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!!)