Hey everyone – hope you’re ready for a massive photo and story dump! I didn’t realize it’d been so long since my last update about what we’ve been up to lately and I have lots of adventures to share. So here goes nothing!
At the beginning of August, I hosted a baby “sprinkle” for my dear friend who was expecting her second kiddo and first girl. It was a casual and super fun party with just a bunch of girlfriends (and a few munchkins) enjoying good company, yummy food, and lots of interesting baby talk. And of course I always look for a reason to work on my cookie decorating skills so made some pink onesie cookies as party favors. Then…
…two weeks later, baby girl decided to come into the world a little early! We had that party just in the nick of time. Sweet little Monica Marie is such a doll, mom is healthy and joyful, and their whole family is just thrilled and totally in love with that beautiful little one. Also, I have the amazing privilege of being Monica’s godmother (so exciting!) which makes it all just extra special. Yay for babies! I may or may not have some baby fever. Ok, I totally do.
Jason was out of town for a few days earlier this month (busy summer for him!) so Clare and I spent some extra time with my family once again. Gotta love having a mom on summer break! Plus, my grandma was over at their house too, so needless to say, we all enjoyed the girl time together. While I was there and had a little free time, I worked on yet another cookie decorating project. I’d been wanting to send a care package to my older brother who recently moved so made him a variety of cookies that made me think of him. The end result was…a cat, dinosaurs, and Texas. Kind of eclectic but it was fun to try some new shapes. Plus it was my first time shipping these kinds of cookies and luckily they all made it there in one piece!
Then we traveled out to Lubbock for my brother-in-law’s graduation from Texas Tech. Congrats again, Charlie! We had a fun 5 hour road trip and Clare was such a trooper. I’m so thankful that she’s a good little traveler! It was a quick trip – there on Friday night and back home early Saturday afternoon after a delicious celebratory BBQ lunch at The Arrogant Texan. But regardless, it was great and I’m so glad we got to be there to support him. Plus, my brother and sister-in-law moved back to our area after the graduation so it’s very exciting to have them close again!
I’d been invited a while back to join a ladies book club but never could find the time to commit to reading the whole book and attending the gatherings. But this past time around, I made a point to finally make it happen and am SO glad that I did! We meet once a month or so at a cute cafe and get to enjoy some delicious coffee, good conversation, and much needed adult interaction. The last book we read was “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it if you’re into British lit that’s reminiscent of Jane Austen and company.
This past weekend, we had our godson over for a sleepover and it was a blast. It was fun to have a taste of what it’d be like to have more than one kiddo in the house. Clare definitely enjoyed it and tried to keep up with him the whole time. We had homemade pizza for dinner, walked to our neighborhood park for some play time, and had some popcorn and a short movie before bed. Then in the morning he’d requested blueberry muffins for breakfast, we watched “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (which I loved!), and played some games before it was time for lunch and to head home already. It was so nice to do something special and get that extra time with him. Godparents, I encourage you to spend time with your godchildren if/when you’re able to and make some memories! Totally worth it.
Last but not least, I got to attend a Dierks Bentley concert with some of my fabulous ladies in law. My aunt, mother, and sister (in law) and I had a great time on a beautiful and thankfully breezy Texas night with our lawn seats. We had some hilarious moments like getting stuck with a group of intoxicated lawn dancers right in front of us but it was a wonderful time full of great music including Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, and the headliner Dierks Bentley. All my years of hearing country music on the radio at work sure paid off, because I knew the majority of songs which sure made it even more fun!