Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weekend In Houston!

This past weekend, Ella & I (thanks to Amber) were able to go to Houston and spend the weekend with one of our favorite families...The Jones'!!

Amber and I arrived at their door at about 9:30 Friday night and as soon as the front door open, Jackson and Ella literally ran to each other with arms spread wide and embraced. It definitely goes down as one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Since the Jones' were just up in Dallas about a month ago, they were still fresh on each others' minds. I just love it. I love that they will never forget each other.

Last January (I can't believe that was a year ago), Amanda, Jackson, Ella & I all stayed at Bibby's house and I remember the squeals of delight every morning when Jackson and Ella realized they were waking up together in the same house. There was such joy. I got to experience that excitement again this weekend.

Before Ella & I even woke up Saturday morning, Curtis had already gone and got us yummy donuts and kolaches. Jackson making Ella laugh. Pretty much this never stopped.


Getting ready to go SWIMMING!

Holding hands one the way to the car. I know...too much cuteness to handle!

This was our first swim of the year and I was so proud of Ella. She was still very timid last year in the water and this year she wanted to swim all by herself wearing her borrowed arm floaties! It was so fun to watch. She's getting so big.

After we got back from swimming, the children took a nap while Amanda and I enjoyed some hot tea and t.v.! When they woke up, we made sugar cookies with princess cookie cutters from William Sonoma.

Pink fingers are the yummiest!

Sunday morning, Ella and Jackson played while we finished getting ready for church. I loved this scene because I remember so clearly Ella and Jackson on the floor playing with the etch of sketches at Bibby's house last year. It made me happy that even though they seem so much bigger, not much has changed.

Here is the picture from last year.

After church we went back to the house to rest and then headed to Annabeth's dedication that evening. I was so glad that Amber and I were there this weekend so we coulc be here for this. It was a very special time.

Amber and I were taking pictures and video taping it, so Bibby was in charge of Ella and Jackson. Jackson was SO GOOD...but Ella was a little out of control. Sorry Bibby. I don't know what got in to her, but it was like right when the service started Ella got this huge burst of energy and could not sit still. Even candy didn't do the trick.

After the dedication, we were able to spend some time together visiting while Ella & Jackson ran in circles. We did get them to stop long enough to take a group picture.
Amanda, Jackson, Annabeth, Ella & I

Me & Annabeth. Isn't her dress the cutest thing ever?

It was a good couple of days. Thanks for everything y'all! And thank you so much Amber for driving us. How did we not document our road trip with a picture?!!! Especially at our several Starbuck stops. :-) Thanks for good coffee and even better conversation. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed our 10 hours in the car together. I love you friend!

Michelle & Lindsee, I'm so sad I didn't get to see y'all this trip. Hopefully next trip down all of our schedules will mesh and it will happen.

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Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

LOVE the pictures! So fun!

connorcolesmom said...

Oh I love the pics especially the last one of you and Annabeth - precious!
So glad you had a good time!!

And you got to see Lindsey - oh I LOVE her :)
have a great weekend!
Much love

Lindsee Lou said...

Well, you know how I feel about your re-caps! You always do a fabulous job and this one did not disappoint. I am so glad you got to enjoy the weekend with your sweet friends, Janelle. Everything about it sounded wonderful! And yes, next time we'll try to get together. Have a great week, friend!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Janelle,

Hope the radio show went well, and I loved looking at your pics! That is cool that Jackson and Ella are such good friends, that pic of them holding hands is cuteness:)

Blessed day to you,


Helen said...

Love all those pictures! They are too cute together! Especially holding hands on the way to the pool!!