Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Winter Break

My parents kept the kids over New Year's weekend, so Josh and I enjoyed a fun dinner out with friends, a daytime date to see the latest Star Wars movie, and a lazy New Year's Eve in with Chinese takeout and lots of bubbly. 

Then the kids and I enjoyed a fun week off work/school. It was suuuuuper cold outside, so we spent most of our time hunkered down at the house, playing with new Christmas presents and watching movies.

The temps finally warmed up a bit, so we ventured out for some playground fun. 

We also saw Coco (so good!) and ate a ton of movie theatre popcorn.

And met up with a sweet friend for a playdate at Palaestra.

It was a fun week at home with the kiddos, and a wonderful way to end our Christmas break.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Christmas 2017 | Part Three

After celebrating Christmas in Dallas, we headed down to Austin to spend a few wonderful days with my family. 

We started with dinner, fun, and a gift exchange at Grampsie and Nana's house. 

And then we continued the holiday celebration the next day at Bunny and Nello's house.

The kids clearly needed more gifts.

I like this view for multiple reasons ;).

Sibling shenanigans. 
I love Christmas so much!

The next day, I worked from the Austin office while Josh, Lily, Sarabeth, Stephen, and my Dad headed out to the lease in Brady. I met them on Friday while the kids stayed in Austin for the weekend. I haven't been to the lease in forever...and it was fun roughing it (in very cold temps) for one night.

The best part of being out there is clearly hanging by the fire pit and making s'mores. #toasted

With Christmas officially over, Josh and I headed back up to Dallas for New Year's weekend while the kids were spoiled by their grandparents. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Christmas 2017 | Part Two

In keeping with our family tradition, we wanted to be at our house for Christmas morning, so we hung out in Dallas for the holiday weekend. The fun started at the Lockwoods' house for Christmas Eve-Eve pajama dinner.

And it was an extra-special celebration, because we got to meet cousin Ben :).

The next day, we enjoyed a gloriously lazy day at the house complete with cookie making and Christmas movie watching. 

The kids were soooooo excited for Santa's arrival, but still managed to fall asleep pretty quickly. 
And I guess they made the good list, because Santa was certainly good to the kids. 

In addition to the stocking stuffers, Ava's main gifts from Santa were a Beauty and the Beast Lego set, a "real" makeup set, and a Barbie house. I didn't get any pictures of her gifts from us, but we got her some fun light-up unicorn slippers, a new ballet outfit, erasable markers + a sketchbook, a secret code bracelet making kit, and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. (We generally follow the "something you'll wear, something you'll read, something you want, something you need" mantra.)

Rylan's number one request for months was for a "Batman shooter," and luckily Santa was able to find an awesome Batman tool belt complete with a shooter.

He also got a set of Star Wars figurines, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and a Playmobil pirate set.

His favorite stocking stuffer was definitely the tiny laser guns. Shocker.

From us, Ry got dragon slippers, a big kid backpack, a Design & Drill toy, Dragons Love Tacos 2, and a velcro monster paw ball thingy (not sure how else to describe it)... 

The kids also both got Nerf guns from Santa. This all came about because the neighbor kids have Nerf gun battles down the street, and Team Shep needed to represent. 

I think Josh was just as excited for the first battle :).

It was such a wonderful Christmas. We hung out all day playing with new toys and watching more movies before packing up for Austin.

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 attempting 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; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; 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; and working out. I think that sums it up.


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