October 29, 2014

Texas | Three Months

Wow, that went by fast. I wanted to post a quick update from our three months in Texas!

  • Things still feel partially unsettled here, I feel like we just haven't hit our groove quite yet. We're still adjusted to Ryan's funky work schedule and trying to fit in homework, the Y, and dinner all before 7:30p. Most nights, we are unsuccessful. But that's ok.
  • It's still not Fall here. And by Fall, I mean sweater weather. Not a single hot chocolate has been drunk. Not a scarf worn. . We've got some falling leaves and I might even be able to get a fall photo or two soon, but I'm disappointed it's still hot.
  • I love my job! The more I work there, the longer I realize that there was most likely divine intervention with me getting this job. It is just so perfect.
  • We've started a new tradition. Almost every week, we try a new BBQ place. I'm thinking we need to make a score card or something to bring with us. Ryan and I don't agree on our favorite place for BBQ, so we're still searching for a place we both just love.
  • I posted this photo on instagram, but on my way to work every day I see this utility boxes painted to look like famous cowboys. This man is Roy Rogers. I looked it up and apparently there are 13 total in the area. I think this might becoming a scavenger hunt for us to do one day.

  • My sister moved to Lubbock, TX a few weeks ago. It's still 5 hours away, but it's nice to have family in the same state. We are planning another visit next month to celebrate my niece's birthday. 
Check back for more Texas updates!

October 15, 2014

School Pictures | Through the Years

Each year after school starts, I receive the inevitable envelope for school pictures. Each year I'm faced with the struggling decision to purchase pictures or not.

I know I can take better pictures, but I kind of love the look of official school pictures. 
I can't help it, and I always end up buying just a few.

I love to see the progression over just the last couple of years. It's amazing how just two years makes a world of difference

Do you order school pictures?

Holly & Co.

September 28, 2014

Legoland Discovery Center | An Adventure

 After we had decided to accept the job in For Worth, I immediately started looking up things to do in the area. Legoland Discovery Center was on almost every list. While Zoe isn't Lego crazy, it is one toy she has continued to play with throughout the years. We knew she would enjoy it.
It is located in Grapevine, TX, which is about an hour drive from us. Google Maps for the DFW area is often wrong, or takes you the craziest way possible. This time Google Maps took us straight through the DFW airport. Weird right? But it got us there. 

We actually ended up going on Star Wars weekend, so there were lots of kids and adults in costume. Zoe was a bit nervous to take her picture with Boba Fett. We also saw the Emperor, Obi Wan, and Anakin.  

My favorite items there were the Lego portraits. I especially enjoyed the light-saber frames.

Overall we had a great time. We went right at opening and I highly suggest doing so. You have to pick a time slot when you purchase tickets. We purchased our tickets online the night before (better price and guaranteed to get the time slot we wanted.) If you walk up without tickets, you will get the first available time slot, which may or may not be several hours away. Be safe, buy tickets online before you go. 

They have 4 rides, perfect for Zoe's age group. The free play areas were the best and where Zoe spent most of her time. There is a large gated playground area (socks are required), a build and test area (lots of Legos) and a Princess play area, with a karaoke stage and lots of girl themed Legos. They also have a splash park, but it was closed the day we went, due to weather.  

The last place to talk about is the 4D movie. We saw Legends of Chima. Warning, you will get wet. I believe the 4th dimension refers to the sensory additions to the film. Basically it's a 3D movie with wind and water to enhance your experience. We were not told we were going to get wet, so that was weird, but we did enjoy the film. 

We spent almost 4 hours there. They do have a cafe inside, we opted to eat lunch elsewhere. Zoe had a great time and keeps asking to look at the souvenir map that we brought home. She keeps talking about the next time we go...

Holly & Co.

September 22, 2014

This Girl

This girl is fearless. 

This girl taught herself to swim with a pair of goggles and some dive toys, in a matter of hours.

This girl lives life with a song, literally. 

This girl reminds me that jumping in is okay, and sometimes really fun.

This girl has a gift of comforting others. 

This girl has a special light that attracts others. 

This girl is growing up way too fast. 

This girl loves animals. Especially dogs. Especially the dogs at Abi's house.

This girl is the perfect mix of tomboy and girly girl.

This girl is fine with sandwiches for every meal, just like her daddy.

This girl is doing really well in spelling, but struggling in math.

This girl is constantly grateful. Every day is "the best day ever!"

Holly & CO.