My brother-in-law and the girl of his dreams got married in sunny, beautiful Mexico - so we packed up our sunscreen and swimsuits and joined them for the family fun and festivities.
Sending a big ol' CONGRATULATIONS to the newlyweds! What a beautiful celebration and wishing them all the happiness in the world! What a stunning bride and such a treat to see such a happy couple - love you guys!!! Brianne and Bryce are so very lucky to have Uncle Dan-O and Auntie Krista!
Meeting Baby Albany - Brianne and Bryce's Lil' Cousin!!!
|Cousins - LOVE :) (and i love the Buffalo Bills shirt Uncle BJ was sporting too) :)|
|Bryce needed water in his bucket for his 'car wash' - boys and their cars...|
|It took us a few days to realize we could order a kid's meal - but once we did - Brianne was in chicken nugget heaven!|
|Water logged, teeth chattering, lips turning purple - but he didn't want to get out of the pool!|
Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day!World Down Syndrome Day falls on March 21st (3/21....since individuals with DS have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome) and we were at the beach - so that's where we celebrated. I'm so very thankful for my little girl who was made with a little extra goodness!
My Favorite SunriseWe made it down to the beach for a few sunrises - but this was my favorite sunrise - ever! I hadn't intended to let the kids get in the water and get all icky since they were still basically in pajamas - but they sat right down in the wet sand and start digging and playing and I just let them go to work. It was such a beautiful morning and they had a blast - and hosing them off was simple.
When I pointed out the sunrise to the kids, Bryce watched it and went back to playing. Then a few moments later he said "the sun came out of the water? It's wet now". I just love hearing about the world from a 2-year old. I failed to give him a proper scientific lesson to describe that the sun actually doesn't move or go in the water....I responded with the first thing I could think of which was: "well - the sun is really, really hot - so it's not wet anymore" - being a parent means you never know what your kids are going to say - and you probably don't have the right answers - but I guess you just do your best...and hopefully he'll have a great teacher some day who will explain sunrises to him. :)
More pics :)
|Brianne and Will - Will wins the award for making the best Sand Men and castles!|
|Watching signing time in the cabana - this is the life!|
|Painting pottery with Auntie Krista!|
|Playing in the sand with Grandpa (aka: Papa - if you ask the kids) :)|
|Bryce enjoying story time on the balcony with Grandpa and Uncle BJ|
|More cousinly love. Sooo wish we all lived closer!!!!!!|
Wedding Day!The wedding was beautiful - and I was the proud mama as my kiddos were part of the wedding party! Their outfits were to die for (suspenders, bow tie, and hat for Bryce!) and Krista did a fabulous job MAKING the flower girls' tutu dresses!
Bryce and Jonah did a fabulous job carrying the sign down...unfortunately - this is as far as Bryce made it because as soon as he saw me, he dropped the sign and bolted straight to me - leaving poor Jonah to carry the sign on his own. :) Brianne might not have been too enthusiastic about her job of walking down the aisle..(perhaps she refused to partake in such things) - but shedid understand that at the reception her job was to dance the night away - and she danced her little heart out! They definitely fulfilled the role of looking super duper adorable!
A HUGE thank you goes to my brother-in-law-to-be-come-September, Will, who captured some fabulous photos for us! (Note: prior to going on vacation I said to Mark - 'Should we bring our good camera' - and his reply was 'Nah - we have enough to pack. Will's going to be there with his camera') :)
|Our message to the newlyweds! :)|
|Post wedding beverages - fairly certain this might be a Hershey's advertisement... :)|
|Lil' flower girl dancing with the groom!|
Wowzers - what a trip! I need a vacation to recover from the vacation! :)