Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's Thursday?

So, I can't believe it's Thursday. Seriously, where did this day go? 

Wait...let me back up to yesterday. 

We got the news that my great-grandmother passed away. I came to work for a distraction. 

We heard back from our realtor saying we could go see the house we've absolutely fallen in love with. But, she couldn't go with us {she teaches a Bible study on Wednesday nights} so we had the house all to ourselves. I loved that. I could walk around saying, "This counter top? What were they thinking?" and "Why in the hell would you put carpet tiles in the master closet?" without feeling like I was offending our sweet realtor. 

So...we love the house. Freaking love it. We're working with our lender, realtor and the listing agent to see if this could even be possible. FINGERS CROSSED. I keep telling myself, "Do not get excited about this. This could fall through. Be cool.

So that happened. 

{Things always happen at the most inopportune times, no?!}

Since I'm off on Friday and Monday, I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off all day. I ate lunch at 2 p.m. I might just have wine for dinner

I have so much laundry and packing to do that it's kind of insane. 

And, as sad of a situation as it is, I'm really glad I get to see my family again in three short weeks. I love those people. 

We got some other good news a couple weeks ago, and I can't wait to tell  you. But I can't just yet. {No, I am not pregnant. No thank you.}

And thank you sweet Angelica for your text yesterday about my Maw-Maw. That meant so much to me!


I'll be back tomorrow with a little bitty Menu Friday. Happy Thursday.'s Thursday, right?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grace will lead us home

My sweet Maw-Maw passed away this morning at the age of 92. 

She was a sweet, sweet lady that could cook you under the table, and I have precious memories of picking blueberries at their camp in Hillister. I crave her beef tips with rice and fried okra. 

She and my great-grandfather were married for more than 70 years, which is such an accomplishment. 


I'm so thankful that I was privileged enough to know her, as well as my husband and brothers and sister. 

We'll miss you, Maw-Maw! I know you're feeling no pain now and you're singing with the angels and getting to meet your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I keep singing the lines of the song, "This Little Light of Mine" by Addison Road:

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus' face
So until then, I'm gonna try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

Monday, June 25, 2012

Making a List and Checking it Twice...

I very rarely {if ever} get the satisfaction of checking absolutely everything off of my physical and mental to-do lists, both at work and at home. 

If I'm at home, there is always a lingering article of clothing in the hamper. The cat litter always needs to be changed. I always forget that one thing at the grocery. 

At work, I'm always waiting for approvals. My client's out of town, so I am on hold. I'm finished with one thing, another pops up. The media cause a circus. 

And I'm always so busy at work that, "Oh, I'll change the sheets tomorrow" at home turns into, "Crap, when was the last time I washed our sheets?!" 

...and while I can't say that this is the case with work, but at home:

I checked everything off of my to-do list this weekend. And it feels good

I did all of the laundry; cleaned the bathrooms, floors, kitchen and living room; changed Oliver's litter; went to the grocery store, CVS and Bath & Body Works for things we needed; watered the almost dead plants; paid bills {even wrote the rent check a week early!}; made my meal plan for next week; changed those sheets; and did a ton of other small tasks around the house. 

I walked out of our bedroom this morning to freshly vacuumed floors and got a whiff of my new "Island Colada" wallflower. And I breathed a huge sigh of relief. 

I went into this Monday so much more positive just knowing that, aside from cooking supper and going on a walk with Brandon tonight, I don't have any chores to do. Nothing. 

And you're probably thinking, "Ohhh, good for youuuuu. Mrs. Perfect has her entire house clean!" I'd like to tell you that I know it won't last. Oliver's litter will be all over the place by Thursday. Brandon will have left 5,0001 water bottles strewn across my house. I will have so much laundry in the hamper by Friday that it won't close. 

But until then...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Our Weekend

Happy Sunday! We had such a relaxing weekend, which was exactly what we needed. 

We were both so exhausted from the week, so we came home and I made a version of this for supper. We relaxed with wine and watched Water for Elephants, and when that was over, Oliver and I fell asleep on the couch to Dateline

{Such party animals we are...} 

Since we fell asleep so early, we woke up around 8:30 a.m. We sipped coffee on the couch together, and then I cleaned the entire apartment, top to bottom: cleaned bathrooms, did laundry, Shark-ed the floors... {This will be a big week for my client, so I tried to get as much done as I could this weekend.} 

Later in the afternoon, Brandon went to play golf with his dad and brother, so I went to run some errands: Bath & Body Works to take advantage of their semi-annual sale {hello, $6 wallflowers!}; CVS {using coupons, I got my $30 price tag down to $15 and some change}; and then Tom Thumb

I absolutely love my buggy in the summertime! Look at all of those colorful fresh fruits, veggies and fish! 
I actually got home and realized that the only things I purchased not from the produce section were: part-skim ricotta cheese, french vinaigrette salad dressing, orzo and whole-wheat linguine. Love that! 

Later that evening, we had dinner at my brother- and sister-in-law's house with my in-law's. My mother-in-law's best friend, Joyce, comes in once a year, so we always have a nice dinner with her. She and my mother-in-law have been best friends since first grade; cute. I made this salad, which is always easy and yummy. {I just use goat cheese as opposed to Gorgonzola.}

We slept in late today. Shhh. It was so nice to just sip coffee in bed while looking at some house listings our realtor sent over. In fact, we didn't even get out of bed until 11 a.m. Ahhh.

Once we got up, I made this yummy pasta salad for lunch. It was honestly very easy, but I'm glad I made it on the weekend because it did take a long time and a lot of bowls and counter space! We enjoyed it with freshly sliced watermelon. This meal just screams 'summer' to me! 


And here's what we had to eat this week, since I forgot to post on Friday. 

Brandon grilled some ribs and deer sausage that my dad gave us the last time we were in Livingston. It was so yummy! He did all the cooking {which was honestly a huge treat} and served the ribs and sausage with baked beans, caramelized onions and sourdough bread. Oh, and of course, wine. :)

Salmon {adapted from this recipe} + fresh green beans 

The link to the recipe wasn't working {and I couldn't remember exact measurements}, so I just cooked the salmon for 20 minutes, then melted some butter and added dill, then drizzled it over the salmon. So good and insanely easy. 


This was actually our very favorite meal of the week! It was very tasty and filling. It actually made a bit more filling than I had tortillas, so I took it to work and crunched some tortilla chips over the top for an instant lunch. 

Modifications: I used corn tortillas as opposed to flour, and I added black beans and more cilantro than the recipe calls for {because we love us some cilantro!}, and then when finished, added some sour cream to the top. 

Hope you have a happy week! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Things

So yesterday? Yeah, it just wasn't my day. You ever have those? 

The City of Dallas was inspecting our apartments, so we had to take Oliver to the vet to "hang out" for the day. 

{Side note: We love our vet, so if you need one in this area, check them out!} 

Anyway, so I left work early to pick him up before they closed. On our drive home, he managed to somehow get himself out of his carrier and proceeded to wander around the car. I kept saying, "Oliver! Get. in. your. carrier!!!" but of course, cats aren't dogs and don't listen. 

Then, he finally calmed down and cuddled up in my lap...or so I thought. 

A few seconds later, I felt it. Yep, he was pooping on me mid-drive on the freeway. I flipped out. 

It was honestly the most disgusting, hilarious, grossest thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I told my Dad that it needed to be on an episode of Modern Family. My mom said he was getting revenge for taking him to the vet. I said it was nasty. 

Once I got that fiasco cleaned up, I started cooking supper when I got an e-mail saying that some major client stuff happened and we had to get on the ball ASAP. I think I said, "damnit" about 10 times. Or perhaps 11. Either way, I was not happy and was not nice. 

I immediately texted Brandon. Sweet boy brought home Piggie Pies and wine. I love that man. 

I worked for a few hours {thanks, vino, for getting me through it!} and we finally curled up to watch Dallas

Then, I decided to call my grandparents {per usual}, but this time, I wanted to teach them to FaceTime. It was so fun! I just love them and really enjoy (and appreciate) them learning all the new technology. 

After the fun FaceTime session, we were able to give my parents their 20th anniversary gift from us kids. I haven't been able to post it {since my mom reads my blog, obviously!}, but we took a picture with our favorite photographers when we were home for Royden's graduation. 

We took it at my family's old sawmill by the last of the remaining Ogletree Forest Products wood. It's such a special place; I just love how the picture turned out! 

This is a video of my mom and dad opening the picture last night...they couldn't get their FaceTime to work; ha! 

They really liked it and I think they were pretty surprised! 

A few things about this video:

1. They were at my other grandparents' house and my aunt is taking the video. Hence the other voices you hear.

2. I love that my Dad whips out his pocket knife to open the box. He always has that pocket knife...even on Christmas morning in his pajama pants. Hey, it comes in handy!

3. I love the East Texas accents. I feel like I lose a bit of my accent up here, but the second I go home, it just reappears. Their accents make me happy. 

4. I love my Dad's humor: "Who are those people?" Ha!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cheers to 20 Years.

Today, my parents have been married for 20 years! 

I'm so thankful for them and for their wonderful example of a Christian marriage. 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! Cheers to 20 years! 

I love you!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I Don't Understand...

Because it's Tuesday, you're getting a list. Oh, yes. A list of things I will never understand. 

I will never understand...

Why my hair will do fantastic on insignificant days. And on important days, look like poo.


Why my father-in-law still {after 4 /2 years with his son} spells my name "Brittney."


Why my husband likes to watch soccer. And in Spanish, to boot. 


Why I can never spell "inconvenience" right on the first try. I always spell it, "inconvienence." 


Why people put 50-in. TVs, a Shake Weight and Keurig K-Cups on their bridal registries. 


Why people don't understand the, "Please don't reply all" request on some e-mails, and the "Please reply all" request on others. 


Why my nails grow like weeds, but my hair grows as slow as an oak tree. {Do oak trees grow slowly?}


Why I cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide in my head. There's a reason I was a journalism major! 


Why I can't end this post. Adios, y'all!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day + Weekend + Menu Friday

Happy Father's Day to my amazing dad, father-in-law and grandfathers. I'm so thankful to have each of them in our lives, and am ever grateful for their Christian example, love and provision. 

This weekend, we staycationed like pros. It was so needed and I'm so glad we did it! 

Friday, we got massages and then hopped over to Central Market for supper. While we were there, we noticed they were having a huge sale on their Cul-de-Sac wine, so we just bought a case. Why not? 

Saturday, we slept in and got a few things done around the house. Brandon played golf with his dad while I went on a walk with Jessica. 

Then, we started to get ready for our dinner. I decided to try the new "trend" and paint my nails a bright color with one nail glittery. I'm still not sure if I like it, but I think it's fun! 

Our dinner at Ocean Prime was so amazing! We will definitely be going back. 

We had a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, sourdough bread and crab cakes appetizer to start.

Brandon ordered red fish and lobster mashed potatoes as his main course...

...and I had the petite filet mignon and black truffle macaroni + cheese. 

We had a nice after-dinner drink for dessert and came home full and happy. 

We slept in this morning and are planning to lounge around the house all day. Couldn't be a better ending to a fun staycation. 

And, because I forgot on Friday, here's what we had to eat this week: 

Baked Shrimp Scampi + fresh green beans

I'm getting back to yoga this week; wish me luck!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Kelle Hampton has recently asked people to use the hashtag, "#enjoyingthesmallthings" on Instagram when posting photos of "small things" you're enjoying lately. 

While I {always} forget to include than darn hashtag, I wanted to share with you a few small things I'm enjoying:

Morning coffee in my favorite mug 
{thanks, Mom!}

A random thunderstorm-turned-hail storm and the crazy clouds it brought with it

Sitting for five minutes and actually enjoying breakfast during the week 
{thanks for the muffins, Nana!}

This sweet little guy and his constant "Hello?" meow he does when he can't find us

...and a few small things I'm enjoying {sans Instagram photos} to accompany: 

A new haircut {$21, natch!}


A husband that liked the smell of my hair so much when I got home from the salon that he requested I go back and purchase "whatever she used on it." 


Iced white chocolate mocha's {with whipped cream, thankyouverymuch} to get you through the afternoonn


Our "staycation" this weekend -- massage, here I come! 


Knowing that we're completely finished with our summer "obligations"...and it's only mid-June! 


A sweet girlfriend who brings you home a bottle of Seattle wine from her recent trip because she's knows you're a wino you love wine


My new blog layout {can I say that?}


Texting with this lady about her botched "Oompa Loompa" spray tan {seriously, send me a pic!}


Love in the Wild. Enough said.


This product. Fine/thin hair-havers, unite! 


Happy Almost Friday! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Watering our Grass.

I've mentioned it on here before, but I do sometimes struggle with what to tell you in regards to our personal life. I don't ever want you to think that we're perfect {because we're not} and I don't want you to think that we just have the weight of the world on our shoulders {because we don't}. 

When we were engaged, my parents always said that marriage isn't easy. I kind of scoffed that off, thinking, "What do you mean? You're just married." But now? After almost two years? I will tell you that it is not easy. The first year is the hardest, in-law's will infuriate you, you will fight about money, work will be stressful, and there will be nights that you freak out on your husband because he left the toilet seat up for the nth time. 

But I will also tell you that marriage is beautiful. I honestly have zero experience as a newlywed, but it's beautiful. And it's fun. And it's excitement, anticipation and frustration coupled with so much love. 

But I will tell you, in the words of our Sunday School teacher, that "grass needs to be watered to grow." And it does. 

So, we're getting away on a little "staycation" in Dallas this weekend. We're spending one night away, getting a massage and having a nice dinner at Ocean Prime. Nothing too fancy, but it's definitely going to allow us to get away, relax, recharge and decompress. And grow that grass. :)

Oh, and I'm enacting a "no-cell-phone-unless-you're-taking-a-picture" policy. Which, frankly, I think I might be most excited about. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Vacation Mode.

I'm still very much in vacation mode, so what's a girl to do? 

Why, hit snooze three times, then sit at the coffee table while savoring homemade blueberry muffins {thanks, Nana!} and Common Grounds coffee {thanks, Mom!} while watching The Today Show

That's what. 

Still in vacation mode, and I'm sorry I'm not sorry about it. 


Sunday, June 10, 2012


I had such a fun time this weekend spending time with my family. I hadn't seen them in so long! It was wonderful seeing everyone and just being home. 

We celebrated my "big little brother," Royden, all weekend, as it was his 18th birthday and high school graduation. I absolutely cannot believe he's this old already! He's starting Baylor in the fall and we couldn't be more proud of him. 

We both took off work and slept in! It was amazing. We spent all morning getting things together {I swear, getting ready to leave for vacation is so stressful!}, I cleaned, and we had a quick lunch before heading southbound on I-45. 

And what drive to Livingston is complete without a stop for a large Diet Coke from Buc-Ee's?!

We spent the evening helping my mom get ready for Royden's graduation party, had dinner with my extended family at my Grammy and Grumpy's house and just visited all evening. 

It started pouring, so we went over to my Nana and Pah's {where we stay when we go to Livingston} and visited with them for awhile over a glass of wine. 

Royden's graduation and birthday! A big day! :)

Graduation didn't start until 10 a.m., but there was a "no seat saving" policy, so we showed up at 7:45 a.m. {so. early.} to get good seats when the doors opened at 8 a.m. 

Well, my Dad's on the school board {and was there early} so he was able to grab some front-row seats for our family. Guess there's a perk to having your Dad on the school board! ;) 

Anyway, we {obviously} had a lot of time to kill, so we started taking pictures...playing on iPads...reading books and magazines...and just visiting with family. 

Hubs and me

My sweet, funny, lookalike brother, Parker, and me

My sister, Maggie, and cousins Annie and Jake 

Nana, Pah and Parker 

The graduation finally started and was really a smooth, quick, sweet ceremony. 

Royden gave a welcome speech as Student Body President, and when it was time to receive his diploma, my Dad was able to present it to him {another school board perk!}, which just made me cry!!! How sweet is this picture?! 

Another thing that made me cry was when a sweet little girl with special needs' name was called to come to the stage, the entire class of 2012 stood up, clapped and cheered for her. My mom, Grammy and I were bawling. I thought that was such a sweet thing for that class to do; bless that sweet little girl's heart. 

After the ceremony, Royden was honored at a special lunch that my parents hosted at a little restaurant in town. It was so neat because the entire restaurant was closed for the party, so it was very nice and intimate. My mom had it decorated just beautifully {and of course I didn't get any pictures!} and had a sweet slideshow made of pictures of Royden. He got some great gifts, too! :) 

After the lunch, we went back to my grandparents' to take a nice little nap, which was wonderful! 

After the entire family slept a bit, we went out to my parents' place on the lake and swam, rode jet skis and just relaxed. 

How pretty is this?! Brandon took this picture standing on their dock. 

And of course, the "Grace" that I am, I completely did this to myself. Isn't it lovely? 

I had a nice accident with the new rope swing and now look like my husband beat the mess out of me! ;) 

This is my left thigh; my right one looks similar, just not as big. Classy, no?

We went to church with my parents, then had lunch at a little restaurant in town with my grandparents and aunt. 

On our way out of town, my Dad loaded us up with enough deer meat, deer sausage and ribs to last a lifetime! Case in point 1: 

Exhibit B: 

Seriously, if y'all ever need some venison, you know where to find me! 

We got home, unpacked, and I went to the grocery store. 

Sweet Oliver is so happy that we are home {thankfully, my mother-in-law fed him and played with him on Saturday}, that he is refusing to leave my side. Love him! 

Hope y'all have a wonderful week! 


Friday, June 8, 2012

Menu Friday

Happy Friday!

As you're reading this, we're on our way to Livingston for my "big little brother"'s high school graduation and 18th birthday. Yes, they're on the same day. Bless his heart! 

I'm so, so excited to see my family {been spending a lot of time with the in-law's lately, ha!}, but I am sad to leave sweet Oliver here by himself all weekend. 

Anyway, here's what we had to eat this week:

Baked Ravioli + salad and sourdough bread 

This was really pretty good. I used a mix between this recipe and this one and just kind of added and removed "ingredientses" as needed. 

Easy Chicken Ranch Tacos + black beans and Spanish rice

I was a little skeptical about these at first, but once I took my first bite, I was hooked. My tip would be to definitely use the taco shells and not the soft tortillas. {I'm a texture person and I think that would be nasty.} Brandon really liked these too...he stole the leftovers! :)


This was very easy and really tasty. And when I was preparing this, I realized I forgot to buy linguine {the main ingredient!} at the store. So, I called Brandon in a panic on his way home from work and made him stop by the store to pick some up. That's what husbands are for, right?! 

The only modification I made was that I used whole wheat linguine.  


We were supposed to eat leftovers, but I wasn't feeling it. So I made Brandon go get me Chick-Fil-A while I cleaned the house...with a glass of wine. What, you don't do that? 

Y'all have a fabulous weekend! 


Thursday, June 7, 2012


We love Modern Family, but we didn't get into it until this season. 

So, since we have Netflix {love!} we decided to have them send us Season 1 so that we could catch up. We would watch it for free online, but who likes watching shows on a tiny computer screen when you can watch it on a giant TV? Not I. 


So, last night after a scalding hot bath {it's been a really stressful week} and some leftovers, we popped in the Season 1 disc and watched eight episodes and just laughed and laughed. 

My favorite line?

Phil: "I'm a cool dad. That's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the Web, I text. LOL: Laugh Out Loud. OMG: Oh My God. WTF: Why The Face."
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