November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 -that's a wrap!

It always goes too fast! We had a lovely Thanksgiving break with cousin Mike, he left today and so now the house feels too quiet. :( We had a great time, though! We went out for great Chinese food, I made the traditional T-Day feast and we all ate too much and sat around watching football, we went to a couple movies, ate some more and watched some more football - fun times. :) Now I'm doing laundry, catching up on some work, and starting to put away Thanksgiving decorations to make room for Christmas ones. I hope everyone out there had a lovely Thanksgiving with friends and family! Head on over HERE to check out this engagement shoot from Waco! xo

November 24, 2015

I'm thankful for....

my sweet B! I blogged B's 9 year photos over HERE, check it out! xo

November 23, 2015

T-Day week is finally here

I really do love this week, but I love it even more when Adam finally gets home (tomorrow)! I would really like to talk to the scheduler of his conference about doing it a different time of year! B and I have had a pretty good time so far, but today, she woke up sickie. Sigh. B is rarely under the weather and her timing isn't so great when it does happen. I'm hoping this is just a little 24 hour bug and that she'll be back to her old self by tomorrow! I really need to get to the store, my T-day list is made and the supplies need to be gathered! I'm trying 2 new recipes this year, a new and improved green bean casserole and a maple bacon turkey! Ina Garten's turkey recipe is usually what I make and it never lets me down, hopeful for good things with the change-up, fingers crossed! Well, I've got another coat of pain to put on the new (old) door, and some editing to do so I'm gonna get after it! Head on over HERE to see some cute family photos! xo

November 18, 2015

Perch & Brussel Sprouts

Last week a group of us gals went to the swanky Perch restaurant in Los Angeles to celebrate some November birthdays and it was FABULOUS. If you are in LA and want to try a trendy place -GO! We ate outside on the rooftop deck overlooking downtown and it was just so so lovely. What was especially great...the brussel sprouts. I didn't know what I've been missing all my life! Lately I've been obsessed with this salad at this cute restaurant in Pasadena that also has brussel sprouts in it so now I'm officially on a brussel sprout kick! Here's what I've realized, brussel sprouts with balsamic, parmesan cheese and bacon is just about heaven. I made some at home last night for the first time and half my plate was brussel sprouts b/c they were so good-AND B didn't even seem to mind them! VICTORY!!! So, if you're at all intrigued, just google some recipes w/ those ingredients, I bet you'll be amazed if you're not a fan already! In other news, I blogged one of my besties and her cute fam so head on over HERE to check it out! xo

November 16, 2015

Justin Bieber/Venice Blvd/Cheesey Lasagna

Whew! This was a fun and busy weekend! Justin Bieber released his new album this past week and he held a last minute concert at the Staples Center here in LA. Tickets were too cheap to not take advantage of this opportunity so, Adam, B and I went a heard the Biebs on Friday night! It was pretty cool, he did a Q&A and then just sang some acoustic music, no bells and whistles, just a low key show, fun. :) Saturday morning we lounged around the house and then I went and got my first blow out at Pasadena's "Dry Bar." It was fun having someone style my hair since ever since I got it cut I feel like I don't do such a great job. :/ Then Adam, B and I hopped in the car and drove to Venice Blvd where we had our family photos taken, fingers crossed we get some good ones! My friend had told me we must eat at Gjelina so we gave it a whirl. They service was slow and rude (its a pretty snobby place) but the pizza was pretty darn great and I loved the atmosphere. Then we stopped by Blue Star Donuts and paid way too much for these little nuggets of gold, but, truth be told -they were pretty darn good. Really unique flavors and very dense donuts, I'll be going back. :) Yesterday I had a photo shoot, went to the grocery store and made my friend's mother-in-law's lasagna recipe. Its been ages since I made a lasagna but it turned out pretty darn good! (I mistook an "oz" for a 0 so needless to say, it was CHEESE-y~!). Our long-time friends came over for dinner and we spent the evening chatting away and catching up on life. It was a very full and very good weekend, just how I like 'em. :) This week always brings some bluebirds for me and B b/c Adam heads to his yearly conference this weekend (boo!), we always hate it when daddy's gone. :( I'm trying to think of some fun things for us to do, I do have to work a bit, I have a couple photo shoots in Pacific Palisades so, hopefully a play date for B! And then cousin Mike comes for T-Day! I've been scouring recipes, hope to try a couple new things this year! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend too, happy Monday, all! xo

My clients were late to our shoot yesterday so I took some pics while I was waiting. Here's the lovely Pasadena City Hall.

November 10, 2015

Palm Springs #taketheperk

We got back from Palm Springs yesterday, it was a blast! I was so sad to see the weekend come to an end. :( (And whoever thought it was a good idea to come home ON my actual birthday?!). We laid by the pool, ate good food, went to a couple movies, and just relaxed and enjoyed one another's company, so so fun, a great way to ring in 38. Thanks to my sis for taking the work perks and including Adam and I in the fun!! I really do love my birthday...yesterday my phone was blowing up all day with sweet messages from friends and family, I'm a blessed gal for sure. Tomorrow is veterans day so no school for B, trying to think of something fun to do...suggestions? :) I do love this time of year, Thanksgiving is around the corner, breaks from school, the semester is winding down for Adam, etc.. Fun things ahead. Well, its been a lazy day so I'm going to attempt to do some productive things before picking up B from school, happy Tuesday all! xo

November 4, 2015

2 birthdays down, 1 to go!

Whew! Its been a busy time over here! For Adam's 39th birthday we ate really good BBQ and he rooted the Ducks onto victory in triple over time! Woot! Brennan's birthday was school, play time with grandma, opening gifts, dinner at Jimmy John's (who doesn't want a cold sub in the pouring down rain?!), and ice cream birthday cake at home. All in all, I think everyone has felt very loved and celebrated! Today I'm doing some cleaning, laundry, work, and grocery shopping to gear up for Adam's and my trip to Palm Springs tomorrow! We're so excited for a little mini vacation with my sis and bro-in-law! This time of year is always such a whirlwind but lots of fun. Momsie left last night which is always sad, B cried on the way home from the airport and I cheerfully reminded her that grandma Kemi is coming in 2 days!! That helped. :) Its no fun when the "party" is over. :( Sweet girl. Well, I've got my work cut out for me so I'm gonna get after it, hope everyone is enjoying their November so far! Head on over HERE to see this cute fam! xo

November 2, 2015

My Girl is 9

Today my sweet girl turns 9, I can't believe it! I have a third grader who is NINE. Its so weird living back in Pasadena, where B was born 9 years ago. Having moved away for so long and now to live here again, its all so nuts. I remember certain things about her birth week so vividly and other things not as much. I always write things about B as she is now so I won't forget so I'm going to do that again this year of course. :)

B, you are still so tall! We both get asked all the time if you're tall for your age, I think we're kinda used to it now. It doesn't seem to bother you and I'm so glad, I was always the tallest in my class too so I guess the apple doesn't fall far. You're still a string bean! The other day I bought you a skirt in a size 5 b/c your waist is so tiny! You are as beautiful as ever and I often get told that you should be a model (I kinda agree! :). Your teeth have grown in and it makes you look so much older/different! So far they are looking really straight so your dad and I have our fingers crossed for no braces! :) You haven't changed your opinions much, which is also like me, you know what you like and what you don't and that pretty much stays the same. You still hate shoes, which continues to make me nuts, trying to find a pair you will wear is exhausting! And you are still a pretty picky eater, you eat what I make but you definitely have opinions about it. Roasted veggies with chicken is one of your favorite dinners these days, and tacos. Jimmy Johns and Little Caesars are still your go-tos for fast food, and you still love the salad at Olive Garden. For your 9th birthday this year you decided you wanted to take just a couple close friends to the American Girl doll store, so that's what we did! So far it seems you're enjoying your 3rd grade year pretty well but you still long to move back to Waco. We talk about Texas a lot and you often tell me how much you miss our house and how it will always be the best house. You are still as sweet as ever and have such a tender heart. I'm so proud of the person you are. I can honestly say I've never seen you be intentionally mean to another person, you are always trying to include others and it makes my heart swell with pride. You got an award in school last year for always doing your best and being a good friend to your classmates, this year on your evaluation from your teacher she commented on what a good friend to others you are. I cannot tell you how much this means to me, I know I wouldn't be anywhere in this life without my friends and if I can teach you how to love Jesus and others well, I'll have done what I set out to do. Life can be really hard B, but showing up for others is so much of what this life is about, and the fruits of that will be so rewarding. Today my baby girl turns 9, we are at the halfway point to adulthood, if you keep on in the direction your headed, I see so many good things in store for you, precious girl. Happy 9th birthday, Brennan Grace, daddy and I love you beyond measure. xo