Sunday, March 27, 2016

March Recap: Celebrating Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter

Only three weeks since my last post - maybe I will slowly get more consistent with blogging as this year keeps going.  Hard to believe it is the end of March and Easter has already come and gone!

Earlier this month we were thrilled to host my parents and Mary Katherine for my birthday weekend.  We started Saturday with brunch at a new-to-us restaurant in Dallas: Ida Claire.  Everything was scrumptious, and we can't wait to go back.

Mom and Dad provided some much needed wise counsel during a trip to a nursery for some new plants, and we had a great evening grilling steaks, playing a board game, and eating delicious strawberry birthday cake.  Sunday morning was church for all, and we loved having them in Sunday school and the service with us!

The next weekend took us to Jackson for an engagement party, a long overdue reunion with some of my law school friends, and the Jackson St. Patrick's Day parade.  We had such a great time in one of my favorite places on earth.  We made the drive early Friday morning and got to town just in time for me to meet Deanna and Rebecca for lunch at Beagle Bagel.  After lunch I got to meet my friend Sue Ann's precious new baby girl which was such a treat!  Friday night we got to catch up with law school friends and celebrate at an engagement party.  Then Saturday was the big parade, and despite the cool and windy weather, we had a ball!  The visit passed too quickly, as always, and I can't wait for the next one.

Today was a wonderful celebration of our risen savior, and we loved having Buddy and Suann in town this weekend to celebrate Easter and Suann's birthday!  For the third year in a row, we participated in our church's annual Easter Run on Saturday morning, then we had a fun day of shopping, lunch at Kuby's, enjoying the beautiful weather outside, and playing our new favorite board game, Ticket to Ride.  This morning was another great Easter Sunday at First Baptist Dallas followed by Easter lunch at our house before Buddy and Suann headed home.  As always, we loved having them and had a wonderful weekend together.

So thankful for a March full of family, friends, and celebrations!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pop's 80th Birthday Bash

In late February, we celebrated my wonderful Pop's 80th birthday!  It was so fun being together with my parents, sisters and Clark, and grandparents to celebrate one of our favorite people.

Mom made a giant banner with 80 fun facts about Pop that corresponded to the numbers 1 - 80.  Mammo and Pop loved reading these when they got to town on Saturday morning!  

We put together a box of 80 gifts for Pop, including some of his favorite things like Sudoku puzzles, books, snacks, tea, and toothpicks :).  Mom wrote the cutest poem to tie them all together.  My family gave me a tote with 21 gifts for my 21st birthday, but this box took that idea to a whole new level!  Mom, Melanie, Mary Katherine, and I had fun shopping for the box in Waco on our girls' trip.  

Mom outdid herself on the food, as always - chicken salad sandwiches on homemade bread for lunch on Saturday, hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad for supper on Saturday, and the best smothered steak, butter beans, carrots, and biscuits for Sunday lunch after church.  Instead of birthday cake, Pop requested a coconut cream pie, A sweet lady who goes to church with my parents, Mrs. Darla, just so happens to make the best coconut cream pie you've ever tasted, so that was our dessert on Sunday.

It sounds like all we did was eat, but we did also squeeze in a walk or two around the neighborhood, some back porch sitting, a game of Ticket to Ride, and some porch pictures.  It was a great weekend celebrating our Pop - we are so thankful for his 80 years!  

Waco Girls' Weekend

Last winter, Mom, Melanie, Mary Katherine, and I started a tradition of getting together for a little girls' weekend.  Our first installment was in Dallas, which was basically a staycation for me, but this year we all met in Waco in February for a Magnolia-filled weekend.  Mary Katherine has a friend from Pine Cove who is a student at Baylor, and she gave us some great recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Friday afternoon when we all made it to Waco, we headed to this darling village just outside of town called Homestead Heritage and checked out the cutest cheese shop before an early supper at Cafe Homestead.  We started with a cheese tray featuring all homemade cheeses and homemade sorghum syrup - it was so delicious! 

After supper we headed to Target and had so much fun walking up and down almost every aisle, picking up birthday gifts for our Pop for his 80th birthday bash (post on that to come!).  There was a whole lot of squealing, and we ended up with a buggy full of birthday gifts and adorable Easter decorations.  I immediately put out all my Easter finds as soon as I got back to Dallas because Easter is my absolute favorite holiday, and I am all about having Easter decorations up for at least a month. 

I am a topiary fanatic, so the egg topiary is probably my favorite thing ever.  And I promptly popped some spring flowers in that white vase on my table = so many heart eye emojis.

Getting back to Waco -- after our Target extravaganza, we decided to call it a night and go to sleep early before our big day on Saturday.  To kick off Saturday, we had a great breakfast at Lula Jane's - baked oatmeal for Mary Katherine, breakfast pie for the rest of us, and coffee/tea for everyone.    

Our next stop and the real motivation for our Waco trip was, of course, Magnolia Market!  It was absolutely adorable, and we made sure to squeal over every single item there.  Melanie and I picked up a few things for our houses, and we all enjoyed walking around the cute garden, seeing the food trucks, and plenty of photo-ops.    

The rest of our Saturday included popping into some other fun shops and boutiques, mostly at a fun, warehouse-type area in Waco called Spice Village.  We grabbed lunch at one of our favorites, Newk's, and then relaxed/napped a little bit that afternoon.  Saturday night, we went to a local Italian joint for supper and then went for a little walk after stuffing ourselves with pasta.  Sunday morning we all hit the road early to head home after a wonderful, fun-filled girls' weekend.  We're already scheming about where we should go next year!    

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Super Bowl Party + Valentine's Day

I have about an hour before we head to Jaime and Emily's for our Sunday Downton Abbey date - just enough time to pop in and share our February happenings so far.

Last weekend we hosted a little Super Bowl party for some couples from our Sunday School class.  Austin and I had fun getting everything ready on Saturday, and on Sunday we enjoyed yummy sliders Austin grilled, chocolate birthday cupcakes for a brand new member of the 30 club in attendance, festive deviled eggs, and of course, chips and dips.

Not surprisingly, I ignored the Broncos' orange and the Panthers' black in favor of a few navy and light blue touches.  We were happy to see the Broncos win and one of our favorite Aggies, Von Miller, be named the MVP!  We hated to miss Jaime and Emily's annual party, but it was fun to open our home to some church friends for the night.

We had a fast and furious work week last week that included a date night at Cafe Pacific - I'm still full.  Oh my word, that place is my new favorite in Dallas for sure.  I also got a fun surprise at work on Wednesday when Austin delivered these pretties to my office.  He's a gem!  They came home with me on Friday and are still going strong on our coffee table.

I was a tad late getting my valentines in the mailbox, but they were fun to make, and hopefully any recipients who haven't gotten theirs yet won't mind a fun mail day on February 16th :)

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hope it's been full of love!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Recap

We hit the ground running in 2016 and have been the best kind of busy so far this month.  We rang in the new year in east Texas with three other couples and a weekend full of games that had us all laughing until we cried, duck hunting for the guys, an abundance of food, a NYE bonfire, and potato cannon adventures.  The next two weekends took us to Austin and San Antonio for weddings.  And most recently, my precious Jackson friend Rebecca came to Dallas for a visit.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is in full swing, and we had a fun night at the rodeo for "Bulls Night Out" last week with Matthew and Mallory.  We met for burgers at Rodeo Goat beforehand - so good!

As I was transferring pictures from my memory card, I came across my most recent favorite house update - these feather prints I stumbled upon at Target (where else?!).  Not the best pic, but I'm sure Mom wants to see where we hung them :).

And my favorite indulgence of 2016 so far - keeping greenery (usually eucalyptus) all over the house, especially on our hutch.  Not sure I ever blogged about this beauty joining us, but I finally unpacked my china and several other wedding gifts in October when we got this little guy.  So glad to have a great spot for these pretties!  Only 4.5 years after our wedding...

My friend Rebecca is so good about making sure to take pictures when we're together, so thanks to her I had enough pictures to put together a blog post.  Shortly after I moved to Jackson for law school, I met Eleanor, Cam, and Rebecca at my wonderful church home there - First Baptist Jackson. Cam and I both moved to Texas in 2011, and Eleanor moved here in 2015, so Rebecca had three great reasons for a Dallas trip this weekend - and it was Eleanor's birthday!  It was such a wonderful weekend getting to catch up with some of my favorite people.

I hosted Eleanor and Rebecca for brunch on Saturday morning before a day of leisurely popping into shops all over Dallas.  Rebecca came bearing gifts - the 2016 Mississippi Wedding Register, which I started flipping through today after church.  She knows me so well!  On the brunch menu: lemon and orange scones, fruit salad, sausage and grits casserole, and baked french toast.  Santa tucked that little nest charm for my Nora Fleming platter in my stocking, and I've just been dying to use it.

Austin brought home some pretty pink tulips for me on Friday night, and they were the perfect simple centerpiece for our brunch.  Had to use the McCarty vase for my Mississippi friends!

Cam joined us for Eleanor's birthday dinner Saturday night at Public School 214 followed by Paciugo gelato.  I loved my time with these three so much!  Lots of laughs when we're together.  

Today we had a great morning at church, I took a delightful Sunday afternoon nap, caught up on some housework, Austin built me a cozy fire, and it's almost time for Downton Abbey - pretty perfect Sunday in my book!