We had a great weekend getaway to Southlake to visit Paige and Taylor. We had been planning this weekend for awhile because of the Race for Wishes event Paige was planning for the Make -A -Wish Foundation. We packed all of our "racing" gear and the double jogger and then woke up to freezing temperatures and gusting wind Saturday morning. It was COLD. I wasn't going to miss it though. If Paige could get up and out in the elements at 3:30 a.m., then we could do it! So we bundled up the kiddos and headed to the Ft. Worth Stockyards. There was face-painting, clowns, lots of good food, but not a lot of runner or walkers! We still enjoyed our hour there though and Ellery managed to eat a couple bites of a donut before having to get her hands back into her gloves! We were so proud of Paige and her co-workers - it was a fun event for a very special cause.
We warmed ourselves up over Mexican food at Mi Cocina in the Southlake Town Center and then went back to their house for much-needed naps. Later that afternoon, Paige and I took Ellery to this place called Sweet and Sassy. It is a little boutique and "spa" for girls. They have a salon, mani/pedi station, and then an area for birthday parties with dress-up clothes and a miniature runway. It was super cute and Ellery enjoyed her first mani/pedi. It was so fun watching her pick out her nail polish colors and lotion (vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry)! I must admit though, that watching the girls at the birthday party was a little disturbing to me. They were probably 5 or 6 and acting about 13 with their up-dos and outfits. It was just too much for this mom - maybe I will feel differently when E is a few years older? Or maybe not. Ellery watched a couple girls getting their ears pierced and confidently told me that it was time to get her ears pierced as well. Funny girl!
Saturday night we just stayed in and hung out. Ellery was obsessed with her Aunt Paige and Uncle Taylor this trip. She just couldn't get enough and had so much fun being away from home. In fact, Price loved it too. He slept better and later than he ever has before, waking up at 8am each morning. He was Mr. Smiley all weekend and Paige got some fun laughs out of him. Paige was the first one to get a great laugh out of Ellery when she was a baby, and so she must have the special touch.
Sunday we packed up and made a couple of stops on our way out of town. The first one was to meet up with Jody and her two girls. They were driving towards Ft. Worth and so we were going to cross paths and couldn't miss the opportunity to see each other, even if it was only for 3o minutes. Ellery, Emily, and Taylor picked right back up where they left off last summer, not missing a beat. Jody and I are the same way so it was sweet to see that bond between our girls.
We then met Bebe and Pops for a quick bite to eat in Arlington. Of course, Ellery and Price were delighted to see them. Ellery practically took her pants off at the restaurant to show them her big girl panties. She was so proud to show them off! They are always so willing to drive to us and after making the drive ourselves, we are so grateful they do!
On the way home, Tiffany and I were texting back and forth. They had been visiting her parents in Weatherford over the weekend and were headed back home as well. She texted me the mile-marker they were at and it happened to be the same one we were about to be at - so fun! So we had a caravan home and enjoyed a great snack/potty break together. Then mom had a huge lapse of judgment and regretted it most of the trip home. I suggested that Madi Kate take Ellery's movie, Bolt, for the trip home and we take one of theirs. Since Ellery had watched it 5 times already, I thought it would be fun for them to do a little swap. I learned my lesson because Ellery screamed and carried on for about 45 minutes about Penny and Bolt. Afterall, it was her brand new movie her dad had bought her especially for the trip. We tried everything - bribing her with gum, candy, her pacifier (we just wanted a quiet trip home, can you blame us?). Nothing worked and it was getting ridiculous. We knew she was exhausted from the weekend and no naps, but it was out of control. So we had our first pullover on the side of the road. We actually exited from the freeway to be safe and happened to be among the most beautiful field of bluebonnets and wildflowers. Nathan calmed little miss down and I joked about how perfect the setting would have been for pictures (the sun was setting and everything) minus the splotchy, snotty, red-faced little girl.
Ellery and Paige cheering on the racers. Doesn't Ellery look miserable? If you look closely, I think you can see some frozen glaze from her donut all over face.
P was all bundled! No one told me my swoosh was on upside-down. What a dork.
Checking them out.
And pretty fingers to match. Check out the cute flower they paint on them and glitter spray!
Emily, Ellery, and Taylor. Jody and I think Taylor and Ellery will be college roomies like we were. We think they might go to UT though if their dads have anything to do with it.
Pit stop with my BFF and strawberry milk - does it get any better? I LOVE these two girls!
And Price turned 7 months on Sunday! Yummy carrots.