Tuesday, September 29, 2015

{No. 13} Sleep Under the Stars...

While we were in Destin, I was sitting outside on the patio and looking out into the night sky, full of stars, and it hit me that I could totally sleep out there and cross number 13 off my 30 Before 30 list.

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So we dragged down a mattress from one of the extra bunk beds, and I grabbed a couple of blankets, and I went for it. Micah wasn't interested in joining me (weenie!), so I had to go it alone. Which made actually falling asleep nearly impossible because every little noise became a rat and/or serial killer.

But I eventually closed my eyes, listened to the sounds of the waves rolling in, and fell asleep.

And then I woke up to this.

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Glorious, right?

To be honest, it was some of the best sleep I've ever had. (And apparently Gracie woke up in the middle of the night and ended up in bed with Micah, and I completely missed that.)

Does this also count as camping? I say yes.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Where I've been...

Hi friends. World's worst blogger here.

The reason for my absence is lame. We got back from Destin, and I desperately wanted to share pictures, but the internet at my house has been stupid, and while I got them all edited, I couldn't upload them. Good news is that the internet is fixed, and I should theoretically get them uploaded tonight... ifffffffff I don't have to play catch up with a work project. Ha.

But either way, I wanted to drop by and say hi because I missed y'all. And because I'm feeling a little guilty about neglecting this space given that I've been busy elsewhere. 

My post for Dallas Moms Blog this month was deep and sort of difficult to share, but I did it because I feel like I cannot encourage my daughter to have courage and self-confidence if I cannot exhibit those things myself. So head on over there for that.

And then Kate from Kate's Balancing Act sweetly invited me to come hang around her blog for the day today, and I'm happily sharing some of my favorites there. If you've been reading for any significant amount of time, some things will look familiar and others will definitely not. Go say hi. Kate's a doll, and her blog is so much fun.

Moral of this story: I will definitely be back with some Destin details and pictures very soon. We had a ball, and I can't wait to tell you all about it.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Taylor and other things...

I'm currently sitting in a Starbucks in Houston, and getting more and more giddy by the minute.

Because tonight I'm doing something I've wanted to do for about ten years now.



Haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate...), but I've loved her music since she released her very first album. And tonight I finally get to see her perform in person. So if you follow me on Instagram, be prepared for an annoying amount of pictures and videos of me and my friend having the time of our lives singing ALL THE WORDS.

And then Micah and Grace and I leave on Friday for Destin. We'll be gone a full, glorious week, and I can't even handle myself right now. I haven't taken more than a four-day vacation since we went to Paris in 2012 when I was pregnant with Grace. And I haven't been to a beach that wasn't Galveston (I have a hard time counting Galveston -- sorry, South Texas friends) in four or five years. So we're due for a good, long beach trip. We rented a house right on the beach, and Micah's family and my mom and stepdad are joining us, which will be a blast.

What probably won't be a blast is the 10.5-hour drive to Florida from Texas with a toddler. I spent an embarrassing amount of money at the Target dollar section and Amazon buying things to keep her busy, so I feel as prepared as I can be. Any good apps you guys can suggest for a toddler? We just bought an iPad mini, so I plan on spending some time on Thursday night loading up on Barney episodes and other obnoxious things. Hit me with your ideas, friends.

Alrighty, I think that's about it for now.

I'll check in and tell you all about Taylor soon!
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