Summer with the Girls

The past few months have been pretty hectic! We have both girls at home for the summer and Adrienne has certainly had her hands full. In between working and trying to wrap up the final stages of building our home, we have spent a lot of time having fun playing. Olivia and Avery are both growing so fast. Olivia has changed so much over the summer. She is talking up a storm and her favorite thing to do is dance. She reminds me of those Gumby’s at the car lots that you see blowing in the wind because her moves are so fluid and natural. She surely doesn’t get that from me! She says “I Love You” which is the best thing ever and it comes out like one word. So funny! Avery on the other hand is like a little mommy. She dotes on Livy all the time and they play so pretty together right now….MOST of the time ;) . I’m so glad they have had the opportunity to be together this summer. They have bonded so much. In less than 30 days, both of them will be going to a new private school full-time which is a big step for Olivia. It’s been wonderful having them at home but I know they will have so much fun at school. I’m excited for them! That also means that we are 30 days from moving from our temporary home into our new Forever Home! We have lots going on closing out the summer of 2012.

Dawn and Lyla came to visit:
Livy is really kicking back and Lyla doesn’t like it so she is sitting forward:
Sunday lunch at Lupe Tortilla’s and Livy wasn’t having any of the picture taking (but I couldn’t resist):
Too funny!   Outside of Lupe Tortilla's Austin.  Livy wanted to eat, not take pictures.
Love this face:
Such a ham!
First pig tails (blurry because taken with phone):
First pig tails
Spending a weekend afternoon at Zilker park:
Riding the Zilker train:
She looks a little hot:
Mess maker:
she found Bentley’s bed and decided she wanted to sit in it, too!

Fourth of July

This year we kept it pretty low key for the Fourth and went to stay with Dawn and Matt. We took the girls to the Round Top Parade which is in the most idyllic small town with cute historic homes and a population of less than 100 people. It’s the home of the famous antique fairs twice a year. We then went down to the Brazos River where they had a concert and some fun activities. Avery loved it because they had free Blue Bell ice cream. The following weekend, we headed to my Mom and Dad’s and went to the parade in Shiner that following weekend and spent time together as a family.

Watching the parade at Round Top:
Getting ready to run and get candy:
Livy giving Aunty Dawn kisses:
Trying to stay cool with “agua”’s the only spanish word she knows and that’s all she calls it:
Waving to all the floats that pass by (Livy and Lyla were great wavers):
Livy loved all pretty floats and the horsies:
Livy LOVES her sister:
Blue Bell Ice Cream Sandwich on a very hot day:
Love that expression:
We were having so much fun:
Livy loves Aunty and Lylie:

So funny, they were all dancing but this one is something else:

Shiner Parade:
Livy and Jeff:
There’s GG (my grandma, the girls great grandma)! She got to be in the parade, too :)

Grandma’s 85th Birthday

I’m very fortunate to still have both my Grandma’s! My Dad’s mom turned 85 this summer and her party was hosted at my parent’s home. It was such a beautiful, happy day.

Grandma and her sisters on the right and left of her:


Grandma with her 4 boys:



My Dad and Livy:

Avery loves playing with Madison:



My Uncle’s making a delicious barbeque:


Frio River 2012

Every year we take a family trip to the Frio River, a beautiful and clear, spring-fed river that is perfect for tubing and kayaking on. We’ve been going for as long as I can remember. I love this tradition and continuing it with our girls. I have so many wonderful memories here!


Is this how you tube?
Hillary and Dad:

Playing Washers:

It’s such a serious game ;) :


Practicing Tubing:

Avery found a friend (she tends to that pretty easily):

It’s so peaceful in the morning! Around noon, it gets full of tubers.

Summer Haircut

Avery loves getting her hair cut so I took her to get a new look. We went for a shorty girly bob. I just love it on her and she loves it, too. She actually lets me fix her hair now. Livy on the other hand still has a ways to go before she will be due for a cut. Her hair is growing though and it will not be long before we can put some pig tails in her hair.

new haircut 2

Having lunch at Nordstrom’s Bistro right after her hair was styled. We had a Friday afternoon date. She is such a funny girl. She was so appreciative for her hair cut and having so much fun with it. :)
new haircut - 4 yrs

Austin Zoo

A few weeks ago we took the girls to the Austin Zoo. It actually reminds me of the movie “We Bought A Zoo”. It’s really a wildlife sanctuary and though it was hot, they both loved it. I think the best part was the lions though Avery fell in love with the tortoise and wanted to stay and watch it all afternoon. She also really enjoyed feeding the goats. Livy on the other hand was just pointing at everything and being her laid back self. At the time, every animal was a dog or a “moo” for cow (since I’m a few weeks behind). We also took the girls on the train which was a treat to get some air flowing on a hot summer day.

On our way for a day of fun including the new Trudy’s in Dripping Springs and the zoo:
Mr. Tortoise was digging a hole:

“It’s too sunny, Mom!”

Avery’s Dance Recital

Avery loves everything that has to do with ballet! This was her first recital and Nana and Papa came to watch as well. It was in a huge auditorium so I worried she might freeze up but she actually did her routine and it was the most precious thing ever.
Waiting backstage for 2.5 hours until it was her groups turn:
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I can’t believe her hair held the curls:

Avery sang the song and did her dance:

I will always remember her 1st recital! What a fun day :)

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