Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Weekend Visitors

We loved having my in-laws in town visiting us this weekend.  They came on a very appropriate weekend seeing as how our Sunday School lesson at church was about dealing with your in-laws!  Seriously – how funny is that?  Lucky for me, I love my in-laws and I’m so thankful for our relationship. 

They made an early morning drive to Dallas from Austin on Saturday, and we kicked off our Dallas day of fun with muffins and coffee at our apartment.  A trip to the Dallas Farmer’s Market followed – love that place, especially on the weekend.  We all stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies – red and green tomatoes, watermelon, squash, and several other summer favorites. 

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Our next stop was the Dallas Museum of Art, which really is a great asset of our city – and free to visitors!  I’m not exactly what one would call “into” art, but I did enjoy ambling around in the AC and checking out all that the museum had to offer. 

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We grabbed a quick lunch at Highland Park Soda Fountain after our museum stop, and then we popped into some of the cute shops on Knox.  I discovered a gem of a shop – Betty Lou Boutique, and I can’t wait to go back.  And what would a proper trip to Dallas be if it didn’t include North Park?  Austin and his Dad had to run an errand over near Fort Worth, so we killed a little time at the mall (with about a million other people). 

An executive decision was made that we needed to freshen up and rest before our dinner reservation at Royal China, so I took a delightful little nap on Saturday afternoon.  We reconvened for dinner and very much enjoyed our meal.  My in-laws are Chinese food connoisseurs, so we were hoping that Royal China would live up to its hype, and I think it definitely did!  We left absolutely stuffed, but not quite stuffed enough to skip out on dessert – pie at Emporium Pies in Bishop Arts.

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The epic line out the front door proved to be well worth the wait.  Between the six of us there, I think we sampled just about every pie on the menu, and we loved every bite.  A few rounds of Catchphrase ensued when we rolled ourselves home – always a fun way to end a night!

Sunday morning we were thrilled to have everyone visit our Sunday School class with us and get to show them the new parts of our church that just recently opened (how many times am I going to blog about that fountain?  I just can’t stop taking pictures of it!). 

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Sunday lunch was chicken pot pie, butter beans with my mom’s amazing tomato relish, and fruit salad (from Saturday’s trip to the Farmer’s Market!).  Yum.  Our visitors hit the road to head home after lunch, and I hit my napping spot for my second glorious nap of the weekend.  We can’t wait until next time!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

5 on Friday

The stars have finally aligned and I’m actually getting this post up on Friday unlike the past two weeks.  I’m excited to be linking up at A. Liz Adventures today!  PTL it is Friday and the weekend is in sight.     

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This crew is coming our way for the weekend (except for Courtney & Tyler – we’ll miss them!) and I can’t wait for them to get here!  We have a fun filled weekend planned here in the big D.  We’ll be stopping by the Farmer’s Market, possibly some kayaking at White Rock Lake, lunch at a fun spot, and dinner at a Dallas favorite for Chinese food that Austin has been dying to try.  My in-laws have quite a fondness for Asian food, so who better to take with us?! 

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Prince George.  I’m still obsessed.  One of the highlights of my week was following along with all the media coverage of his birth.  It took me back to my days in law school following the royal wedding with my sweet friend Rebecca!  I just love the pageantry and the fanfare surrounding the royals.  (pic source)

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I haven’t sat down for a thorough read of my new Southern Living yet, but I absolutely love everything about the 2013 idea house in Nashville.  If you follow me on Pinterest, get ready because I’m about to go on a tear pinning every room in this house!

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I recently rediscovered the Dallas Public Library after too long of a hiatus.  The library and summer go hand in hand for me, and I have great memories of frequent library visits in the summers when I was little.  I’m currently reading The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie.  It is the fascinating story of the infamous trial lawyer from Mississippi, Dickie Scruggs.

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We have been dabbling in looking for a house to move into this fall when our lease is up at our current apartment.  Zillow and Trulia are our two new favorite apps.  This is both stressful and exciting!  I’m just praying that the timing works out and we are able to have a smooth transition and find a house that will be a good fit for us for the next few years.

Happy Happy Friday, friends!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lately

We’re coming off the heels of a busy week and weekend but looking forward to the week ahead that promises to be a little bit more open. 

Last week we were excited to attend A&M Coach’s Night in Dallas put on by the Dallas A&M Club.  Austin has attended the past two years as well, but this year there was an extra seat at the table for me!  It was fun to run into some people that I hadn’t seen since college who are in the Dallas area.  Coach Gary Blair and Coach Sumlin both spoke at the event, and I have to say it got our house even more excited for football season, if that was possible for Austin.

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Our softball game was cancelled on Friday night due to rain, and I wasn’t terribly disappointed about it.  I had a provisional retreat for the Junior League all day Saturday, so having the extra down time on Friday night was a welcome treat!  The retreat was super fun and informative, and I’m really excited about some of the girls I got to meet as well as what is to come this year.  We played lots of “get to know you” games, and I am such a sucker for those, so I loved every minute of that.   

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We kept up with our first week of training, and my legs are SORE.  I can tell that we are going to have to be super diligent about stretching and maybe even icing our knees.  This week we are going to run 3 days instead of 4, so we’ll see if that helps.  I’ve really got to be intentional with my time in the evenings now for things like blogging because all this running in the morning doesn’t leave time for much else. 

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The week caught up with me on Sunday after church and I took a glorious nap and followed it up with a delightful cup of tea.  It was such a relaxing afternoon and just what I needed before the start of another week.  I checked Twitter like a madwoman all weekend just waiting and waiting (with the rest of the world, it seems) for the royal baby.  Then what do I see when I check Twitter this morning?  So excited! 

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Hurry up little royal baby! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Let the Training Begin

Yesterday morning Austin and I started our “training” for our 20K race coming up in September.  I am pretty proud of the fact that we did our first four mile training run in the rain!  I got some new running shoes on Sunday after church, and I think they made it just a little easier to head out the door early Monday morning. 

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Our plan is to build up to five miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then to slowly increase our mileage on a longer run over the weekend.  We’ll eventually work up to an eleven mile run, then have a few shorter runs leading up to race weekend.  I like having the runs scheduled out and knowing that we are actually working towards a goal.  Hopefully we’ll stay motivated for all of the 5am runs to come between now and September! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Six on Saturday

I so badly wanted to join the fun of the popular 5 on Friday linkup that is going around blog-land yesterday, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  I’m a day late but thought I’d at least get up the post I had intended for yesterday with a little lagniappe since it’s the weekend.  Here are six things making me happy these days.   

1. Pretty rose that I spotted last weekend at Mom & Dad’s.

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2. A precious tea toy (no idea what this is really called) and tea from Valencia Spain! 

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3. Books from the library in Dallas and the library of Dad. 

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4. My new Honey Bee Tee!  So comfy and cute – Mom, Mary Katherine, and I all got pocket tees.  It is my new Saturday uniform. 

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5. The unintentional Junior League cookbook collection I have going on my kitchen counter.  Now I clearly need to add a Dallas edition to that stack. 

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6. A little breakfast visitor.  This little guy visited us on our patio breakfasts in Charleston and looking at the picture and remembering our fun vacay makes me smile. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cards at Mom’s

One of my favorite parts of our recent visit to east Texas was an afternoon spent making cards with my Mom.  My love for this activity is well documented on this blog, and we were thrilled to squeeze in some card time last week.  Mom has so many fun stamps and papers and crafty gadgets that I don’t have (yet), so it was fun for me to play around with her supplies and for her to get to use some of mine.

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red + pink cherry cards are summery and fun

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We stocked up on some birthday cards to have on hand…

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I think this last one is my very favorite of the day.  The stamp we used on that one is probably my all time fave stamp ever. 

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Now we both have a little stockpile of cards to use over the next few months! 

Speaking of crafting, I am insanely jealous of my mom and my sister right now.  My sister just got her first job as a teacher, and she and my mom have been working on her classroom all week.  They are making the CUTEST bulletin boards and classroom decorations.  Why did I choose a career that has NO opportunity for crafts again?!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Favorite Place With My Favorite People

We just returned from a wonderful and much needed trip to east Texas to visit my family.  It was glorious to be at home with them for the long holiday weekend!  It had been far too long since we’d all been together at home, and I loved every second of it.  We ate what seemed like mountains of food, played games, sat on the porch, and Mom and I even got in a little card making time. 

We drove in on Thursday morning and arrived to everyone decked out in their red white and blue. 

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We entertained ourselves with pictures in the front yard for a while as we patiently waited for the feast that was our lunch.  I managed to take a picture of the deviled eggs and some festive desserts, but everything else was devoured much too quickly.  We ate on the barbequed chicken, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, and potato salad for days.  Gosh it was good!

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Thursday night ended with what is probably my favorite card game ever – Shanghi.  We also managed to play Apples to Apples, Trivial Pursuit, and several other card games – oh and rousing games of badminton in the yard every night!  Due to Austin’s sloth like pace at Scrabble, Mom fell asleep waiting for him to play (literally), so we did not get very far into our attempted Scrabble game.

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We spent lots of time on the back porch with this delightful view enjoying the peace and quiet that you can only really appreciate after living in Dallas for two years. I became mildly obsessed with the new blue ceilings of the porches…

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We even broke out the julep cups for our iced tea during porch time one evening.  Austin and I are both now also obsessed with getting some of our own.   

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The lemon tree in the backyard was bursting with lemons.  Despite their lime-like appearance now, they will turn into lemons eventually.  Aren’t they pretty?

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Austin requested shrimp and grits for dinner one night while we were there.  Mom’s S&G is his absolute favorite – he wouldn’t even order it anywhere in Charleston because he loves hers so much.  She fixed it on Saturday night, and it was delicious as always. 

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He rounded off supper that night with a peach ice cream cone.  Between Dad, Austin, and my sister’s boyfriend, Clark, there were QUITE a few cones consumed while we were there.  We had some ice cream lovers in the house.   

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We went to church this morning and enjoyed our standard roast and rice and gravy for lunch before heading north to Dallas.  I already can’t wait to go back.  Being there is such a refreshing change of pace from our life in Dallas, and I love every moment that I get to spend with my family! 

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