Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello September + Three Day Weekending

How has August already come and gone??  It must have been the fastest month yet in 2014.  September is always a fun time of year thanks to college football starting and Austin’s birthday!  On that note… how about those Aggies?!  We are headed to College Station on Saturday to see the Ags in person, and I cannot wait.  After that very exciting game in South Carolina, Kyle Field is sure to be rocking. 

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And we get to see Texas A&M’s newest baby Pi Phi, my sister!  She just finished rush and had her first day of classes, and every time I talk to her I am more convinced that her life is about 100x more exciting than mine.  Austin has all but started an official campaign for her to wear a Go Pro camera 24-7 so we can live vicariously through her college experience! 

Austin and I had a lovely 3 day weekend that included some of the following highlights:

Hatfields & McCoys on Netflix… we finished it last night.  Has anyone else watched it? 

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Some new recipes from Cooking Light – broccoli pesto pasta & a prosciutto, spinach, and gruyere frittata.  Plus, Sunday night we had a quick dinner at Torchy’s, including their amazing queso, before a walk around White Rock.

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Wearing my new navy tassel bracelet pretty much every day and enjoying this lovely little bird painting that finally got a frame.  Thank you to my crafty mom and MK for making this adorable bracelet for me!  I also have a tortoise and green version that I hope to break out this week. 

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And last but not least, a new plant for my office – it is slowly but surely coming together.  Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect tray for my desk.  I love the planter I found at Home Depot yesterday!

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Enjoy the short week!  Linking up with B Loves Boston for Weekending on this Tuesday that feels like a Monday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Cutest Dorm Room I Ever Did See!

Well Mary Katherine is all moved into her dorm!  Austin and I are always up for a trip to College Station, so we jumped at the chance to help my parents move my youngest sister into the dorm on Saturday.  I am so thrilled for her new adventure!  We loved getting to be a part of seeing her new home for the next year come together.  Admittedly, I probably loved seeing the dorm room transform slightly more than Austin did, but he did remark later on how much of a difference the decorations made in there. 

Dorm rooms don’t have what I would call the best lighting ever, but I think the cute details still shine through!

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And what kind of Aggies would we be if we didn’t even do a drive by to check on the Kyle Field progress.  We are getting excited for some football!  Only 3 more days until our season begins (BTHO South Carolina!). 

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Looking forward to seeing MK at the first home game in just a few weeks!  She’s got her boots ready and some pretty cute game day outfits ready to go. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blogger Bookworms: The Light Between Oceans (Part 2)

Happy blogger bookworm day!  Please link up below with your thoughts and answers to our questions about The Light Between Oceans

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1. Have you ever been to a lighthouse before? If so, which one(s) and what were your experiences; if not, which would you like to visit and why?

Well, we did get pretty close to a lighthouse on our honeymoon in Maine (pic below!), and it was beautiful.  I never thought about the logistics of a lighthouse until reading this book, and they seem way more involved than I ever realized. 
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2. Could you live on an island like Janus Rock with only your husband for three months at a time? Would you be lonely, or as Tom said, "too busy to be lonely"?

Maybe I could do one three month stint, if I knew I only had to do it for three months, but if I was facing that indefinitely, I don’t think I could handle it!  It seemed very isolated.  It also seemed like the weather was not the best.  Overall I think it would just be a pretty hard existence. 

3. If you experienced losses like Isabel and Tom, what would you do if you were in their shoes?

Gosh I would sure be tempted to do exactly what they did!  I definitely sympathized with Isabel being so mad at Tom for basically telling the secret by leaving the notes/rattle for Hannah. 

4. Did you foresee the rattle being such an important part of the story?

No, not at ALL.  I thought it was neat the way that the rattle ended up being a major part of the story, but I definitely did not see that coming. 

5. Do you feel like Tom did the right thing by reaching out to Hannah?

Well, it’s hard to say.  I can definitely understand why he would feel overwhelming guilt after realizing the enormity of what they had done and the impact it had on Hannah.  But, like I said above, I can sympathize with Isabel as well.  It was really just bound to be a sad situation either way. 

6. Do you feel like Isabel made the right choice in the end? Were you surprised?

I was a little surprised, especially after her reaction when Hannah visited her the night she went to the police station.  Ultimately, I think it was the right choice.  It seems like she would have just been crushed by guilt had she not come clean. 

7. Which character did you relate best to, and why?

This is a hard one!  I don’t think it was one of the main characters (Tom, Isabel, or Lucy/Grace) or Hannah, for that matter.  Maybe Hannah’s sister, Gwen?  She seemed to keep a level head throughout the chaos, and I wish she would have been incorporated into the story more. 


8. If you could have changed any part of this book, how would it be different?

I wish Lucy-Grace had made it to Tom & Isabel’s home before Isabel’s death.  It would have really been more of a full circle moment if she had. 

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Thanks for playing along with our summer book club, friends.  Katelyn and I have enjoyed hosting, and maybe we’ll bring it back next summer as well. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekending

Another great Dallas weekend is in the books!   Linking up with Biana on this Monday morning. 

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Friday: after work, I pretty much collapsed on the couch and wanted to go to sleep immediately.  Sometimes the work weak just wears me out.  But, Austin prevailed, and we went to our game night at church and had a good time.  I’m thought I might be a little black and blue on Saturday after the floor hockey and dodge ball, but luckily my injuries seemed to be pretty minor :) 

Saturday:  Austin had a scrimmage to ref on Saturday morning (is football season really here already?!), and I got some good time in the kitchen making cinnamon rolls.  I had cinnamon rolls for days, y’all – I just kept getting out more pans.  I made them Saturday morning but baked most of them Sunday morning and took them to church.  Two pans are hiding out in my freezer though, so that is definitely something to look forward to! 

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My mom makes the BEST cinnamon rolls.  Austin told me these tasted just like hers, and that is pretty much the best compliment I could ever receive. 

Saturday afternoon we went and looked at 8 houses with our realtor.  We found one that is promising, so we’ll see what happens there.  I don’t want to let myself get too excited about anything at this stage!  Looking at 8 houses in one afternoon is tiring stuff.  We rallied afterwards and went to dinner with two other couples at Truluck’s for Dallas restaurant week.  I had some delicious shrimp scamp and a wonderful salad with goat cheese, apples, and spiced pecans.  So divine!  It was a stormy afternoon and night, and the restaurant was pretty dark as well, so no pics from Saturday night, unfortunately. 

Sunday: We snuck in an early morning run on the Katy Trail on Sunday morning, which is not something we usually do.  I enjoyed it, and it was good to run off some of our Truluck’s indulging!  I am doing a walking challenge with a work organization, so wearing my pedometer around is good motivation to get a run in whenever I can. 

We had a great morning at church, the cinnamon rolls were a hit with our Sunday school class, and then we had lunch at Campisi’s after church with our class.  I just love going to lunch with our friends after church.  I know once we all start having children, Sunday lunches will be a little more complicated.

Sunday evening we went to a going away party for a couple from our church – we are so sad to see them go, but I know they have a great adventure in store for their family!  The party was a fun chance to get to socialize with some church friends who we don’t get to see as often because they are not in our class. 

That about sums it up!  I’m looking forward to a low key week with not a lot of commitments on the horizon.  I can’t believe in just five days we will be College Station bound to help my sister move into the dorm!  The excitement of that and getting to see my family so soon is going to give me something to look forward to all week. 

Have a happy and productive Monday!  Sorry for the lack of pictures – I have got to get back in the habit of toting my camera around.  See you Wednesday for Blogger Bookworms.   

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey Friday – Vol. 2

So glad to see you, Friday!  I’m inking up again with with Amy & Karli again today.

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{ONE] – I went a little crazy placing online hold requests on my library’s website.  That is how I ended up with this large pile of books next to my bed.  I read Second Honeymoon this week, and it was totally worth a few later-than-usual nights.  I couldn’t put it down.  If you are a James Patterson fan, pick up this book ASAP! 

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{TWO} – This weekend is going to be jam-packed, but super fun.  Some of the things I’m most looking forward to:

  • game night at church tonight
  • making cinnamon rolls tomorrow to take to church on Sunday
  • more house hunting – Austin scoped out some houses this week that we are really excited to see in person
  • a triple date on Saturday night (it’s Restaurant Week in Dallas!)
  • lunch with our Sunday school class after church
  • a going away party for some sweet friends on Sunday evening – this one will be bittersweet! 

{THREE} – How crazy is it that we are halfway through August?  Austin commented yesterday that it feels like it should still basically be the 4th of July.  I think so too!  I can’t believe we are just days away from moving my sister into her dorm at A&M, football season, and September! 

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{FOUR}  I can’t let August completely pass me by without posting my August card from mom.  Pretty stinking cute, right? 

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{FIVE} – Because I’m struggling to come up with a #5 and because I know it is that time of year when bloggers all start looking forward to fall, craving PSLs and “boot weather,”  I’ll leave you with this gem…

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#truth!  We are still a looooong way away from cooler temps in Texas, so this is probably a premature PSA, but y’all know bloggers get antsy for the next season halfway through the current one.  Tell me you haven’t read a post in the last week where someone mentioned how ready they are for fall!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekending & Lots to Celebrate

Linking up with B today for Weekending! 

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First of all, I need to wish a happy 30th anniversary to my parents and a happy 50th to my father-in-law!  August 11 is full of reasons to celebrate in our family!  Love y’all!  I’m so thankful for my parents and my in-laws. 

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Ok, I promise I will get to the weekend, but I have to back up just a bit to get the blog totally up to speed.  Backing way up, last Wednesday we had a fun reunion with our friends Matt & Mallory – it must have been at least 6 months since we’d seen them, and they only live in Fort Worth!  We walked to Cane Rosso and had a great time visiting and catching up.  They also came bearing gifts in the form of some tomatoes and peppers from their garden.  Sunday’s BLT was pretty spectacular thanks to those tomatoes!

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On Thursday night we took supper to our friends Brooke and Oscar and their sweet new addition, baby Jude!  I finally got to meet him and hold him – he is just precious.  It seems like Brooke’s shower was just a few weeks ago, and now he is here!

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On Friday after work we hit the road for Austin to celebrate my father-in-law, Buddy all weekend!  We had a jam packed day Saturday that started with a little road trip to the Comal River for a float and ended with kayaking back in Austin.  There was a delicious lunch at Rudy’s in the middle that was also a highlight.  My poor legs were the only sunburn casualty, and I honestly don’t know how only my legs managed to get burned??  Fingers crossed that they start looking more like a tan and less like a lobster. 

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Sunday we came back to Dallas and relaxed all afternoon – I finished our book club book and really enjoyed it.  The link up is next week!  I also picked up some books that were on hold for me at the library, and now I’m getting ready to dive into those. 

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And on a final totally random note to round out this post, my youngest sister is home for a few days in between her five weeks at Pine Cove and heading off to Fish Camp (whoop!).  She and my mom made these cute cute bracelets today.  Mine is the navy one – cannot wait to wear it soon!

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Off to read and look at more houses (story of my life right now – the house hunt continues). 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blogger Bookworms: The Light Between Oceans (Part 1)

Welcome!  Katelyn and I are back for month 2 and book 2 of our little virtual book club.  This month we are reading M.L. Steadman’s The Light Between Oceans.  I have only just started the book, but speedy Katelyn flew through it in one weekend.  It’s not too late to grab a copy and link up with us! 

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Today is just a chance to link up and let us know you plan to participate and link up with your review of The Light Between Oceans on August 20 (two weeks from today).  As you read, think about the below list of questions.  On August 20, Katelyn and I, and hopeful you, will post our answers to these questions!

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1. Have you ever been to a lighthouse before? If so, which one(s) and what were your experiences; if not, which would you like to visit and why?

2. Could you live on an island like Janus Rock with only your husband for three months at a time? Would you be lonely, or as Tom said, "too busy to be lonely"?

3. If you experienced losses like Isabel and Tom, what would you do if you were in their shoes?

4. {SPOILER} Did you foresee the rattle being such an important part of the story?

5. {SPOILER} Do you feel like Tom did the right thing by reaching out to Hannah?

6. Do you feel like Isabel made the right choice in the end? Were you surprised?

7. Which character did you relate best to, and why?
 
8. If you could have changed any part of this book, how would it be different?

Today, feel free to just give a little progress report somewhere in your blog post – are you planning to read the book?  Have you read it already or are you just starting?  Whatever the case, two weeks is plenty of time to finish!

I am enjoying the book so far and hope to make some progress this week and weekend.  This book is quite a bit different than our last one – I can’t wait to see what y’all think.