October 9, 2017

celebrate | eight

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Last week we celebrated our EIGHTH anniversary, like we always do, with dinner at Stella's just the two of us. It's hard to believe that we've been married now for the better part of a decade (and together for a good bit longer than that)! We've had a year of rest, a year of travel, a year of being together. I'm excited for what's next for us, but this year is something I will forever treasure in my heart. 

Mikey, you're such a stud. I love doing this life alongside you. Thank you for making me feel like a queen...for constantly telling me (and showing me) how special and beautiful I am to you. I couldn't have known eight years ago what our promises would hold, but I am so thankful to still be fighting for each other and to be honoring those promises together. Thank you for choosing me as your bride that day and every day since. All my love, always! 

Keep me safe mister & I'll keep you wild. I promise. 





October 5, 2017

kansas city, the bits & pieces

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things that i'll remember when i look back on this trip:

carrying my 4th(!) baby boy in a new city
late night chats in our own little bungalow
shared plates (always)
all the beignets + coffee + ice cream 
joe's pulled pork + sausage upon arrival in our new city
ubering all over the city
antiquing for days 
talks of babies and future trips 
a 5 year anni dinner 
and always, plans for #girlstrip2018 


girls trip | kansas city, mo | part 2

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Y'all. We started our second day at the River City Market where they lured us in with promises of beignets & coffee. We each ordered 2 orders of beignets (enough for at least 6 people) and oohed and ahhed over the deliciousness. We found ourselves in West Bottoms after beignets for a day of antiquing. My only regret is that I couldn't (cheaply) get home the large items I fell in love with (lockers, cow hide rugs, etc). I've already told Mike that I'd love to go back with a trailer for the treasures we left behind. Wishful thinking? 

We chatted while we wandered & sifted through treasures. We dreamed of a family trip one day, husbands & kids in tow. We celebrated two babies on the way. We ate well and slept long and hard at the end of each day. These girls, this trip, forever a part of my heart. 

October 3, 2017

girls trip | kansas city, mo

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Our 5th annual girls trip took us to Kansas City, MO this year! We're 5 years, 5 babies (with 2 on the way) in and say that it takes perfect alignment of the stars to find a weekend that works for us all...but, we keep making it happen. 

I don't think I had any expectations for what Kansas was going to be like, but I was pleasantly surprised by all it had to offer. Thanks to sweet friends from our gym who moved to KC a couple of years ago, we had an extensive list of things to do, places to see & restaurants to try while we were there. 

After settling our stuff into our quaint Airbnb, we walked to Joe's BBQ for lunch. Not only was this place recommended to us by my friends, but it popped up on every "KC Must Do" list we checked. Needless to say, it didn't disappoint! Between the laughter & stories shared, we ventured to the River City Market, sipped iced coffee at Quay, and explored a ginormous antique mall. 

I'm so thankful for Mikey & the village of people we have surrounding us who help take care of our kiddos while I'm gone. I know it's no small feat to care for our pack of wild wolves for a few days and will forever be grateful for a chance to escape with these girls while they're being looked after! 

September 27, 2017

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reading: A Woman's Words (a Grace study) 


playing: Ray Lamontagne (on Pandora) 



trying: to get things in order for fall art shows & photo shoots! 

cooking: stir fry / pesto chicken with gouda ... waiting for it to cool off a bit, but i'm pumped to try this recipe 

eating: dark covered chocolate covered almonds (thanks Trader Joe's) 

drinking: coke zero & lots of water 

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calling: Haley 

texting:  amber & alexa ... all.the.girls.trip.things!!! 

pinning: mostly photography ideas 

planning: Amos' fifth birthday (!) 

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crafting: nothing currently 

doing: packing for our girls trip & running last minute errands 

going: to Kansas City, MO for our 5th annual girls trip (TOMORROW!) 

loving: that we're getting so close to meeting BabyM4

hating: that our house has been sick for almost a month now 

discovering: that i'm going to need a job just to feed our boys here soon (taking donations haha!)  

enjoying: sweet, sweet time in the morning with just Sollah-Roo & Ez while Amos is at preschool

hoping: that BabyM4 can hold out until after my Christmas card sessions are done (: 

celebrating: when our kids stay in their beds all night 

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smelling:  cowboy cookies .. that ended up more like a cowboy cookie cake (?) 

thanking: Mikey (& Mimi & Papa) for keeping the boys this weekend so I can go on our girls trip

considering: life as a family of S I X 

finishing: editing pictures from church from a couple of weeks ago 

starting: my 4th load of laundry for the day #sendhelp 

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September 26, 2017

celebrate | Cheers to 80 years!

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Cheers to 80 years! We celebrated our sweet, precious Honey this past weekend with a surprise party for her 80th birthday! Much planning and thought went into this shindig and while Honey hates to be the center of attention, she was such a good sport. We spent the evening talking with family and friends, celebrating Honey and all that she is to all of us. What a joy to see everyone there for her, recognizing what a special lady she is, and to hear stories & recollections of memories of her from those who came. 

Happiest 80th birthday to my Honey!