June 27, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

1. Crispy potatoes with fresh herbs and garlic.

2. Dear cobb salad, yes.

3. I have a thing for succulents and terra cotta pots. It's true.

4. White ranunculas. My favorite.

5. Ladies, go to your local thrift store. Plan an hour and try on a dozen pairs of jeans. (I suggest looking up a size because previous owners tend to shrink the shit out of things.) Try on men's, too, if you have the body shape for it. You are looking for the perfect pair (or three) of beat up, boyfriend jeans. Roll the cuffs up or wear them with heels. Dress them up with a cami and blazer, or a vintage tee and petty boots. I personally buy 2 sizes too big and wear them low on my hips. Comfort like you wouldn't believe.

6. These black pants and flat boots really stole my heart. I love this photo so much.

7. Cuuuuute outfit!

8. Well, I might avoid the ass-ripped jeans for the workplace. But otherwise, I'm down.

9. Grilled peanut butter and jelly. Crunchy peanut butter and blackberry jelly if you're moi.

10. These fish tacos look wonderful.

11. Love the headboard and the blanket.

12. This is a great cat-eye tutorial that isn't overly dramatic. Reminds me of photos of Judy from the 60's.

13. Look again. Yes, that is a denim vest under a black blazer. *Mind explodes*

14. Le sigh. The door, obviously. But the running shoes, faded and ripped black skinnies, and of course - the quilted leather.

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June 25, 2013

Appreciation Day

This past weekend was the Employee & Family Appreciation event for our employer, which I was the lead in organizing. There were about 1,200 people. Between meetings over catering, activities, inflatable rentals, diagramming the park layout and every other possible thing over the past few months, I wasn't super excited about it anymore. Bryon was on my committee (Isn't he always? Love him.) and he, too was feeling the burnout that happens after project planning. We were in a hurry to get it over with.

But we got up on Saturday and prepared ourselves for all the fun that awaited us at the local event park. The kids couldn't stop talking about it. Excited beyond words. And you know what? It was SO fun.

We ALL had a blast.

There was euro bungee.

And a Tilt-O-Whirl.

Laser Tag with the best laser guns I've ever seen. Super cool. We didn't see Andy for hours.

There was a batting cage.

My Jedi used to play baseball and softball (when on a break from football and basketball), did you know? Bad boy jocks DO exist [HUBBA HUBBA]! He hasn't played in a good many years but he smacked the crap out of those balls. I'm inclined to ask him to play on an adult league just so I can watch. Yowza.

There were also giveaways.

And at the end of the day, the children collapsed and we did as well. The next day our sore muscles were pleasant reminders of the tremendous amounts of fun we had with our kids. It was nice to appreciate them and the things they wanted to do all day long. We ran between the go-karts and the bungee nonstop. The girls learned to flip backwards! Trevor was tall enough to drive his own kart and we drove the other 3. It was awesome! And then Tilt-O-Whirl another 5 times. Mabel jumped on the inflatables until her eyes rolled back into her head. The event park was open and unlimited to our group - and it was the best event we have ever planned. The weather was perfect and the food was a hit, too. I am so grateful for the time I had to love on my babies. And the Jedi in a batting helmet was the cherry on top.

Bo missed us while we were gone all day, but he forgave us in the end. Mama's boy and all.

June 20, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

1. Leather and fur go together like peanut butter and jelly, yo. Love this.

2. Art in the home is so super important. Art can mean different things, of course. I love a mixture of photography and prints - and definitely love a mixture of frames as well.

3. These are amazing. Taller than I could justify, but definitely amazing.

4. One of these days I will find the right leather jacket waiting for me at a local thrift. I will keep searching.

5. Mabel, oh my.

6. I adore this embroidered blouse. It needs paired with some ripped jeans and petty boots, I think.

7. Rug, pouf, fiddle leaf fig, and fur. Mmmm.

8. What a great quilt pattern! I LOVE a good, scrappy quilt.

9. It's okay, you can call me a hypocrite now. I HATED southwestern style wear for my entire life until this past year. I don't know why it is, but I'm finally coming around to the graphics of it all. This bag is to die for.

10. Really. I must find the shopping source of this killer necklace. LOVE.

11. What a great summer uniform: darling printed shorts, layers up top, necklace, and casual blazer. I hope there are ankle boots down below!

12. Love this outfit by Madewell. Inspired to wear my black dress with a denim jacket!

13. I didn't even realize this was a watch until I read Garance's writing there - what a beautiful cuff!

14. Yes.

15. This cage light needs to live at my house.

16. I hope that's faux fur - and for the same of my loving I'm going to assume that it is. Love. SO luxurious.

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June 17, 2013

Father's Day Weekend

We were able to leave work a bit early on Friday and begin the weekend chores. Bryon wanted time to work on the house more than he wanted fishing, so that's what we all set out to do.

Except for Mabel. She was sleepy. With her eyes open. Ick.

She spent the majority of the weekend practicing her new skill. And crashing. And then getting up and practicing again. For the umpteen times she ate the grass, she didn't cry once.

Hayley was the funniest human speaker. Did you know that if you stick your earbuds up your nose and open your mouth, you're a speaker? Do it and watch your kiddo's face. Scientific AND priceless.

The weekend was hot. We were supposed to get storms, but they rolled through south of us. Instead we had the neighborhood children over to slip and slide, old school style.

Trevor and Bryon worked together the entire weekend. Trevor has more strength and capability now that he's getting older, and he likes to help and learn. They detailed my car and rebuilt the side steps, which had washed out in the torrential downpours last month. They also moved 3 shrubs and planted two trees. HOLLAH.

Even Mabel and Andy were getting along. She's so much like both boys - Andy finally has found someone to play Twisted Metal with, so he's in Heaven. I came in to find them lying quietly like this - both of them with legs crossed at the ankles (like their mama). I left them alone to play in peace. Sweetness.

Sunday was full of a 3 mile run for me, another 3 for Bryon and the girls (on bikes), and landscaping. I did manage to hang 2 of 4 plants as well. LOVE it. Our neighbor and my mother in law joined us for an amazing dinner: pulled pork BBQ sandwiches with apple coleslaw. Our eyes literally rolled back into our heads.

We are grateful to God for an amazing weekend - and we asked Him to give some fist bumps to Richard and Larry in Heaven as well.

And Dear B: Thank you for washing and detailing my car just for me. I know that you show love through acts of kindness and generosity and so I figure that you digging Mabel boogers off my car seats pretty much means you're in this for life. Thank you for saying, "I love you" with words, too. You're my favorite. And you are an AMAZING father. We are beyond blessed to have you. Thank you for everything you do for us.