I haven’t blogged in so log that when I went to log in, I forgot my username and password! It wasn’t even in my cache because it has been that long since I even typed in the URL of my blog. Sad, but that’s life sometimes. You have to step back and focus on you. I’m fine, just battling some personal things. All good things, truly. And things I’ll happily blog about in a few, but not right now. Give me a few more weeks and I’ll spill the beans on what my deal has been.
That said, I just wanted to jump in here and say that Kelsey turns five on Monday! Five. Five. Five. Wasn’t she just born? And her birthday party is tomorrow which means this mom will be up all night scrambling to put goodie bags together. Should I even do those?
And then Colton … oh boy, that kid is growing before my eyes! He speaks so clearly and so well. Ryan jokes that he needs a brother because he keeps walking around in Kelsey’s pink slippers and loves watching The Little Mermaid with his sister. I just laugh, because isn’t that the truth about little brothers? They’ll do whatever big sister says.
So, that’s life right now. A lot of things happening, a lot of things on the horizon and more to share later. For now, I’m going to kick back and enjoy the fact that it’s Friday, I have a little girl to celebrate and the Grammy’s are on Sunday. Let the weekend begin!
(this blog doesn’t come with a picture because in all honesty, I haven’t picked up my camera in 5 weeks. Soon I’ll be normal again, promise)
I don’t typically bake. Mostly because I lack talent, patience and skill. Besides that, my taste buds are programmed to think anything coated in sugar tastes good. That said, I got invited to a holiday cookie exchange and began a hunt for an easy (keyword) cookie recipe that would take me minimal time and effort, and one that would look good (presentation matters to me more than you know).
I found a recipe for Lemon Cool Whip Cookies and LOVE how easy it is. Here you go (recipe from AllRecipes.com).
Ingredients (makes 3 dozen)
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 eggs
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
- 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
- Beat together the whipped topping and eggs together. Add the lemon cake mix and continue to mix. Dough will be thick.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar and roll to coat. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes.
Take pictures, eat, enjoy, do a little happy dance … whatever you have to do in order to enjoy this super simple cookie recipe.
My mom and I took the afternoon to hang out. We hit up a holiday boutique and then decided to explore downtown Gilbert (she’d never seen it). We ate lunch at Postino, peeked our heads into Joe’s BBQ (smelt soooo good, we’ll be back!) and window shopped along Gilbert Rd. There was a Farmers Market, amazing weather and a run to Sugarlips Cakery for cupcakes involved.
I saw a flyer on Instagram for a Holiday Cheer boutique in Gilbert this weekend. My mom and I love arts & crafts and the description on the flyer specifically said, “holiday decor and crafts, wooden signs, treats and eats, chalkboards, vintage door knobs, and more!” You don’t have to tell us twice, we were there right when it opened.
Initially, I was hesitant because the boutique was set up in someone’s home, but it was darling. Let’s capitalize that, DARLING (there was a ‘braid bar’ for goodness sake!). The weather was perfect and this home was located on the cutest street lined with huge trees and colorful leaves.
My mom bought me this old window that has been resorted into a chalkboard and chicken wire bulletin board (thanks, Mom!). Oh, and if you are wondering, Kelsey is up north at our family cabin with her grandparents picking out Papa’s Christmas Tree. Let me tell you, life with only one kid means mom can get out of the house and do things like this.
Life isn’t always roses, sunshine and Mickey Mouse balloons. I get that. This morning while I was on my way to grab Starbucks I noticed this fog over South Mountain. I ran home, grabbed my camera and went to get a closer look. It was so gloomy, foggy and truly perfect weather for the mood that I was in.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week. Let’s just say I missed some deadlines at work, struck out during a major presentation, forgot about two kid parties, can’t seem to keep up with this house (is it ever going to be clean again?), and then Colton threw up all over my new dress seconds before I headed out the door to go to my husband’s work holiday party.
I’ve been a hot mess this week. I’ve done some major soul-searching, re-prioritizing and praying – the prayers seem to be the thing that makes me feel better. I feel truly blessed that I have a God who is on my side, who listens, who guides and who calms my heart when I’m at my craziest.
So, anyway, happy Saturday to you! I hope you find your zen and can find time this weekend for a quiet moment away. It really helps.
Here I am!
I feel like I have been so absent on this blog. But, one thing I decided when I first started this blog in 2010 was that I was never (ever, ever) going to feel bad if I didn’t blog. If I felt like blogging, I would. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t. It’s that simple, but … there is so much to talk about. We just got back from a 7 day vacation to the happiest place on earth, Disneyworld!
Once I get caught up on work, life, and Christmas shopping (where does the time go?), I’ll post some stories and photos from our trip. It was exhausting, but magical at the same time. Lots of stories to come … but for now I’m going to enjoy the fact that it’s Friday and I – somehow - made it through the work week alive.
When my brother, Shaun, and his fiancé, Sabrina, asked me to take their engagement photos in Austin, I about peed my pants (I’m not professional, let’s be clear, but I’ll jump at any chance to photograph a special moment like this). I had so much fun running around Austin with these two - from downtown Austin, to Hotel San Jose, to the State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake … there was a photo opportunity at every turn! Here are just a few of their Austin engagement photos.
His socks! I mean, could these two be any cuter? It’s not possible.
I am so thankful for the jogger who ran by and asked if she could take our photo (yes, please!). From my family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your weekend. xo