Sometimes You Just Need to Call it Quits

When I was in my third year of college and my first quarter at Houston Baptist University I remember calling my mom begging to quit HBU and come back to San Antonio and she told me, “Julie, you think the grass is always greener on the other side.” This is, in fact, a very true statement.

I am very much a person who always wants to do the next thing or if I just was here or doing this instead I would be happier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m generally a very happy person and I’m not talking big things, just kind of everyday things. Continue reading

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Savoring the “Last Time”

Since I’ve had Elliot, it’s made me think back on when Emery was a baby (not like she’s not now, but you know what I mean), and all her “last times.” It’s started out as something small. I was feeding Elliot and I thought to myself, “When was the last time Emery used the boppy?” I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m sure it just happened. We went from using it constantly to probably just a few times here and there to eventually picking it up and storing it in the closet for two years, until Elliot arrived. We didn’t know that day or night when we used it that it would be our last, but it was.

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Downtown Progressive Appetizer Date Night

This year, David and I celebrated our SEVENTH anniversary! I’m sure you can all agree that time flies!!! I really can’t believe it’s been that long. It feels like yesterday that I was the stupid girl who couldn’t open the pool gate and had to ask the sexy shaved head, red beard, smoking a cigarette guy for help. And despite what he tells you, no I was not trying to get his attention, I really couldn’t figure out how to open it!

This was right after we got engaged in NYC! We celebrated with a Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity

How it all started seven years ago! This was right after we got engaged in NYC at Serendipity!

Anyway, this was our first year to have two kids, so we were both pretty ready for a kid free night! We had been going back and forth on what we should do for the night. We knew for sure we wanted to stay at a hotel, mostly so we could watch cable and sleep in without interruptions! We played around with different ideas. Go to San Antonio, the hill country, stay in Houston, etc. I eventually found a boutique hotel on TripAdvisor called the Sam Houston Hotel. I read the reviews, which were all pretty nice and decided for $76 (that’s with tax) it seemed like a good place to stay. So our decision on where to go was decided, now we just needed to figure out what else we would do while there. Continue reading

The Sweetest Season

Last Monday was a day I had been looking forward to for a long time. I was finally going to get back into the swing of working out. My work out choice for the past few years has been hot yoga. If you haven’t tried it, it’s pretty amazing what it can do to your body. After having two kids I was ready!

I signed up for a two week, two hours, everyday hot yoga boot camp. I was excited to jump start my body again and honestly, to get some “me” time in. While it’s been amazing and I have seen some results, what it really made me realize was that I REALLY missed my evenings with my babies.

Being a full-time working mom and then coming home to take care of two babies is tiring. I thought a little bit of yoga would help to relax me, but every night for two weeks, is not what I thought it would be. Continue reading

The Weight Stops Here

When I say I have had a weight issue for as long as I can remember, that is not an exaggeration. And I don’t mean with actual weight gain/loss just with how I see myself. I can remember standing in front of a mirror and obsessing over how “fat” my stomach was when I was maybe ten! That is not healthy!

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Someday You’ll Be Me

Like many other mothers out there, I wanted to share my words of wisdom with my daughters. While the saying goes “We all turn into our mothers” I can’t say I fully agree. I honestly think the majority of every generation becomes a little better at the parenting thing. Maybe it’s because some of us tell ourselves we would never do what our parents did or some people might have had a really great example and really honed in on how to be even better. Maybe this is true, maybe it’s not, it’s not like I did any real research on the matter, it’s just my opinion. However, someday, despite what you think, if you have kids you will become me and do the following… Continue reading

Simple Wine and Cheese Night

Way before we had kids, David and I went out pretty often, and even though we enjoyed a night on the town, one of our favorite date nights was staying in and doing a wine and cheese night. It’s something that is so simple and if you were to order a cheese platter at a restaurant it usually costs an average of $15 and hardly has enough food on it to satisfy one person. And a glass of wine (not on happy hour) typically starts out at about $8.

So once we had kids the going out so much came to a halt, but the wine and cheese nights didn’t have to stop. I’m not lying when I say it is genuinely one of my favorite dinnertime meals, and I’m pretty sure David would agree. It’s a great way to feel like you’re out, but way cheaper and you can pick and choose everything you want. Continue reading