Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This past weekend was truly an amazing one. The weather was absolutely perfect (it felt like fall!) and we soaked up every minute outdoors that we could. Bear especially enjoyed the cooler temps!
Friday afternoon we visited The Woodland's Children's Museum, one of Bear's favorite spots.

Saturday afternoon was spent playing at the park and going to Taylor's 3rd Princess Birthday Party!

After the party, we drove up to College Station for our first home Aggie game of the season. The weather was perfect, and even though the game didn't start until 8pm, Bear was a trooper. We got to see Zach's little sister Katy and our friends Elissa and Jose, so it was a really fun evening.
Plus A&M won! Z was happy.
Sunday, I drove to Baytown for the bridal shower of my dear friend Elissa. I am so excited to be her Matron of Honor in just a few weeks! Elissa's mom, Jody, put the entire shower together and did such a beautiful job. All of the details were just perfect.
It was a tea party, so everyone wore hats. Elissa's is hard to see in this picture but it was the most beautiful Princess Kate-like fascinator.

There were all kinds of treats, including this beautiful chocolate chip cake with edible rose petals.

The bridal party got to take home their own bouquets; made us feel so special!
These cookie favors were delicious. So, so good.

Monday morning, Bear slept 'til 11am which called for celebratory cookies for "breakfast".

We also went to the doctor for a bite that Bear has, which turned out to be fine. He made it through the appointment happily eating Dum Dums.

It's back up in the 90's in Houston, but we're braving it and doing lots of swinging. Come back and stay for awhile please, fall! We really love you.

Hope your weekend was a special one!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pinterest Wish/To Do List

Hi friends!

Are any of you Pinterest addicts, too? I went about a year without even looking at Pinterest, and then one night about a month ago decided around 2am that it'd be a good idea to check it out again. Let's just say that I haven't gone a day without looking on Pinterest since; it's so addicting! But, hey, I can't be mad at myself. There are so many great ideas and neat inspiration! Sharing a few of my recent favorites with you below.
This awesome Upcycled Tin Can Organizer. I like the looks of them even without being painted, but I'm a sucker for anything gold and these would be perfect for my craft space. Upcycling is always a plus, too.
This crock pot Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potatoes. Because, hello. Yum. Looks easy, too; always a win in my book.
This kitchen. It's strange for me to say this because I've always been a fan of all things antique and vintage, but the older I get the more I realize that my taste in the home leans more toward a modern feel. I love the bright, fresh feel of this kitchen and especially love the chalkboard. I'm thinking about putting one on the back of our pantry door, because that's about the only spot we'd have for it in the kitchen.
 This Coconut Baklava recipe, because I love baklava and imagining it with coconut makes my mouth seriously water.

This outfit because I love everything about it and it screams fall. (you hear that, Houston? Fall! Make it happen soon, please!)
These painted stone magnets because they're so fresh and fun, and we always need new magnets for the fridge.

What are some of your favorite recent Pinterest finds? Would love to hear!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trip Home (part 2)

When I say "trip home", it probably sounds confusing to those of you that don't know Zach & I personally. A little background: We're both from small towns in West Texas, about 10 miles apart. We were born and raised there so to us, Sweetwater and Roscoe will always be "home". Most of our family still lives there which makes trips back even more fun!
The weather was surprisingly really cool over the weekend, so we got to pull out our fall clothes and it was wonderful. Now that we're back in the brutal Houston humidity, we're really missing those temps!
Bear and Olaf say Hi.

I finally got to try Terry's Ice Cream and it did not disappoint! We got the Caramel Crunch and Coffee flavors and they were both delicious.

Sunday evening we had family pictures taken (that I can't wait to share!) and Bear had a blast running wild around the farm.

Cool mornings were spent on the patio, mentally "pinning" pumpkin recipes for fall.

Bear spent his first library story time in the exact spot I used to go 25 years ago. The room still looks exactly the same! And he (and Olaf) of course loved it.
A big thank you to all of our family for making last week such a special visit for us. We love you all and can't wait to see you again very soon!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trip Home (part 1)

Last Tuesday, Bear and I made the 7 hour trek to my hometown of Sweetwater to see family and celebrate Bear's cousin's birthday. We had so much fun! Zach came in Friday which made the trip even sweeter. Bear was in heaven visiting his grandparents and cousins!
I think his grandparents are a little crazy about him, too.

Olaf makes a good pillow.

And Pop's shoulders make the perfect seat.

A little evening golf. Bear's a pretty good putter!

DQ with Aunt Katy

sweet Bears

Lots of hugs when Daddy arrived!
I'll be back tomorrow with a few more pictures; it was so much fun but it's also nice to be back home after a week away. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Elissa's Bachelorette Weekend

This weekend has been crazy busy, but in all the best ways. Lots of traveling going on around here, but it's all for fun parties and time with family and friends. Saturday afternoon, I drove to Gruene, Texas to celebrate my dear friend Elissa's Bachelorette. We had a blast and I hope Elissa loved every minute of her special weekend!
Saturday  night we met for dinner at The Gristmill. Yummy and such a neat atmosphere, being right on the Guadalupe River.
I had been running around all afternoon loading, unloading, and decorating; so I headed back to the condo a little early after dinner to finish setting everything up before the girls arrived. It was also my first night away from Bear, so staying busy was a nice distraction. I missed my baby!
We had E's lingerie shower late Saturday night, and woke up to diamond donuts on Sunday morning!
(Don't mind the melted chocolate, they stayed in my car a little longer than they should have :/. But still tasted good!)
We headed out to float the Guadalupe, which was so much fun and really relaxing.

Of course there had to be shopping!

And flower frolicking.

If you're ever hosting a bachelorette, I highly recommend the "Bachelorette Bucket List". Basically everyone comes up with things for the bride to do before the weekend is over; it makes for a LOT of laughs!

Missing Ashley who had to head back early, and of course our precious Beanie, but we felt her love around us all weekend.
Planning to do a detail post soon on all the DIY's that went in to this fun weekend! Lots of pink and gold glitter. :)
Bear and I are headed to Sweetwater tomorrow; wish us luck on our 8 hour trip. Luckily Bear is a good little traveler so it's not too hard on this Momma.

Happy Labor Day!!!!