Friday, May 29, 2009

Steaknite Surprise

It's nice to get out of your normal routine. And that's just what we did this past Wednesday night. Tracy tuned me in to a happenin' event called Steaknite. It's like your own backyard BBQ with steak, an all you can eat sides and dessert buffet and live music. Except you don't have to do the dishes (high five to Tracy on that one). What more could you ask for?

Of course, the kids did not partake in the Steaknite food. They got their own little treat - McDonald's.
The place is south of downtown (and I might add, it's not the best of neighborhoods) but we had a wonderful time. Here are a few pics of the festivities.

I forgot to take a picture of my plate BEFORE I ate it. But trust me when I say it was full of steak, potato, macaroni and green beans. I think you can tell from below how delicious it was. Of course, I wouldn't have even gotten this pic if Tracy didn't remind me.

When we got home about 8:45p that night, my neighbor was anxiously awaiting our return. She told me that she did not mean to be a nosy neighbor, but she knew our schedule and KNEW we should have been home. She was worried that something had happened. Yeah ... I think it's time we start mixing it up a little more!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vinyl Wall Art: The Easy Way to Decorate

If you know me, you accept (but probably do not understand) my need to mix it up in the decorating department. Poor Shawn dreads it when I say, "I have an idea ..." He usually runs. But, these days, it's easier than ever for me to put my own stamp on the house without the help of anyone else - by using vinyl art designs. There's no commitment. Don't like it one spot ... move it to another. It's genius.

I've bought a few that I use in my bedroom and in the kids room. I am always on the search for cool designs to put in my back pocket ... just for the rainy day that I feel one of the rooms needs a makeover. Today I found Lewa's Designs via A Soft Place to Land. This store has some of the cutest stuff. You should check it out at
These are some of my favs from her site. I adore the tree, but it's still a little out of my price range.

And, she's even kicking it up a notch. If you blog about her site by June 10, you can win a free vinyl. Then, if you add her little blinkie on your blog she will send you a second one for free! You pick from one of the designs below and get to pick the color. Of course, I am going for the bird and the catepillar. Still deciding on color, but I do know I am going to put them on the kids' bedroom doors with their initials.

So, check it out ya'll. It's an easy way to make a space your own.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weekend festivities

It was a nice Memorial Day weekend. Of course, not long enough, but that is an ongoing complaint. Here's a quick run down (with only a few pics).

We took Mallory to see Dr Newman for her first eye exam. She did very well at telling him which way the legs of the E were pointing. The good news is that no correction is needed at this time. He started talking about how she's a little farsighted but that's good at this age because ... and then I drifted away. Once I heard the magic words - no correction needed - my visit was over! Shawn and I each picked up a new pair of glasses while we were there. I can't wait to show off my new blue frames.
I had a hair-brained idea to have a garage sale and had been collecting the merchandise in the dining room for a week or so. Let me just say that I am sad that I did not take a picture because the place was COVERED. In fact, at the beginning of this project, I told Shawn several times that I didn't think we had enough stuff for a garage sale. Boy was I wrong. Especially since we made $300. I then had Shawn take most of the leftovers to Goodwill. Good riddance.

What didn't make it over to the donation pile -- that darn tub of Eeyores that Shawn has been collecting for years. It's so precious to him that it's lived in the attic for about 5 years now. He says he's going to put them on EBay. Now that I've made this knowledge public maybe he will comply! Otherwise, a box of perfectly good Eeyores goes back up into the attic.

True was in a particularly good mood this morning. I think he wanted to do some demolition. Luckily, demolishing the playroom is about as far as he can take it these days.

Mallory and I got up bright and early and headed over to IKEA. They were have a great sale on Expedits (book shelves) and of course I NEEDED one for Truett's room. Yeah ... so they were giving out free breakfast too so we decided to partake. Probably a big mistake since the eggs were powdered and watery. Then, Mallory accidentally spilled her drink all over her plate. Again, good thing it was free.
Mello met up with us at IKEA and we tinkered around. Christopher and Mallory ran rough-shod through the place. But, they had a good time. Once we were done shopping, we headed over to McDonald's for lunch and a date with the twisty slides. That didn't go too well for Mallory. She climbed up to the slide platform and then got scared. Mommy had to crawl part of the way up there to get her. Thank goodness Mello didn't have her phone camera nearby or you would have had to see my backside climbing up there. And I can assure you it was not a pretty picture.

Once we left McD's, we stopped at ULTA to pick up some beautifying products and then headed home. I tried to roll Mallory's hair in these curlers. Isn't she cute? Reminds me of the "ladies" from the Tuna series. Isn't one of them almost always in curlers?!

You notice up there that I said "tried." It didn't work. Probably because her hair was too wet when I tried to do it and neither one of us had the patience to wait it out. Even with a hair dryer it was just taking too long. So, we'll try again another day.

A quiet day. I wasn't feeling great so I spend most of the morning taking it easy by picking up the house and catching pieces of two movies on the Showtime free movie weekend - The Great Debaters and Stardust. Both were fantastic. Mallory was begging all morning to go out to play in this:

That green thing back there is the pool. About 10:45a I tried to get in it with her but it was just too cold. When I wouldn't go in, Mallory moved on to Plan B. Make-up time. Truett had it all over his body, like war paint. It was hilarious. I'm just happy they bond together, you know?!
After Shawn got home (unfortunately he had to work on Memorial Day, but did get off a few hours early) I headed off to the grocery store to stock up. Seriously ... there were only 10 things on my list. I came home without about 60 things. But, to give me a pat on the back, that little snow cone maker I bought the kids (yeah ... it was for them) makes great treats.

That's about the extent of the weekend. Boring but good. I am already in need of another one!

Friday, May 22, 2009

We're going to Vegas!

Mallory and I both have a strong love of dance. And this Thursday night starts our summer tradition.

Woo-hoo (as Mary would say ... and you know what this means if you watch the show). Mallory dances around the house trying to mimic the contestants. Mommy enjoys the music, dance and joy that Mallory feels.

We were so into it last summer that she would run around at all times of the day and night saying, " I'm going to Vegas!" Only the great dancers made it to the next round in Vegas and they showed them saying it on the show quite often.

So, as of tonight, Mallory and I are going to Vegas on our TV.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happiness is ...

There are many things that make me happy. But at this very moment at work, this is on the top of my list. Pill ice and a diet Dr Pepper. We got a new ice machine. I am in heaven. It's the small things, you know?

Three Amigos (Part 3)

So it's been a while since I said I'd finish up the girls' trip to Central Texas. Yeah ... about a month now. I think I'm behind. Before I begin, I have to give a disclaimer that there are not as many pics in this post as I normally would include. I think I was in shopping shock this day and forgot to pull out the camera often enough. Also, forgive any grammar or misspellings. I will readily admit I am too lazy to peer review myself today. Now, on with the story.

Day 2 begins. We slept in. I will admit that I was eagerly awaiting the "surprise" box that gets dropped at your doorstep every morning. This box is supposedly full of deliciousness. Luckily ... the box came (see, perfect oppty for a picture that I didn't take). It was an old-fashioned cowgirl lunch box that was full of hot, yummy almond topped muffins. I did partake, but Lynn and Tracy only took a few dainty bites. I couldn't help myself because they were so delish. However, since Tracy and Lynn saved room for "real" food, we headed over to Wimberly and ate more deliciousness at this little cafe:

Lynn raved over the migas (best since her honeymoon). I can't remember what Tracy had but she said it was delish. As for me, I had eaten almost a whole muffin (about the size of Incredible Hulk's fist) back at the B&B, so I kept it light and had a few scrambled eggs. Just for a little protein is what I kept telling myself.

After we had sufficiently fueled ourselves for a long day of shopping, we walked around the delightful town. It was full of little stores that lured us in. Here's a pic of an old house that was turned into a shop. How charming is that? Unfortch, this particular store was full of a lot of junk. Looks can be deceiving.

I ended up buying a few things as we sauntered around town ... but my best buy of the day is this little number:

Yes, a VERA BRADLEY purse. For only $50. Did you even know she made anything other than prints? I sure didn't. But I can tell you that after a few weeks of using this thing I am in love with it.

After working ourselves to exhaustion, we stopped and had lunch at a little place in town. The Learning Pear ... or was it the Leaning Pear? It was funny because that morning in the B&B I was reading through the stack of menus that showed what all the places around served and I was drooling. I mentioned it to Lynn and Tracy and they both said in unison, "that's the place we were going to go for lunch." So Lynn, great pick.

Lunch was wonderful and the perfect pick-me-up. Then, we headed off into the great blue yonder - headed for Luckenbach. Um ... I only knew the song by Willie and thought it'd be a great place. Who knew it was a hole in the wall. Really. We almost missed it. But, it was fantastic. Live music, bikers, preps (like me), crazy people (also a little like me) ... I could have stayed there resting under the tree and listening to music for the rest of the day. But we have places to go and things to see. Of course, we bought the requisite t-shirt.

Back to the car ... headed towards Fredericksburg. Luckily, it wasn't far because by this time it was about 2 or 3p. We walked around the streets of Fredericksburg looking for a bargain and it didn't disappoint. Tracy found some material to recover a chair, I found a little denim jacket and I can't remember what Lynn found (besides liquor and cookies, of which we all shared). We also found a place that served this:

And you could walk around town with it. So, we partook. But, with a bellini instead. I don't like beer.

It only took a few hours and we were getting tired and knew we needed to head back towards Dripping Springs. We stopped at Wildseed Farms on the way back (just in time too ... we got there about 15 mins before closing). It is a HUGE seed farm, garden store, etc. Lynn finally found the hummingbird feeders she had been looking for and was very excited. Tracy and I did like we usually do ... and bought food.

Later that night, we ended up at a little steakhouse (name escapes me). We got there early and thought we'd check out the "bowling alley" next to the restaurant. But, alas, no bowling alley ... just a little cafe. Again. looks can be deceiving! So, we headed over to eat. I was surprised at how wonderful the place was inside. What is it about twinkle lights that makes everything better?! Believe it or not, they were doing Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster. In Hicksville. Too bad we filled up on steak and baked potatos or we would have tried some of the deliciousness.

Then it was back to the B&B to relax and get some rest. Because the next day it was time to head home. I have no interesting news to report about that ... except to say: don't eat at the Elite Cafe in Waco, TX. Yeah ... it used to be good. But not so much anymore.

So, another girls' trip down. Who's planning the next one?

Monday, May 11, 2009


Another Mother's Day has come and gone. I will forever treasure the little trinkets from the kidlets. Every year they just get better and better. What I want to know though is when the law of diminishing returns kicks in?!

True's class made a card and a little scented sashay. The inside of the card (which of course, I don't have a picture of) has a cute saying and his hand print.

Mallory's current teacher is an out-of-work state certified art teacher. It shows in the creativity of her gifts. Just adorable. But, I had Friday off so Mallie spend the day with me. Alas, the inside of the card isn't done. While it does have a cute saying (about being a handful), it's missing her hand print. Guess I need to take some initiative to finish that one.

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