Day Trip to The Silos

January 2017

January has brought with it less stress and returning our home back to normal. Actually, we just took down all our Christmas decos last Monday…but who’s keeping tabs. 😉 It’s nice to have the house back to its normal self. Everything is back to being clean, orderly and organized. We are getting back to our normal routines and I am finally getting this post up. I have been meaning to update the blog with our quick day trip but to be honest when I’ve had free time, I’ve been taking that time to read, rest and rejuvenate. It’s been blissful. Now on to the deets of our trip!

Christmas break was quickly coming to an end. We were in the final days of our break and we woke up one morning and decided to take an impromptu road trip to Waco, Texas to go see Magnolia Market at the Silos (and were hoping to catch a glimpse of Chip & Joanna!). Like many of you, we are huge fans of the show “Fixer Upper”.  We haven’t been and it has been on our to-do list for quite some time.

It was a beautiful, unseasonably warm day in December. Colt filled the tank up with gas, packed some snacks and we were ready to head off to Waco. Adventuring is our favorite! We were anticipating all the sights the Silos had to offer. When we arrived, we didn’t have to park too far away and we eagerly walked hand in hand up to the entrance.

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It was incredible how many people were there on a weekday. Everyone was so friendly and kind. Someone was even sweet enough to offer to take our picture for us!

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I loved that all the Christmas decorations were still out. It made the grounds that much more festive. It was such pleasant weather to walk around, sight see and enjoy the outdoors. Everything was just so quaint, pretty and perfect!

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We checked out the Seed Supply Store, as well as, the greenhouse. It made me want to buy up all the flowers, herbs and seeds and plant it all. I really wish I had a greener thumb than what I have. I hope this spring I have more time to garden.

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How do I grow my own vegetables and herbs?! I would love to be able to do that. Also, seems like a lot more work than I care about taking on right now. Maybe someday! Plant lady goals.

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After the seed supply store, we walked over and checked out all the food trucks. When Colt used to live in San Antonio, I would go visit him and one of our favorite things to do was to go check out the food trucks and try out different foods. This reminded us of S.A. Food trucks for days. Yum!

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It was a bummer this one wasn’t open! Must go back and give it a whirl! 

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I loved how there were picnic tables for eating, swings for swinging, comfy outdoor chairs and more than enough outdoor games for families and friends to play. Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Finally, it was time to head in and check out Magnolia Market! Give me all the cotton stems and milk glass vases!

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Can you spot, Colt?!

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How adorable is this little girl’s bed?! Swoon! 

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I had heard from several people, that many of the items were overly priced. Now that I have seen it with my own eyes, yes, lots of items were pricey. I was looking at a wreath when I overhead the gentleman next to me tell his wife, “This stuff is expensive. We can go get the exact same thing at Hobby Lobby!” Which is probably true. Hah. We still bought a few things… “when in Rome…” right?!

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After a long while of shopping, perusing and looking at every.single.thing. We decided it was time to head out for a delicious treat! Off we headed to the bakery building. Lots of people must’ve had the same idea because the line was wrapped along side the building! We were willing to wait. We weren’t leaving without a sweet treat!

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So many treats sold out!!!! 

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These window boxes though!!!

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The wait wasn’t too bad. It was about 15 minutes before we were able to go inside. Once inside there were cupcakes for days! Cupcakes are life!!!!!

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We paid for our treats and headed outside to enjoy these tiny pieces of heaven and sit at the cutest bistro table together. Colt ordered a chocolate chip cookie and I ordered a lemon lavender cupcake!

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Seriously the BEST and tastiest cupcake I’ve had in a long while! Sharing a lemon lavender cupcake, on a December evening, with my handsome husband, was the cherry on top of an already perfect day.

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This was a great day filled all my favorites: shopping, sun, leisure, tasty treats, and most importantly this handsome guy next to me. It was just what we needed before heading back to the hustle and bustle of school and work.

This day was a fairy tale.

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Christmas Pictures 2016

December 2016, January 2017

Hooray! I am finally getting around to uploading our Christmas pictures up on the blog! We took our pictures on a freezing, cold, dreary, windy, December Saturday. Contrary to what we look like in our pictures, our hands were freezing and I’m pretty sure my nose and fingers were this close to frost bite! Colt and my sister were such a good sport about it all!

Originally we had just wanted one, quick snapshot for our Christmas cards. (It was SO cold outside, afterall!)  What we got was much better. My sister was so kind as to take the time to snap some photos of us. She did just a fantastic job capturing the moment and our personalities. Huge thank you to her and her talent.

I wanted to add our pictures to the blog to have for safe keeping for many years to come. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did taking them.

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Aaaaaand here is the picture we chose for our Christmas Card this year! I just love Christmas card season… don’t you?! Thank you to everyone who sent a card this Christmas. We loved seeing all the beautiful pictures of our smiling loved ones.

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We still cannot believe the holiday season is over. Only 344 sleeps until Christmas 2017! Hope everyone’s January and New Year has been off to a positive and fun start.

 

We love you all!

 

Happy New Year!

January 2017

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Happy New Year, friends! One of my favorite times of year is New Year’s Eve. Something about the bubbly, the sequins, the glitter, confetti, the countdown, celebrating with loved ones, a midnight kiss, the tradition of eating a dozen grapes at the stroke of 12 and looking forward to all the adventures the new year has in store for us in the months ahead. The optimism and the new beginnings the new year brings is exciting and hopeful. It’s a fresh start. In the words of Oprah, “Cheers to a new year, and another chance for us to get it right!” Truer words have never been spoken.

Last night we kept it pretty low-key. One of our couple friends was having a party but we were unable to stop by due to Colt coming down sick. He woke up NYE morning with a stuffy head, congestion, cough and an achy body. That wasn’t going to keep us from putting on our fancy clothes and welcoming the new year in style! 😉 My fam came over even though 3 out of 4 of them were also sickly. It was fun nonetheless. What better way to ring in the new year than with people and pup that you hold dear?

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Happy New Year from me & Benji! 

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We celebrated and made it til 1:30 Am or so. And by we made it until 1:30, I mean we were showered, in our jammies and laying in bed watching a movie! Such a relaxing start to 2017 and my birthday!

This afternoon we woke up and headed over to my parents for my birthday lunch, cake and the Cowboys game. My family had the cutest setup waiting for me. I really am the luckiest!

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Today was filled with so much joy, love, laughter and blessings. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my birthday. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped make my day smiley and special with a text, a facebook message, a snapchat, a card and or a phone call! I have felt so much love!

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One of the best parts of the new year is that it gives each of us a clean slate and a fresh start. My resolutions this year include: being in the moment more & on my phone less, hydrating & drinking more H2O throughout the work day, having a little more patience, declutter and buy less “things”, read a few more books and of course the same ol’ make smarter food choices and exercise more!

2016 was a blessed and positive year for us. It was filled with many adventures, travels, lessons learned, friends, family and tons of love. I hope 2017 brings with it good health, success, joy, happiness, adventure and more love. We will continue to celebrate life and cherish every day we have on this earth. We will reflect on how to make our quality of life even more enjoyable, such as, leaving work at a decent time, smiling more, walking 10,000 steps a day, show gratitude, pray, get 7 hours of sleep and socializing. We challenge you to take a look at your life and make sure it’s exactly what you want it to be. If it’s not, that’s okay. This is your time. It’s a new year for a new you and to make the changes you need to live the life you want!

“The happiest time of my life is now!” – Marilyn Monroe

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Happy New Year!

Here’s to new beginnings!

We love you all!