New Year, Same Me

I’m going to admit it, I am a big old grump about this New Year. I have never really been into making resolutions, but I am REALLY not into it this year. They never work for me. I don’t like giving things up and I don’t like making a goal to change something because I always end up failing.

Do I want to be healthier? Of course! Would I like to drop a few pounds? Who doesn’t! Would I like to spend more time on things that are important instead of worry about little things? Sign me up!

But making a whole list of things to give up or completely change my life? No thank you. So instead of resolutions, I am making some SUGGESTIONS for myself in this new year.

-hit the gym regularly. We were doing really well at the end of last year, so staying on that plan will be easy.

-eat a few less calories in a day. We love to cook, and we cook a ton. So I am suggesting maybe adding a few more vegetables to what we already cook.

-less guilt about things. If I want to eat a chicken fried steak, I will. No guilt. If I want to have a glass on wine on a Monday after work, no guilt. My suggestion to myself to go to the gym more will help with the guilt!

-pay off more debt. That is our biggest goal this year. We did so good last year, I think we can really make a difference this year.

So there you go, my suggestions for 2017. I pray that this year is the year of more growth, more love, and more adventure. (also more blogging…my last suggestion)

Cheers, 2017!!!

xoxo
HP

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Farewell, 2016…

As I sit and reflect on the past year, I can’t help but feel grateful. We are so blessed to get to enjoy so many things. Travel, family, friends. Usually this time of year brings a yearning for more. More than what we did in the past year. More adventure. More travel. More love. More…something.

We aren’t sure what is in store for us in the next year, but I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing. With big, giant, stretched out, open arms we welcome 2017.

With that said, here is just a snippet of what we did last year.

We always start the year out with a fun, fancy pants event for CPs company

We spent an amazing weekend in the mountains skiing, and eating, and relaxing.

one of our many winter weekend getaways to our happy place

I went back to my hometown for Easter…2 hours away. There was a huge surprise blizzard that weekend. When we drove home it was gorgeous enough to get out to the driving range. Love my golf lovin hubs.

Easter lunch with my favorite little bunny.

We took a super duper fun Texas road trip to Fredericksburg/Austin. We drank our way through Texas wine country and fell in love with it. Below is our stop in Luckenbach.

drinking some German beers in Fredericksburg.

pit stop at some wineries

got a little wild in Austin….and got some tattos

spent an awesome dallas weekend with friends at the Dave Matthews concert.

made some amazing new friends…and celebrated them getting married.

took a 10 day vacation and soaked up every second of it

played quite a bit of golf…and improved (kind of)

enjoyed so much family time

turned 32….(yikes)

threw an awesome 30th birthday party for my main man

celebrated Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg! Prost!

Enjoyed lots (and lots) of Texas Tech football.

Took a holiday trip to sunny Florida. I can’t recommend Clearwater enough

Wrapped up the year enjoying the Christmas season with everyone I love.

 

If you made it to the end of this….way to go! I know it was a long one. Honestly I could have added so much more. I love having this little space as a personal journal. I place I can go back and remember all of the amazing things we’ve done, and how far we have come.

I hope that the new year brings so much more. I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone.

Bring. It. On. 2017.

I hope you all have an AMAZING new year.

xoxo
HP

 

 

The Most Wonderful Time

I LOVE CHRISTMASTIME. I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME. I LOVE CHRISTMASTIME.

The lights. The glitter. The snowmen. The trees. The smells. The weather. I love everything about it. I tried not to rush through Thanksgiving this year. I tried to wait, but I didn’t. I was just too excited about it this year. I got my trees up, my mantle put together, all of my fun decorations put out! My shopping almost done! There is something about this time of year that brings me so much joy!

We had a great Thanksgiving full of food (LOTS OF FOOD), family and football. We are blessed to live close to both of our families so  we were able to spend quite a bit of time with both.

Also, our Red Raiders beat those Baylor Bears and put the cherry right on top!

With all of that said, this time of year brings out other emotions. We are coming to the end of another year. Another year older. Another year of dreams not coming to life. Another year of waiting. It’s bittersweet. I know that there are so many of you that feel the same way. Wanting to be so happy, so joyful. But there’s still a tiny space inside that is longing to be filled.

My prayer at the beginning of this season for all of us is Peace. True peace that comes from the one who promises us the desires of our hearts. True peace that passes all understanding and a hope that gets us through each day. There is no time to be sad during the holidays, we have Christmas movies to watch, people!!!

I hope everyone has a great week!!

xoxo
HP

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 34:4

 

 

Savor

Do you ever feel like you are just in a funk? The kind of funk where you can’t put  your finger on it, but you just feel….meh? You’re not necessarily depressed, but also not really on top of the world?

I’m somewhere in middle right now. I can’t quite figure out why. Is it because it’s SUPPOSED TO BE FALL, and we are still hovering around the upper 80s? Is it because I am in a little bit of a burn out season at work? Is it because we’ve made some changes and some friendships are no longer a part of our life?

Could be a combination of all of those!! God has been calling us to be still for quite some time now. We are in a season of being on the shelf. We know that we are growing, we know that we are changing, we know without a doubt that He has amazing things for us.

But guys, I’m ready for a little movement. A teeny little spark to show me that something is happening with work, or growing our family, or anything at all! I changed my hair color last week hoping that would help a little…it didn’t.

Just when I start to feel sorry for myself, God jumps in with his sweet reminders. I received my TCC mug exchange gift in the mail over the weekend. My sweet new friend sent along a book called “Savor” by Shauna Niequist. I started reading it immediately and realized that each day that I have is a gift in itself. A chance to find something good in each situation. A chance to Savor each moment. Guys, life is good. My husband is good. My family is good. My world is GOOD.

So today friends, let’s savor. (it’s Friday so that should be a celebration in itself)

Have a great weekend, pretties!!

xoxo
HP

 

September Shennanigans

First and foremost, I am going to ignore the fact that I have been absent for so long, and wish my main man a happy birthday.

My hubs is THIRTY YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

Happy birthday, baby! May this year be the best yet!!! I love you big time!!!

Ok, so yes, I have been away for quite a while. September is always so crazy around these parts. There is no one to blame but us. We got married  in September, and both of our birthdays are in September. We thought it was a good idea to throw every expensive holiday into one month. Hindsight, people.

With that said, September is so. very. fun. I tried to document as much as possible.

September 8th we celebrated 4 years of marriage. Guys, I love being married. I love being married to CP. I truly believe we have more fun than anyone else. (no offense guys). We kept it pretty low key this year with a little patio time, and dinner out.

A little over a week later, my parents came in town for a Texas Tech football game. It was the first home game that we were in town for, so we were super excited for some tailgating action!!

A little fun fact about myself, I like to celebrate my birthday for about a week, so this was also a kick off to that! Mom and I did a little (lot) of birthday shopping to get ready for the fall.

On September 21, I turned 32. How in the actual world am I 32? Even though it sounds pretty old, I am gong to accept it and rock it and enjoy every second. My sweet husband gathered some friends for a little birthday happy hour. Color me surprised with my mom and her best friend showed up to celebrate with me!!! Can’t beat that!!

Champs for the 32 year old!!!!

So that brings us to CP’s 30th birthday celebration. He loves golf, and our town has the coolest driving range that was perfect for his party. We rented some private bays and had our own little area the whole night. So many people came out to celebrate my guy and it could not have turned out better!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I think that about wraps up September for us!! We shall bring in October with a fun little trip to Fredericksburg for Oktoberfest!!! What…did you think we would slow down after all of that? 😉

You guys have a great Monday!!!! I’ve missed you all!!!

xoxo
HP

Goodbye Summer

I have to say, Labor Day weekend is entirely too short. I think  a 4 day weekend would be much better 🙂 But since I don’t make the rules, back to work I go.

We spent the final weekend of the summer soaking up the sun at the lake house. It was a beautiful weekend and we took advantage. Lots of boating, wake boarding, surfing and relaxing!

I also got a WHOLE LOT of aunt Hay Hay time in. I have to tell you, being an aunt is one of my favorite things!! I mean…look at this kid.

We got to play in the water, read lots of books, and have epic bed time dance parties! Who doesn’t love a two year old?? I’m totally bragging, but he’s the best!

Here’s some other pics from our weekend! Wanna see something impressive? Here is my dad wakeboarding…way better than the rest of us might I add.

I am not sure what it was, but you could almost feel fall in the air. The water was just a bit cooler, and you could feel a hint of crispness in the air.

 

 

Great weekend wrapping up summer. PS…how cute is Piper gal on that paddle board?

Now…let’s get September going!! Only fun things ahead this month for us!

Have a great Wednesday, people!!

xoxo
HP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is Coming…

Fall is upon us, people. Even though technically we have a few more weeks until fall officially begins, the weather around here is making me feel like it’s October already. I must say….I don’t hate it. I love mostly everything about the fall. The weather gets cooler, football season begins, red wines starts flowing. Also, I start slowly introducing my fall clothes back into the mix…which are way way cuter than my summer clothes.

I am sure I have mentioned it, but we live in a college town. Every August when the students start moving back in, our town starts buzzing. I can’t explain it, but it has a different feeling to it. It makes me get all excited for all the fun things to come. Tailgates and ball games are some of my favorites!!

I know we still have 4 more months until a new year starts, but I always feel a sense a new beginning in the fall. My birthday is in September, so I turn one year older. I usually go shopping for new clothes in the fall. I just feel a sense of urgency for newness. Sometimes I want to go shopping for school supplies, just for old times sake.

We have one last long weekend that we are spending at the lake, and I intend to soak up every last drop of summer while I am there. But I will come back welcoming this new season with open arms.

*one side note: can we just do away with pumpkin spice everything this year. it’s getting ridiculous.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

xoxo
HP