Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Adventures

It's been a while since I've been able to write about anything with sustenance. I still don't have much of anything that is blog worthy. So I will write a family update, today.

My 26th birthday (ahem, 5th celebration of my 21st birthday!) was on August 4th. Saturday evening, my husband and I went to a wine bar to watch a band play. One of the singers in the band happens to be my best friend's boyfriend, so we tend to follow them around a lot... therefore, we are groupies! I got to try new wine. I tried a moscato, cabernet sauvignon and a red blend called Texas Hold'em by Messina Hof. The Texas Hold'em is my new favorite right now. It was really good!

Sunday, my actual birthday, was filled with church and family. My parents took us to lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Houston. It was so good. I know I was stuffed after lunch! We were going to try to do something else while we were down town, but it began to pour buckets of rain so we decided to just trek back home for cake. Cake was yummy! Chocolate, as usual :)

I got an awesome pasta pot/double boiler/steamer set from my wonderful in-laws! I have been wanting something like this forever :)

I also got a new tripod for my camera from my dear husband and kiddos. Let me tell you: I have been needing one. My old one is currently being used as an antenna stand at my parent's home ;)

I was also given money to go clothes shopping for myself. I braved Texas' Tax Free Weekend yesterday and got out with my three year old to do some shopping. It went well. I did only get myself 2 items. An awesome new shirt with angel wings on it from Kohl's by Rock & Republic, and some great looking black dress shorts from JCP by By & By. I ended up at Target and decided to be generous and got the girls each a pair of jeans and a top and the husband got a new polo shirt. Happy day!

Today has been a pretty lazy day. We did get up and attempt to go to church. We Matt and I got through the Sunday School announcements when the nursery director pulled me out saying Natalee had a 100* fever. Sssoooo, we pulled the girls out and went home. We tried to bring Natalee into our classroom, but she was simply too fussy to focus. We stopped for kolaches on the way home.

Riley did so well while out shopping yesterday with me that I decided to reward her for being so good and not whining. She has been BEGGING for hair chalk for a while. Today, I got her some. She has been rocking green and blue streaks for the afternoon.

Later on we will be having dinner with Matt's family.

Happy Sunday yall! I hope everyone has had a great weekend and has a great week ahead!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Musicians {TToT}

Here's another Shabby Blog Link Party!!

{Top 10 on Tuesday}

The Rules:
1. Keep it family-friendly y'all.
2. Please only link to your blog if you are actually posting about the top ten list topic we are giving you. We are sure your dog is adorable and your homemade curtains turned out awesome, but this link party is for those participating in our top ten list challenges only.
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Today's Top 10 topic is:

Top 10 Musicians!

Wow, talk about a killer topic!  How am I supposed to narrow down all my favorites into a top ten? I don't think I could narrow it down to a top one hundred! But alas, here we go (in NO particular order!):

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

10 Things Happiness Is: {TToT}

We had a really good weekend. I spent most of my free time sewing dresses for a benefit I was to be a vendor at on Sunday. Saturday evening, I was invited to a "Mom's Night In" with a Mary Kay rep, Jewelry Designer and a Pampered Chef rep. It was a great evening. I got to catch up with an old friend and I brought a new friend along with me. I got some awesome new jewelry from Splendid Creations for You. Vanessa makes all her designs and it's super cute and all for great prices! I even placed an order with my good friend Cori and her Pampered Chef business. It was definitely a much needed Mom's night out for me!

Sunday, Matt helped me out at the benefit. A little boy, Samuel, was born several weeks premature and was not fully developed. He spent his life in the hospital and passed on at 3 months old. The benefit was planned to help his family. So sad. The benefit itself was a success for the family. I sold a few items, but all in all I think I was out of place for what it was. The family and friends of a biker community and I think that any other vendor out there did not do well unless there was "Harley" incorporated within their products. Unfortunately I do not have any little girls dresses with motorcycles on them!

Good weekend.

It's Tuesday again! Here's another Shabby Blog Link Party!!

{Top 10 on Tuesday}

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10 Things Happiness is to Me:

1. My girls laughing and playing together. It's rare, but it warms my heart when they do play!

2. Seeing wide open country all the way to every horizon.

3. Seeing foals and calves run and play for the first time.

4. Learning family history. Digging up unknowns of my distant past is like seeing a real life mystery unfold before me. 

5. A steamy cup of Earl Grey tea in a vintage patterned fine bone china tea cup.

6. Buying $50 clothes for under $10 at an Outlet Mall

7. Shooting stars (Okay, meteors...) and the moon being visible during the day. "Signs" from loved ones who've gone before us. 

8. Talking about anything, everything and nothing with my husband late into the night. 

9. Rare date nights. 

10. God. Eternity with Him. 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday Link Party (Hosted by Shabby Blogs)

Shabby Blogs' Top Ten Tuesday Link Party!!

List 10 Random Things About Myself:

1. Driving alone in my truck makes me happy. It’s rare, but when it happens, the windows are down and the tunes are up!

2.  I like road trips. But I don't like the getting there part if I'm not driving. When we used to DRIVE to TN to see mom's family, I would sleep the ENTIRE way there, only waking up to eat or to go to the bathroom. That's like a 14 hour trip, mind you! But, if I'm driving, I love it! I can look at the scenery go by and sit in silence without radio or other people and be perfectly content! But I get super cranky if I'm just a passenger

3. I love getting snail mail. It's the best feeling in the world knowing that someone took the time to write you a personal letter. I wish all my snail mail wasn't junk, though. If you feel like writing, I’d love a pen pal!

4. I am in college and I am majoring in agriculture while minoring in Secondary Education. I want to be a high school Ag teacher one day. Unfortunately, I seem to be making a career out of school. This is going on my 8th year of college. I can hardly see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I am determined to finish. One day…

5. I once had red hair for about a month. I LOVED it. I think I'm going to try blonde the next time I'm feeling adventurous!!

6. I'm usually not a picky eater. BUT... lately I'm finding out that I actually AM! Tastes definitely change over time. The only beans I eat are Pork and beans and Green beans! Everything else is a no no. I hate mushrooms. I used to Love scrambled eggs. Now I gag at the sight of them. They are disgusting. Any egg. They are only good for baking with! I absolutely can't stand pickles, onions, or mustard. I will NOT touch anything remotely spicy either. And this isn't the entire list either... However, since marrying my husband, I’ve had to become a little more forgiving towards food. If he cooks, I have to be willing to try it once. I have found that I like HIS way of cooking scrambled eggs:)

7. When I go out to eat, I usually don't try new things. I tend to stick to the same entrees. For example, at Roadhouse, I order the rib eye with a salad and mashed potatoes. At any Italian restaurant, I order some sort of shrimp alfredo. At Mexican food restaurants, I order cheese enchiladas, no beans. At Seafood places, it’s ALMOST always fried catfish.

8. Matt and I were only officially dating a month before Rooster came along. It was devastating at the time and I hated making my momma sad over my indiscretions. Matt and I are very adamant that we will make this marriage work. I feel that we still got married out of love and never because we had a baby together. I believe Riley was sent to me to help my family in a difficult time. She was born the day before the one-year anniversary of my little brother’s death. I am so incredibly grateful to God for sending her!

9. I have a list of about 200 books that I must read that I am trying to work through. I love to read. This list is growing ever so long... so I should be set for life on reading material!

10. I once had 78 pairs of shoes. I went through EVERY SINGLE ONE and decided that I didn't wear several anymore and that some just didn't fit anymore. I now have 15. That’s such a small number compared to 78! But, on the bright side, I do have more floor space now! Lol

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Thursday, April 11, 2013


Texas Spring Mega Giveaway

Giveaway ends in 8 days! 4/19/13

Recent Crafts

 I've been busy trying new things! Pinterest has been a great inspiration for me. Here, I followed along with Jessica as she made this adorable Junebug Dress. I let Rooster pick the fabric. I'm not crazy about SO much bright pink, however, if she wears it I'll be just fine :) This was my first project that had sleeves. I think it turned out better than I expected. I still think I like my pillowcase dresses best, though! ;)

Rooster loves her new dress :)
I like it much better with it being trimmed with white notions!

I made this lovely little camera strap cover for my cousin a few weeks ago. I've been making this for so long, I can do it by memory, and I have no idea who the original creator is anymore. It is so simple to make though! If you would like a tutorial, let me know and I'll be more than happy to whip one up! 

I've been needing a new front door wreath, but did not want a traditional wreath so I turned to Pinterest for more inspiration. I ended up making this cute letter "D" to hang. Somewhat Quirky has the tutorial. Like her, I'm not quite sure I like the way it turned out. But, it kept me busy for an afternoon, so I suppose I cannot complain!

This bandanna dress was a customer's custom job. The request came about because the baby's mother is a Texas University fan, and the father is an Aggie (can you see where my allegiance lies?? LOL) It pained me to combine the two fabrics. However, depending on who dresses the little tyke, the little princess can support both teams until she is old enough to decide on her own! 

In November of 2012, I did my first craft fair where I featured all my bandanna dresses! Here is a photo of my display: 

I had so much fun and even did very well in sales. I did one more craft fair after this particular one. I have another one coming up in May and another in July. The one in July is at the Spring Ho Festival in my grandparent's town of Lampasas. I'm really excited about this one. It will be my first multi-day event! 


2013 Mini Vacation

Matt and I spent the weekend on a mini vacation. Friday we left kind of late (we both had to work) and got into San Antonio around 10:30. By the time we got checked in and a little refreshed the only places that were open were bars and a Whataburger so that's what we had for dinner! Whataburger! Saturday morning, we slept in a little, but got up to go eat in the hotel's restaurant. It was very good! We walked around the Riverwalk for a couple hours. 



After leaving San Antonio, we went to the Natural Bridge Caverns area on our way up to Austin:

The only way I get pictures of me... Ha ha ha!

We were stopped so I asked :) Look at that cactus! 

Awwww new new baby!

gobble gobble!

Can you see the babies on momma's back?

Here at the caverns, we just walked around the gift shop and explored their outdoors commons area. We probably spent a little too much time at the Wildlife Safari! (This just means we'll have to come back again!)

After the caverns, we high-tailed it up to Austin to visit with my older brother!

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect shot of the Frost Bank building. At certain angles, it looks like an OWL!!

I finally got my cupcake :)

Hey Cupcake trailer



How many spiders can you count??

Other things we did in Austin that I don't have photo documentation of:
-We saw Jurassic Park 3D at the Gateway Imax
-We ate dinner Saturday night at North By Northwest (NXNW). It was DELICIOUS!
-Ate breakfast at the Galaxy Cafe... French toast was different, but yummy!
-Drove up to Round Rock to do some shopping at the Outlet Mall. (OMG I'm in LOVE!)
-Ate lunch at the Boat House Grill (Yum)

GREAT WEEKEND! Now it's all back to reality :( But we did miss our girls so much, so we're glad to have them back with us! The moment we got home we started talking about vacations we could do with them :)