Monday, September 5, 2016

Coffee + good conversation.

I was just telling Trey how incredibly hard it is to come by people who will sit and have a decent conversation and cup of coffee with you. Usually at some point, I notice words lessen and I feel this urgency to bring up literally anything that will liven the conversation again. Have you ever thought reminiscing over old events makes for scintillating talk? I always think so, but then I leave feeling like a different person and not in a good way. Like whoa who was that girl and when did she decide to revert back about 10  years? 

I can appreciate when I leave a meeting (casual or otherwise) feeling uplifted and ready to take on tasks and goals. Trey and I agreed a few weeks ago we had that. 

We talked career goals, eating habits, church and family. I can't even tell you how happy I went home that evening. It made me feel so happy to know people that just want to pour their souls into the world and turn it into something better than they found it. Sometimes I think I'm just giving life my day-to-day efforts and I go to sleep thinking that's not quite enough. I'm somewhat content with that and other days I'm ready to get up and make changes. I guess it's still a take it 'one day at a time' kind of thing. 

I hope you can find someone like that for you - sincerest apologies if I haven't been that person for you lately. I hope you can come here and feel inspired, maybe even over a cup of some really decent coffee. 

Thanks for being loyal and hearing me out. 
Might make some major blog changes and you might not actually be typing in this domain anymore. Who knows? 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stories & a wedding.

Molly and Frankie finally got married. Y'all they got engaged 47 years ago and finally tied the knot. It was such a long process that I had to make myself be patient for but really I just wanted to hurry up and just make them say 'I do'. 

I'm trying to do the photos that I actually remembered to take in sequence of how they happened but I'm actually afraid that the only pre-wedding picture I took was of the awful shellac that happened on my fingernails. I actually wanted to have them re-done before the wedding but talked myself out of it because, yeah, $45

I wish I were a more prepared person. I'm just not. However, I am working on that (2016 goals..) That being said, I got my nails done on the way to the wedding two days before and the spray tan that night we arrived in town. Geez, when I type it, it does sound ridiculously unprepared. I have never had a spray tan before and I was a little leery about that but guys.. it's not so bad. Other than the smell you have to endure for the next 24 hours - it just isn't that bad. 
Etsy shirts that Molly had made for bridesmaids.
Molly must have wanted this room where we got ceremony-ready rearranged four separate times. It was the cutest room. Everything she had set up around the space where our dresses were hanging made me wish I would've brought my big girl camera to just document it all. When I don't have that thing in hand, I am just not conscious enough with my iPhone to have it out and snapping photos. Oh, well. What I got will just have to do!
Frankie's cake topper, ha!
Obviously not the most flattering picture of me - but it's the only one with both of my parents. They're so beautiful I just love them so much. (Also, please note my platform-style shoes - gold was SO hard to find for me)

Side story about my shoes: aside from being literally 90% off at Kohl's (wowza, right?!) they were super comfortable and definitely a pair of shoes I plan on putting with jeans. I rolled my ankle that morning setting up the patio for the wedding dance area and I was trying my best to put on a major brave face and not hobble everywhere. These shoes were a lifesaver. I was so happy that I bought them. 
Molly insisted we take a picture of our shoes. 
She actually had some super cute blue suede ones from Sole Society but these were her 'run out' shoes. 
Trey's aunt took this photo and it's about the only one I have with his family.

The wedding was beautiful and busy and made me cry at least three times. I'm so happy for Frankie & Molly as this has been the longest time coming, ever! 

Congrats, again! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Food + anniversary + beach.

Happy Sunday, all!
This post is going to be food filled (I'm kind of thinking that's usually what the blog is about) because I just couldn't get over the few places we've been in the last few months that kind of had me wishing I had both places in daily reach. This is the slight downside of living in an incredibly small town where you're, to your disadvantage, a couple of miles away from things like McDonalds and Taco Bell.

Abi-Haus is one of my favorite little downtown places to eat. A friend took me a few years ago and even though it was my one experience, it made a huge impact. I know, you're thinking 'Does food really make that big of an impact on your everyday life?' The answer is yes, yes it does. 

Anyhow, I always told Trey I would take him for a brunch or a long-lasting dinner soon but we never really got around to it (busy schedules and all). He tried to take me for my birthday last year but I was really sick and I just didn't want the place to get ruined because I knew I wouldn't be able to enjoy it. I have that in my head - if I'm sick, I somehow won't get the full affect. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but that's how I feel. That being said, we finally got the chance last month and Trey mm'd and ahhhh'd over a burger and fries. I had just about the best lemonade I've ever had in my entire life and that evening we chatted over our happy lives and I felt so full to the brim with all things good by the time we left. It was such a great date. 
Our anniversary was last weekend and we trekked our way to Fort Worth for the day, all that way to enjoy Thirteen Pies - which ranks 1st in our pizza loving lives (you should know Grimaldi's takes close 2nd and California Pizza Kitchen at 3rd). We enjoyed each other so much. The day was filled with coffees, walking around, smoothies, good music and finally this ^ heaven sent pizza. Five years with Trey feels so perfect. We've grown so much together and I'm so incredibly happy in the place we're in. 


I felt the need to put that in bold. Last summer we went to Florida to relax on the beach and next month we're getting the chance again but only on a Texas beach. We're so excited to have a few days to close our eyes and listen to the waters. I've been busy looking online for swimwear, beachwear, yummy places to eat and doing my best to find all of the old school road jams we can't get enough of. I'm so looking forward to this time away from work and the mundane of everyday for some serenity and major relaxation. 

I hope your week is fantastic!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

15 til midnight kind of post.

Hello all,

I'm typing as quietly as I can while I listen to Alba push her metal bowl around the kitchen, the dryer (loudly) drying our towels and Trey next to me on the bed asleep - mildly snoring. Not even 30 minutes ago I was sitting on our little red love seat, snuggled next to him while we watched a 90's man movie that I'm too afraid to tell you the title of in fear that I'll be judged for not having watched it yet.. Alright, it's "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and I'm just as ashamed as you are. 

I'm mentally going over my day and thankful again and again for it, though it was simple and a little painful.

I worked this morning (the one Saturday a month we have to work) and had lunch with Trey and another trooper, having gone into hour #2 with a killer headache. I came home to a house that I swore all week long I would clean and no it never got cleaned, not one single night of the week. I had lunch, drove home where I laid on the couch and tried to sleep away that savage of a headache. I must've slept four solid hours before Trey came home from work and did his best to comfort me. I really wanted to cry. This headache had completely taken over my body today and I was so frustrated that it stole my Saturday. 

Trey could see that I was pretty worn and took me to a simple dinner, just us two. We walked around for a few minutes afterward, stopped by a homemade ice-cream place and then drove around and window shopped for houses to buy. Being Trey, our last stop was getting my car washed before I leave tomorrow to see my parents and my niece and nephew. If you should know anything about Trey, it's that he loves our vehicles to be clean. 

Once home, we cleaned and listened to music and it was one of the best evenings I've had in awhile. I miss him so very much when he's away. Our schedules are rarely the same and it's a treat when he's home and on days where we can enjoy the evenings together.

I seldom write posts where I give a detailed play-by-play (I love saying that because it reminds me of 13 Going on 30) of my day, but I felt today was special. The only radical event that happened was that Alba chewed her own favorite toy and then realized that might have actually been a bad idea when she didn't get to take it to sleep with her. Sigh. I guess I will have to buy her another tomorrow. 

I'm thankful my family is happy and healthy and that I got another day with them. I am truly a lucky woman.

Happy weekend, my friends! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mae for a few days.

Hey y'all,

How's your week been? Mine has been so much fun. My sis has been needing some rest, so this week I got to pick up Lyric (Mae) and spend some time with her. 

I don't know how all other mama's and papa's do it at their home but here there's aunt and uncle with full time jobs and a lot of trading and bouncing time around to spend with our little niece. Trey has gotten Mae in the mornings and after my lunch break, I get her at work for a few hours and then the whole evening. It's been so much fun as Mae is finally around the age where we can have full conversations and I understand exactly what she needs. I struggled in the beginning because I'm very much a person who needs communication and little babes can't exactly give you full sentences to say what they need. 

In the mornings, Trey has taken Mae to places like the car wash for my car (yikes, I know, but she thinks it's fun), the store to get stuff for our grass/yard that needs some extra loving before Summer comes and of course so Mae could get her and her brother some toys and a get herself a bathing suit - because, hello, it's April! :| LOL and then to trek on to get our lunches both days. Tomorrow morning Uncle Trey is off and he and Mae plan on going golfing. She's had an eventful week! 

While at work with me, she gets offered lots of lollipops from my co-workers and she gets to watch her Aunt Ru count money and type a lot on the computer ;) and she just sits and listens on her headphones to barbie movies on Netflix while maybe eating some strawberries or peaches. Also, we've become obsessed with peach Snapple at our house so that's also something else she's been trying while with us. 

I wish there was more we got to do together but mostly she just plays with Alba (errr, I use 'play' lightly because Alba is still a puppy and all you puppy owners know exactly what that means. Lots of noooo and stoooooppp is being thrown around. But mostly it's just a lot of love exchange. She snacks in the evenings and watches lots of cartoons and we just chit-chat until bed. I will miss her when she leaves me tomorrow but I'm so happy I got a few days with her. 

The above picture is just me documenting one of her favorite things: our shower ;) I sneak in and listen while she talks to her Peppa Pig toys and Alba just stands guard outside the door while I do things like laundry and dishes from lunchtime. I love that I get this time with Lyric before she's too big and would rather hang out with friends than family. I love her so, so much.

I hope your Wednesday has been as busy and fun as mine!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Buzzfeed recipes + Alba.

Hey everyone!

I keep trying to be more conscious of this little ole blog of mine and when I saw my laptop sitting so lonely on my nightstand, I knew there was something I could share, even if it was extremely random. 

Trey and I are kind of getting a kick out of these Buzzfeed recipe videos that are literally meal instructions in a minute or two. We feel so confident that we can make those meals and while sometimes we don ourselves having failed another perfectly videoed recipe, we have successful nights where we have easily and efficiently created one of the meals. 

Pictured above is one of those meals. I look back and realized all I did to help was pour flour and bread crumbs into the bowls for Trey (he's magic to watch while he cooks, truly) I still was so impressed that it really was as fast as the video had mentioned. 

*Sometimes we notice these videos leave out the ample amount of time you should be leaving the recipes including meat in the oven.. you really want to get that chicken cooked, guys*

We mmm'd and said yum maybe 15 times each during this dinner and we were so happy with the outcome. I love these nights with Trey. They seem so few and far between but they're still very special to me. 

Also wanted to mention in this post how much we love Alba. She was so hard to handle for me at first. She has such a playful personality and she's still considerably rambunctious for a little german shep but we adore her. She's my protector at home and my best bud while out on warm weather walks. I missed her this past weekend when we had to board her at the vet and it was heartbreaking to spend three nights away from her. I never realized just how quiet the house is when she's gone. 

She's grown so much and I'm so thankful she was the pick of the litter for us. 

Happy Wednesday, all!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Where to begin?


I can't even believe it's almost April. I keep seeing everyone post that on social media and it's so true. I legitimately counted down the months until Christmas even though this on again off again cold weather is killing me just because it seems even closer in reach than I could've thought. 

Right now I will focus on how happy Spring is making me. I haven't been sick with allergy junk, thankfully! I've been enjoying the cool breeze on warmer days and praying the colder ones stay away. I truly don't think I was made for any form of Winter. I'm urging Summer to make an appearance but in Texas that means welcoming 100 degree heat and I'm not so sure I'm ready for that either. 

I haven't broke out the ol MacBook in awhile which undoubtedly means I haven't been blogging. I keep apologizing to you but I never keep it consistent. I'm trying to find motivation to just grab my camera after work and head outside to snap a shot of literally anything but I have just about enough motivation to mop my floors and feed the dog. Okay, maybe a little more than that but it feels like just barely anything. 

I was talking today to a friend about planting flowers and I'm just not sure Alba is at the age where this might be okay. She was never a chewer but we haven't experimented with flowers just yet *I typically kill them within the first week is also another reason* but since the house is gray and the walls are a neutral tan/brown - I'm thinking it's high time. 

Other than my obsession with getting the house decorated (just hung my pots/pans peg board and a sign that says, "I love you like biscuits and gravy") there's not been much happening around this household. 

Okay, I'm off to take pictures of West Texas and play with the pup. Tacos for dinner ;)

Happy Tuesday!