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 🙂

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*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.

 

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On living back at home.

(Well I am official and have an iphone quality badge to prove it. I do feel invincible with this pass though. You show me a door I can’t wave my way into and I will prove you wrong.)

Sunday afternoon Jordan and I drove our little cars to Midland so I could start my new job the next morning…and then he went back to Lubbock. We are learning to master the living apart thing, as well as the moving a lot…thing. (I need to work on my vocabulary skills.)

At the moment our home dynamic is rare consisting of my parents, brother, sister-in-law, unborn niece, 4 dogs and me. We, and many other people who we told of this living arrangement, were worried. Luckily, E! or A&E would be disappointed if they came to record our reality and for that I am so thankful. Normal is perfect. On a note of thankfulness, Ry and Samantha are finally having luck in the home market! So fingers crossed and prayers said for them.

As for me, I will be squatting with my parents until Jordan and Lemon get here…so thank you Midland for the welcome back. You have been good to me so far.

Happy Wednesday and may your towns be treating you pretty nice as well.

Welcome April.

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I have never experienced a month go by so quickly as I did with March. Mercy! It seems like just yesterday I was sharing the goodness that was to be happening that month and it is now over. March was wonderful and exhausting. Jordan and I traveled non stop, spent time with some of our most favorite people, watched live music, ran in our first 10K with my cousin and uncle (this was a spontaneous event that we loved/regretted around mile 4 and the next day. A side note for the photos above: I took the first two from the website so they are blurry. But it is good enough quality to prove that we did it ), got to meet some great people at the Texas Student Leadership Forum this weekend, and ended the weekend with our 2 year engagaversary (a word I have stolen from my adorable friend Courtney.)

I have always loved April (Easter, Reese’s Eggs, pastels, best friend and family birthdays…)and have come up with a few goals for the month:

–Celebrate my sweet cousin Bill’s 5th birthday (mind blown at this fact!) and Uncle Forrest’s 50th! They have the same birthday and I can think of no better way to celebrate the lives of these top-notch Weavers. It is also my best friend, Letice’s birthday! Cake all around!

–Spring cleaning. Nothing in particular, just cleaning. Maybe I will even paint a chair or two in the dining area. I would also love to get a few things hung in the bedroom.

–This may sound selfish, but I want to try to take more time for myself. Whether that is training for a half marathon (My cousin and I are shooting for one in October), doing yoga in the morning, or just taking Lemon on more walks I have been really needing time to just clear my head and unwind the constant questions surrounding the future.

–Read the Hunger Games. Cliche` but yes.

–Figure out what to do with the danged vase and apothecary jars on my fire-place. We are in a love hate relationship at the moment.

I hope you are having a wonderful monday! In honor of Jordan getting us tickets to see Tenacious D this summer I leave you with Jack Black:

 

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!

Over the weekend and a re-do.

This weekend was fantastic. We had pancakes, cleaned, hung some of our framed work {freakin finally}, slept, watched lots of Dexter with Sammy, and discovered my new favorite place to buy bread {Fuddruckers}.


(Our Dexter season 1 and 5 screen prints {Jordan’s wedding and birthday gifts} are finally hung above my favorite flower couch. They are in two different frames which I would like to change eventually so they look more even. Other than that I am just glad to not have them sitting on the floor anymore. Hoorah!!)


(My new lamp from Letice. I added the framed chandelier to the inside of the shade to add a little something extra. My mom says it is romantic, so I will consider that an A+.)


(Pardon the quality, all of these were taken with my phone. We put these up this weekend as well, all are screen prints of shows that we have been to together. There is one missing that we still need framed and my sweet momma is recovering all my green pillows, so technically this area is thrown under the label of “Home Goals 2012.”)

The area across from the couch is where the re-do comes in for our entertainment center. This piece was originally my parents dresser {over 30 years old} and they gave it to us when they moved.
Before:


(Oh details galore.)
During:


(Jordan working hard…and for days.)

After:


(Yay for blue with a little yellow door! Sorry again for such a terrible picture I will get better ones with an actual camera soon. I am so in love with this thing, and the bike pic above, and that Psych is on Netflix.)

More of the house soon to come! Hope you have a great Monday.

$$ 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

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Thankful thanksgiving.

I love thanksgiving.

For the past 3 years I have been able to take part in a wonderful Parnell tradition. Super Thanksgiving with the Crawfords and their family/extended family (Super is not part of the actual title, but I feel it is appropriate considering how many people are there. And in fact each of them are super.) I love this family, I love that I they are so welcoming to newbies in their home, I love that we sing before we feast, I love when their Gran makes her way to the living-room to cheer on her Cowboys,  I love all the sweaty headed babies that run around, I love how happy this tradition makes my husband, I love the abundance of food there is to enjoy (oh, and seconds/thirds/fourths.)

I am thankful for my in-laws and being continually welcomed into this extended family.

Later that evening we were invited to spend some of the holiday with Jordan’s good friend JC, his wife Karissa, and his family. His family is the epitome of  the word hospitality. I was so happy to eat an amazing Filipino noodle dish (Pancit) that I can’t get enough of and getting a hug from his sweet Lola.

We are thankful to have friends like JC and Karissa.

Friday morning we left for Midland to see my family and my parent’s new house. They just moved in about a week ago and I could not be more happy for them. They love the new space and my mom is being super spoiled by her humango bathroom and closet (and their garbage disposal and dishwasher, which they are still deciding if they will make use of these two things or not.) This was also a great  trip for Lems because she got to spend time with her cousins Squints and Joey. These three looked ready for Christmas in their sweaters and onesie PJs (complete with a butt flap.) My parents also gave us some of their old furniture to re-create and make our own (along with an old typewriter, roller skates, and a Vacancy sign. Jordan was in Heaven. I am so glad that we have the same taste in vintage pieces.)

I love my family and am beyond thankful to call them mine.

Lastly, in exactly 4 days Jordan will be home for good! Yay husband!

I am thankful for my out of this world best-friend-British-Guard-impersinating-husband.

~HAPPY DECEMBER TO YOU ALL!!~