Monday, November 29, 2010

Thankful for Thanksgiving Break!

I’m so impressed with all my blog friends who managed to put up their Thanksgiving blog post up within 24 hours of last Thursday. Where did you ever find the time, friends??? On the heels of our hectic trip, we decompressed on Tuesday and then saw a late showing of Harry Potter VII (awesome!!). Wednesday was a full workday for me and then both my sisters came in town Wednesday night. Enough description…more pictures:

The day began bright and early (and cold) with the annual Turkey Trot downtown. With the exception of last year (B was too small), I’ve done it every year for the past 7-8 times. Thank goodness it didn’t rain this year:


Group photo (Grammy took it):


Take a good look at those shoes, guys. One of them disappeared during our 5K adventure…

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While my parents and Betsy ran ahead, Mary, Jonathan, Bridget, Penny and I all got caught up in the walking crowd. Then we lost Jonathan and Penny :(. Thank goodness we found them just short of a mile in at the dog park under the freeway! Whee!


Showing off her new “TOUCHDOWN” trick. It’s a serious fave right now.


On our way up to the finish line! The Queen B got tired of doing her impression of an ice cube in the stroller, so she and I bundled up during the last mile :)

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After the Trot, it was off to the Cowboys game with Julie and Ryan:


While tailgating, we found this REAL turkey at a huge partying tent. He would have been glad to be in a roaster that day…it was FREEZING!


The four of us have been doing Cowboys Thanksgiving Game tailgating for four years now, and this was just about the coldest (though not as bad as the day we froze in the parking lot and then travelled into Texas Stadium to continue freezing). Brrr!


Playing a quick game of Cornhole on the way into the stadium:

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Now that we’re inside, its all jolly again:


Keith Urban put on a great halftime show! And Nicole and Sunday were there, too :):

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Julie’s brother, Philip, works at the stadium so he paid us a visit!


Though I am a life-long Cowboys fan and certainly believed (a little), they didn’t come out with a W that day. At least they put up a good fight! I had lost my voice by the 4th quarter due to excessive screaming!


After the game, we went to my parents to grab B and met up with more family friends over there and stayed to chat a while. Can you believe Bridget stayed up til 10pm over there and proceeded to be awake through the whole drive home? So are the woes of the parents of a social butterfly…


Friday morning brought one of my most anticipated events of the week: seeing my precious friend, Amy, and meeting her beautiful daughter, Daisy! Amy moved to Virginia 3 weeks before Bridget was born and then had an angel of her own in February. I couldn’t wait to get my arms around both of them!


Bridget was happy to make herself at home at Amy’s parents’ house. Climbing the stairs, collecting golf balls, emptying baskets, pointing at knick-nacks….


Daisy was seriously the smiliest baby I’ve ever seen. Just like her sweet Mommy!


On both Friday and Saturday, I got to spend some time with my sisters and mom doing wedding prep stuff for Betsy. Step one: find a dress:

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Step one: complete! She could have bought it right off the rack if they’d have allowed her!


Multiple stop downs for lunch and wine were scheduled:

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As were outings to look at possible reception sites. Here’s one option, the Meadows Museum at SMU (too small, but pretty!):


We capped off their visit with a regular Williams family tradition: dinner at Mattitos downtown. Love us some Rumba ‘Ritas and Bob Armstrong dip!

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I’d usually be more sad about seeing Bridget’s aunts hop on their flights to their own homes, but this time it was better….’cause I get to see them both again in about 3 weeks for Christmas break! Whee!




Tiny Dancer..she’s great at weddings

A week prior to our LA trip, we attended the wedding of my second cousin here in Dallas. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Northwood Club and my tiny dancer was a big hit, as usual. No matter how crabby she is in the car with Mommy and Daddy (man, this was a tough night for us!), she always seems to flip to switch to “entertainment mode” just in time to show off. I love that about her!

The noodle and me…someone is sleepy:


Pretending to be shy:




Grammy was sweet enough to wisk B away so I could chill for a bit. Of course, I found them both near the bar :)


She loved cutting a rug and Pop insisted on taking her way too close to the speakers to see the band onstage:


She seemed a little unsure at first:


But eventually embraced it:


Let’s boogie, Grammy!:


Always wanting to be in charge:



It’s beyond tiring being a Mommy sometimes, but it sure is fun :)!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

City of my little Angel

Our LA trip has come and gone, as has this year’s Thanksgiving, and what can I say? I’m pooped! I’ve so wanted to blog more this week but it has been completely non-stop over here since we left for the wedding and now that my sisters are both in town and we’re in full Williams wedding swing, its been rough. Adamos are busy enough already, but when you combine it with busy Williams’ my head starts to spin. Let’s try to recap our trip:

Our four hour flight adventure started at 7pm, so Jonathan and I assumed we’d give our girl her milk at that time and she’d be asleep upon take off…um, she was awake the entire time!:


But as soon as we’d retrieved our stroller at the gate, she climbed in and was snoozing before we’d reached baggage claim. Mommies: take your tiny ones on the plane while they’re tiny and will still sleep, fo realz!


She had so much fun playing with cousins Anthony and Noah and they had fun “babysitting” her. I was so thankful they were there to entertain her!:


Her first cab ride! I was not so pumped but she was a big fan:


Our first event was brunch at a local German biergarten called the Red Lion Tavern. You know Jonathan loved that:

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We had so much fun catching our first glimpse of the groom, Michael (Jonathan’s best friend from grade school) , and spending time with LA friends. And isn’t her outfit the cutest??IMG_9610 IMG_9611      

The wedding rehearsal was held in Pershing Square in downtown LA, right across the street from our hotel. How handy! We also were tickled to see an outdoor ice skating rink at the park…it sure was cold enough over the weekend for ice to hold up outdoors, even in LA.

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Meeting Michaels’ mom, Roxanne, for the first time. She loved her!


The awesome cake I saw in the lobby of The Biltmore where we stayed. There was a BEAUTIFUL wedding Saturday night complete with authentic full dress from some Asian country and the most amazing smelling flowers of all time. I almost crashed it…


We were instructed to save space at the sports bar nearby for the boys so we could all watch the Cowboys game…but the boys ended up running out of time so Christina (Jonathan’s sister) and I just enjoyed some kid-free time together. Wahoo!


Wedding time!


Christina and her two wonderful boys, Anthony and Noah. So sweet!


There was only one other baby at the wedding and his name was Brody. He was 9 months old and already heavier than Bridget (28 lbs! A chunk!). Such a cutie:


Dena bought Bridget her pretty dress so she’d match the wedding party. There wasn’t a flower girl, so B became the honorary one. So cute!


Jonathan was the best man and Michael (the groom) had given all the guys Fedoras to wear since that’s “his thing”. I thought it looked nice and Bridget loved the hats!


With the beautiful bride, Dena:IMG_9666IMG_9667

Jonathan’s parents:


My little partying family:


The happy couple, the Younkins:

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Buzzing lips with Uncle Matt:


Playing with Uncle Cory’s hat:


Could she be trying to tell me something??:


Dancin’ Queen:


With her babysitter, Anthony:


Sleepy girl:

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Dena giving a final message to the guests…”We’re being kicked out due to time and noise!” hehehe


My Plano boys:


Getting ready to go have breakfast:


The new happy couple!


Riding on her first Subway!


Hollywood girl!


Our luggage cart upon check-out….EXTREME!


Phew! This blog post has been just about as tiring as the trip itself. It was fun but man was I ready to get home. Love me some Texas!