Winter Winter Go Away

Oy. Texas Winter.

More specifically, Houston Winter.

One day – 70 degrees and sunny and breezy and you squint and pretend you are in California. You dream of one of those houses with the doors that open all the way across the back of the house so you walk inside and out without transition.

Next day (literally the VERY next day) it’s 30 and gross and raining. There’s ICEPACOLYPSE for 2 days and you are stuck in the house. Your kids forgot how zippers on coats work and you have to re-orient yourself to the seat warmer button in the car.

Next day – 70 and muggy and you can’t breathe.

Needless to say, we are over it. Done. Kaput. Stop the PMSing weather mood swings and at least give us a week or 2 of consistent nice-ish weather. Can we stop getting sore throats and unexplained nasal drainage?

October – January snuck away much like the summer. I still blame Harvey and “Public School Blues.” I also blame my favorite scapegoat – anxiety.

  • Anxious about how my son is adjusting in a bigger school. (uh. still adjusting? rough.)
  • Anxious about balancing work and home life. (not 50/50.)
  • Anxious about making sure my daughter is really just terrible two’s and the attitude won’t stick (Lord Jesus pray.)
  • Anxious about the new swimsuit still sitting in the bag because I really really really like food and no so much self control.
  • Anxious about the 6am alarm clock and 7:45am tardy bell. (Note – I am a morning monster.)
  • Anxious about.. well… just turn on the news.

So I tend to “hermit.” Go inside the shell. Try to deal. Poke my head out and see if there is a shadow.

Also enter Holidays. After Thanksgiving we went on a Disney Cruise. Fun… but expensive. We also all got some version of stomach bug while on the boat. GLORIOUS.

Then Christmas and the 2 week break from school after we had kind of gotten our footing.

Then currently, the footing being lost completely with little explanation and my daily stress of waiting on the text from the teacher.

Today.  TODAY was a GOOD DAMN DAY folks. Good day at school. Good days at work. HAPPY KIDS. HAPPY PARENTS.

Maybe it’s the Olympics? Maybe it’s the much needed weekend? Maybe it’s just a GOOD DAMN DAY?

It certainly was NOT the weather.

I’ll take whatever caused it because this family needed the boost.

Hope to see you soon.

-B

Product Reviews from Sephora

*not a sponsored post*

Saturday I stole an hour to myself. During this hour I was able to grocery shop alone (tiny victory) and also made a quick stop at Sephora.

The first Item I was looking for:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Color Correcting Adjust IMG_6215.jpg

I had grabbed a sample size while standing in line (it’s worse than the dollar section at Target!) and loved it from day one. I tend to be a little red and using this has allowed me to just used powder to even out my skin tone after this little miracle has calmed down any red.

I also needed mascara. The ones I was using ALWAYS clump. This one – the Sephora brand Lash Craft Length and Volume is amazing. Not one single clump. It didn’t feel heavy either. New favorite for sure.

Lastly, I had my hair done last week and I left with some waves thanks to my amazing hair dresser, Joel (Q The Salon). He told me I need to texture my hair to get the curls to hold. I picked up this small can of Drybar Triple Sec. Again- LOVE. I have very very fine hair and I don’t like it feeling full of product and it didn’t all. Bonus – it smells great. Downside, I seem to not be coordinated to actually curl my hair so it ended up just being a nice tousled look.

I will have to keep trying on the curling iron front. The struggle is real.

What are some of your go-to products?

-B

Oh, Hello there.

Oops. Look at that. 3 months went by.

BA7B84F2-1428-4234-A5F8-9642030B654B-33592-0000234C169E8D07.jpeg

Sorry about that.

True to form our summer was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it summer. Yet…. we didn’t DO anything big. No large vacation. No big events. We just – well we lived our lives!

One notable thing Lee and I did was head to Oregon for a long weekend for wine tasting. IMG_5974.jpgIMG_0627.jpgIMG_5975.jpg

We had a great time and joined a few clubs. Shocker, I know.

We have spent the summer drinking wine, swimming in the pool, and enjoying our little family of 4.

IMG_5683.jpg

IMG_0328.jpg

IMG_5799.jpg

Then we had Harvey visit.

IMG_0734.jpg

Harvey was like that annoying college friend that comes to visit, overstays his welcome in a major way, and wrecks your house. Also, NOT invited back.

Thankfully our house did NOT flood but we were pretty nervous. This was our street:

IMG_0745.jpg

Currently we are in what I have decided is HELL WEEK. or The First Week of School.

We are beyond able to deal at this point. Getting up early (It’s. Still. Dark. Outside) and getting 4 people dressed, fed, and out the door for a 7:45am tardy bell. Rough.

Lucky the school is literally 1/2 a mile away.

Our kids did this really annoying thing this summer.

They got bigger.

IMG_6200.jpg

She insists on turning 2 in like 2 weeks.

This guy even had the nerve to start First Grade.

IMG_6190.jpg

Here we are. Navigating this new Public School chapter and enjoying our little family bubble.

I do hope to make a more regular appearance.

Until next time…

 

-B