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Ryan took this beautiful picture of Carson at the Dallas Arboretum last week! I’m pretty lucky to have such a talented husband and an adorable baby (who has some pretty rockin’ eyebrows!) :)

Ryan took this beautiful picture of Carson at the Dallas Arboretum last week! I’m pretty lucky to have such a talented husband and an adorable baby (who has some pretty rockin’ eyebrows!) :)

Today we set up a “pumpkin patch” in the backyard! I originally wanted to take Carson to an actual pumpkin patch, but we quickly decided that would be hard to do with him being so young and with all the crowds. So, I’ve been collecting pumpkins for a couple of weeks and we’ve been waiting for the perfect weather. In Dallas it’s either really hot or really cold, so we ended up going with the cold day (hence Carson’s hoodie). Under it he’s wearing my favorite onesie- it’s an appliquéd owl with his name embroidered underneath. Ryan is becoming a really good (and patient!) baby photographer!

365 days ago I walked down the aisle toward my favorite person and we became a family! 10 days ago our family became even more complete. It has been quite the year and everything we hoped for when we said our vows!  Carson is the most amazing anniversary present we could ask for. The next 365 will definitely be an adventure :) I love you Ryan!

365 days ago I walked down the aisle toward my favorite person and we became a family! 10 days ago our family became even more complete. It has been quite the year and everything we hoped for when we said our vows!  Carson is the most amazing anniversary present we could ask for. The next 365 will definitely be an adventure :) I love you Ryan!

Happy Father’s Day!
This is Ryan holding our niece Violet for the first time!!! It made me tear up seeing how proud he was and how natural he looked holding her.
He is going to be such an amazing dad!!! I go on and on about how great Ryan is, but I really think dad will be his best role yet. I thought the best moments of my life were Ryan proposing and our wedding, but I know Carson being born and then seeing Ryan hold him for the first time will top that tenfold. I fall in love with Ryan all over again just thinking about him and Carson together…

Happy Father’s Day!

This is Ryan holding our niece Violet for the first time!!! It made me tear up seeing how proud he was and how natural he looked holding her.

He is going to be such an amazing dad!!! I go on and on about how great Ryan is, but I really think dad will be his best role yet. I thought the best moments of my life were Ryan proposing and our wedding, but I know Carson being born and then seeing Ryan hold him for the first time will top that tenfold. I fall in love with Ryan all over again just thinking about him and Carson together…

When I married Ryan nearly 11 months ago (wow!), not only did I marry an amazing guy, but I married into an amazing family! Ryan’s sister Jessica has become one of my best friends, and by this weekend, she will have her baby girl, Violet!!! We are so excited for Jess and Jared and to have a niece! I grew up 18 hours from my cousins, but I still have a great friendship with them and some of my best memories growing up are with them, so I know that Carson and Violet are extra lucky to get to live so close and grow up together. I can’t wait to meet Violet…I still remember getting the excited phone call from Jessica in October telling us she was pregnant and now it’s almost time!!! Lots of pictures of our new family member coming soon =)

When I married Ryan nearly 11 months ago (wow!), not only did I marry an amazing guy, but I married into an amazing family! Ryan’s sister Jessica has become one of my best friends, and by this weekend, she will have her baby girl, Violet!!! We are so excited for Jess and Jared and to have a niece! I grew up 18 hours from my cousins, but I still have a great friendship with them and some of my best memories growing up are with them, so I know that Carson and Violet are extra lucky to get to live so close and grow up together. I can’t wait to meet Violet…I still remember getting the excited phone call from Jessica in October telling us she was pregnant and now it’s almost time!!! Lots of pictures of our new family member coming soon =)

a few more pictures from our maternity shoot :)

2 years ago

Two years ago I met a cute guy with nice teeth and blue shoes. Today I am lucky to call him my husband! I cannot wait to see him in a few months as a dad. We have had a very busy and exciting 730 days together!

"No one is ever gonna love you more than I do."          - Band of Horses

Spring Break “Babymoon” and Stella’s new ‘do!

Happy Spring Break! The Monday through Wednesday of Spring Break, Ryan and I drove down to San Antonio for a little “baby moon.” We stayed at a great hotel right on the river walk. It’s funny how when you are expecting you notice babies/strollers more than you usually would! We saw an unreal amount of babies everywhere we went, including dangerously close to falling into the river since there is no rail!!! 

On Monday we spent the day walking the river and went to the top of the Tower of the Americas. I hadn’t been up there since I was 8 or 9! On Tuesday we braved the Spring Break crowds and went to Sea World! Despite the thousands of families who had the same idea, it was fun (for me!). Tuesday night we had dinner and spent time with Tori (one of my best friends from college), her husband Patrick and their adorable boys, Thomas and Robert. That was a highlight of our trip since we hadn’t seen them since our wedding! Wednesday morning we ate at LuLu’s cafe, a place known for its 3 pound cinnamon roll that was featured on the Travel Channel. Ryan talked me out of ordering one, but now I’m thinking of trying to make my own! It was a good chance to get away and relax together before our lives change forever!!!

Speaking of change…we boarded Stella while we were away and had her groomed. Guess our idea of a “summer trim” and the groomer’s idea of that were completely different, because now we have a naked dog! They must have taken off about 5 pounds of hair :( I’ll try to post a picture of her new ‘do soon!

On the 1 year anniversary of adopting Stella, she is bonding with her baby brother! This is one of the first times she has acted like she knows something is in my belly :) At 23 weeks I am starting to feel Carson move a lot more and Ryan has become an expert at quickly finding Carson’s heartbeat on our fetal doppler! 

On the 1 year anniversary of adopting Stella, she is bonding with her baby brother! This is one of the first times she has acted like she knows something is in my belly :) At 23 weeks I am starting to feel Carson move a lot more and Ryan has become an expert at quickly finding Carson’s heartbeat on our fetal doppler! 

Ryan building the crib!!! 

Ryan building the crib!!!