Follow her blog at www.bootsbowsandmerlots.blogspot.com)






Aunt to the most amazing kids in the world







And luckiest daughter in the world





That is all for now, this will get better...I promise!