Rusty and Jess’ wedding!

This past weekend, the Haydels headed down to Austin for the Rusty and Jessica wedding extravaganza!

We picked up the girls from school on Thursday and headed down. We stopped in Hillsboro at the Wendy’s and it was deserted, which gave the girls an opportunity to run out some energy.IMG_7004

My parents rented a house in south Austin and it was pretty amazing. We enjoyed the large patio and backyard for a bit before heading to bed.IMG_7012IMG_7013

The girls had their own room, which was good except they were giggling together until after 11pm. Come on ladies…your parents are tired!IMG_7006

Friday was full of running errands. My mom and I picked up the flowers – we were in LOVE! They were so pretty!!IMG_7018IMG_7019

My brother made the wooden flower boxes. They were enormous – four of them plus the arrangement for the arbor barely fit in our Tahoe.IMG_7024

We also ordered flower crowns for my little flower girls. I had to try them on, of course.IMG_7025

We all got ready for the evening and headed out to the rehearsal! (Notice the awesome Austin traffic all around us)IMG_7033

Both girls fell asleep in the car…IMG_7035

…which meant that they were at the rehearsal like this:IMG_7036

When Celine is grumpy, she tucks in her bottom lip and peeks at everyone through her eyelashes.IMG_7040IMG_7045

They perked up a bit for the rehearsal dinner…and then promptly got bored. Luckily we live in the digital age and can provide easy entertainment via our phones.IMG_7048IMG_7056

The rehearsal dinner was at Max’s Wine Dive, and my mom did super cute Lord of the Rings centerpieces with Lego LotR ensembles. They were so cute and SO Rusty.IMG_7052IMG_7058

The food was delicious and of course the wine!IMG_7054IMG_7057

My parents gave a little welcome speech and my mom thanked everyone for coming…and promptly started crying when talking to Rusty and Jess. Only the second time she cried that day – the first was when she picked up the flowers. At least now I know where I get it from!IMG_7059

Mike and I left with the girls around 8pm and headed back to the house for the girls’ bedtime. Both girls weren’t in the best moods (see: 11:30pm bedtime the night before), and Celine had one of her epic meltdowns. At one point she clawed me in the face, leaving a gash on my right cheek and a couple of other marks. I was pretty bummed about it considering the wedding (aka lots of pics) was the next day, but the silver lining was that it shocked Celine so much, she stopped her fit.

The next morning was wedding day!! The boys and Katie hung with the kiddos while the rest of the ladies went for blowouts in the morning.IMG_7061IMG_7063IMG_7064

After a morning filled mainly with driving to multiple hamburger joints, we headed over to Rusty and Jess’ to see what we could help with. The girls were surprisingly good while we set the tables, made corsages, and other things.IMG_7072IMG_7073IMG_7078

The flower boxes didn’t fit on the slim tables, but my mom found a great place for them and everything worked out beautifully. The flowers on the arbor also turned out amazing – I think they really set the tone for the ceremony!IMG_7086IMG_7167

I headed back to the rental house with the girls to get ready, along with my parents, Katie, and Hillary. Mike and Taylor stayed with the groomsmen and Liz stayed to make sure everything was set up and ready to go, both for her officiating duties and all of the sound.

My parents left for the wedding with Hillary a little before 4, and Katie hopped in her car to drive Elliot and herself over. At 4pm our babysitter arrived, so Louise, Celine, the babysitter, and I got in the car and headed to the wedding! I loved our babysitter (Laura). She is a sophomore at UT in Texas Spirits and the girls took to her almost immediately…mainly because she had long blond hair LIKE ELSA.

We arrived at Rusty and Jess’ around 4:40, and Laura hovered around the girls while we got ready for game time. Katie was stressing out about keeping Elliot clean and not getting into anything, but finally just let him run around pre-ceremony, shrugging and saying “what’s the worst that could happen?” Finally it was time to go!IMG_7083IMG_7089IMG_7091IMG_7111

Everyone did their thing, and it was time for the ring bearer and flower girls to make their trek down the aisle before Jess. Elliot enthusiastically started trotting down the aisle, but tripped, causing the rings to fly out of their box and into the grass. There was a frantic three minute search for the rings while Louise and Celine anxiously waited for their turn to walk. Someone found Rusty’s ring but Jess’ was still missing. Everyone decided to wait until after the ceremony – Liz gave Rusty her ring to use in the interim – and it was time for the girls to walk.

I ushered Louise and Celine to the start of the aisle and told them to walk to Papa, then went around the side and met them at the end of the aisle. I was surprised and pleased that both girls walked down the aisle and actually dropped their petals! Celine had an overhand throw technique and was only throwing one at a time, but overall they did a great job. I wish someone took a video of their walk, but I’m sure there are a couple of pretty good professional photos. Looking forward to seeing those.

Liz did an amazing job with the ceremony, and I managed to get through my reading without choking up. It was special seeing the two of them commit to each other. Neither of them are typically weepy/emotional people, but they made an exception for their wedding.IMG_7126IMG_7128IMG_7139IMG_7142

The kids did an exceptional job being good children during the ceremony!IMG_7131IMG_7137IMG_7138

I tried to get as many pics as I could, but I didn’t get one of the Haydels, of me and Jessica, or of the entire Fausak family. Oh well!IMG_7106IMG_7079IMG_7149IMG_7155IMG_7163

But I DID get one with the groom!IMG_7145

There was some dancing…IMG_7169IMG_7175IMG_7186IMG_7195

…a couple late-night pics…IMG_7199IMG_7202

…and that’s all she wrote! It was a wonderful wedding and it seemed like everyone had a great time, bride and groom included! Congrats again, Rusty and Jess!


We had a pretty laid-back Easter this year. The girls took their sweet time going to bed on Saturday night, so we put their baskets by their doors and headed to bed ourselves.4.19.17 Easter 14.19.17 Easter 2

Easter morning rolled around and Michael and I were up around 7:15. We peeked in on the girls and they were still sleeping, so we lounged around in our bed. We lounged, and lounged…around 8am we decided enough was enough and the kids needed to get up. I went into Louise’s room to wake her up and she was already awake, standing next to her bed, playing with a toy. I said, “Louise, did you see your Easter basket?” Her eyes widened and she did a comical double-take, whipping her head around. She had forgotten it was Easter!

Of course her attention was laser-focused on her basket once she realized it existed, and Celine popped out of her room (with her typical crazy hair) to inspect hers as well.4.19.17 Easter 34.19.17 Easter 44.19.17 Easter 54.19.17 Easter 6

Once their baskets were emptied, we let them loose in the house to fill them back up with eggs. Louise was nice enough to let Celine find a few of her own. ๐Ÿ™‚4.19.17 Easter 74.19.17 Easter 84.19.17 Easter 9

Post-egg hunt, we threw on some clothes and headed to Grandma and Papa’s for waffles.4.19.17 Easter 104.19.17 Easter 11

We stayed until about 3pm and then headed home. We were worried Celine fell asleep in the car…turns out she was pranking us all. #sneaky #chocolategoatee4.19.17 Easter 13

Happy Easter!4.19.17 Easter 12

Winter break

Along with a Spring Break (that occurs in April), the girls get a Fall Break and Winter Break from school. This past week was their Winter Break and the whole family banded together to have a fun time with the girls!

First things first…they both needed hair trims. I took Celine after school on Thursday and Louise on Saturday. Their hair definitely looks better – and Louise’s has far less tangles now!2-20-17-celine-haircut2-20-17-louise-haircut-celine2-20-17-louise-haircut

Grammy and Grumps arrived in Dallas on Saturday evening and came over Sunday morning for some fun. They babysat the girls on Monday and Tuesday while Mike and I went to work. Monday was the Perot museum…I think they had a good time!2-20-17-perot-12-20-17-perot-2

Tuesday they traveled out to Grapevine Mills mall and hit up Build-a-Bear, the Rainforest Cafe, and the carousel. I think Celine was a little overwhelmed at the Rainforest Cafe and came home with a story about how the gorillas were scary. But Louise loved it!2-20-17-grapevine-mills-12-20-17-grapevine-mills-2

Wednesday was Grandmas turn to hang out with the girls. She stayed at our house for the day.2-20-17-grandma

The girls spent the night at their house on Thursday night which was great for Mike and me, and then my parents dropped them off around noon on Friday.

Saturday was shaping up to be a beautiful day so we decided to hit up the Arboretum. When we got there we discovered the Children’s Garden doesn’t open for another week, but we still had fun walking around, eating our lunch,ย and dancing to music.2-20-17-arboretum-12-20-17-arboretum-22-20-17-arboretum-3

I was taking Celine to the restroom when I heard an older couple say, “looks like we’ve got a dancer!” I turned around and saw Louise by herself in the middle of the stage, dancing away. Nobody seemed to mind!2-20-17-arboretum-4

That afternoon, Louise helped Mike make cookies. We bought an adjustable table for our Super Bowl party and it’s come in handy for things like this! Looking at this picture, I wonder why Louise didn’t wear her apron…2-20-17-baking

By Sunday the girls were pretty restless, and an attempted trip to the park ended in a busted lip and some tears. Mike took the girls to school this morning and said they seemed pretty ready to be back in school. Us too!

It was a fun break and as always, I’m so happy the girls have grandparents they can spend time with.

Haydel/Chauvin family photos

We finally received our photos from our New Orleans shoot. Louise and Celine were both extra grouchy because we woke them up, and you can see it in their faces for most of the photos. Oh, my girls. =)

We managed to get a few good photos at the end by promising they could open a Christmas present after.View More: More: More: More: More: More:

We couldn’t really get a photo with all of the girls together and happy with Grammy and Grumps, but that’s ok!View More: More: More: More: More:

Ah, a lovely family photo. Good job kids!View More:

We did get a good one of everyone luckily!View More:

There were some great ones of everyone else while Michael and I tried to rally the girls.View More: More: More: More: More: More: More:

…and then there’s this picture.View More:

New Year’s Eve

We had a laid-back NYE, staying at our house and having my parents, brother, and brother’s girlfriend over for dinner and drinks. Taylor and Hillary stayed the night and we sipped champagne and played board games. Wild times, y’all…wild times.

I had a banner made at Walgreens with some family photos. When I picked it up, the woman at the photo center said it was only the second banner she’d done this year. I was shocked!

(Pay no attention to the pantsless child in high heels…)img_5603

I had planned on floating some photos from balloons until I taped them on and the balloons sunk to the ground. I stuck them on our mantel and loved the look…now I want to do it for every party!img_5591

Happy New Year! =)img_5611

2016: Top 5

5.ย  Being there for the girls’ first Mardi Gras!img_0560

4. Mike and I both starting new jobs that we love.Updates 3

3. Starting to travel a bit more – Massachusetts, Pensacola, even a road trip to Austin a couple of times.

2. Celine’s first day of school at Dallas International School!DSC_0370_2

1. All the opportunities we had to see our families over the year.

Christmas in New Orleans

On Thursday we packed up and headed out to Grammy and Grumps house for a fun Christmas in New Orleans! The girls were especially excited to see their cousin Juliette. Louise sort of smothered her with attention and love the whole weekend, and although it was a challenge to manage sometimes, it was really sweet to see how much she loves her. For Juliette’s part, she was extra giving with hugs and kisses to her two Haydel cousins!


We headed out to a lovely dinner at a French bistro. All three girls were well behaved!img_0639_2

The next day the trio of grandgirls played while Michael and I caught a few extra winks.img_0640_2img_0641_2

Then we dressed up (matching dresses, of course) and headed out to the Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt hotel!img_0649_2img_0650_2

I took a picture of Dom and Juliette…img_0652_2

…and she, in turn, took one of me and my girls. No idea what Louise is up to here.img_0651_2

We drank hot chocolate and met Rudolph in between yummy bites!img_5261img_5263img_5355img_0646_2

With tummies full of hot chocolate and cookies, things took a turn for the crazy!img_5307img_5309img_5314

Real life. ๐Ÿ™‚img_0645_2

We headed home for naptime and then we had family pics taken. We had to wake up Louise and Celine and the first half hour did not go well as they were super grouchy and cried pretty much nonstop. I finally mentioned the option of opening up a present if they were happy, and they took to that offer like a moth to a flame. Bribery FTWimg_5503

Of course, the moment pictures were done the girls were in great moods and spent the evening scooting around the backyard.img_5335img_5338img_5340

We had dinner at Metairie Country Club and then walked around and looked at the lights. The girls were infatuated with a Christmas tree in a random ballroom.img_5345

The next day was Christmas Eve! We started out the steamy, humid day at Morning Call, eating beignets and rolling around in our scooters.img_5359img_5363img_5369img_5371

We kept it pretty easy and hung around the house, eating snacks and being cute by the Christmas tree.img_5373img_5378img_5392img_0663_2img_0664_2

Since it was so warm outside, we decided to have dinner al fresco on the backyard patio. It was perfect and we kept mentioning how we felt we were in a movie scene or something. A wonderful Christmas Eve!


We decided last minute to decorate cookies for Santa. We stuck that in between dinner and bedtime!img_5419img_5425img_5426

That night was the fastest I’ve ever seen Louise go to sleep. She was running around the house, saw Michael, and shrieked “Santa is coming in five minutes and I don’t know why!” She gave Grammy and Grumps an express kiss and hug goodnight and then threw herself in bed and was asleep in five minutes. If only Santa could come every night!img_5440

The next morning was CHRISTMAS! Dominique called at 8am and everyone was still asleep…my kids apparently haven’t yet received the memo that they get up early out of excitement. Louise creeped out of her room and was so excited to see the big presents Santa left for her and Celine.

Photo opp!img_0666_2

We spent some time in Juliette’s new bounce house.img_0667_2img_0669_2img_5517

Louise and Michael’s cousin’s daughter clicked this year which was nice to see. They’ve been a little territorial in years past so seeing them play happily was great!img_5508img_5501

Celine managed a few selfies with interested parties.img_5505img_0672_2

There were piano breaks and the girls flitted around the house all afternoon taking pictures with their new cameras.img_5511img_5519

And of course…family photos!dsc_0484dsc_0497

Christmas was a success. We spent a little time the next day bouncing around and soaking up our time at Grammy and Grumps’.img_5528img_0678_2img_0679_2img_0680_2img_0681_2

Mike and I went by his cousin’s house to meet his new baby girl!img_5532

Then we sadly headed back to Dallas. Such a fun trip!img_5538