Thursday, March 29, 2012

39 weeks and counting!

Hey Friends,

We had a lovely doctors appointment this morning and all is well with Emma girl! When the nurse was measuring her heart beat she woke up in the middle of it and so her heart beat shot up which made us all laugh :) Emma is pretty comfortable where she's at so I think this girl is either going to be on time or late! Either way we are down to single digits till due date which is super exciting!

Monday, March 26, 2012


Hey Everyone,

This weekend my sweet husband and I got to go to Galveston for a quick weekend get-a-way! We thought it would be good to have one last just us vacation and our dear family friends the Lindsey's were gracious enough to let us use their beach house!
Hubby came and picked me up from work on Friday and off we went! The traffic was awful but we were so happy to be together that it didn't seem to matter. I have always loved road trips with him :) It is a great time to just talk, listen to music, and just be with each other. When we finally arrived we started dinner (Hubby made delicious steaks!) and while we were waiting for the potatoes and corn to boil we played a few rounds of gin. He totally beat me but I definitely won the trash talking contest. :)
The next morning I woke up a little earlier then I wanted too so I went out and just enjoyed the morning. It was foggy on the bay but still soooo beautiful! I woke hubby up and while he did some fishing I cooked a quick breakfast and then afterwards we were off to The Strand! We walked around, did some people watching, went to lunch and while we were at lunch we ran into my good friend Kelly and her little girls! It was so much fun to see her and we were able to make quick lunch plans for later this week! Kelly is a co-worker from my previous job at St. Andrew's and she has the most bubbly and vivacious personality and you can't help but smile when you're around her.
After lunch we went to my favorite place on the whole Strand...La King! It is an old fashioned ice cream and candy shoppe that serves the best malts of all time! They used to have an old fashioned cash register that they actually used but unfortunately it's gone :( Still, the vanilla malt was fantastic and it started off the perfect afternoon for the beach!
We headed back to the beach house, got all of our equipment and made our way to the beach. It was perfect weather! The water was cold but not to cold for swimming, and the sun was nice and warm but the wind from the water kept you cool. We had a blast! Josh spent most of his time in the water and I was just enjoying the sun :) We wrapped up our Saturday night by cooking, watching some movies and just enjoying our time together.
It was such a great weekend and I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband :)

View from the front porch when we arrived. Beautiful!

 Josh thought it was really funny that we got parking spot 3 since there are 3 of us! :)

 Me in the golf cart at the beach!

Me and Hubby on the way to the beach!

Hubby enjoying the water

Caught a seagull in mid flight!

My artsy beach chair picture :)

Great Weekend!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Crave Party!

I currently work on Rice University in the Shepherd School of Music as a temporary office assistant. Next week is my last week and while I have really enjoyed my time I am excited to get the opportunity to stay home with Emma for awhile.
However I will miss the craziness of this place. The people that I work with are really sweet and they all have hilarious and unique personalities. I have the awesome advantage of being at the reception desk so I get to see and talk to everyone. Today 2 of my favorite ladies Mandy and Susie were trying to figure out where to go to lunch and we all got on the subject of Crave Cupcakes. It turned into a 20 minute conversation about cupcakes, baking, Paula Dean etc. Very funny and you could definitely tell it was Friday and no one wanted to be at work. So off they went to lunch only to return an hour later with cupcakes!!!

So we had a mini no-occasion party :)

This is our boss Gary. He is making a chart for the cupcakes! He went onto the Crave website and we figured it out by looking at all the pictures. 

"We take our cupcakes very seriously at the Shepherd School." - Gary

Crave Party!

They lasted for maybe 10 minutes!

Gary's chart!

Made for a very fun Friday afternoon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Hey Friends,

This past weekend was a lot of running around, getting things done and basically my nesting instincts going nuts! Luckily I have a very sweet and understanding husband who is very helpful.

I woke up Saturday at about 8:30 full of energy so of course I couldn't stay in bed. Instead I went and made strawberry and blackberry Texas shaped waffles with bacon :) I wish I had taken a picture but me and hubby ate them too quickly :) After breakfast we went to Babies R' Us and got all of our last minute Emma stuff. It was a really fun trip and I was very proud of the fact that we avoided the baby clothes!

One of my major projects since we moved has been our master bedroom. It is so easy for it to become a junk space and I really want to avoid that. I'm also having a very difficult time stepping out of the box when decorating. So with that in mind we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond (yay for gift cards!) and purchased some items for the bedroom. More decorating needs to be done but I am really excited about our new comforter. It made the room look super cozy :)

We came home from our morning of shopping and watched some March Madness while eating pizza and then the hubby went off to work and I went about the house doing chores. I was able to get all of Emma's laundry done which was a major accomplishment, put the bed together, put away the new things we just bought and then I started packing my hospital bag. I realized I was missing a few things so I went off to Target with my wonderful MIL Susan/SuSu (thats her grandma name. so cute!) to get some last minute stuff and of course in the process ventured down the baby aisle and found Emma the cutest little outfit that had monkey's all over it. My dear hubby loves monkeys so it was very appropriate and I was really excited to show it to him.

Unfortunately while errands were happening our dear Grandparents had to suddenly put down their beautiful golden retriever Amber that morning. They had found a tumor in her intestine and couldn't do anything for her. Everyone took it pretty hard so that evening we went to our grandparents house and all had dinner together. It was really great we could all be together.

Our busy Saturday came to a close and Sunday brought more running around the house for me. I hung curtains, did our laundry, organized some things in Emma's nursery, and then I finally sat and couldn't get up! One downside to nesting is that you want to get tons of things done but your body doesn't always work with you :) I finally had to sit and I stayed there until hubby came home.

When he got home we started in on a new project which was hubby building the bassinet! I was sooo excited about this project and hubby was an absolute pro! The instruction manual was terrible, none of the pieces were labeled, he had to walk away a couple of times but after a nights rest  he got it done yesterday and it was awesome!

Manly husband!

So proud! We put one of Emma's loveies in the bassinet :) 

A wonderful weekend with a wonderful husband and family!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Wedding

Hey Friends,

I hope you all have been enjoying the blog so far cause I am having a blast writing it.

I thought I would devote this post to the hubby and I's wedding. I had been dreaming about this day for a very, very long time. Not just the day I was going to get to married but the day I was going to marry Josh. I had already practiced my future signature (been doing this since I was 14 and yes I have the math notes to prove it!) had visions of how he was going to react when he first saw me and was just so excited to plan everything!
Well the planning had been under way for awhile and we were all set to get married June 2, of 2012. The reception venue had been booked, dress had been bought, and now we were getting into the nitty gritty details. But then we got a surprise. Josh and I were expecting! We were very surprised and our families were also shocked. However, shock and surprise soon turned to happiness and excitement and so a new plan was made! November 19, 2011 was the new date, the reception was moved to the church, and now planning was in full swing! Thank goodness for my amazing organized mother-in-law because their was no way we could have gotten everything together with out all her help.
Needless to say we got it all done and it was the day of the rehearsal. I have to say the rehearsal itself was so much fun! Josh and I kept messing around playing slap hands while we were at the alter, laughing with our good friends, and just enjoying the evening. We also had a very special ring bearer who was not your usual ring bearer but a super ring bearer.

He was the protector of the rings!

Hubby and Mom :)

Me and my daddy :)

Hanging out at the front :) Hubby's brother Jeremy was the best man and I guess trying to entertain my MOH sister Kayla

We are clearly very entertaining :)

Later that evening we had our rehearsal dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston and it was so much fun!!! The food was sooooo delicious, the toasts were wonderful and we even ended the evening with a lovely song written in honor of Josh and I by the Cole Family Singers. By lovely I mean it was the most hilarious song on the planet and a major highlight of the event :)

The Cole Family Singers

Me and my sorority sisters :)

After that Josh and I said our last goodbyes before we got married and the girls and I went back to my best friend and bridesmaid Erin's house for my bachelorette party :) While their were no bars involved it was a super fun night with my awesome girlfriends :)

The next morning my big Sara, my mom, and hubby's grandma hosted a bridal brunch at La' Madeline. It was a great way to kick of the fantastic day and I was so excited to be there with all the wonderful women of my family. It was very low key, relaxed and so much fun!

Such a beautiful and cozy table!

Me with all my gorgeous bridesmaids :)

At the brunch I got to give all my beautiful ladies their bridesmaid gifts :) I was really excited give them to them cause I had had so much fun putting them together!

After the brunch my dear friends Erin, Marie and I went to the church to hang around and start the lazy process of getting ready. My sister Kayla met up with us later and then Sara and Jill made their way to our room. We had so much fun getting ready, being silly, and just enjoying the day and being with each other. Of course little did I know that my dear soon to be husband was caught in traffic, shoes weren't fitting, things were arriving late, etc. I was blissfully ignorant and having a blast with my girls! :) 

Just got my make up done so I decided to do some model poses

My pretty sister

Girls havin' fun gettin' make-up on!

It was a total blast and the guys seemed to have fun as well. The rest of the blog will be pictures of the amazing day that Josh and I had dreamt of for a very long time. 

These beautiful arrangements were at the entrance of the chapel

The Chapel

Our invitations and programs

Seating Chart
I wanted to write Welcome Ya'll in those blank spots but it was forgotten. Oh Well!!! Still very beautiful! Hubby chalkboard all of the glass and Erin wrote all the names

Personalized cocktail napkins! My mother-in-law was obsessed! :) 

This table held family wedding photos from both sides as well as Josh's groomscake

My Something Borrowed! It is my big Sara's pin for our sorority :) The pink carnation is also our sorority's flower

Head Table

Our beautiful and delicious cake!

The start to my Willow Tree collection!

My Something Blue sewn on the inside of my dress and my something old is my bracelet made out of my great-grandmother's pearls.

DIY Table numbers!

All of our bouquets! Soooo beautiful!

Hubby's boutonniere 

All of us our pj's and sweatshirts :)

The guys had a pre-wedding snack :)

The Girls

The Guys

All dressed and ready to go!

Playing the waiting game

Me and my daddy :)


Up to this point in my life this was the happiest day and I am so blessed and thankful to have such an amazing husband, beautiful family and wonderful friends.