Just TWO more days, friends . . . TWO!
Pour yourself a good glass of wine and just remind yourselves, two.more.days.
As Shania would say, let's go girls!
And well since Wednesdays generally aren't the most exciting days of the week, I thought we could all use a little happy today so this weeks What's Up Wednesday is full of happy things like cookies, music and things to make you smile.
Once a month I link up with some of my favorite bloggers, Mel, Sheaffer and Shay to share all about what we're up to this month!
Here's are the topics - let's have some fun!
What We're Eating This Week
Cookies! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies to be exact :)
Y'all, these are so yummy and EASY! This was the first time I made them and by the look of my empty cookie jar I can honestly say that they were a BIG hit. They make A TON, like 40-50, so spread the love and bring them to work, school, your neighbor, friends, etc! Everyone will love you for it.
Click here to snag the recipe!
What I'm Reminiscing About
For Christmas we went back to Washington State to where Taylor's family lives and spent a week with his sweet family. These pictures were from Christmas morning!!! How beautiful is it?!?! It snowed on Christmas Eve through the morning and this is what we woke up to . . . talk about a magical Christmas. On Christmas morning we all bundled up and headed outside for a big ole' snowball fight - I love these people!
What I'm Loving
Okay I know that I've posted this like 3 times already since The Bachelor has started, but YOU GUYS! If you're not reading Sheaffer's Bachelor Recaps by now, you really need to be!!! They are just down right funny, like make your stomach hurt, fall to the floor, pee your pants kind of funny. I honestly thought of all of these different things that I could've posted for 'what I'm loving', because let's be real - I love a lot of things . . . BUT today is Wednesday and she has one live on her blog now, so PLEASE do yourself a favor and go read it!
This is honestly what I'm LOVING this month.
Click here to see her latest recap!
What We've Been Up To
We've been training for a HALF MARATHON! On Sunday I actually posted on Instagram telling y'all that Taylor & I have been training for a half marathon and I shared a little backstory about my running and the condition that caused me to stop running for a while. You can read my little story on Instagram here!
The half marathon we're running is going to be in Waco in May - Chip + Joanna Gaines are putting it on and we are so pumped to run it! I talk a little bit about our training on Instagram, but we're taking it real slow to start. Most of what we are doing is running 2 minutes, walking for 1 minute.
If you're interested in running or just want a simple program to start getting back out there, feel free to reach out and I'll share what I'm doing!
What I'm Dreading
Ummm . . . I don't think I could have found anything more accurate. You guys! I'm just trying to recover from the holidays, or as I like to refer to it "fluffy season"
I can't even think about putting on a swimsuit any time soon #lordhelpme
What I've Been Working On
Well that my friends is a secret.
I've been working on something super special and near + dear to my heart but I can't tell you what it is, because it's a SECRET!
There is still a lot of work to do and a lot of things that need to happen before I share, but just know that I am all sorts of excited and cannot wait until it's time to share this little surprise!
Hint: God Sized Dream
Any guesses as to what I have up my sleeve?!?!
Comment below with your best guesses!
What I'm Excited About
EEEK! Two of my very best friends are COMING TO SEE ME at the end of March and I can't even tell how you how ridiculously excited I am. These are my girls and I haven't seen either of them since my wedding back in September of 2017, and now they're going to be here in March and I just can't wait.
Love these girls!
What I'm Watching/Reading
Well, I'm gonna talk about what I've been reading, because what I've been watching is the same old stuff I always watch - my favorites: Grey's Anatomy, Friends + Fixer Upper. You can almost bet that if I am watching TV than it will be one of those three shows, unless Taylor is home - then we're watching How I Met Your Mother, because he LOVES that show.
But anyways, back to what I've been reading - I just finished the book You're Made for a God Sized Dream by Holly Gerth. You may remember a few weeks ago I shared my story of how I found this book, and if you haven't read it you can read it here, but I was so excited to read it and I just finished it this last week.
I totally and completely LOVED the book. After every chapter/section Holly offers a guide with questions to help you reflect on what you just read and then throughout the book there are questions and areas to write your ideas and plans down. Now, I am a casual reader. To be honest I love easy, breezy books that I can just read and not put much thought into . . . however, don't get me wrong, I LOVE good deep books where you do have to think and really taking your time reading it. This book is one of those - so I decided to read it through twice. The first time to really just take in everything that Holly says and to just soak it all up and then the second time to really focus on myself, my dream and how to connect those to the purpose of the book.
So this week I am going to start reading it again, this time much slower than the first, and once I'm finished I'll share a more in depth review of the book and how it has impacted me!
What I'm Listening To
Alright y'all, I honestly considered doing a single post just on music today, because there are so many songs that I just LOVE right now and I feel like I have to share them with you! So thank goodness this is part of What's Up Wednesday, because I'm sparing you from an entire post focused on music - but hey, that wouldn't be so bad right? Who doesn't love music?
Anyways, let's get to it - I'm actually going to post the videos below so be sure to take a listen!
These are honestly some of my most played songs right now - I just think they're SO GOOD. And I clearly like Brett Eldridge + Thomas Rhett . . . can you blame me!?
Comment below & let me know which of the songs is your fav! Or if you're like me and love all of them!!!
What I'm Wearing
Although if you've ever wondered what I'm like at my house, this pretty much sums it up.
But this is actually what I'm wearing:
Do y'all know about Havaianas Flip Flops? Since it's warm here or warmer than Washington, I've been wearing mine a lot recently.
I actually got my first pair last year and I totally adore them - I used to buy the cheap, like 2 dollar, flips flops from Old Navy and I wore those for years. But then a friend last year introduced me to Havaianas and I was sold. They're basically just a higher quality flip flop, which sounds funny, because they are simply flip flops. But they really don't wear easily - I've had mine for a year now and I wear them A LOT and they still feel new to me.
The basic style, which is the one I have is $26 on the Havaianas's website , but I think they're totally worth the price. If you can't already tell, I really love mine.
Grab yours here.
What I'm Doing This Weekend
This weekend is Magnolia's Semi Annual Warehouse Sale, which is when they put out all of their discounted, over stock, damaged, etc. items at mega discounted prices! How amazing does that sound?
My sweet friend and I have been thinking about heading up there to check it out, but we'll see! Other than that I think it's going to be a pretty low key weekend around here - I've got some Christmas decorations to put away and I think I'm feeling some spring cleaning happening!
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
The Houston Rodeo starts next month and all of our friends here keep telling us that we have to go! So we're going to take a weekend and head down to Houston to experience our first Houston Rodeo! Yeehaw!
What Else Is New
Well my sweet baby sister is getting married in 2 1/2 months!!! We've been busy, busy getting ready for the wedding. We're ordering my bridesmaid dress, Taylor's suit, shoes, setting hair appointments and doing all of the fun wedding stuff!
And that's it sweet friends! I hope I brought a little joy to your Wednesday!
- XO -
I haven't done a Friday Favorites in a while and today seemed like a perfect day to do just that, so happy FRIDAY dear friends - let's chat about our favorite things today!!!
Let's jump right in, shall we?
J O H N N Y S W I M
YOU GUYS. I've known about Johnnyswim for a while, but back in October we saw them in concert and they have literally been my FAVORITE band to listen to since then. Their music is just so darn good, like I will listen to their songs multiple times in a row. Speaking of which, as I'm writing this the song finished and I hit repeat. Point made.
Anyways, I put it right up here at the top of the page so that you can listen to it as you scroll through the rest of the post. Or you may not even make it past the video before the song is over, because the video is so stinking cute and you'll soon realize that they just might be the cutest couple ever.
You. Are. Welcome.
S M A L L W O O D H O M E
Smallwood Home is a company that makes really cute signs - I have two in my house and I LOVE them. The quality is great, plus they are super light, which makes them really easy to hang. And they aren't really expensive, which is another plus.
They recently sent out an email announcing that they were now doing CUSTOM signs and I was understandably pumped. And the best part is is that the custom signs aren't even that much more expensive than their regular ones! Right now they are going for $89 dollars.
They have this really great program that they use to make the signs and you literally get to design your sign start to finish, fonts and all. It's really amazing and SUPER easy.
As of right now their website says that they are only doing custom signs until JANUARY 31, so get your orders in ASAP!!!!
M A G I S T O
Magisto is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite apps and to be honest I actually forgot about it for a little while, but I used to use it all the time because I just loved it. Anyways I've started to use it again and I really can't believe that I ever stopped . . . #why #thatwassilly
It's a super cool app that makes short videos out of the videos you take on your phone. I posted one for y'all to see just to show you how it works - go ahead and download it and just watch the magic happen. And then share your videos with me!!!
A Z A Z I E
Calling all brides + bridesmaids!
I discovered Azazie when I was planning my wedding and now it is my go to recommendation to brides - it's an online store that sells bridesmaid dresses and now I even think they sell mother or the bride gowns and even a small selection of wedding gowns as well. Anyways, the prices range from about $110 to about $150, which I would say is pretty average when it comes to bridesmaid dresses.
I was a little hesitant to have all of my girls order their dresses online, but the reviews were pretty good so we decided go ahead to try it out and honestly it was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding.
The dresses are affordable in comparison to a lot of other places, they're high quality and beautiful dresses, they have A TON of different colors and all of the dresses come in each of those colors. My favorite feature is that you can have your dress CUSTOM MADE to your exact measurements for no additional charge. I'm telling you, this place is the real deal.
My sister is getting married in a couple months and we are using Azazie for our bridesmaids dresses, and I just ordered mine. YAY!
One last thing about Azazie - it is perfect if you have bridesmaids who are out of state. All of my girls lived out of state and I simply told them the color and style of dress to order and they did the rest. easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Let all of your bride friends know!!!
Here are my pretty girls in their dresses!
The color is blush pink for those who may be curious.
S H E R E A D S T R U T H | H E R E A D S T R U T H
Okay y'all - let me introduce you to one of my FAVORITE apps/companies, She Reads Truth. I downloaded the app maybe a year or so ago? But I love, love, LOVE it. I tried to write up a little summary about what it is, but I actually love what they say on their website so I'm just going to copy + paste it here for you to read:
She Reads Truth started as a small group of strangers on the internet who wanted to be more intentional about reading God’s Word. What began as a casual conversation is now an entire community of women all over the world in pursuit of Jesus.
God’s Word is a gift, and reading it is a privilege. She Reads Truth cheers on ministries whose mission is to reach the unreached with their very first Bibles. Our mission is to invite the already-reached to reach for their Bibles—every day.
It is our joy to open the living and active Word of God with you daily, to find the gospel of Jesus Christ on every page
Y'all, they have a ton of different plans you can follow and some of them are free and others are $1.99, super cheap! I love the app because it has daily readings, bible studies and a community to connect with other women around the world.
And then recently I just found out that they have a HE READS TRUTH and so Taylor downloaded the app and has been using it everyday - it is seriously the best.
The app is free - go download it and check it out and then let me know what you think!!!
B A C H E L O R R E C A P S
By: Shaeffer Told Me To
Ohhhh you guys . . . I look forward to Wednesday every week during The Bachelor simply because of these recaps. They are HYSTERICAL - like even my husband reads them and is dying laughing. They are funny and just all together fantastic.
Sheaffer is a blogger here in Texas and her blog is called, Sheaffer Told Me To. I have been following her for a couple of years now and I LOVE everything about her blog, but I'm not kidding when I say that these recaps are probably my favorite thing she does.
Please do yourself a favor and just go read them.
OKAY! Anddddd last thing!
B L O G I L A T E S
Oh my goodness, friends - this is my new favorite way to work out!
It is called Blogilates and it's amazing!
There is an app AND a youtube channel and both are filled with a bunch of exercises. I love her exercises, because they can be done in your home and they range from 5 minutes to an hour long so there is literally a workout for everyone on there. Plus she is super sweet and has great music in the background.
I've told my sister about it, because I love it so much and now I'm telling YOU!
Go + check it out!
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And that's a wrap, friends!
At 8 pm last night Taylor asked me if I wanted to make cookies and of course I said YES, because I never pass up a good homemade cookie.
So today I thought I'd share this super easy recipe with you, especially because if you're like Taylor & myself than you like to think that because they are oatmeal chocolate chip cookies than they are healthier than any other chocolate chip cookie . . . at least that's what we tell ourselves :)
They really are SO yummy & they make A LOT so you can share the love with your friends.
So without further ado, here is the recipe. I hope y'all love them as much as we do
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
I N G R E D I A N T S
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
D I R E C T I O N S
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes
- XO -
I'm so excited, because yesterday my parents officially announced + launched their NEW BUSINESS!
P A P P Y & G A M M Y 'S
Quality Recrafted Wooden Kitchenware and Furniture.
My parents have always had a knack for finding treasures in old + forgotten things. They see beauty where others see nothing. They are the living, breathing version of this quote, "blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."
This is what their whole business is based off of - taking old, forgotten things and making them beautiful again.
My two nieces call my parents Pappy + Gammy, hence the name and if you could hear my sweet niece Addie say Pappy, you'd know just how stinking cute it is and why it was the PERFECT choice when it came to deciding on a name for the business.
I really have so many things to say, but most importantly I want to say that I am so proud of these two people who I get to call my mom & dad. They worked their entire life and it wasn't at jobs that they loved - they worked so hard to give us the best life they possibly could even when it meant sacrificing their dreams. Family was and is number 1 and if I've ever known two people that would do anything and everything just to make sure that others we're happy before themselves, it is my mom and dad.
To watch and witness them building this dream and doing something that they love is without a doubt a true joy & honor. My parents don't do anything half way and I can guarantee that any product you purchase from them will have been made with so much love and thought.
Watching my parents build this business got me thinking about dreams and how often we let our dreams fall to the wayside. Maybe it's because of time, money, age, courage, support or whatever it may be. It's typically a lot easier to say "I'll start working on my dream once I have so much money" or "I'll start working on my dream once all of my kids are in school" - this was my mindset 100% . . . mine is about money and how I'll start pursuing my dreams once I have a little bit of money saved up to put into it. But here's the thing that I have learned recently - there is no perfect time to start pursuing your dream. You just have to do it.
Perhaps one reason why my parents business is so special to me is the fact that they are living out this dream without hesitation - both of my parents are retired and could go on living without having to work, but they're choosing to pursue this business, because it is a dream.
All of this reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
"All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
- Walt Disney, a true dreamer
Dreams aren't limited by age or money. My dad had a dream of going to college and you know what? He graduated last year with his Bachelors in International Business at 60 years old . . .
And today they are launching their brand new business, Pappy & Gammy's.
Like I said earlier - I am so proud.
Help me in supporting their new business by telling all of your friends, family and loved ones. Even buy a cutting board or two! And keep an eye out for new products, because I know that they've been working really hard on some fun new stuff.
You can shop their Etsy shop HERE and visit their Facebook page HERE.
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And speaking of dreams - I'm going to share two of my favorite books that have been so encouraging to me and have really pushed me to begin pursuing my dream.
Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
You're Made a God Sized Dream by Holly Gerth
Both of these books have become fast favorites of mine and I KNOW that you will love them as much as I do - and if you ever need a friend to listen to you talk about your dreams, I'm here for you.
Dream BIG my friends.
It's Friday! And this is me . . .
Going back to work after Christmas & New Years is the WORST - am I right?
BUT as my husband has had to tell me and remind me everyday this week, be thankful. Thankful to have a job, which allows us to do so many things . . . it clothes us, puts a roof over our head, feeds us and allows us to live.
So I am truly thankful for my job, but I am also thankful because today is FRIDAY and it's officially the WEEKEND!
And I'm particularly excited about todays post, because it's about friendship and friendship is something that I've been especially grateful for since our move here to Texas.
Let me start by going back a few years.
In college I had the BEST group of girlfriends . . .
These girls are the real deal, the best of the best - seriously I LOVE them. Can you tell?
From graduations . . .
To weddings . . .
These are my people. And now we all live far away from each other and just thinking about it makes my heart hurt, because I just wish that we could live in a row of houses right next to each other and raise all of our babies together. #goals
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After graduation we all went on to do our own things - I moved to Florida, because that's where Taylor was in grad school at the time and we wanted to be together. I actually still had another year of school to do, but I transferred online so that I could move and be with Taylor. When I got to Florida I decided to nanny part time, because I figured school would keep me plenty busy the rest of the time.
So I began nannying the two most precious little kiddos for two days a week and then I went to school online.
For a while it seemed like a pretty good setup - it honestly felt like a constant vacation, but I quickly became really lonely and just sad. It was so good to finally be with Taylor after almost a year of long distance dating, but the problem was that I went almost immediately from be surrounded by people, classmates, friends, etc. to just having Taylor. And don't get me wrong, I loved being with Taylor, I mean he was my everything.
But I was with kids two days a week and the rest of the time it was either typically just me or me + Taylor and that was hard.
I wouldn't have dared say this when we were in Florida, but as I have looked back and reflected on my time there I can say with almost certainty that I fell into some level of depression that year and the reason why I wouldn't have admitted it back then is because the thought of that TERRIFIED me.
Depression is one thing that I NEVER thought I would have to deal with, because for people who have known me for a long time will tell you that I'm honestly the happiest, most easy going, goofy person and so when I first began seeing myself lose those qualities, I was scared.
However, I really didn't recognize how genuinely sad I was at the time and I definitely see it more now. While we were there in Florida I was still really happy, I mean I was with Taylor, I got to nanny the sweetest kids and we adored their family, plus we just did a bunch of fun stuff - really the biggest thing for me was friends and I didn't feel like I had my friends there.
Our year in Florida went by pretty quick actually and it was a good year - we had the opportunity to do a ton of fun stuff while we were there. We went up to Disney a few times, drove to Fort Meyers, spent Thanksgiving in Jacksonville - all sorts of good stuff. Plus my girlfriends surprised me by flying down and throwing me a Bachelorette Party - that weekend was the BEST!
We finished our time in Florida and then moved up to Washington State where Taylor accepted a job. Washington was so much better than Florida - we had Taylor's whole family up there all within 45 minutes of us plus a lot of of his high school friends were still up there.
I got another job as a nanny, but instead of 20 hours and 2 days a week, this one was 45-50 hours a week and I actually really liked it. Toward the end of our time there it began to wear on me a little bit, but I loved the little girl I nannied for and her sweet, precious family.
During our time in Washington is when I really began to realize what an impact our time in Florida had on me - I genuinely felt as though I lost a big part of myself and since realizing that I have been working to get back to who I was before I left Minnesota.
It's a work in progress - I'm still working to get back to a place of genuine happiness. Which brings me to today, I feel like the last couple of years have been a struggle for me. I feel like I had the best friends in the world and then all of the sudden I didn't have any friends and to be honest it took a major toll on me. But since we've gotten to Texas we, especially me, have been so blessed with friends.
I don't know if I'm trying harder here or what the difference is, but we have been so fortunate to meet so many friends here and all I can say is that I feel so grateful.
We've met friends through Church, work, school and friends of friends - it has been the biggest blessing and I suppose I appreciate it so much more, because I know how hard it is to be in a new place and not feel as though you have friends.
So as cheesy as this may be, I suppose I'm dedicating this post to our sweet friends old + new, especially the new ones who have made this move and transition so much easier on us - thank you! We love you guys BIG!
And if you're not pictured, it's because we don't have a picture yet!!!
Honestly, I haven't felt this happy for a couple years now and it isn't just because of friends, but it does have a lot to do with it. I have always really loved my friends, but I didn't appreciate them or understand the true value of friendship until it wasn't there.
With that being said, be THANKFUL for your friends, those near and far, because they really are irreplaceable and such a blessing.
Here's to old friends, new friends and all of the friendships still to come.
- XO -
Well hello there . . .
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I seriously can't believe it's 2018 . . . .
Lets make this year the best one yet, shall we?
As excited as I am for the new year, I'm so excited for TODAY because I'm sharing PART 2 of my reflection of 2017 and I'm all sorts of happy as I sit and reflect on this past year, because let me tell y'all - it was a good one.
I finished the last post with a picture of our car packed up and ready for the nearly three week, 2100 mile journey down to Texas and because I like to keep it real around here, this is what probably 90% of our roadtrip looked like . . .
Taylor drove the ENTIRE way and well as you can see, I slept for most of it . . . #realtalk #iloveroadtrips #taylormaybegtodiffer
So on our trip down to Texas we decided to stop in Utah and Colorado so we could spend some time with our families - my sister lives in Utah and my parents and other two siblings live in Colorado so it just made sense to stop and spend a few days in each place.
In Utah we got to spend precious time with my sister and her family - my niece was born just a few short weeks earlier and this is the first time we met her and we were IN LOVE. My brother just happened to come and visit the same time that we were there, which was perfect!
Then in Colorado we stayed at my parents place and we got to hang out with them and my younger sister, which was too fun!
We decided to quit our jobs a couple weeks earlier than what we had originally planned, because we wanted to spend this time with our family and although we could have made more money by working those few more weeks, these stops were 100% WORTH IT. That time we had to spend with everyone was so special and we're so thankful to have had that time to be with them.
Uncle Tay is the BEST!
We left Colorado and were headed straight for Austin - we stayed in Lubbock for one night to break up the trip and then before we knew it we we're in our new home!
Home Sweet Home
You see that fireplace there? Well I walked into the house and took a second to take it all in then walked over to the fireplace where I sat down and cried . . .
I was overcome with emotion and all of the sudden it hit me that this was all happening - we weren't going back to Washington, this wasn't just a vacation and it wasn't temporary. This new, unfamiliar, scary and empty house was now home and I was TERRIFIED.
Taylor calmed me down and in that moment we decided that we we're going to make this the BEST home and that this new chapter in our lives was going to be one big ole' exciting adventure.
As we walked around the house we both kept seeing imperfections and picking out all of the problems that we saw around the house (and there were plenty), but then we slowly started unpacking and hanging pictures, filling shelves, decorating the walls and all of the sudden those imperfections went away and I started to the see beauty in our little imperfect house. I realized then that the house was far from perfect, but it's what we put into it and the love that's in it that makes a home beautiful.
Although all of those imperfections are still there, when I look at my house now I don't see the imperfections and I often don't think about them, but instead I see a place that is full of love and memories.
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My sweet parents flew into to town the day after we got there so they could help us move in, which was such a blessing.
And then once my parents left we started our Marriage Course!!!
Marriage Course - Day 1
As many of you know, Taylor & I did a six week marriage course and then blogged about it every week - you can catch those posts here:
The course is called The Heart of Family by Kirk & Chelsea Cameron and it is truly an amazing course - I say this over and over again, but both Taylor & I would highly recommend the course. You don't have to have any problems in your marriage or be going through anything, even if you feel like you have the perfect marriage you should do this class. It's 35 dollars and 100% worth the investment. If you have any questions about the course and want to talk about your relationship and/or marriage, PLEASE reach out to Taylor or I and we'd LOVE to talk with you!
Buy the course here!
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Speaking of marriage, Taylor & I celebrated our ONE YEAR anniversary in September!!!
For our anniversary Taylor got me tickets to see Suzy Bogguss, which for those of you who don't know, is one of my all time favorite singers - she is a country singer from the 90's and I LOVE her music.
To top it all off, we got to meet her after the show and get TWO signed CD's - one for me and one for my dad.
Read all about our first anniversary here - it's a good story and i'll bet it's nothing like you'd expect it to be!
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In October we took a trip up to Waco, Texas for Magnolia's 3rd Annual Silobration
This trip is one of the highlights of my year - my parents and Taylors mom all came down for the weekend - we rented an Airbnb in Waco and we spent the weekend shopping at Magnolia, eating cupcakes, drinking sweet tea, wandering up and down the market and watching Jon Foreman and Johnnyswim play AMAZING shows.
Honest to goodness, one of the best weekends ever.
and then from Waco we drove up to Dallas for the Texas State Fair - a must do for any first time Texan.
Also in October, we went and did a little photo shoot for our Christmas cards and we found the CUTEST little ranch right here in Austin - Star Hill Ranch.
One last thing in October . . . we started our brand new JOBS! #adulting
In November we celebrated Taylor turning 27!!!
Happy Birthday BABE!
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Before we knew it, it was December and we were headed back up to Magnolia to take our annual picture with SANTA!
I asked Santa for one thing this year . . . . a job at Magnolia. Although Christmas has passed, I'm still holding on to that wish. Keep your fingers crossed, friends!
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And then it was Christmas and we were back home with Taylor's sweet family in Seattle!
Christmas was magical this year - we flew in on Christmas Eve and we woke up to the most beautiful white Christmas. We got to spend precious time with our two nephews and with Taylor's sisters, brother-in-laws and parents.
We missed my family of course, but we felt so blessed for the opportunity to go home and be surrounded with family.
2017 was one heck of a year and we're grateful for every opportunity and every moment - we're feeling abundantly blessed as we welcome in 2018.
Happy New Year, dear friends!
We love you.
Cheers to 2018
- XO -
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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