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Spring Love

Fall has just about always been my favorite season. I love the changing leaves (even though that happens pretty late here in San Antonio), wearing cute layers, cozy evenings with hot chocolate, forcing Wrigley into his Christmas sweater. But over the last couple of years, Spring has really been giving Fall a run for its money as my favorite season. Warmer evenings, longer days, dinners outside, fresh flowers from our garden, pastel colored shorts, bluebonnets blooming along the side of the highway, Fiesta season, I just can’t get enough of it!

This Spring is extra special because it marks the first time since we graduated from Trinity that Chip is not studying for the CFA, so it’s been a lot of fun getting to share this season for the first time in four years. We’ve already planted some new vegetables and flowers in our garden and so far, they’re all growing pretty well. Chip’s dedicated himself to our grass and it’s slowly getting more and more green and plush, so Wrigley has loved getting some Vitamin D outside and games of frisbee. We recently got some patio furniture from Ikea and I’ve forced kindly asked Chip to eat outside with me as much as possible. It’s wonderful. Spring, please feel free to stick around as long as possible.

New roses

New roses

New blooms from the rose bush we planted last spring

New blooms from the rose bush we planted last spring

Glad our gerbera daisies survived the winter

Glad our gerbera daisies survived the winter

First signs of a baby squash

First signs of a baby squash

Tomatoes and basil - can you say pizza night?

Tomatoes and basil – can you say pizza night?

Flower side of the garden

Flower side of the garden

Still need to plant more vegetables and herbs

Still need to plant more vegetables and herbs

Need a low maintenance plant? Get geraniums.

Need a low maintenance plant? Get geraniums.

Little bit of greenery for our table

Little bit of greenery for our table

Wrigley loves Spring, too

Wrigley loves Spring, too

What a goof

What a goof

Enjoying the bluebonnets with the pup last week

Enjoying the bluebonnets with the pup last week

Hope you’re all getting wonderful weather, too. If you are, you better be taking advantage of it before summer kicks in and we all run back inside!

God bless Texas

I’ve been in Texas for a while now. My time in San Antonio began in the fall of 2005 when I started my freshman year at Trinity. While I knew I loved Trinity’s campus, it took a while for San Antonio to grow on me. Coming from Tucson, San Antonio was huge. How many highways are in the city? Why are almost all of them under construction? How many people live here? How many restaurants say they have the best margaritas? Why is Texas the only state that can have its state flag at the same level as the American flag? How can there be enough material for “Texas state history” to be a required class? Initially, just about everything Texas-related was weird to me, and it made me love Arizona more and more.

Loved my freshman girls Bible study

Loved my freshman girls Bible study

Trinity grads

Trinity grads

After college graduation in 2009, I chose to stay here in San Antonio. I had come to love this city, had a job offer, and a sweet guy to keep me here. But it wasn’t until Chip and I got married in 2011 that San Antonio started to feel like home. I think it helped that I finally felt more “permanent.” We bought our home a few weeks before we got married which means this is the most time I’ve gone without moving in San Antonio. We found a wonderful church that we’ve been members of for a couple of years now. We continue to develop sweet friendships. We have our favorite go-to restaurants, even ones that Wrigley can join us at. There are different events and activities every season that we look forward to (is it weird we’re happy it’s spring so we can get started on yard work?). Y’all, I love this city.

I recently saw a Buzzfeed link on Facebook on why you should live in Texas at some point in your life. Check out this link to see the full list, but here are a few of my personal favorites in no particular order: Bluebonnets and wild flowers on the side of the road. Fiesta. Southern hospitality. Tex-mex restaurants everywhere. Breakfast tacos. Two-stepping. Eating outside in the spring. Shopping in Fredericksburg. Being a tourist on the Riverwalk.

God bless Texas.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Sending lots of love to all of you today and everyday!

I’ve never really been “into” Valentine’s Day (must have been all those single years growing up! haha), but it now holds a special place in my heart for one reason: it marks our first date. Yep, my very first date with Chip (first date ever, actually) was on Valentine’s Day. It was a simple date; after some botched communication at Paloma Blanca (Chip had been told beforehand that he would not need a reservation only to have us told there was a three hour wait when we showed up), we had a sweet, simple dinner at Paesano’s before he dropped me back off at my dorm at Trinity. We have fun remembering that first date every Valentine’s Day and how awkward it got started – “giving” me a flower by having it hang from his car visor for me to grab myself (talk about nonchalant, right?), not getting into Paloma Blanca, driving aimlessly around trying to find a place to go to while fearing we could easily end up at Denny’s, Chip begging the hostess at Paesano’s to get us a table… I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

And as a good Arizonan, happy 102nd birthday to the wonderful Grand Canyon State.

Hope you’re all spending today with those that are dearest to you!

Thoughts on blogging

Hello, friends. It’s been a while. Almost a month, to be exact. I really didn’t intend to take such a long break from blogging, but in hindsight, I’m glad it happened. When I first left my job back in the middle of November, I was excited about having more time to blog. I would write down ideas for new posts, think about different images and gifs that I could incorporate to add some color to what I was sharing. And then like many other projects, I turned it into a task that defined me. How long has this draft been sitting around before I finally hit the “publish” button? Did I include enough links? Did I sound funny enough? Smart enough? Gracious enough? How many views did this post get over the last one? I would look at other blogs and think “Hmm maybe I should start a series on that…” or try to sound as witty/smart/whatever adjective. It was as if what I wanted to share was never enough, I had to follow someone’s model.

And that’s when it hit me. I was no longer using this blog as I had originally intended. When I first started this blog a couple of years ago, it was primarily to help stay in touch with friends and family while Chip and I make a life for ourselves here in San Antonio. And in my perfectionist, performing ways, I had turned something good and fun into something that had to define me in some way. But a blog will never define me. Only my position as Christ’s daughter can define me.

I’m thankful I have been able to take a step back and re-evaluate why I share what I have on this blog. It’s not to impress anyone or to have people think highly of me. It’s to share little moments from our everyday life. Thanks for reading, friends.

Saving Mr. Captain Phillips Survivor American Hustle Osage County

Awards season season is upon us. And for the first time in a while, there are a ton of movies that Chip and I want to see. I mean a ton. I’m not sure why, but we just don’t go to the movies that often. Alright, it’s probably mostly my fault, I can get a little stingy about paying $20 for us to go see a movie. I mean, $20? Are you serious? For that reason, up until last weekend, the last movie we had seen was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire over Thanksgiving weekend. Last Saturday, we were debating which movie to go see and eventually decided to go see Saving Mr. Banks. It was wonderful. I laughed and cried at different parts of this bittersweet movie and was so impressed by the acting (and yet no Oscar nominations, hmm? Come on, Hollywood). It’s going to take us a while to get through our list, but we’ll eventually get through it (when will these hit the dollar theater? Do those still exist?). Which movies do you recommend we go see?

After hearing this year’s Oscar nominations yesterday, I think we may also need to add Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave, and Her to the list. And Chip thinks Ride Along looks hilarious, so we’ll see on that one (or wait until it comes out on Netflix…).

Happy Friday, everyone!

Sorry, Frosty

I recently wrote about how much I love Christmas music. Well, I have a confession to make… even though I could listen to Christmas music non-stop (which I have been for the past month and a half…), there are some songs that I honestly cannot stand. If these songs come on my Pandora stations, they are sure to get a thumbs down. Or if they come on the radio, I will either quickly pull up my Pandora app on my phone or if I’m in my car I’ll put in my Garibaldi Christmas CD or just halfheartedly sing along. I know. So terrible. I’m slightly ashamed.

 So which songs get under my skin? At the top of the list is “Frosty the Snowman.” Does that make me a grinch? I think part of it is because I never learned this story/song as a child past “Frosty the Snoman was a jolly happy soul….”, and another part is that to me this song has nothing to do with Christmas (is Frosty here just because he’s made of snow?). While I know the lyrics now as an adult, I just don’t have any interest in it. Sorry, Frosty, I don’t think we can be friends.

Another one that I really can’t stand is “Grandma Got Run Over by  a Reindeer.” I mean, really? How is this a Christmas song? Thankfully I will hear this song only a few times a year, guess it just isn’t a popular song request (can’t imagine why…). I also struggle with “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause.” I guess it’s cute-ish in theory, but definitely not my favorite. Pretty much the only version I will listen to is by the Jackson 5. Little MJ has some awesome Christmas music.

Now, my next one isn’t necessarily a specific song but anything by The Carpenters. I can’t take it. Everything they sing sounds so…. meh. Do they intentionally sing every song slower than normal? I will literally roll my eyes whenever their songs come on my Christmas stations and try to hit the skip button as quickly as possible.

One last song that just doesn’t do it for me is “Silver Bells.” For some reason I’ve just never been a fan of this tune.

Sigh… I feel so much better getting this off my chest. Are there any Christmas songs you could do without?

Thankful For: Home

Or rather, I’m thankful for who I share my home with. We may always have projects that we want to do around the house and don’t even get me started on how we could always clean/vacuum/dust, but as long as I have Chip and Wrigley, I’m happy. I don’t mean to be overly mushy, but it’s the truth. Those two boys may drive me crazy sometimes, but I can’t imagine what my daily life would look like without them.

 I am so thankful that I married my best friend. That he can make me laugh easier than anyone else can. That he can help me overcome my fears and weaknesses and is my number one supporter. That he works so hard for us. That we can serve alongside each other.

You all know how much I love our pup. He can be a downright conniving pest (many of you have seen him try to steal food while we pray before a meal), but I am so grateful for the joy he brings in our life. There’s nothing better than coming home to his excited face ready to lick us and throw himself in our laps for a belly rub.

So today, I am thankful for Chip and Wrigley and how they make our house a home. Please feel free to share whatever you are thankful for, hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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