Monday, December 28, 2015

Trip to Taos!

Jason and I decided in the summer to take a trip around Christmas, just the two of us. We wanted to go to a ski town and be around the snow. We found the cutest place in Taos and thought we could drive down there.
 
We spent the night in Amarillo on our way, at the Big Texan Inn, across the street from the Big Texan Ranch, one of our favorite pit stops!
 
 
It was all decked out for Christmas. A good meal and a full night's sleep was awesome!
 
 
The next day we headed to New Mexico!
 
 
The GPS took us on an adventure. We ended up on this dirt road through the mountains. It was a little scary there for a while, wondering if we were on the right track, but before we knew it, it popped us off right at Angel Fire and we were on our way! It's a good thing Jason and I were in good spirits and laughing, we were both a little worried!
 
 
We were pleasantly surprised by the town of Taos. It's a small village of nice resorts and restaurants. However, we were surprised about two weeks before arriving that while we got there on Monday, the lifts didn't open until Thursday, so basically, the entire village was closed until Thursday. There was a little cantina open in our hotel, as well as a convenience store and a pizza place. We got some groceries on our way into town and spent those three days relaxing, getting massages, sleeping in, and hanging out.
 
 
Our room was nice but small, but the patio MORE than made up for it. Look at our view from our room!


 
It actually worked out well that we had a few days to get used to the altitude. Our first full day, we could hardly walk up stairs without getting winded. That altitude ain't no joke!
 
We spent a lot of time at this cute little place called the Stray Dog Cantina. We met a lot of locals and watched some ball games. I even met another Realtor and had a nice time getting to know about the business in New Mexico. It was really great, especially since it was two feet away from our door to our room!
 
 
By Wednesday, we got our feet under us and went on a walk around the village. The snow was ready to go, all fresh and beautiful.
 

 
We even played a couple board games from the hotel on our patio, just because, how often do you get to play board games with this as your view??

 
Thursday came around and it was time to ski. As you can see, there is a picture of Jason, but no picture of me. He's had a lot of experience skiing, I have not. I tried it for about 30 minutes and didn't care for it at all. I gave up and decided to go down to the lodge and spend my time watching other skiers.

 
By the end of the day, Jason was worn out and I was ready to visit a couple bars/restaurants that hadn't been open. I had the best chicken pot pie I had EVER had in my life! Which was a welcome change from the never-ending dishes with green peppers the rest of the week.


We were supposed to head back Saturday and drive the whole way back, but by Friday, we were ready to go. Plus, it was supposed to snow a lot through Friday night and Saturday morning and had no interest in getting stuck in that. We drove back and spent the night in Amarillo, stopping at the mall and finishing up some Christmas shopping. We made it back later Saturday evening. It was a great trip, but we both agreed it was a long time to be away from our little stinker. The kids are getting big enough that next year, we've decided to go again but take the kids. They have snowmobiling, tubing, and other things for the kids to do (as well as ski school) and we think they'd love just being in the mountains. Although, spending that quality time with each other was very welcome and it affirmed how much we really love being around each other and how much fun we have together! I'm a lucky lady!
 
 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Woman's Club Christmas Tour of Homes

Well, hello! It's been a while since I've blogged, not because nothing is going on but because I just have been preoccupied with some other things. I was asked this year to participate in the Grand Prairie Women's Club Christmas Tour of Homes. It was such an honor to be asked, and of course my first thought was I'd love to! This is right up my alley. After about a day of Christmas decorating, I was asking myself "what did I say yes to??" I was very excited about the event and couldn't wait to get to know some new people but it took a lot of work and preparation to get my house ready. Many people paid money to see this tour, but I'm going to give you a picture tour for FREE! How lucky do you feel right now??
 
Our living room took on a red and gold theme. I found myself using a lot of those colors throughout the area.
 
 





 
 
The breakfast nook had a gold and white theme. I really loved how this tree and space turned out. With all of the candles lit, and the glow of the tree and lamp, it was really pretty.


 
We opened up this space and added some bar stools, which we have loved....extra kid seating has been nice.

 
This little Yule Post was one I got at one of my estate sales and I fell in love. You can tell it's been loved for many years and I loved that I'm the new owner. It encouraged me to make a little village and those pictures are vintage Christmas card images I printed.
 
 
It's a good thing turquoise and red is a Christmas thing this year because it went so great together.


 
Santa is doing his due diligence by carting around a bottle of wine.








 
I've always envisioned my hall with a picture gallery. All of these images (21 to be exact) are Christmas pictures of our family over the years and I love it. The frames are Dollar Tree document frames, I printed the pictures on my printer, then hot glued the twine to the frames and added the bows. It probably cost me $25 and added such a personal touch to my d├ęcor this year.
 

 
I'm not sure I've ever posted a picture of Sophia's room. One day I'll do a before and after because her room had the most atrocious wallpaper at one time! It's come a long way.

 
I love that little antler head, it was $3 at the dollar section of Target and it is such addition to a girl's room.

 
Jordan's room is very understated, red, black and white. Simple.



Avery's room has received a huge makeover these last couple of months. Lime green walls and a huge chalk wall! I've loved that wall, and so do the kids.
 


 
And of course, my private oasis. I get more comments about this room than any other, mainly because of the color. I still love this room, it's a relaxing space where we love spending time.



 
Well, that's it! I hope you enjoyed my tour! Merry Christmas!!

 
 
 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7 Rules For Moms

It's been a while since I've written a blog post on here (not that anyone has been missing it!). I was going to share some pictures of my kids from the last couple of months, but decided to change that after a movie I watched tonight. Avery was in bed and Jason was watching Monday night football, so I decided to check out what Hallmark had on On-Demand. I was hoping to come across a Christmas movie, but didn't find any. I did find a movie called Mom's Day Out. This movie was harmless of course, but it urked me. Here's the run down - a stay at home mom, married to a busy-always-on-the-phone realtor, becomes annoyed when her husband and teenage kids (who steal her makeup, make huge messes they can't seem to clean up on their own and bark grocery orders as they are walking out the door on the way to see their friends) don't remember or celebrate Mother's Day. Her old friend comes into town, her friend with an exciting career and wardrobe, and invites her to spend the weekend getting pampered at a spa, going to a resort and going out to nice restaurants. The wife is frumpy and frustrated, ever the cleaning-after-everyone-else mom, hair in a ponytail always wearing sweats, and constantly ignored. In the process of being gone, her family realizes how much they've been taken for granted and give her a wonderful Mother's Day by cleaning up after themselves and the dad shows up with flowers and an apology. It's a sweet movie and like I said, harmless. But it prompted me to really think - is this what moms really think life is like? So, here are a list of a rules I feel are important for all moms out there that I thought I would share, taken from the plot line of this movie.
 
1. Don't be a slave to your kids.
 
If you are constantly feeling like your children are leaving messes that you are having to clean up, and they are past the age of 5 (younger, sometimes) then teach your children how to clean up after themselves. If I look around my house and it's a war zone, and my three able bodied children aren't in there helping me clean, and that means vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, etc, then something is wrong with that picture.
 
2. Don't wait until your children are teenagers to cultivate relationships and friendships with friends.
 
I realize it might be hard to plot time out in the busyness of life, but do it anyway. Find friends you like, that appreciate you, that love you for who you are, and who will tell you LIKE IT IS, and spend time with them, even if it's only an hour at Starbucks. Text them, talk to them on the phone. Do what it takes to stay connected to all types of friends, even if those friends aren't in the same phase of life you are in (AKA, a mom or wife). You might learn a little something. And when your children are too "cool" to spend time with you, you will have friends that still think you are the coolest thing around and a years-long friendship that you now have more time to cultivate.
 
3. Don't put your dreams on hold forever.
 
I realize that not everyone's dream is to work. But if there is something you've put on hold, because of kids, that you enjoy doing to be a mom (which is important) and your kids are getting older and you find yourself with the ability to do more than just change diapers, like start a blog or join a reading club, then do it. Don't wait until they are graduated to continue your own life.
 
4. Don't let being a mom be your only identity.
 
You shouldn't stop being you to be a mom. Sure, it's hard when kids are little because you are just making it, but as soon as things get calmer, AND THEY DO, be YOU again. Spend time doing things you love and that God made you to do. Things that are you and you alone.
 
5. Spend money on clothes and accessories.
 
Hey, I have my yoga pants, no makeup, ponytail days, But I also have makeup and outfits that I wear, too. And just because you don't look perfect and have extra weight and not shaved legs doesn't mean you can't look cute and dress in style, especially a style you love. Have that go to outfit that makes you feel fierce and beautiful, and wear it, even if it's on a Tuesday and the only thing you are doing that day is cleaning the house and picking kids up from school.
 
6. Have a list of things you want to do and make plans to actually do them.
 
Have you and your husband been planning a cruise but never seem to have an extra $2,000 laying around? That's doesn't mean you just don't do anything because it's not the perfect thing. Get a sitter and spend the night at the local marina, gazing at the lake and spending $75 on a nice meal. Things like this might not be perfect, but they are creating memories and giving you things to look forward to. Have that friend that moved to another city that you've been meaning to visit? GO!! If it only takes you a tank of gas to get there, all the better. Is that city some small podunk place? Who cares! Have your friend find the nicest restaurant or hot spot and go there together. With those friendships you are cultivating, it doesn't matter where you go, as long as you make the effort to do it.
 
7. Don't feel guilty by pampering yourself or feel selfish by doing things for yourself.
 
One day you will wake up and realize you've never had a manicure at a nice salon. You will be 45 with grown kids and never have spent a weekend without them and not know why your own money never went to your hair getting done or that facial you always wanted. I'm not saying go into debt, but every once in a while, spending money or time just doing things that make you happy is necessary and expected (and it doesn't take that much, in the grand scheme of things). Maybe spending the money to put the kiddos in a day care facility one day so you can just be free for the afternoon to do whatever you'd like is what you need. It's not selfish, it's needed!
 
What are some rules you have for other moms?

Friday, September 18, 2015

My Fall Essentials

Well, school finally got started, we took our last summer trip to the beach and the weather started getting cooler. Ok, it got cooler a couple of days last week. But, cool weather is still on the horizon!
 
The other day, I woke up to the cooler morning air and I couldn't resist getting into the fall mood.
 
Parachute, a luxury bedding company, inspired me to write about a few of my cozy fall essentials we have at our house. Without a doubt, the number one and two things we love for comfort in the cooler weather are pillows and blankets. I love blankets that are soft, fuzzy, and warm! I have several of these around my house in every room, ready to be used when laying down and watching a movie!
 
 
Fall shopping is always done around this time for both the kids and adults. As we walked into the store, my next favorite fall essential was on sale and staring right me - hoodies! In Texas, weather can change day by day and even hour by hour. It's often you wear a short sleeve shirt during the day but need a hoodie at night. I love soft but light hoodies that provide warmth but aren't too heavy and hot.

 
My next favorite fall essential is not only comfy but functional! I have quite a bit of marble floors in my house, which can be hard and cold. I love my memory foam fur lined house shoes They do keep my feet especially warm, so fall and winter is a great time to wear them. They are also hard soled on the bottom so provide protection in the outside as well, for when I go outside to enjoy my next favorite fall essential....
 
 
Coffee!
 
 
While I love coffee all year long, I find myself drinking a bit of iced coffee in the summer. Enjoying a hot cup of coffee is not appealing in 100+ degree weather. But there is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee on a nice, cool morning and luckily, there have been a couple of those mornings within the last couple of weeks and I'm ready for more!
 
What are your favorite fall essentials?