Friday, August 31, 2012

Our Wedding {The Reception}

We treated our guests to a cocktail hour while we were busy getting our pictures taken. Besides the open bar there were a few passed h'or deouvres, as well as a "wagon" filled with various fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers. Jason and I were unable to attend the cocktail hour, but we heard it was great!

We entered our reception to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."


It was a bit of a tribute to our newfound Texas roots and was a fun song to start the evening off on the right foot. :)

My sister and Jason's brother gave beautiful toasts. Hers was a bit more emotional, while his had me cracking up.


A line that had to do with his Mom "getting a cat, since he wasn't getting married anytime soon" had me crying with laughter. :)

We also gave a little toast to thank all of our close friends and family for being there for our special day.


 Then it was time to cut the cake.


I begged Jason not to smear it on my face. I'm not a fan of getting dirty. Especially when wearing white.

 

He didn't. :)


Jason's Dad gave a beautiful blessing.

 

The DJ was great and kept the kids occupied while the adults were eating. He played the Chicken Dance, provided hula hoops and even had a limbo stick for them to enjoy!

 

My sister, Maureen, also had fun with the hula hoops... I do believe alcohol was involved. :)




After the adults were done eating, it was time to dance! 

Our first dance as a married couple was "In My Life" by The Beatles. It's a song that goes way back to our beginnings and means a lot to both of us.


We had a joint Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance to "These Are the Days" by Van Morrison. It's a favorite song of both Jason and myself. :)



We were really glad that we got a DJ. Initially we were going to take the "poor man's route" and use an iPod for our music. I admit that it was probably the best money we spent. Everybody had a blast!



















 

Flower girls gone wild!




There were some very cute babies at our wedding... including this sweet girl who traveled all the way from Texas for the occasion! :)


My {married} sister had A LOT of fun with Jason's {unmarried} brother!


Both of our Grandmas kicked up their heels and danced the night away.



Jason's Grandma even requested the Electric Slide. It was on our "do not play"list, but since his Grandma asked, we had to give in. :)

 

We had arranged for a special song to be played for Jason's aunt and uncle. You might have heard of it before... "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. They loved it!




Connor preferred to watch from the sidelines (mostly in Nana's lap!), rather than join in the chaos. :)


 And, finally, the night couldn't have ended without an obligatory High School best friends pose. Unfortunately on two of Jason's three best friends could make it that night. Gangster, huh?


Needless to say, it was an amazing night. One that we will never forget, certainly. :)

 The final installment of Our Wedding series, will be the details, of course! I'm hoping to have it up early next week.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, everyone! :)

P.S. If you want to check out the first three installments of our wedding breakdown, you can find them herehere and here. :)
**All pictures courtesy of Corey Ann Photography**

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

 Taking a break from the wedding posts today... Enjoy!

We are really lucky to live in a large city that offers so much to do, especially for a family with younger children. Earlier this summer we decided to venture out to the Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


I had taken the boys with our playgroup back when Connor was only a few months old. Aidan enjoyed himself, but I don't think he really paid much attention to the butterflies. He was a bit preoccupied by chasing his friends everywhere! Afterall, he wasn't even two yet.




This time, we went with Daddy, and had a blast! The exhibit is housed in a three story glassed in building. There is a waterfall right in the center surrounded by lush greenery and thousands of butterflies fly freely thoughout.



 

 

 

 They have bowls with wet sponges and fruit scattered about where the butterflies land to eat and drink.


Jason had a few butterflies land on his hat!


Aidan was excited, but also very freaked out about this. He didn't want to go near the butterflies once they had landed on Daddy! 


You aren't allowed to bring in strollers, so I wore Connor in my sling. It was VERY warm in there, so we were both a bit uncomfortable from the heat. But, he loved spotting the butterflies, too!



Besides butterflies they had a few fish exhibits and an iguana living in the Butterfly Center.



We have been letting Aidan take pictures lately... Here's one he took of Daddy. :)


Before you bet into the glassed in area, you walk up through a few floors of exhibits, including different types of insects and a huge display of live cocoons hatching. It's really interesting! Once you're in the actual Butterfly Center, you start on the third floor and make your way down to the first. Aidan really loved watching the waterfall splash into the pool at the bottom.




Of course our visit wasn't complete without getting a picture on the giant caterpillar! :)



What types of outings do you go on with your little ones?

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