Monday, February 29, 2016


Happy Monday, friends! We had such a great weekend of family time before our literal March Madness begins (and extends until the second week of April). It was so great to just be together as a family and get some things done around our house. Here's how we spent our weekend: 

Walker and I had such a low-key morning at home and had no plans and nowhere to be; it was so nice! We did mess-free finger painting, which he loved (and I loved that the clean-up is completely nil). I just put a piece of printer paper in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour a few colors of the Crayola Washable Kids Paint onto the paper, zip the bag and use masking tape to tape it to his little table on all sides. Easy peasy! 

Since we had no plans, we decided to meet Brandon for lunch at a little café by his office, and Walker enjoyed seeing the moving "choo-choo train" passing by outside of the restaurant. 

That night, I made Jessie James Decker's mom's recipe for Cajun Shrimp Pasta {recipe here}, and it was absolutely delicious! We will be adding this to our dinner rotation for sure. 

After Walker was in bed, we watched "Bridge of Spies," which was actually a pretty good movie! I started having Braxton Hicks contractions about midway through the movie, so that made it a completely unpleasant experience. I never had them with Walker (and was induced and got an epidural super early on), so I didn't really know what to expect, nor what contractions really felt like, as awful as that sounds. So, I'll definitely be drinking more water, taking it easier on my body and relaxing in warm baths in the evenings moving forward; we need sweet baby to stay in there as long as possible! 

We were up and at 'em for a visit to the Dallas Zoo! Each February, the zoo does "Penguin Days," where tickets are just $5! So we took full advantage of that and our 70* weather and hit the zoo together, packing a picnic lunch and just enjoying the day. 

Walker had so much fun seeing the "eh-puh-pants" (elephants), feeding the giraffe with Brandon, petting goats in the Children's Petting Zoo area, and seeing crocodiles ("Go 'SNAP SNAP!'" as he says). He keeps reminding us that he fed the "jaff" and that it "yicked my fingers," and that "jaffs have yong necks!" So I think it's safe to say he had a good time. ;) 

We all took naps when we got home, and then the boys mowed the yard together. Walker absolutely loves doing everything his Daddy does, and it's just precious! 

After our dinner of leftovers and getting Walker down for the night, Brandon and I watched one episode of "Fuller House," and then moved on to "Burnt." The latter was cute, but it's definitely a show I'll be watching on my own without Brandon; he wasn't nearly as into it as I was! But, we both really enjoyed the former (I mean, Bradley Cooper, hello!) and both agreed it made us super hungry! 

We went to church, and then came home and had leftovers before tackling a big thing on our to-do list: getting ready to get new carpet on Wednesday! Thankfully, Lowe's is having their installers move our furniture, but we had to detach bed frames from headboards and move anything that wasn't furniture into our dining room. (Which of course it now looks like we're hoarders, but I keep telling myself it will all be put back by Wednesday evening!) 

Brandon also got down some more baby stuff from the attic and I washed a good bit of it, and we relaxed for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. 

I made a super easy casserole for supper and then we watched the Oscars! I'll be back tomorrow with my favorite Oscar looks, so stay tuned for that. :) 

Linking up with Biana and Meghan


Friday, February 26, 2016


Well hello, last Friday in February! You sure threw me a doozy of a week this week, and I'm truly not sad to see you go. This is me waving goodbye to you: 

Y'all, I'm not even joking, Wednesday was the day from hell for me. Let me set the stage for you: 

I had my 28-week glucose screening at 8:45 a.m., and my doctor is about 20 minutes away from my house. Walker had Mother's Day Out that started at 9 a.m., and that's about 10 minutes away in the opposite direction. So, I asked my mother-in-law to come over and take Walker to "school" for me since the times were overlapping. 

I was up early, showered and ready to go. I put a load of laundry in the washing machine right as Brandon was leaving for work and went to get Walker dressed. About 15 minutes later, I went back to the laundry room and noticed water all over the floor - and not just a little bit. It was probably about 1/4-inch of water pooling in my laundry room. Quickly, I shut off the washing machine and grabbed every towel I could find to sop up the mess. Just then, my mother-in-law arrived at my house and after going through drop-off instructions for Walker, I went to get in my car to leave and it wouldn't start. Not only would it not start, it wouldn't even jump; the battery was completely dead. I just started crying. I mean, seriously, OF ALL DAYS. 

I called Brandon panicking, then went back in the house and kindly told my mother-in-law she was taking me to my appointment and Walker was missing school that day. So, into her car we piled and drove the 20 minutes north to my appointment. A few minutes later, Brandon called me and told me he was on his way home to help out. (This was a huge surprise because his office is pretty old-school and this is a huge rarity.) He told my mother-in-law to take Walker to school; then he drove home to get Walker's packed lunch and nap mat and took that to his school; then drove back north to come get me from my appointment; took me to get a quick bite since I was fasting from my appointment and extremely hangry; and then we both came home, fully cleaned up the mess in the laundry room, and finally got my car jumped to get it to the nearest auto parts store to get a new battery installed. 

Seriously, WHAT A DAY. I was so ready for Calgon to just take me away at that point! 

My sweet saint of a husband cleaning up all the water in the laundry room. And seriously, I'm such a clean person; how does so much nasty stuff get beneath and behind my washing machine and dryer?! GROSS!

Do y'all know who Jen Hatmaker is? Well, she wrote this awesome article for The Today Show's "Today Parenting Team" entitled, "I Wish Someone Would've Warned Me About These BIG FEELINGS." {You can read it here.} It really helped me to see that the days are long, but the years are short when it comes to parenting. Grab a tissue, mamas! 

In fact, I took Walker to the dentist on Tuesday, and he was sitting there chatting away, playing with the toys, every now and then running up to me to show me the latest toy he'd found in the waiting room toy box. Two moms were sitting there waiting for their teenagers and one of them looked at me and said, "I miss those days." The other one quietly echoed, "Me too. I miss that sweet little voice." At that moment, Walker ran over to me and wanted to sit in my lap and lay his head on my shoulder. Mom 1 said, "Awww, that's precious. Enjoy it, because it really does go by fast." Mom 2 said, "It really does. In the blink of an eye, he'll be driving you around and you'll want him to lay his head on your shoulder." 

Well, my hormonal self almost burst into tears right there in the pediatric dentist's waiting room when Mom 2's boy came out and he was about a foot taller than her, deep man voice starting to crackle and she just simply said, "See?" 

So, onto something not really fun: maternity swimsuits. We signed Walker up for swimming lessons…and then they told me I had to get in there with him after he was signed up and I was about to walk out the door. I'm sure the weightlessness of the water will feel great to me being in my third trimester, but I'm not thrilled with being in a swimsuit at 7-9 months pregnant. (Brandon will go to his swimming lessons with him when he's not traveling, but when he is, it's me. Eeek!) So, does anyone know where to get a cute, affordable one-piece maternity swimsuit that won't make me look like Shamu?

I was looking at some at Target online, like this one, maybe? 

But as an aside, our little fishie did great at his first lesson earlier this week! He absolutely loved it and we were really impressed with how well he listened to his teacher and followed her instructions. 

I blame it all on nesting, but I'm dying to update the fixtures in our kitchen, dining room and entryway. Clearly I've been watching too much "Fixer Upper" because these light fixtures are calling my name right now: 

I'm obsessed with "Friends" and have probably seen each episode a handful of times. So of course when I ran across this meme, I was laughing so hard. Why? Because instead of saying "moot point," would said, "mute point." It took everything in me to just nod and smile when she would say that! So this reminded me of that and had me laughing to myself for far too long: 

Have a fabulous weekend, friends! 

Linking up with:

April + the Five on Friday girls

Amy and Karli

Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 

Katie + the High Five for Friday girls 


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Nana's Blueberry-Banana Pie Recipe

Before this weekend, I had never attempted to make my Nana's blueberry-banana pie. I loved it growing up and the mere sight of the recipe makes my mouth water. But I knew it had a homemade crust and y'all, I'm just not that daring. But, Brandon was coming home from a week away, and I wanted to surprise him with a good homemade treat, so Nana's blueberry-banana pie it was. 

And y'all: I was shocked at how easy it was…homemade crust and all! Not only was it easy, it was absolutely delicious and was gone from our fridge in a mere three days. (Yikes!) It tasted just like I remember my Nana's tasting, so I knew I'd done it right. 

This is a yummy dessert to make for Easter lunch, too, which is definitely what I'll be doing this year! 

Nana's Blueberry-Banana Pie 

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup flour 
2 T. sugar
3 oz. cream cheese, softened 
1/2 cup sugar
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
2-3 bananas, sliced thin
1 can blueberry pie filling 

1. Begin by making your crust: mix together 1 stick butter, 1 cup flour and 2 T. sugar in a bowl and press into a pie plate. Bake at 350* until it browns (about 20-30 minutes). Let cool completely. 
2. Line the cooled pie shell with the sliced bananas. (I do mine in a circular formation.) 
3. Then, mix together the cream cheese, sugar and Cool Whip. Pour this over the bananas. 
4. Top with the can of blueberry pie filling. 

*Note: You can eat this right away, but I like to let mine sit in the refrigerator overnight. It softens the crust and allows the flavors to meld together just so that it tastes divine! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Wedding Registry Tips + Tricks

"Going to the chapel and you're gonna get maaaaaaa-rried…" 

Does anyone else immediately think of Annie Banks and "Father of the Bride" when you hear that song? No? Just me? 

Like Annie Banks Mackenzie, you'll be getting lots of gifts for your wedding {maybe even a blender from your fiancée!}…especially if you register for them, which I highly suggest you do. Not only is it a fun process, it's probably one of the only times in your life, save for a baby shower or two, that people are going to just give you free (expensive) stuff out of love...and a little obligation. #butseriously

So here are some of my wedding registry tips and tricks, and a big thank you to those of you who commented on my blog on Friday and helped me answer some questions about this process! 

{1} Register at places that are convenient for both you and your shower/wedding attendees. 
I grew up in a small town in southeast Texas that doesn't have a mall or even a Target, so people had to drive to the nearest bigger town to purchase from my "big" registries. However, I did register at a local store that carried my everyday china and select Mikasa and Lenox pieces to aid those who couldn't travel -- namely my grandmother's friends or those who wanted to make a bigger {read: more expensive} purchase. 

I registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Dillard's in addition to my local hometown store. I would recommend Bed, Bath & Beyond in a heartbeat -- they have everything you need all in one place and they're easy to work with {and returns are a breeze}. However, I wouldn't recommend Dillard's, as their customer service was terrible. Instead, if I had it to do all over again, I'd register at Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Amazon and/or Macy's. 

{2} Do your research 
If you know you're not a big cook, don't bother registering for things you know you'll never use, as they'll just take up valuable kitchen space and you'll regret it down the line. But if you are a fan of cooking and/or baking, now is the time to register for those big-ticket items you know you'll use {e.g. KitchenAid mixer, knife block set, etc.}. But do your research as to what brands fit your lifestyle the most; what size your cabinets are to hold your pots and pans; and really determine your taste. Do you like a bunch of stuff on your countertop? Then register for the rotating spice rack. Minimalist? Keep that rotating spice rack off the list.

{3} China or No China? That is the question.
This is a big question amongst my girlfriends and family members. Should I register for fine china? Will I ever use it? To be completely honest, I registered for fine china and I haven't touched it once in 5 1/2 years. It's just not in our lifestyle right now. But do I love having it and love that I didn't have to shell out the money for it? Absolutely. And I hope one day that I will use it! But this goes back to the research thing: if you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're not a fine china person, don't bother registering for it. There's no rule book that says you absolutely have to! If I could do it all over again, I'd also register for the Spode Christmas China, as I love it and think I'd get a lot more use out of it around the holidays, even if it was just to display. 

{4} Don't register for stupid stuff. 
Was that a little harsh? Sorry. Actually, no, I'm not. If there's something that irks me, it's when people register for stupid stuff like toothpick holders, selfie sticks, candles and granite cleaner. My rule is, if I can buy it at the grocery store, I'm not going to put it on my registry. Save your registry for stuff you really need, want and those bigger-ticket items that you can't afford or don't want to spend your money on. 

{5} Don't be afraid to register for big-ticket items. 
Want that KitchenAid mixer? Need a knife block set? Then put it on the registry! You'll also need new sheets {register for two, just in case!}, a set of towels, your everyday dishes and a good set of cookware and bakeware. The one thing I've learned is that you never, ever know what people will buy…or go in together on! We had hostesses at a shower gift us with our knife block set and then someone my in-law's are friends with gifted us with three settings of our fine china! You just never know what people are going to buy!

{6} There are useless appliances. 
I know it seems like everything has a use, but I quickly learned that kitchen appliances take up valuable kitchen space. Quesadilla maker? Don't bother; you can make those in a pan on the stove. Rice cooker? Never understood this anyway; just boil it in a saucepan and voilà! And Kelsey and I agree: the salad spinner isn't really our jam. ;) And even though that waffle maker and panini press look and sound amazing, we even found that we only make waffles once a year and instead make pancakes because of easier cleanup. 

{7} You'll get random gifts. 
Just to forewarn you: you'll get random, off-the-wall gifts you didn't register for. Whether re-gifted or just random, these gifts do happen. Jenn said she was gifted with just napkin rings (no accompanying napkins!); I was gifted with a random peach vase. So, whether you decide to give said random peach vase to your mother-in-law whose bedroom is peach or return said napkin rings, you'll eventually get enough built up on a store gift card to purchase those afore-mentioned big-ticket items you may not have yet received, or just wait until after the wedding to see what you do get and make all the exchanges at once to complete your registry. 

So what do you register for? Here are my top items, along with the input from those of you who commented -- so thank y'all! 

  • Everyday dishes
    • Note: I recommend registering for a basic white or off-white that won't go out of style quickly and can be mixed and matched with other cheaper, fun printed dessert plates, fruit bowls and/or salad plates. I also recommend registering for one more place setting than you need (e.g. 13 instead of 12) because things do break, get thrown away (yes, thrown away!) and/or chip. 
  • Everyday drinkware 
    • Note: Do your research to ensure the glasses don't sweat and can hold up in the dishwasher, and like with the dishes, I recommend registering for one more set of glasses than you need.
  • Everyday flatware
    • Note: Like with the two above, do your research to ensure the everyday flatware can hold up in the dishwasher. Also, I recommend registering for one more place setting than you need of this, as well.
  • Barware 
    • Note: We registered for crystal wine and champagne glasses in addition to our fine china, but also registered for simple stemless wine glasses to use every day. I recommend this big time -- especially because they can be thrown in the dishwasher and hold up well!
  • Pots and pans
    • Note: I really enjoy my Calphalon non-stick cookware because of just that: it's non-stick. Registering for a full set is typically the way to go, but be sure to add things that don't come in the set, like a roasting pan, an extra stock pot, extra sauce pans, a Wok, a cast-iron skillet and grill/griddle pans. (Almost all of you said cookware, including Renae, so thank y'all!)
  • Bakeware
    • Like with the above, registering for a full set of bakeware is a good way to go. Again, I really enjoy my Calphalon non-stick bakeware because it's non-stick! I recommend registering for a few extra cookie sheets and jelly roll pans, as well as a bundt pan and different-sized loaf pans.
  • Kitchen electrics
    • Toaster or toaster oven 
      • Determine which one (or both!) fit your lifestyle the most. Personally, we use our toaster oven every day for multiple reasons and rarely use our toaster at all. 
    • KitchenAid mixer and/or hand mixer
      • I have both, but if you know you're not a baker and would rarely use the KitchenAid, then don't bother! I use my hand mixer a lot more -- and for things other than baking, including shredding cooked chicken! 
    • Coffee maker
      • Whether traditional or a Keurig, determine which fits your lifestyle better. We gave up our Keurig a couple of years ago (when Walker was born) because we drink more than one cup of coffee a morning, and those K-cups were an added expense for us. However, if you're coffee drinkers, be sure to put this on your list! If not, perhaps a tea kettle or espresso maker is more up your alley. 
    • Blender (regular and/or immersion)
      • We don't use our blender often, but it's nice to have it when we want to make an occasional smoothie or margarita. I don't have an immersion blender because I know myself and know I wouldn't use it often, so again, think about your lifestyle (and storage options!) on this one. 
    • Food processor 
      • I love my Cuisinart food processor and use it often -- and it really came in handy when I was making Walker's baby food, as I just steamed the veggies/fruits on the stove and used my food processor to purée it all. But, I love using it to make salsas, pasta sauces and even frozen "yogurt." 
    • Crock Pot 
      • I promise, promise, promise that you'll use this more than you think! It's a great thing to have and I say, register for a good one that'll last you many years. (Thanks to Brittany, Owen and Pinky!)
    • Electric wine opener 
      • If you're big wine drinkers, invest in a good electric wine opener! I also recommend the Vinturi Wine Aerator, too, and your wine accessories, like a vacuum wine sealer and vacuum-sealed corks. (Thank you, Jenn!)
  • Tupperware/food storage set 
    • I like the glass Pyrex food storage set, but however you shake it, you'll need a place to store all the yummy food you're cooking and baking! 
  • Pyrex and/or Corningware dishes
    • Oh, how I use my glass Pyrex dishes almost daily, just like Emily! I recommend registering for two of each size because I can promise you that the one you need will either be in the dishwasher or holding leftovers in your fridge. 
  • Kitchen gadgets/tools 
    • Pyrex glass measuring cups 
      • Register for two sets of these because the one you need is either currently in use or in the dishwasher! 
    • Stainless or plastic measuring cups/spoons 
    • Cutting boards 
      • I recommend a couple of the acrylic rectangle ones, as they hold up for-ev-er, as well as a couple of wooden ones of different sizes. 
    • Colanders
      • Get two -- one small and one large 
    • Kitchen tools: 
      • Basting brushes, peeler, zester, grater, pizza wheel, slotted spoons, spoons, wooden spoons, spatulas (in various sizes), whisks, turners (slotted and not), meat tenderizer, potato masher, lemon/lime juicer, ladle 
    • Mixing bowls
      • I love my nesting mixing bowls from Williams-Sonoma, as well as my OXO stainless mixing bowls and my Pyrex glass ones. See? I have a lot because I promise, you'll use them! (Thank you, Meg!)
    • Knife block set 
      • While I'm not in love with the giant knife block sitting out on our kitchen counter (and will instead move our knives to a drawer once I have a house with more storage space), I do love my knife block set! In addition to your knife block set, I recommend an electric knife and an extra set of steak knives. 
    • Kitchen towels and pot holders 
  • Towels and sheets 
    • Now is the time to register for your full set of towels (bath towels, hand towels and washcloths) and sheets (two sets)! 
Don't bother registering for things like window treatments, selfie sticks, things you can pick up at your local grocery store (e.g. toothpick holders) and cleaners/polishes. Save your registry for the stuff you either can't afford, don't want to buy for yourself or simply need. 

I hope this helped any of you out there, and feel free to ask me any questions or let me know of some stuff I may have left off the list! 

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi 


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Q&A: Getting to Know You

"Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me…" 

Those lyrics from "The King and I" always pop in my head when I think about a personal Q&A session. Last week, sweet Christina posted a Q&A on her blog {read it here}, and I loved it so much that I thought I'd steal borrow it since there are so many new readers here. Which, by the way, thank you all for stopping around this little ol' space of mine. It truly is a joy to get to know y'all and even form friendships through blogging…who would have thought!? 

So here it goes: 

Makeup item?
I am pretty much an all-or-nothing-type girl when it comes to makeup. As in, I wear everything or I wear nothing at all. I've always loved makeup and personally feel I look much better with it than without, but if I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one makeup item with me, it would be concealer. And a concealer brush. Okay, that's two. But you get the picture! My favorite concealer of all time is L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Fair. I use it under my eyes, around my nose, on problem areas…

Cocktail of choice?
Wine, wine, and more wine! My favorite white is a very cold Sauvignon Blanc {anything from Marlborough is always a win in my book} and my favorite red is either a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Malbec. However, I also love an extra dirty martini; anything rum punch-related; and a good beer on a hot day. I don't, however, like shots. It reminds me of college and makes me gag just thinking about it. 

Vacation destination - repeat?
Oh, man. I've visited California a few times and absolutely loved the weather, the scenery and the culture. I would live there if it weren't so darn expensive! But I also loved our trip to Jamaica. The people there are so wonderful that I'd go back in a heartbeat. And of course, London. I studied abroad there when I was in college and it's my favorite city in the world. Brandon has never been, and I'd love to go back with him someday. 

Vacation destination - wanderlust?
Oh, Europe for sure. Like I said, Brandon has never been anywhere in Europe, and I've only been to Great Britain {England, Scotland and Wales} and Italy, so I'd love to go back with him and spend a month traveling to Western Europe: Italy again; Great Britain again; France; Greece; Germany…

Where did you go to college?
Baylor University -- Sic 'Em, Bears! I lived in Waco before Waco was cool. ;) No, but seriously, I loved Baylor and I loved college, and I wish I could go back every day! My parents both went to Baylor, as well as two of my aunts, two of my uncles and a great-uncle {and both of my brothers, my husband, my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law}, so I always grew up going to Baylor Homecomings as a kid. 

In early high school, I always said I didn't want to go there, but after visiting one of Baylor's Fall Premiere events either my junior year of high school, I knew that's exactly where I wanted to go. In fact, it's the only place I applied! I was accepted in late September of my senior year in high school and was so thankful I got in! 

How did you meet Brandon?
Brandon and I met at Baylor in January 2008. It was both of our senior years of college -- really his and technically mine since I graduated early. We were in a class together for his major {Communications} and my minor {I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations and a minor in Corporate Communication}. As he tells it, he "sat behind the prettiest girl in class," but as I tell it, there was only one empty seat left in the classroom and he took it because he was late. Ha! 

After I realized Brandon was trying to peek over my left-handed self's shoulder during a test, we got to talking and flirting -- I was actually somewhat "dating" someone at the time, even though it wasn't ever "DTR" or serious -- and said guy broke things off on Valentine's Day. Being sad and having had a few glasses of wine, I called Brandon! {I kid you not. I had his number from a group project we had in class.} He was at home and we ended up talking for more than two hours that night. Before we got off the phone, he asked me to go to get sushi on Sunday night. I told him sure, that I was going to my parents' the next day for the weekend, and I'd see him Sunday when I got back. 

As I was driving back to Waco that Sunday afternoon, I got a text on my Motorola KRZR phone {ha, pre-iPhones for us!} that he had two tests the next day and couldn't meet me for dinner. I was bummed, but then later realized he had told me previously that he only had two classes on Monday {including the class he shared with me} and I knew we didn't have a test in there! Not one to be stood up, I marched into class the next day, called him out and told him he was taking me to dinner that night. We ended up at On the Border and the rest is history. 

Where are you from?
I'm from a small town in southeast Texas and Brandon is from a suburb of Fort Worth. I moved to Dallas after I graduated from college and we got engaged a year later. We now live in a suburb of Dallas. 

And since I'm from southeast Texas, I say weird things like "buggy" instead of "shopping cart", "supper" instead of "dinner", and "feeder road" as opposed to "access road."

How old is Walker?
Walker, our sweet little boy, is two years old. And he's every bit of two years old! As much as we adore that precious boy, he's every bit his mama and a spitfire. We're currently dealing with the #TerribleTwos: tantrums, not listening, telling us "no" and throwing himself on the floor wailing. But we love him anyway. ;) He really keeps us on our toes and we can't imagine our lives without him. 

When are you due with Baby #2? Are you telling the name?
I'm due with Baby Boy #2 on May 25, 2016. And yes, he has a name, but we're not sharing it publicly until he's born. Close friends and family know his name, but that's it. I'm not keen on hearing people's comments {good or bad} about his name, so we're keeping it close to the vest for now. There's just some things people won't say once the baby is born that they'll say when you're pregnant. ;)

Room in the house?
I love our bathroom. We actually redid a lot of it ourselves, so I take a lot of pride in that little room! 

Off-day routine?
Um, what's that?! As a full-time mom, I don't really have off days, but if I do, I love to spend them getting pampered: massage, mani/pedi, taking a nap and just relaxing. 

Can you cook?
Yes, but I cannot, for the life of me, bake. I always, always burn the desserts in our house, so Brandon is typically our dessert maker. I'm pretty good at those no-bake cookies. ;) I'm by no means a gourmet chef in a 5-star restaurant, but I can make pretty good meals, if I do say so myself. 

Flower type?
Tulips are by far my favorite, but I also love hydrangeas {they were our wedding flower}, hyacinth, lilies and pink roses. 

-Spending one-on-one time with Brandon, whether it's out to lunch or dinner; watching a TV show together; or just laying in bed talking after a long day. 
-Getting pampered {manis/pedis, massage, getting my hair done}
-Reading, even though I don't do it as much as I'd like to
-Traveling with Brandon 
-Having a glass of wine on the patio with my girlfriends 
-Catching up on multiple DVR'd shows on a Friday night
-Talking to my best friends on the phone 
-Organizing anything and everything
-Cheering for Baylor football 
-Sleeping {yup}
-Cleaning when I'm stressed

Monday, February 22, 2016


Happy Monday, y'all! I hope you had good weekends, wherever you are. Here's how we spent ours: 

My friend Ashley and I took her daughter Caroline and Walker to a local park to play, and no lie, I was sweating it was so warm out! Who would have thought we'd have 80* temperatures in February?! (Although I'm definitely not complaining. I hate the cold!) We then took the kiddos for an early Chick-fil-A lunch. 

Brandon got home from his work trip right as Walker was waking up from his nap, so we went to another local park to enjoy our gorgeous weather and to let Walker spend some time with his Daddy. I love these two and their love. 

I made, for the first time, my grandmother's homemade blueberry-banana pie (with a homemade crust, to boot!), along with one of her recipes that's one of Brandon's favorite comfort food meals. We enjoyed both of those, and then binge-watched some DVR'd shows from the week before calling it an early night. 

We had a really lazy day, which was so nice! I did little things around the house I'd been meaning to do for a while, including lining my makeup drawer with a fun wrapping paper to give it a little "pop" and look cleaner. I like the way it turned out! 

We got out and early voted in the Texas Primary, and I was thrilled to see long lines at our local library for people to vote! As I love to say, if you don't exercise your right to vote, you don't get to complain! 

We then ran a few errands, including to Men's Wearhouse to get Brandon fitted for his tux for his brother's wedding. While he was getting measured, Walker enjoyed the mirror and "counting the Walkers." ;) 

When we got home, Brandon "and Walker" did some yard work while I cleaned the house. I made this for supper, and we did another night of DVR bingeing before calling it another early night. (We are party animals, y'all!) 

I didn't sleep well at all (thanks, little baby in my belly!) and Brandon was feeling icky, so we laid low all day Sunday. Brandon finished some things on his ever-growing honey-do list, including putting together the Rock 'N' Play; cleaning out the return-air vents; and installing new smoke detectors. You think his wife is nesting, much? ;) 

Other that that, we were super lazy and enjoyed spending a rainy day inside, as evidenced by: 

I made this for supper, we watched "Downton Abbey" and got everything ready for a new (busy) week. 

Walker has his second-ever dentist appointment tomorrow, he starts swimming lessons tomorrow night, I have my glucose appointment Wednesday and Brandon has a big work event on Thursday. To say we're going to be excited for the weekend is an understatement! Have a great week, y'all! 

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