Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter for Two

Easter, I can’t believe you’re over already!  I’m not going to take down my Easter decorations for at least a few more days – now I’ll just refer to them as “spring” decorations. 

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We tried a good old self-timer picture before church Sunday morning, which I guess is just what you do when you’re on your own for Easter.  We also managed to avoid the Sunday morning “discussion” about getting out the door on time that we sometimes have, so that was a pleasant Easter occurrence!  Sunday school and the church service were both wonderful today.  I always love how joyful everyone seems on Easter.  Everyone I encountered when I was greeting at the worship center doors Sunday morning had a smile and seemed genuinely happy to be there. 

I had grand plans to take some pictures with friends in Sunday school, but we kind of ran out of time, so all I came home with on my camera was another one of me and Austin.  Oh well, Easter outfits are my favorite!

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We came home from church and put the finishing touch on lunch – deviled eggs, ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pound cake for dessert.  I talked to my mom later yesterday afternoon and realized that she had fixed an almost identical menu!  That doesn’t really surprise me, but it made me smile to think that our Easter celebrations were at least similar even though we weren’t together. 

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We set our table for two, which I’m ashamed to say doesn’t happen all that often, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch together.  We probably don’t have many Easters left of just the two of us, and it was crazy to think about how our little world might change in years to come. 

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Then we ate and both took a lovely 2+ hour nap!  Sunday evening we read magazines and played cards on our porch, and it was so nice to just spend some time at home before the craziness of another week starts. 

Oh and I completely did not mention Saturday in this post at all, and that is probably because I didn’t take a single picture, but our run was so much fun.  Everything went so smoothly, and the race atmosphere was just awesome – this was the first year for our church to put this race on, and we had over 900 runners!  Austin and I finished in 33:40 which was an 8:25 minute mile pace, and were thrilled with that.  Running in a race with people we know seemed to have made us more competitive, because that pace is quite a bit faster than we usually run.  Needless to say, we were pretty tired the rest of Saturday after running and then helping with the clean up and take down of the event. 

It was a wonderful weekend with a pretty much perfect balance of fellowship with friends, good food, good weather, and quality time at home.  These weekends are my favorite!

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 on Friday – Vol. 31

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!

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ONE – Good Friday is today, and I always find myself a little somber and a little sad on Good Friday.  Easter is my very favorite holiday, and I can’t wait for Sunday, but thinking about Jesus’ sacrifice all those years ago and the pain that was felt on this day is so humbling.

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TWO – Tomorrow our church is hosting a downtown Easter run for the first time, and Austin and I are excited to run in it and to get to see lots of our church friends for a fun Saturday morning run and brunch.  The run we are participating in is a 4 mile course, and there will also be a 1 mile family fun run and lots of activities for children.  I think it will be a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  Austin and I ran 4 miles yesterday just to boost our confidence that we can actually go that far since we have been sticking to shorter runs lately, so we should make it… hopefully!  If you’re local and want more details, go here –> dallaseasterrun.com

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THREE – Last Saturday I started my day off with a Katy Trail run with my friend Cam, and then we went to breakfast at Dream Cafe.  I HIGHLY recommend the granola crusted french toast.  I haven’t really been able to stop thinking about it for the past six days!  It combined two of my favorite things (granola + french toast) and then made them even better with the addition of whipped cream, strawberries, and syrup – YUM. 

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FOUR – My office is having a little Easter potluck today, and I am taking this fun and festive bunny bait.  Wouldn’t you know that when I started poking around on Pinterest for a recipe, I found one on Darci’s blog!  So, thank you, Darci for hosting this wonderful link up and for your bunny bait guidance :)

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FIVE – Next year for Easter lunch, this NEEDS to happen on my table.  I can’t think of a better use for calligraphy than place cards on these precious little Easter baskets – I die!  This year I don’t really have my act together and haven’t even done my grocery shopping for Easter lunch.  It will just be me and Austin, so we probably won’t have cute place cards.  We have had friends over for lunch in the past on Easter, and I’d love to start doing that again next year.  Thank goodness for Pinterest to remind me of this adorableness!  Source for these cute little things = The House that Lars Built.

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Happy Easter weekend! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Birchbox Treats

Birchbox reigns supreme as the birthday gift that keeps on giving from my sweet sister-in-law, Courtney.  I was so excited to get home and see my box when I got the email notification that it had been delivered last week.

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My box contained a new-to-me flavor of KIND bar (love those little guys!), some spray-on leave in conditioner, a sample of CC cream, mint nail polish (perfect for spring), and some purple eyeliner. 

I promptly devoured the KIND bar within a day or two, and it was a perfect mid-morning snack.  I’m trying to reduce my gluten intake, so it really came at a convenient time! 

My nails are light pink right now, but I think this little guy might get his turn to shine in an at home mani session this weekend. 

I used the CC cream on Saturday instead of foundation and was pleased with it.  Putting on makeup on the weekends, other than for church on Sunday, is one of my least favorite things ever, so it was nice to be able to get away with a little less than usual since I had several errands to run. 

Oddly enough I found myself in a conversation with two other girls at church on Sunday about colored eyeliner.  I mentioned that I got the purple (it is really more of a “plum” I guess) in my Birchbox, and I didn’t think it would go very well with my coloring.  Then I had the brilliant idea to give it to my friend Ali, who was involved in this eyeliner convo, because it will look so good on her!  So, that is what I plan to do with that. :)  And finally, I haven’t gotten a chance to try the conditioner yet, but probably will this weekend at some point. 

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What other box subscriptions should I know about?  I think they might become my new go-to gift idea since there seem to be so many different box-of-the-month options out there! 

P.S. Yet another reason I love BB – the actual boxes that everything comes in are perfect for wrapping other gifts!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Bright Baby Shower for Kara

My first baby shower to hostess this spring has come and gone, and we had such a fun time celebrating Kara and baby Kalli!  We had the shower at our church on Sunday afternoon, which worked out well since most of us were at church most of the day yesterday anyway.  Also, since our church is downtown, it was nice to have the shower in a central location that was as convenient as possible for everyone. 

Because the shower was in the middle of the afternoon, we kept it simple in the food department and just served fresh fruit with fruit dip, veggies and dip, and teeny tiny bundt cakes.  I left some of the cakes plain, topped some with a lemon and orange glaze, and topped the rest with a strawberry glaze.  We also had citrus water and pink lemonade to drink. 

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The mason jars and striped straws were a fun touch.  Ever since Emily’s St. Patrick’s Day engagement party when I discovered the magic of paper straws, I’ve been kind of obsessed.  I have bunches of these pink ones left over, so I’ll be over here drinking smoothies and anything else I can think to liquefy if you need me. ;)

I have to give a huge shout out to my mom who made the cute name banner that we hung above the food table and the precious Kalli Jo canvas for the table!  Kara took both of these home with her to use in the nursery, and I think she loved them just as much as I did.

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(I am embarrassed to tell y’all how many pictures I took of those sweet little pink birds on the ends!)

One of my co-hostesses, Brooke, did a great job coming up with games and activities for us to do during the shower.  Our other co-hostess, Sarah, brought fun balloons that we used to decorate the gift table and Kara’s chair where she sat to open gifts.  Sarah also facilitated the games after we realized that she would have absolutely smoked us all in a nursery rhyme game.  She has a six month old and has clearly been reading nursery rhymes for the past six months straight! 

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We played the nursery rhyme game that I mentioned above and a “Price is Right” game where guests had to guess the prices of various baby essentials.  This was surprisingly hilarious, and a bonus was that Kara got to take everything home with her after the shower!  Brooke also printed off cute little cards for us to write wishes for Kara and the baby.  We also had a little station where guests could write messages on diapers to hopefully provide a little comic relief in the wee hours of the morning when Kara is up changing diapers. 

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I probably shouldn’t admit this on the world wide web, but I wrote one that said “I’m sleeping really good right now ;) xoxo – Emily.”  I am sure that will come back to haunt me one day!

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Kara got so many cute, tiny, girly gifts!  We had a ball ooohing and ahhing over each one.  Brooke (on the left) is also pregnant, and her shower is up next!  She is having a baby boy, so hers will be totally opposite of this one, but I am equally as excited to help host that in just a few weeks.   

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Have a great week everyone!  I’m glad I at least had something bright and cheery to blog about today since the weather here in Dallas is anything but bright and cheery.  I’m hoping that spring will come on back in the next day or two! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 on Friday – Vol. 30

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness.

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ONE – I finished this book earlier this week.  Have any of y’all read it – did that really happen!?  My mind was blown at the end.  That was NOT the ending I was expecting.  I won’t say anything more, but goodness gracious I was shocked!

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TWO – Cute cards of the week – April card from mom and a birthday card for my Grandma! 

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THREE – I’m hosting a baby shower at church this weekend, and I have a little pink and green section of my study that I’ve been adding to for weeks now.  I’m also making baby bundt cakes tomorrow in this pan (borrowed from my Mom but she got it at Target).  I think I might die over how tiny and cute they are going to be!

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FOUR – I kind of can’t wait for tomorrow to be here – I’m really looking forward to my day of running and breakfast with a friend, last minute errands and baking for Sunday’s shower, and a much needed hair appointment for a trim and highlights.  Hurry up, Saturday!

FIVE – I procrastinated big time on shopping for an Easter dress, but I finally ordered one yesterday morning.  Thank goodness it has already shipped - A+ on that customer service since I put a comment in with my order that I was hoping to have it for Easter.  I ordered from Devon Baer and I’m praying it fits because I really do not have a plan B.  I am obsessed with the dress I ordered (well, I’m obsessed with most everything on her website, really!) and can’t wait for it to arrive.   I definitely need a ruffled tunic in my life next!  Plus, everything is made in the USA, and I always love to support companies that make that a priority. 

Happy weekend!  See y’all next week with a recap of the baby shower I’m hosting on Sunday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How is it already Thursday?!

To say that this week has gotten away from me is a bit of an understatement at this point considering my computer went to “sleep” on Monday with an empty blog screen.  Here I am on Thursday finally sitting down to blog. 

Well where to even begin?  I guess I’ll start with our weekend.  Saturday was cold and rainy and it was pretty miserable being outside for the second play day that I attended as part of my provisional project for JL.  We ended early, thank goodness, and I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get warm!  I cooked us some supper Saturday night, and we played Phase 10 – wild night. 

Sunday was a whirlwind of a day that we started at church.  After church, we ventured out into the still wet and cold weather for a little lunch date at Panera and a few errands at the mall.  We didn’t stay long (and I still don’t have an Easter dress – eek!) but came home to do a few quick things around the house and get ready to go back to church. 

Our Discipleship University class called “The Marriage Project” came to an end on Sunday night.  We sure will miss the fun Sunday evening adventures and surprise date nights!  This last class was a painting class, and we had a ball.  Austin and I had to share one canvas, and I was so reluctant to let him hold the paintbrush at all (#controlfreak #perfectionist) but I was pleasantly surprised when I did finally hand it over.  Exhibit A:

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But, we rallied and ended up actually doing it together like we were supposed to – a Sunday night miracle!  Now we have a cute little Monet-inspired canvas to frame and hang somewhere. 

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I’ve probably said this a million times, but I’m so thankful for our church and all of the fun things they plan for our department of young marrieds! 

Monday – Wednesday kind of just flew by in a blur – I did go to a women’s event at church on Tuesday night with a friend from work that was pretty awesome.  Our church hosted Priscilla Shirer for one of her Awaken events that she does all over DFW.  I love her teaching, and hearing her in person was a treat!  It made for a late night, but it was worth it.  She taught the story of Jesus turning water to wine at a wedding reception (from John 2) in a way that I had never heard before – so good. 

Ok I’m off to make a birthday card and put together some lasagna that I can pop into the oven tonight for our supper!  See y’all tomorrow for 5 on Friday! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday – Vol. 29

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness.

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we?!

ONE – BNB #3 - I got my third and final Bird Nest Box yesterday!  They stepped up their packing game, and everything was packaged much better than the previous two boxes.  My necklace was in tact (and so pretty!), and they sent a little wallet that is so perfect for springtime and summer.  This necklace is making its debut today, and I think it is going to put a delightful perk in my Friday step!  (Side note – I’m painting my nails this weekend, don’t judge that little unpolished thumb – eek!)

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TWO – Austin and I are doing this squat and ab challenge for the month of April (via Pinterest via this website).  I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’m already sore.  Twenty-six days to go!  I must confess that we tried in March and quickly got lazy and quit, but so far (four days in, ha!) we are doing better in April. 

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THREE – Blog goals – Austin “gave me” a blog redesign as part of my birthday gift last month, and I really want to make time this weekend to research that and start that process.  I also just need to spend some time with my pal Google educating myself on some other blog-related things.  Here are a few lovely inspiration pins:

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FOUR – I love me some quiche, and I had a plethora of onions that needed to be used, so what better solution than caramelized onion quiche for supper last night?  I am delighted to have leftovers of this to eat on for the next few days.  The recipe is an old one I tore out of Southern Living – I highly recommend for any fellow quiche lovers.  This dinner reminded me a bit of my favorite lunch at Broad Street – one of my favorite spots in Jackson! 

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FIVE – These little guys have got to get in the mail today!  Thank goodness I get to keep one because I think they are oh-so-cute.  I’m kind of having an arrow “moment” right now, and I was so excited that Brooke is too, giving me the chance to incorporate that into the invites – I think with the green envelopes sealed with that cute orange washi tape that these are going to be so presh!

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For the first time in a while, we do not have plans tonight – I think we are going to go for a run if the weather is suitable for that, and then I’m looking forward to reading all of the lovely 5 on Friday posts!