Monday, December 5, 2016

5th Street Tradition.

Christmas on 5th street is easily one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
Baylor hosts this free event every year. Last year we spent too much time in line to see Santa and didn't get to do much else.
This year, we saw it all!

We got there very early and had no lines for the live nativity, petting zoo, pony rides, or tree farm.
We had a special guest take Papa's place this year.

We did have to wait in line for the carriage rides but it was a good time.
as you can see, she was really interested in the horses!

This girl loves her animals. She had almost no issue being put in a pen with 50 people and 30 animals. even when they were jumping up to get her food. She just kept on petting and feeding and hugging!

 We got to see some sleighs.
Look how she loves Grandma!
This was one of many decorated trees at the tree farm.
She loves her Baylor Bears!

All around it was a good time. She was a trooper and said, "this is the best day ever!"


Friday, December 2, 2016


This year we were excited to host Thanksgiving in our new home with family.
We had a house filled with 7 adults, 6 kids, 2 dogs, 20 pounds of turkey, 16 pounds of ham, and a bowl of lemons of Uncle Daniel's tree.
Oh, when I mean I "hosted" what I really mean is I opened my door and let people in.
 They did all the rest. They went grocery shopping, stocked the fridge, cleaned out the fridge, made room in the fridge, cooked 75% of the food and helped make sure I didn't mess up the other 25%.



The weather was perfect for some park adventures and our home was filled with love and laughter.
This is exactly what we envisioned when we bought the B&B ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dining Room Makeover.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we (by we, I mean I) set a goal of completing the dining room just in time for Thanksgiving. And boy did we go down to the last minute. The table and chairs were delivered two days before Thanksgiving!
We started the project about a month ago by painting the walls.
Where it went from this.

to this;
It really lightened up the space and make it look bigger. Because of the length and color, I had to make the curtains but I'm glad I did! I love them and they only cost $22
(lots of coupon stacking happened).
The most obvious issue - besides the mess, was the red chairs.
The color was off. But more than that, the table only allowed for 4 people. We have had up to 11 people at staying at the house at one time so we knew we needed more.
I shopped around for new sofas (another story for another day) and the table and chairs at one time.
They are in the same space so they really needed to match.
We ended up with this table from Home Zone
I really, really love the chairs too! BUT we have a 2 year old!
I went back and forth on these. Ultimately I decided that since these are the chairs we would use EVERYDAY, they probably would not stay white very long. So... we passed on those.
And got these.
They are a bronze color and very durable. It looks like something off of Fixer Upper, huh?
We put them together and voila!
Here is a close-up of the colors.

 The most recent addition is the butcher paper roll.
I just put a piece of twine through the roll and hung it on a nail (for now). I think it would look cute on an interesting hook or knob.
I've always like the idea because it satisfies my need for seasonal change ;)

I love my new space!
Neil loves that its done, I'm sure.
Lots of new posts coming soon!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Our Curious George goes Trick-or-Treating.

This year Reyna requested going as Curious George for Halloween.
We had two trick or treating events. The first was at the University dorms. This was a perfect experience. I borrowed Papa's costume for the day and was the MOM with the Yellow Hat.

 She kept that mask on most of the time but she looked like a little monkey without, too!
She was so excited.
"Ooh Ooh Ahh Ahh"
 Showing off her tail!
On Halloween night we went to the famous Colcord event.
Our friends live on the street. They block off a few blocks and they get thousands of people coming through. They start at 6pm which is GREAT for littles.
This time, she got her Man with the Yellow Hat. And they were adorable!
 What a good sport that Papa is!

Probably her favorite part was handing out candy.
Josh "let" us pass out candy at his house and it was intense!
this is a snapshot of the continuous line at his house!

 The best part was getting to see our little friends.
Penny the ghost.
 That little fisherman, Wendel!!
Our Curious George family - Professor Wiseman, George, Man with the Yellow Hat

Can't wait for next year!

Friday, October 28, 2016


We celebrate half birthdays around here and I'm so glad we do.
Yesterday our little pumpkin turned 2.5
we have made it a tradition to go to the pumpkin patch and eat a cupcake on her half birthdays and boy was she excited about it!
We started by visiting the pumpkin patch at Magnolia.
I don't know when this started, but her little grin melts my heart!
Kind of mischievous with a mix of cuteness.

We picked up cupcakes

 and headed home for a play date with her "little sister" Ellie.
Reminder to self: she has AMAZING big sister qualities!
Then we headed to her favorite place - the library.
Yes, this was a lot for one day but the books were due and it was her (half) birthday so....

She literally spends hours there. now, she looks at pictures and makes up her own stories. its adorable and entertaining.
We waited for Papa to get home and had dinner and our cupcake celebration!
She was totally into it and even requested that we sing to her AND requested candles!!
 no candles but she was happy to pretend!

at 2.5 five she is very mature and intelligent - loves Curious George and Paw Patrol - she is fully potty trained, even at night (though I'm not brave enough to let her) - she love pickles - she is kind - she likes feeding the dogs and helping me cook - she can ride her tricycle and scooter - she loves hiking - she gives the best hugs
three sounds too big and so far away so we will relish this stage!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend Warriors.

This weekend, we got to spend time with Aunt J.
Thursday - Sunday of uninterrupted time!

We did breakfast, walking, and shopping before school pickup.
Then Reyna was so excited to go "climb mountains" with Aunt J.
(this means hiking. although, it is VERY rocky and steep)

We got to show Aunt J how we twirl with our arms open when we reach the top -  "We did it!"
Then we went to the playground and gathered leaves.
We spent Saturday at the Farmer's Market, riding the trolley, hitting up the murals, and going to the park.

It was so good to have Aunt J around!
We miss her already!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Grandma Bettie visits Waco.

Since the weekend is almost here, I thought I'd better post about last week/weekend.
We had special guests all week. Grandma Bettie came down with Neil's Mom on Monday and spent the entire week helping me! It was a busy week at work and Neil was gone most of the time so the extra hands were so helpful!
It was such a treat to have Grandma in our neck of the woods and share our town with her.
We feel honored to have her stay with us in our new home!
The were able to play tourist a little bit.
They went to Zoo day at Reyna's school, went to the park, painted, baked, and just played all day.
We were even able to go a football game AND dinner...on our bikes!

I didn't take many pictures because I wasn't there much but here are a few from Saturday's Homecoming parade.

It went by so fast! I'm so grateful for helping hands! Looking forward to another set of hands this weekend!