Friday, December 6, 2013

Connor is 2 Years {and 3 months} old!

In early September Connor turned two! It was a happy, yet sad milestone for me. He is my baby, and while I'm glad that he is growing up and is a healthy, intelligent, troublesome little boy, I'm sad that his baby days are over.

We had originally planned on having a party for him, but I was plagued with extreme fatigue during my first trimester. As a result, we decided to just have a fun family outing to celebrate his big day! :)

Our weekend started when Daddy brought balloons home for the birthday boy! He was so happy and excited about this special surprise. :)

We had dinner at home that evening, followed by cupcakes and presents. To be honest, he was initially much more interested in the cake than the presents.

But, the momentum definitely started rolling once he began to open those pretty packages. :)

On Saturday we headed to the Kemah Boardwalk. It was a bit dreary and the forecast called for rain. The normally bustling Boardwalk was fairly empty, which was actually nice for us.

We had lunch at a pizza parlor, drove some boats, fed the fish and looked out at the Bay.

Then, Connor got to ride his first amusement ride! Our little man was barely tall enough to climb aboard, but thankfully he made the cut. He chose the airplane ride. This little guy loved it! As did big brother Aidan. It started to drizzle after that, so we piled back into the car and headed home.

On Sunday we all went bowling. It was the first time for both boys and they had a blast! Our lane had automatic bumpers and the boys used a ramp to push their balls onto the lane. Aidan was such a great helper and lifted Connor's ball for him onto the ramp every time it was his turn. Connor even got a strike! It was a great time and something we will be doing again very soon! :)

Connor has grown so much in the past year. He's tall, just like Aidan. And the doctor said that he'll be around 6 feet tall when he's finished growing. Taller than Daddy!!

His vocabulary has exploded and everyday he is saying something new. He is very good at expressing himself, using sentences and letting us know what he wants. He says his name and Aidan's name correctly (something Aidan didn't do until he was 3!) and loves to learn new words.

He is very gentle and can play for hours by himself with his toys. It's a nice change from big brother, who never quite learned how fun it can be to play by himself. His best friend his Aidan and they are inseparable. Of course they fight, but they have an amazing bond. Their love for each other is apparent in all that they do. They love to hold hands, snuggle and Aidan always tells Connor that he will take care of him. It makes my Mama heart melt into a puddle of happy. :)

Connor's laugh and smile are contagious. He is extremely ticklish and is always giving himself away during hide and seek because he laughs the entire time he is hiding!

Connor loves trains, cars, monster trucks, planes and basically anything that has wheels. He loves to read books, go to story time and the park, visit the Zoo and Children's Museum, color and play with play-doh. He is an animal lover and really enjoys spending time with our cat and dog. He can be a bit shy when he first meets someone new or is presented with a new situation, but it usually doesn't last very long.

His heart is huge and there is always room for one more person, animal or thing for him to love inside!

I'm so proud of him and the person he has become. He holds a very special place in my heart and I know he'll be able to tackle his impending role of middle child with ease. :)

We love you, Connor!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Numero Tres

I know, I know.. Bad blogger. I promised a comeback, and it was pretty short lived. Right?! Well, here I am! :)
And, with EXCITING news! (Although by now, I'm sure most of you are aware of it. Just pretend to be surprised, okay?)

We're having another baby!!!

This little one has been on my heart for a long time. I had always felt like a piece was missing from our family puzzle, but Jason felt differently. After many talks and tears, we finally decided it was the right decision for our family. :)
Luckily, I was able to become pregnant immediately and things have been moving right along ever since.

I found this adorable shirt on Etsy, and bought it to reveal the pregnancy to friends. The boys absolutely loved it! And I loved that I could also wear it as my Halloween costume. :)
The "big" ultrasound was today. We decided, once again, to not find out the sex of the baby. While, it's a hard choice to make, it's also a fun one! Having Jason tell me the sex of each boy after he was born was an incredibly moving experience for both of us. We love the surprise!

This time it's a little tougher, since we know that this is it for us. Most of our family and friends are predicting a girl, but I'm not so sure. I honestly have no feeling one way or the other this time around. But, for the record, Aidan thinks it's a boy and Connor and Daddy think it's a girl. (I think that Jason WANTS a girl though! Don't tell him I said that!)
The baby is healthy and was kicking up a storm during my appointment. The boys came with us and loved seeing the baby on the screen. At one point Connor said, "Baby, come out!" It was so funny. I asked him why he wanted the baby to come out and he replied, "Play with Connor." So sweet. I think he's going to make a terrific big brother. :)

One thing I will admit to, is that it is HARD being pregnant while running around after two rambunctious toddlers all day. I am spent by 5pm everyday and desperately need a nap. I've also been having a few issues with my pelvis for the past month. The doctor isn't quite sure what it is, but I'm going to have a Doppler done next week to get to the root of the problem. Keep me in your thoughts, friends?
Right now I am 22 weeks and due in early April. I'm glad that I missed the brutal Texas summer heat this time around. Having a September baby was rough. Really rough. It's been fun to see how different this pregnancy is from my last two. I definitely looked pregnant much earlier around this time and look bigger than I did with the boys at 22 weeks. But, I'm glad I'm out of the "I'm pregnant but look fat" phase. That's always the worst. :)
I'm just glad that we decided to add one more to our family. Five is our perfect number- I know it. I promise to try and update more. :)

Have a good day, friends!

Friday, November 1, 2013

All Aboard: The Polar Express is BACK!!

Last year, I had the privilege of taking my boys (and a few of our friends) on the Polar Express! It was an experience that I'm sure they'll never forget it!

The little ones loved boarding the train (clad in Christmas pajamas), finding the perfect seat and watching the conductor come by and punch all of the tickets.

Once the engine blew and train pulled out of the station, the real excitement began! Eager little faces peered out the window in anticipation of seeing Santa Claus and his home, The North Pole!

After their adventure, the kids high-fived Mr. Conductor, waved goodbye to the choo choo train and we were on our way home. I'm sure there were visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads as they fell asleep on the car ride back home. :)

 Interested in this magical experience? Read below to see how you can treat your family to this once in a lifetime adventure! :)
All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Texas State Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively-decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.

Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.

For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!


Dates and Times

Nov 15-17, 22-24, 29-30

Dec 1, 4-8, 11-23, 26-29

3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:10pm

Park Road 70, Palestine, TX

All Aboard the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad, visit or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.
Book your tickets today, friends! This is such a magical experience for kids young and old and will really get your family in the Christmas spirit! I guarantee you'll have a blast. :)
Happy Holidays!
This post is sponsored by The Texas State Railroad. All opinions are my own. They have given me 4 free tickets to share this wonderful experience with my family.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


It's been so long my friends. I feel as if I had taken on too many things at one time and my poor, little blog got lost in the shuffle.
We had a busy summer, starting with my trip to the Haven Conference and followed by our family vacation to Florida and North Carolina. After that, school started and life just got busy.
On top of that, so many great things have been happening with Huckleberry Love and 8th Street Bridge, that I let Texas Life go to the wayside!
But, no more. I have so many wonderful things I want to share with you. About our family, what we've been up to this Fall, upcoming trips we're taking... and a plethora of great projects and ideas I have in store for our home!
I hope you'll forgive me for my long absence and will continue to read along as I share my heart with you on my little piece of the Internet. :)

Stop on back tomorrow for an update on the boys... they've gotten quite big since July!! Oh, and did I mention that somebody has turned TWO?!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Handemade Gift Exchange Summer 2013 {What I Made}

Last Fall I participated in my first EVER handmade gift exchange. And I LOVED it! It was so much fun to be paired up with someone, get to know them and then create something special, especially for them. You can see what I made last year here.

This time around I was paired up with a lovely woman named Tana. She has an amazing gift for doodling, and I am so excited to show you what she made for me! But, you'll have to wait until tomorrow... ;)

But, today, I will be showing you what I created for her. I have an Etsy Shop, 8th Street Bridge, where I create custom yarn wreaths, letters, monogram wreaths and much more. After Tana told me that she loved dark green and vibrant colors, I knew just what to make for her. :)

It was my first time making a yarn "B" and it turned out beautifully! This dark green yarn is simply lovely in person. Trust me. :)

I topped her yarn letter off with a dark grey mum made of wool felt and accented it with fun leaves made of bright yellow fabric.

This would be a beautiful addition to any home for Fall. But, since Tana loves these colors year round, I knew it would be perfect for her! :)
Stop on by tomorrow to see what I received from Tana. You won't want to miss it!
Linking up with Craftaholics Anonymous

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

We're headed up to Dallas to spend the weekend with friends. It'll be a wonderful time filled with swimming, giggles, sunshine and smoked meat (Hey- we're Texans, it's what we do!). :)
Enjoy your holiday... and remember, freedom is never free. I'm proud to say that my grandfather fought for our freedom in World War II and my uncle served our country in Vietnam and the Gulf War. Be thankful that we are able to celebrate a day such as this.
Happy Fourth of July, friends!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer So Far

At the end of May, Aidan finished his second year of Mother's Day Out. It's so hard to believe that he was a little, shy 18-month old when he started his first year, and now he's a big, silly, rough and tumble 3 year-old!

And, just for a look back at how much he's grown... Here are his first and last day pictures from last year! :)

His school has two programs a year, one for Christmas and to close out the school year. Each class always performs a song or two and then the whole school gets together and sings. And, so far, for every performance, Aidan has just stood there like a deer in the headlights.

So, imagine our surprise when he actually sang and enjoyed himself this time! Jason and I were thrilled. And, I'll admit that I was a bit teary-eyed watching my big boy sing and do all of the actions to "We Want to See Jesus Lifted High" and "Our God is an Awesome God".
Afterward we went back to his classroom so he could give his teachers one last hug before summer break.

He was especially close with Miss Jessica. I'm so glad that he was able to form such a strong bond with her. Her love and patience for him definitely made his rough days easier. :)
And, now, it's summertime! We've jumped in head first and have been having a blast!

We went tubing up in Hill Country over Memorial Day weekend with friends...

Have been spending lots of time at the pool....

Working on our artwork...
Playing in the sprinkler...
Getting cuddles in from Daddy while he's not traveling...

Finishing up the Spring baseball season...

Playing at the park with friends...
Enjoyed trips to the Children's Museum, roller skating rink, Zoo and more!

And have just been enjoying being together. :)

Yes, it's definitely hard to have both of the kids home all of the time, but I'm doing well. Let's just hope I can wear them both out enough each day so that they nap and I can maintain a bit of my sanity!

Right now, I'm in Ohio spending a week with my sister who just had her second baby. I'm so excited to be here alone... which means I'll have plenty of time to catch up with her and the rest of my family and to soak up all of those sweet, newborn baby snuggles. It's been great.  :)

This morning, my other sisters are heading up this way and we are going wedding dress shopping for my baby sister who is getting married next August! Afterwards, we're headed to my brother's Country Club for dinner and fireworks. It's going to be an awesome day. :)
My in-laws came down from Ohio to stay with the boys while I'm gone so that Jason doesn't have to take time off of work. I'm not sure they realize exactly what they're in for... Ha ha!

Still to come is a trip to Carolina Beach with my family, a visit to Jason's brother in Florida, swimming lessons for both boys, soccer camp for Aidan and lots of time at the pool! I'm also pretty excited about my upcoming trip to Haven. It's gonna be a good summer, folks. :)

How's your summer going so far?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Texas Caviar {Recipe}

We invited friends over this past weekend to celebrate Father's Day. I made way too much food, as usual! The phrase "eyes bigger than stomach" definitely applies to me in these types of situations! :)

One of the more popular dishes I made was Texas Caviar. I've had it a few times, but had never attempted to make it myself. It was a hit! And the recipe made A LOT!
There was enough of it left, that I was able to take it to a play date the next day. Us Moms spend the majority of the play date huddled around the bowl of Texas Caviar, taking turns dipping our chips into its deliciousness and then stuffing them into our mouths. It was quite a site to behold! ;)
Yesterday, I posted a picture of it on my Facebook Page and had a few requests for the recipe. I thought I'd just post it here for all to see. You'll definitely want to make this at your next get together. It's simple and oh so good!
1 can black-eyed peas, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 8 oz. bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
(optional add-ins include: colored bell peppers, jalapenos, fresh cilantro)
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate atleast 3 hours (over night if possible). Top with (optional) cilantro and stir well before serving.
Recipe adapted from
You'll want to serve this up with Fritos. The scoops variety work great. And get two bags... Trust me, you'll need both!
Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Easy Monogrammed Tray

This project is one of my favorite kinds.... one that is cheap free and can be completed in the course of one nap time! It doesn't get better than that, am I right?

I'd love for you to head on over to Huckleberry Love to see how I created this fun, coral monogrammed tray out of a drab brown one that I picked up at Goodwill.
Happy hump day, friends! Make it a good one. :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Family Favorite {Pretzel Jell-O}

Hello, friends! Today I'm over at Darling Doodles Design sharing one of my family's all-time favorite recipes: Pretzel Jell-O!

I know that I shared it here quite a few years ago (I think it was actually the first recipe I ever actually blogged about!), but you'll want to stop on by Brie's blog and check it out. The pictures are much prettier and it looks ever so tasty.
I'll be back later this week with a few snippets of how our summer is going so far. There's been lots of time spent with friends, at the pool, playing in the backyard, riding tricycles and keeping cool inside when the Houston heat gets too fierce. We've been really enjoying it. :)
See ya soon!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY Glass Bottle Wall Sconces

These past few days I've been working on and off on this little project. And I am simply in love with the results!
Who knew that with some old fence boards, used Snapple bottles and a bit of paint you could come up with this??
Stop on by Huckleberry Love to get the how-to, so that you can make these yourself! They will brighten up any space! :)

Have a great day, friends!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stuffing Topped Chicken with Mushrooms and White Wine Sauce {Recipe}

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago... I hated mushrooms. I mean, HATED! They were the scum of the food world and belonged at the bottom of the food chain and were also at the top of my will not eat list.

But, as I grew up, my feelings changed. And I began to like mushrooms. And now? Well, I love them! One of my favorite snacks is mushrooms sautéed with a bit of butter and splash of red wine. Delish!

And so, it should come as no surprise that one of my all-time favorite recipes is heavy on the mushroom factor. I actually double the amount needed. ;) No fear if you're not a mushroom fan (like my husband), because you can pick them out and wouldn't even know the difference!

Trust me, you'll want to make this, whether you're a mushroom lover or not. It's cheesy, warm and perfect on a chilly winter night or a warm summer's eve. This dish was passed down to me years ago from a client of mine back when I worked at Curves. Yes I really did work there. Best. Job. Ever! I literally got paid to talk and workout. It was perfect. :)


Here's what you'll need to get started:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
8 slices white cheese (I prefer Swiss)
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced (I double it!)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 8 oz. package chicken stuffing, prepared according to package directions
1/4 cup butter, melted

Let's get started!

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare stuffing according to package directions.

Next, place chicken breasts in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with cheese slices...

And lots of mushrooms. Mmmm!

Now, combine soup and wine. Blend well. Pour mixture evenly over chicken, cheese and mushrooms.

Spoon prepared stuffing over the soup layer.

Drizzle with butter.

Bake for 45-55 minutes.

This serves 8, but I can guarantee you'll want seconds! The crunchy stuffing, melty cheese and moist chicken all combined into one heavenly concoction will be sure to please even the pickiest palate. Don't believe me? My 1 1/2 year old devoured this for dinner last night! ;)

Tell me, what are your feelings on mushrooms? Yay or nay?

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