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!  

Waco Girls' Weekend

Last winter, Mom, Melanie, Mary Katherine, and I started a tradition of getting together for a little girls' weekend.  Our first installment was in Dallas, which was basically a staycation for me, but this year we all met in Waco in February for a Magnolia-filled weekend.  Mary Katherine has a friend from Pine Cove who is a student at Baylor, and she gave us some great recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Friday afternoon when we all made it to Waco, we headed to this darling village just outside of town called Homestead Heritage and checked out the cutest cheese shop before an early supper at Cafe Homestead.  We started with a cheese tray featuring all homemade cheeses and homemade sorghum syrup - it was so delicious! 

After supper we headed to Target and had so much fun walking up and down almost every aisle, picking up birthday gifts for our Pop for his 80th birthday bash (post on that to come!).  There was a whole lot of squealing, and we ended up with a buggy full of birthday gifts and adorable Easter decorations.  I immediately put out all my Easter finds as soon as I got back to Dallas because Easter is my absolute favorite holiday, and I am all about having Easter decorations up for at least a month. 

I am a topiary fanatic, so the egg topiary is probably my favorite thing ever.  And I promptly popped some spring flowers in that white vase on my table = so many heart eye emojis.

Getting back to Waco -- after our Target extravaganza, we decided to call it a night and go to sleep early before our big day on Saturday.  To kick off Saturday, we had a great breakfast at Lula Jane's - baked oatmeal for Mary Katherine, breakfast pie for the rest of us, and coffee/tea for everyone.    

Our next stop and the real motivation for our Waco trip was, of course, Magnolia Market!  It was absolutely adorable, and we made sure to squeal over every single item there.  Melanie and I picked up a few things for our houses, and we all enjoyed walking around the cute garden, seeing the food trucks, and plenty of photo-ops.    

The rest of our Saturday included popping into some other fun shops and boutiques, mostly at a fun, warehouse-type area in Waco called Spice Village.  We grabbed lunch at one of our favorites, Newk's, and then relaxed/napped a little bit that afternoon.  Saturday night, we went to a local Italian joint for supper and then went for a little walk after stuffing ourselves with pasta.  Sunday morning we all hit the road early to head home after a wonderful, fun-filled girls' weekend.  We're already scheming about where we should go next year!