About two months before my wedding, I decided to color my hair for the first time (if you don't count an ill-fated attempt in middle school that resulted in polka-dots on my head. It was super subtle, and I loved it. Over the past three years, I've kept going a little lighter. I was always happy. . . until this past December. My stylist and I decided to just go for it! I left the salon thinking I loved my new look(it made for great Christmas card pictures!) , but after a weekend of tears, I went back, and my awesome hairdresser tried to help me tone it down a little. I definitely felt more comfortable, but it still isn't quite what I'm hoping for. I've got an appointment this Friday, and I think this time, I am going darker. I thought I wanted to be blonde like everyone I see on Instagram these days, but I am beginning to think that maybe brunettes aren't so bad after all ;) Check out my hair evolution below. Which look is your favorite?
As I sit here, 23 weeks pregnant, I'm not quite feeling wonderfully about my body/overall appearance. Sadly, this is nothing new for me, but I'm working on it. I'm currently reading 'Love Does' by Bob Goff (which you should DEFINITELY check out), and this line really stuck out to me today. It reads,
"When we get our security from Christ, we no longer have to look for it in the world, and that's a pretty good trade."
This can apply to so many areas of life, from physical insecurities to the overall lack of security we might feel in the world today. Whether its political issues, social injustices, other global concerns, or even just feelings of inadequacy when you look around, Jesus wants to define you. Those fears or disappointments don't have to control you anymore. How cool is that? But I digress... I started this post talking about body woes, so I am going to leave you (and myself!) some inspiration for another day: pre-pregnancy dressing room successes from Anthropologie!
I might be this skinny again. . . in a year or so, haha. But ultimately, there are far more important things in life than a dress size or number on the scale. I just have to keep telling myself that. Each day.
P.S. If only my wallet was as big as my belly these days :)
With Harper, Graham and I couldn't resist finding out if we were having a girl or boy at my mid-pregnancy ultrasound. We still had a little party to surprise our family with the results, but this time, we wanted to be surprised too. Luckily, the anatomy scan went well, and baby number 2 looks nice and healthy. We told the technician we didn't want to know baby's gender just yet. So, she put the revealing photo in an envelope for us. I passed the golden ticket off to my mom, who was instructed to fill a piñata we purchased with blue or pink goodies. We had a little fiesta where everyone from our families got to finally find out what we are having next...
Here are some of the highlights:
Graham and I have decided on the name Lila Joy for our newest addition. We had strongly considered this name back when we decided on Harper's name, and we just couldn't get it out of our heads. Below, you can see how much Harper and Lila already look alike!
Let me just tell you, shopping for clothes while pregnant is not my most self-esteem boosting activity. However, I wanted a new dress for our upcoming gender reveal party. Anthropologie is my go-to spot for gorgeous dresses; so the week before our party for baby #2, my mom braved Highland Village with me (and Harper in tow, of course!) to pick out a little pick me up. You'll have to check out my gender reveal post to see which frock was the chosen one!
Since I'm not teaching right now, I'm channeling my urge to decorate my classroom each month to decorating our home. This month our front porch got a makeover. The pillows are from Target, but the bouquet of flowers is homemade. My parents graciously bought the supplies and started the project.
What you need: a pot (we used plastic, for easier transport, but clay may be more durable) faux moss burlap ribbon Styrofoam wooden dowels wooden hearts of assorted sizes hot glue gun paint (acrylic and spray) brushes/sponges
My mom and dad spray painted the pot turquoise, to complement one of the throw pillows purchased for the bench. They tied a burlap bow around the pot, to match the pre-existing wreath. (Burlap and turquoise seem to be a theme throughout our house.)
I chose to paint the three large hearts I purchased red and two shades or pink, to coordinate with the addition to the door wreath. My favorite part of the project was trying to create an ombre look on some of the smaller hearts using a sponge and 2-3 colors at a time. I painted polka dots and other patterns on the hearts. With some smaller hearts, I even created a flower using a paper plate to cut out circles for the center to hold the petals together. The dowels, and some of the smaller hearts, were painted green to look like stems and leaves. I assembled everything using a hot glue gun. Then, I stuck the "flowers" into the Styrofoam base and inserted it in the pot. Lastly, I placed faux moss over the Styrofoam to hide it. The project really didn't take too long, and it was a fun way to spend a Friday evening while Graham played with Harper.
The finished product!
There were a couple extra hearts that I couldn't figure out what to do with. I slapped some paint on them, used the end of the brush to make a dot pattern, and hung them from the mailbox.
I added a simple felt heart ($3 at Target) wreath to the existing burlap wreath to make it a bit more festive.
This lil cutie was smiling up at me whenever I looked over the edge of the counter while painting. My heart!
I think that Graham and I go on more actual "dates" now that we have a baby than we did when we were first married. I'm talking about the pick a place, set a time, put on make up, do your hair kind of nights. Thankfully, all of our parents live in town, so we have some eager babysitters. Although we mix it up sometimes, our go to spot is hands down El Real, especially on Tuesday nights.
El Real serves my favorite margarita, and on Tuesdays they are only $2. If you make it in before 7:00, tin can Modelos are just $2 to (Graham's favorite)! You really can't do much better than that.
We usually start out with their delicious queso, what makes or breaks a Mexican restaurant for me. Then, we split the San Antonio puffy tacos. Do yourself a favor and get you some! Graham gets a beef one and sometimes a guac/black bean one, while I opt for the shredded chicken taco. SO good and SUPER affordable.
If you end up becoming regulars like us, you might even end up with free "Milkshake No Minors". Try it! You won't be disappointed.
We typically end the night with a quick shopping trip, sometimes Target, sometimes the grocery store, but occasionally Sound Waves (Graham's fave)! Of course then we have to have a selfie shoot. #noshame
I've raved about my recent Central Market obsession before, but here I go again. I love that Graham gets a 3-day weekend every other week. And during those weekends, we almost always go to Central Market at least once. This past trip, I fell in love with this beautiful flower display. I could spend hours perusing the floral department, in search of the perfect combination of blooms, but I've been showing restraint.
An area I have NOT been showing restraint in is my eating, particularly when it comes to sugary breakfast treats. After baby comes, I'll tone it down, but for right now I am living it up! These cinnamon rolls, heated up, are to die for! Luckily, Graham can finish what I leave behind. So sweet and delicious!
My pregnancy cravings are in full swing this 9th month! Anything chocolate is calling my name, but especially the decadent chocolate chip pancakes from Buffalo Grille, paired with their delicious cinnamon coffee. Yum! I've been going weekly (if not more frequently, oops) this past month to indulge in this treat. Typically, I convince my parents to come along too. Hopefully I will get another chance before Harper makes her arrival. Although my soon-to-be post-baby body probably would prefer that I lay off the extra calories... but whose counting at this point?
One of the many benefits of this season of life (post-work & pre-baby) is free time. I'm not just talking about lack of commitments, although that has been wonderful. I am also referring to free time to think and be creative. As soon as we decided we were going to have a 4th of July Cookout, I knew that I wanted to decorate our home for the occasion. Lately, the way to my heart would be a trip Central Market. I am probably there 3 or 4 times a week this summer. Between their coffee and fresh flowers, there is no competition. Graham and I made a trip there Saturday morning, with the intention of finding red, white, and blue tinted hydrangeas for some home-made floral arrangements. Unfortunately, that was going to break the bank. Graham suggested I create a red, white, and blue wildflower display. After all, my wedding bouquet was an eclectic assortment of wildflowers. I chose small red carnations, white baby's breath. and blue sea waltz. We got the flowers for a bargain price and I had a great time creating three separate arrangements; two for the food tables and one for the bathroom. I was pleased with how they all turned out. As the week has gone on, they continue to bloom and flourish.
Mom had this adorable little patriotic duck that she let me borrow. He was located on the table outside by the grill. You might notice the Happy Birthday confetti... we continued to celebrate Graham's 30th all weekend long.
We used red, white, and blue décor; nothing too fancy. It was a cookout after all.
So about the cake... it was a labor of love. Graham really likes anchors, so I thought it would be neat to create an anchor cake. I had my dad make an anchor stencil, and the plan was to use red, white, and blue sprinkles to create the anchor. This was much easier said than done, but I tried. Additionally, I don't think I had ever made a double layer cake before, especially a German Chocolate one. It may not be the most visually appealing cake, but it sure did taste good. Better luck next time!
We had way too much food, and it was all delicious.
Graham, manning his grill. It is a beauty!
The burgers, fish tacos, and grilled sweet corn were quite yummy.
Graham's parents (and Rory)
Jana and Ross (Graham's brother and his wife)
my wonderful parents and myself
Melanie, my co-worker, who I've known for about 20 years, and I (I'm going to miss working together this year!)
Kate, a long-time friend, and I (She made a delicious peach tea that was quite a hit.)
Melanie and her sweet fiancé, Tim
The new faces are Kelli and Paige (we've been friends since kindergarten), and their boyfriends, Jordan and Allen, respectively.
It was a lovely celebration, and this pregnant gal is still recovering. Celebrating our freedom with family and friends is always fun, but now I am ready for a low-key week of rest!
This year was a big birthday for Graham. He turned 30! Pregnancy insomnia had me up half the night before, so I decorated the house for the occasion. I got him tickets to see Incubus (one of his longtime favorite bands) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, and we picked out some much needed new running shoes. We grabbed breakfast at Central Market and had a lazy morning. Then, we spent the afternoon at Top Golf, where Graham rocked it. Me, not so much. I'm not usually good at golf, but this belly of mine seemed to make things even worse. Regardless of our golf game, we had DELICIOUS cheeseburgers (my pregnancy craving staple). That night we met up with Graham's family for some yummy barbeque at Goode Company. It was a great day. This weekend we will continue celebrating with a July 4th party. Check back soon to see how it goes.
I'm Angela. I live in Houston, Texas with my husband, Graham, and our mini-aussie, Rory. We are about to become first-time parents, welcoming our sweet little girl Harper Grace in August. I am a kindergarten teacher, but I am taking a little hiatus to be a full-time wife and momma (wish me luck!).