Spring is here (sort of)

Spring has arrived, although the weather hasn’t really been sunshine and rainbows.

But my plants don’t seem to mind because everything is soooo green! Like literally, everything is growing and flowering. Even my fiddle fig, a plant species that is notorious for being fickle and easy to kill. I don’t want to jinx it, but in the last couple of weeks four new leaves have come in.

Four!!

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Well, five if you count this itty bitty one.

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This is an impressive development for a plant that I’ve had a year with absolutely zero previous growth.

Things in the backyard have progressed too.

Remember that wall of climbing jasmine I planted last summer?

It looked like this:

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Now it looks like this:

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I love it!

My other jasmine have grown in a lot too.

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And I finally got around to planting some on the opposite side:

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Aww babies.

We also had red tips recently planted all along our fence line to create a nice hedge in the future.

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As always there are still a few more projects to complete, but now that it’s finally spring we can start working on them!

Happy Thursday!

(Oh, and I forgot to mention…2 weeks until vacation! Woo hoo!)

 

I foresee a lot of travel related posts in the near future

In less than a month we’ll be flying across the pond in a giant, cramped airplane.

Yay!

While I couldn’t be more excited to reach our destination, I’m so not looking forward to the flight. Like not at all. I’m not really scared of flying, it’s just something you gotta do, but missing airplanes don’t exactly calm my nerves.

Current events aside, what I’m really worried about are the 9 long, long hours between Dallas/Ft. Worth and London Heathrow. We’re normal folk so we’ll be flying coach, and I want to be as comfortable as possible to make up for the lack of legroom and human decency (I kid, I kid).

Here’s what I’ve come up with thus far for my flying ensemble:

airportBlack yoga pants, black cardigan to put on/take off depending on the temperature, striped tank, comfy shoes that I can easily slip on/off during security, headphones, Keepall 50 for carry-on, and a copy of Wuthering Heights for some destination appropriate reading.

Nice & simple.

Happy Monday!

A few things

I’m still desperately anxious/excited for England/Scotland.

April cannot get here fast enough.

It’s taking foreeeever, and we still have a little over a month to go.

Getting things prepared for the trip is helping to mollify the anticipation. I’ve been making lots of lists–lists of places to go/eat, lists of things to pack, lists of things to take on the plane. And since we’re going to be in the air for a long time (around 12 hours), I ordered these beauts to help pass the time (they were on one of my lists).

Layla headphones

Definitely a case of form over function, and I’ll probably only get to use them for .25 hours because I’ll have a toddler to entertain on the flight, but that’s okay. They’re white & rose gold, just looking at them makes me happy.

Also, I finished Persuasion. I liked it better than Pride & Prejudice,
but I’m still not a Jane Austen fan.

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Now I’m reading Lolita, and let me just say I wasn’t at all prepared for the subject matter. It’s a bit disturbing to say the least, but it’s a classic piece of literature and I should have read it by now since I’m an English scholar and all that jazz.

After I finish, I’m seriously going to need to read something lighthearted. I’m thinking Let’s Pretend This Never Happenedsince it’s been on my to-read list forever.

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Do you read Jenny’s blog? She’s hilarious, and her memoir will be a welcomed source of comic relief after  reading about Humbert Humbert’s f-ed up life that is Lolita.

Anyway, moving on,

I recently used my Kate Spade Saturday pitcher to hold this lovely arrangement

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I don’t fancy myself a florist (not by a long shot), but I like putting together arrangements for my house, it’s so relaxing. The only reason I don’t make new arrangements more often is because the drive to buy fresh flowers is annoying. And far.

Definitely #firstworldproblems

Well, that’s it for now.

Happy Tuesday!

Catch up post!

I haven’t been too busy over here at all, mainly just uninspired.

I blame it on the weather, although it has warmed up (way up) lately.

Valentine’s came and went, and Daphne and I were very spoiled by our shared Valentine. Yes, we have to share. We got all sort of goodies, but one of my favorites is this Kate Spade Saturday pitcher.

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 I spied it on this lovely blog, and subtly (read: not so subtly at all) hinted to my hubby that it would make a great Valentine’s gift.

I love it.

For little Valentine’s gifts to her classmates, Daphne and I made heart-shaped crayons.

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Lots of fun and so easy.

Daphne also got a special Minion Valentine from a friend from school. He happens to be a boy.

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So sweet!

On a completely different note, I’ve been doing a ton of non-stop reading.

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My Goodreads goal is to read 50 books this year. Highly doable if I stay consistent. I’m on #9 right now–Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

(Note: A Desirable Residence was really good)

I’m reading a variety of genres to reach my goal, and always looking for book recommendations. Let me know if you’ve read anything good lately!

I guess that’s it for now, Happy Tuesday!

Glamping at Bramble Bield

In my attempts to get everything organized and prepared for our upcoming trip, I stumbled across this “glamping”–glamorous camping–location called Bramble Bield.

Bramble Bield hosts two gypsy caravans, yes gypsy caravans, and a shepherd’s hut. If we weren’t going when the nightly temperature is still supposed to be a little wet & chilly (although the caravans are heated and there are campfires outside, I am still a Texas girl at heart and can’t handle anything below 65 degrees for very long), we would definitely try out some Scottish glamping. It looks like such an adventure!

All these photos are from the owner’s website and Facebook page:

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Baby sheep!!

Aren’t the caravans so cute and the location absolutely breathtaking?

Bramble Bield is definitely getting bookmarked to places I need to stay at one day.

Happy Monday!

History & Travel

This year is the year I’m finally going to get to explore the world outside of this tiny space I call home!

Jason, Daphne, and I are traveling abroad to the United Kingdom for two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve always wanted to explore and travel, and I’m so thankful to finally have the opportunity to do it. I’ve done a teeny bit of traveling stateside, mainly to the west coast, but nothing nearly as fascinating as our upcoming trip.

We’ll be staying about week in North Yorkshire, England and a week in Scotland. The first half of our week in Scotland we’ll be in Edinburgh, the second half we’ll stay in the Highlands.

I love old things–old houses, old buildings, old land. History is such an important part of traveling for me, want to see things that are thousands of years old (kinda nerdy, I know)!

Here are some of the places I want to visit while we’re abroad:

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The Bronte Parsonage Museum & Haworth.

Charlotte and Emily Bronte are my favorite Victorian authors (I guess Anne too). This is where they lived and wrote. I want to walk the same paths that inspired the sisters to write some of my favorite prose:

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!” (Jane Eyre)

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” (Wuthering Heights)

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The walled city of York, England.  A literally walled city.

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Clifford’s Tower, also in York.

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Edinburgh Castle in the capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Hadrian’s Wall. This pile of stones might not look like much, but it was a Rome’s  first line of defense against “barbarians” built around 122 AD.

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Random castle ruins throughout Scotland. I haven’t done enough research to find out which ones in particular I want to visit, but there’s still plenty of time for that.

Cannot. Wait.

Is history an important part of traveling for you?

Thanks for reading, happy Thursday!

What’s been going on around here

Daphne had a party!

I never truly understood the plight of having a birthday so close to the holiday season, until I had Daphne. Her birthday is so close to the New Year it’s hard to successfully plan something without completely stressing out, and if you know me, then you know I’m great at stressing out. We weren’t even going to have a party, but at the last minute we decided a small scale celebration at the aquarium would be a good idea.

Having a party somewhere other than your own home has its perks, i.e. no cleaning up before the party and no cleaning up after, but it also has its drawbacks. The aquarium didn’t allow balloons (although I sort of circumvented that), confetti, or pinatas. And I mean, those are some of the best parts of a party am I right? But despite it all, Daphne had a blast with her friends which is what really matters.

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The big 3!

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Starfish glitter cookies

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Cute mini gold D balloons

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I really wanted to order mini 3s, but I wasn’t sure if they were going to ship in time or not . I figured with the Ds if they did arrive late I could use them for next year’s party. Thankfully though they arrived in plenty of time, and I was able to fill and heat seal them here at home.

Also, Fridays around here are now for yoga and mimosas.

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A new local wine bar called Cactus & Vine hosts a free 6 o’clock yoga class every Friday. It’s a fun way to get a small workout in and then relax afterwards. I cannot wait for the end of the week. Namaste!

Lastly, we’ve been enjoying the family room so much more lately. It’s the perfect spot to lounge and play.

I’ve ashamed to say I’ve been doing too much of this in my downtime:

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Obviously, I should be finishing up Cloud Atlas instead of playing games, but old habits die hard.

Happy Tuesday everyone!