Monday, September 22, 2014


We had another great Texas fall weekend, which of course is more like early summer. Friday night we took a little road trip down to Lorena (near Waco) to watch my cousin play football. He's a senior this year, which makes me feel especially old since I remember driving myself to the hospital to see him when he was born. That's old lady status right there.

We had a great time and got to see quite a bit of our family: aunts, uncles, cousins, plus my parents and grandparents. It was their homecoming game, and my aunt had the little lady a mum and brother a shirt with my cousin's number on it. He loved his shirt, and the little lady who loves accessories loved her mum. She was delighted by it. Thanks, Aunt Julie!

On our way home, we stopped in West, Texas for kolaches. West is the same small town that had a large devastating explosion last year, where lives were lost and their schools and many homes were damaged. Before that happened, West was known in our great state for the Czech Stop and it's delicious kolaches. It's open 24 hours, and when we went through there at nearly midnight, there was still a 15 minute wait in line.

We got home so late Friday night, and the kids slept an entire 15 minutes later than normal. (Thanks, kids.) So we had kolaches for breakfast before watching a lot of football the rest of the day. No soccer this week!

After a morning at church, an afternoon nap, Pure Barre, and a grocery trip to stock myself with Diet Coke, we're ready to greet the week.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I Do Not Need New Boots

Just like your spammed out inbox, mine's been receiving a ton of fall sales emails. Last night I accidentally looked at one from Gilt Groupe as I was deleting it regarding riding boots. The boots in the ad looked really sharp, and I could not avert my eyes. So I have boots on the brain now. And I do not need boots on the brain. I have boots. I do not need new boots.

But if I did, here are some of my favorites around the web right now, all real leather, and all for less than $200. I believe this is called window shopping.

Riding Boots

1 Sam Edelman Pembroke || 2 Sam Edelman Penny (comes in wide calf too) || 3 Ava & Aiden Rylan in Black/Cognac
4 Ava & Aiden Rylan in Dark Brown || 5 Corso Como Rena in Brandy || 6 Corso Como Rena in Grey

I couldn't find reviews of the Ava & Aiden boots, however that's a brand created especially for Gilt Groupe. The others had great reviews. For each of these, the online photos make the leather look gorgeous! I received a pair of grey boots for Christmas while I was pregnant with Annabelle that I had to defer wearing a year because of swelling in my legs. (Oh, the swelling...) So last year was my first year to wear them, and they went with everything, thus I had to include a pair of grey.

{I do not need new boots. I do not need new boots. I do not need new boots.}

But maybe you need new boots?!?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What I'm Up To!

I talk a lot about the kids on here, but I often forget to include the things I'm into these days beyond shopping. Clearly I don't spend my days only shopping because if I did, I would need to find a job ASAP. Beyond the usual stay at home mom/family cruise director thing that is the majority of my time, I'm pursuing some activities I feel that God wants me to invest in outside of our home during this season.

Most of this involves ministries at our church. We stay fairly busy with high school students, especially this time of year with learning new names and new routines of our incoming seniors. We said good bye over the summer to a really great group, but we have another great one this year! By far, this keeps me feeling younger than I probably should--that and the playlists at Pure Barre loaded with top 20 music. This summer I was busy with student camp, and I plan on posting some details about that soon, because the evening extra I helped plan was so fun!

This fall marks the 3rd annual Pinterest Day held by our Ladies' Ministry, and I'm a co-chair of the event this year. I'm pumped about the classes we're offering:
  • an Annie Sloan Chalk paint demo class (each participant brings a small furniture piece to transform)
  • a beaded tassel necklace class (you know, the tassel necklaces you see everywhere right now!)
  • a make-ahead meals class (stocking your freezer for a month)
  • a Christmas wreath
  • a Christmas garland (for moms and their young daughters to make together)
  • a birthday wreath
  • and about 4 others that I could go on and on about
Each lady picks one craft to make, and it's only $15. Such a bargain and a fun morning on top of it.
My craft from last year
This Tuesday also started up fall Bible studies for the fall semester. The church provides childcare, and brother is already in school that day, so it's a good couple of hours for me to be me for a bit. We're studying Beth Moore's Children of the Day. I never start a new Beth Moore study without thinking of my college friends and the amazing first study of hers we ever did on the life of David. I'm so thankful God placed them in my life to sharpen and encourage me during that very formative time.
Speaking of that, I should probably get on my Bible study homework.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Splurge/Save: Tunics

I bought the tunic on the left for a great price during Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. It's perfect for throwing on with jeans, but it's long enough to cover my rear in yoga tights. I came across this great alternative at Wal-mart for, of course, a fraction of the price. There are great color options. The only one missing is Aggie maroon. So sad.

Splurge/Save: Tunics

Nordstrom tunic || Wal-mart tunic

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First Day of Preschool 2014

Our little guy started back up in preschool a couple of weeks ago. Now that he's in his 3rd year of going to school, he's gotten fairly independent. He's big enough now to carry a backpack that fits his lunchbox without making him fall over, so with that on his back and his nap mat on his arm, I don't have to carry anything. So far on week 3, I still feel like we're missing something since he has it all!

The first day he showed no signs of uncertainty or sadness when we left him. I was so proud! Now sister, on the other hand, whimpers each time we drop him off and cries for him by the time we get out to the lobby on our way out of the building. It's sad and heartwarming at the same time. I love that she loves him so.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Toddler Girls on Trend for Fall

While we're on the subject of my 18-month-old little ladybug, I walked into Old Navy last week and got a little giddy over all the fall options I found for her. Boots, vests, jackets, dresses, jeggings, tunics, tops, and all of it so cute. We put together a few outfits. Me: happy hearted with the joy of retail therapy. Her: angry and vocal about it because I took her out of the stroller to try on the vest and then strapped her back in.

No amount of fruit snacks would fix that one, so we were in and out fast.

Sorry, ladybug. When you can walk around and not pull an entire display of shirts off the table, you can join the land of the stroller free.

Toddler Girls on Trend

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

I find myself wishing that fur vest came in my size, because the color is fabulous. (Spoiler alert: it has a very cheap button hole, but it's good enough for the price.) And those boots! Absolute perforated perfection.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Annabelle is 18 months old!

Our girl is 18 months old! It seems incredible to think this time last year she was 6 months old. That seems a long time ago.

She's all over the place and into everything. She especially loves keeping up with the big kids we're around, at home and at church. She loves babies and pushing them in her stroller. When we get her wound up, she will belt out "Let it go" from Frozen with so much passion that I just could burst. We watched her find a (little cylinder block) microphone and situate herself up on the mantle for a performance one night last week. It was amazing. She's definitely a singer.

When we pull into the Chick-fil-a parking lot, she shouts about chicken like you'd think she won the lottery. She's got lots of opinions and likes to tell us about them. One of her favorite times of the day is story time with her dad, when she snuggles down in her bed with her baby and blanket and watches him read. Right now, their main book is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star where she likes to point out the baby and mama on each page. It's the sweetest.

She's my best girl and watching her grow and learn is such a joy!
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