Tuesday, May 13, 2014

come on in! *kitchens*

hi! today i'm linking up with http://www.momfessionals.com/ in her come on in series...i love love looking at houses, so i guess it's good i'm a realtor right?!

today we're looking at kitchens...my favorite part of any house. we built our house almost 6 years ago, and i splurged a bit in the kitchen but i feel like it's been so worth it as much as i'm in here.

so this is looking into the kitchen from mike's office...i wanted plenty of storage so we did an island plus a buffet, and i use every inch of storage space! i did painted white cabinets with black granite for a classic, timeless look.  i {love} my gas range and double ovens-i chose the ge monogram brand instead of viking to save some money and have never had any problems with it at all. you can't see my farmhouse sink from this picture but it's from whitehaus and i absolutely adore it!!  the pendant lights we switched recently..found them for a steal at lowe's. my breakfast room orb light is from ballard designs.
 this is my buffet which separates the kitchen from the living room. i have large pots and pans and reusable containers in the two big drawers, then towels, sandwich bags, and sadie's plates and bowls in the little drawers. my collection of cookbooks and cooking magazines are in the open shelves, then the pull out drawer hides the trash can!
 i enjoy having the glass front upper cabinets but it also means they always have to be organized and pretty ;-)
 we made what was the formal dining room on the plans into mike's office so this is our dining area...i do wish we had a couple more feet of room around the table but it works fine for us! the farmhouse table i got at spice in waco when they sold furniture and the chairs are from pier 1. we added the extra storage cabinets/wine rack/coffee station into the plans and we love it!!
 it holds our white wine (mike hoards his red wine collection in his study ;-), our coffee and cappucino makers, wine glasses & plates..in the lowers cabinets i have bakeware, servings trays, and sadie's art drawer.
i hope you enjoyed taking a little tour of our kitchen and dining area!! happy tuesday!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

menu for the week

i shop for groceries once a week. usually i would make my menu and grocery list on sunday night then shop for groceries on monday after gymnastics and after lunch, and when sadie and i were both tired from a busy morning.

instead i've started buying groceries on friday (the day my mom watches sadie) and it's worked out so much better.  i can zip through the store, buy and unload groceries SO much faster and easier now.

i always shop with a grocery list. otherwise, i'll wander through the aisles and get things i don't really need.  i think it's key to have both a menu for the week and a list-you only buy what you need/are going to use, and there's no wondering at 5pm what you're going to make for dinner!

i always make breakfast and dinner at home during the week. for breakfast, mike eats a yogurt every weekday morning, so i don't cook anything for him. but sadie and i will usually have french toast, rice cakes, peanut butter toast, banana bread or something like that with yogurt and always BACON. that girl could and does eat bacon almost every day of her life!! and i always make myself a hot chai tea to drink. lunch is a different story. i am a eat lunch out girl. like way too much. almost every day during the week. i justify it that we're usually already out running errands, doing gym or ballet or library, so it's just more convenient. which it is. but the truth is, i don't like making lunch. being a stay at home mama, we spend a lot of time at home. so it breaks up our day to have a nice lunch out. some of our favorite lunch spots are chick-fil-a, mcalister's, and chuy's.  so it's ironic that my picture for this post is a rare lunch at home day.  i made sadie a heart peanut butter and honey sandwich, grapes, and goldfish!

so back to dinners...i try to change up dinners so i don't make the same thing every week or even every two weeks, but some dishes we eat a lot like spaghetti or certain soups in the winter...i also DO NOT make a different dinner for sadie. never have. unless we're having something not kid friendly, like steak and sauteed spinach or something very spicy, she eats what we eat. and i don't do the "you can eat this or else eat cereal" thing. she's a really good eater, and i think part of the reason is i haven't ever given her a choice to be otherwise!

i cook 4-5 nights per week, with one pizza night and one out to eat night usually..i try to stick with that schedule, but some weeks it changes!

here's what we're eating this week:

monday-patty melt with mushrooms and swiss, parmesan oven fries
tuesday- leftover enchiladas from last friday
wednesday-chicken tortellini soup with mozzerella toast
thursday-parmesan crusted tilapia, sweet potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls
friday-pizza night
saturday-out to eat (out of town family staying with us)
sunday-out to eat

have a great week!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

anybody out there?

well...hello.  after a year and a half of no blogging, i have no clue if anybody will even read the ole blog anymore, but i want to write again. first a little update to let you know what we've been up to...

our first trip as a family to disney world. it was magical. and beautiful. and we were all sick. hello reality.

 i ran my first "race". and let me tell you something...when i sign up for a 3.2 mile race, that's what i expect to run. not 4.1 miles. that is just wrong. no wonder i felt like collapsing that last 1/2 mile.
 sadie belle learned how to ride a bike. no more baby girl here.
 we went to my happy place. well yes, i visit target weekly, but i'm talking about seaside, florida. it was perfect. and our next summer trip is already booked. cannot wait to go back.
celebrated our 11th anniversary with a trip to NYC and upstate New York...
 and a family dinner at my mom's house! aren't the girls in our family looking so colorful here?!

another item to note: instagram has taken any photography skills i thought i possessed and thrown them out the window. i never use my real camera anymore and don't even know where the sd card is! ha! well that's going to change. hello 2014-it's going to be a great year!

Friday, October 26, 2012

10 years

Happy 10th anniversary to the best husband! I love you!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

randoms, a visit from family, and the park

hi! another week has gone by! last weekend mike's sister and her husband came to stay with us, so sadie was SO excited auntie lindsey and uncle bran bran were here! we had so much fun with them.

don't sadie and linsey favor each other?
 before they left on sunday
 sadie showing the love ;)
 we went to the park one afternoon this week and the weather was just perfect...not too hot or breezy...great for sliding and swinging.

what else? oh we also went to the our local zoo for the first "brew at the zoo" where they had different beers from all over that you could sample, food, and a band. it was pretty fun! looking forward to "grapes with the apes" in the spring!

friday mike and i went to austin for the day to shop and go to a spa and eat of course...it was one of our favorite days we've had together in a long time! we just enjoyed being together, uninterrupted, for a whole day. it's amazing how you take that for granted before kids! but in the afternoon, we were already missing our sweet sadie, and made it home to tuck her in bed that night!

don't know if it's allergies or a relapse of bronchitis but i'm feeling crummy again today. boo.

on a brighter note, this week is hair color week! thinking i'll be blond again by thursday. i'll take pics and show you!

happy new week!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

family pics 2012

we just got our family pictures back, and i'm SO happy with them!!
carrie devening did them for us...she was great and captured so many fun poses it was hard to pick our favorites!

i'm planning on doing a gallery wall in our bedroom inspired by this post...i'll let you know how it turns out.

Monday, October 1, 2012

random monday

hi! did you have a good weekend? i spent mine in bed with a lymph node infection :( it was horrible, but today i'm feeling a bunch better!

okay here are a few random things for you on this gorgeous fall monday, and the first day of october (my favorite month!!!)

i finally found the bar stools i want at target!! kind of a seagrass looking chair and black legs...just perfect for my house! now i just need to save up to get them.

and two weeks ago, my mom had a pool party for mckinlee and a couple of her friends.  mom had it fixed up so cute with snacks and balloons on their outdoor patio.

 then each girl had a make up station inside with mirrors, q tips, tissues, and a gift card to beauty brands
 a close up..such a neat idea
 i made strawberry cupcakes with the easiest homemade buttercream frosting. yum! mom had pizza, chips, and veggies too!
 mom and susanne and i had fun just getting to spend some time together and to take pics of course

 mike brought sadie over at dinner time and the girls were so sweet to let her be a part of their party...she played blokus with them and put on make up like SHE was 13!

every morning sadie loves to come and get in bed with us to watch cartoons...i love it! and this particular morning, baby sophie had to join the party!
 my fall mantle is ready...i really didn't change a bunch, just added the little sparkly pumpkin on top of the candle holder and the white pumpkin on top of the books
 in our foyer, i put the orange pumpkins in my cages (have no idea what those are called ;) and got out a fall candle that sits on a leaf...just a few little changes make it feel like fall.  oh and i am always burning one of my favorite fall candles- the 'leaves' candle from b&b works. my absolute favorite fall candle of all time is at williams sonoma, spiced chesnut!! if you live anywhere near a williams sonoma store, RUN there and get it. you will not be disappointed!

as sadie belle gets closer to 3, i can see her changing SO much.  she still has her toddler moments, but she is my little buddy, and we have so much fun together.  i think she loves to eat lunch out as much as i do, and this day we were at panda express!
sadie is all about her asian food-yesterday, she was not too happy when they picked up rosa's mexican food for us to eat, she said she wanted to go to the place with the chopsticks (pei wei ;)
 this was the cutest thing...last sunday after our meeting, sadie and jayden went back into the library and played meeting...i guess jayden was giving a talk and sadie was listening very intently. so cute!!

i am SO thrilled it's actually feeling like fall here!
what a busy and fun month we're going to have...the big 10th anniversary coming up! we have plans for a little getaway that i'm super excited about.
happy monday!