Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: April 2017

Happy Wednesday, y'all! Today I'm linking up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday." 

To answer the following questions: 

{1} What We're Eating This Week 
Funny, as I was looking back on my March edition of "What's Up Wednesday," I noticed we ate this oven-fried chicken that week, too. It's definitely one of our go-to meals! Also on the menu over the last week have been these salsa verde chicken tostadas {which I topped with Shay's slaw from her fish taco recipe}; this Penne Pasta Pie; and my family's meatloaf recipe

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About 
We took the boys to the zoo on Saturday {Knox's very first trip!} and it had me reminiscing about Walker's very first trip there two years ago. I seriously feel like this was yesterday and I just blinked. It's so true what they say: babies don't keep! 



{3} What I'm Loving 
Oh, I could just go on and on about things I'm loving lately! Spring and summer clothes, shoes and d├ęcor are just my favorite thing ever. A few favorites: 

This precious bow-shoulder dress

This candle, which I just bought this weekend and it smells just like I remember. My favorite! 

This overnight cream, which I got as a sample from Sephora and immediately went out and got the full-size: 

And this linen and room spray, which I love spraying on our sheets and around our house from time to time to keep things smelling fresh: 

{4} What We've Been Up To 
We are enjoying these last few weeks of spring before Walker is out of school for the summer, our Bible Study finishes up, and summer is here! It has been just gorgeous here in North Texas lately and we've been trying to spend as much time as we can outside, in addition to having fun little play dates with friends. We've visited the zoo, a local trampoline park, a local indoor play place, and of course Walker's had so much fun at his little school's "Clifford the Big Red Dog" theme day. 

{5} What I'm Dreading 
Usually I don't dread anything too much, but May is a busy, busy time for us and I'm always just overwhelmed and anxious when our calendar gets too full. So, I'm just trying to plan out our month as best as possible and just take one thing at a time. It's harder than it sounds! ;) 

{6} What I'm Excited About 
I'm so excited to celebrate Knox's first birthday in a little more than two weeks. Can't wait for his sweet little "Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" party! That same weekend, on Mother's Day, we're dedicating Knox at church. It's just so many fun things coming up and even though May will be busy, it's going to be fun! 

I had Olive and Star on Etsy make these baby shower invitations into a birthday party invitation, and I can't wait to see his party come to life. 

{7} What I'm Watching/Reading 
I'm loving "Designated Survivor," "The Arrangement," "The Real Housewives of New York City," and of course, our old people shows of "Dateline" and "48 Hours!" "House of Cards" returns next month and of course we can't wait for that! 

I just finished this book and am starting to re-read this one now that we're back from Charleston and the book is set there. It's fun to read about places we saw in person! 

{8} What I'm Listening To 
Other than Knox's new "trick" of doing a high-pitched shrill/scream at the top of his lungs, I've been listening to the Margaritaville station on Sirius XM in my car to prepare us to see Jimmy Buffett in June! You may not know this about me, but I love me some Jimmy Buffett! Ha! 

{9} What I'm Wearing 
Let's be honest, four out of seven days of the week, I can be found in my "Mom Uniform" of yoga pants and a variation of this tank and tennis shoes. But when I'm not, I've been really wearing these shorts on repeat with these tanks; this dress; and these sandals

{10} What I'm Doing This Weekend 
Absolutely nothing and I'm thrilled! Walker has soccer and if the weather is still pretty, we'll have a margarita on a patio somewhere, but that's it! #allthepraisehands 

{11} What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Celebrating this sweetie's first birthday! How on earth is he going to be one next month? Y'all, I swear he was just born and time really does need to slow down. No one told me how much faster the time goes by with the second baby. Cue all the tears!

All photos (c) Liz Haas Photography 

{12} What Else is New
Not much is new around here! We only have four weeks left of Walker's school and three weeks left of our weekly Bible Study until summer break, so we're definitely excited about that! Brandon and I are toying with the idea of a long weekend in Cabo this fall to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary, so if you've ever been, let us know of places to stay and where to eat please! :) 

*Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn 

Monday, April 24, 2017


Happy Monday, friends! We had a much-needed, low-key family weekend and loved every minute of it. 

Here's what we were up to: 


+ We met some friends at a local trampoline park to let our four boys get as much energy out as humanly possible {ha!} and then followed it up with lunch on a patio. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend. 

+ Brandon came home from work with this mineral soak and this bubble bath and gave me strict instructions to take a long, hot bath that evening {which I totally did}. It had been a really long week and I had just felt yucky for about four days straight, so this tired mama appreciated that sweet gesture! 

+ We ate leftovers for supper, poured a glass of our favorite Texas red wine in my most favorite wine glasses ever and caught up on some DVR'd shows from the week. 


+ We were up and at 'em for Walker's early-morning soccer practice. A strong cold front blew through on Friday night making it downright chilly {for us Texans anyway} on Saturday! I had to go pull the jackets out of the closet that I'd just packed away two days know, when it was in the mid-80's. ;) 

+ After soccer, I met Brandon and Knox at home with Walker and we loaded up and headed to the Dallas Zoo! My grandparents gifted the boys with a zoo membership for Christmas and it's seriously one of the best presents. 

The boys had the best time looking at the animals {the penguins, elephants and giraffes were our favorites this trip}, riding the carousel and of course, the Monorail. 

+ We were all worn out after a busy morning, so it was a really lazy afternoon around our house. I ran a few errands while Brandon and the boys took naps, and then I made our favorite meatloaf recipe for supper. Brandon and I crawled into bed and watched an episode of "Dateline" and then fell asleep as soon as it was over. We're old and we know it!


+ We just needed a day at home. It was completely gorgeous outside: cool, sunny and not a cloud in the crystal-clear sky, so we stayed in our jammies until lunchtime and were home together as a family. And we loved every. single. second. of our Sunday!

Brandon fixed us chocolate chip pancakes and eggs for breakfast, and the boys just played on the living room floor while we sipped our coffee. Knox was trying to play with Brandon and pretend bite him in this picture, but he got a mouthful of leg hair and, well, you can see how that turned out: 

+ During Knox's morning nap, Walker, Brandon and I went outside to clean up the backyard a bit. Walker played with sidewalk chalk and his big trucks while I pulled weeds and Brandon mowed the lawn. 

+ As Brandon was turning on the sprinklers, he noticed we had a leak in one over in our side yard, so that turned into a few-hours-long project to fix that, which he and Walker happily did, while I deep-cleaned the house, did laundry and put things away. Sometimes it's so nice to just have a day to get things done!

Walker, of course, was thrilled to emulate his Daddy and loved being outside in the sunshine, donning his rain boots and swimsuit, and playing in the mud and water!

+ We ended our Sunday with naps all around, leftovers for supper and more DVR'd shows on TV. It was the perfect, slow weekend and has us ready to tackle this week head-on! 

I hope you have a fabulous Monday! 

Linking up with Biana 

Friday, April 21, 2017


Happy Friday, y'all! I'm kind of limping toward the finish line today; I've had a yucky sore throat that was diagnosed as pre-strep yesterday, so I've thankfully been prescribed antibiotics and was given a steroid shot, and hopefully I'm on the up and up! That NyQuil slogan is so true: "Moms don't get sick days!" 

Anyway, here are some of my favorites this week: 

Did you catch my posts this week on my favorite spring dresses and my guide to Fredricksburg, Texas? If not, hop on over and check those out! :) 

Something I've really been struggling with lately is saying "no." Perhaps it's the firstborn child tendency in me that hates disappointing people, but I'm awful at saying "yes" too quickly, getting frustrated and burned out at the task in which I eagerly signed myself up for {#selfinflicted} and then wondering why on earth I just can't say "no" to begin with. Growing up, my parents could discipline me until the sun shined the next morning, but the second they told me they were disappointed in me, it just broke me. I hate disappointing people. 

Something that's very important to me is being available for my family. I know that's not the case for some {whether personally, professionally or physically}, but lately my heart is very focused in that direction. Lately, I feel as though I've been taking on too much and being available to everyone but my family. I've been exhausted, grumpy and overall just giving too much of myself in other areas and somewhat neglecting the exact reason we decided for me to leave my full-time job 2.5 years ago and stay home: my family. 

A big focus for me this summer is saying no gracefully -- and not feeling guilty about it. For our family, it's important that those who live within these four walls always come first, no matter what. I found this chart really helpful: "Helpful Phrases for Saying 'No'" and I hope it is helpful to some of you, too. Surely I can't be alone in my inability to say "no" and not feel guilty!

On a more uplifting note, I should just let Target take all my money. I walk in for baby formula and come out wanting a whole new wardrobe, to update the pillows on my couch and feeling the need to buy all of the summer everything. Seriously, what do they waft through the air vents there, Target crack?! #kidding 

While I was in there yesterday, this precious top caught my eye. I'm thinking it would be precious for our steamy, hot Texas summers: 

I'm in sheer denial that this sweet little love will be O-N-E in one month. That's it. I'm in full party planning mode over here for his first birthday party in a few weeks, and while I'm thrilled to pieces to celebrate him, I'm just in utter denial that he's going to be one. 335 days sure have gone by quickly, even though some days felt like they dragged on forever. It's true what they say: babies don't keep. And why did no one tell me how much faster it goes the second time around?! 

He's having a precious little "Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" family {and framily} party over Mother's Day weekend and I can't wait to show y'all all about his special day. And thanks for the tips on these balloons! I bought them and am praying they look cute outside at his party. 

So: mamas of newborns, kiss those sweet cheeks as often as you can and know that, as that song says, "They look a little less like little boys [or girls] every day." 

Speaking of little boys, I picked Walker up from preschool on Tuesday afternoon and he was donning the cutest little set of puppy ears and a bright red nose. It was "Clifford the Big Red Dog Day" at school and I'm convinced we had the cutest little puppy in the pound! He continued to wear the ears and nose after nap, through playing outside and even at the dinner table. I love this age. 

Linking up with: April, Amanda, Amy, Andrea and Katie