Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wrapping up the Summer

As we finished up the last few weekends of summer, we soaked up every last minute. We played outside, grilled out and just enjoyed the, dare I say it...nice weather!

A few weekends ago, the girls and I met Honey in Dallas for a Back-To-School Shopping weekend. Since all of the girls started school and they are getting easy to travel with, we decided that would be a great way to end the summer. 

So, Friday afternoon, we hopped in the car and drove to the Westin in the Galleria. Of course, all the little Williamson girls love a good hotel stay! Honey was already there and we snuggled in bed and watched TV until we fell asleep.

Saturday morning, we woke up. Catherine did a dance party and pointed out the "river" (there is no river) from the window seat while we all got ready. Then, we shopped until we dropped! We had so much fun and laughed a lot that weekend. We all can't wait to do it again!

Last weekend, we spent the very last weekend of summer just having a good time! Friday, Travis and I took the day off work to spend an extra long weekend with the girls. Friday, we lunched, shopped and laughed together. We grilled out, ate ice cream and enjoyed the weather. We jammed out to the Dixie Chicks, taught Travis about why girls need pedicures and made good on the promise of no social media (or pictures) all day! We just soaked it all in.

Saturday, it was back to pictures! When I got up, I found Emma and Catherine snuggled in bed together. Hannah was still sleeping, so I decided to make muffins for breakfast.

Mid-day, Travis went to tie up a few things at work, so the girls and I went to lunch and for haircuts. I just love these little people and how much fun we can have together. I am not saying there are not times that I absolutely relish a work trip and hotel stay with no one to care for but myself. (just keeping it real!). But, as they get older, they get easier and more fun. Our wrap up of the summer was a time that I realized that and loved every minute.

Sunday was a regular Williamson Family Sunday. Church, Susan's and getting ready for the week!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Catherine turns FIVE!

For a long time now, probably at least since she had any concept of being a certain age, Catherine has wanted to turn 5. To her, that was THE number...THE age of being a big girl (and the age of no more sucking her thumb).

On July 24th, my youngest and last baby turned 5. I guess to me, this also indicated the end of having a "baby" (I know...4 isn't a baby, but 5 is kindergarten *tear*). So, we celebrated her birthday in style.

Catherine requested Mexican food at our favorite hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, cake and presents. We did just that.

We went at ate at the restaurant. We are there so often that the manager knows us (literally once a week we eat there). So, when we told him it was Catherine's birthday, she got serenaded by the live band and the entire restaurant and LOVED it! Even on our way out, the singer quit singing and started singing "There goes the birthday girl, Catherine" to the tune of the song they were playing. :)

Then, we got home and had cake and gifts. This little girls asked for only one thing: A hide-away pet (google it...she saw it on an infomercial!). So, that is what she got! One thing about Catherine is she isn't lacking for enthusiasm. She was so happy with her gifts and loved her big day!

You are the wild and crazy that completes our wild and crazy family! Life with you is always an adventure and (most of the time) that adventure is full of giggles and crazy songs. We are so proud of you and cannot believe that you are a big FIVE year old. You are growing into such a big girl, but just know you will ALWAYS be my baby. We love you so much and can't wait to see what God has in store for you...He is going to use that big personality in a big way!
Mommy, Daddy & "the sisters"