Thursday, January 19, 2017

a day in the life - my first day back at work

It's been over seven years since I've worked outside our house.  SEVEN!  That's a long time in the work world and, well, I'm definitely out of practice!  I thought it would be fun to do a day-in-the-life post about my first day back as a working mom!

My day started early.  Anyone that knows me knows I am NOT a morning person.  I laid in bed for 10 minutes before finally getting up!  (note to self - the anxiety I felt the whole drive to work wasn't worth the extra tenminutes!)

I stumbled into my closet where I like to do my quiet time.  Today there were lots of prayers!  Prayers over Colby as he's in Washington, D.C., prayers over the girls for a great day of school, prayers for Mike's safety as many roads in Houston were flooded, and prayers for me - for wisdom, balance, patience, and grace!  Lots and lots of grace!

Mike gets up at 4:20 am each morning to go work out (yuck!).  He got home a little after 6:00 am and we were able to touch base for the day and go over the "plan".  Then I started to put my big girl clothes on (it was a far stretch from my normal mom clothes!).

Just when I was almost ready, the girls surprised me with this sweet card and, yes, the tears started flowing!  Dang it, I had JUST finished putting on mascara!!!

After I pulled myself together, we were out the door!

Normally I take Hope to school and Mike takes the bigs.  But, since Holden's school is near my work, we've switched morning drop off duties.

A quick pic before we got on the road!

We made a trial run on Tuesday to see how long it would take me to get to work but thankfully today was a little quicker!

7:53 am and ready to tackle the day!

A few funnies that happened during my morning...  I didn't have a parking permit when I arrived so I needed to pick one up and then take it back down to my car.  Guess what I forgot?!  That's right - my keys.  Ugh!  Oh, and did I mention that I didn't have keys to the building?!  Yes, I had to call someone to let me in!

At 8:30 am there was a staff meeting for our ENTIRE department!  What a way to start my first day, right?!  Oh, and a little PSA - even if your ringer is off AND you have it on airplane mode, it will still sound if you have an alarm set!  Holy heck!  Yes, it happened to me! #makingfirstdayimpressions

All morning long I received the sweetest texts from friends!  They absolutely blessed my socks off!  But, I have to say my most favorite text came from Holden!

After the staff meeting, I had to meet with HR and then headed back to my office.  Look what was waiting on me!

Mike knows I love fresh flowers and these are gorgeous (my picture really doesn't do them justice).  Stargazer lilies are my favorite and they made my office smell so good!

In addition to my first day of work, I was also trying to keep up with Colby in DC! I received this fun picture and it looks like he's A-ok!

After a full morning of meetings and meeting a ton of people that I'm confident I won't be able to recall their names, I headed for lunch.  Since it was pouring down rain, I decided on a comfort meal of Chick-fil-A and I ate it in my car while talking to Mike!

The afternoon was spent trying to find the bathroom and break room (you know, the important stuff!), setting up email and looking over benefits.

I was surprised when I looked up and it was already quitting time!  I couldn't wait to get home!

Since Mike had a meeting to attend, the girls and I decided to eat out.  We were having a nice relaxing dinner till we got a message about Colby needed a new pair of boots!

He had literally started to dance out of his boots so Mike made a mad rush to Cavendar's and grabbed a new pair of boots for him.  Thankfully Colby's partner's dad is flying up tomorrow and can deliver them for us.  Phew!

But, getting a pic of these two to end my day, was just what I needed!  They will be dancing for Senator John Cornyn this morning and will be part of the entertainment at tonight's Black Tie & Boots Ball.  Wishing them lots of luck!

And, me too!  Here's hoping day two is an easy day with no forgotten keys or disruptive cell phone alarms!

Gig 'em and God bless! 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Never has the name of my blog been more on pointe! It's been months since I consistently blogged. I've been waiting... waiting... and waiting... Well, not exactly!  A lot of life behind the blog has happened over the last few months.  I was juggling a bunch of different balls and knew that something had to give. Sadly, blogging was the obvious choice.  Sometimes you just have to take a step back, regroup, and try again later.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Weekend Recap - better late than never!

Tis the season for all the extra performances, Christmas parties, and extra holiday cheer! I'm a few days late posting pics from our weekend but here they are anyway!  Just a peek into our little slice of crazy!

 Waldo returned on December 1st and the girls were crazy excited to have him back!  On Friday morning we found him just hanging out on our mirror!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekend recap - tis the season edition!

It's crazy to think how close we are to Christmas!  We're still wearing shorts and t-shirts in Texas so it makes it hard to get in the spirit but we're definitely trying!  We had a wonderful extended weekend filled with family, friends, and lots of shopping! ;)  Here's a peek into the last few days!

Shelly hosted Thanksgiving for her family and ours.  The meal and fellowship were nothing short of perfection!  While I missed being with the rest of my family, it's nice knowing you always have a place that opens you with welcome arms.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekend recap - a little bit of everything + some exciting news!!!

I can definitely tell the holidays are gearing up!  The calendar is starting to fill and it's finally getting cooler outside!  This weekend included a little bit of everything.  Here's a glimpse into our crazy!
 We started Friday off with Math Day at Hope's school where I took exactly 0 pictures.  #momfail  Afterward a group of moms stayed for a bit to decorate the Kinder entrance in anticipation of Monday's Decades Day!  Kindergarten has been assigned the 50's so I'm picturing lots of poodle skirts twirling down this hallway tomorrow!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekend Recap - a little bit of everything!

Remember last week when the Aggies broke my heart?  Well, they went and did it again. #ugh  So, instead of focusing on the loss, I've decided to skip right over it and focus on the other parts of my weekend that made me smile!  Here's a little glimpse into our last few days!
On Thursday afternoon, we received a surprise box in the mail from our FAVORITE camp - TBarM!!!  Last month I entered a giveaway and much to our surprise, we won!!!  They sent us this fun TBarM blanket which Holden quickly claimed.  When I went upstairs Friday morning, this is how I found her bed. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Weekend Recap - rain outs and Aggie angst

We had a weekend full or rain, rainouts, and sadly, Aggie heartbreak.  But, I used this extra time to cross off lots of little projects from my To Do list!!!  Here's a peek into our weekend!

Shipley's gets my vote!
Friday started with a trip to the polls for me!  As I was pulling in, Mike called and said he was coming to take my car to be inspected for me.  Bonus?!  He brought me donuts!  
A sweet hubby and Shipley's definitely gets my vote!