August 19, 2014

finding a pot of gold

When we went on our anniversary trip, I found this little gem of a planter hiding in the bottom of a big hutch full of dishes at Anthropologie:


At $14, it was far less per lb. than every other Anthro item ;), and the gold one I found is the perfect shade {it seems a little more muted than the pictures, actually} so I thought it would be a fun souvenir of our 12th anniversary. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it in our house:


I think it would make a beautiful plant holder too, if I get tired of using it as a utensil holder. :D


You can barely see it here, but hey- my last utensil holder was a pot too. :)


I didn't end up finding anything else at Anthro, but I was quite happy with my big ole gold pot-turned-utensil-holder souvenir. :D 

Do you ever use any unexpected items in everyday life? 
I also use the silverware drawer for holding every random piece of junk in my house until it overflows and I can't see the forks if that counts...heheheh! 

August 18, 2014

our week in pics: getaways, tornado meal-prepping, and it's happening again

Oh, the crazy fun of summer! Can I admit that I've been sleeping in this summer, and it's been wonderful? I feel like a new person when I sleep 8-9 hours a night. The baby still wakes up a couple of times at night, but with the extra hours in the morning I've been making up for the last year of lost time. :)

We have some exciting things happening at our house, so our days have been full to the brim. {I can't wait to tell you soon!} I haven't even had a chance to tell you yet, but we celebrated our 12th anniversary with a weekend away in Dallas:


My awesome dad kept the kids and I enjoyed waffles not made by me. ;)


We did take the munchkin along with us, and if you were wondering what hotel breakfast with a little is like, I snagged a pic for you:


I have a good man, because he took one for the team and fed him while I enjoyed this:


Good times. :) And you know any weekend at a metroplex is sure to include a trip to Anthro:


I didn't find much I needed there, but I did end up with one cool, very inexpensive-for-anthropologie thing I'll show you soon! :)


For the first time in I can't remember, we got dressed up for a date! :)


I really need to branch out more, but the heart wants what it wants. ;)


We might be a little predictable, but hey- we did try two new things. Did you know gas station fudge can be amazing?


I would have never thought. And we already know Restoration Hardware is pretty amazing itself:






All kinds of eye candy there. That place is something else. :) I have never liked so much extremely expensive furniture at one time! ;) {Which reminds me of something else I want to tell you soon!}.

My feet were back on the ground last week with a birthday, grocery shopping, and getting back in the saddle with cooking:


Last night was a late night flurry of trying to cook this week's meals in advance:


I made dinner last night, and got this ready for the week:


And speaking of getting back in the saddle...last week, these came in the mail:


Once we the rest of the girls' books arrive, I suppose we'll dig in. :) I can't say that I'm ready, but the kids are! They've already arranged their desks, plugged in their computers, and can't wait to start. :)

As for me, I'm still going to enjoy every minute of sleeping in that I can. :)


How was your week/weekend??


Are you back to school yet?


Ever tried something from a gas station that you never thought you would love? :D

August 13, 2014

happy 1st birthday Zane! {a year in pics}

My baby is one year old today! I can't believe it.

It's been a long and a short year all at the same time. But I feel like the one year mark came out of nowhere! :) I am so thankful for our little Zane Danial. He is indeed God's gracious gift to our little family. I can't imagine our life without him! :) 

This might be the most pictures I've ever had in a post, but that's okay. :D I am reliving his first year today. {*big mama sniffle*}

One year ago last night, I looked like this- so ready for a baby to come, but not betting on labor coming EVER at 10 days overdue:


And then much to our surprise, he was born only five hours after that picture! {birth story part 1, and 2!}


At 10 lbs. and 22.5 inches, he was the biggest and longest baby I've ever had:




Even at 10 lbs and 3 days old, he looked so tiny then:


He loved, loved, loved bath time {and still does!}. Fitting since he was born in the water! :P


Yeah that's right:


That paci strap is the first one we've ever had and I have three words: best invention ever.


Oh, and his mama loves him so.


The littlest two:

Oh the faces we've seen:



And his sisters are like his little mamas too:


But he always loves his daddy to hold him:


We think they look alike as babies:




First time in the walker:


First sandbox:


This is the first Sophie we've ever bought:


The first time he wore tennis shoes:


His first vacation- he loved it! ;)


But he's not so sure about his sisters feeding him:




Crawling somewhere around 8 months:


Baby peek-a-boo is the BEST:



First time he met a celebrity and pulled her hair:


First bookshelf mess:


We think he may have a sense of humor. :)


He's gone on every date with us since he was born:


He's all over the place now, and loves to make messes faster than his combat mama can catch him. He's like a ninja:


Stop it. This baby looks too old already:


Toddlerhood, this mama isn't ready for you yet:





Best mohawk ever:


And oh those teeth are so cute, but they were a bear coming in for weeks. He does not like teething.


But he loves to eat. :D


At this rate, it won't be long before he's driving. :)


That baby is so very loved. :)

Happy birthday Zaner- we love you so much and are so blessed to have been given a year with you!! :)
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