Monday, April 17, 2017

{Easter & Life Lately}

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  I enjoyed my extra day off, but man did it fly by!!  I have concluded that between work, committees I am involved in, etc - April is by far my busiest month of the year.  Seriously, I think I have something almost every day, night & weekend.  

Here's a quick recap of the past week!

Last Tuesday, Amy, Khloe, Mason & I went to the A&M baseball game.  After a rainy day, the sun came out & it ended up being a really pretty evening.
On Wednesday, Nola spent the day at doggy daycare.  It was their Easter party...can't you tell she's thrilled?!  I am pretty sure she hates me sometimes for what I put her through. =)
I spent Good Friday working in the yard & around the house most of the day.  I had several spots in my yard die so I am working on replacing St. Augustine.  I power washed the house & porch and starting repainting my outdoor chairs.  Needless to say, I was wiped by Friday night!  Saturday we spent the day at Colby & Jodie's celebrating her birthday & Easter with her family.  And y'all - I stepped up my cookie game this time...check them out!!  I was pretty proud...that cookie class we took in December is really paying off. =)
Sunday we went to sunrise service at church {we have it outside in the garden}.  Candlelight Christmas Eve service is my absolute favorite, but this is a close second. 
I came home & went back to bed a for a while & then got up and made homemade donuts!  Not that I needed them {no, I didn't eat them all!!}, but it was something fun to do on a special day.
Sunday evening I headed out to my grandma's, complete with our annual baseball game, walk & egg hunt.
Needless to say, by this morning - this is how Nola & I both were feeling:
{this was actually her on Sunday afternoon while I was washing sheets}
And now it's Monday & here we go again...hope it's a great one!

Friday, April 7, 2017

{Friday Favorites}

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

This little guy is definitely one of my favorites.  I mean seriously y'all, how cute is he?!
These 2 girls are also my favorites.  Nola is terrified of riding in the car, but once we get to the ballpark {to watch my nephew play} - she LOVES all the attention {& snow cones} she gets.
Girl's nights that involve my favorite ladies & my favorite margaritas are definitely my favorite!  Y'all, if you have never tried a margarita with a shot of amaretto -  try it!!  It's DELICIOUS!!
My deck mini-makeover is definitely my favorite!  When I first moved into my house, I thought I wanted to add "color" to my decor so I did lots of navy...including navy patio cushions with aqua accents. Well, let's face it, I am a black & white girl so I sold everything on a local garage sale website & got all new and I am in LOVE with this corner.  I still want to add some patio lights, but it's definitely my new favorite spot!
Speaking of my deck mini-makeover, I shared this pic on my Instagram feed {you can follow me here} & tagged Target {because that's where the rug, pillows & throw are from} & y'all - they asked to share my pic on some of their social media & started following cool is that?! =)

Those are my Friday Favorites!  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Monday, March 27, 2017

{Weekend Recap}

I am either:
a. still recovering from the time change a few weeks ago.
b. too dang old.

Cause y'all - it's Monday evening & I could seriously go to be at 7:00.  This weekend wiped me out!  Here's a quick recap!

When I got off work on Friday, I stopped by to get some baby snuggles because it had been 2 whole days since I had seen him!!  Isn't he the cutest ever?! 
Saturday morning I got up early & headed out to the antique festival in Round Top/Warrenton.  It had rained quite a bit on Friday so it was a muddy mess.  After about 2 1/2 hours, I called it a day & headed home.  But, it's always fun to look around & I did score a few favorite being the wooden cathedral window for my bathroom {I am tossing around the idea of redoing my master this might be a start!}.
Once back in Brenham, I hit up Lowes for a few plants.  I have been in the process of giving my deck a "mini-makeover" since all of my potted plants froze this past winter.  I was also tired of the navy blue patio cushions so I put everything on Varagesale, sold it & used the money to buy new ones.  I absolutely LOVE it now!  Back to simple black & white...which is my all time fav!
One thing that I absolutely loved about our trip to Magnolia Market last year was all of their planters so I decided to replicate them.  They don't look exactly the same because mine aren't near as large & have a lot of growing to do...but I LOVE how they turned out.  
Saturday evening we headed to the lake to celebrate my cousin Kelli's 30th birthday!  It was a gorgeous night for sure!
Sunday was church, the grocery store, and yard work {& a few more baby snuggles...I can't help it! He's too darn cute!}  By yesterday evening, I'm pretty sure Nola was counting down the minutes to bedtime.
The next 3 weeks are crazy busy with work & life...but that's what keeps it interesting, right?! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

{Baby Bo}

Happy Tuesday & 2nd day of Spring!  I'm a day late with my weekend recap, but I was getting some baby holding time in last night! =)

Yep!  Baby Bo made his debut late Friday night.  I was working the visitor center at work on Friday morning when I got this text from Colby:
A quick little schedule rearranging and Mom, Dad & I were headed to College Station.  It took a little longer than expected, but everyone was able to make it there before he arrived {including Corey, Amanda & the kiddos who had flown in from Australia that afternoon!}.
At 11:20, sweet 7lb. 13oz. Bo Jeffrey Finke arrived!  And he is perfect. 
After getting home around 2am, Amy, Khloe & I got up early Saturday morning and make a quick trip to Ikea.  
We headed back for more baby snuggles Saturday & Sunday evening and by Monday morning, this was Nola & I's thoughts on having to get up...
Bo is seriously the sweetest & cutest!  Can't wait to spoil him {hey...that's what aunts are for!!}.  Congrats again Colby & Jodie!

Monday, March 13, 2017

{Weekend Recap}

Happy Monday & welcome back "winter"!  Okay, not really "real" winter...but we did drop to the highs in the 50's yesterday.  And that's about the best we have done all year.    I had a long to do list of things I wanted to get accomplished this weekend & well, Mother Nature had other ideas.  It rained off & on most of Friday & Saturday and Sunday was cold & wet. But, despite it all - I was determined to at least check off a few things. 

Most of my list involved outdoor stuff so in between rain showers, I headed outside.  My backyard is one big, boring open space so I have been wanting to add a few flower beds, redo the area on my deck, etc.  

I still have a few things left to do (like power wash the house) & the plants have LOTS of growing to do...but I love how they turned out.  Now if I can just keep a certain 4 legged yellow lab from digging them up...

I also repainted my back door {from aqua to black}...
Gave all my patio furniture a fresh coat of paint...
And got new cushions!  I'm still waiting on new pillows & a rug to come in from Target.
Needless to say, by last night - Nola & I were both wiped out.  I've lived in my house for over 2 1/2 years & have never used my soaker tub...but last night I did & it was HEAVENLY!!  What was I thinking not using it all these year?!
Nola woke up this morning like this... {clearly in denial that we aren't on Spring Break}
And I woke up to this... {a dead battery}
No fun Spring Break plans for me...only work & more work.  Saw this the other day & oh, so true!  Good thing I am least trying to make it "pretty".  =)
Have a great week & hope your Spring Break is more exciting than mine!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

{Life Lately}

Happy March friends!  So, the hearts came down and the Easter bunnies are going up.  Temps have been staying in the upper 70's - upper 80's so I am pretty certain we can officially say winter is over.  Some people still say we will have one more freezer before Easter...but I'm not holding my breath!

I turned 38 last Thursday & in honor of my birthday, I took the day off on the Tuesday before & had a "me" day!  Y'all, they are seriously the best.  I headed down to Houston early that morning {by myself} & spent the day going to all my favorite stores.  I didn't buy a lot, but it was so nice to just look around & not have to deal with the traffic & crowds that you deal with on the weekend.  I stopped in at Kendra Scott & got my 1/2 price birthday month pair of earrings & had lunch at one of my favs - Chick Fil A.  I was back in town by 5:00 to get a much overdue cut & color.  
Thursday was my actual birthday so I got up early & made a few breakfast treats for everyone at work.  My mom surprised me with a balloon & flowers, and I also got wine & bbq sauce. =)
That night, my family & I went out to dinner...all 22 of us!
Friday evening my favorite girlie came to spend the night with me.  She ended up staying until Sunday and Nola was in HEAVEN!  We played lots of card games, made homemade donuts on Saturday morning & spent Saturday evening with Amy & Khloe.
Sunday was spent mowing, cleaning out flower beds & mulching.   
And that's life lately!



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