Friday, July 8, 2016

Fourth of July Weekend

We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Livingston with my parents and Melanie and Clark.  We missed Mary Katherine so much but are so proud of her for committing to a six week mission trip this summer!

Mom had yummy enchiladas waiting for us when we arrived on Friday night, and she served the best Mexican chopped salad on the side.  When we got home and stocked up on groceries, I made sure to pick up all the ingredients to recreate the salad for us in Dallas.

The weekend was full of rest and relaxation, just the way we like it when we visit!  Mom and Melanie and I got to watch our favorite Food Network shows on Saturday morning, and we played lots of games: Yatzee, cards, Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, and even one round of Trouble that took us right back to childhood when we played almost every night with Dad.

I didn't take many pictures of all the delicious food we ate, but we feasted all weekend on lemon pancakes, breakfast casserole, brisket, smoked chicken, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, our family favorite "Jean's beans," potato salad, deviled eggs, pimento cheese macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler.  YUM.  Oh, and I cannot forget the homemade popsicle selection - strawberry balsamic, peach, and watermelon.  Basically a pregnant girl's dream on a hot summer day!

It was such a great weekend full of much needed down time with some of my favorite people.  One definite highlight was seeing and squealing over the blankets and burp cloths my mom has been busy making for baby Betsy!  I love them so much!

And we picked up Betsy's first Beaufort Bonnet pajamas on our way out of town Friday, so we had to take those to show Mom and Mel!

We came back to Dallas on Monday the 4th and had a busy afternoon of stocking up on groceries for the week, yard work, and finally starting the overwhelming task that is putting together a baby registry.  So many options!

After a short work week, we woke up to devastating news in Dallas on Friday morning.  I was so shocked watching the scene unfold on the news last night just blocks from my office downtown.  The tragic loss of life is heartbreaking, scary, and just makes me so sad for our world.  Finding comfort in one of my favorite verses this morning - "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."  Psalm 27:13-14

Sunday, June 26, 2016

May & June

Only one month since my last post - that's an improvement!  In the last month I've continued to struggle in the picture taking department, but we've had lots of fun times with friends and family.

Mammo and Pop came to Dallas to visit us over Memorial Day Weekend, and what a weekend it was!  We went straight to Highland Park Cafeteria when they arrived on Saturday for a delicious lunch.  M&P had been there on a previous trip to Dallas, and we are so glad they introduced us to such a delightful old-school cafeteria in Dallas.  We are big cafeteria fans, and we've already been back once.

After lunch, we gave them the grand tour of our house and some of our favorite places near our neighborhood.  And we took naps!  A Saturday treat.

Austin stumbled upon an announcement of a Memorial Day concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony , which was right up M&P's alley, so we ventured out for a night of tunes.  The concert was held in a historical park near our house, and we popped in some of the historical buildings while we were waiting for the concert to start.  Mammo found an organ that was over 100 years old and even got to play it for a little while (she is a brilliant organist, so this was a treat for everyone!).

The concert ended up being SO fun and a perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day.  Mammo and Pop knew every single song that was played, and we all had a great time until my allergies got the best of me and we had to call it a night. (May in Dallas is so brutal for me - no idea why?!)

Sunday morning we all headed to church and enjoyed worshiping together and getting to introduce M&P to some of our Sunday school friends.  Knowing M&P's appreciation for good Chinese food, we knew we had to take them to a Dallas favorite, Royal China, for Sunday lunch.  We all ate so much delicious food and were completely stuffed and ready for another round of naps when we got home!

After a lazy afternoon, we capped off the night by playing Rummikub and snacking on chips and guacamole while Austin manned our fajitas on the grill.  We went the fajita bowl route and all somehow found our appetites again for supper.  We loved having Mammo and Pop here with us for a fun-filled couple of days!

Since Memorial Day we've hosted both our families for a fun gender reveal weekend (keep reading!), attended a fun wedding of some fellow Aggies in Fort Worth, and enjoyed hosting Mary Katherine for her last night in Texas before a six week mission trip to Seattle.

I totally failed to document the weekend with our families where we got to tell them that we're having a baby GIRL, but it was such a joyful time, and we cannot wait to meet baby Betsy in November!  The clothes shopping has begun, and I just can't get enough!

We laid low this weekend at home but are looking forward to celebrating all things red, white, and blue next weekend!  Fingers crossed I'll remember my camera...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

April & May (so far)

Somehow two months have flown by since I last popped in here, but lots of fun spring activities have been filling up our calendar.

Most notably in April, I hosted a baby shower for my friend Lindsay to celebrate the upcoming arrival of baby Preston.  We had a great morning with a good group of girls from our Sunday school class and several members of Lindsay's sweet family.  Everyone is so excited to meet Preston in July!  Preston has a navy, white, and gray nursery with some darling elephant touches, so we ran with that for the shower.  

homemade blueberry granola to stick with the navy color scheme

Hosting Lindsay's shower also lead me to one of my new favorite recipes - cheese straw tomato tartlets.  The quintessential summer shower food and so easy to make.  I savored every single one of those little guys that I had left over for the week following the shower!  We also had applesauce muffins, the best petit fours from Society Bakery, sugar cookies, sausage and grits casserole, and fruit salad.    

There has been quite the baby boom in our Sunday school class recently - I attended a shower at Lindsay's house for another one of our friends yesterday morning.  Such a fun season!  

We made sure to pack everything we could into the first weekend of May - celebrating my grandmother's birthday, my sister Melanie's birthday, a Kentucky Derby party, and seeing both of our families for Mother's Day.  It was a whirlwind trip across Texas but so worth it.  It was important for us to see both families in person that weekend to tell them our own big news... we are having a baby this fall!  Our families were so excited, and telling them was so so much fun!  We are all overjoyed and so very thankful.  

We went to brunch on Saturday morning to celebrate Melanie and Mammo at a super cute restaurant that is within walking distance of Clark and Melanie's house in The Woodlands.  

It was delicious and such a fun time with my family!  And apparently that was the only place I pulled out my camera that day...

After brunch I got to do a little shopping with my sisters before it was time for us to head to a fun Kentucky Derby party at some friends' house in Houston.  At the party, we found out about a few more Aggie babies coming this fall and got to catch up with some of our favorite Houston friends.  From the party, we hit the road to Austin to spend Sunday with Austin's family.  

Sunday morning we got to tell Austin's family the exciting news, then we started preparing for a big family cookout that afternoon.  We had a yummy feast of burgers, hot dogs, and everything that goes with that delicious summertime meal and got in lots of good visiting time with our Austin family. 

Since then we've been to a couples baby shower, a graduation party, hosted a cookout for some of Austin's co-workers, and had a ball sharing our baby news with friends.  This weekend we celebrated 5 years of marriage, and Austin totally outdid himself by planning a surprise staycation that resulted in the most relaxing weekend we've had in a while.  Sadly, I wasn't a very proactive picture taker this weekend, but we snapped a selfie on the way to our surprise destination and one pic of the great view from our room at the Omni.  We are looking forward to hosting my grandparents in Dallas for Memorial Day weekend, and I'm hoping to document it well for the blog!  Happy almost-summer!

(repeat performance by my favorite Saturday dress this spring -- and one of the few 
things in my closet that fits right now!!)

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!