Bluebonnets

Welp. I’m officially that mom. You know the one who dresses her kid up, straps-em in the car seat and drives to the nearest bunch of Bluebonnets she can find. Poor Allison. Last year the bluebonnets died before she was born so I jumped at the chance to take “traditional” Texan photos of her in a bunch of ‘very pretty’ weeds! Not gonna lie…it was better than I imagined. But rest assured, I DID NOT pull over on the side of the busy interstate to take the pictures. We went to my grandparents house, where the food is delicious and bluebonnets thrive.
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This picture makes me LAUGH! She’s such a ham.

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Allison with her great grandparents and her cousin Kensley!

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Love, Love, Love my sweet girl!

Happy First Birthday Allison!

Wow. I can’t believe a year has passed since our sweet baby girl has come into this world. It’s been a roller coaster of  sleepless nights, unimaginable love, and the sweetest girl I’ve ever met. We are so lucky!

We started off the day with this little mound of heaven. She was so dainty when picking out her doughnut…eating it on the other hand…she was not.

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For her first birthday I wanted something very simple yet timeless, so we went with the theme “Our Little Love is Turning One”! The main colors were pink and gold and I would say it turned out beautiful!

I made all of the decorations by hand, and at times I wanted to throw in the towel and buy princess themed crap from Target, but I prevailed! lol

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I wanted to incorporate a way for all of our family to leave Allison a note of ‘well wishes’ or hopes for her next year of life. I had an extra canvas lying around so I thought I’d have everyone sign their names and write a little note. It’s now hanging up in her playroom. 🙂

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The picture garland was by far my most favorite decoration…one picture from every month. It was so awesome to see how she’s changed over the past 12 months!

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All in all I think her birthday was absolutely beautiful!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Allison’s Garden

Charles and I decided that we want to teach Allison how to grow her own food! Charles and his dad “Grandpa” built a sweet little raised garden bed in our back yard. We spent Saturday shopping for soil (I really hated spending money on dirt, but that’s the life of a city slicker I guess) and putting it in the bed! Now all we have to do is wait until March 1 to plant our little seedlings AND make a cute little sign that says “Allison’s Garden”! Also I found out my daughter loves to eat grass, dirt, bugs, pretty much anything she can put in her mouth. We are in for quite a ride with this sweet girl!

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We will update the garden process once we start to plant and I have the energy/time to make a sign!

Weekend Getaway!

I survived. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated but I made it through my first weekend away from Allison. Charles and I finally got to take our anniversary trip that we had to postpone due to Allison getting sick. We had so much fun just ‘catching up’ and spending some quality time together.  Allison got to spend lots of quality time with her grammy (my mom) and I hear she was a perfect little angel. Um…Duh She’s my kid! 😉

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Saturday night after Charles got off of work, we headed to Austin to the Intercontinental Hotel. It was pretty swanky, not worth the $300/night price tag in my opinion but thankfully we got it for FREE and it ended up being quite lovely. The Intercontinental hotel is located in the heart of Austin on Congress street, steps away from the Capitol. As you can imagine fancy restaurants on every corner and well, we ended up at a pizzeria. So us.

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We did a little bit of window shopping the next morning during our hunt for coffee and came across this precious little red car. I’m pretty sure if Allison were old enough to actually use it Charles would have bought it for her. She’s so spoiled.

photo 1We had breakfast at the Magnolia Cafe before heading to Canyon Lake. I can’t forget to mention the Migas Charles had at breakfast…he loves migas and quite liked theirs. If you’re ever in the mood for breakfast and end up in downtown Austin, I highly recommend the Magnolia Cafe.

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As we headed out of Austin we made a few pit stops on the way to Canyon Lake, obviously we had to stop at Super Target and Cabela’s. We even got to see “Winnie-The-Pooh”. We are so easily entertained, we may go back  to take Allison to see the animals.

We also couldn’t leave without getting Allison this adorable little Chocolate Lab. Isn’t he cute? Want to know what makes him even cuter? He doesn’t pee on my floors!

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I tried really hard to get Charles to buy me an Uncle Si action figure. Apparently I’m not a child and don’t need awesome toys anymore.

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Our forth or fifth pit stop of the day, I lost count by this point, was to Wimberly. Such a cute little town with shops and yummy frozen yogurt.

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And now the highlight of the trip…. The Tiny Texas House! Isn’t it adorable! I’m so glad I returned the hammock I bought Charles for our anniversary once I found this little gem. I highly HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quiet getaway. They are called The Homestead Cottages! Super cozy and quaint and the perfect little hideout from our busy lives. photo 5 photo 1 (1) photo 3 (1)photo 2 (1)

I would call our first weekend away from Allison a success on both venue, company and the fact I didn’t cry. Score.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!! We have had a busy couple of days and needless to say we are all pooped, but our hearts are full! Yesterday we went back home to visit our families. Charles and I were very excited to spend Christmas day at home with our cute little babe! We enjoyed watching her eat all the wrapping paper and bows. She’s still a little young to fully understand but it was still just as magical! Can’t wait for next year to when she’ll be a little more into unwrapping EVERY present!

Christmas Eve Activities:

Huntin’ for a Christmas Tree with the Free family

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Presents at Grandma Annie and the Darby family

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Christmas Day Magic

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Santa came!!!

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Christmas Reindeer Pancakes for Breakfast!

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Allison’s favorite part of opening presents…eating the paper.

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Playing with her new toys!

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Opening Presents is HARDDDDD work!

Third Christmas of the Season!

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We hope your Christmas was as magical as ours!

Advent Calendar: Fro-Yo & Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Since I’ve been doing a terrible job of making sure we did all of our advent calendar activities these are the last two I will post about!
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We went and had frozen yogurt at Spoons! Allison loved it but wasn’t so sure about how cold it was! She would make this adorable little face and then immediately want more. Silly girl.

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We also made cookies for Santa after we got frozen yogurt!

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Advent Calendar Activities: Part Two

December 10th: Walk around the Neighborhood and Look at Christmas Lights

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Cute little Snuggle Muffin!

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December 11th: Make up Day– Visit Santa (Worst Santa Ever) 

First off, Allison was so tired. Secondly, Allison knows how to look at the camera better than Santa. We had to take literally 20 pictures just to get this mediocre one. Oh well…at least she didn’t cry.

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I know I’m biased but She really is the cutest!

December 12th: Play with Christmas Lights

I plan on doing a better ‘photo shoot’ of her in her jammies and I “HEART” Santa outfit but these were for fun!

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Happy Friday!! More activities to come this weekend!