Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

We're back! Check out the new combined blog here.

Hope you are enjoying this holiday season and looking forward to a happy new year!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is it Christmas Yet?

I think it is safe to say that Christmas this year will be a one stop shop for me. I haven't stopped drooling over the Emersonmade clothing line since it's grad debut and will kindly direct my husband to the site when December rolls around.

There is also a weird surge of motivation that I get when I look at where the line has been able to go in recent years. From starting out selling simple linen flower brooches, they are now about to unveil a new line of heels. Shoes! How do you even go about designing shoes? Do you call your local shoe maker and talk him through the design and then voila! you have custom made shoes? Who knows, maybe that's exactly how you do it. Either way, I am totally crazy for everything they offer and need to either a). get a job, b). win the lottery, or c). wait for the next hefty gift giving holiday to finally add one of these beauties to my closet. ( "A" is the right answer in case you were wondering but I'm hoping I can get away with "C"). Plus, she seems pretty nutty in a really fun kind of way and I totally support that.

from here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Little Emma just turned two and we celebrated in a big way! Check out some of our day here.

Zara Kids

After going totally bananas with the September lookbook from Zara Kids I decided to try my hand at making a little inspiration board. I had tried making these before and for some reason, it never worked out quite right. I think it's part of the whole lack of patience thing. However, these cutie pie little outfits deserved something special, that's for sure. Lately I have been wanting to make a trip to Dallas really bad and the thought of making a quick stop at Zara Kids is creeping up to the top of my list of motivators.

from here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Madewell/J.Crew Fall 2010

Just a few of the things I am eyeing at Madewell for the Fall. This gives me a break from drooling over the new Fall J.Crew catalog. All of those dark tones are killing meeeee (in a good way)! After seeing the cast of the new movie, The Romantics, featured in the catalog it made me realize that if I can figure out a way to be best friends with the insanely elegant Katie Holmes I will probably be able to snag all of Suri's hand-me-downs for Emma. That would be the coolest.

Our Weekend

To say that this weekend was good is a massive understatement. The weather was gorgeous, hot but bearable, which made for a nice relief from the scorching days we have been having the past couple of months.

It started off with a little realxing and jumping on the bed.

Then Emma and I went to Fiesta early on Saturday morning and had waaaaaay too much fun. That place is bonkers.

Then I cooked up a huge pot of charro beans that turned out really good considering I had no idea what i was doing.

Saturday night Sarah and Felipe came over for dinner and Emma found a new best friend.

On Sunday my parents took Emma to College Station for the day to visit Kelly so Brandon and I were able to have a date day. We hardly knew what to do with ourselves. We ended up spending the whole day out exploring a new part of the city, trying new food and drinks, and actually popping into a few shops. It was so awesome and long-overdue. Granted, all we did was talk about Emma, but at least we got to talk about her at CityCenter and at Town and Contry while perusing through the new layout at Restoration Hardware. I just about died and went to Heaven in there. We even agreed on several pieces of furniture we saw in there. This is HUGE people!

Brandon felt he needed to explore a clearing in the woods by our house and lookey what we found! A huge retention pond! lol It was actually really cute. I love it when we get to use the truck like it was meant to be used, even if it was only for a minute.

Seared Ahi Sashimi from our lunch in CityCenter. We cannot wait to bring Emma out there. She would have so much fun and we are both super curious about Ruggles. Can it really be as good as everyone says? Only one way to find out...

Phew, that was fun!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Today I am finally going to be done with all the assignments for my PPR course and will spend the rest of the day daydreaming of living in this house. It is officially the most beautiful home I have ever seen. Wouldn't you agree?


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Barton Springs


My thoughts exactly.

Finishing Up

Today I am already getting lots accomplished here in the library at Lonestar College. This certificate has been a lot more work than I originally thought. I was sure that the only education I would need to be able to teach would be to watch Kindergarten Cop and School of Rock about a million times. Done and done. It turns out there is so much more to learn :)

There should only be a couple more days of writing and then it's on to observing and subbing. Fun, fun! Remember when I said I was giving up coffee? That sure was funny wasn't it? I'm hooked bad with no cure in sight.

Now, for your entertainment/education:

And just in case I end up teaching bilingual education:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Party Planning

I decided that we are going to skip a "theme" for Emma's birthday this year and just have an old-fashioned dance party. I'm thinking New Years Eve meets ballet class. I love that she recognizes what a party is (ie. balloons, cupcakes, banners etc.) and am just going to let my craft closet explode all over the house. I'm not going to limit the color palette except for trying to keep all of the colors soft and really play up some fun metallics. Too much bold color kind of makes me crazy. This should be really fun and this whole "no rules" thing is quite liberating. These are just a few of the things I am thinking of getting for the shindig...

I love the whole rainbow cake fad that is going on right now but I think I will do it in mini rainbow cupcakes. How precious would that be? Plus, I don't think I have the skills for the cake just yet.

These number balloons are a must.

So are these polka-dot balloons.

Cake bunting? Yes!

This year I will most definitely get a coordinating party dress with my girl. Maybe it's silly, but last year I looked like a total mess and will never make that mistake again. These dresses from J.Crew are at the tippy top of my list. The pink one is soft and would be so pretty with a glittery halo but that green dress would be awesome with a skinny brown belt and loose updo. How fancy.

How awesome would it be to attempt to make some fun piƱatas and tassel garland like the ones from Confetti System? We'll have to see about this one, it looks like a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Emma the Photographer

Yesterday while I was reading to Emma before her nap I let her take a few pictures with my phone. I told her to take a picture of the flowers, and to my surprise, she did. The same went for when I told her to take a picture of her light and "pretty shirts". All you have to do is tap the screen on my phone to take a picture so it was simple enough for her to master in a matter of minutes, maybe even seconds. This kid is crazy smart. Sometimes I can't believe that I am lucky enough to be able to watch this incredible little girl grow and learn every single day.

I took this one right before she went to sleep. She was taking turns waving hi to me and putting a washcloth over her doll so they could both go "night night". This kid just melts my heart.
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