Monday, December 9, 2013

busy family weekend

This weekend was so good in so many ways. So let's get to recappin' because I think this is going to be a long one.

Friday night we checked out a new French restaurant in our 'burb called La Balance. It was fantastically good and I think it warrants its own post, mostly because you might be thinking "Ew, French food, too fancy." And I want to prove you wrong. We got home and I cleaned and wrapped gifts and didn't stop til midnight which didn't make for a super fun Friday.

After getting Bauer his steroid shot for his asthma (high maintenance cat), we went to my mom's to have Christmas with my step-sister and nieces. They currently live in Louisiana and are moving to Oklahoma during the girls' Christmas break off school so we had to celebrate early. My grandparents came over too. It was so fun to watch the girls open their gifts, especially the five year old. She got a robot dog and it was awesome. I got her a knock-off Rainbow Loom, which is apparently far too advanced for an adult to figure out. My boss' kids have them and she knows how to do it, so I am going to get lessons! My grandparents came over and we made s'mores on my parents' fire pit which has become our holiday tradition. The sweet five year old clearly knows her Aunt Lauren well - she came over to me and whispered in my ear "Remember last time I came, and you took us to Chik-fil-A? Can we go there again?" I would have gladly taken her, but my mom was making lunch for everyone so I promised that I would next time. It's a date!

OMG she's 13 and she was drinking coffee. I can't. | Twinsies! | She was drinking hot chocolate | Love my first niece so much. Also, don't mind her crazy hair. Apparently she thought it would be fun to let her friend cut it for her and she went to get it cut by a professional later that day...

We left around 3:30 to pick my father-in-law up from the airport. He and Andrew are so much alike in their sense of humor that it cracks me up. We went to have dinner at Killen's Steakhouse (my 42nd restaurant on the Top 100 in Houston) and it was fantastic! That will probably be another post of its own. We picked up our new TV later that night - it's a SmartTV. Have you heard of these things? I said we didn't need one but Andrew wanted it and after cashing in American Express points, it was less than $100. It is awesome and super high tech. You can stream Amazon Prime by just hitting one button. If I disappear from Blog Land, it's safe to assume that I have fallen into the black hole of streaming all five seasons of Parks and Rec.

V with her s'mores - she is a marshmallow roasting pro | My grandparents. They have been married 58 years this month. Can you imagine? | Andrew and I - this is almost SO Christmas card worthy but the jerk wouldn't look at the camera! | V's marshmallow kept catching fire, but Uncle Andrew blew it out for her | M is almost as tall as I am. How did she get so grown up?

Yesterday I did get up and go to the gym - to try to counteract all the food that's been happening - and then we went to brunch at Hugo's. It's a Mexican buffet (not Tex-Mex) and I have mentioned it before and it was excellent, as always. I am a sucker for cinnamon so when they told me about some Mexican coffee that they make in a pot with cinnamon and sugar, I was sold and it was fantastic. I spent the rest of the day on the couch napping through football and catching up with my blog friends. Stellar Sunday, for sure.

Thank you guys for liking my pics on The Blog Baton! I tried to show a piece of my life and let me tell you, it was intimidating to go from my number of instagram followers to the several hundred the baton has. If you are participating in it in the future, let me know and I will be sure to like all of your pics!

Linking up with Sami and Leeann!


  1. What a fantastically fun weekend full of family! And smores. I love smores. I hardly ever sign into my instagram account. I need to start paying attention to it too I suppose!

  2. omg 13 and drinking coffee????? yikes. at 13, one doesn't need coffee - it's called YOUTH.

    but sounds like a fantastic weekend!

    Vodka and Soda

  3. Your nieces are so fun! I don't know how to rainbow loom either! I better learn too, if I want to be a cool Auntie like you. :)

  4. Your weekend sounds like so much fun! I wish I was close to my nephew. He's about 5 and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. :) It seemed he had a little crush on me when he came down to Kansas last time. Too cute.

    Gah. I am a terrible blogger/friend. I didn't check out your Blog Baton! I'll be sure to look into that today.

  5. Christmas early sounds amazing!

    And the coffee with cinnamon and sugar, gimme gimme :)

    Stopping by from the linkup!

  6. Looks like a great weekend! Can't believe she is drinking coffee! A Smart TV for $100? What a sweet deal.

  7. Mexican coffee is wonderful and amazing.

    WHAAAT on the TV. I want a new one in our bedroom. I need to troll some sales.

    We had the most glorious french meal on our cruise last year.

  8. I am SOOOO glad Tyson does not read your blog or we would have SmartTV we can't afford. He is pretty sure we need a new TV every year.

    It looks like your pre-Christmas celebration was a hit! I'm glad you had a great weekend.

  9. LOVE Mexican coffee and that white coat you are wearing!

    Just started following you via GFC! I love your blog so far!


  10. can we talk about how impressed i am that you are on your 42nd restaurant on the Top 100 in Houston!

  11. That Mexican hot chocolate sounds fantastic. I'm a cinnamon freak!!

  12. well I've never thought "French food too fancy".... glad to hear there's good ones out & about! and love that white coat. very cute!

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

  13. What a fun weekend! And you two looks so cute in your matching shirts - did she love it?!? I wish I could have seen your pics on blog baton. But, you know...And congrats to your grandparents! What an awesome accomplishment - 58 years!

  14. I'm jealous you can stream Amazon prime on your tv!! And your nieces are too adorable! Those rainbow looms are so popular now, my little brother has one and loves it!

  15. Hahaha... I totally did think "ew, French food!" ;P

  16. SmartTV? I've never heard of that, how fancy! And ooh smores, I want some! Love your white coat btw. :)

  17. Cutie patootie in your jacket and boots!! Gosh, your weekend sounds amazing with all the food and family time! And now I want some s'mores!
    We got a smart TV too! (The one from Black Friday) hence all the Breaking Bad we've been watching!
    We've had French food twice here and love it!

  18. What a fun weekend! I love the nieces! Hahaha! SmartTV oh yes. We have one. Dangerous. Sad part - my 4 year old can work Netflix like a pro on it! Can't wait to hear more about the restaurants! And way to go with the gym! Does it count, if I think about it?

  19. I love weekends with the family. When life gets hectic its nice to unwind with the people you feel most comfortable with :)

    BTW, im hosting a "Tell All Tuesdays" Blog Hop with Fitness Blondie. Join us :)

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

  20. LOVE Weekends with family! Family Time is the best!

    I'm having a Weekend Recap linkup on my blog ! Would love for you to be a part of it :)

    Showered With Design


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