Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekending: Finally Fall

This weekend was extra special due to the temperatures finally dipping down into what I consider to be “fall range.”  I was actually a little chilly when I ventured to the grocery store on Saturday morning, and I broke out some boots for the first time this season.  I’m in denial that these temps are going to go back up this week, but I’m afraid they might. 

On Saturday morning we cooked a late breakfast of French toast, watched College Gameday, and got ready for a cook off with our Sunday school class that afternoon.  The cook off was a really fun idea that I can take absolutely no credit for – our class paired up with another class at our church and each class brought a version of a dish.  I brought potato salad, and someone from the other class did as well.  We had everything you could possibly need for a delicious BBQ!  At the actual event, each dish was assigned a 1 or a 2, and everyone had a ballot to vote as they ate.  It was so fun! 

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The winners of each category took home a wooden spoon and a Target gift card. 

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Couples from our class who were there – so thankful for these friends and our church!

The rest of my Saturday was spent curled up in my favorite chair with my favorite blanket, a pile of magazines, and watching the Aggies play dominate.

Sunday brought church, lunch with friends, and another birthday part at Dallas Life for the children there.  It was so nice to have cooler temperatures for the party - last time we helped with the birthday party was in August, and we were pretty much in a puddle by the end. 

We then spent some time at what will hopefully be our house in October going over a list of things with our Realtor to discuss with the seller and doing a little measuring.  We also did some exploring around the area and fell in love with all of the great parks that are super close to the neighborhood!!  

I watched Miss America last night, and I’m still in shock that the winner’s talent involved red Solo cups… that’s really all I’ll say about that.  I did love Miss Arkansas’ black evening gown!

Linking up with B Loved Boston on this Monday morning.  

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Five on Friday – Vol. 38

Well hello there!  My 10 day hiatus from the blog was definitely not intentional, but house hunting, the start of football season (and thus the start of traveling to College Station on the weekends), and commitments each night this week have gotten the best of me.  Here are some highlights from the past few days…

ONE – We were in Aggieland on Saturday for the home opener!  It was great to be back, and even greater that a trip to College Station now means I get to see my sister.  The game had an unfortunate 2 hour+ weather delay, but we stayed through the first half and made a very very late drive back to Dallas. 

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iced coffee in appropriate cups for the road trip to CS after a long morning of house hunting// my favorite member of the Fighting Texas Aggie c/o 2018// Kyle Field with 104,000+ of my bffs (Saturday we had the largest crowd ever in the state of TX for a college football game – whoop!) #everythingsbiggerintexas

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TWO – A cool front is expected to come through Dallas today.  Hello fall! Naturally, I made a big pot of red beans and rice yesterday.  It is my very favorite fall meal. 

THREE – We are closer than we’ve ever been to getting a house, and I’m so cautiously excited about it.  Say a little prayer for us that this one is it!  We had a long day Wednesday looking at 5 houses after work, but it just may have been worth it.  I think I’m going to be holding my breath for the next month!   

FOUR – I got a cute “back to school” September card from Mom this month – yes, she is an elementary school teacher!  Even though I don’t technically go back to school any more, who can really resist the pull to purchase office supplies during this time of year?  You better believe I’m fully stocked with my all-time favorite pens for quite a while. 

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FIVE – Austin and his sister Casey both have September birthdays, and I’m anxiously awaiting a few packages to arrive in the mail.  Spending so much time house hunting and with various other commitments has not left much time to do anything crafty or creative, so I’m looking forward to spending some time wrapping gifts and making birthday cards as these birthdays approach.  Some of my favorite gift wrapping ideas from Pinterest

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Happy Friday! 

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!!