August 26, 2013

ramping back up

Well, Baylor starts back today which means real life is back in full swing! Church was crazy yesterday as it always is at the beginning of every semester (although not AS crazy as when the David Crowder Band was leading worship, then it was an all out ZOO!). BUT The Digital Age helped lead worship yesterday and that was pretty darn awesome. It was good to see all of my mi casa darlings back, always a great thing. Adam and I told them after the craziness of being gone pretty much all summer, and the train wreck we walked back into, we needed one more week before we'd start up again. This week is recovery week. I think my body is rebelling against me, I'm feeling kinda sick and just overall exhausted. I'm looking forward to this week being one of recuperation and relaxation...much needed. I've tried a couple new recipes lately, and since I'm having a heck of a time with hyperlinks, you can google "Ina Garten's turkey meatloaf" and "pioneer woman's tortilla soup." Both were good! I didn't love the texture of the turkey meatloaf but, that's probably just me. :) Okay, I think that's all the news for now, gotta run to the store, meet someone for lunch, and buy a new washer/dryer! Hooray! Head on over to to check out this cute newbie! xo

August 23, 2013

wrapping it up

So I feel like we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We've been getting our house in order since we got home nearly 2 weeks ago and I finally feel like we're almost there. All those little to-dos that you mean to do and don't do....for years, well, we've been doing them and it feels SO good! Our house has never looked better and its super clean so I'm trying to keep it that way! Our bath tub is being re-surfaced as we speak. This job was done when we bought the house by the previous owner, but from the day we moved in and turned the water on, the tub started peeling. The owner of the house gave us such a great deal on this place b/c we were friends of a friend so the last thing we wanted to do was pester him with a $500 tub job. Well, needless to say, its been 3 years since we moved in and the peeling looks horrible so we are spending the money and gettin'erdone! The guy said it would take 4-5 hours, poor dude was here for 9 hours yesterday and still has to come back today! He said our tub is "one of the best ever made" and its been somewhat of a nightmare peeling the layers off and starting from scratch. It looks fantastic though, never knew our older tub could clean up so nicely! Sadly that's most of the news around here for now, its been a pretty uneventful week in the Winn casa. I'm editing a sweet newborn session that I'm eager to share soon and running errands today, that's about it! Tonight we're having dinner at our friend's house and enjoying a lazy weekend, can't wait! Hope the weekend is relaxing for all of you! Thanks for checking in! xo Peek!

August 18, 2013

it's been a week

Where to begin? This last week was a bit of a train wreck and I'm just now coming up for air. After the cancelled flight/car fiasco, then our dryer proceeded to die, Adam's computer started to die, and his car ended up needing a new alternator. Today Adam asked me "Have we only been home a week?" B/c it feels like its been ages when we think of all we've done/gone through this week! We had a guy out to fix some dry wall that was falling down in the tippy top, Adam and I finally painted the top part of the hallway that we've neglected for almost a year, and tomorrow we're taking the granite from our kitchen to the dump (finally)! It feels so good to check things off the to-do list that we've been meaning to get to for ages but haven't until now. B officially finished her first week of first grade, hooray for small victories! I think we were all hanging by a thread last week so I'm hopeful for better things this week. :) I've been spending long hours in front of my computer and just got this wedding blogged! Head on over to to check it out! xo

August 15, 2013


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August 13, 2013

a family blogged and more drama from yesterday

So yesterday was just a straight.up.nightmare. Pretty much anything that could go wrong, did. The real icing on the cake was when Adam went to change the flat tire on our car that was stuck at the airport, and turn in the rental car, and then realized THAT car had a dead battery as well. BIG SIGH. Internet, please remind me to never be gone so long makes coming home too much to handle!!! So, poor Adam was out in the 100 degree heat fixing the tire and jump starting our car. THEN, when he came home, he attempted to jump start our other car that we thought had a dead battery, turns out its not a battery issue, but likely a starter issue. Lovely. Car favorite. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Anyhow, I'm hopeful today will be a better day, it pretty much HAS to, right?!!

In other news B said school was fine (she's never been a huge fan of going to school so that's about the best I could hope for). She said her teacher was nice but said first grade was lots more work than kindergarten. Poor girl, reality hit hard and fast!

For some reason blogger hates me and I'm having trouble doing most everything so, sorry I have no hyper link but if you head on over to you can see my latest family session! (being stuck without a car yesterday gave me time to get some much needed work done! -there's my Pollyanna bright side!) Thanks for checking in! xo

August 12, 2013

Adventures in Getting Home/B's 1st day of 1st Grade

And.............................. breathe. So, the Winn family has been out of town for the past 6.5 weeks, we got home last night. Here's the deal, we needed to be in the northwest until the 10th, so we flew home on the 11th,(at the time of booking not realzing B's first day of school was on the 12th). Well, whatareyagonnado? You hunker down and make it work. BUT, you also count on your flight being on time, etc. Well, our flight out of Oregon was mostly on time, we then had a nearly 3 hour layover in Dallas before we were to catch our Waco flight home. Well, as we were about to board our last flight of the day and get home (the Waco airport is 10 mins from our home, its lovely) our flight gets cancelled!! NOOOOOOOOOO. We then had to take a shuttle to the car rental center, wait in a long line (at which time my phone battery dies and I'm trying to charge it while Adam is in line so at least we have some form of communication should we need it), Adam gets the car situation together, and we start the 2 hour drive home (and yes, I was feeling terribly nervous that we clearly didn't have a booster seat for B, sorry mom...we had no choice). So, we get to Waco, swing in a drive thru to grab some dinner, while we were driving home our friend graciously texted after seeing on instagram that our flight was cancelled and asked if she could pick up some groceries for us and bring them over. YES!!! (I have amazing friends)! I was planning to run to the store when we got home (which was supposed to be around 6:30pm to get some stuff to make B's lunch) but clearly, it was going to be late when we got home and that was a HUGE help to me. So, she was going to swing by right as we were getting home, perfect! SOOO, to make a long story longer, as we were about to pull into our drive way (I was giddy with anticipation of FINALLY being home), we realize we don't have keys to get in. DOH!!! My keys were with our friends who were keeping an eye on our house, and Adam checked his carry on bag at the last minute and put his keys IN THE BAG. SIGH. At this point we didn't know whether to laugh or cry and to add insult to injury my phone died AGAIN (b/c it only charged long enough at the rental car center to last about 2 hours). So, I had no way of contacting my friend who was going to be coming by any minute to drop off groceries, and I had to pee. So, Adam and I quickly decide to make our way to our friend's house before she leaves to head to our house, and she can text/call our other friends who have our house keys to let us in (when we got our rental car our luggage was still en route to Waco via a flight that was leaving hours later). So (anyone still reading?....crickets.......) we get to our friends house, they graciously welcomed us with open arms, had us come in, sit, relax, called our friends for us, they were about 20 or so minutes away and were on their way home. We were blessed to be forced (by our circumstances) to just sit and chat with our dear friends who we missed while we waited for our other friends to get home with our keys. Poor B was fading fast and we still needed to get her bathed and ready for her first day of school this morning. So, we ran to our friends house, got our keys, came home, Adam dropped off B and I while he went back to the airport to get our luggage, B got in the bath and I put her to bed...around 10pm (thankfully we were on Oregon time so it was really 8pm for us -still felt like bad parenting!). Well, Adam was thinking while he was at the airport he'd return the rental car and pick up our car that had been there for 6.5 weeks. make a long story EVEN LONGER, when he got to the airport he noticed our car had a flat tire. SIGH. So, all that to say, he got home around 11pm, without our car, but he did have our bags (HOORAY!!). We managed to get to bed around 1am after taking care some things here and there and woke up at 7am to get B out the door for her first day of school! Adam and I both took her, we got her there 3 minutes before the bell, she was the last kid to walk in, and to end this story with a cherry on top, Adam got called to jury duty so had to race to the courthouse to be there by 8:30am. Welcome home, Winns!! The End. Our big 1st Grader!!
**Update, I just went to get in Adam's car to go to the post office to get our mail, go to the grocery store, etc. and his car has a dead I'm stranded. Just wanted to make sure ya'll had the WHOLE picture of our life the past 24 hours. Sigh.