Monday, August 21, 2017

{Life Lately}

Oh my goodness.  Where do I begin?!  So a month has passed since I blogged last & we are nearing the end of August.  School as started back & the Texas summer is in full swing.  I am so ready for cooler weather & all that it brings.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! 

Speaking of fall, call me crazy, but YES!! I started decorating.  I'm not quite finished but I want to enjoy it as long as possible.
Nola and I are both totally over the heat.  Y'all - it's miserable.  We haven't had rain in over a month & temps are averaging near 100 daily.  You literally sweat walking to the car.  We still try to walk every night & clearly Nola's favorite part is swimming in the creek on the way home.
I got to pick up this little cutie from daycare one day, as well as keep him a few evenings.  Seriously y'all, he is so darn cute & has the absolute best personality.
Mom & I went shopping in Houston last weekend {tax free weekend of all things}.  On a whim, I sold my living room furniture so now I am in the market for a new set.  I am thinking this one from Ikea?! Y'all, I absolutely love Ikea.  That is all. =)
I also went granite shopping with Amanda & the kiddos for their new house...
One evening I pretended it wasn't August & 105 degrees outside and had chili for supper & wine by the fire pit {unlit of course...because hello!  I would have died of a heatstroke}.
And thankfully today, we all survived the solar eclipse.  Gotta admit - it was kinda cool to see!
And I've mentioned this before but about 2 months ago, I joined a "newbie" group on Instagram .  I have had an account for my blog/decorating for over a year, but it never really grew.  It just kinda sat stationary with my 500 followers.  Well now, I'm up to over 3000...I'm hosting weekly hashtags, decor trains & giveaways.  It's been so much fun & I've met so many incredible ladies, but MAN!!  It is t-i-m-e c-o-n-s-u-m-i-n-g.  I lay in bed most nights until midnight liking & responding to comments...but it's definitely a good problem to have!  Can't wait to see where this little adventure takes me.
So until I learn to manage my time a little better - this is Nola & I most nights...
Happy Monday & Have a great week friends!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

{Yes, I'm Still Alive}

Hi, my name is Casey and I have sucked at blogging lately.  I have thought about it, but to be honest - that's as far as it has gotten; it has always taken the back burner.  Y'all, not gonna lie - life has been c-r-a-z-y this past month.  

Around  mid-June, I received a promotion at work & started training the first of July.  I kept a majority of my old job responsibilities & am training someone to take over a few of them so Monday - Friday, 8-5 is flying by!  

Also in June, I embarked on growing my Instagram account.  I joined a "newbie group" and we went thru several weeks of training.  I have connected with some pretty amazing ladies & y'all - it's been a pretty wild ride.  I have gone from posting an occasional photo with just a few hundred followers to almost 1900 followers, hosting hashtags & being asked to collaborate with businesses. It's been so much fun & I can't wait to see what's to come!  You can follow me here.
Speaking of decorating, I did a little mini-makeover in my breakfast room.  I painted my table, got a new rug & chairs and am changing the decor up a little.  So far I am loving how it is turning out.
I took a day off the other week & kept sweet baby Bo.  Y'all, he is seriously the cutest & the sweetest.  I had to so much fun with him.  I mean - just look at him?!
Other than that, I honestly haven't been up to a whole lot!  Nola & I are both so over the heat.  Seriously y'all, it's HOT.  We have to wait until after 7pm to walk & even then it's still 95+.  We do about half of our normal walk & Nola's about to die. Often times I think I might have to carry her back!
Speaking of Nola, I had a little dog-mom panic attack the other night.  She went outside to potty around 9pm & came back in a few minutes later with a red, swollen eye that she was clawing to death.  I called the vet & he told me to wash it out the best i could with contact solution and to give her Benedryl.  I still don't know what exactly happened, but thankfully she was back to herself by the next morning.  
And I'll end with this....we have a relatively new BBQ place in town & they have a little dish that's not on the menu but I have heard is amazing - mac & cheese with chopped brisket & bbq sauce on top.  We went to lunch there the other day & I tried it and y'all - best.thing.ever!!  It was so good...don't knock it til you try it so if you are ever in town - go to LJ's BBQ & get it!!
I'll try to get back to blogging more regularly but can't make any promises.  July is almost over & I consider August the "unofficial" start to the pumpkins will be going up soon!  =)  Football is about to start and we are only a few short weeks away from the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy {almost end to} Summer, friends! =)

Monday, July 10, 2017

{Life Lately}

Happy Monday, friends!  We are 1/3 of the way thru July & summer is in full force here!  It's hot & dry...and yes - I am still counting down the days to fall.  I consider August the "unofficial" start to fall so only a few more weeks...and those pumpkins just might start going up.  =)

Speaking of pumpkins...remember my pumpkin patch I wanted to grow?  Well, the seeds sprouted & I've got some beautiful vines & flowers...but no pumpkins.  =(  Unfortunately it doesn't seem that I have a single bee within a 20 mile vicinity of my house.  I have tried pollinating them myself, but so far - no luck.  Any suggestions as to how to attract bees?!  I have blooming plants near them & have even gone so far as to sit an open Coke out there in hopes of attracting them.  

It didn't work.  Y'all - I just want ONE pumpkin to grow.  One...and I would be thrilled.  I'm not giving up hope yet, but it's not looking so good.

So, besides mating pumpkins & sweating to death, here's what else I have been up to lately!

Last time I blogged, I told you about all the babies that were born!  Kelly & I went up last Monday & visited Carol & sweet baby Megan.  So fun to add another girl to our group!
Fourth of July wasn't too exciting.  In the end I just stayed home & it wasn't so bad.  I caught up on a few things, cooked supper & watched fireworks on tv...not quite the same, but I can tell you I was way cooler in my house than those people outside.  Nola wasn't too impressed.  
Mason's All Stars team kicked off the next tournament on Wednesday.  Unfortunately back to back loses eliminated them & ended the season.  Certainly nothing to be ashamed of...they had a great year!
Saturday I spent some time with this little guy...seriously y'all - is he not the cutest thing ever?!
Sunday I played hookie from church & was feeling really guilty about it.  Just before lunch, Nola was outside barking & so I went outside to check and noticed smoke coming from my next door neighbor's deck (her backyard backs up to my side yard).  I tried to look through the fence to see what was going on, but it was hard to tell.  I only saw smoke, no flames.  I have never met this neighbor so I didn't want to appear to be a crazy, nosey neighbor.  I gave it about 10 minutes & went back out to check. Still smoke & this time I saw flames.  So I went inside & put on clothes (I was still in my pj's) and walked over.  I knocked on the door, introduced myself & explained what I saw.  Unfortunately the lady that lives there is legally blind & so she was unaware of what was going on.  We went outside & sure enough, the corner of her deck was on fire.  I grabbed the water hose & we got it put out. Her daughter had been outside earlier that morning to smoke & she had put her cigarette in a plastic potted plant.  Unfortunately something ignited & it started smoking, melting & eventually a fire.  It burned thru the deck in one area.  Thankfully I was in the right place at the right time because a little more time & it could have been a very bad thank goodness I hadn't gone to church that morning.   About 2 hours later, there was a knock at my door & they delivered these.  I certainly didn't expect anything in return but it was super sweet of them.
I ended the weekend by making semi-homemade pizza!  I have never made it before, but it was fun, tasty & I'll definitely do it again!  Maybe a little chicken Alfredo & spinach next time?!
Have a great week everyone!
{anyone else as excited as me about Christmas in July on the Hallmark Channel starting this weekend?!}

Monday, July 3, 2017

{Baseball, Babies & Birthdays}

Happy Monday & {almost} 4th of July!  This summer is flying by, which honestly I am not too upset about.  Y'all - it's HOT & I am over summer already.  I am so ready for fall & football!  But, for now - it's baseball, babies & birthdays!  This past week was crazy to say the least!

After a couple of rain delays, Mason's All Star team finally got to play the championship game Tuesday night...and they won!  They now start the next round this week.
I decided to take a few days off & I began Thursday by heading to College Station to photograph the birth of my cousin Amy's baby - Addie Lynn.  She arrived around 3:30 that afternoon & is as cute as can be!  Can't wait to spoil her!
I spent most of Friday mowing my yard & cleaning my filthy house.  Y'all, I was embarrassed because it was so bad.  We went to supper Friday night to celebrate my mom's birthday & then Morgan had a sleepover.
Saturday was more cleaning followed by celebrating Mason's birthday Saturday night.  Sunday -  Carol, Kelly & I went to lunch once last time before Carol had the baby {she was scheduled to be induced Thursday}.  We left around 2:15 & we got a text later that afternoon that her water broke around 3:30!  At 10:16 last night, sweet Megan Adelaide was born.  Kelly & I are headed up this evening to meet her...can't wait!

Today it's back to work & then off tomorrow...I could get used to this!
Happy 4th of July, friends!

Friday, June 23, 2017

{Friday Favorites}

Happy Friday!! Today I am linking up with Andrea, Erika & Narci and sharing some of my favorites!

Slumber parties with this girl are my favorite {& Nola's too!}.
Celebrating the upcoming arrival of my cousin's baby - Addie Lynn!  Can't wait to meet her next week.  All these new babies are definitely a favorite.
Blessing my brother & sister-in-law's new house with messages was so fun last Sunday & definitely a favorite!  Some friends & I did this at my house and it's so neat knowing those messages of love & friendship are tucked behind the walls.
Baseball, baseball & more baseball! My nephew is playing All Stars right now so most evenings have been spent at the ballpark.  Watching him play is definitely a favorite!
Girl's nights that involve a happy hour & trip to Target are my most favorite of all! =)
We had a small tropical storm make landfall near the border of Texas & Louisiana this week.  Unfortunately no rain for us, but the sunsets this week have definitely been a favorite!
And of course, what would a post be without my FAVORITE dog in the whole world?!  Seriously y'all - does she have the life or what?!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 16, 2017

{Life Lately}

So I missed my {last} weekend recap so I figured I would do a life lately post! =)  

Happy Friday, friends!  Summer is in full swing here in Texas{even though its not even official yet}...and it's HOT!  I am counting down the days til our first cold front.  No matter what you do to try & convince me - I will never like summer. 

Anyway, here is what I have been up to...a little of life lately!

Last Friday, Nola & I watched the Aggies blow a 6-0 lead - only to have the game tied up & go into 15 innings.  Thankfully they won & are now headed to the College World Series & they play this weekend!  Whoop!
Saturday we celebrated Morgan's birthday with fajitas at Corey & Amanda's.
Sunday was the Blue Bell picnic.  I helped so I was there from 9am - about a LONG day!  But it was a fiesta theme & so much fun!
Sunday evening was Khloe's birthday party at the Aquatic Center.  I didn't swim, but the weather was nice & it was so relaxing just sitting there & doing nothing after a busy day.
The rest of this week was work, meetings, & mowing the yard.  It took me 2 nights because I nearly died after mowing half.  This weekend kicks off All-Stars for Mason so hopefully we will be spending the next few weeks at the ballpark!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 5, 2017

{Sleepovers, Dance Recitals & RAIN!}

Happy Monday friends!  Is it just me or do those things come WAY too quick?!  It's like - Friday at 5:00, blink, Monday at 8:00.  It was another busy weekend...& I'm thinking it might take me a few days to recover from this one! =)

Friday I left work a little early & headed out to Silver Wings for Morgan's birthday skating party.  No, I did not skate as I am certain that would end with a broken something.  This is the only picture I got...didn't even get one of the birthday girl!
Saturday morning, Colby & Jodie brought Bo over for his first sleepover!  Jodie heads back to work next week so they wanted to go on one last little over night trip.
The house was definitely in full-on baby mode. =)
He is such a sweet, happy little guy & we had the best time with him!  Morgan came over & spent the night as well to help out and he absolutely loved her...we got the biggest smiles!
I was most worried about sleeping Saturday night.  Bo slept like a champ; he went to bed at 11:00, woke up at 5:00 for a bottle & went back to sleep until 8:30.  I, on the other hand, was worried to death about him so I slept very little.  I am a worry wart...what can I say {proof here by the number of alarm clocks I set to wake up & check on him. ha!}.
Based on his smiles Sunday morning, I think he had a great time at his first sleepover at Aunt Casey's!
Nola wasn't sure what to think.  She spent most of Saturday either outside or in my room since we had so many people coming & going.  Sunday, since it was just Morgan, Bo & I, I let her in.  She sniffed him once & then didn't go near him again. She either laid on the porch or in the corner of the yard like she was scared of him.  Last night after everyone left and it was just her & I - she wouldn't leave my side.  Jealous much?! =)
Saturday afternoon, mom & dad came to town and watched Bo while Morgan & I went to Khloe & Lilly's dance recital.
And, thankfully after several weeks of no rain, we got a really nice rain yesterday afternoon.  Nola & I took advantage of the stormy weather & got in a really nice nap. =)
This week is the Maifest wrap-up meeting & dinner, as well as more birthday parties & the Blue Bell picnic.  June is shaping up to be another crazy busy month....such is life I guess!
Have a great week & gig'em Aggies!  BTHO UofH!



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