A Blessed Easter

Yesterday was Easter and it coudln’t have been more beautiful to celebrate such an important day! We started off in Conway at another excellent Easter service at New Life Church, then ran by my moms to visit before heading to lunch at Broc’s parents in Little Rock. His good friend from highschool and his family joined us and it was great to have a kid around… hiding Easter eggs just isn’t the same without one of those. Dinner was amazing of course and Jill even broke out her famous Easter Bunny costume (or the head at least) to impress baby Alex. Not sure if he was impressed or confused though because he kept asking to take her mask off…. Can’t fool that kid!
Overall just a great day with family and friends who are such blessings to me.
Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.”  ~Phillips Brooks
Alex really enjoyed the dog cage!

he was just warming up to my camera

my favorite: meatloaf cupcakes!

lovely feast

made by these lovely people

can never get Ty to cooperate

like father like son

there's a decent one

Alex being coaxed into a boogie dance for us

then someone came to visit!

but a little heavy

especially for the little guy!

heaven...

our matching Easter attire

time to find some eggs!

serious about the counting

sweet little family

now for some dog walking

and then more searching

Alex took this! Not bad!

enough with the pictures lady!

cutie pie...

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. — Mark 16:6

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Perhaps we’re starting to show our age in more than just our faces, but a good time on a Friday night no longer involves hitting the bars. Now one of our favorite things to do is stay in and grill with family and friends. (And I’ve played more games of Catchphrase and Yahtzee than I ever did when I was a kid.) Nothing beats it. I am so lucky to have such a close relationship with my brothers and their wives/girlfriends. And it’s always a treat when my cousin Kara is around! Add a few dogs and it’s a party for all!

Caleb & Ash getting the food ready

My sexy grilling man

sisters in white

mmmm....

Love my Ash

and my little bear, helping in the kitchen

they are great sous chefs

time to break out the back massagers!

B has lots of back gadgets

this may be my favorite- the neck pump

everyone had to give it a try

huge party hit

the Knights

kara and sweet hilde' sister

one of her favorite things to do: beg.

play tug of war

and then rest

my wittle bear's favorite thing: stare at mommy

and sit on her lap

what a nice makeup bag

love love love him

and to kiss on him

lots of love in the room tonight!

kara can't be left out!

our attempt at a group shot

Gabe's hat reminded her of something...

little jockey

cousins

dog cousins

hilde' is worn out!

Great times for all.

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How is it possible that Christmas has come and gone? It always does it like this- there’s so much build up and then it passes just as quiet as a mouse!
Christmas 2013 was wonderful and I am so fortunate to have so many great friends and family to share it with! Blessed is not even the word…
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My holiday weekend started off Saturday night with our annual PNS Christmas party with all my best girls. We are going on our 8th Christmas together and our traditions have become more and more special the older we get. With kids and husbands and jobs and states to keep us apart, we always make time for each other. I love my friends.
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Couldn't ask for better girlfriends

Lindz and Sarah

Ah Heather- we miss you so!

YEARS of the best times!

Chrissy & Little

Love a PNS par-tay!

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Sunday was my dad’s birthday- his 60th!- and a great birthday it was. The Knights all gathered together for the most beautiful candlelight service at New Life Church and then brunch and presents at Dad and Debi’s.
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Caleb & Cara!

with my two favorite people

Cash is the best dad!

sister and soon to be brother-in-law

and baby Will just melts my heart!

mmmmmm

like mother like son :)

did i mention how much i love her???

dad presents...

i think i need a baby!

and so does Gabby!

having fun guys?

we love a get together

first time parents- doing the best job!!!

see!

my evil twin ;)

Gash love

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Christmas Eve was another tradition- going on 32 years for me- with my mom’s side of the family. All 50 of us ate way too much and played dirty Santa over coffee and lots of laughs. I’m so lucky to come from such a close, Christian family! With tons of cute kiddo’s to photograph!

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this lovely child... i wish i had recorded her!

i could eat him up!

Aunt Linda and Adilaide- soooo sweet!

my favorite girls....

lots of Christmas love!

Preston is such a ham!

Hannah just got her present stolen...

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I have to admit I was a bit lax on the photography this year… Just too many people to visit with and it ended up sitting on the table or in my purse most of the night(s). I didn’t take ONE picture at my mom’s on Christmas morning! I know- I’m pretty sad about it too!
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Christmas night was spent with my love and his family- the lovely Spradlin’s.  Again, I am a very lucky girl… My boyfriend has the best parents EVER. I just love love them so.
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and their dogs! (This is Duke)

Jill! Maybe the best person ever....

they are still 12 at heart...

they think i'm a food photographer...

how cute was little Broc!!!

and little Joe!!!

the best pie. Ever.

i have A LOT of hair...

this says it all!

My heart is so happy as the end of this holiday season comes to an end… I give all the credit to the wonderful people in my life, and will (hopefully) remember to count my blessings every day in 2014.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
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Yesterday was Kara’s official “welcome to my new home” party for our family. She turned 40 years old a few months ago and decided it was time to buy her first house! And my is it adorable. Located in the Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock, it’s close to everyone and everything and fits her to a tee. Our family celebrated with food, gifts and best wishes- I know it meant so much to her to have everyone there. Kara, you deserve this place more than anyone. I can’t wait to share many memories over the fire and a glass of wine in your precious new home. Love you!

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.

what a little dollhouse

but hardly big enough for our group!

Ashley and Kara

sweets abound

lots of living, laughing and love will happen here

so much food

my favorite dip!

my sisters

love these turquoise mugs

the sign in table

all the guests

my cousin, best friend, sister

Aunt Becky and Mamaw

Kara's mom and sisters

Amanda and Christina

little dolls

all Christmas'd out

four generations (missing the third)

McKinnley was happy to help

the happy new homeowner

everyone snapping pics

she got so much cute stuff

Tommy Sue and Mom

can now serving 20!

96 yrs young!

grandma love

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The Holidays are upon us! Last weekend was supposed to be full of parties- literally every day- but mother nature had different plans and blanketed our state with ice and snow. Everything was canceled and I was so disappointed! However the Friday night party was rescheduled for Wednesday night and it ended up being a great time. Tricia is the best host and decorator ever and this time was also the photographer! She didn’t get many pics of her home but it was sparkling from top to bottom with ribbons and sparkling Christmas cheer. The food was also quite impressive! Here are a few pics of the night…

me and Nicole

and Tricia- we needed another Ho- just couldn't get it turned right :)

me and my honey

all the girls!

take 2

way to ruin a pic Richard!

Broc and his fake smile.... you can tell he loves pictures

with the fabulous host

and Jessica

Overall a great start to many more parties to come. I can’t wait to get my Christmas decor up- it’s not Christmas without it! (Thanks Tricia for sharing the pics!)

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