Friday, January 20, 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

The Seton Fund Gala fell on the weekend before Thanksgiving, so the kids and I stayed in Austin for the whole next week while Josh flew back to Dallas for a few days to work. 

I worked from my Austin office Monday and Tuesday while the grandparents held down the fort. The kids enjoyed many adventures, including exploring the woods near Grampsie & Nana's house as well as a trip to Zilker Park with Bunny. I loved receiving these photos while working.

We also managed to squeeze in some visits with friends during the week. 

I was so excited to finally meet baby Gigi! And I promise Rylan was too despite his face in this picture.

We also enjoyed a fun evening at the Arnolds' house.

Two little boys bonding over one giant firetruck.

In age order, but not height order :). Love these kids.

The kids also got in some sword fighting and snuggling with Nello...

Then it was time for Thanksgiving! In addition to making the sweet potato casserole, my main contribution was putting together this epic cheese board. 

Come to Mama...

My Mom cooked a wonderful meal, and it was such a great day spent with family.

I am especially thankful for these two...

And this silly little turkey as well...

Who quite enjoyed his Thanksgiving meal.
Josh and I finished up the holiday by attending the TCU-UT game on Friday. #HouseSlightlyDivided

Go Frogs!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seton Fund Gala

The weekend before Thanksgiving, we headed down to Austin to attend The Seton Fund's annual gala, which benefits the hospital's NICU (a cause very close to our heart). My sister planned the event, and my Dad's law firm sponsored a table, so we clearly had to attend.

Bunny watched the kids (and helped alter my dress that was purchased two days before in a mad dash during my lunch break...thank goodness for a mom with impressive seamstress skills!), so that we could enjoy a fun night out in honor of a very good cause.  

And we all cleaned up quite nicely if I do say so myself. 

Sarabeth did such a wonderful job organizing the "Havana Nights" event. The dinner was delicious; all the details, including the hand-rolled cigars, delicious Cuba Libre cocktails, and Havana-inspired decor were fabulous; and the organization reached their fundraising goals for the evening!

And the best part was getting to dress up like a movie star for the night with my very dapper date.

It was such a fun night!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WINOS Weekend 2016

For this year's edition of WINOS Weekend, held the second weekend in November, we decided to keep it short (but very sweet) and close-to-home since both Jill and Laura have little babies.

We met up on a beautiful Saturday morning for brunch at Brio in Southlake.

 Mimosas, check.

As well as Irish coffee.

We also ordered the weirdest and yet most delicious appetizer I've had in a while: bruleed parmesan cream with balsamic roasted grapes. Ahh-mazing. 

 After brunch, some of us indulged in mani-pedis (not pictured) while others had to take baby-feeding breaks (also not pictured). Then it was time to check-in to the Gaylord and prep for our evening activities by painting 80s-inspired shirts. As one does.

The fact that we didn't leave any paint residue/weren't charged anything for these extracurricular activities is shocking. 

While the shirts were drying, we headed out for the main event...a wine tour around Grapevine. (In our fabulous Vote Vino shirts from Target. Very timely since this was the weekend after the infamous 2016 election.)

We used the Grapevine Wine Tours company, which I would recommend as it was well organized, the bus was nice, and they picked us up at the hotel. However, our tour guide was quite the character...and not in the best way. But he tried. Bless his heart.

We went into this wine tour knowing it would be nothing like Napa, and it definitely wasn't (huge understatement). However, with the bar set low, we drank lots of wine and had lots of fun.

The first stop was Homestead Winery. The historical house was really cool, and some of the wines were pretty good. But do not try the chocolate wine! (Unless of course you like super sweet, tootsie roll flavored wine.) You have been warned.

For the second stop, we headed to Su Vino. Because of the focus on sweeter wines, this wasn't my cup of tea. However, I appreciated the fact that they made their wine in-house, and the staff was super knowledgeable and friendly.

Since we participated in the 2016 dubsmash craze during last year's WINOS Weekend, it was only fitting that we go with the mannequin challenge this year...WINOS style. The sweet bachelorette party on our tour even went along with it.

Our last stop of the night was a wine tasting plus dinner at Farina's. I have to be honest...this may have been one of the worst meals of my entire life. However, as was the theme of our wine tour, we still had a blast.

After the wine tour was over, it was time to get dressed for the final event of the day. By happy coincidence, The Spazmatics were scheduled at the Gaylord's Glass Cactus bar that Saturday night, and we found out in enough notice (24 hours) to round up a whole lot of 80s-themed accessories plus the supplies to make our fabulous shirts.

"I missed my calling as an 80s high school bitch." - Lolly

We danced for hours, sang along to all the songs, stayed up way past our bedtimes, and had SO MUCH FUN.

After sleeping in a bit, we enjoyed a breakfast taco feast at Jill's (we had to get some Alex snuggles in) and made our traditional "Hot/Not" list for the weekend.

Big shout-out to all the husbands for holding down the forts while we were away. My kids loved having Daddy in charge all meant hamburgers and donuts :).

I can't wait for WINOS Weekend 2017!

About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two who is constantly trying to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; pajamas; La Croix; reading; Hanky Panky underwear; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; live music; a full DVR; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; speaking Spanish; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; a warm bed in a cold room; ranch dressing; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; bad hair days; snoring; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); Miracle Whip; scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; bikini waxes; and working out. I think that about sums it up.


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