Tuesday, May 31, 2011

project 365 - week 20

You can find week 19 here!
Happy 30th Birthday! We celebrated Justin's 30th birthday with a cookout at our house. It ended up being a cool night so we built a fire in the fire pit and hung outside!
Ready for the beach! Hadlea was beach ready for her Turks and Caicos trip with her hat and shades... minus the pjs!
Turks! Alan and Amanda sent this picture after arriving!
Bye sweet boy! We had to take Berkley to Momma Kelly's house before we left for the trip. We were so sad to see him go!
Arriving in Turks! Checking out the pool...
Elmo! Hadlea went to Sesame Street Live with Gigi and Auntie B! She got to see her Elmo!
Rehearsal dinner. Friday was rehearsal dinner before the big wedding!

Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial day

A special thanks to the men and woman, past and present, who have or are continuing to fight for our freedom! Before having Hadlea, I was told just how much having a child can change your perspective on life. I believed it in many ways... but there are just some ways that I never imagined it affecting me. Like a child go to war... even if the man or woman is 40... they are still someone's child.... or husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, etc. I respect the men and woman that have served or are serving our country, but just as much, I respect their families. Thanks to all of you that HAVE fought for our freedom. Thanks to those CURRENTLY fighting for our freedom. Thanks to those who have set and worried about your loved ones... watched countless hours of the news to ensure your family members are safe... thanks for allowing your loved ones to fight for MY freedom. for MY daughters freedom...
So I can hug her every morning, take her to church, or maybe something as simple as giving her pigtails...
or laugh hysterically while she cheeses it up for the camera!
For those that have lost loved ones, please know I am praying for you today! My heart breaks anytime I see a cemetery, but I would have to say it breaks alot more for a military cemetery. Your loved ones freely put their life on the line to fight for our country. I will forever be grateful for our military and their families. May God bless you all today... and bring peace to those that need it!

Something that doesn't break my heart... PIGTAILS. They about make my heart explode with happiness! And do you happen to know just how hard it is to get a picture of a wild 1 year old straight on where you can see BOTH pigtails?! Impossible! The cuteness is just too much...

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Turks & Caicos 2011 - Day 5

Day 5. Packing and heading home! The week went super fast, and I was NOT ready to leave! I wanted just a couple more days to relax... but after those couple of days, I am sure I would have only wanted more!

Gigi and Papa took Hadlea to breakfast while Justin and and I finished packing. They ran into the Sesame Street gang in the lobby.
Hadlea doesn't look too sure!
checking them out with Gigi.
kisses!
Had with Auntie B and Uncle Alan
with Uncle Alan
Arriving at the airport with our luggage and baby! Hadlea thought this was a shopping cart and demanded to "sit".
It didn't take her too long to fall asleep in the Turks airport! Thank goodness though because the airport was FULL and HOT!
Hadlea woke up when getting on the airplane in Turks! She loved watching out the window!
And of course Elmo had to see too!
our family on the plane!
While in the Turks airport, I got this necklace. You can see it in the above picture. It is from Swarovski .

Hadlea ended up falling back asleep on the plane, slept in the Atlanta Airport and again on the plane from Atlanta to Tulsa. She really is the most perfect baby... especially when sleeping! Ha!
And that wraps up our trip to Turks & Caicos! I am already begging the husband to go back next summer! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask! I promise if you are looking for an adult or family trip, you cannot go wrong with this trip!

Thanks to Alan and Amanda for allowing us to be apart of your wedding! It really was our most perfect trip to date! We love you both so much and wish you nothing but LOVE, a lifetime of HAPPINESS, and LOTS of COUSINS for Hadlea! ....like maybe 9 months from now?! :-)

I didn't get to post all 700+ pictures that I have, so if you just didn't get enough of your Turks and Caicos fix, go here to see the rest! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Turks & Caicos 2011 - Day 4

Day 4. The reason we went to Turks & Caicos. Wedding Day. The day I woke up at 630AM to take a shower and wash my hair before going to have it done. I can bet it took me an hour to shower because I could NOT stop crying! I thought I had cried enough all week and especially the night before, but WRONG! I had waited for this day for my brother for SO LONG! Justin is definitely my soul mate... and the feeling of unconditional love is not something you find everyday. It is the greatest feeling IN.THE.WORLD. And to finally see my brother experiencing it is like nothing I can explain. I know he loves Amanda with everything he has. He would give up anything for her, if needed. I have been through many relationships with Alan, and I knew that each before her were not meant to be. {see Alan... I wasn't just being the over protective sister. I just KNEW! Ha!} It was soon after Alan and Amanda started dating that I knew it was forever. And once he told me it was going to be forever, my heart about exploded into a million pieces. Not only was my brother gaining his sole mate, but I was going to gain a SIL! ...and a pretty damn good one too! :)

The bridesmaids started the day by meeting at the salon for hair and makeup at 730AM... the bride was up first!
Once hair and makeup was done, we headed to Amanda's room for hair and makeup touch ups and to start getting ready! We all brought black shorts to pair with the bridesmaid tanks and flip flops Amanda bought us, and wore them to get ready!
I had my hair done at the salon. This picture is NOT what they did. I could not even bring myself to take a picture of what they did. It was like prom circa 1990. It was TERRIBLE! I walked into Amanda's room, went straight to her mom and told her I hated it. Her words, "ummm.. yeah, we have to do something with that!" So glad Janelle doesn't beat around the bush! Ha! We let all of the curls out that were pinned to my head and added a flower. Not 100%, but MUCH better!
While the bridesmaids were finishing getting ready, and running late, of course, the groomsman and everyone else were meeting in the lobby to be escorted to the wedding area. The groom, mother of the groom and CUTEST flower girl EVER!
When we left the bride's room, I thought we were going to meet everyone in the lobby... but NOPE, they escorted us straight to the wedding, where everyone was already seated, music playing, groomsman at the front, and groom standing at the front facing the ocean.... queue HUGE sobbing tears from the sister of the groom...
 Bridesmaids
Carrie-MOH, Amber-MOH, Me, Tara, Bridgette, Leslie.
Here comes the bride...
Aunt Shan releasing the flower girl... who still isn't sure about the sand...
So momma had to head to the back and walk her down...
Hadlea stood right in front of me until the very end. She did great! She did sit down through part of the ceremony and tried cleaning the sand off of her feet. It was hard not to watch her and pay attention! She was just so funny! :)
Parents of the Bride and Groom!
Mr. & Mrs. Kilian strolling the beach as husband and wife!
love!
Gigi, Hadlea and Papa
Mike and Shan
McDowells, Kilians, Huskeys!
Wedding Party!
Two of the bridesmaids were not able to make the trip, plus 3 ushers = the guys out numbering us!
Married!
I have seen the wedding pictures from the photographer, and they are AMAZING! Like literally magazine worthy amazing! I cannot wait to share... well, I hope I can eventually share! I am dying for A&A to get home so I can get ahold of that CD! They are still on their honeymoon and will be returning on Sunday!

The wedding started at 10AM... or maybe a little later, but it was over and we were done with pictures by 1130! It was perfect! We all went back to our rooms, changed, ate lunch and hit the pool! We found a beach entry pool and some little girl was in heaven...
playtime with Aunt Shan!
Playtime with Papa!
Gigi and Papa later took Had over to the water park and to float the lazy river!
Later that evening, we all got ready for the wedding reception! I would definitely recommend anyone having a destination wedding to split up the wedding and reception!  It was so perfect to get the wedding anxiety out of the way, spend the day on the beach and later head meet back up to celebrate! The reception was outside around a pool and it was gorgeous!
cake.
food tables.
open bar.
cutting the cake.
I didn't get a picture of the first bite of cake, but Alan put it is in mouth and made Amanda get it with her mouth... from his! It was hilarious!
cute!
and this sweet girl was getting tired, but was easily entertained with Blue Clues, of course!
my sweet husband!
me, Mike and Shan.
with my bff.
uncle gary and I
Lina, Justin and Had
fun group!
the new Mr & Mrs!
super cute pic!
Hadlea finally wore down and Auntie Shan put her to sleep!
Sleepy baby girl! She was so hot so we had to strip her down!
After the reception, we headed to the Disco Bar but it wasn't very happening, so we went to Bobby Dee's, which is like a malt shop with ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, etc. It stays open until 6AM. I think they seen alot of our group through the week! :)
Obviously, the best day of the trip... so many memories from a beautiful ceremony! Like I said, I hope to post more pictures of the bride and groom soon... they are just SO amazing!

Day 5 we headed home. :-(  But still pictures to share!
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