A Spring Trip to Texas

Shepherd, Wilder and I got to spend last week at my parents’ in Tyler. My sister took the week off work and came home, too, so the boys (and I!) got to spend time with her, Birdie, and Poppy. While I was in town, Jillian, mom and I got to cross tasks off of the wedding to-do list, and it was exciting to be able to spend an evening at a tasting event at the lake where Jillian and Hayden will be married.

We drove out to Mrs. Helen Lee’s Daffodil Gardens in Gladewater, Texas, but unfortunately, they were closed because the daffodil fields weren’t blooming when they usually do. Instead, we got some pictures of Shepherd with the daffodils in my parents’ front yard.

Mom, Dad and Jillian hadn’t seen Wilder since Christmas, and he’s grown so much since then. Dad always steals the babies… it’s always made me laugh that such a formidable, intimidating man can melt at the sight of a tiny baby. He was especially over the moon with Wilder.

While we were in town, the whole crew went to Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo, which I hadn’t visited for years. Shepherd loved the giraffes and bears and also riding on Poppy Bean’s shoulders through the wild birds exhibit.

On this trip, Shepherd stopped calling my dad “Bean Beans” and started calling him “Poppy Bean.” The way he says it is so cute—it sounds like “Bop-E Bean.” He has also stopped saying “Boo Boo” as much and is starting to call my mom Birdie (sounds like Baa-ee). We actually arrived in Tyler the night of Shepherd’s second birthday, so Sheppy got to spend his second birthday with both his Nana and his Birdie and Poppy. Pretty cool!

Here are some of my favorite pictures:

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One evening, my sister offered to take a few photos of the boys and me. My mom and dad’s yard backs up to our neighbors’ woods, which always gets the prettiest evening light. The pictures turned out so beautifully… thank you so much, Jillian!

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