My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, my love.

I’m obsessed with you.

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Matter

Honesty time, I had a bit of a meltdown this weekend. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone with it being Mother’s Day and all, but I thought I had this whole infertility thing under control.

Sometimes I feel like because I am not a mother, I’m not enough. Like I can’t understand something because I don’t have children. Like I am on the outside of some super secret club that I don’t have a key to get in to.

I don’t have the right to be tired. “You think your tired? Just wait until you have kids.” I don’t have the authority to help with marriages. “How can you help my marriage if you don’t know what it’s like to have KIDS in a marriage?”

I also have insane feelings of not being good enough at being infertile. Do I not want children bad enough to go through IVF. Is my desire not strong enough to be a momma if I don’t want to adopt?

As soon as these thoughts lies start swirling around, God sends his messengers to bring me out of my dark places. My sister-in-law sent me this:

Boom. Exactly what I needed.

Guys, life is unfair. It’s going to be tough. God does not do anything that doesn’t have a purpose. I don’t know why we can’t get pregnant. There are no answers on earth why. But He knows. I have to trust that with my whole being.

I have to look at all of my blessings. My husband. I wouldn’t trade all of the babies in the world for him. If our life is meant to be a life full of adventures together, just me and him, then OK. That’s what we will do. My family, the greatest support system, my shoulders to cry on. My friends.

This morning my mom sent me this verse.

He is the rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Dueteronomy 32:4.

Amen.

You guys have an amazing week!!! Go do something that someone with babies can’t do!

xoxo
HP

Goodbye September…

Well, we’ve almost made it through our most favorite month of all 🙂 We wrapped up September this past weekend with CPs birthday, and I must say, it was a pretty great weekend!!!

I love his birthday almost as much as I love my own. I love showering him with gifts, and parties and surprises!

We began his birthday celebration on Thursday night with a little happy hour, then headed to Alamo Drafthouse for a 90s sing a long. If you have a Alamo Drafthouse close by, go and do this sing a long. It was such a blast! But only go if you like to have fun…if you are a fun hater than you won’t enjoy it.

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Then Friday night was family dinner night with CP’s family! Pizza, card games and ice cream…all of his favorite things 🙂

Saturday was his actual birthday, and it just happened to fall on the same day as one of the biggest games of the season. So we did want any good little red raider would do, we threw a big tailgate in his honor!! My brother and sister in law came in town to play, so we loaded up at 10:45 and headed to brunch!! $3 mimosas are just what the doctor ordered 🙂

After brunch we headed over to the stadium for a day full of friends, games and cold beer! Perfect!

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Although Tech lost (a devastating loss might I add), it was an incredible game and we are freaking proud of our raiders!

CP,
I hope you had the most amazing birthday! I am so happy you were born! Love you more!!

We shall prepare for it all over again this weekend when we head to Dallas for the Rangers game, and the Tech/Baylor game. I just love the fall 🙂

I hope everyone has a great Monday!!!!

xoxo
HP

31 reasons to be Thankful…

Wowzas, it’s been a while guys. I do apologize! I’ve been one busy little bee. I have missed you guys though.

Yesterday I celebrated my 31st birthday. I honestly cannot believe that I am 31 years old, because I feel like I’m about 23. Age is just a number, am I right?

I have the best husband who always makes sure I have the BEST birthdays. We went to my parents house over the weekend for a little family birthday cookout and some football watching (HOW ABOUT THEM RED RAIDERS). Yesterday morning (my actual bday) I woke up to the most BEAUTIFUL tennis bracelet to match my wedding ring. I know guys, I am a lucky girl. The good news about turning 31 is you get to wear fancy jewelry!! Then last night we went out to dinner with my favorite people to one of our favorite places! I ended my perfect day with a long bubble bath! Perfection!

I wanted to take some time to reflect on the past year. I have to be honest, it’s been the hardest year of my life. A lot of sadness, a ton of disappointment. But guys, we made it through. I found this quote yesterday and I felt like it defined my year perfectly.

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Year 31 for me is a year of hope and possibility. I don’t know where God is leading me or what He is doing, but I do know that I can make through anything with His grace and perfect love. His plans are way better than mine, He’s proved it time and time again.

Well guys, I hope you have an excellent Tuesday!!

xoxo
HP

Memorial Weekend, Anniversary and Pinterest Fails

HELLO my friends!! Looks like I took an extra day of blog-cation after memorial day! I am back in action this week though!

I hope everyone had a great labor day!! We spent a little anniversary weekend at the lake, just the two (and a half) of us!! Ya’ll, we seriously got the PERFECT puppy! She sleeps all night, does great in the car, and loves being on the boat!! WIN! Here’s a pic of my sweet little fam boating this weekend!

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I was craving some s’mores this weekend, but did not want to build a fire. (it was 187 degrees). So, I got on pinterest to see if I could find a recipe for oven s’mores. Luckily for you, I documented my attempt.

  1. I gathered all of the ingredients

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2. Filled the muffin tins with the graham cracker crust, chocolates and mallows, then in the oven they went! So far, so good, right?

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3. They came out perfectly! Yay! Win for me!

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4. Oh, wait, JK. The marshmellows fell, and made a gooey mess in the muffin tins. 😦 no s’mores for us.

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Oh well, I will just wait for the weather to cool down and have the real deal. I prefer my mallows burnt crispy anyways!

Yesterday (9/8) was our 3rd anniversary. We went out for a little happy hour, and then on to dinner at one of our favorite places!!! I didn’t remember to take any pics until I was about 3 glasses of wine in. So, I made a little collage of our attempt at a good anniversary pic. You are welcome.

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Happy 3rd anniversary, my love!!! I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to spend my forever with you!! You are pretty incredible!! Love you!!

So, there’s my little recap on what’s been going on!! Now I shall get back to tackling this Wednesday!

Happy 4 day work week!

xoxo
HP

failed IUIs and new additions…

Hi pretties! I hope everyone is having a great week!! Wednesday already? Woohoo!!!!!

Well, we got our results from our first IUI this week. It didn’t work. I hate to be negative about the experience, because everything went very well and we did everything like we were supposed to. It just didn’t work. I know they say it usually doesn’t the first time, but I was hopeful! I took a few days after we found out before posting anything, my emotions were pretty raw. We are hurting, but actually in a really good place. We know that we have options, we could stay on track and try it again this month, or wait a bit. We have made the decision to wait. I wasn’t prepared for the toll that it would take on me emotionally. We feel that it’s for the best if we get some rest and rejuvenation.

September is a big month for us, our anniversary and both of our birthdays! I think doing another cycle right on the cuff on this disappointment would be too much for my little heart to take! Last month was TOUGH.

I must say there is probably another reason we are taking it pretty well. I am happy to announce that we have a new addition to our little family.

World, meet Miss Piper!!

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We are obsessed, it was perfect timing for this little nugget! She’s already ready for game day this weekend!!

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Anywho, that’s what is going on in our life! Ready for a long weekend at the lake, and our 3rd anniversary next week!! I LOVE September!! I hope everyone has a great day! I will leave you with one last pic of our little cutie!!

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xoxo
HP

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Only positive thoughts and energy from here on out. Not too much longer!! I hope everyone has a great Thursday!!

xoxo
HP

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