4 1/2 days in Austin.

{And I did not take a single picture. *Shame* Instead I have borrowed from the internet to make it more colorful}

Jordan and I arrived in that beautiful city on Wednesday evening and were immediately welcomed by some of our favorites, Seth, Erin, and Tank.

Thursday we ate Torchy’s (please Midland open your arms to this place so I can have it in my life on a more consistent basis), ran around town, prepared our minds for Tenacious D, and stuffed ourselves with Homeslice.

{Hands down one of the best shows I have ever attended. Although, I feel like I say that each time I go to a new concert. One day I will rank them all, but for now The D is in my top 5. They did not disappoint, so *thank you Tenacious D}

Friday we set out for the Pedernales (one of my most favorite places in Austin) to swim and spend the day. Our day was cut short, however, due to Seth’s great fall on the rocks. The poor guy had a nasty gash in his elbow that required 4 stitches, a  much-needed trip to P. Terry’s, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Saturday was Batman day. This movie was amazing. Please go see it right away.

Sunday my lovely friend Cassie hosted brunch before we packed up to leave. {That girl can make a fritatta.} Jordan and I spent the rest of our time in Austin at Whole Foods where I tried convince myself that I could get a plant to travel safely back to Midland with me. No such luck.

We had such a wonderful 4 1/2 days and were so sad to leave. But we drove back to Midland ready for what was to come in this week…JORDAN’S FIRST WEEK OF WORK!!! Praise the Lord. I am just so proud of that husband 🙂

*Continued thank you’s and other thoughts on the weekend:
-Thank you to Seth and Erin, as always, for opening your home to us.
-Thank you to Erin for running (and walking lots) with me and still wanting to be my friend in spite of my complaining.
-Thank you to Tank for being a very persistent peeping Tom while Jordan was showering. (And to be clear, Tank is a dog.)
-Thank you to Cassie and Andrew for making us yummy food and mimosas.
-Thank you to Hannah Love for working at a place with a rocking aquarium which made me feel like I was in Romeo and Juliet when I say you on the other side of the glass.
-My heart is broken for Colorado and all that the state has gone through this summer. Lots and lots of prayers for healing.
-Thank you UTPB for giving my husband a job so that we can live in the same town again. I mean really, this is just the best.



Today I…


–Am thinking of my time in Florida, that wonderful place. The water is full or gators and manatees and the tap water smells like rotten eggs. It made this girl so relaxed  for 7 days and that was too nice.

–am still on an emotional high from Harry Potter World/Universal. Jordan received the Best Husband Ever award (see picture above) he made my inner  7-year-old self  happy, including roller coasters, chocolate frogs, Luna Lovegood’s wand, a new coffee mug from Zonkos, sweets from Honeydukes, and butterbeer just to name a few. That husband, just the greatest.

–am still feeling very brave from my Gator/Manatee Boat Tour. We did not see any manatees, sadly, but we did see enough gators to make you feel pretty uncomfortable to be in a boat. However, I have watched a lot of Swamp People in my day so I think I would have been alright if the boat had gone down.

–am beyond thankful for the time I got to spend with Jordan’s grandparents. They are some of the funniest and greatest people I have been around.

–also so thankful for my in-laws. I had such a great time with them in Florida and could not be more lucky to have married into such a kickin family.

–will be in Austin. This is trip number 1 of 2 this month to that beautiful place. Young the Giant…here we come.

–am listening to a awesome 90s Smash Hits playlist on Spotify.

Have a great weekend one and all!

Today I…

  • am just bursting with joy over the fact that my brother and sister-in-law are going to HAVE A BABY IN OCTOBER!!! I can’t even stand how excited I am for them!!! Watch out Etsy, you won’t know what hit you when I get to spending my hard-earned on beautiful things for my future lil.  
  • have a mind is full of thoughts about babies, crazy dogs, car trips and family.
  • will be in Midland in a of handful of hours.
  • am listening to Eisley and Dispatch and loving it.
  • am thinking of my upcoming trip to Florida and the amount of sundresses, TOMS, wedges, and shorts I need to pack.
  • am wearing new boots. Thank you Dillard’s for your bountiful 65% off sale which made my dream of owning Steve Madden motorcycle boots a reality.
  • am remembering this time last year I was living in Austin and preparing my mind for the chaos that is SXSW. Beautiful and stressful chaos. This was also when Cassie told me that hair feathers were unprofessional. Both a sad and true statement.
  • am wishing on every wishing stone I can find that Tenacious D will be at ACL this year since they will be at SXSW.
  • remembered why I hate Dicky’s bbq. But thanks Madewell for getting me the goods anyway.
  • have started to realize how much I rely on instant gratification. I am finding it more difficult to wait for things then I used to. I want to know now where we will be in a year, I want to know now what job Jordan will have when he graduates, I want my future lil to be here now, I want an oompa loompa now…just call me Varuca Salt.

  • am thankful for coffee on cold days and the 12 snowflakes I saw while driving to work.
  • am still so happy to have Lauren home.
  • praying hard for Tanis’ little nephew who will have kidney surgery in the next few months.
  • hope that you have a wonderful Friday, Friday!

Thankful Thursday. Thankful March.

 This is the only image I could think  of to describe just HOW EXCITED, yes I over use this word, I am about the happenings of March. What better way to depict my joy than with a dancing cupcake child?

My reasons for thankfulness are as follows:

1. One of my most favorite people in the whole WORLD is finally coming home from South Korea on Saturday!!!!!!!!! Lauren has been teaching, exploring, and instagraming for the past 3 1/2 million months in Seoul. I am so proud of her for taking this trip and for the difference she has made in the lives of those around her. My heart has been a little broken since she has been gone and I know there are so so many people who are ready for her to be home. Prayers for a safe journey!

Photobucket2. This month I will go on my first Parnell Family vacation to Florida. This will be my first time to the State of Dexter and I can hardly wait. Beaches, Grandparent time, HARRY POTTER WORLD, good food, Harry Potter World and Harry Potter World are just a few of the things that I am looking forward to while we are there. I have dreaming of going to HPW (if you will) since I first heard they were building it a couple of years ago. This photo is not far from how I looked when I watched the first promotional video of all wonders that the park would offer. I have already warned Jordan that I would probably cry when we got there. He has been informed…so that eliminates the desire to mock me right? I think so too.

3. We love St. Patrick’s Day in this family. We have decided to celebrate St. Patty’s in a big way rather than Valentine’s last month. Green>Red & Pink.

4. Jordan and I get to go to Austin TWICE this month. Count them: 1,2! We have so missed Austin and we are beyond pumped to get to be there in a few weeks. The first time is to go see Young the Giant at Stubbs with my cousin and her husband (a trip we have been looking forward to since November). The second time is for a leadership conference that Jordan is going to be a part of and I am helping set up for.

5. (This is a thankful from Lems) She gets to spend a week with my parents in Midland while we are in Florida. This means lots of outside time, wrestling with Linus and Toby, and some running around with my brother and Samantha’s dogs when they come visit. If Lems could understand what was  going on she would probably cry with joy too.
Finally, a quick shout out to last month. God has been so good to our family. His love for us has been so evident in each blessing and each trial. There is so much more that I want to tell about February, but it is still being processed. God is faithful and more than good.

Happy Thursday!

Current favorites and what I am attempting to “lent” out

–I must be in a constant state of dehydration because recently I cannot get enough water. I also like to think that I look like Jennifer Aniston when I drink Smartwater. Maybe.
–Thanks to my super Nike running band, I have happily (sometimes) re-introduced daily exercise to my life.
–It is Cuties season! YAY!! I have eaten 4 today and have orange fingers from peeling them all. Like Cheetos fingers but healthy.
–As I mentioned before, I love Essie nail polish and this color is my newest love.

This year, is the first year, that I have decided to give something up for lent. I am going with the following.
Dr. Pepper (10s included) and sweets. I am on day 1 and am already experiencing some serious cravings. There is a little bowl of Valentine’s candy that mocks me sits on my desk and I have caught myself looking at it longingly. This is the same for Dr. Pepper…

I am not sure if you are supposed to give up something that keeps you away from spirituality for lent, or just something random, but I know that it will take lots of prayer to get me through 40 days without either of these things. So I am going to say that counts.

Hope you have a great Wednesday and good luck with whatever you choose, if you do decide, to lent.

$$ Tree+Michael’s+Stolen Goods=Christmas Decor.

Christmas mash-ups. Please enjoy.

(World, meet our mantle attached to our awkward island fireplace. We also have vaulted ceilings that I am trying to figure out. How high is too high to hang something when your ceilings are so tall? This picture was also taken before we got our stockings.)

(Woa! Like magic there they are! These stockings are courtesy of Target and cost more than all my decorations combined. I am all over the place when it comes to decorating and I figured my plan for Christmas decor would change from year to year, so these big red socks -a baby one for Lems- were a must have.)


(One reason I was so excited to find these apothecary jars at goodwill -back when we lived in Austin- was for the day that I could put Christmas ornaments in them. Everyone did it so I figured it would be a thrill. Meh, it was OK. I think I need to add more to the big jar. Maybe next year. My bird-cage -from Ross- is filled with white poinsettia toppers. The “garland” on the mantel is made from greenery I stole from the front of our street and the white leaves are from a candle holder from Michael’s. Oh! And the gold and silver stuff in the smaller jar are also candle holders from Michael’s.)

(Our tree! I plug it in as often as I can. I love this little baby. My wonderful sister-in-law gave this to us last year. With our fireplace being in the middle of the room it was weird trying to figure out where this dang tree was going to go. So we pushed it in the corner by the couch. Hoorah! My after Christmas goal is to find a tree topper and a tree skirt.)

(You were probably thinking to yourself, “What is behind the awkward fireplace island?” Well wonder no longer. Garnished with more stolen greenery, my Santa (which my sweet dad gave me last year -pictured below-) fits nicely.)

(And finally, or first depending on how you look at it, is our front door wreath. My crafty supreme mother-in-law and I created these from Pinterest. Fancy fancy.)
 I am kind of in love with my house and am sad that I can’t keep these decorations up all year.

Bottom line: I think Christmas decor should reflect you, your style and your memories.

“It does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.” -The Nester


Let’s pretend we are at Thai Pepper.

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other night and just had to try it out.

It is called Easy Pad Thai, and it did not too long to convince Jordan and I that we needed to try it ourselves. Here is the site if you would like directions. True to the name, it really was pretty quick to prepare. Maybe 15 minutes?

The only variation that we made was more brown sugar than it had been originally called for and we let them fry-up a little longer in the skillet. Other than that, we were pretty impressed with ourselves. We also listened to Thai music on Spotify while eating. I think it made it taste better.

 Word to the wise from the unwise: Make enough for both of you to have leftovers. If not then a sneaky battle for those precious last noodles will take place.