Friday, April 18, 2014

Going to the chapel.....Aunt Angela got married!

The weekend of March 28, 2014 was an exciting time for our family as Angela got married and we celebrated Granny Vi being inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for over 70,000 volunteer hours at Slidell Memorial Hospital.

On Friday we all headed over to Slidell for a reception that the hospital was having in to recognize the huge honor that Granny Vi received. It was over a 2 year process and though Granny Vi was not with us in the flesh to receive the award, she did know that SMH was applying on her behalf. Though the weather was not the best and the streets in Slidell flooded, it was a great turnout. Ellyson and Aaron stayed at the hotel as I didn't want to get her out in the weather and I needed her to have a good nap as the rehearsal and dinner was that evening (though she didn't nap, little stinker). Several city politicians came as well as several resolutions and honors were read from state and local officials.
Official certificate from Guinness Book of World Records indicating that Granny Vi holds the record for most volunteer hours.

Whole Cocran family at the reception - minus Aaron and Ellyson

Granny Vi's grandchildren and spouses at the reception.

When the reception was over we all headed back for a little rest and to get ready for the wedding festivities. We met up at the New Orleans Museum of Art for the wedding rehearsal. The rehearsal took place indoors as it was still raining outside. Elly was the flower girl and I was the Maid of Honor.

Waiting for her turn at the rehearsal
The day of the wedding was just beautiful. Angela and Eric could not have asked for a better day to celebrate. She was absolutely beautiful!!! Ellyson did a great job walking down the aisle as the grass was a little uneven but with a little help from daddy she almost stole the show from Aunt Angela ;-).

Her cute little rosette bloomers with a bow!

Getting her pretty bow tied by Mrs. Jennifer. Ellyson wore cousin Lily's flower girl dress from our wedding. It was so adorable on her!

Sporting her bloomers and bow ;-)
Hanging with Cousin Charlie!

The whole family!

All the cousins

The only picture we got as a family. Too much going on! 
It was such an amazing weekend and we LOVED every minute of it. Sharing in the joy with Angela and Eric. So glad that Eric is now officially part of our family!

So beautiful!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our Little Monkey Turned 1!

I can't believe that my little monkey is already 1! We had a great celebration with with all our family.

Our monkey theme was quite a hit and Ellyson had so much fun playing and eating cake!

Daddy and Mommy singing happy birthday to Elly
Elly really enjoyed eating her cake with Lily

Loving the cake!
Aunt Bubby and Aunt Lala came to celebrate the big day!

Elly and Mommy

Daddy's little monkey

Auntie Chrissy and Gram Lene celebrated too!
Elly loved that Cousin Lily came to play and celebrate with her.
Elly loves to listen to Hen tell her story

Elly opening her presents

Reading her book with Lily helping open the presents

Loving her new cell phone from Gram Lene

Kisses! Kisses! Kisses!
Thanks to all our family that came to celebrate Ellyson's special day with us. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends for Elly to grow up around.