Archive of ‘General’ category

Magnolia Market

This Friday we went to Magnolia Market for Spring at the Silos.  It was packed busy, but a lot of fun.   My mom went with us and ended up surprising me with a few small things for the kitchen.  The kids loved the swing and the food trucks but we didn’t have a chance to hit the bakery because the line was around 2 hours long.



At the end of the day, we headed back to the parking lot, only to meet up with Chip Gaines for a photo! He was so kind and happy to take a photo with us and introduced himself to each of the kids.  We are already planning our next trip back without kids!

Here we go!

This week I announced that I will be leaving my business of Newborn Photography behind, and moving into this school year with my focus on my children. We will officially be homeschooling both B and L for this year for 3rd and 6th grades.  I’m so excited for what is to come, but I’m also really excited to try and start blogging more often.
We have so much exciting stuff happening in our family…. and I hope to get better about chronicling it all here. I hope you’ll follow along <3

Family at Movies

L’s 6th Birthday Celebration

Another late post….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday with a gymnastics themed party.
She invited many of her friends from school to come enjoy cupcakes and trampoline time with her.

One of the favors at the party was a Gold Gymnastics Medal.

After the party, we came home to open presents and write Thank You Cards. Miss L made out like a bandit on Birthday Gifts!!





I was a bad photographer Mommy and didn’t get good photos of the detail things ahead of time… but each girl got a Gymnastics Medal from Amazon, a set of ribbon wands that we made, and their cupcake toppers and water bottle labels were made by L and I.

L’s Birthday Surprise

Another late posting….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday.  The first surprise she woke up to was a room full of balloons, which flooded her entire bedroom floor.

Once of the pink balloons had a small surprise in it waiting for her… She just had to find which one! She went to work shaking every pink balloon until she found the right one.

After which, her and her brother promptly herded all of the balloons into one corner of her room and proceeded to leap into them, often getting nearly buried.
Notice L’s feet sticking out of the balloons in the photo above. 😉

The static made her hair a mess for the 3 days following, during which she insisted we keep the balloons around.


Later that morning, she got all dolled up for school, including wearing a light up sash that read Birthday Girl.





It’s Icemageddon!

On Thursday night, a storm blew into North Texas that resulted in one heck of an ice storm.  Dallas and Fort Worth were covered by up to 1.5 inches of ice – not snow, ice – on Thursday night, resulting in most schools closing on Friday.
The kids were stoked to have a snow day, so we made sure to go out and place in the “snow” a bit.

Since it was actually all ice, we had to hop around a bit to break it up, making it able to be picked up and played with.

IMG_0550 IMG_0539Even Mia got to go out and enjoy the cold weather with us!

IMG_0547The kids had fun breaking the icicles off the fence, collecting frozen leaves, and making ice-angels.

IMG_0649 IMG_0607 IMG_0601 IMG_0592 IMG_0575 IMG_0573 IMG_0531After we were sufficiently frozen, we ran back inside to warm up by the fire, then decided to do some unplanned for smores. And by unplanned for, I mean unprepared for. We used mini marshmallows (meant for Hot Cocoa), and Nature Valley Granola Thins with Chocolate. Hey, man… You work with what you’ve got!

IMG_0619 IMG_0617
A few hours later, we headed out for round two, and Brendan promptly knocked a huge icicle down off the back porch, which the kids just HAD to eat.

IMG_0627 IMG_0631 IMG_0634 IMG_0637
The only downside to this gnarly Texas weather was that Patrick, of course, still had to work today.  Which means he had to weather the nasty roads – and inexperienced drivers – for his normally 30 minute drive to work.  Luckily once he got there, he was good to go for 8 hours, but that puts him leaving work after the sun has been set for a while, temperatures have had a chance to drop significantly, and ice has been given time to re-form. Oh goody.

Overall, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed – and put to good use – our Snow Day. Tomorrow morning, it’s Christmas tree time!


Beginning of a long process

Well, the time has finally come for us to buy our first home together.
We’ve spent the last almost-six-months scrimping and saving so that we would be in a better position to buy at the end of the year and what do you know? It’s the end of the year!
We got everything set with our pre-approval this week, and now it’s on to finding houses to look at. Unfortunately, this is a TERRIBLE time of the year to be looking. Plenty of buyers are out there, evidently, but very few sellers, which means that out of the 15 or so houses on the market that fit into our price/requirements (ie: 4 bedrooms, geographical location, etc), once we rule out ones with low rated schools or non existent yards, we have (literally) 3 to look at.


So those three addresses have been forwarded back to our realtor to set up appointments to go see, and we hope to have news of an offer in the next few weeks! That’s not to say we will for sure decide on one of these, or that we might not add in other options as we go along, but as of today, this is what we are looking at for the moment.  So please cross your fingers, say a prayer, or do a happy dance – whatever floats your boat – that we are able to find the right home and community for our family!


Here we go…

A long time ago, I used to blog.

About crafts, home renovations, my kids… all of it.

Then my life changed. I got divorced, had to go back to work, and move out on my own. And blogging wasn’t as urgent as it had once seemed.
Since then, life has changed again. I’ve met a wonderful man to share my life with, and I’ve expanded my little family by two; my new husband and the daughter that he brought into ours lives.
Now we are beginning our life together, and beginning to build our families homestead. And suddenly I am crafting, and planning for renovations, and finding the energy and drive to post about my kids lives again.

I tried to start blogging again a few months ago, but couldn’t seem to find the right platform for it… and who knows… maybe even this one won’t stick, but lets hope for the best.

Right now, our family is in a moment of transition. My husband is recently discharged from the military due to injuries/disabilities he sustained on his last deployment – the one during which we were simply pen pals. While going through the process of determining his retirement and disability details, we’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to live with my family. But the time has come, he’s moved onto the next chapter of his life with a new job, and now our wedding is behind us… So we start our house-hunt. We have spent the last 2 months laying the ground work for finding a home at the end of 2013, so we hope to have updates about moving and decorating, and finding our footing as a new family of 5 to share before too long.

In the meantime, I’ll try to keep you occupied with the general musings of life with our crazy little family… and lots of pictures, because I simply can’t help myself when it comes to pictures.