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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hallie's 1 Year Pictures are Here!

I absolutely LOVE how Hallie's 1 year pictures turned out and I can't wait to share them here with you! First I have to tell you about the days we took these photos.  We were just coming out of that major flooding that Dallas was having! Remember me talking about those weeks of nonstop rain? Yep these photos were taken right at the end of that and the humidity was at it's finest of course...don't believe me, check out my hair towards the end of these photos!
Anyway, Hallie was also in a fairly grumpy mood the day we went to take the pictures (even with Whitney trading Hallie little pieces of tortilla for smiles...Bribery works folks!) so we ended up  stretching them over 2 days! (Thanks Whitney!) So that's why you might spot some inconsistencies with the balloons and what not! But even after all the fuss, as usual Whitney did a fantastic job with the photos!

So without further ado...some of my favorites!

The purple blanket was her favorite baby blanket

This is the crown she wore in her newborn pictures

This is the sweet one we used for the party invitations! 

Those eyes!

Of course Princess Margot had to make an appearance

The pearls were a gift from Hallie's Memi when she was born

Mini Daddy

Thank you again Whitney for the lovely photos! I am having a hard time choosing which ones to frame, so any thoughts are welcomed! Also if you want to check out the rest including Hallie's lovely bear crawl photos (since she couldn't yet walk and refused to crawl on the pavement) you can check them out here!

Happy Thursday!
<3 Kelly

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Who, What, When, Where, Why Wednesday with Sara

Happy Wednesday friends, and welcome back to another edition of Who, What, When, Where, Why Wednesday! Today I have Sara from My Journey of Doing over to tell us a little more about herself and her blog! I LOVE that Sara, like myself is from Dallas!

Who?- Who are you? Tell my readers a bit about yourself 

 Hi!  I'm Sara - a petroleum engineer turned college counselor.  I run a non-profit organization in one of the largest urban school districts and oversee 12 high schools and a staff of advisers who help 100% of the senior class apply to college!  When I'm not pretending that I'm still 18, I can usually be found with my husband, volunteering with Junior League, or plotting my next vacation. 

What?- What do you Blog about? 
I feel like my blog has been taken over by trying to plan our renovation that actually started this week (finally!) and Travel Tuesday link-ups (because I love to distract myself from all the work that is coming up in August with the start of a new school year) lately. I enjoy trying and sharing new recipes, posting about DIY/decor projects (though admittedly there haven't many of those in anticipation of the remodel!), and bragging on my staff and our students.  I'm constantly resolving to be a better blogger.   

When?- When did you start blogging?
Oh boy.  I've been blogging since the LiveJournal days of 2002. (LIVEHOURNAL! Thanks for that blast from the past Sara!) I've run through quite a few different blogs since then, but this one appears to be here to stay! 

Where? –Where do you live? 
 Dallas, Texas

Why?- Why did you decide to blog
When I started this blog, my then-boyfriend-now-husband had just started his own law firm and we were trying to get it off the ground.  I was still working in oil and gas consulting, and I felt like all I did was work.  I started this blog to try and make myself DO MORE - whether that was baking or cooking, making projects, or getting involved in things outside of work.  I wanted a space that would allow me to embrace more of my creativity and challenge me to quit focusing solely on work. 

Ready to get to know Sara a bit better? Here comes the fun part:

1. What show could you watch reruns of over and over and never get sick of?
 There's not just one.  There couldn't be.  The Newsroom and West Wing are two shows that my husband and I will watch together non-stop.  Aaron Sorkin is a genius and his writing (and high-mindedness) inspires me - where are these newsmen and politicians that he writes about??  I really think we should seek to emulate them to improve our world!  My guilty pleasures are Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl.  Gilmore Girls because it reminds my mom and me of our relationship and Gossip Girl for Blair's clothes and headbands... and because I wish I looked like Blake Lively. (I am with you on those last 2!)

2. What is your favorite recipe to make? 
My dad's semi-homemade chicken alfredo!  It's easy, tasty, and it's been a part of my life for over 20 years... which is actually kind of ridiculous to think about now.

3. Tell us about your favorite memory from your wedding.  
 Oh my.  So hard to choose.  Let's start with the fact that as soon as the priest said the final words on the last reading, my husband didn't wait for the priest to proclaim us husband and wife, he didn't wait to be told he could kiss the bride, he just went for it.  The photos of my bridesmaids reacting to it always makes me laugh.  There's also a moment that wasn't photographed - but, right before my Matron of Honor walked through the doors of the church during the ceremony, she turned to me and whispered, "You're getting married!"  It was the sweetest thing ever - I doubt she remembers it - but I remember the sheer excitement that she shared with me at that big moment - and it touched my heart.  (Doesn't Sara look gorgeous?! Fun Fact...she got married in one of my favorite Churches!)  

4. What is your favorite spot in your home town?
If you come to Dallas, you HAVE to go to Mi Cocina.  They have the best salsa, the best margaritas, and the best food.  I have a really special place in my heart for Nasher Sculpture Center, and I love the Dallas Arboretum.  If you're coming to shop, NorthPark mall is where it's at now - but don't go on the weekends (unless you get up super early!).

5. What's the best vacation you've ever been on? 
 Impossible, Kelly!  Obviously, the dream trip was our two-week honeymoon to Europe.  We put it off for eighteen months because my non-profit program grew significantly right before we got married.  (Canceling it was SO HARD.  So many tears.)  We finally took it this past April, and it was amazing.  Neither one of us did ANY work (unheard of!) and we spent our days wandering through Italy, France, and Ireland.  It was such a luxury to be able to take two weeks off from work and just enjoy being with each other.  Speaking more practically, we absolutely love Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco.  We did our mini-moon there and whenever I'm stressed or overwhelmed, I just think of what it would be like to be there, enjoying the cool weather and the ability to do absolutely nothing but enjoy the beautiful coastline. (I AM SO JEALOUS YOU GOT TO GO TO HALF MOON BAY! Each time I got to San Fran I always think I am going to get out there and never do! Next time!) 

Thanks Sara for joining me today! Y'all don't forget to check out her blog today!
<3 Kelly

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pearl the Mermaid

Being a Summer baby, I was dying to get Hallie a little Mermaid doll! I had seen a bunch advertised and had settled on a precious one from Etsy! The day I finally went to make my purchase (if you know me at all I tend to stew on possible purchases FOREVER before I finally take the plunge and make the purchase) I found that the shop owner had practically doubled her prices! I just couldn't justify this doll purchase. I searched Etsy for days and found several shops with some very cute dolls, but was stunned when I found these precious hand made dolls from Lunnita Studio.

She has so many adorable dolls both in her shop and on her Facebook page! I just couldn't decide! I had been dead set on a mermaid from the beginning though, so eventually I went with this precious Mermaid doll, which we affectionately named Pearl, after Hallie's birthstone! 
Pearl is gorgeously handcrafted and completely flawless! 
She is perfect for play
And is also great to cuddle up with! 

We couldn't be more pleased with our selection!  I am completely blown away with the quality! The customer service of the sweet shop owner is amazing as well.  She is super quick and so easy to work with! Speaking of easy to work with, she also does custom orders! Please make sure to check out all of the beautiful dolls she has crafted on her Facebook page before making your selection on Etsy! There are so many gorgeous dolls to choose from!
We will definitely be back for more dolls!
Happy Shopping!
<3 Kelly

Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas in July

Hallie and I had a wonderful weekend! We got to spend plenty of time with family! Hallie got to see ALL 4 of her grandparents and even some of her friends!

And of course being the 24th and 25th of July (Friday and Saturday) we celebrated Christmas in July! Aside from listening to nonstop Christmas music for 2 days, this is how we celebrated:

On Friday:
Cleo and Sadie still had some business to attend to before we could get to the fun stuff! They had reading to do and some math to practice and what not.  Hallie busied herself reading Christmas books and playing with her favorite Christmas buddies:
Where is Baby's Christmas Present / Frosty the Snowman

I tried to make Math fun by giving the girls Christmas themed word problems

After math, the girls were anxious to watch their favorite Christmas movie! So we curled up with some popcorn!
 Cleo and Sadie both wore red for the occasion

After the movie we baked some cookies

While they were cooling though I had a fun game planned:

Christmas Carol Pictionary:
 I wrote names of Christmas Carols on paper and the girls took turns drawing them out for us all to guess which carol they were drawing! It was hilarious!  Among my favorite guesses was: "No talk Night" (Silent night) Sadie left us in fits of giggles! 
When the cookies cooled, the girls had fun decorating and eating their yummy treats! 

We made a lot more, but my hands were starting to get sticky and covered in frosting! It was a great day though!! 

After some fun playing with her friends, Hallie and I went to downtown McKinney with my parents to have some lunch, do a little shopping and of course we HAD to stop into Emporium Pies for their Christmas in July pies! 

They were super delicious! Hallie loved them of course! 

Hope everyone else had a FANTASTIC weekend! Did you celebrate Christmas in July?
<3 Kelly
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