Monday, February 25, 2013

school closed

Monday morning is always a little rushed, a little scattered, and always little late around here. Today, we made it to school on time only to find that school was closed due to no power. Bummer. I was super frustrated and totally annoyed. My whole day would have to change around. Then I noticed how excited Miriam was. "Just me and you today mommy?" "School is closed," followed by a little smirk of pure joy. My girl sure loves her mommy and was thrilled that we got to turn around and go right back home. It made me turn my bad attitude around and be grateful for the time just the two of us. That's what children do. They make you think and be slow and play. We came home, had more coffee and set up a whole town of legos and trains. She loves to talk to her figures and pretend. We made a diving board for lego-man, elmo went to school, and our wooden buildings were stacked tall. We played naptime, a current fave, and talked about where her animals go potty. Did I mention we're potty training? I procrastinated for a long time, but it's nothing I'd made it out to be in my head. She's totally doing it. I just told her no more diapers, they're for babies, got big girl underwear, and a made a big deal about it the morning we started. We made a sticker chart together and she picks one when she goes. Maybe it's just luck. I have no idea, but hooray for small miracles. Thankful for my big, willing girl and, as it turns out, mighty thankful for a day off from school.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


After a hectic week, Sunday comes around as a welcome respite after days of motion. Cleaning the kitchen, going through mail, and watching Miriam play outside with Daddy is so calming. Just being home with the whole family. Time to shower, and plan dinner, and take the dog on a proper walk. Just time to be. Moosh and I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that ended up as one giant spread, but it was a happy accident. They got sort of thin, and toffee like. Sometimes all you need to revive your spirit is to beat some eggs and wash some dishes. It's good for the soul.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

my valentines

I'm a tad ho-hum about Valentines Day as I get older. It's much more fun for kids I think. We crafted and made strawberry heart skewers.  Miriam happily toted her handmade hearts to all her classmates and was thrilled when I came to her class party yesterday. But, as I was checking out D magazine the other week, I saw an ad for a Valentine's mini photo session. The style of photographer, Kelly-Christine's work immediately caught my eye. I told T this would be the perfect Valentine's "gift" for me. I'm always the one behind the camera, so it's mighty nice to have some memories of our entire family. I think they turned out really lovely, especially the ones of my sweets.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

the moms in big D

My momma, aunt Louise, and cousin Lauren all came for a visit last weekend. I'd forgotten how fun it is to have so many people packed in one house! Hair dryers going, makeup on every counter, bacon cooking in the skillet, air mattress in the playroom, magazines piled up, coffee being poured, and everyone in their robes. Just like home. It was lovely and relaxing, and busy, and wild - just like I'd hoped. Even Trevor enjoyed having all these ladies in the house. One of my favorite things we did was a day trip to Fort Worth. What a cool town and the stock show was going on so we spotted trailers, cowboys, and a ferris wheel. Mom steered us to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art which was really fabulous. Little dose of culture then lunch at Tillmans Roadhouse. Let me just say we had more than our fair share of good eats. I did my Texas duty of showing off the wide variety of mexican fare. High (Komali) to medium (Glorias) to low (Rusty Taco) we ate mexican food at almost every meal. When in Rome!
IMG_3404 IMG_3408 wood-girls One meal we strayed from the tex-mex was Neighborhood Services. Oh my gosh… it was one of those wonderful nights where everything just goes smoothly. Really happenin' vibe, great waitress, flowing cocktails, and the food was… well, perfect. We stayed up late listening to music and talkin' until we couldn't talk no more. The only thing missing from this trip was Miss Lauren partaking in the libations. Poor thing was fighting off those not so pleasant early pregnancy symptoms. I do think the food helped though and we celebrated her birthday with some pretty sweet cupcakes from Society Bakery. I am beyond thrilled she's having another baby. She is such a good momma and I miss her terribly already. I miss my momma too. I made her get dark nail polish at the salon and she was so not sure, but it looked chic.
IMG_3456 komali IMG_4566 IMG_4562 What else, might you ask, do you do in Dallas? Shop. We went to all the stores I'd heard about, but never wanted to go to by myself. All the fancy stores that are filled with beautiful things just for looking. The shopping here is endless and I don't even know all the places to go. Some of my favorite spots though were Gypsy Wagon (soooo my style I wanted everything in the store), Blueprint (just because it's so pretty inside), and our last stop was the mall - very exciting, right?! Had to pick up some Hannah Anderson training undies for the babies. I've totally been stalling, but it's time. Oh, and my favorite store was Timothy Oulton. He's the guy that's designed a bunch of things for Restoration Hardware and his only US store is here in town. Anyway, it's beyond cool and they fixed us the best cappuccinos in vintage British mugs so they sort of won our hearts from the get go. They have a giant fish tank with a yellow submarine inside so that should give you a little taste of what was going on. Why do the Brits always get it right? Overall I think they were very impressed with all that Dallas has going on and feeling good about our spot in Texas for now.
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Then they were taking back off in a flash. A weekend sure flies by. Back to reality and responsibilities. All the fun made it hard to get going Monday, but it's back to work and back to my little corner of the house. I've been hard at work on my office these days and can't wait to share soon.

Friday, February 1, 2013

listening, pinning, cooking, dreaming

Listening to Wild Child with a glass of vino, Paul Simon in NY while I work, and the Pistol Annies when I need a little country twang in the afternoon. 
Pinning these images from Vogue wanting to move in with this family in Brooklyn and give this pony a big hug around the neck.

Cooking Southwestern Sweet Potatoes (Trevor turned up his nose, then went back for seconds), Enchillada Soup, Tomato Soup, Brussel Sprouts, and the best Cauliflower of my life. Sipping Lakewood Lager helps too.

Dreaming of a trip with my husband. Thinking we need a short trip, just the two of us, real soon. Maybe Santa Fe, maybe Austin, maybe Hill Country? Sleeping in, later dinner, reading, and driving with my dude. Are we there yet?
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