Tuesday, October 10, 2017

{Knock, Knock...Who's Still There?}

Oh my goodness!  Somehow almost an entire month has passed since I blogged last.  Seriously y'all, life if flying by way too fast these days.  Slow the heck down already!!  While this time of the year is my absolute favorite, it's also be busiest.  So, here's what's been happening in my life lately...

I got up early one Saturday morning & headed out to Round Top/Warrenton to do a little shopping.  I came home with an old sled {it's never too early to start thinking Christmas decor!} & a few other goodies.
I went to our local county fair.  The headliner Saturday night was Dwight Yoakam & I so I had to go!  But one night was more than enough...I'm too old to hang with the young folks! =)
I've gotten to babysit these cuties a few times.
I hosted our 4th annual Ralston Creek National Night Out at my house.  We had about 60 people there!  It rained off & on all night, but that didn't stop anyone from having a great time!
I went to our homecoming parade.
 
And had a garage sale at my house {the last 3 things all in the SAME WEEK...what was I thinking?!}
I decorated for Halloween.
And had my fall tablescape featured in an online magazine.  How cool is that?!
Got stuck in traffic on 290 for almost 3 hours one Saturday due to a 13 car pileup.
Had a girl's night with the ladies at work.
And finally, planned our Florida road trip which we leave for on Thursday!!  I absolutely cannot wait!
So there you have it!  Everything I have been up to the past month.  Man, makes me kinda tired just recalling it all!  But, I absolutely love it & wouldn't have it any other way!  Like I said, we leave on Thursday morning for Florida & I'll be back next week with a recap!

Happy Fall Y'all!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

{Life Lately}

Happy middle of September!  Seriously y'all...how the heck did that happen?  September - December is my absolute favorite time of year....so can we slow down already?!  I want to enjoy every single second of it!

So here's what has been going on in my life lately...

About 3 months ago, I jumped in head first into the Instagram world.  I have had my account for over a year, but never really did much with it.  I decided in June to really work on promoting it & it's been such a whirlwind.  I went from 500 followers to over 5500.  I have met so many incredible people who I know call friends & have had to opportunity to work with a few companies.  I have even been featured on Kirkland's & Pier One!  It's time consuming & a little stressful at times...but it's been so much fun!
I've been decorating for Fall!  And once again, Target knocked it out of the park with their Dollar Spot.  Seriously, it's my favorite place to shop!!
Speaking of Fall, we had out first cold front!  That combined with 2 hurricanes, we have had a very pleasant September.  It's been wonderful & felt like real Fall!  Unfortunately the warm temps & humidity are returning this week.
Aggie football returned!  I am not going to say a whole lot about that other than it's going to be a VERY long season.  Again. Ugh.
High school football returned...there's nothing quite like Friday night lights!  And Mason started playing 7th grade football on Tuesday nights.
I got to keep this little cutie a few times & Morgan had a sleepover!
I got a new car...
And broke it in the next day by buying a couch & love seat at Ikea...and fitting it all inside.  I didn't think it would fit but it did!!
Speaking of  - here is my little mini living room makeover!  Y'all - I LOVE it!
So there you have it!  A little glimpse into what's been going on in my life!  Real exciting, huh? =)  The antique festival starts this weekend in Warrenton so I may run out there.  And it might be the last game the Aggies when all year so I'll be watching that.  Other than that - it's life as usual!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, September 1, 2017

{Hurricane Harvey}

Wow!  What a crazy week it has been.  As you all know, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast last Friday night as a category 4 storm.  And y'all, the devastation is unfathomable. I can't stop watching the news & my heart just breaks for those poor people.  So many people have lost everything.  Everything.  

I wasn't even aware that there was a storm in the Gulf last week...and I think a lot of other people didn't know about it either!  It went from a small tropical storm to a category 2 hurricane over night.  It wasn't until the chatter started on Thursday that I realized I might need to prepare for this thing!  I went to the grocery store that night & found this...
Seriously, there was not one loaf of bread left on the shelves.  Our town was sold out of batteries, flashlights, bread, milk...it was crazy!  The rain started around 8:00pm Friday night here...and didn't stop until Monday night. Not kidding.  Thankfully it was slow & steady here so there was no flooding & very little damage.
But unfortunately those along the coast & in Houston were not as fortunate.  Harvey hit Rockport as a category 4 hurricane Friday night around 10pm causing massive destruction.  
Nola didn't take well to not being able to walk for 4 days.  Seriously y'all, I think she had a little doggy depression!  
And the potty struggle was really real....
By mid-morning Saturday, we had a small break in the rain so I made a quick trip to Sherwin Williams to get paint for my guest bedroom {& a stop at Sonic for a Diet Coke}.  I have to admit, I was getting a little bored too.  I had already baked brownies & blueberry muffins and made soup.  Once I got home, the rain started again so I spent the afternoon painting & watching the news.
 
By Saturday afternoon & evening, the news coming out of Houston was horrifying.  The flooding down there was unprecedented.  Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday was spent rescuing people by boat & helicopter.  I have never seen anything like it or so much water in my life.  Literally the entire city of Houston was under water.  We are talking in excess of 50" of rain!
By Monday evening - the rain slowed, the sun came out & the most gorgeous double rainbow appeared over the Houston/coastal area.  His promise of better days ahead.  And Nola finally got to go on a walk!!  I had one HAPPY dog!
 
But the number one thing this storm did was restore my faith in humanity. Y'all, you wouldn't believe how heartwarming it was to see everyone helping each other.  The city of Houston was overwhelmed so they put out a call for anyone with a boat to come help...and people came from all over the United States.  People spent 24 hours out there without sleeping or eating rescuing people from their homes.  The response for donations and money has been overwhelming.  Y'all - Texas represented & showed the rest of America just how it's done.  Most definitely made me proud to be a Texan.
I couldn't go down there & rescue people out of the water but I went this week & bought all sorts of supplies to donate.  It's the least I can do & it makes my heart feel good to help in any way that I can. We don't have a shelter here, but we are a designated "pass through" community. Given our proximity to the Houston area, we do have lots of folks staying here in hotels & with friends/family.  We also are going to be the hub for the National Guard.  

It's been almost one week since the storm hit & they are still rescuing people from high water areas due to reservoir & river flooding.  People have slowly started to return to some areas & have started the cleanup process.  It's going to take a long, long time no doubt.  

Here's to a WAY less eventful weekend than the last...and the official kickoff to Fall!

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!!

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