Sunday, December 21, 2014


We seem to be a little behind on things.   Cayman is even a bit behind on her holidays.  We keep asking her what Thanksgiving is all about and she continues to say "I'm going to be Minnie Mouse".  By the end of the month and a fun little Thanksgiving Feast at Pre-school, she finally figured out that Thanksgiving is all about the "5 little turkeys".

This shot was from October, but since it is now December (shhhh....) and Christmas cards are finally out...I figure we could put this shot out there.  As many of you understand, we don't get many good ones with all four of us.
Thanks again Tomato Juice Photography!

11.7.14  Well, this was a good way to begin the upcoming two months of gluttony....
Seattle's Westward & Little Gull Grocery Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront on North Lake Union with a fab view of the city.

I tagged along with Hook and good friend Lt. Col Charlester "Chuck" White on a
boys trip to watch the U of Washington Huskies play Arizona (long story).
Made for a quick, fun, kid-free get away.  By the fire at Little Gull.  Don't throw oyster shells in fire!
C the City?

11.8.14  The 2nd reason I tagged along on the boys trip.  Jason Cockrum and I have been dear friends for over 20 years, and we WILL keep counting for sure.  

1st reason I tagged along on the boys trip to Seattle.  TURBO girl!  
Since I'm still breastfeeding, the stop-off at Jason's was poor guy friends...but how is this for a pumping view?  Seriously?  ...and not to mention how lucky we were with beautiful weather during the 48 hour visit!

Since this was my first trip to Seattle, Jason was kind enough to get me around to the Seattle highlights.
We kept it classy, but still made it to the Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Chulily exhibit.
With cocktail and app stops in between of course.

11.10.14  Meanwhile, back in Dallas, we finally made it to the annual pumpkin patch...after Halloween.  Like I said, we are behind.  Dallas Arboretum.

Grams and PopPop were able to stick around a few extra days after their babysitting stint.  We always seem to visit the arboretum with them.  

This bliss joined us for one of their first (of many) outings to the Arboretum.
Meet Elliot Soon.

11.14.14  "I'm the mommy"

11.15.14  November brought the Braselton's to Dallas for SMU Homecoming weekend.  This year started off with a basketball night that ended in a WIN.  We kicked off the evening at the "new" Snuffer's on Greenville, an annual run.

Despite the bad football season, we still had a good group travel in for the weekend.  Homer and his girlfriend Marienma, John Weber, Chris Claiborne, me, Jennie & Dude Braselton, Papa Weber, Hook.   Go Mustangs!

11.16.14  It was a REALLY cold tailgate, but the guys stepped it up another notch with outdoor heaters and a fire pit. 

Not in town for the game, our close friends Melissa and Brent Morgan were in from Little Rock for business and some kid-free times.  They joined us for brunch at the Majestic, Yum and YAY!

It has been such an awful season, that we actually aren't even going to the games.  Almost wished we hadn't missed this one, but then, SMU didn't let us down, and reminded us why we weren't there and freezing our tails off and instead enjoying a lovely steak dinner at Nick & Sam's.
My beautiful sister Sayward.  Expecting her first, our "neicephew".  Can NOT wait!

11.17.14  Cayman's sweet little Thanksgiving craft.

Cayman's feather is the lowest left.

11.19.14  Thought this was an adorable school shot of our boy.  He's in mommy's Big Smith overalls.   It's always a little teary those first few times you realize your baby has done something you aren't there to witness in person.
 Growing up too fast.

Cayman's first school program.  First of many I presume...and always a hoot.

11.20.14  I'm thrilled Sawyer is enjoying his time at Little Gym.  He loves to clap, crawl all over the equipment, dance, the bubbles and the teacher is quite impressed by his hanging from the uneven bar.  Pretty sure he would hang there all day.

November has brought very mild, bounce house weather.

11.21.14  Aunt Issa, Uncle Stu and the cousins stopped through on their way to Arkansas for Thanksgiving

11.24.14  Thank you for painting our table Pop Pop!!!  Repurposed coffee table.
Promise, we weren't partial.

Our worst nightmare...

11.26.14  A morning at the Perot.  It's been a while, but we skipped ballet and jumped at Cayman's request to visit the dinosaurs.

Perot Museum


11.29.14   The cousins stopped back through for a little bounce housing.


11.30.14  Who needs explanation?

Daddy finally got brave enough to bring little one to the floor seats.
According to Daddy, she lasted until the game started.

Cayman is also up to:
  - First parent/teacher conference.  It was pretty easy breezy, but we were warned they only get worse.  We discussed her friendship with Wyatt "(Daddy's biggest concern), "I can't", "too hard", etc..

 - We are working on not going potty outside...and we'll leave it at that.
 - First dental x-rays...what?  Didn't know that was going to happen.  Still have your underbite.  Doc    doesn't think it's "the bad one".  Fingers crossed!  Brother is sporting the underbite too!

Sawyer is up to:
 - Now that you have 8 teeth, you are officially sporting the underbite too.  We are saving up for orthodontic work.
 - FIRST wave back. The bakery employee at know who to butter up to already.
 - You LOVE food, even wiggle/dance for the good stuff and are even quite demanding at times.
 - Finally cozying up to our sitter, Pakita, but still such a momma's boy.
 - Big Hugs!
 - A few seconds of unassisted standing
 - Found your tongue
 - Fascinated with all things door, drawer, faucet and lid (including toilet)...just anything you aren't supposed to touch or put in mouth.
 - 5th (top right lateral incisor) and 6th (top left lateral incisor) teeth
 - FIRST high five
 - You love to dance.  How do babies know how, what and why?  Just fascinating.
 - Gradually cruising from object to object

Rest of us:
 - Tarpon especially loves this season, the season of squirrels hiding pecans in mommy's flower pots.
 - We are anxiously awaiting the safe arrival of our new niece or nephew!  Due on Dec. 11th!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

OCTOBER = Fall + Fun + Friends + Fayetteville + Football + FOREVER


A little sneak peek of our Christmas card photo session.  

Thank you
10.5.14 - Boulevard Beauty

The kids in the SMU tailgate spot in front of Perkins Chapel

Mommy and kids got away to FAYETTEVILLE, AR for the Alabama vs. Arkansas FOOTBALL game.  Some of my closest college friends were able to break away as well.  It made for a really FUN weekend!

10.9.14  The rainbow was a welcome sight after a torrential 8 minute downpour.
Always love the view of "the hill" after driving over the hill.

Mommy was creeping on Cayman and PopPop's bedtime stories on the porch swing.
State of the Art exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR
I can only imagine how much work went into gathering art for this exhibit.  What a great concept allowing the public to see this compilation of current artists. . I will say it again, check out this place, it's worth the trip to our little ole Northwest AR.
10.10.14  medium : Romance Novels

Can't imagine how this one made the cut, wink, wink.  whooooooo pig...

Keith Haring's Two-Headed Figure

Color change had just begun

These dear ones.  What more can I say?  20 fabulous years and counting!
{Chare Yancey, Betsey Huson, me, Glenda Graves, Mindy Burchfield, Meredith Suttle}

Friday night FUN at Maxine's.  It's much more snazzy than it was when we were school.
PopPop and his Grandboy 2

PRE-GAME (Staggs House) - Some of the kiddos got to hang before the game too.
Sweet Madeline Graves babysat mine during the game.  Cayman adores her and her brother, so it works out perfectly for all!  10.11.14

My Daddy.

Rainy, cold and according to sources, these girls never sat down (except at half-time)...NEVER YIELD!

US PIZZA - What can I say, she's mine.  The pizza is only a vessel for ranch dressing.

10.16.14  9.5 Months
 10.17.14  Fair Day at Wesley Prep


10.18.14  First time to draw something and say, "I draw sun"


aka. costume change, after costume change, I right moms?

10.25.14 - Can you tell this girl loves to get her face painted?
Sawyer wasn't very sure about it.
10.29.14  No, I wasn't trying to get out of buying a new costume, she insisted.  
10.29.14  HPUMC Playgroup 4th Annual Costume Party
{growing and growing and growing}
2nd Round {Sawyer is in the pumpkin longall}

10.30.14  We managed to talk her into being Ana for a Pre-Halloween dinner at The Lot
10.31.14  Costume day at school.  She and Wyatt (her current bestie) may have had this whole Mickie/Minnie thing planned all along.  
10.31.14  Trick-or-treating buddies year 2.  (Palmer Jordan and Cayman)
Thanks again Hollywood Heights!
Same house, 1 year later.

- Potty training revert, including a good long stage of "I don't need to go potty"...then going potty in your pants...a bit hard-headed.
- First stomach bug as a toddler.  Glad it was a quick one!  Sorry for bringing that to AR Grams and PopPop....mommy's bad.
- You don't stop talking...ever.
- Your imagination is expanding by the minute!
- Favorite cartoon is Sheriff Callie
- Wyatt (Mickey) has passed Matthew as your favorite school buddy.
- "It's October, Halloween".  You are very interested in what time or month it is.
- Mommy is still a "monster".  What is it that makes certain things stick?
- You like to read us your favorite books.  Currently "Dream Big Little Pig".


- "PopPop" in a whisper. Just in time for our trip to AR.
- Such the comedian
- Name recognition:  Turns toward people we name.  
- 10.15.14 3rd TOOTH:  Top Left Central Incisor
- Absolutely no more pacifier.  So glad I didn't have to ween you!
- DANCE!  You wiggle and shake your head to almost any rhythm
- You hate your bjorn bib (which is the greatest invention ever) and pull it off any chance you get...
- 10.31.14 4th TOOTH: Top Right Central Incisor
 - Officially retiring the army crawl for a regular crawl.  It's still so odd to us to see one of our babies crawling.  Cayman never did, only the bottom scoot method.