Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Night Photo Dump | August & September 2015

It turns out I don't have a ton of random iPhone photos from the last couple months, but there are some memorable ones nonetheless.

The kids both had their official first days of school for this year (even though they are with the same teachers as this summer), which clearly had to be documented.

And I love this outtake. 

Trying to beat the end-of-summer heat.

Post-bath sweetness.


Family portrait by Ava (including the two dogs). I evidently have a mustache.

Chalk time. (Rylan only tries to eat it every two minutes, which is why this chalk comes in very handy).

Fun at Ollie's cowboy birthday party.

 A date night to watch the Cowboys. 
It was still too dang hot in Texas for a PSL in September. So, hibiscus tea was the drink of choice…plus a matching mani.

This boy is particularly happy whenever food is involved.

Sweet girl.

Pretty sure hanging this gallery wall took years off my life. I highly recommend using a staggered layout instead.

Every day when I pick this little guy up from school and we get in the car, he gets his NuhNuh and immediately lays his head down on my shoulder to snuggle. And all is right with the world.

First car-cart ride together. It's like driving a barge, but so worth it.

One of my new favorite workday dinners: baked sweet potatoes topped with crockpot chipotle chicken, spinach, and goat cheese.

Sunday morning milk and snuggles.

It's only fitting that Ava learned how to write "queso" on National Daughters Day. She is definitely mine.

My boys. Photo credit: Ava.

Ava decided to add her own decor to our fall mantle.

Sangria + cheese + patio + some of my best girls = a perfect night.

"Excuse me, sir. Can I please see your license and registration?"

T…C…U! (I have trained them well.)


Finally, this video is one of my all time favorites. We have no idea where she learned this phrase, but you better believe this will be played at her rehearsal dinner. "Hit it, boys!"


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Web Crush Wednesday | Pumpkin {Part One}

Fall has finally arrived (even in Texas), and that means it is officially pumpkin season. Due to the plethora of fabulous pumpkin-related recipes, decor ideas, and other fun finds, I had no choice but to split this Web Crush Wednesday theme into two posts. 

Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast. I looove baked french toast, and this version looks amazing. The cream cheese filling is especially genius.

White Pumpkin + Pink Roses Centerpiece. Absolutely lovely. I especially appreciate that this is not your typical fall colors.

Cheddar & Chive Pumpkin Cheese Ball. Cheese in any form is a winner in my book, and this is so clever…especially the pie crust leaves.

No Carve Typography Pumpkins. There is no way mine would come out this neat, but I'm definitely willing to give it a shot. At least the no-carve part would mean they would last longer.

Pumpkin Churro Layer Cake. So many layers of deliciousness. This would be perfect for a fall birthday party.

Hipster Pumpkin T-Shirt. I find most fall/Halloween-themed kids' clothing to be extremely cheesy, but this t-shirt makes me smile. Rylan's has already been ordered (and Ava got this sugar skull shirt). 

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette. This would be fantastic over a salad topped with apples, goat cheese, and candied pecans.

The Pumpkin Gutter. What husband won't love the combination of pumpkin carving and power tools?!

Crumbly Pumpkin Bread. This banana bread recipe was glorious (the crumbly topping gets three thumbs up), so I can only imagine that the pumpkin version is equally as wonderful.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon. I would love a very large bowl of this deliciousness. As well as this pumpkin-shaped pot. 

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Chalkboard Print. My chalkboard skills are no where close to this, but one can dream. Or purchase the print.

Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts. If they are baked, they are healthy. Right?

Frida-Inspired Day of the Dead Pumpkins. Again, waaaay past my level of craftiness. But I can think of several fabulous painters in my family who could pull these off…unibrow and all.

Pumpkin Spice Beignets. My Dad often channeled his New Orleans roots by making beignets for us on the weekends when we were growing up. This picture makes me think I need to start the tradition up again. They would be the perfect accompaniment to a cold front and a giant cup of coffee.

Pumpkin Crafts for Kids. Some very cute, and (more importantly) easy, fall crafts.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. Because I clearly couldn't compile this post without a homemade PSL recipe. It looks super dreamy in that large mug.

Crockpot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix. Salty + sweet + tastes like fall. Sounds fabulous. My only complaint is that I don't like crockpot recipes that require this much attention throughout the cooking process.

Pumpkin Succulent Harvest Decoration. Love these. Since a glue gun is involved, I feel as though I could handle this project…with at least one glue burn. 

Melt-in-Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies. A former co-worker brought similar cookies to work one time, and they were incredible. Ava and I will be making these very soon.

Velvet Pumpkins. I love these elegant little velvet pumpkins. (Also, how did I just recently find out about this sister site of Anthropologie?!)

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Honey Butter. This stuff plus homemade biscuits sounds like a match made in fall heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bracelets. Flourish Leather is a wonderful Etsy shop filled with beautiful bracelets (in both adult and kid sizes) and other leather goods, including this "pumpkin spice" trio. I love her Insta account as well. 

Pumpkin Pie Baked BrieOh, baked Brie…how I love thee. I don't know if there is a more perfect Thanksgiving appetizer than this right here.

Pumpkin Party Cooler. Such a great idea. I don't have it in me to throw a Halloween party this year, but one of these days...

Pumpkin S'mores Cupcakes. Hello, lover.

Up next Wednesday, a whole other batch of fun pumpkin-themed finds. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House

The weekend before last was definitely one for the books. In a completely average weekend meets memorable moments kind of way. 

We started on Friday with a movie night at home. The movie of choice: the new live-action version of Cinderella.

Ava absolutely loved the "real Cinderella," and commented at one point that "It's all so beautiful, mama!" And she wasn't exaggerating. The costumes, setting, and cinematography were gorgeous, and the movie was absolutely charming. 

Ava was also quite fond of the popcorn.

My favorite part: holding my sweet girl's hand while we snuggled on the couch. Friday nights have definitely changed, but I wouldn't change them for the world. 

Saturday we enjoyed a lazy day at home, complete with lots of swinging in the backyard and an exciting TCU-SMU game (which was a little closer than I would have liked).

It's a good thing we took it easy on Saturday, because Sunday was a doozy. 

First, we headed out to the burbs for my law firm's family picnic event at Sandy Lake Amusement Park. We got there early so the kids would have plenty of time to enjoy the rides before lunch.

They loved their first carousel ride.

We also rode the mini-train. Unlike his first train ride, Rylan stayed awake for this one and had a blast.

Ava did too…despite how it looks in this picture.

She was also tall enough for quite a few of the rides, and took full advantage.

The lunch was fun as well, and overall, it was a great family destination. I would like to go back and try out the large pool at some point next summer...but not with my co-workers ;).

Sunday afternoon, my Dad and Rhonda joined us for an early dinner at Matt's. 

Nana and Grampsie were in Fort Worth for TCU Parents' Weekend, and we convinced them to stay an extra night in Dallas not only to enjoy some Bob Armstrong dip with their grandbabies, but also to attend the Garth Brooks concert with us. We bought the tickets pretty last-minute on Saturday, and I am so glad we did!

Garth played seven shows total in Dallas (some back-to-back in the same night), and practically everyone we know in DFW attended one of them. Their reviews, photos, and videos promised a wonderful show.

Thanks to an Instagram video from one of these friends, we realized that the seats behind the stage were surprisingly fantastic due to the round, open set-up. So, in comparison to everything else that was available, we scored a great deal on wonderful seats.

Garth promised to play "all the old stuff," and he delivered. Thanks to my days in middle school of playing The Hits on repeat, I knew every word…and wasn't afraid to sing along with the crowd. It was a good thing that the crowd knew all the songs, because Garth's voice was a bit strained after five shows (but still amazing).

Garth made a point to walk around the back of the stage every now and then, so we had an even better view for some of the songs. 

And finally, way more videos of the concert than anyone wants to see. But for posterity's sake, I had to include them all. 

"Two Pina Coladas" (Which could totally be the anthem for my senior year in college.)


"Unanswered Prayers"


"Thunder Rolls"


Trisha Yearwood joined Garth for a duet and then sang a few of her classic songs, including "How Do I Live" (during which I was captured on the jumbotron). 


And "She's In Love With The Boy."


Then it was time for more Garth…

"Callin' Baton Rouge"


"Friends in Low Places"


And, of course, "The Dance."


Despite Garth's hoarse voice, it was such a fun show! And I haven't been able to stop singing his songs since. "Oooooooh, I've got friends in low places…"

About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). After finishing law school, I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea, so I pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two who is constantly trying to balance family with a full-time job, which is by no means an easy task. I love: my sweet babies, my handsome husband, my very large family, my fabulous friends, wine, TCU football, holidays, cooking, pajamas, La Croix, reading, Hanky Panky underwear, coffee, Central Market, carbs, live music, a full DVR, the beach, mani/pedis, the number four, Anthropologie, speaking Spanish, trivia, sangria, Pinterest, cheese, dancing, Sprinkles cupcakes, thunderstorms, naps, Tex-Mex, the Texas Hill Country, a warm bed in a cold room, ranch dressing, my job. I hate: working mom guilt, snakes, heights, waking up early, ignorant people, vomit, paper cuts, green fruit, bad hair days, snoring, Miracle Whip, scary movies, bad drivers, pulpy OJ, trimming baby fingernails, bikini waxes, and working out. I think that about sums it up.


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