Thursday, January 31, 2013


Throwback Thursday

June 2012

I've been seeing #tbt a lot on instagram, and I decided to do throwback Thursday for a blog post.  Clearly I love to reminisce because I've done lots of Flashback Friday posts.  Who doesn't like to look back and remember the good times?  I have to admit that this made me want another baby...not really but kind of, ha!  Let me be clear we don't plan to have anymore children, but seeing my boys this small made me miss them being babies.  I forgot how stinkin' cute they were.  Ben had just turned 1 and Will was 3 1/2.  The photos were taken at the Dallas Arboretum.

{Photos be the very talented Lauren}

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday {January 2013}

WIWW {January 2013}

Let me apologize in advance for the terrible photography.  I have a DSLR camera, but I clearly don't know how to use it.  Shame on me!  I've had it for over 3 years and still rarely take it off the auto setting.  I think the photos were extra bad this month because of the lighting, my dirty mirror and my lack of camera skills.  

Here are the outfits in no particular order :)

blue/green skinny cords and gray sweater: Old Navy
green top: J Crew outlet
infinity scarf: gift
boots: DSW
ring: Sundance

black jeggings: Gap outlet
black top: J Crew outlet
gray sweater and black boots: Banana Republic outlet

skinny jeans and rust cardi: Target
 gingham shirt: Old Navy
same boots as #1
scarf: made by my SIL

I usually like to hide behind the camera, but I decided to show my face here.

black tights: Vera Wang at Kohl's
purple sweater: Old Navy
black boots: Gap outlet
scarf: Gap 

denim trousers and necklace: Banana Republic
brown top: BR outlet
leopard flats: Target

jeans: Hudson
gray striped top: Target
necklace: gift from Mark 

jeans: Seven
navy cardi and flower t: Banana Republic outlet
shoes: Puma

pants/chinos: J Brand
striped top: Anthropologie
bracelet: Ember Arts (jewelry made in Uganda)
flats: Steve Madden

jeans: Hudson
flannel: Target

black jeggings: Gap outlet
ruffle top: Anthropologie
cardi: Old Navy
boots: Banana Republic outlet

dress: Old Navy
belt: Charming Charlie
boots: DSW

Favorite accessories for January
earrings are a gift from my dear friend Kathleen

This ring was a gift for my husband several years ago on my birthday.  It's from Sundance.

pleated poppy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


My new blog friend Michele at Moonfield Lane passed along a Liebster award.  That was very thoughtful of her!  One of the best things about blogging is meeting new people and realizing you have a lot in common (including the spelling of our names!).  I'm supposed to share 11 random facts and answer some fun questions Michele came up with.

11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I really like writing lists of random facts.  I wrote a list of 33 and 34 several years ago on my birthday.

2. Michele and I agree on this, Kathleen Kelly in You've Got Mail had one of the best jobs ever.  It's still one of my favorite movies of all times.

3.  I have a new movie to add to my list of favorites.  Silver Linings Playbook is now in my top 20 movies. It was so good!  Seriously, I loved it!

4. I went to the same school kindergarten through 12th grade.

5. No one in my family or friends knew that I had a blog for a very long time.  I was a secret blogger!  I confessed to my best friend, Angela, that I blogged and she admitted that she wanted to start a blog, too.  That was a fun coincidence.  We've made our blog journey together.  She has an amazing blog that is focused on interior design and DIY projects.  Even though our blogs are different, we still "get" each other and share a special bond because of blogging.

6.  I love to travel.  I have a bucket list of places I want to visit.  If I had unlimited income, traveling would be one of the luxuries in which I indulged.

7.  I'm a morning person and a huge grouch at night.  My husband is the exact opposite.

8. I like order and organization.  A place for everything and everything in its place :)

9. As a little girl, I loved dolls.  I had baby dolls, Barbies, and Cabbage Patch kids.  My grandmother was an excellent seamstress, and she would sew clothes for my dolls.  I still have many of the outfits and dolls stored in my attic.

10. My favorite color is blue.

11.  If I could shop at 3 places for all of my clothes, it would be Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Boden.

Here are my answers to Michele's questions.
What's your #1 guilty pleasure?
I spend a lot of time on social networking apps or websites (facebook, pinterest, instagram, blogging).
That's closely followed by the guilty pleasure of reading chick lit.

Why did you start blogging?
Several reasons:
I was having a hard time processing my feelings when my face was paralyzed after having Bell's Palsy.  You can read about that here. I also wanted to meet other women who had similar interests (interior decorating, fashion, parenting).  I was feeling lonely and isolated in the small town where I live and blogging provided the connection and encouragement I was looking for.  Now I blog because it's a place to keep a record of all the special things that happen in our family.

What's your favorite book?
To  Kill a Mockingbird

What's the worst job you've ever had?
I wouldn't say "worst" but being a YMCA day camp counselor when I was in college was challenging.  I worked at the Y in the summer of '98.  That year Texas had a record setting heatwave with almost a month of  consecutive days that were over a hundred degrees.  Most of our work was outside and it was miserable in the scorching heat.  I'm still not sure how I didn't have a heatstroke.

What's your idea of a perfect day?
Spending the day outdoors doing something with my family.  I'd love to be skiing in the mountains or hanging out on a beach.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I moved to Seattle, Washington after I graduated college.  I didn't know anyone in the city.

How would you describe your decorating style?

What's your favorite desert?
Blackberry Cobbler

What's your least favorite household chore?
cleaning the bathrooms

Describe your worst DIY/decorating disaster.
When I was younger I had a terrible encounter with sponge painting.  To add to the decorating disaster, I'm pretty sure the color was country blue.  Please don't judge me, ha!

Name a designer or blogger whose style you admire.
Posie Gets Cozy, Holly Mathis, Jones Design Company, The Pleated Poppy, The Inspired Room, Urban Grace...
the list could go on and on :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hello Hard Work

Saturday was a good day.  We went to the land and cleared trees and brush.  

Hello hard work!

Even though I'm tired and sore, it was so much fun.  I felt a sense of accomplishment.

The land is where we hope to build our future home. There's a lot of work to be done between now and then, but we're slowly making progress.

Here's a path the boys like to walk on.  This path is where I'd originally envisioned our driveway, but that plan has changed since we met with a excavation contractor over the Christmas break.  It's going to be too costly.  It took me a while to reconsider where our house would be located and how we will access it, but now I'm very happy with the new location.  Concerning our future home, this was the first time I've had to choose sensible over expensive.  I have a feeling it won't be the last time I choose the practical option versus  impractical in this long process of construction, ha!

When the path curves this is what you see.

Papaw Jerry, Ben and Will

Maggie to the rescue!  The boys have so much fun with their cousin Maggie.  The boys were getting bored while we worked, but Maggie showed up and took them on an adventure.  Thanks to her we were able to get about 2 more hours of work done.  They had a great time playing and exploring.

Most of the day was spent clearing tree limbs that had been cut down and burning them.

Mark dragging a big oak limb to the fire.

Mark spent most of his time by the burn pile while I cleared limbs.

We hope that we can spend more weekends working at the land.  Next time I'll have to take all the supplies for s'mores because that's what Ben expected when he saw the big fire. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snow, Small Town, Etc.

Snow is such a big deal for Texans.
We had snow earlier this week.  It wasn't as much as we got on Christmas, but it was still enough to get excited about.  Will had a hard time concentrating on walking into school.  He wanted to stop and play along the way.  I don't blame him.  I wanted to play in it, too.

The cold weather is the perfect reason to wear my favorite, cozy infinity scarf.  It was made by my talented SIL.  I sure wish I had a crafty talent.  Maybe I'll take up embroidery.

Life in a small town is great.  
You see things like "onion sets and taters are here" written on the lighted marquee sign outside of  the local hardware store.  Let me give you city folks a lesson in country grammar, taters are potatoes.  Onion sets are tiny onion bulbs you set out in your garden in the winter and early spring.  (I had to ask my father-in-law just to be sure I described it right.)

Another neat thing about small town life is our local newspaper.  A friend was cleaning out her house and found some old newspapers she'd saved from her daughter's years in high school.  One of the papers happened to have our engagement announcement in it.  She cut it out and laminated it for us.  I thought that was so sweet.  I can't believe that this was almost 11 years ago! 

We don't have a dog, but my in-laws do.  Coco is such a good dog.  Will says that we will get a dog when we move to the land, and we'll name our dog Lad. 

Speaking of good dogs...
Will's had this puppy towel for a long time.  Even though he's getting pretty big we still use it.  I'll be sad when he's too big for it.

Ben LOVES pajamas!
  He's all about wearing his pajamas and he would wear them 24-7 if we'd let him.  He's moved on from his superhero-costume-phase to the pajama-24-7-phase.

My little digital natives.  Isn't life different for our kids than for us when we were their age?

I'm so tired on weeknights that the last thing I want to do after work is prepare a big meal for dinner.  Thank goodness my family likes to eat breakfast for dinner aka brupper.  It's so easy.

I took some frozen blueberries and mixed them with a little water, sugar and corn starch and brought it to a boil.  Once it cooled it was yummy on top of the waffles.

This was yummy too! 

My SIL gave me lots of my favorite tea for Christmas.  
Tea in my favorite Anthro mug is always a good idea.

My good friend, Kacie, let me borrow her beloved copy of Wuthering Heights. I started reading it on Christmas break, but sprained my ankle and didn't get around to it.  I've gotten back into it now.  I love a classic.  Today I had a doctor's appointment (routine visit for my allergies) and I had about 20 minutes to spare.  I ended up at Starbucks and had a lovely moment of peace and quiet that I usually don't get during the day.  It was so nice to drink my white chocolate mocha and read.

I joined the Barefoot Book Club ;)
My first recipe to make was the Raspberry Crumble Bars.  Mark and I loved them.  The almonds on top added just the right texture and crunch.  Ina really knows what she's doing...well, that's obvious!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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