a lake break

this is the first spring break in a long time where we actually got to take a few days off and relax and it was much needed. this semester has been so crazy that between work, school, teaching, coaching, and everything that needs to happen in between austin and i barely had any time together. seriously, we haven’t had a free weekend in 3 months. so we sought refuge at the lakehouse for a few days of r&r.

dock

it usually takes about three hours to get there, but the drive itself can be a nice way to unwind. plus it’s been rare that we get that much undivided time to just enjoy each other.

road

austin

each day started with a cup of coffee out on the porch and ended with a glass of wine under the stars (which were bright & fantastic). in between all of that there were gigantic breakfasts, lots of music, pool rallies, dominoes, micheladas, sunbathing, james bond movies and of course fishing. it’s pretty amazing to go three days without internet, cable and wearing shoes. i could get used to it.

coffee

lawn time

ginger

nug & pop

cloudless

dinner

fishy

having a few days off with loved ones means so much to us. and gosh it’s nice to leave all of the distractions behind and just focus on simple fact that i am completely and totally in love with my husband and beyond smitten with my pup. spring break 2013 totally rocked.

twentydozen

like most, new years tends to be a time of reflection for me. last night austin and i toasted to the best moments of 2011, and gave each other credit for making it through the worst moments as well. if i had to sum up the last year in a word, it would be perspective.

2011 gave me a new perspective on how i feel about family, my life, and what brings meaning to both of these things. i think we are definitely at a crossroads of defining who we want to be, at least for now, and boy what a perfect moment to get my bearings about me on what really matters. i’ve come to the conclusion that building a family* and loving and appreciating that family as best i can makes for a pretty respectable life. it may not always be glamourous, or trendy, or enough for others, but i’m beginning to find that its enough for me. and that’s not to say that i won’t endeavor to do more (i.e. publish a novel, somehow find a way to get paid for being crafty and/or witty, or being a world renowned food critic/photographer/therapist) but those things will just be icing on my deliciously splendid cake o’ life.

2011 has been one of, if not the toughest year of my life and for that, i say good riddance. however i’ve learned a lot about myself and those i love, and for that, i say thanks.

*for those of you reading this and thinking “ooh! does this mean babies?!” hold your horses. family for me is austin and i and how we’ve grown in love and life, together. it’s community and friendships, and of course lil’ sadie. who knows if that definition will change, i’m certainly open to it, but where and what we are is certainly enough for now. 
and speaking of our family, we tried to do a little portrait the other day, which was only mildly disastrous in the fact that not a single picture resulted in six eyes facing the camera, and three in focus smiles and/or snouts. but when i was clicking through them all on my computer, i had a realization: put all of the outtakes together, and hey, this is us in a nutshell. imperfect and wonderful.

so what’s the word for 2012?

em-bod-y :: verb :: to be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling)

it’s simple enough to say all of the things i want to be in life, but perhaps i’ll give it a go at actually putting my hopes into action. 2012 brings a new and more intentional me. here’s hoping that i can be more positive, and actively pursue life and my relationships.

i can certainly cheers to that.

 

home sweet home

last night was our first normal night back at home in our own bed. and boy was it nice. however i then awoke to the disaster state that is our house right now. laundry.dishes.wrapping paper.and luggage a plenty. ah well.

our holiday was wonderful and everything it should be. exhausting. hilarious. and filled with family. here are a few of the highlights from our trek which included, 36 family members, two states, two flights, and approximately twelve hours in the car.

 

i could go into how unique and fantastic each family christmas is, but who has the time to read all of that? for now, the highlights:

locklear family christmas: jim in a red flannel nightgown & the snow v. sadie feud.

day family christmas: my new christmas jammies & the blue bayou encore at the hootenanny.

hyslop family christmas: matching hoodies! and the pups all getting along. and seeing tony romo.

our lil’ christmas: the zilker tree. thoughtful and fantastic gifts.

miller family christmas: tex-mex delights. my dad’s famous margs. and a rousing game of sorry.

radio silence

like most of you i’ve been (ahem) indisposed* for the christmas holiday. we are in the midst of our third (of five) christmases and lemme tell ya it’s been a wild ride.

yesterday we woke up in baton rouge, spent the afternoon aimlessly driving through the west bank of new orleans (thanks for nothing google maps), and laid our wine soaked heads to bed in dallas.

i’ll be giving y’all the skinny on each family tradition and hilarity that ensues only during the holidays later, but i just wanted to check in for now.

hope the holiday brought nothing but love, family, and good eats.

*indisposed = imbibing copious amounts of food and wine, followed by laughing with family to the point of tears, nausea, or food coma.

thankful and merry

apologies for my lack of posting, but when you’re surrounded by family, wine, and good food, it’s hard to get to a computer, and honestly, who would want to leave all that? this was the first thanksgiving we’ve spent back in texas in a long time and it was fantastic. amazing food, a house full of delightful smells, witty banter, reminiscing, and of course wine. this one day of coming together gives me enough to be thankful for to last until next year.

naturally black friday for us means staying home and putting up christmas! holiday music filled the living room as we put up the tree, and started hanging ornaments, which is usually a two day process, because we have to stop and tell the story of each ornament, take an eggnog break, and go back for turkey leftovers.

this is sadie’s first christmas and she was enamored with the tree and the ornaments. ugh, so cute.

  i’m definitely thankful for the little things that bring such merriment this time of year.