Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Recap

We hit the ground running in 2016 and have been the best kind of busy so far this month.  We rang in the new year in east Texas with three other couples and a weekend full of games that had us all laughing until we cried, duck hunting for the guys, an abundance of food, a NYE bonfire, and potato cannon adventures.  The next two weekends took us to Austin and San Antonio for weddings.  And most recently, my precious Jackson friend Rebecca came to Dallas for a visit.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is in full swing, and we had a fun night at the rodeo for "Bulls Night Out" last week with Matthew and Mallory.  We met for burgers at Rodeo Goat beforehand - so good!

As I was transferring pictures from my memory card, I came across my most recent favorite house update - these feather prints I stumbled upon at Target (where else?!).  Not the best pic, but I'm sure Mom wants to see where we hung them :).

And my favorite indulgence of 2016 so far - keeping greenery (usually eucalyptus) all over the house, especially on our hutch.  Not sure I ever blogged about this beauty joining us, but I finally unpacked my china and several other wedding gifts in October when we got this little guy.  So glad to have a great spot for these pretties!  Only 4.5 years after our wedding...

My friend Rebecca is so good about making sure to take pictures when we're together, so thanks to her I had enough pictures to put together a blog post.  Shortly after I moved to Jackson for law school, I met Eleanor, Cam, and Rebecca at my wonderful church home there - First Baptist Jackson. Cam and I both moved to Texas in 2011, and Eleanor moved here in 2015, so Rebecca had three great reasons for a Dallas trip this weekend - and it was Eleanor's birthday!  It was such a wonderful weekend getting to catch up with some of my favorite people.

I hosted Eleanor and Rebecca for brunch on Saturday morning before a day of leisurely popping into shops all over Dallas.  Rebecca came bearing gifts - the 2016 Mississippi Wedding Register, which I started flipping through today after church.  She knows me so well!  On the brunch menu: lemon and orange scones, fruit salad, sausage and grits casserole, and baked french toast.  Santa tucked that little nest charm for my Nora Fleming platter in my stocking, and I've just been dying to use it.

Austin brought home some pretty pink tulips for me on Friday night, and they were the perfect simple centerpiece for our brunch.  Had to use the McCarty vase for my Mississippi friends!

Cam joined us for Eleanor's birthday dinner Saturday night at Public School 214 followed by Paciugo gelato.  I loved my time with these three so much!  Lots of laughs when we're together.  

Today we had a great morning at church, I took a delightful Sunday afternoon nap, caught up on some housework, Austin built me a cozy fire, and it's almost time for Downton Abbey - pretty perfect Sunday in my book!