So in the beginning of January, in the middle of trying to buy our house, I got to go visit Austin. We had my tickets bought for a while, so the timing wasn’t the best for the house stuff, but Grant managed to handle doing most of the stuff without me. Our realtor said he seemed more frazzled since I prefer to handle most detailed planning things,but he did a great job! This was my first visit to Austin in 2 YEARS which is insane to say,but boy did I love being back and getting to see so many friends and most of my family. I have been wanting to visit for a while,but needed a time where tickets were more affordable and needed to be early enough in my pregnancy to where I could still fly. So, January fit the bill there. Then my sister Tanya and a few of my friends decided to also throw me a baby shower during this time which was a huge surprise and blessing! I was able to have this visit and not use any of my vacation time as I want to save it for my maternity leave. I was able to work during the week like normal in the office, and then in the evenings see friends and family. So, I was able to fly in on Friday the 9th of January, well I arrived on the 10th around 1:30am because of flight delays so it was very nice that Wilson was still able to pick me up from the airport. Then at 10am on the 10th was my baby shower, and it was Harry Potter themed!!! I had no idea which was a huge surprise,but of course I loved it. My hostesses put so much time, effort, and love into planning this shower. I felt so loved and blessed that people wanted to plan a shower for me and even attend and give us gifts/gift cards for our little girl. It was so wonderful – Thank you again to all of my hostesses and of course my sister Tanya.
Oh Pinterest, you give so many ideas, but often I never do anything with them! I love trying new recipes, crafts, sewing ideas, etc. Of course, it is easy on pinterest to pin things and never make them. I recently have been seeing a trend with color blocking where for instance you have a top half of a dress a bright blue and the bottom a black or something along those lines. I have seen it done tastefully a few times, but most of the time if just looks weird or makes the person look top heavy or bottom heavy. I also have a problem with the fact that I tend to lean toward wearing solids. I love patterns and different colors, but since I am always looking for cheap clothes, nice patterns don’t fall in that budget often. For the first 4 years of marriage Grant and I didn’t buy clothes or have a clothing budget. Why you might ask; well one, we were poor and didn’t have any extra money, and if we did it went to paying off our student loans since we wanted to be debt free as soon as possible. Two, honestly we didn’t need clothes. our clothes only started getting holes or falling apart after around 4 years of continuous wear. If we really needed something like undies or socks, we would find a way to buy those things, but always by lowering another budget by that amount. Obviously it wasn’t always fun to not have new clothes, but it was a great way to see how blessed we still were. Now that we have a clothing budget we still try to not be crazy about buying things we don’t need. Anyway, below is my tutorial for diagonal color block shirts that I found inspiration for on pinterest!