October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween '12

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you all have/had a fun day with lots of candy! Here are some photos of my cute Pocahontas. xo


October 29, 2012

check out this cute fam...

over HERE! xo



HAPPY 36TH BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!!! I love you and your birthday, Adam.:)


October 25, 2012

this crazy time

Well, its been crazy around here that's for sure. We've pretty much had something every night for I don't know how long but I feel like we've managed to keep our heads above water and have a good handle on things (B may disagree with me here, esp since I forgot to put her library book in her backpack for library day -oops!). All in all, we're trucking along! Tonight Brennan is cheering at her school's football game, she has been going to "cheer camp" this week so it will be fun to watch her out there on the field!

My sister comes into town this weekend! She hasn't been to Waco so it will be fun to show her around and give her a glimpse into our lives here. Sunday she heads out and we head to Austin to have our family photos taken and to get a yummy dinner to celebrate Adam's birthday! Adam turns 36 on Monday so of course his yellow cake with cream cheese frosting is on the agenda. :) Its going to be a busy but fun weekend, looking forward to it! Brennan turns 6 next week so I've my work cut out for me! As always, taking a deep breath and diving in!

If the ol' blog is quiet for the next week, know that I'm in survival mode! But keep checking in, I'm hoping to have a few things blogged! I will leave you with a sneak peek from this fun mini session, more to come! xo


October 24, 2012

mi casa this week

I loooooved mi casa this week! We're at the point in the semester where my darlings are getting super busy and super stressed out so its a rare week when they can all make it. This week almost everyone was here and it was so fun! I loved having all of my sweet peas under my roof carving pumpkins, eating ice cream sundaes, toasting pumpkin seeds, and playing games! Here is a peek at our Tuesday night....

(side note: WHAT am I going to do when they all graduate?!!!! I really cannot even stand the thought!!)


October 23, 2012

sweet Enid....

....is being blogged over HERE today, check it out! xo


October 21, 2012


That's how I feel like this weekend went, whoosh and its over! Friday night we had Brennan's fall festival at school (we tried numerous times to win the cake walk, but to no avail), Saturday we drove about an hour south and went to the pumpkin patch. B painted a pumpkin, took a pony ride, and fed some goats! Then we drove to the UMHB homecoming football game to root on the crusaders! Adam had lots of students who were playing in the game so it was fun to cheer them on! We then drove back home where I frantically cooked this pumpkin goat cheese risotto to take to my friends "Pumplefest" party. Each year my friend Kristen hosts this get together where each person in attendance brings something they made, either with pumpkin or apple in it. At the end of the night everyone votes for their favorite and then 2 winners are crowned! This year I won the pumpkin competition! Woot! (I may or may not have worn my crown all night. :) Today my mi casa was in charge of helping to make church happen so we were the last to leave as we were washing/putting away all the coffee mugs. I had a couple mini sessions tonight and later we're heading over to British Jon's house for a little get together. Needless to say, I'm wiped! All fun things, just busy! Monday morning comes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too soon, does it not?! Here is a peek at our weekend via instagrams/iphone photos. Hope everyone has a great week! More to come! xo

October 18, 2012

this sweet family...

is being blogged over HERE, check it out! Happy weekend, all! xo


October 15, 2012

October 13, 2012

just life

I'm exhausted. Physically, emotionally, mentally, did I say mentally? Big sigh. I have literally been running a rat race lately and I feel like its starting to show in my face and my tense shoulders. Lets see....

*we let B quit gymnastics  -when it came time to make the 20 min drive, she didn't want to go and I wanted those 2 hours to get stuff done (and the next payment was due which I wasn't eager to pay knowing my daughter's less than enthusiastic feeling on the issue). So, there it is, after a month or so of gymnastics we're big ol' quitters over here!

*dinner, dinner has been good for the most part, I hardly cooked this past week b/c we literally had something every.single.night. (well, except for Thursday, I made carnitas but by "made" I mean I heated the meat and warmed some tortillas). I did make this Indian Chicken Curry last week and it was delish! It says "easy" I don't know that I'd say it was easy, it wasn't rocket science or anything but it took a good hour to make and I had to bust out my immersion blender (which I bought for $1 at a yard sale -score!). There isn't an Indian restaurant in all of Waco so its nice to make the extra effort sometimes, but be warned if you're going to give it a whirl!

*house stuff, well, after 10 years of wanting one, cutting out pictures in magazines and putting them in my dream folder its FINALLY happening, I'M GETTING A FARM SINK IN MY KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I literally can't contain my excitement about this! I HATE my sink, its cheap looking, gets super hot on the edges in the summer thus burning your writs as you do dishes, etc. and its just plain hideous! My gracious father-in-law is coming down next month to install it and I am GIDDY! At this point the massive sink is sitting in my entry way and the granite guy came and ripped off a piece of my counter top to try and match it for a strip we'll need behind the sink (which he's warned me will likely be quite difficult) so our house is officially under construction! Its going to be a big pain I think (sorry Doug!) but I CANNOT WAIT for the outcome!! AND we'll get to have Doug and Kemi here along with cousin Mike for Thanksgiving -FUN!! In other projects, the bathroom window treatment is done and is being installed on Tuesday! I'm SO happy to check one more of those off the list! Still 10 to go -ugh! (#whyarewindowtreatmentssodarnexpensive?!)

*Brennan's birthday party planning is well underway! I feel like I have a good handle on things which is nice, but I'm eager for momsie to get here to help out!! 18 more days! I can't believe my baby is almost 6 -SIX!!! It sounds old, doesn't it?!! She lost 2 teeth on her bottom row which are starting to grow in, crazy how fast these things happen!

*stuff, next week is giving me anxiety, we have at least one thing every night. It's all fun, good stuff, just a lot...and at once. I'm just trying to take deep breaths and one day at a time. I really love this time of year, just wish it wasn't so busy.

Okay, since this post is a hodge podge, why not add some hodge podge photos to the mix?

*Friday night lights (our first Texas HS football game last Friday), British Jon made a cake, random pics from the fair w/ friends, for mi casa last week it was Mitchell's bday so we grilled per his request, the Indian chicken referenced above, a photo of my favorite time of day


October 10, 2012

annnnnd breathe

I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day! Whew, its been a week! I'm exhausted so I'm gonna head to bed but here is a sneak peak of a shoot that will be posted soon! xo


October 8, 2012

fair day 2012!

I love the fair.....okay, I love fair food. :) No, really, I love all of it and its fun to watch B get so excited. We met some of our friends there and had a lovely evening. Here's a peek of our time. xo


October 4, 2012

thoughts and quitting and/or thoughts on quitting

Thursdays are the days when B has gymnastics. Adam and I take turns taking B which is nice, today is my day "off." I get the house to myself for 2 hours, the introvert in me gets GIDDY when this time comes. Now that I'm with people 24/7 I'm exhausted. Plain.wiped.out. So now I have a few minutes to sit and breath and its divine. I'll take this time to share some randomness and to ask your thoughts on some things. Lets see, the fall is here! Today is 90 degrees in Waco but on Saturday its going to be 63!! Sweet! I'm really looking forward to some cooler weather, it'll feel sooo nice after months of heat! I officially booked our photo shoot for my family this year, yay! Last year we drove all the way to Abilene, this year, we're driving to Austin, not as far and I'm always looking for any excuse to go to Austin! Now I just have to figure out what we're going to wear...ugh, every year I dred that part! I'm hopeful that this year we'll actually get our photos in time for Christmas cards! Fingers crossed! What else....oh, weight loss update, I'm down 11lbs, 16 more to go (which seems impossible) but slow and steady is the name of the game here! Speaking of pounds, which leads me to food, dinner has been going well! I'm trying a new Indian dish tonight, will let you know how it turns out! What else......................oh, I broke my blender the other night, that was a huge bummer. I looked online for repair options, ended up watching some youtube videos on how to fix it and so I just ordered the part! If this works, I'm gonna be pretty proud of myself, I'm SO bad with things like this! Stay tuned. :) What else............hmmm, that may be it actually (we're really exciting around here, what can I say?).

Okay, so here's my question: B has been wanting to do gymnastics for a while now, we finally signed her up a month or so ago and she told me yesterday she didn't want to do it anymore b/c it hurts her legs when she has to do the splits. Okay so that wasn't really a question but here's the question for real: is it okay to let her quit?!! I really feel like she needs to keep going and give it more of a try before throwing in the towel...right?! I mean, we've paid the fees, bought the outfits, etc.. Right?!! I don't want to force her to do something she doesn't like, or spend/waste the money if she hates it but I also don't want to teach her that its okay to quit just b/c something is a little hard. So, what are your thoughts?? Adam asked how long I planned to have her go and I said I wasn't sure but we both think she needs to stick it out for a while. Thoughts? If so, I'd love to hear 'em! (I remember not liking gymnastics for the same reason when I was little...when did you let me quit, mom?!) :)

I hope everyone has a good weekend! We are going to a high school football game with some friends, I have a couple shoots, and I'm surprising Adam by taking him on a date! Looking forward to it. :) What are ya'll up to? Whatever it is, hope its fabulous! xo

October 3, 2012

life in instagrams

Lately I feel like we've been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Its just the time of year, every year around this time this is just how life is (and I realize its a crazy time for a lot of folks). Now that I'm working at Baylor (in addition to running a photography business), I just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day! Sometimes its just easier to let iphone photos do the talking. Here's what we've been up to lately. xo