Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas weekend, my friends!  We are in balmy Indiana for Christmas (highs in the upper 40s - no complaints from this girl!) with Steve's family this weekend.  Yesterday was full of present opening, "A Christmas Story" watching, cooking/eating delicious meals and catching up with everyone.  It was a jam-packed day!  Today, we are off to downtown Indy with our nieces for some post-Christmas bonding time before I head back to Dallas on Sunday :)


Monday, December 14, 2015

A birthday weekend

My mom's birthday was this past week and, in my family, birthdays are a big deal.  Luckily, my mom's big day was on Sunday this year, so we got to celebrate all weekend!

The birthday festivities began in an extra-festive manner with a Santa Run on Saturday morning.  I've always wanted to do one of these "fun runs" and when I found a Groupon discount price, I got the entire family (dogs included) to agree to do it with me.  I've never seen so many Santas in once place!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Early Christmas Present

This year, Christmas came early in our house - Steve got a new job!  His first day was on Monday and he is loving it so far.

This year has been one of many transitions.  Selling our house, moving to Dallas, learning a new town, doing long-distance for a few months, taking the Texas bar, my new job... and now Steve's.  It is perfect for him, and better than even what we had been praying for.  In His typical fashion, God showed up big time and blew us out of the water with this job.  



Monday, October 26, 2015

Things I Forgot About Fall

It's hard to believe that we only have one week of October left.  I feel like it was only yesterday that Starbucks started selling those cute little fall cups with leaves on them.  This season has been both fun and surprising to me - mainly because I think that over the six years that I spent in the Midwest, I forgot what fall looks like in Texas!



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cooking at Home 101

Last week, Steve and I finally confessed the obvious: we love to go out to eat.  Both of us have had busy work schedules since we got married, so cooking at home was almost an afterthought for the last three years.  In an effort to clean up my own eating, and also to reign in the food allocation in our budget, I decided to finally give actual meal prep a try.  And I am happy to say that it was quite the success!  In an effort to keep myself accountable (and to also share some easy recipes for other ladies on the go who are looking to cook more), I'm going to document my cooking-at-home efforts here.

I work pretty late these days and Steve's evenings are booked with networking events and bible study, so the top priority for our household is easy meals that can be reheated and used for leftovers.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday!  This week has been a busy one, so I'm really looking forward to the weekend.  We're starting the weekend off with a football game, followed by two glorious days of Texas fall weather.  I can't wait.

I've got five silver linings lined up for you on this beautiful Friday morning:



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Red River Shootout

Last weekend was a big one in our household.  With my sister being a University of Texas alum, my family has rooted for the Longhorns for years.  UT plays Oklahoma every year in the Red River Shootout and, for my non-Texan friends out there, this game is a big freaking deal.  The game is held every year at the Cotton Bowl just south of downtown Dallas.  (Fun fact: I can actually see the Cotton Bowl from my office!)  I guess Dallas is considered a "neutral zone" between Austin and Norman, so UT and OU fans flood the city the weekend of the game.  The Cotton Bowl is on the Texas state fairgrounds, and of course the state fair is in full swing during the game, too.

So, Steve's first Texas football experience + my first time in the Cotton Bowl + first trip to the Texas State Fair...like I said - it was a big weekend in our household!



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Celebrations Galore

Last weekend, we headed up to Indiana for a long weekend full of celebrations.  The fun began with a surprise welcome at the airport when I landed.  I miss my small group girls like crazy and seeing them all lined up for me with these homemade signs made me weepy.  I love these ladies!  #lylas



Saturday, October 3, 2015

So Long Summer: Washington DC Wedding

In August, Steve and I flew out to Washington D.C. to celebrate the wedding of a friend from law school.  Jon and Steve were best friends in school and won our school's moot court competition together.  They are cut from the same cloth and Steve was really excited to be a part of Jon's special day as a groomsman.

{law school friends reunited at the reception}


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

So Long Summer: Broken Bow, OK

My life this past summer could easily be segregated into pre-bar exam and post-bar exam life.  Pre-bar exam life is not the greatest.  It requires lots of studying, stamina, and stress.  But post-bar exam life - let me tell ya, it is the best.  I know we are moving quickly into fall, but before I bid a final adieu to this summer I want to remember some of the highs of the summer (post-bar summer that is!).    So please bear with me while I jump back in time a few weeks and get caught up to speed with a couple of "So Long Summer" posts!

Post 1: our post-bar incredible trip to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Some Thoughts

Do you ever feel like you have so much to say, but don't even know where to begin?  That's how I've felt over the last few weeks.  And why it's been quiet around these parts.

I can't believe that we are already in the middle of September.  How time flies, sometimes.  I forgot how endless summer feels in Texas.  It was in the 90s over Labor Day and my family spent the weekend boating to escape the heat.  It dropped to mid-80s today and it feels like "fall."  I'm sure my Indy friends will get a kick out of that, but it's funny how relative hot and cold can feel depending on where you are.  I love all things summer, so knowing that sweater weather isn't quite here yet has been a fun adjustment.

{wake surfing on Ray Roberts Lake}


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

three years

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  
- Jeremiah 29:11



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wedding Vignettes

Steve and I will celebrate our third anniversary on Tuesday.  It's hard to believe that it has already been three years!  As we approach June 16, I find myself thinking back to memories of our wedding day.  It was a great day.  I know I've written about our wedding a little bit before (see here and here) but today I'm remembering a few of little fun vignettes that took place throughout the day - those behind-the-scenes moments that I look back on now and just laugh.

+ Our rehearsal dinner was at a local BBQ joint and honkey tonk.  The groomsmen somehow decided to challenge each other to eat the spiciest pepper that the restaurant had - all at once.  Watching their faces as the heat hit each one was quite entertaining.



Friday, June 5, 2015

Texas Forever

Hello!  Long time, no talk.  Thanks for bearing with the radio silence around these parts the last few months.  As I said in my last post (over six months ago!), God was doing some big stuff in my life.  And while sometimes I feel like I'm still caught up in that whirlwind, I've missed this little space and the sense of community that comes with it.  So I'm happy to say that TSL is back - with a new look, new posts and a brand new beginning in a brand new state!

Here's what I've been up to the last few months...