SYTYCD

For the past 6 seasons, my friend and I have been OBSESSED with So You Think You Can Dance.  So much so that we now have a standing tradition to go see them on tour.  Season 10 tour was pretty amazing.  All of our favorite dances of the season, plus a few delightful surprises!  Wooohooooo!!

The thing I love about the show is that it’s so positive.  The judges leave the dancers still feeling good about themselves and encouraged to pursue their dreams.  And then there’s the dances.  What?!  They’re full of stories and symbolism and life.  I love it!!!

Here’s a few moments I captured from the tour and a few videos of my favorite dances from the season.  Enjoy!

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Sand Dance

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Amy & Travis: Wicked Game

Jasmine & Comfort: Girls

Fikshun and Twitch: Hello Good Morning

Amy & Fikshun: After Party

Paul & Makenzie: Edge of Glory

Aaron & Kathryn: Kissing You

Jasmine & Marko: Blurred Lines

It was such a great weekend to spend with the girls.  Now that my life is filled with nap schedules and toddler food, I hardly get a moment to myself.  Much less a whole weekend!  (Not that I don’t love nap schedules and toddler food…hot dogs are delicious!)  So grateful for moments away to remind me that I have something pretty great to come home to.

A Baby Shower

This weekend I helped throw a baby shower for my very best friend in the world.  We lived together for 6 years which is longer than my husband and I have been married.  We have been through A LOT together.  Lots of good talks, late nights (a few we’d like to forget), long trips, dance parties, tears, hangovers, prayers, bad haircuts, spiritual encounters, terrible eating habits, bad boyfriends, fashion mistakes, marriage, babies, the list goes on forever.  You name it, we’ve probably been through it.  I cannot explain what an incredible blessing it is to have someone in your life with whom you’ve been through the worst and the best moments with.  I was so honored to get to help shower her with gifts as we share yet another life experience.

The shower took place in my backyard.  It was pretty hot out, but everyone survived.  I’d like to think the adorable decor took everyone’s mind off of the heat.

We included a board where guests could write notes of encouragement for the mother-to-be.  Having a baby for the first time can be an anxiety-filled experience, so reading notes from people who are praying for you and maybe have even been through it is so encouraging those last few weeks of pregnancy.  (Or even the first few weeks after the baby is born.)

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The sex of the baby is a surprise, so we had a board for guessing.  I think at the end of the shower, girl was the winner.  We’ll see!!

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The yarn wall was my favorite!  I would like to take credit for this piece of creative genius, but I have to thank pinterest for this awesome idea.

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How cute is this cake?!  Our friend from Cakes by Catie made it.  If you’re near the Conway area and need a cake, please call this girl.  She is incredibly talented!

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I never ever could have done this alone.  I am neither creative or crafty enough.  Thank goodness for fantastic friends who are.

We had a really great turnout for the shower, so the new mom went home with a car full of gifts!  Exactly what you want for a baby shower.  Plus, everyone had a good time.  Whoop whoop!

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What gorgeous, talented friends I have.  It was so much fun to come together and bless our friend with gifts to help make the transition into motherhood just a little easier.  So thankful for them.

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Vacation!!!

This week, we went on a glorious vacation to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with friends.  4 couples, 2 kids, 1 fetus (what a terrible word for an adorable baby), and the beach.  Awesome!!

We decided to drive through the night and left Arkansas at 2 am Wednesday morning.  I think it worked out for the best.  Bennett was none too pleased, however.

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We did find a park along the way and stopped for a breather about 3 hours away from Florida.

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The vacation itself was perfect.  Exactly what I was hoping for…a relaxing time at the beach with friends.  Little expectations, slow pace, come-and-go-as-you-please kind of vacay.  Just the way I like it.  Bennett really enjoyed the beach.  He didn’t mind having sand all over himself, and he even got in the ocean a few times and jumped a few waves.  I think we have a little beach bum on our hands.

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Our friends were gracious enough to keep Bennett one night so Michael and I could have a little date.  We headed over to Seaside (the most adorable little community ever) and had dinner at Great Southern Cafe.  Incredible.  If you’re ever in that neck of the woods, you must go and get the shrimp and grits (and I don’t even like grits…that’s how good they were).

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It was a fabulous vacation, indeed.  We’re so blessed to have friends to vacation with.  50 years from now, we’ll look back at this picture and think, “That was a really fun trip we took together.”  And we’ll tell our grandkids all about their grandparent’s friends and the friends their parents grew up with.  What an amazing story of community and love.

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P.S.  The grandkids will probably belong to these two…

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