March 19, 2015

Trip to Utah | Spring Break 2015

Texas has been so gloomy lately. (and this is coming from someone who loves cloudy weather)
Thankfully, I was able to find some cheap flights to Utah for Zoe and I for spring break!

I got some kind of stomach bug the day before our trip and let's just say it was a miracle I made it on the plane! Zoe hadn't been on an airplane in years, so for her, it felt like her first time flying. She was giddy with excitement. It was so fun to watch her squeal and squirm while we were waiting to take off.

She requested a window seat for all of our 5 flights (there and back) which meant I got a middle seat for all 5 flights. The things we do for our children!

Our 7-day trip flew by! 
Lucky for me, I have old friends located just a few minutes from my parents. It was like an all inclusive trip, friends and family in one trip.

We took a trip to the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point with our old friends, the Stauffers. It is so crazy to see these kiddos now. When we met, Ethan was a tiny baby. So much has happened since then. It's fun to see how they are still close friends despite all the distance.

Noah, Ethan, Zoe

Zoe, Preston, Noah, Ethan - Circa 2006

We got to spend lots of time with my sister and my darling niece, Lily. Zoe just eats up spending time with her - although she likes to tell her what to do most of the time. We took the girls to an indoor pool. I took Zoe down the two story slide - let me tell you, that was one intense slide. It was pitch black inside and really fast. It took me several minutes after one ride to catch my breath. 

And what is a visit to Utah without spending some time with Wilbur?
 Zoe is such an animal lover, it wouldn't surprise me if she ended up working as a vet. She reminds me of my friend, Calli, who always had a special love for animals.

We also fit in a visit to the Aquarium, lots of late night laughs, a trip to see the new Cinderella Movie, shopping, and a morning at Grandma's house helping her with her computer and then seeing priceless photos of my late Grandfather during WWII.

It's amazing how quickly a week of vacation goes by. 
But, we were happy to come home to Ryan and a clean house. 

Holly & Co.

February 28, 2015

We've been hibernating | Snow in Texas

We've been in Texas 7 months today!
To say this week's weather was a surprise, is a bit on an understatement.

When Zoe went to bed Sunday night, school for Monday had already been cancelled. She was over the moon excited thinking about the snow that was predicted.

Snow in Texas is more of a combination of freezing rain, ice chunks and snow. It's not really fun to play in, but it definitely put me in a better mood.

I'm a winter weather lover, and when we saw 80° in January, I was depressed thinking that I would be soon thrown into shorts weather. Well, somebody upstairs loves me, and gave me my winter back. We've been enjoying hot chocolate by the fire and snuggling in blankets reading books. Winter is my kind of heaven. 

One of the best parts of 3.5 snow days, is being stuck inside. My sewing machine has been hard at work lately. I've finished 1 quilt top, 1 blouse for me, and 1 baby quilt for work. All in one week! 

I was hoping to be able to open my Etsy store this month, but due to time commitments, that has been put on the back burner for now. I will definitely keep you all posted on it's opening date!

Holly & Co.

January 29, 2015

Wiggle Work | 2/52

Ok, I've had such a busy week, this post has been in draft for days.....but I finally had time to get it finished!!

When Zoe was a baby, teething was bad. I remember when I first noticed she had teeth. I got her out of bed one morning and noticed she had four teeth poking through. I thought I was a bad mother and just hadn't noticed them before. I ran to get Ryan to ask him if he had already seen them. Thankfully, he assured me they were a new development. 

She got her teeth four at a time - as you can imagine - teething was rough at our house.

I'm here to say...loosing teeth is worse than getting them.

Tears and drama, begging and pleading. This time, after days of wiggling, we had a fortunate incident where a collision of cousins on an old mattress produced the perfect situation and the tooth came out!
There was lots of screaming and excitement, and a little bit of blood.

Just as we got this one out, the other front tooth started to wiggle.

::Heaven help me::

I've been have so much fun digging through my stash lately. I keep finding all sorts of fun pieces that I want to use.

Zoe has actually taken an interest in scrapbooking, which is why I've really started to use my stash. She asks for supplies to use and I have to sort through the boxes of stuff I have, deciding what I am willing to share and what I'm keeping for myself.

Do you share your supplies? Or do you keep a tight guard on your boxes?

Holly & Co.

January 20, 2015

Taking Back the Joy | Scrapbooking

So you will never guess what I did last night?

Yep, I made page 1/52 for 2015.

I haven't scrapbooked in months. Yes, months.

In the Fall of 2014, we started seeing a fertility specialist which caused a chain reaction I was not ready for. These appointments, tests and procedures brought to the surface depression and anxiety, both which I've been able to cope with without medication or therapy for 10 years.

Scrapbooking and creating has been a form of therapy for me since I was introduced to it in my early teenage years. I didn't realize the therapy it provided until I was about 18 - but it has been a serious part of my life ever since then.

With the new year, goal setting and narrowing in on my one little word, I realized that in 2014, I let infertility take this special part of my life away. The creative process that I love and cherish, I had been robbed of - which is why I decided to make creative goals this year.

I decided I was going to take back the joy of creating.

So I did.

Holly & Company

I made this page last night. I was worried that I would be lacking in layout ideas or feel lost, especially since I have been sewing so much lately. Nope. This page came together fairly quickly. I think it only took 2 episodes on Netflix. (Yes, I use episodes on Netflix to keep time. Don't you?)
I shopped my stash for this layout. It felt so good to dig through my boxes and boxes of supplies (more on that in a different post...) and find unopened sheets of stickers and uncut paper.

I have plenty of pictures from the last 7 months that haven't made it onto a scrapbook page yet, I'm anticipating that I'll reach my 52 page goal much ahead of schedule.

Holly & Co.