Week in Review

September 27, 2016

A day late, but what’s new? Ha. Although Isla was in school yesterday, it was such a busy day, filled with a million errands that I was excited to squeeze into five hours instead of the ten it would take with her by my side (not that I don’t love her company!). 

My grandma (“Granny Jill”) is here from Scotland for just over two weeks, so we spent Friday and Sunday in Katy with my parents, catching up, breaking bread and swimming (well, everyone else – you won’t find me in a swimsuit for at least 12 months!). We don’t get to see her nearly enough, so we’re excited to have time together now. We celebrated my dad’s birthday early on Sunday (his birthday is Thursday), and I’ve still only ordered one small gift. Any suggestions for a sports loving, outdoorsy, gadget Dad?

Some highlights from the past week include:

  • Photographing Destiny at River Oaks District and then eating lunch afterwards at True Food Kitchen  – it was rare that we dine without two wild toddlers by our sides!
  • Taking Alex’s photos at River Oaks District as well – it feels like it has been ages since we’ve shot together! 
  • Photographing Lyndsey at Anvil, Lamar High School and Highland Village – we were fighting the sunset, but got some fun photos in before it went down completely.
  • Having a little Girls Night Out at Soulcycle Memorial then eating dinner at Local Foods. It’s always so nice to get the ladies together!
  • Going to my second Orangetheory Fitness class at their new Sawyer Heights location, which is so nice! I am going to try to go to a class once a week (hopefully) to mix it up with running and DEFINE.
  • Taking family photos for my friend, Gentry, and newborn photos of a sweet baby girl named Abby! Gentry has four gorgeous kiddos and Abby was so sweet that it’s making me even more excited about our growing family. 
  • Having the first Mom’s breakfast at La Madeleine for Isla’s school, during which I volunteered to put together an auction basket for her class… with a sports theme. What was I thinking? I’m hopeless with sports! Ha.
  • Going Bayou City Fellowship on Sunday and hearing Curtis preach. We love it when he’s there! So grateful to have found such a wonderful church here in Houston.
  • Visiting the Children’s Museum and eating lunch at Barnabys with the Thompsons and Ivana on Saturday morning. The kids had so much fun, but I’m pretty sure Sasha was the most mesmerized. Ha.
  • Photographing Lilly at ProOptix, as she got an eye exam and picked the *cutest* glasses ever. I am definitely needing a new pair too! 
  • Watching the end of Isla’s soccer class, then rushing with her to Academy to get a pink soccer ball of her own, which she’s been kicking all around the house.

Hope you had a great week too! xo

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Week(s) in Review

September 19, 2016

Happiest Monday! Especially happy given that my website went back up over the weekend, after being down due to hosting issues all week long. I have had this blog for over four years now (where has time gone??), and I am not much of a cried, but would be lying to you if I said I didn’t cry frustrated tears on Monday when I wasn’t able to access WordPress. Thankfully, the wonderful gals at Blogzilla helped me get it back into action, and I can bring you two weeks worth of reviews! Because I totally know you were anxious for that, right? Ha. 

We started our serious potty training efforts on Friday after school. The first days are so frustrating and involved four accidents, but all in all, she’s starting to get the grip of it and didn’t have any messes last night! We’re going to be persistent no matter how many times we have to clean pants, undies and sheets! All tips welcome.

Some other highlights from the last two weeks include:

  • Spending five days in Durango with our good friends, the Jarvises – sweet Ellery is a few months older than Isla and we are obsessed with her! She has so much energy and spunk and had us dying laughing all week – also nervous at times when we thought she had eaten poisonous berries and got her head stuck in the banister!!!
  • Photographing a few last minute shots for the Meg Grant + Co launch today! Meg is seriously so talented, and I’m excited for her new branding.
  • Taking maternity photos for Kate Blue of For the Love of Fancy at Brazos Bend State Park – I’ve edited half and cannot wait to finish and send them over!
  • Having my 20 week appointment, where we did the anatomy scan and we got to see Emi’s toes, feet, hands, spine, heart, brain, etc. She is looking healthy!! So incredibly excited.
  • Photographing the new cuteheads fall collection, which is seriously the cutest ever! I’m obsessed with all of the pieces.
  • Going to brunch at Sweet Paris with Destiny, Truman and her mama and then taking some outfit photos afterwards. 
  • Finishing Isla’s second week of school with no tears at all – she had her school photos on Wednesday, and her practiced smile made me laugh so hard. It is the fakest smile ever, but totally works for a toddler photo.
  • Attending the Houston Tidbits It girl event at Neiman Marcus that Meredith won! Seriously so proud of her.
  • Going to family dinner at Adair Kitchen with my parents, sisters and Ivana – I’ve missed that Super Foods bowl!!! It’s delicious.
  • Eating The Counter Burger with Ivana and Bob on Saturday night after Kate’s maternity photos!
  • Getting my nails at Soho Salon – am I the only person that hates getting mani/pedis?? I’m so impatient and feel like it’s such a waste of an hour. 
  • Going to church at Bayou City Fellowship and eating lunch afterwards with Phil and Sydney at Ruggles Green – loved catching up with them after not seeing them for weeks!
  • Getting my photo taken for the A Couture Cause shoot with Traci Ling – although I don’t like being in front of the camera, I was honored to be included!
  • Meeting with, then subsequently picking, Kelly Cusimano as architect – we love him and can’t wait to start the design process!

I hope you have the best Monday and week to follow! I’m anxiously awaiting the 80 degree weather next week!

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Week in Review

September 6, 2016

Hello from Durango! We’re back in Colorado for a week, then return to Texas… indefinitely! Ha! I feel like we haven’t been home for more than 10 days in the past two months. So, of course this week in review post is late, but I do have some exciting news to share: we’re building a house! Last Monday, we closed on a tear-down property in Briargrove, a cute family-friendly neighborhood close to the Galleria, and met with a few builders and architects before heading to Colorado. We have one more meeting the Tuesday we return, and will make our final decisions after that. I’m so excited about this journey, although I know it’s going to be a big headache at times – especially with a newborn baby! 

Other big news was that Isla started her first week of Mother’s Day Out at Chapelwood and loved it (despite drop off, of course). She came home talking about Mrs. LAWWWWWren and her new friends. She’s going three days a week, and while I miss her like crazy when she’s gone, it’s nice to pack that time with photos and editing so that I can spend more time with the family at night!

Some other highlights from the week include:

  • Taking blog photos for Alex, Carrie, Molly and Destiny photos.
  • Eating lunch with Meredith at The Counter, because my veggie burger craving has yet to subside. It was so good catching up with her!
  • Coffee and crepes at Sweet Paris with Megan, where we ran into Elly, Lilly and Linh 
  • Photographing our good friends’ newborn baby girl, Harper, in her gorgeous floral nursery – she is so beautiful! I’m so happy for Ilene and Kenny!
  • Eating dinner at Pei Wei after visiting the house for the first time – we typically avoid big chain restaurants, but seriously, have you tried their quinoa?? The Thai Dynamite with Quinoa and Tofu is to die for.
  • Swimming at my parents house on Saturday morning – Isla loves Mimi and Papa!
  • Ordering the last piece of furniture for nursery, and now I’ve just got to decide on wall paper for one of the walls! My craziness in getting it done early is due to the big house decisions that are about to come our way!
  • Driving to Colorado, as crazy as that sounds – we split the journey up (almost) equally, and despite a few sleepy hours, it went really well and Isla slept for most the trip… and watched Frozen twice for the awake hours!
  • Spending Labor Day in gorgeous weather in Durango and relaxing after a crazy week!

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Week(s) in Review

August 29, 2016

We spent last week in San Francisco (hence the missing Week in Review!), and seriously had the best time roaming around the city. Isla has been once before, but she was 18 months and only had 2.5 days, which really wasn’t enough to do everything I wanted to with such a little tot. She was such a trooper on this trip, and we would leave the hotel at 9am, adventure around, come back for a nap around 1pm, then off again until after dinner. We went to parks, the Exploratorium, rode on trains, buses, etc., visited our sweet friends, the Benzers, in Martinez twice, went to Mountain View to see Sasha’s work headquarters, met up with my sweet friend Jillian, who owns Sweet & Spark, hung out in our hotel room one evening with one of my best friends, Georgia, and her boyfriend, Thompson, and had both dinner and then lunch with one of my closest friends from college, Blake. It was busy, busy, busy, but we had the best time. Already trying to plan a trip back!

The week before was filled with photos, as I had only just arrived home from Colorado and only had 7 days before we were leaving again. I got to take my sweet friend’s maternity photos – she looks absolutely amazing, and I love her two dresses! We also ate lunch with Alex and Destiny and Truman at True Food Kitchen after a quick shoot in the rain. This weather in Houston has been very dreary! 

Another busy week ahead, as we’re going back to Colorado next weekend. Praying we get to see some sunshine!

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Week in Review

August 15, 2016

I am seriously losing track of time over here! I’m trying to recall the past seven days for my weekly post, and am struggling to do so! We traveled from Colorado to Texas (16+ hours!) overnight on Wednesday, so basically I can write Thursday off as a total haze. Friday was spent catching up on laundry, cleaning, errands, groceries, etc. in the morning, and then we went to my parent’s house in the afternoon to see some of our closest friends (basically family) who were visiting from Scotland. We spent Saturday morning and early afternoon with Destiny, Sid and Truman, and the evening with Sasha’s mom. Sunday called for church at Bayou City Fellowship, then spent the afternoon in Katy, before returning home to clean up the evolving nursery! I have almost ordered every big piece, except for a new chair and a dresser, which I’m looking to have custom made. There’s a reason for the rush, which I’ll share soon!

Our last few days in Durango were spent eating at our favorite restaurants, doing our favorite hikes, going on long bike rides, dipping our feet in the freezing cold Animas River, and relaxing at the house before returning to reality! We’re heading to San Francisco in a week (cannot wait!!!) and then back to Houston for a week before turning back around and going to Colorado for a week and a bit. So chaotic, but we love it! Then life will return to normalcy afterwards!

Hope you had a great week!! xo

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