A Wedding Weekend for Friends

Y’all, I got to be part of the most beautiful wedding this weekend!! So special because I’ve known the bride & groom a long time and adore them. That also meant that we got to spend time with lots of friends (& their parents) from high school. The bride has the best taste & her parents spoiled us bridesmaids the entire weekend. What a treat and a joy to witness the start of their marriage!! It will be extra lucky because it rained during the ceremony- can’t wait to see the photographer’s photos of them saying their vows under an umbrella. JUST GORGEOUS and so much fun!

The room we got ready in was the cutest. Wish it was my own living room.

Post rainy ceremony!

The flowers were amaze.

Whoops, caught them mid-work with some pruning tools still in the shot…

But cheers to a lifetime of happiness for the bride and groom!! And to an epic Icelandic honeymoon 🙂

Fredericksburg Getaway 

Dan’s parent’s recently built a place in Fredericksburg, which is affectionally termed “The Cabin”. We’ve been out several times over the past few months and a few weeks ago, they lent it to us for a weekend friend getaway (THANKS!). It was so refreshing to hang out on the deck, drinking beers, away from the big city. There ended up being 10 of us, but through the miracle of air mattresses, we made it work! I was slightly intimidated to play host to that big of a group, but they are the sweetest and it actually ended up being a breeze. (I did forget to bring the nice camera, so the pictures aren’t stellar!)

Friday night, Dan grilled up some burgers and corn, and we had this lemony salad on the side. After we ate, we lounged around, star gazing and roasting marshmallows for some s’mores. And a short game of Quelf, which is always hilarious.
For Saturday morning breakfast, we cooked bacon breakfast tacos, which are a staple at the Witcher residence. We had to fuel up for a day at the wineries! Texas actually has the 2nd largest wine region outside of Northern California, and over the last few years it’s grown even more! Every time we visit Fredericksburg, it feels like a new winery has opened. Since we had so many people, I tried to stick with places where we could make reservations. The popular spots can get super crowded on nice weekends, so this was helpful.
We started at Pedernales Cellars, mostly for the amazing views! It’s not my favorite wine and on the pricier end, but the setting is beautiful. They have a nice patio to picnic on, also!
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However, we moved on to Kuhlman’s Cellars because it’s quickly becoming a favorite. I love all of their wines and they are reasonably priced (for the area… I splurge a bit when in wine country, compared to my typical $12 Kroger bottles). They were totally booked up by the time I tried to make a reservation (see?! book ahead!) but we were able to grab a couple  bottles and enjoy their deck as we ate lunch. I packed this delicious salad in advance, and it was surprisingly portable and actually perfect picnic food.  I did add chicken (because Dan refuses to eat a meal without meat) and had him grill it up the night before while he was working on the burgers. Everyone loved it, and it was so easy (although there are one million ingredients). All the recipes on her blog are on point.
Next up was Calais Winery, which was definitely the best tasting of the trip, and actually, ever in Fredericksburg. It’s basically a bunker in a field, so don’t come expecting hill country views, but the knowledge passed onto us was thorough and fascinating. It’s owned by a young, French guy who is making his mark on the Texas wine scene by using only Texas grapes with French oak barrels. He was the one leading the tasting, and we asked so many questions that he was happy to answer.
We ended at Lewis Wines, which is another one of the few who only use Texas grapes. We sat out on a patio, surrounded by vines and it was the perfect last stop.
We spent the next few hours playing outside like a bunch of kids. We played corn hole, frisbeer (Dan’s new favorite ever since the UT tailgate), and beer pong may have happened. Then we wrangled everyone up and headed into Fredericksburg for dinner at Fredericksburg Herb Farm.
On Sunday, we drove out to Alamo Springs, which has my absolute favorite burger. The drive is beautiful and I love seeing old German-style homes from when the area was founded.

For previous Fredericksburg trips, see here and here.

Modern Art Bridal Shower

This weekend, I was lucky enough to help shower one of my favorite people with best wishes. My mom and I teamed up with the most creative mother-daughter duo (and some of our best friends) to host it at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In high school, we dreamed of getting married on this lawn, fake ceremony included. The architecture is gorgeous and the Texas sun reflecting on the pool is magic.  It felt very apropos to be there celebrating an upcoming wedding with our best high school friends and their moms. I feel so lucky to have remained close to these girls, even though most of us now live in different cities.

My mom and I arranged the flowers, while Taylor & Carri painted custom pieces for each place setting. Taylor came up with the MOST clever idea of having the “AL” balloons in  “BRIDAL” be different colors since the bride’s name is Alex. She’s good. They tend to throw amazing showers (I know because they threw mine :D). And the bride looked beautiful- can’t wait to see her in a wedding dress!!

Being at Home

Oh the joy of being at home. Something that Dan and I never seem to get enough. There is just something too good about waking up sans alarm on a Saturday, in your own bed. Then proceeding to have a cup of coffee on your patio, in the cool January weather, while perusing articles online. And to sum up the best morning ever, hearing your husband call to you that breakfast is ready and going inside to the smell of bacon and Dawes playing over the speakers, as he whisks you around the living room for a quick waltz. Seriously. Such little things make for the greatest morning. Trying to savor every minute of this phase of life.

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Ignore the weeds covering the yard.

Other than idyllic Saturday mornings, two weekends IN A ROW, at home, meant:
Going to the movies. I’m trying to play catch up on all the best picture noms and we are way behind. The Big Short was so stinking good. Thankful for my finance classes. The Revenant was… in terms of cinematography, just beautiful. In general, a film I could appreciate, but not need to see again. And I, along with everyone, hope Leo finally wins an Oscar 😉
Hanging out at some new Houston places, along with some old favorites (El Tiempo, always). Axelrad opened last month and is a very cool beer garden. I loved the simplicity of it, but the colors really amped it up. The tap handles were gorgeous and the beer selection was diverse. We also finally tried Reef, a seafood place in Midtown. Turns out the porkchop ended up being the best dish!
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Axelrad taps

Savoring this sweet, sweet weather. Houston may feel like the pits of hell in the summertime, but winters are on point. Thankful for a park down the street, a fun loving dog, and the best patio bar to relax at. (Cottonwood wins every time.)
Playing catch up! After weeks of not being home much, I cleaned up and cleaned out. So much went to Goodwill and the church. I feel like they are probably overwhelmed every January as people purge for the new year. I definitely felt the urge to purge, and I haven’t even read any Marie Kondo books 😉 Even our fridge got a refresh!
Finally, FRIENDS! Yay for friends (not the show, but yay for that too- we’ve been Netflix binging). Y’all rock. Houston has some fine people.

Life Update

Holy cow, has life been whirlwind-y lately!!! We got back from Italy over a week ago and have been going almost non-stop since. I haven’t even gotten a chance to look through all the photos yet… kind of dreading it but also looking forward to reliving it. I think we probably took over 1,000. Dan and I (together) are probably in 3. I get so awkward asking people to take our picture! And then half the time, they don’t turn out anyway. ANYWHO. We had friends in town last weekend and the weather was basically the best, so it was really nice. Plus, we had some great food at Local Foods, Provisions, and Cedar Creek. Some photos from the good times:

OH and by the way… THIS is happening. No big deal, right?! More on this to come. And Italy. And woa, life, slow down please.

One sneak peek from our day trip to Capri… Man, what a great time.

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This blog post is all over the place. Like my life. Forgive me while I get it together.

Summer Daze

Houston gets reallllly hot in the summer. I grew up in Texas, I’ve lived through Dallas summers, I know it gets hot. But the humidity in Houston totally ups the heat game. Between that and the mosquitos, I feel like everything outdoors has been semi-miserable since June started. And I haven’t really been enjoying the summer time, just kind of waiting for it to be Fall already. This is on top of getting ready for the remodel/ being out of town all the time anyway. But thinking back, relaxing outside on summer nights at home can be pretty magical.

All this to say: thank goodness for having friends over to grill because it saved me and now I want to take advantage of the rest of the summer, even if it is hot 🙂 Oh and it may have had something to do with the watermelon, which I had for the first time this whole year. Juicy goodness.


Summer Goals:

– Make homemade ice cream

– Take Barley to the beach

– Blend up some frozen margaritas

– Not complain about the weather- embrace it as a warm hug

– Go to an Astros game

– Go swimming

I’m giving myself to the end of September 🙂

Just Dance

Jenni and I took a dance class this week! Contemporary jazz at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. We decided to challenge ourselves and just go all in by taking the advanced class even though we haven’t taken class in like… 3 years. And let me tell you, it was challenging. An hour and a half of non stop choreography thrown at us. Even the stretch was choreographed. It was really good stuff and the teacher was amazing. And we were definitely the oldest people in the class, which consisted of highschoolers who are actually in this studio’s company.

I was just praying we didn’t look like all those people on So You Think You Can Dance who audition and think they are good and are actually just straight horrible. Those are always really painful to watch and I kind of hate that they are even on the show. Even if I have gotten a laugh or two out of them. Speaking of… remember this audition?! Best one ever. Chills every time.

Anyway. Thank goodness I have still been taking yoga and pilates classes and have managed to keep my flexibility up. And even if we were stressed the whole class about looking silly, it was still wonderfully fun to be dancing again and feeling movement throughout our entire bodies. There are few things that exhilarate me more than dance and I’ve really missed it. So, thank you Jenni for braving it with me 🙂 and can’t wait to go again!

Aaaand throwback Thursday for you… One of my favorite dances of all time. Tainted Love.