We just got back from two weeks in Mississippi. Which obviously means, photo dump time!
Let's start the two weeks off with our first travel day. I flew home with both boys by myself a week before Bech. Because I love torturous plane rides with temper tantrum throwing 18 month olds (I'm looking at you, Gil).
I set my alarm to wake me up in plenty of time for our 5:55 a.m. flight. But then my phone asked me if I wanted to update. And for once, I said yes the first time it asked. Dumb move. I woke up at 5:50 a.m. and immediately started crying. The first Delta rep said we could fly out the next day for $1000 extra. I got off the phone, cried, looked up on google maps to figure out how long I would need to be in the car to drive us home. I called Delta back and my new rep looked at every possible connection. He found us a flight later that day (and it only cost us $100 extra!). I may have told him that I loved him several times.
The first flight was rough (see above), but the other flights were not too bad. I even got a free gin and tonic on one of those flights. Which means that Bech and I have now received 6 or 7 free gin and tonics in the last 1 1/2 of flying with both boys. Y'all, we must look some kind of exhausted when we travel.
We made it home at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, so tired but so glad to be done with traveling!
Of course, our first course of business on Thursday was SNOW CONES. I will take stressful travel days for a snow cone. Totally worth it. And snow cones with Nana and Papa? Even better!
And of course a stop at Janie's was in order (don't worry, we waited until Friday for that).
A local feed store had bunnies and chicks out, so we took the boys by for a quick cuddle.
Jack was NOT a fan.
Some church friends invited us to their Easter egg hunt. Gil was a natural!
Gil is also a natural at eating. He's trying his first hush puppy. SO GOOD.
The boys got spoiled, as usual. My mom gave them Easter baskets (I threw a couple of clothing items from Boden in as my happy--needless to say, they were not that excited about new clothes), and then Bech's mom gave them Easter baskets too.
Easter morning with my sweet boys. Also, I wore this outfit last year:
Oops, and Jack wore the same outfit! Well, both outfits fit and Jack's is an Easter smock (and it's probably the last Easter he will wear smocked!).
I love this picture, because Jack is looking at Gil so sweetly. He can be mean and too rough with Gil, but he can also be SO sweet.
The boys with my grandparents. Heads up, Gil looked like this for a lot of the trip home. He does not like new people! Bech and I often said, "Please, just don't look at him!" Oh goodness, this child!
We had the best Easter lunch. We made yummy, pinterest inspired potatoes, rolls, asparagus, and steak. It was the perfect amount of food. Then we ate homemade angel food cake and a raspberry yogurt pie. I am not a big ham person, so I enjoyed doing something a little different.
On Monday, Jack's daycare teacher from Baton Rouge (and also a friend of mine!) drove up to see the boys. I know some people don't want to send their kids to daycare, but we have had just the BEST experiences with daycare, and Dunham daycare is at the top of that list. Elizabeth and I have kept up for the past almost three years, so it was so fun to see her in person again!
We had a little photo fast (unintentionally) up until the wedding. Bech flew into town on Wednesday and we got right into gear. Bech's little brother got married, and we just LOVE his new wife. Jack is a HUGE Mary Kathryn fan!
Mary Kathryn included my other sister-in-law and me and invited us to the bridesmaids lunch. It was out at Livingston. I had only been once (to the farmer's market) so I enjoyed getting to eat out there this time.
The rehearsal dinner was incredible! Seriously, doesn't this picture look beautiful? Bech's mom, Karey, put so much time and thought into this event. She is an incredible entertainer, but this night might have topped anything else!
These are the tables up close. She collected vintage glasses for people to drink water out of. The paper bags had wooden cutlery and a napkin inside. There were appetizers and fish tacos as well as a burger food truck. We had Deep South Pops for dessert.
And the drinks (French 75--my fav!, wine, and beer) were served out of this, the Karovan. How cute is it? She is planning on renting this out for events. It was used at the rehearsal dinner and the reception and it was so fun!
I love this picture. I hate that the quality is a little blurry, but still. This is the bride, my brother-in-law, and my mother-in-law. You can get a glimpse of the beautiful flowers.
There was a photo booth there with props. I never made it (I know, sad!), but Jack took some pictures with "his new best friends."
I didn't get any pictures at the wedding, but a cousin snapped a few. This is Jack climbing a tree with one of those new best friends, Henry. I think Henry is his 2nd or 3rd cousin. They had a blast playing together!
Not the best picture of any of us, but we were there! Gil and Jack stayed until almost 9. Gil was having the best time out on the dance floor.
Sunday morning was one last event, the out of town brunch. My mom and I, along with 4 other women, helped give this even.
Bech's cousin from NOLA set up the cutest mimosa and bloody mary bar.
The yummy spread!
Jack and his new aunt. And yes, his hand is in a super awkward spot.
We took it slow the next couple of days. I think one of my favorite moments (I hate I don't have a picture of this) is right before we headed to the airport. Bech's mom, Bech, Jack, and I (and Gil when he woke up from his nap) sat out on their front porch, swinging and eating the leftover popsicles. We had a great two weeks at home!