Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Space Center Houston

Back in October Madeline had the day off for Columbus Day.  The boys had school so I told Madeline we could do whatever she wanted.  She chose to visit Space Center Houston!  We tried to cram as much as we could in before we picked up the boys, and we had so much fun.  She had been talking about space and the moon at school so it was perfect timing.

First, we took a tour to visit the old Mission Control.

While waiting for our second tour, we touched a piece of the moon...

...and looked at many of the same exhibits that have been there since I was a kid.

What was new was the shuttle exhibit. This was exciting to see, and you could go inside of it.

Our second tour stopped at the astronaut training facility.

After quick lunch and visit to "Mars", it was time to pick up the boys.  I love spending time with my growing girl!


(Why does it feel like this was 2 years ago??)

Let's ignore the fact that Halloween is LONG gone and bask in the cuteness that is my children.

Like most kids, mine began discussing costumes months ago.  After last year's theme, I had come to the realization that it would probably be our last year to do something as a family.  However, the kiddos decided they'd like us all to dress up.  Madeline really wanted us to be farm animals.  She said I could be the pig. (Seriously, you can't make this up.)  Andrew was insistent on being the Hulk, so the big kids settled on Super Heroes.

It was 80 degrees so we wore shorts.

And yes, I'm aware that we are mixing Marvel/Avengers/blah blah blah.  Andrew pointed it out 89872 times.

Preston's cheeks hanging out of the Spiderman mask.  <3 p="">

It's become our Halloween tradition to go to Peter and Niki's house, walk over to our friends' cul-de-sac party and then go trick-or-treating.

After snacks and playing in the cul-de-sac it was time to get candy with 40 of our closest friends.  Preston walked up to a few houses, but preferred to ride with his BFF Audrey.

Trick-or-treating at Uncle Peter and Aunt Niki's house is our favorite!  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE that they live so close to us? :)

The furry boys were on good behavior, but refused to wear their costumes for the occasion.

Family selfie!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ben and Andrea's Wedding

October 29th was a very exciting day for the Kleckley family.  In the words of Madeline, "Aunt Andrea is FINALLY part of our family!"  It was a wonderful, memorable and beautiful weekend.  Picture overload ahead (disclaimer: I didn't bring my big camera, so apologies for my crummy iPhone pictures.  The good wedding pics are from my mom's camera).

Friday evening we met at St. Anne in Houston.  Andrew was a ring bearer, and the pillow he carried was the same one Andrea's mom used at her wedding.

 Jon was a groomsman, so our boys had to be on their best behavior.  Except they were not.  Andrew and Will loved their mustaches and thought they looked just like Papa K.

Kenneth and Gerilyn hosted the Rehearsal dinner at Ouisie's Table.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  my MIL knows how to plan a party!  She thought of everything and more...

...seriously, have you seen a cuter favor than cookies resembling the bride and groom?  Plus it made for good jokes. "Hey Jon, want to literally bite your brother's head off?"

Kleckley women

The weather outside was perfect for mingling on the patio.  

Kleckley men, minus Preston who was with Peter and Niki

Gerilyn had "Ben and Andrea" dolls made.  Andrew and Olivia were playing with the dolls and making them kiss.  So funny.

The wedding was Saturday night, so Jon left early Saturday morning to go to Top Golf with the boys. The kids and I headed up to The Houstonian after naps.  Give these two a suitcase and hotel beds to jump on, and excitement will be off the charts.

We had a late lunch in the hotel with the Kleckley crew, then headed to our room to get dressed.  

These two were just a little bit excited.  We had been practicing our dance moves for months and the big day was finally here!

Preston hung out with my mom and Aimee while the boys took pictures.

They clean up well, don't they?

All dressed up, and Preston is sporting his signature look. :) 

After family pictures at the hotel we boarded a bus to the church.  

On the bus ride Andrew reached over and held my hand.  Too sweet.

Before the wedding the guys were hanging in a conference room.  Andrew and Will tried to get their wiggles out by climbing on the tables.  And let's document Uncle Paul's exact words: "My kid won't do that." :)

Aimee came with us to help out with the kids and we were SO grateful.  Her date was pretty cute too. 

Andrew and Will did a great job walking down the aisle.

Andrea looked beautiful!

After the wedding, it was PARTY time!  Luckily Preston had two afternoon naps.  He kept saying "dance Uncle Ben's wedding".

When the Houstonian doesn't have juice boxes, you settle for a Shirley Temple. :)

Y'all.  This reception.  Everything was beyond beautiful!  Flowers, candles, and even a black and white dance floor for Andrea's favorite colors.  It was perfection.

This arrangement was behind the bar.

Between Jon and I's families, there are 9 kids.  Now everyone is married but these two!

So apparently I took TONS of videos of the kids dancing and no pictures.  All day we had been telling the kids they couldn't act like crazy people until after the wedding.  Let's just say they made up for it.  The boys were rolling on the floor, Madeline put her twirly dress to good use and Preston wanted the dance floor to himself.  Considering it was 9:00 pm and they were relatively happy, we just let them have fun.  Preston pitched a huge fit when I pulled him off the dance floor for Ben and Andrea's first dance.  Such a mean mommy.

Love my pops!

Preston finally passed out around 10:30, and Andrew was close behind.  Aimee took them back to the room, and Madeline kept dancing with the grown ups.

Around 11:30 this chick was spent.  

The reception ended around midnight, and we were worn out.  It was SUCH a fun party!  

The next morning the kids slept until 7 am (woo hoo!)  Poppy came and took them for a walk in their PJ's and slippers.  They came back with this glow stick.

 Gerilyn and Kenneth hosted a brunch at the hotel.  We all enjoyed sharing stories from the night before.  Considering the next day was Halloween, Gerilyn had made all the kids matching shirts.

We spent the next week recovering, but it was so worth it.  It was a beautiful weekend!  Congrats, Uncle Ben and Aunt Andrea.  We love you!