Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Logan and Taylor, The Perfect Pair!

If you know my family well you know that there are 2 things we love very much...each other and a good party! Some of the happiest times in my life have been on the dance floor with my entire family shouting out the words to Brick House. We pretty much find an excuse to celebrate anything and this weekend could not be the exception. In my last post I told you about my little sister getting engaged, it was truly the most romantic proposal and thanks to the wonderful pictures I feel like I was there. (I wish I knew how to put pictures side by side.)

As soon as Taylor told us he would be popping the question in Carmel my sisters and I knew we had to welcome her home in a big way. We missed her so much over the last 2 months and were so excited to see her as an engaged lady. We started planning a welcome home/engagement party for her with the theme being "The Perfect Pair." It was so fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate our theme and we had a fun time keeping one last secret from the bride-to-be. On Saturday Connor, Chloe, I got up early to make the short drive to Fort Worth. It was a little tricky coming up with a reason why we were not waiting at terminal D for Logan to arrive at 5:30 on Friday night, like we were last time. Poor Sam, I used his love for golf as an excuse which DID NOT sit well with Logan. As she had breakfast with Taylor she cried to him and stated "I have been gone for 2 months and now I'm engaged and no one cares. Why did Sam have to play golf today???" Boo hoo! Luckily Taylor was smart enough to take her out for some retail therapy, I knew things were looking up for her when I received this text "Taylor just bought all my stuff at Gap, I love this being engaged thing!" What Logan didn't know was that there was a lot going on to make her night perfect! Sam and my dad were headed to Dallas, my mom was flying from Lubbock (she was there for a bible study), and we were prepping for the party.

These cookies were made to look like Logan's rose gold ring...they were mistaken for a chicken leg and a ham.

We ordered Logan this adorable Erin Condren wedding planner and decided that every bride-to-be needs one!

We can't wait for October 2012!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Perfect Proposal

My little sister is engaged! I could not be more excited for Logan and Taylor and it is about time there is another Braaten wedding! Logan has been in Carmel for work for the last month and a half. She thought she was going to the beach to look for a "lost sweater" but was actually going to get engaged. Taylor was there waiting for his bride to be. What a wonderful surprise!

Love you both, congrats!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Santa Fe

A couple of weeks ago Sam and I took a long weekend trip to Santa Fe, NM. We went with my parents but there were several people from Abilene there to celebrate Parker and Kelly's wedding weekend. It was an amazing trip and the weather was perfect. During the 8 hour car trip we saw the temperature drop 40 degrees! We knew that our entire trip would be spent sitting outside eating and remembering what 2 digit temperatures feel like. I love being from a big family (5 girls) and would not change it for anything; however, it was nice to have my parents all the myself for a change.

I also got to spend some much needed quality time with one of my lifelong best friends, Kelsey. It was perfect timing because she just moved to LA! I am so excited for her adventure and the changes it might bring to her life but I will miss having her close!

Our days were spent eating, drinking, eating again, shopping, eating...

Sam and I also continued our winning streak at the casino outside of Santa Fe. This was my first experience with an Indian casino and it really was a sight. The people seem so serious, almost like they are trying to earn their mortgage payment. Sam and I planted ourselves at the blackjack table and walked away $200 richer!

Of course we went to the wedding, which was amazing. The bride and groom are both childhood friends and I loved getting to see them become husband and wife. Congrats Kelly and Parker!

We can not wait for our next trip to Santa Fe!