Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!!!
Can you believe it's already here?! October was such a quick month! Bear is sleeping and soon I'll be waking him up to get ready and head out to our big playgroup party. Can't wait to see all the little ones in costume!

We've had such a busy, fun, festive month and I'm sad to see it come to a close. Although November just means one month closer to Christmas :).
We visited the pumpkin patch with friends last week.
Stacking pumpkins is a little harder than stacking blocks..
And we went to Zoo Boo with Daddy on Sunday.
And we've been making lots of spooky treats!

One of our favorite neighborhood traditions is "boo'ing" each other. We have so much fun with this every year.
Bear has quite mastered the art of selfies.
I've struggled with uploading pictures (why this blog has been inactive!) but hopefully the problem has been resolved. Lots of posts to catch up on!

Hope you have a fun, safe Halloween. Remember, it's just a bunch of hocus pocus!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elissa & Jose's Wedding

One of my very best friends, Elissa, got married on Sunday and it was an absolute fairytale wedding. Every last detail was stunning and I was so honored to stand by Elissa's side as her Matron of Honor. She and Jose have been dating for nine years, so it was amazing to see this dream day come to life for the both of them.
The bridesmaids got ready in the beautiful presidential suite at The Woodlands Resort. Hair and make-up team were awesome!
Limo ride with the gorgeous bride
I don't have any pictures from the ceremony, and all of these are iPhone pictures. They don't begin to do justice to the beauty that was this reception. Just breath-taking.

Bear had fun with the flower girls! #ladiesman

Our beautiful Brittney Granger was supposed to be Elissa's maid of honor, so there were lots of special touches throughout the day in memory of our Beanie. Loved that Elissa carried Brittney with her in her bouquet.

Flip book favors were pretty much the coolest thing ever.
To Elissa and Jose,
Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness. I've never known two people any more in love than the two of you. God clearly made you for each other, and we are so very blessed to have you as our dear friends and what we consider family. Love you, Carmonas! Have a blast in Cali!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

I've only mentioned it about 87 times on this blog (probably more), but I'm a sucker for all things pumpkin. It's kind of my thing. I blame my mom because she makes the absolute best pumpkin bread; it's quickly become one of Bear's favorite treats, too!
When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew it had to be made ASAP. So easy (don't even need a mixer!), yet tastes like it took hours to prepare. Planning on whipping this yummy dessert up again for Thanksgiving.

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, & cinnamon until combined. It will be very liquidy.
4. Pour mixture into the baking dish.
5. Pour cake mix on top of mixture.
6. Take melted butter and drizzle on top of cake mix.
7. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Might still be gooey in center; let set for 30 minutes before serving.
*refrigerate leftovers, will stay good 5-6 days
 *we found that the cake tasted best on day 2, after the flavors had time to mix together

I've been MIA this month; the past three weeks have been a whirlwind of weddings and traveling. So looking forward to relaxing and having lots of festive fun the next couple weeks!
Hope your fall is off to a special start!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake

Are y'all obsessed with all things pumpkin, too? Because it's become more than just a seasonal treat for me; this time of year, it's a way of life.

Pumpkin everything.
Including this delicious cinnamon roll & pumpkin goodness, known as the Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake. I promise, it won't disappoint.

Sweet layers of cinnamon rolls, pumpkin filling, icing, and pecans make this dessert (err, breakfast) totally irresistible.

I would type out the ingredients/directions, but simply click on the Pillsbury link above and it'll take you right to it all! Really easy, and perfect to prepare the day before if you prefer to bake in advance (raising my hand-so not a morning person). It will keep well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Now I'm thinking I need to make this again. Like, tomorrow.

What are some of your favorite recipes for fall? Do share!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Family Pictures

A couple weeks ago, we were back home in West Texas and decided to have pictures done with the talented Shelbi Williams Photography. Such a great decision! Shelbi is the absolute sweetest person to work with and we had so much fun trying to wrestle Bear into taking pictures for an hour and a half :). No sarcasm there, it really was fun! We took the pictures at Zach's parents' house (they live on a farm), so his Mom and Dad helped get Bear to smile from behind the camera. Grandparents are life-savers, I'm tellin' ya!
Here are some, okay lots, of our favorites!

Be still my heart.

Zach's parents' dog, Buster, and Bear had a great time together during the shoot. Buster even made it into some of our family photos! :)

Bear's second birthday is two months away, so we went ahead and took some pictures for his invitation. The theme is "Bear's Country Fair", so the family barn worked nicely as a backdrop!
Thank you so much, Shelbi, for capturing these moments with our little family! We'll treasure them forever.
On another note, today has been one of those days. I decided on a whim to attempt some mild-potty training, which resulted in poop all over the house and a distraught Bear (and Momma). He's now in the bathtub with Daddy...and I'm thinking a bubble bath and a good novel are in store for Mommy later, too. You know those days when you're ready for bed-time at 4pm? Yeah, it's one of those.

Here's to tomorrow being Friday, and putting potty-training off for a few more months. :)
Happy almost-weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Britnee & Philip's Wedding Weekend

This past weekend, I had the honor of standing beside one of my very best friends on her wedding day. The whole weekend was an absolute blast, and we are so excited for Britnee and Philip as they begin their lives together. We love you both and wish you all the happiness in the world!
Friday evening, the rehearsal was at the Elegante Hotel.
Britnee gave us the most special gifts; thank you, Brit!
Saturday afternoon, the girls headed to Fuzzy's Tacos for a yummy lunch.
Then we got our hair did by the talented Timorie.
Then we hung out in the bridal suite until wedding time! It was so much fun spending time with Brit and the other bridesmaids, which are all the absolute sweetest.
the bride and her beautiful momma
Britnee's parents gave her the most amazing "Jackie bling" boots, which had thousands of Swarovski Crystals all over them. They also had different animals, because Brit worked at the zoo and is an animal lover. They were so beautiful and sparkly!
The ceremony was short and sweet (and perfect!), then it was time for dancing. Which we did a lot of.

the bride and groom

Overall, it was an absolutely perfect weekend full of memories and special moments that I think we'll all treasure forever. The love that Britnee and Phil share for each other is something really special; it's a magical thing to witness two people truly in love. Makes my heart happy!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week...happy hump day!