Monday, July 30, 2012

Lila goes to the Circus

On Sunday, July 22nd, we met our friends, the Feltermans, at the circus in Houston. Neither myself nor Josh or Lila had ever been to the circus before (not that we could remember, at least), so we were really excited to go, especially to see Lila's reaction to everything. Lila absolutely loved it and was so enthralled in all of the attractions, even from the beginning. I don't think that she stopped moving for the entire two hour show!
Before the show began, we were able to go onto the circus floor to see Asia the Elephant, performing clowns, and some acrobats. Lila was so worried about the acrobats' safety and kept shouting "be careful" and "get down!". She and Cecilia both were wide-eyed the entire time, and really took it all in.
Once the show started, Lila danced her little heart out! She screamed, clapped, sang, and danced the entire show. It was so much fun just watching Lila, but the show was pretty neat too. I really want to take her back again before the circus leaves town, but I'm sure we'll just wait until next year. We bought the kids a circus coloring book as a souvenir, and Lila is obsessed.  We're so glad to have good friends to share these special moments with here in Texas!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Alli's First Birthday Party *Sunshine Spectacular*

On Sunday, July 15th, we had our baby, Alli's very first birthday party at my parent's house! The day before, we had Kimberly and Ralson's big couples shower, so we were almost a little partied out, but nevertheless, we had a great time celebrating our Allison Neal!
party favors
guest book table and entrance way
It was a sunshine theme, so I tried to keep the colors as bright as possible! There were pink and yellow decorations everywhere, from the banners, to the birthday hat, to the balloons, and the cake.  I made sunshines for each month and had Alli's monthly sticker picture glued to them which I put in hot pink flower pots and displayed in the center of the food table. My aunt boo made most of the food (veggie pizzas and an adorable watermelon bowl with "Alli" carved into it), but we also had Publix sandwiches (my favorite!) as well as some chips and pretzels.
delicious food
Alli's smash cake
big sunshine strawberry cake
The cakes were also made by my Aunt Boo, and they were so delicious, not to mention adorable! The main cake was a big strawberry flavored sunshine, the cupcakes were little strawberry flavored sunshines with hot pink candy corn for their rays, and Alli's little cake was a vanilla flavored yellow and orange sunshine cake with her name and the number '1' written along the sides.  They were all just as cute as they were good.
visiting with family
Our sweet friends came to celebrate with us
Our family of 4
birthday girl! 
singing "Happy Birthday to you"
Alli surprised me with how much she ate of her cake. I really thought that she would just stare at it and cry because everyone was looking at her (she's a little sensitive like that), but she actually ate a few little bites. They were very little bites, but she really seemed to enjoy the pieces of icing that she'd put in her mouth. Lila really enjoyed Alli's cake, and she proceeded to help Alli eat it while everyone was watching. Lila also insisted on wearing Alli's birthday hat, which seemed just fine with Alli as she wasn't too terribly thrilled to have to wear it at first. I'm glad that they could work together as a team to tackle the birthday traditions!
We are so thankful to our friends and family that came out to celebrate with us. We had such a great time visiting with them, and we are so blessed to have such great people in our lives and our children's lives. We had a such a fabulous day celebrating our baby's first birthday!!
the damage

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy 4th Anniversary!

This anniversary snuck up on me (it throws me off if big events happen in the middle of the week!). It's been such a wonderful four years, and we've been blessed by so many things so far in our marriage! We're going to celebrate on Sunday evening by going out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Bonefish Grill, that just opened close to our house in Texas! I love you, Josh, and here's to many more anniversaries!!
(photos courtesy of Laura Negri Phtography)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

KBG Photography has Officially Launched!

I'm so excited to start this new business venture, and I have already had such a great response. I've been able to get a few portrait sessions on the calendar already, and I am even booked for my first wedding in October (it's a small wedding, but you have to start somewhere)! Please pray for me as I begin a new chapter in my life!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Visit to Mamu and Big Pop's House

While Josh and I were in Florida, Josh's parents were kind enough to watch the girls for us at their house in Monroe, Georgia. The girls had such a great time swimming, picking flowers, tomatoes, and blueberries, and playing outside. Josh's mom took some adorable pictures of the girls for me since I wasn't there to take them, so I borrowed them from her facebook page and included them below. The girls are already excited for their next visit to the Gentry cabin!


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