Thursday, May 21, 2015

Four Years

Today is our anniversary and my favorite day to look back at our wedding pictures.  I can’t believe this was four years ago!  Life just keeps getting more fun.  Here are four of my favorite pictures from our wedding day as we celebrate four of my favorite years.   

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekending – Cinnamon Rolls, Daylilies, & Sunday Suppers

As spring turns to summer we continue to discover new things in our flower beds – these GIANT daylilies recently popped up – seriously, they are almost as tall as me! While I don’t think they’ll make the final cut in our beds, they have been fun to watch this weekend.  Let’s face it, we are Aggies, and we can’t exactly have ORANGE flowers at our house.  On Friday we had one bloom, and then by Sunday we were up to six!  I am fascinated by the fact that they literally bloom for one day and then die.  Where did I think they got the name “daylilies?!” 

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On to a topic that is slightly more exciting than flower beds… we took cinnamon rolls to church yesterday morning for our Sunday school class.  All the couples rotate bringing breakfast, and this week was our turn.  I’m still practicing, but these were my fluffiest ones yet! 

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This weekend we also had a great time at our crawfish boil on Saturday and then at dinner with friends later that night.  I did end up taking this coconut cake to the crawfish boil – super easy and tasty.  We had some seriously amazing spinach stuffed chicken breasts on Saturday night at our friends’ house that I need to recreate soon!  Our weekend finished off with another Sunday supper with Jaime and Emily – Emily is such a phenomenal cook, and I leave her house every week inspired to try her delicious recipes!  She made chicken tikka masala last night and it was so so good. 

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Because we watch Downton with Jaime and Emily on Sunday nights, we usually catch up on Mad Men during the week.  I cannot believe it is over!  Every time I blog about Mad Men I think I say how weird I think it has gotten, but we’ve watched for too long and were way too invested not to watch the final episodes.  I will say that I thought Pete and his ex-wife getting back together last week was pretty sweet! We are planning to watch the finale tomorrow night after work, so no spoilers! 

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Linking up with B Loved Boston today for Weekending. weekending

Friday, May 15, 2015

5 on Friday – Vol. 52

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I’ve joined in on the 5oF fun!  Happy Friday to you and to the lovely summertime hostess of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures.

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ONE – We are thoroughly enjoying our first spring with a grill!  At least once a week, Austin grills up something yummy for our supper.  This week it was steaks and tons of grilled veggies.  Casey came over bearing Cokes, kabobs, and cookies to round out our meal.  Hello summer!!

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TWO – Last week at my office we had “bowtie day” to celebrate our departing law clerk who is an avid bowtie wearer.  I could have worn one of Austin’s bowties, but I thought my giant bow shirt would be way more fun.  One of the partners told me I looked like Elle Woods, so my life is basically complete now!

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THREE – I fell in love with a fireplace screen on Joss & Main last week after seeing it on Instagram.  It came in yesterday, and I’m obsessed!  Now we’re just missing a china cabinet in the dining room… hoping to remedy that by the end of the summer.

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FOUR – May is anniversary season for us and for our friends Billy & Carly.  Billy and Austin grew up next door to each other, played lacrosse together in high school and at A&M, and lived together at A&M.  It was only fitting that those two get married a week apart :)  May 2011 was such a crazy fun time – Austin and I both graduated from grad school, Billy & Carly got married on the 14th, and then we got married just one short week later on the 21st!  We love y’all B+C – happy anniversary!

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Can’t believe this was FOUR years ago either -

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Spring 2011 was also when I had all of my wedding showers – some of you asked about a dress I was wearing in a picture in this post – here is a better shot of it – me and my sweet friend Rebecca at my Jackson shower.  Still going strong 4 years later :)  The dress is Lesley Evers.

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FIVE – Today is my friend Brooke’s birthday, and we are going to a crawfish boil tomorrow with her and her husband and some other pals.  Happy birthday Brooke!  I’m taking a dessert to the crawfish boil, and as of right now, I plan on making this coconut cake.  My mom has made it several times and raved about it.  Can’t wait! 

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Have a wonderful Friday!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Liebster Award Fun on a Monday

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Ashley at Baseball Diamonds & Hairspray nominated me for the always fun Liebster Award a few weeks ago.  I love these types of posts!  Thanks Ashley :)

1/ Where is your favorite place to vacation? I really love traveling to new places, and I have a life goal of visiting all 50 states.  I think last time I counted, I have been to 36 or 37.  Since we’ve been married, we’ve traveled to Maine, Charleston, and most recently, Vail.  I’ve loved each of those trips!

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2/ Do you have one book you recommend us to read? Oh goodness, I love to read, and I think the most recent book I read was The Hurricane Sisters.  It was pretty good!  I keep a running list of books to read in my purse at all times.  I have way to many screen shots on my phone of blog posts or Instagram posts where someone shared a book I think looks interesting.  Probably my all time favorite book is Gone With the Wind.  I love the movie, but the book is way better!

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3/ What is your nemesis? Sugar!  I have a huge sweet tooth, and I can hardly ever say no to cookies or doughnuts in the kitchen at work.  Both of those two items show up way to frequently at my office! 

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4/ What is your favorite part of the day?  Hands down early in the morning.  I am a morning person through and through, and we get up at what I’ve been told is a crazy early hour.  I love love love being productive early in the morning.  Nothing gets my day off to a better start than getting a jump start on my to-do list before six a.m.

5/ Tell us your biggest to-do on your bucket list.  Oh gosh, I don’t really know?!  I’m not a huge bucket list person.  I’d be perfectly content to just get my house furnished the way I want it someday and to have some babies to fill up our second floor. 

6/ What is your favorite beauty product?  I like some color on my lips, and I love this TIGI lipstick in “fierce.”  I am a big fan of blush, and the cream blush pictured below (Maybelline Dram Bouncy Blush) is my all-time favorite.

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7/ Have you been keeping up with the Masters this weekend? If so, who are you cheering on?  The Masters was the weekend we were in Boerne for a wedding, and we did listen to it the whole way home driving through tons of gorgeous bluebonnets (I made Austin stop once for pictures).  We were cheering for our hometown boy and 2015 Masters winner, Jordan Spieth.  Apparently I even wore green Kendras and green shorts for the occasion! 

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8/ If you could hold/be around/pet one animal/reptile without it harming you, what would it be? Bunnies!  Although I don’t think sweet little bunnies would ever harm me, that is one of the only animals I’m terribly interested in holding. 

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9/ What is your favorite hobby or thing to do in your free time?  I love reading and cooking, but one of my most favorite hobbies is making cards and practicing my lettering.  I made these recently for May birthdays and Mother’s Day. 

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10/ Why did you start blogging?  I started blogging shortly after we got married and moved to Dallas as a way to keep our families updated on our life here.  I am positive my most faithful readers are still my mom, my father-in-law, and my grandmothers! 

11/ Do you have any pets? Introduce them to us!  No pets at our house (yet).  I grew up with the best dog in the world, a sheltie named Dixie (the namesake for my blog!).  We’d love to get a dog, or maybe two, someday.  Austin wants a Golden Retriever, and I would love another sheltie one day.  Do you not just squeal when you look at this picture?!

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Ok, now I tag some friends to play along and give them a list of questions – I tag:

Mary Katherine at Mary K Every Day

Jenna at The Rose Garden

Cory at Playdates and Prescriptions

Caroline at Virginia Sweet

Christina at The New Mrs.

And their questions are:

  1. What is your favorite season and why?
  2. Where is one place you’re dying to go?
  3. What is your favorite item to wear in your closet right now?
  4. What is your favorite magazine to read?
  5. What is your favorite book you’ve read recently?
  6. What is your favorite TV show right now?
  7. What is your favorite song right now?
  8. If you could only shop at three stores for clothes for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  9. What apps to you use most frequently on your phone?
  10. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast or brunch?

Can’t wait to read your responses!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekending!

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On Friday night, Austin and Casey got all fancied up and went to Newsies downtown at the Winspear.  Don’t they look adorable?!  I stayed home and did a whole lot of nothing, which is truly my favorite way to spend a Friday night. 

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Saturday morning was full of errands and chores around the house, and then Saturday afternoon brought perfectly sunny skies for Austin’s office’s annual picnic.  There was a petting zoo with adorable soft bunnies, a rather scary turtle (tortoise?), and even some llamas!  And apparently neither Austin nor the crazy looking llama could keep their eyes open for a picture. 

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It really was the perfect day for a picnic.  On our way out we were gifted a darling navy and white striped cooler bag stuffed with all kinds of summer fun, including some sweet shades.  Car selfies ensued, of course (at red lights only!). 

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Sunday morning was church as usual, and then we grabbed a quick lunch at Potbelly with some friends before heading to the Rangers game that afternoon with Trip and Lindsay.  Sadly, the Rangers lost (again), but the sunshine and the company were delightful! 

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Sunday night we continued our new tradition of dinner and Downton with the Romans.  I love our Sunday suppers!  We took pizza casserole over, and Emily fixed a salad to go with it.  Austin absolutely loves pizza casserole, so he was quite pleased… and he’s pretty excited for lunchbox leftovers this week.   

I made some fun cards on Saturday as well, but I’ll have to hold off on sharing those – we have two birthdays to celebrate in our family this week and two amazing mothers to celebrate next weekend.  Speaking of birthdays… I reverted to my old ways of complete obsession of all things Royal Family this weekend with the birth of the Princess – I will constantly be refreshing Twitter today to find out what her name will be! 

Linking up with Biana for Weekending today. 

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lately

Unlike the past two weekends, we did not do much that was photo-worthy.  Actually, Austin was in College Station Friday-Saturday, so I did a lot of Food Network watching and magazine reading.  My sisters allegedly saw Austin riding around campus in the back of a truck…  Meanwhile, the most exciting moment of my weekend was discovering that the Walmart close to our house has started carrying Duke’s. 

After The Kitchen was over on Saturday morning (love that show!), I made some pimento cheese for a Sunday school party yesterday afternoon.  I’ve pretty much been looking for an excuse to make some since The Masters.  I think I’d like to go to The Masters for the pimento cheese alone.  And the azaleas.  We have a ton leftover, so I see a lot of pimento cheese sandwiches in our future, which sounds like a week of good lunches to me!  

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When my parents were here for my birthday, my mom brought me a starter to make bread.  So far I’ve made plain and cinnamon.  I’ve got two loaves in the oven right now, and it smells pretty divine.  We’re delivering one to friends tonight and keeping the other to eat with our pimento cheese.  It’s been a fun little adventure!  Thinking I’m going to attempt cinnamon rolls next.   

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Rounding out this food post, I got to have a fun lunch date with my friend Tiffany at Rise last week.  I adore Rise, and this was my first time trying their famous marshmallow soup – delicious just like everything else I’ve ever had there!  I especially love the Rise No. 1 salad. 

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Maybe this week will bring with it a little more excitement and a few more bloggable moments… we shall see!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Weekend: Crawfish, Cards, & Bird Charms

We had a great weekend with some of our favorite friends from Austin in town.  Thankfully, the weather held out and was downright gorgeous for our crawfish boil festivities on Saturday.  Billy and Carly and Kyle and Kayla all braved thunderstorms and drove up to Dallas Friday night.  Austin and I were at church for a men’s conference when they arrived, so Billy and Carly came and helped out with that for a little bit before we all headed to our house and finally went to bed (the men’s conference lasted until 11:00 – aka way past my Friday night bedtime).  Billy and Carly came bearing gifts – of course I died for the bird charms… I have been in love with those since seeing Carly’s last summer!

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On Saturday we had tickets for a crawfish boil at The Rustic.  The weather was perfect, and the crawfish were delish. 

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Carly and I left the crawfish boil around 4:00 to head home and start getting ready for dinner.  We had everyone over that night for burrito bowls and ice cream. I think there were ten people at our house that night, which it the biggest group we’ve ever had over – it was a great time! 

Sunday morning we had breakfast with Billy and Carly at Company Cafe before they headed back to Austin and we headed to church.  I made a few cards Sunday afternoon and we just enjoyed being at home before heading to Jaime and Emily’s for supper and an episode of Downton.  All in all, a pretty perfect weekend! 

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