Thanksgiving

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Fall hit hard in Alabama and really showed off for me It’s my understanding that this year’s color wasn’t as bold as it normally is (due to drought) but for this Texas girl, it sure was a treat. Real fall.🙂
We had the chance to have more family come up and visit, and then we got to go over for 10 whole days back to Houston.
I had grand plans to take lots of pictures, but it just didn’t happen. I mean…I took lots of pictures but of other people’s families. lol

I’ve come to the conclusion that we will never feel that we have had enough time in Texas. Even if I had not worked, it would have felt short, or I would have wanted more. For anyone that knows me, I always have something going on. It’s just how I thrive and what I crave- relationships and people. It’s hard to get good, quality time with everyone when you live in a different state. We worked to focus on the kids, on honoring the commitments we did make, and on trying to just enjoy the time we had.
These are a few of the pictures we took while there🙂 Some are with my camera and some with my phone.

While we drove home, I cried. A lot, actually. But as the terrain began to look more familiar, a sense of peace washed over me. It was the first time since moving here that I felt like “oh! we are close to home!”. I hesitate to even write that…but it’s true. We are building a home here and it’s starting to feel a little more like our space.
My heart longs for Texas but this finally feels good now too, and for that I am thankful.
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These photos are a special treat! My awesome friend Terri Lane took them and I am so grateful for the way she captured my babies. I have said this before, but I will say it again: all photographers should regularly have their families photographed. It helps with the process and you gain an appreciation for the craft of others. Thank you for doing such an amazing job- these images are priceless and I am so lucky to have them!!
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Family Fun






We have been loving this weather and having so much fun playing! I’ve said it before but I will say it again- fall is my favorite🙂
We went to the Tuscaloosa Barnyard a few weekends ago and had so much fun!
I have to say that it is very underrated. It’s a little bit of a drive through the country, but it’s so scenic and beautiful (and not too far if you live in Norhtport). The grounds are beautifully maintained, and there is so much to do. With the purchase of your ticket, you get a free pumpkin, free popsicle, food and baby bottles, plus the experience with every animal- from riding the pony, to holding and petting animals, to a hay ride. It really was a full day of family fun.
I’m mostly just sharing these for family to enjoy, since we are so far away.🙂 Happy Monday!
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Buddy Walk 2016

This weekend was so good for my heart🙂 Dinner with friends, fall activities with the kids and our first Alabama buddy walk! Our team was #morealikethandifferent and we rocked it! Initially, I was a little upset that I didn’t know much about the local buddy walk. October snuck up on me and before I knew it, Down Syndrome Awareness Month was here. I had resigned myself to just not going this year and hoping to learn more about it for next year. It would have been the first time we didn’t attend in five years.
But, our new friends weren’t going to let that happen,❤ and I am so grateful for that. We organized a team, got shirts and camped out together. It was a totally different event than what we were used to: More wide open spaces, fun stuff to do for the kids, a stunning park, spots where we could set up our team and tents wherever we liked…basically (in true Alabama fashion) we tailgated the buddy walk. That's always a win in my book😉
Here are some of my favorites from our walk. Sending so much love to all our friends who are walking this month and especially to the parts of our hearts that are in Houston watching along side us. We love you guys!

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