Friday, September 23, 2016

Summer Break in Austin + DFW Restaurant Week 2016

Since the kids are in school all year, they only get a week-long summer break. I had originally planned on taking the whole week off as well, but with work reaching an all-time high of craziness, I had to call in some major reinforcements...aka my family.

While I worked from our Austin office, Bunny, Nello, Grampsie, Nana, and my siblings were all such a huge help! And the kids loved every minute of their week in Austin.

It was rainy and cool the whole week (in August!), so there were forts built and cookies made.

As well as lots of time spent snuggled up while watching movies.

And some craft projects. I will treasure this card from Ava forever...she knows me so well and only my mom would have wine bottle stickers on hand :).

The rain broke for long enough one day that we were able to enjoy an outing at the Austin Nature Center.

Then my parents went above and beyond by keeping the kids through the weekend while I returned to Dallas. By happy coincidence, it was also DFW Restaurant Week, so we took full advantage. 

On Friday night, we joined one set of friends for dinner at Capital Grille. As in years past, we enjoyed not only great food and company, but also LOTS of wine thanks to the restaurant's Generous Pour event. 

After enjoying a cool, rainy morning on the porch, Taco Joint delivered to our door for brunch, and a long nap (aka: a totally blissful day)...

We joined more friends for a fun dinner at Filament. The Deep Ellum restaurant had such a cool vibe, and the food was amazing (highly recommend both the deviled eggs and banana pudding)!

It was a much needed weekend of relaxation and fun in the midst of a chaotic summer!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lauren's Baby Shower

At the end of July, I helped host a shower for Lauren and Baby Gwendolyn. Seeing as how she is due any day now, it's about time I get these photos posted.

Ashley's backyard is absolutely gorgeous, and it served as the perfect backdrop for the festivities. In keeping with the floral theme, we displayed flowers everywhere, including as a beautiful table runner.

We set up a lovely mimosa bar/spa water station... 

And also had lots of yummy brunch-style appetizers on hand...

But my favorite thing by far were these adorable cookies (Hayley Cakes did a fantastic job as always)...

For the shower activity, we set up a bow/headband-making station, which was super easy thanks to Etsy.

Lauren and Gwendolyn received so many wonderful gifts.

It was such a wonderful day, and we had so much fun showering Lauren and Baby Gwendolyn with lots of love.

I've been friends with this beautiful lady for almost 25 years (how are we that old?!), and I cannot wait to watch her embark on the wonderful adventure that is motherhood.

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. 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; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; 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; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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