Thursday, April 26, 2012

Small Town

My husband and I both grew up in a small town.  My cousins also grew up in a small town in East Texas.  Last Saturday we went to a Crawfish Boil in rural East Texas.  It's an annual thing but this year all of the money raised went to help with Clay's medical expenses due to his brain tumor.  By the way, we didn't eat any crawfish.  We ate fried catfish instead.   

I was surprised at how many people were there. (I saw someone on facebook say close to 1,000, which is more than the population of the town!)

Will was so happy when he saw the bounce house. 

I love this candid photo of two of my cousins.  It's their brother, Clay, who had the brain tumor, and I didn't manage to get a photo of him.  He looked great considering all he'd been through--almost as if he'd never been sick. I hadn't seen any of them since the brain tumor and it was so good to see everyone.  It's been an unimaginable thing to go through. It was really nice to see them laughing and having a good time.

Ben had a blast playing in the sandbox with Sam. 

He belongs to my in-laws.  He's a good dog. 



One of the small towns near us has a grocery store with kid-size shopping baskets.  My boys love them!  The only thing you have to watch out for is getting clipped in the ankles when they forget to stop. 

I didn't buy Blue Bell for myself, although I really wanted to.  It was for a friend who just had a baby.  I took her a meal and thought she'd enjoy some ice cream with the chocolate cobbler I made her. 

Dad's shoes are the best. 

Our small town grocery store is the epitome of small town life.  We're in there all the time picking up things I forgot to buy.  We know all of the cashiers by name, and they even let Will and Ben help scan the groceries.  You can't get service like that at Wal-Mart or Target.

"Power to the Push up" might be an appropriate caption for this.  I found these ice cream push ups at our small town grocery store.  They remind me of when I was a kid. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday {April 2012}

What I Wore Wednesday
{April 2012}

The outfits are in no particular order.  I didn't wear white or linen until after Easter, which was at the beginning of the month.  Does that fashion rule even matter anymore?  I have no idea.  Again, that's why I clearly state this is not a fashion blog :)

Denim top: Gap (circa1998)
White linen pants: Old Navy
Sandals: Shi
Ring: Sundance
When Angela and I were roommates in college (late 90s) we would trade off wearing this shirt.  She loved it as much as I did.  I could never bring myself to get rid of it.  I haven't worn it in over 5 years, but I saw some outfits on pinterest that had a similar look and I had to bring it out of retirement.  Have you seen Shannan's denim shirt?  Denim-vintage-goodness.

Black capris: Old Navy
Blue ruffle top: Gap outlet
Cardi: A'Gaci
Poppy print flats: Gap
Earrings: Ike & Co
Necklace: chain--James Avery and glass pendant--made by my cousin Jacquelyn

Dress: Banana Republic outlet
Coral tank: Ann Taylor Loft
Sandals: Shi
Necklace: Lisa Leonard family tree

These sandals are extremely comfortable.  I'll be wearing them a lot this spring and summer.

Gray linen pants and aqua cardi: Old Navy
White ruffle top: Gap outlet
Birdie necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: Ike & Co
Black flip flops: Gap
Ring: Sundance

I remember wearing this dress to church on Easter Sunday.
Dress: J Crew
Heels: TJ Maxx
Ring: Sundance

Skirt, flower flip flops and earrings: Old Navy
White cardi: Gap outlet
Purple tank: J Crew outlet

Please just look at the lovely eyelet detail and don't judge the wrinkles.  Okay.  Thanks!

Skirt and top: Banana Republic outlet
Cardi: Old Navy
Earrings: Ike & Co
Heels: TJ Maxx

Brown linen pants: Gap
White top: J Crew outlet
Necklace: Wal-Mart
Earrings and flip flops: Old Navy

Ben is serious.  Ben is happy :)

pleated poppy

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Boys, Burgers, Bikes

My silly boys!
I've learned to embrace the silly faces my boys make.  Photos like this are about the only ones I've been getting lately of Will and Ben. 

This was not staged.  My living room looked like this last Saturday.  Will constructed a building and then a "tornado" blew it down.  By the way, this was before the tornado, in case you were wondering.  

Ben doesn't sit still very long but I found him looking at books one afternoon.   

Will decided that we needed to have a picnic this week. 

Ben's new use for the sandbox toys.  It's a pail.  It's a hat.

Last week we ate at a new place, Twisted Root Burger Co.
  Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-ins & Dives has been to the Deep Ellum location in Dallas. 
The burger was as good as it looks :) 

The inside has lots of character.  

We made it just in time for happy hour.  Woo Hoo 1/2 price shakes!  The boys shared this delicious chocolate oreo creation!  This would probably be almost all of my points for the day on Weight Watchers so I didn't get one.

It looks like they are at a drive-in movie. 

Look around because you'll find all sorts of things written on the walls.  This one made me laugh. 
"Relationships would be easier if people came with a "clear history" button!"

On Friday, the boys participated in the St. Jude's Trike-A-Thon at their daycare.  I remember riding in the St. Jude's bike-a-thon when I was a kid.  Will was so excited about it.  At school this week they followed a really great curriculum and learned a lot about St. Jude's and bike safety. 

Will is proudly showing off his pass which got punched every time he rode a lap.

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