Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekend Vibes: We Party Hard.

Evenings in my 20's and evenings in my 30's haven't been that different. While we are still partying hard tonight, it may be a little bit different. Maxwell's hitting up the good ole' nebulizer like it's his job and I'm chugging back some Kombucha like whoa. We pulled an all nighter last night and I think we're about to see if we can do it again. I got my hair puked on last weekend while I was sleeping. Then I got to hold a pail for someone and make sure he didn't puke in his sleep. See? Life isn't really that different from those mighty fine party days. lol.

Maxwell was sick all night. And it was him puking on me last weekend. Sigh. I swear this kid has been sick every other weekend all summer! I just don't get it. During the winter, we were hardly sick at all and then summer came and he's gotten just about everything from strange rashes and viruses to the stomach bug and now another chest cold. Can someone from TX please tell me if this is the norm for so many summer bugs?! Because it is not back east.

Ty and I took turns sitting up with a wired child all night. For those of you who don't have a child with breathing issues or sickness related asthma, albuterol will turn your good natured child into a cranky and hyper beast! But that beats watching your child struggling to breathe so 3 hours of sleep last night was gonna have to be enough.
Made me think about when my children were newborns. I had the worst sleeping babies EVER! Maxwell wasn't as bad as Scarlett but neither of them slept for more than 2 -3 hours at a time for the first 5 months. It was brutal and partially the reason why I think I'm done with kids. I am not a fun person when I don't get sleep. So I was a real JOY this morning when I woke up at 3am and didn't get to go back to sleep.

It's thrown off my Monday in big ways. I prepped and anticipated on starting the new Summer Tone Up challenge. I wrote down all of my BIG goals and had my meals, workouts and water ready to go! But after working a 9-hour day while taking care of a sick boy, on little sleep.....let's just say that I didn't get much else done. I'm feeling run down and hoping I'm not getting whatever sickness this kid has coughed all over me! So I'm throwing back some Kombucha, vitamins and lots of water in hopes to bypass all that. So it's a night of rest and relaxation so that I can get on top of it tomorrow. Kinda bummed that I didn't start out my Monday as planned but I know I'll be back at it tomorrow. That's how I roll.

Here's what weekends have been looking like around here lately. Lots of little bar/lunch spots that have playgrounds. We love to relax and chat over a drink while the kids make new friends and play. Often we find people to chat with and Lord knows my extrovert soul needs some of that!! ha ha. There's also been a lot of food shopping. So exciting, I know. But we gotta get those meals planned! And lots of acai and smoothie bowls because they are MY FAV and Ty just automatically brings me to these places randomly. He knows I will eat them whenever/wherever. And then we've explored San Antonio a bit. We have been here over 6 months and still haven't seen 1/2 of this city. We've had a few low key weekend which has been nice since we are usually always on the go.

Here's to Monday and hoping that Tuesday doesn't remind me of my old party days as much as Monday did ;) xoxo

And because 5 people asked, the song playing on my Instagram stories is at the bottom....It's a new favorite of mine. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

4th of July 2018.

 It was a low key 4th of July in Texas this year. It pretty much consisted of lots of water play to keep cool (it's been HOT), sweet treats and chasing down the ice cream truck. We had a completely clean menu for our Independence Day meal this year- something we have never done before. I shared on Instagram everything that we ate. It felt good to be able to enjoy really good food and still know it was healthy and clean. The kids washed the Buick and splashed in the water with the dog. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I've partnered with Buick for some collaborations!! This is such a fun project for me since I have loved our Buick Enclave from day 1! I'm looking forward to these!

We did take the kids to The Pearl in downtown San Antonio and let them play in the splash pad. This is one of the things they ask to do every weekend. Ty and I don't mind since we usually grab a beverage and chill on the green while they run around with all of the other kids.

The last photo in this post is from the kid's Summer Camp Parade. They each had some cute performances. All in all it was really a VERY laid back 4th for us. We generally have big pool parties, cook-outs and events that never end all weekend long, like this one HERE. I'm still getting used to not knowing many people here. That never gets easier for me. I love a house full of friends and fam eating food and laughing. I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday!! 


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Weekend Vibes: Acai Bowls, Swimming & My Favorite Music Right Now.

Since I started blogging, and even more so now that I am on Instagram, I have a lot of people asking for playlists or the names of songs that I listen to. First let me say, a day does not go by that I don't listen to music. I AM OBSESSED with the way a song can make you feel, bring back a memory or just relate.  I have a very WIDE range of music that I listen to. I would say the only type of music I dislike is heavy metal. I have often thought what a cool job it would be to be a musical director/manager for film or tv. 
Along with all of these photos from our weekend, including eating acai bowls at Revolucion, swimming and enjoying some tapas and wine at Wine 101 in Helotes, TX, I'm going to share with you my favorite songs right now. This is what my playlist looks like lately. 

Play List of Favorite Songs Right Now:

"Imogen"  Nick Mulvey
"Beast of Burden" The Rolling Stones (Always on my playlist)
"Big God" Florence and the Machine
"1995" Emmit Fenn
"Modern Flame" Emmit Fenn
"Walking Trophy" HoodCelebrityy
"Don't Blame Me" Taylor Swift
"Burning Man" Dierks Bentley
"Shine" Collective Soul
"When I Get There" Big Wild
"Selfish" Future ft. Rihanna
"Never Gonna Give You Up" The Black Keys
"Dammit" Jana Kramer
"If You Keep Leaving Me" Anderson East
"The Other Man" Tim McNary
"Automobile" Kaleo
"The Night We Met" Lord Huron
"I'll Never Love" Michael Kiwanuka
"Coming Home" Keith Urban
"Surround Me" LEON
"I Can't Quit You" Led Zeppelin
"Crazy" Aerosmith
"Clouds" BORNS
"Comedown" Bush
"Castaway" Curtis Harding
"Heartaches & Pain" Charles Bradley
"Trash the Hotel Room" Jon Pardi
"Gold On The Ceiling" The Black Keys 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Maxwell Turns 3.

I'm used to throwing big parties, cookouts, and get-togethers for every birthday celebration, or holiday for that matter. Being here in Texas has kind of put a damper on those things. We don't know anyone here! Ha. So it's a little hard to do those things. We have toned down the birthdays and by doing so, we've realized that they are just as happy with little things. Little things that are really the big things. Like time together and experiences. We took Scarlett to swim with the dolphins for her birthday this year. Maxwell is still pretty young so we just made the weekend all about him. On Friday, I brought Paw Patrol cupcakes into his class and they sang to him and we celebrated by sharing some fun goodie bags filled with Paw Patrol stuff. Amazon is my saving grace for all things party related. Saturday morning we headed out to find the best pancakes around for Maxwell. In case you don't know anything about Maxwell, he is THEE biggest pancake and waffle lover there ever was. We went to the Magnolia Pancake Haus which was all sorts of deliciousness. Great coffee, pancakes tasted just like old fashion cakes and everything else was tasty as well. The wait there was really long but in Texas, you are always entertained. We went around the back where they served coffee, mimosas or beermosas (yes, a beer mimosa!) and had live music playing. We waited 40 minutes but it seemed like 10 with the relaxation and great atmosphere. The kids ran around finding "Rolie Polies" (not sure what the technical name for these little bugs that roll up are) and Scarlett taught Maxwell how to hold them.

Maxwell had been asking for a "big Batman robot" for weeks now.  I had to figure out what on earth he was talking about. I had no clue and so I just searched "Big Batman Robot" on Amazon and the first big batman robot-looking thing I saw, I bought. Ha ha.
We opened those at home and he was thrilled with that and a couple other things. The kids played with them all afternoon and then we went to the pool to swim. Maxwell's request, of course. It was a great weekend and it was nice to not be traveling for once. We have been doing a lot of that, which we do love. It just gets exhausting with no breaks in between. A relaxing and quiet weekend was in order and we all soaked it up like a sponge. My little baby boy is now 3!!!!! How!?
Happy Birthday my little handsome boy!! You are so loved!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Weekend Vibes: Rodeo & Roseanne

This post is from a couple of months ago but sometimes I just sit on them waiting for the right time to post. And with all that has happened with Roseanne lately, I just felt that it was a bad yet good time to post.
It's no secret that my posts as of lately may look a lot more country then before. It's not us. It's just Texas. And we love that. We went to our first Rodeo back a couple months ago.  I was told it was like a fair ground. I am used to the east coast's County Fairs. The Big E to be exact. And to be honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed by the Rodeo here. In all fairness, it's more about the actual rodeo than the other stuff but I am a sucker for fair fried foods, old rickety rides and lots of animals and shows. They did have that here, was not in a traditional field of nothing (fairground) like I am used to. It was on cement that gave it more of a non-country feel. I guess sometimes you just like what you grew up doing. And in this case, I had to give my points to the Big E back home. Still, we had fun watching a dog show, eating chicken waffle sticks, which we had never had, and watching the livestock.

So now onto Roseanne. Sigh. I have had so many people ask me what I think about this whole debacle and I honestly am just sad. Sad that a show I loved (and trust me when I say I rarely watch tv) and that I waited FOREVER to return to TV, is now gone. Just like that. I will say that no one ever knows the exact true story or reasons for things.  So I don't feel that I can really speak about it besides saying that I wish she hadn't said stupid things that ruined a great show for so many.

Back in March, Ty took me to see the Roseanne pop up in Austin. They recreated an old store into the Lunch Box and had some of the cast there for trivia, loose meat sandwiches, pie, Canogo beer and signed posters. I was living my dream here!! I won a chicken sweatshirt for knowing the answers to trivia questions and I got to talk and take a photo with DJ (Michael Fishman). It was a really cool experience for this Roseanne fan. I am a total nerd, I know. The funny thing is I did not grow up watching Roseanne. I was actually too young when it first aired and I wasn't allowed to watch it when I got older. I began watching it in my early 20's,  in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. I think it was Nick at Night or TV Land. I just got so hooked on this show. It was so real and I had never seen a show that just brought up the raw stuff that no one talked about. I got attached to it and it just never left me. I watch Roseanne every night before bed, and laugh no matter how many times I've seen an episode. I am really glad that I got the opportunity to go since, it looks like Roseanne won't be back. It was a fun experience.