Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I have no adequate title for this post. None whatsoever. "Photobomb," it is. 


Our biggest client event of the year (Snowball Express) is this Friday, and I've been a little crazed for the past three weeks. My client is providing free charter flights for children and spouses of fallen U.S. military from around the world to come to Dallas for a week of fun and relaxation to get their minds off of their lost loved one. We're coordinating the airline end of it and are pitching media in 30 U.S. cities, including Nashville, El Paso, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Orlando, DFW, etc. So, be on the lookout on your local news on Friday! :)

So, yeah, a little crazed. 

Moving on...

My Christmas cards are officially on their way to their little destinations as of today. 
Nov. 28 FTW! 

And because I love my little muchkin, your obligatory Oliver pic...just photobombing, as one does. 

Happy Wednesday! 

{Does anyone else say "Wednesday" like from Father of the Bride: "Weh-de-nes-day?" Because I do. That is all.}

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful + Merry

At the risk of sounding entirely too cheesy, I truly have so much to be thankful for, but especially this year. As we were going around the table on Thursday, each of us popcorn-ing what we're thankful for, my mother-in-law reminded us that we need to be thankful to whom we're thankful to

And so, I'm thankful to God for everything we've been blessed with this year, and even though it's been a year filled with ups and downs, it's been a great one. I'm so beyond thankful for my precious husband, who works ridiculously hard to provide for our family; I'm thankful for my parents and my in-law's who have been married for 20 and 35 years, respectively, and have shown us wonderful examples of Christian marriages; I'm thankful for my job, as frustrating and hectic as it is at times; I'm thankful for my lovely home; and I'm thankful for God's provision in my life. 


We had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and I ate entirely too much. I'm hitting the gym up like nobody's business on Monday evening. 

This cherry cream pie has made my yoga pants a necessity this week. 

How cute is my husband wearing his Cowboys jersey over his polo on Thanksgiving Day?! 

We cheered for the Cowboys {I may or may not have sported by RG3 shirt during the game, much to Brandon's chagrin}; faced Black Friday and got some awesome deals; slept late; saw Lincoln; caught up on all of our DVR'd shows; and cheered the Baylor Bears to an OT victory over Texas Tech. 

And on Friday evening, we ushered Thanksgiving out the door and welcomed Christmas with open arms. 

This year's theme?

And a Merry and Bright Christmas tree do we have. Pinks, greens, blues, reds, purples and silvers adorn my tree and I absolutely love it. 

But my favorite part? Hanging sentimental ornaments with stories. 

This is Brandon's very first Christmas ornament, which he got on Christmas Day 1985 when he was three weeks old. I hope so much that this same ornament hangs on our childrens' Christmas tree(s) one day. 

And did I mention that I'm completely finished with my Christmas shopping? I really do think this has to be some sort of a record. 


We had our first annual "Friendsgiving" last night at Brandon and Kimmie's, or as we kept calling it, "Thanksmas." 

Kimmie completely outdid herself with the gorgeous Christmas decorations and food! She made the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, brownies and pumpkin pie, and I brought corn casserole, green beans, rolls and cherry pie. 

After our amazing meal, we all watched Elf by the was perfect and exactly the Christmas spirit I want to relish in this season. 

I'm still in major denial that I'm going back to work tomorrow for the first time in exactly seven days, but I keep telling myself that in approximately 19 days, I'll be right back in this cozy spot for 18 days of pure PTO bliss. 

Happy Sunday, friends! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Today I Don't Feel Like Doing Anything

...annnnnnnd we're back! 

After four and a half weeks of hell, we're home. And it feels just like it should. For that, I am thankful. I have new floors, my furniture is back, and I never thought I'd be so happy to sit on a couch in my life. 

{I'll do a more Thanksgiving-ish post later this week...}

But for now, I'm relishing in the fact that I can be as lazy as I want in! my! completed! house! And by lazy I mean that I didn't take a shower until 3 p.m. yesterday. And I have been sleeping in until 7:30 a.m. {my college self would not even know me anymore}, actually enjoying my coffee, cleaning things that I never thought I'd clean {inside of the washing machine, anyone?} and organizing until my head hurts. 

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We took our Christmas card pictures yesterday; here's a sneak peek: 

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And I got a Christmas gift early! Yes, that fireplace screen -- the only one left in the store -- is now mine. Thanks, love!

Note: New wood floors that look ridiculously similar to old wood floors. Whatevs. I keep telling myself they're different. They're not. Save for the 5-in. planks as opposed to the 2.5-in. planks.

So, from our lazy, sleeping late, coffee-enjoying, non-shower-taking-until 3 p.m.-family to yours:

Happy Thanksgiving week. 

Rest. I'm thankful for rest.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Our Weekend

Following our excursion to the Galleria and afore-mentioned Christmas Bucket List, we made the short hop over to Brandon and Kimmie's house for some real Italian cooking. 

You see, Kimmie is half Italian. And by half Italian, I mean Teresa Giudice might write in her book that she's as "Italian as the Olive Garden," but this Olive Garden-half Italian can cook. We had homemade pasta, homemade sauce and bread with homemade garlic sauce and y'all...I may or may not have had seconds. Oops! 

And after that dinner, this happened: 

Uh, yeah. 

I would've bet money that Baylor would have gotten their butts slammed into the  grass at Floyd Casey, but natch! We were the ones kicking booty, which had me exclaiming furiously, "WHERE HAS THIS DEFENSE BEEN ALL SEASON!?" Nary I doubt my Baylor Bears or Phil Bennet's fear that he won't have a job come Dec. 1. 

In true Baylor fashion, we were there to compete, and we won. We beat the number one team in the nation and totally screwed up the BCS -- I love it! Or as my Dad said, "...and then, God showed up." {Forrest Gump, anyone?} 

I think I'm still on a Baylor high. 

Moving right along...

I got very Clark Griswold yesterday and started wrapping our Christmas presents. Seven of them, to be exact. And trying to be all Pinterest-y while I was at it, too. 

Pandora's Michael Buble Christmas station, Oliver and I got really into it, and after Mariah's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the last bow was tied and the final doily was glued into place. 

I still have plenty more gifts to buy {and wrap} but it's making me feel all kinds of on top of things when seven! gifts! are! wrapped! before! Thanksgiving! 

{Wrapping paper: Hobby Lobby; Ribbon: Michael's; Doilies: Michael's}

The movers are on their way to my house right now to put our furniture back into its rightful spot, and according to my husband, I will be "directing traffic." Perhaps I should get a whistle and a glow-in-the-dark vest to complete my sweatpants, T-shirt, ponytail and not-brushed-teeth look? I think that would be hot

House is finished today! FINALLY!

(And yes, I'm two cups of coffee in after waking up at 7 a.m. and working from home. Can you tell?)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hap Hap Happiest Christmas

"Christmas Vacation" always puts me in an awesome, Christmas-y mood...and I must admit that this vulgar{ish} scene makes me chuckle more and more each year. 

And since we started our Christmas shopping today at the Galleria, I'm officially in the Christmas spirit -- as much as I hate to admit it considering the turkey hasn't even been killed for this year and I've yet to do my grocery shopping for the big meal. Too much?

And since I am in the Christmas spirit, and since half of my Christmas shopping is already complete, Brandon and I decided that we actually want to enjoy Christmas this year. 

We're simplifying the way we do Christmas with each of our families {one gift for around a set price for each person} and keeping it simple this year. No extravagant gifts, no crazy expensive Christmas cards, no driving to the ends of the earth to find "the" gift and no getting mad and overwhelmed at this special season. We're really trying to focus on what this season is all about. 

So, I decided to make a little Christmas bucket list for this year -- our first Christmas in our new {for real new with all this new construction!} house -- and I really want us to stick to it. 

Christmas Bucket List
Look at Christmas lights with hot cocoa and Christmas music

Watch my usual list of Christmas movies:
"Elf," "Home Alone," "Christmas Vacation" {obvs}, "A Christmas Story," {you'll shoot your eye out!}, "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Santa Clause," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and "The Family Stone." 

Make my Grammy's chocolate-covered peanut clusters 
{a family tradition}

Decorate our first house

Fill Oliver's stocking with his favorite toys + treats 

Make + decorate Christmas cookies 

So, Merry Christmas season, all. We're off to dinner at our friends' house and planning to take our Christmas card photo tomorrow.


Friday, November 16, 2012


Have y'all seen the movie "Bernie?"

It's a dark comedy featuring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Normally I don't like dark comedies, but this one was hilarious...and probably more so because it's set in East Texas where I grew up. Carthage, specifically, which is a little under two hours north of Livingston. 

I was just'a singing the hymns featured in the film, laughing at their East Texas references to things and frankly, it made me miss home a little bit! 

Brandon added this to our Netflix queue upon a recommendation from my grandfather, and we were not disappointed. 

Anyway, I'm not going to ruin the movie for you, but I did have to share my favorite quote from the movie, which my Dad and I were laughing so hard at yesterday on the phone that I found it online and e-mailed it to him this morning with the subject line, "Happy Friday!" 

“Carthage is in East Texas and that’s totally different from the rest of Texas which could be five different states, actually. You got your West Texas out there with a bunch of flat ranches. Up north you got them Dallas snobs with their Mercedes. And then you got Houston, the 'Carcinogenic Coast' is what I call it, all the way up to Louisiana. Then down south, San Antonio, that’s where the Tex meets the Mex, like the food. And then in Central Texas you got the People’s Republic of Austin with a bunch of hairy-legged women and liberal fruitcakes. 'Course, I left out the Panhandle and a lot of people do, but…{silence}. Carthage, this is where the South begins. This is life behind the Pine Curtain and, truth be known, it’s a good place.”

So, Happy Friday to you! Have you seen Bernie? If not, please rent it this weekend! You won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WILW: House Edition

I'm loving this week that my house is almost finished. 

This is what I've been living with since Oct. 31:

No skirt on my bathtub

Concrete floors in my entire house...

...and holes cut in my drywall. 

Gross, right? 

I can't wait for them to start laying my new wood floors tomorrow, and for my house to again look like this: 

...and this. 
{Minus the seller's ugly wall art. It's a picture from the realtor's website!} 

I'm absolutely loving our homeowner's insurance and all they are paying for. {Let's just say that the entire cost of damage to my house is more than I make in a year.} 

And I'm loving my patient, sweet husband who goes to the house at the contractor's beck and call for any little thing. I would have had a{nother} panic attack if it weren't for him! 

So, Happy Wednesday, friends! I can't wait to show you updated pictures of our "new" house soon!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Gotta Say...

I've gotta say that I think Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada" is my new alter ego. 

These are just a sampling of my favorite Miranda quotes that I so wish I could say to a few certain people in my life: 

"Did you fall down and smack your little head on the pavement?"

"Details of your incompetence do not interest me."

"That's all."

"Please bore someone else with your questions."

"Is there some reason my coffee isn't here? Has she died or something?"

"Something funny?"

Happy Tuesday! 

{all images via google}

Monday, November 12, 2012

Long Weekend

Happy Monday, lovelies! 

Brandon and I took off on Friday and it was the most heavenly long weekend. 

We moved back home on Thursday, and while we have concrete floors, no TV {just our Blu-Ray player} and our house is disgusting, it was so great to be home. Our sweet little boy missed us so much, and we missed him even more! 

On our day off, we slept late, ran some errands and saw "Sky Fall" {SO. RIDICULOUSLY. GOOD.} at Grapevine Mills Mall. And can I please say? That mall has an Ann Taylor Loft outlet. Who knew that even existed? Not this girl! 

We also found a J. Crew outlet and I may or may not have stocked up on Christmas presents for my brothers. :)

After the movie, we drove over to the Hobby Lobby in Southlake to buy our first {normal-sized} Christmas tree. They were having a 50% off Christmas decor sale, so our pre-lit, 8 ft. tall Christmas tree was only $249! I was shocked. 

And we also bought Oliver his first stocking, since this is his first Christmas with us! He kept laying down on the ground next to it...I think he likes it! 

On Saturday, we slept late again. I went to my co-worker's son's second birthday party {Happy Birthday, Cooper!} and Brandon went with our friends to the gun range. 

On Sunday, we literally laid in bed all. day. long. 

When we first got married, I dreamed of doing stuff like that: just resting, relaxing, reading and watching TV, only getting up to get food or go to the bathroom. 

And that's exactly what we did. 

We watched the entire HBO miniseries "John Adams," had lunch at La Madeleine, napped and leftover Halloween candy may or may not have been involved. 

The contractor will be at our house in just a bit to start repairing the dry wall, replacing the cabinet kick boards, etc., and they're *supposed* to be starting on my new wood floor tomorrow...but keep your fingers crossed on that one, because our contractor moves at a glacial pace

Happy week, y'all! Only six more days and I'm off for Thanksgiving "break!" 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


So much has happened since I last wrote on Sunday that I barely know where to begin. 

So last month? Yeah. Bad. Really bad. This month? Good. Really good. 

Brandon and I are really learning about God's grace, provision and love, and I think I've said more times than once this week, "Wow. God is so good." And I firmly believe that He knocks us down a few notches and allows "bad" things to happen to us for us to fully understand and comprehend the extent of His love and our complete dependency on Him -- no one and nothing else. 

But allow me to back up. 

I got promoted on Monday!!! {I frankly shouldn't even be writing it on here because it hasn't been announced yet. So shhh, okay?} 

Brandon took me to supper at The Cheesecake Factory, per my request, on Monday night to celebrate. 

Also on Monday, we learned from our contractor that we can move home on Thursday! As in, tomorrow. We are so beyond thrilled and I literally have so much anticipation to sleep in my own bed. 

Basically, all that has to be done is to replace the cabinet kick-plates and restain them, patch a few holes in the walls and retexturize and repaint them, replace the siding on my bathtub, replace the carpet in my master closet and remove and replace the wood floors in my entire house. 

The whole "removing and replacing the wood floors" thing is the hard part, but they're removing them today and we'll be living there {with a concrete floor} until they're done the week of Thanksgiving. 

We're just so very thankful that the situation is much better than it originally was, and hey, I get new wood floors out of the deal! 

Tuesday wasn't that fabulous of a day based on the outcome of the election, but we still were very festive and wore our red in support of the Republican Party! 

Brandon and I both took off on Friday {originally to go to my parents', but that's not happening now}, so we're very much looking forward to sleeping late, unpacking and getting back home and cleaning up a bit. 

And I'm most excited about seeing my sweet little Ollie-bug! 

Happy Wednesday, friends.

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." 
-Romans 13:1 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Our {Pictureless} Weekend

Disclaimer: Our weekend wasn't very picture-worthy, so you're getting another pictureless post. Sorry!

Before I begin, thank you so much to those of you that have called, texted and e-mailed about our situation. It totally sucks, but I think I've finally got to the point where I'm just accepting that there's not a thing I can do about this, so I might as well not waste the next four weeks being really grumpy. Brandon keeps telling me to "imagine it like a vacation...but with work."

I worked from home half the day, then had a doctor's appointment in the afternoon. The worker guys showed up {early, I might add} and I just had another breakdown, especially when I was trying to pack for two people for {what I thought at the time was} two weeks on a minute's notice. I called my mother-in-law just sobbing and said when she answered the phone, "I need your help. I can't do this." She came right over, cleaned out all the perishable food in my fridge, took me to lunch and then drove me to my doctor's appointment. Poor thing, I think she probably thought I was going to drive myself off the highway in my crazy condition!

I got a much-needed massage that night, and I'm pretty sure it was the best massage of my life. Afterwards, I met Brandon back at the hotel and we had a glass of wine at the wine bar {I guess it could be worse!} and then went upstairs to our room. Not even joking, we both fell asleep on the bed -- not even under the covers -- around 8:30 p.m.! I finally woke up around 11 p.m. to wash my face and brush my teeth, and then we went right back to sleep and slept in until 9 a.m.

We had coffee in bed, then Brandon went to the gym and I lazed around the hotel room. We had lunch, ran over to Ulta so I could get more make-up and the AT&T store so I could get a case for my new iPhone 5, and then went to visit Oliver at the vet.

It's so sad and I feel like a horrible pet mama. I told Brandon that I feel like we're visiting someone at jail. {Not that I've ever done that, but I assume this is what it feels like!}

After that, we went over to my in-law's, where my mother-in-law let me do three loads of laundry and cooked us a yummy supper {roast with carrots and potatoes; baked red potatoes; deviled eggs; fresh tomatoes; bread and wine}. We watched the Baylor game, and then my mother-in-law and I looked through a ton of old family photos.

While we've had our differences in the past, things have really gotten better and I'm very thankful for that and their help during our house situation. Since my family is nearly four hours away, it's nice to have helpful family here that makes being away from my family just a little easier.

While we were sad to miss Baylor Homecoming and seeing all of our friends, it was just too much too soon.

We slept in today {thank you, Daylight Savings Time!} and were so lazy this morning. We actually came over to the house this afternoon after we grabbed lunch and just sat in the bedroom and watched our DVR'd shows. Even though my house is a wreck, it was so nice to be home.

We're headed to supper now and over to my brother- and sister-in-law's house to watch the Cowboys game and then go back to the hotel to get ready for the week.

We're both taking off this Friday {we were supposed to go to Livingston to see my family but...yeah, that's not happening now} and just dealing with this house stuff all weekend.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers...especially for my sanity! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

I Don't Even Know Where to Begin.

I'm trying to have a good attitude and a happy heart about our entire situation, but hearing that you'll be in a hotel room {and your animal will be in a kennel} until December? Yeah, my happy heart has gone out the window. 

I had nervous breakdown on Wednesday night. I knew it was coming, I just didn't know when. I was sobbing uncontrollably, couldn't breathe, and every time I'd try to stop crying, I would just start all over again. I woke up Thursday morning with a major headache and my eyes were so swollen that I looked like Rocky Balboa. 

I'm mad. I'm mad at the situation, I'm mad at the length of time this is going to take, and I'm mad that we spent all that money to redo our house and now we're having to redo it all over again. 

I want to slap our contractor in the face and go all East Texas on his ass.

I have screamed at my husband more than once.

I didn't sleep well last night at all and I'm about to fall asleep on my keyboard at work right now. 

And if one more person says to me, "Well, at least you're not in New York or New Jersey!" You're right. I'm not. But this is just as worse, so nanny nanny boo boo to you

In my last post, I thought we were in the clear. I was wrong. 

So anyway, thank you to our sweet friends and my in-law's that have so graciously offered to help, have provided meals for us and have opened their homes to us for the next month. We so appreciate it!

And if I'm grumpy for the next month? Please don't take it personally. 

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