October 08, 2017

Week and Weekend Recap

Hello there!

:: Chris is back into full swing with triathlon training...and boy, does Adsy really pile it on! The last training was for a half-tri, and that was pretty time consuming...I'm not sure how Chris will be able to fit all this training time for a full triathlon into his days...but I know he will find a way!

:: Friday evening, he had a long swim workout, then he visited Mimi and then picked up Little Ninja for us. Mmm mmm! We then decided to continue watching more of The 100...still working our way through that series.

:: Saturday, Chris had a long workout. I cleaned and did some laundry. It was great because I also took a little nap with the puppers!! Yay!! Then we ran some errands and had dinner at Casa. Afterwards, we met Mimi out at Jojo's and visited with Aspen and listened to some live music they had out there. That was fun! Then when we got home, we watched more of The 100.

:: Sunday, I finished up the laundry and did the grocery shopping. I also worked on our bedroom closet a bit. We still have a bit too much there, so I did a little more decluttering. It feels much better now. I also pulled out some of my winter shoes, etc. This nice Fall weather has been so gorgeous! Chris had a long run and a swim workout, and when he got home he wasn't feeling well. :( So we decided not to go to the wedding we had on plan for the evening for a sweet girl at work. Sad to miss their special day, but Mr. Baber rarely feels unwell...so we will just have a quiet, low-key evening.

:: I got my hair colored on Thursday evening...my hair has been weird lately and not making me happy. Kasi and I talked about it a bit. I feel like the texture has been different, and the color near my roots has been turning a weird brassy color as the weeks go by. She says texture can change as we get older (blah!!) and also that stress affects it. Well. Stupid stress! I've been making some changes to try to improve things...using a higher quality shampoo, a high quality smoothing serum, using less heat when blow drying, and hitting it with some cold water before I get out of the shower. It's looking a little better today.

:: The week ahead...a dentist appointment tomorrow, and then this weekend we are going to the drag races in Ennis! We upgraded a bit this year, so our experience will be a little different than the last few years. We are so looking forward to it! This is one of Baber's favorite things!

Have a great week everyone!

October 01, 2017

Weekend Recap

What a fun, fun, fun weekend!!! It was Girl's Trip weekend with my bestie, Kim and we thoroughly enjoyed out time together.

But first...Friday evening! Chris and I worked out and then we had dinner at Potter's Pizza for the first time. We weren't too crazy about it, and most likely won't be going back. The pizza was just ok, and it was dirty and rowdy with tons of little kids. Um, no. Then we relaxed at home and I finished watching the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance.

Saturday morning, I picked Kim up at 9:00 and we got on the road to Waco! It took a little over 3 hours, and we talked and laughed the whole way. Traveling with her is so fun and relaxing. Easy. When we arrived, we found a parking spot in the free parking lot right by Magnolia Market, and headed inside to discover this crazy phenomenon!

It was quite the place! There were about 10 or so food trucks offering up all kinds of delights...ice cream, hot dogs, BBQ, snow cones, kettle corn, gourmet grilled cheese and Mac and cheese, crepes, etc. After surveying the options, Kim and I chose the grilled cheese place, called Cheddar Box. Kim got Mac and cheese with bacon (hold the chives) and I went with the grilled cheese with gouda cheese, bacon jam, fried egg, all on French toast. It was so delicious! We found a spot to sit under the big pavilion, and enjoyed our lunch while watching the people play corn hold, catch, etc on the big green square of turf.

After we ate, we decided to start in the back corner, at the garden shop. It was a small building that sold garden tools, container, etc...and all around outside the building were gorgeous flower, pumpkin displays, etc. It was so pretty and we took a lot of photos! Then we made our way to the main shop, which was a huge two story building filled with Joanna's favorite things. She has a definite style...everything is pretty neutral, with some greenery thrown in. There were a lot of gorgeous displays, and people were buying things like crazy!!! We thought the pricing was a bit high, but we did manage to find a few souvenirs that we couldn't live without! I bought two little bowls, and a white mug with the back Magnolia Market logo. I didn't want to go overboard, since we are living tiny these days!

After our shopping, we decided to take the free trolley ride around the down town area to see what we could see. We stopped at a few different shops, and then headed back. Our final stop at Magnolia was their bakery...they are famous for their cupcakes!! So famous, in fact, that the line wrapped around the building and took us 45 minutes to get inside. Whew! We had no other plans, and wanted to get the full experience...so we didn't mind. We each got a variety of cupcakes and they were quite tasty indeed!! We split two different flavors so we could try them both!

From there, we checked into our hotel and then went to see a chick flick and have delicious buttered popcorn for dinner :) We saw Home Again with Reese Whitherspoon and it was good! We both enjoyed it!

Sunday, we slept in and had a lazy morning, then enjoyed breakfast at the hotel. Kim had a coupon for Joann's, so we stopped there for a few things before heading home. It was such a fun weekend. Love that we get to do these things together!

Chris was so good to stay home with the puppers and hold down the fort so that I could have a little girl time! He did multiple workouts, worked on the computer, and had dinner at Jojo's to visit with Aspen. It was a very relaxing weekend for him!

I'm happy to be home, and now to get ready for the week ahead. Chris has a lot of work dinners this week, so I am looking forward to not really cooking much at all. Yay!

September 28, 2017

Today I...

...was able to drive to work in just a little misty rain, not a complete downpour...so that was an improvement. It's been raining since Monday and I am ready for it to stop now. This evening is very chilly, misty, and super foggy.

...wore my new favorite, flowered shirt.

...had a four and a half hour meeting with a visiting client...it went really well!

...finished off the last of the Summer's Dessert that I made...growing up, my grandma used to make this for my birthday every year. It is so yummy! It's a slushy, ice cream and I decided to make it cream soda flavored. Oh it was just as delicious as I remembered!!! I ate almost the whole pan of it myself...that obviously isn't good, but it was worth it!

...made fish, broccoli and mashed potatoes for dinner.

...finally watched the Season 2 season premiere of This is Us -- it was really good! I missed it on Tuesday because I had a Girl's Night with my scrapbook girls. Very much looking forward to this season!!!

...enjoyed a glass of wine that we bought on our trip in Napa...from the Castle...mmmm!

...had to stop and get dog food on the way home because we ran out and I didn't realize! Whoops!

...am really liking the new Imagine Dragons song, Thunder...it is great REALLY LOUD!

Time to do a little relaxin' :)

September 24, 2017

Weekend Recap

We are really loving our weekends! It took about 30 minutes for the two of us to do the weekly cleaning...instead of a full day! And no yard work for Chris! So that leaves plenty of time for whatever we want to do!

:: Friday evening, Chris went to the YMCA to swim after work while I worked out and then went home to feed the pups. Then Chris and I met up at Miguels for a yummy dinner together.

:: Saturday, we slept in a bit and then I went to a Zumba fundraiser for our friends who are getting ready to move to the Philippines to be missionaries. It was a lot of fun, and they also had a silent auction, too. I ended up with a beautiful Pasmina scarf and a yummy box of cookies! Chris did a 50 mile bike ride while I was gone.

:: I worked on getting Photoshop for my new laptop, and then worked on sizing and color correcting the photos for the next scrapbook I'm doing for hire. It feels good to be doing work again! Saturday evening, Chris and I went to dinner at Sharon's BBQ and that was yummy. We sat on the patio and had a lovely evening, just being us.

:: Sunday, we slept in just a bit again, and then the day included: laundry; a visit to Mimi's with the dogs; picking up groceries at Walmart; shopping at the Natural Food Store; and running for Chris. It's been a lovely two days.

The week ahead will be busy with work -- things are very, very busy these days. I also have a big meeting on Thursday. And then on Saturday, Kim and I are taking a Girls Trip to Waco to visit the Magnolia Market Silos! Should be fun fun! Kim is a big fan of Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna...can't wait to spend a few days with my bestie!!

I hope you all have a great week!

September 17, 2017

A Wedding Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend away! We traveled a little over three hours to Salado, TX for my cousin, Raychel's, wedding. She and Chris got married one year ago, in a quick justice of the peace ceremony -- then almost immediately moved to Texas with the military! So this was their big celebration, and they had a lot of friends and family who flew in for it from Virginia and Massachusetts.

I am so excited that we were able to attend! It was a beautiful (hot) day, and it was good to spend some time with this part of my family that we don't get to see very often. Raychel was a beautiful bride, and we enjoyed dancing the night away! I posted some photos over on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, if you'd like to take a look!

We stayed at the wedding venue, which was Inn on the Creek -- it was a really neat place, so well-thought-out. There are some photos of that, as well!

It was so good to get away...and tomorrow it is back to the grindstone. I have one team member who is out on her 30 day Sabbatical, and another (who is the one filling in for her) who will be out Monday and Tuesday for his grandma's funeral. So the next two days could be a bit taxing for me. I will most likely be working late both days. Please say a little prayer for me!

My grandma had surgery last week, and is recovery mode now...she is doing well so far!! I talked to my grandpa today, and he is lonely while she is at the hospital. Hopefully she will be able to go home soon!

I finished my book club book -- The Light Between Oceans. It was very well-written but the story took some odd turns that were different. I didn't like some of the main characters. I'm glad I read it, but was happy, too, when it was done. Now we are reading a book that I picked -- The Sinner. Hopefully it is good!

Okay, time for me to relax a bit before my crazy week...

September 15, 2017

Nearly a Month

Hello, stranger!

It's been nearly a month since I've last posted...it is quite possible I don't have any readers anymore! But, I shall continue posting...for me, if nothing else!

A lot has been happening over the past month! And we just this week, finally, got internet access at our new place...FINALLY!

:: We are now all settled in to our new home, and I personally love it! It's small and has taken some adjustments, yes. But, I am quite happy with our decision and it is starting to feel like home.

:: I'm getting my allergy shot every Wednesday after work, and I feel like it has helped immensely! Which is great! I still get affected by the random changes in weather, etc...but overall, my quality of life has greatly improved. Thankfully!

:: On 8/25, we went to Cypress Street for a wine dinner with Jon and Nadene...that was so fun! There were multiple courses, and each one was paired with a different wine. It was delicious food and good company with our dear friends. Afterwards, we walked across the street for coffee at Monks. Love our time with them...and thanks to Nadene for inviting us, this is how she wanted to celebrate her birthday!

:: My sweet grandma has been in and out of the hospital with intestine issues...currently she is still in, and just went through a major surgery today. After a colonoscopy, they discovered a tumor that was causing issues and needed to be removed...so that is what they did today. Big prayers for a speedy recovery for her!

:: We had to take Poppy in to the vet, to have her nails cut. Chris accidentally cut her nail too short awhile back, and since then she won't allow us to come near her nails. So, they sedated her and lasered them very short. She's a very stubborn girl. Speaking of the pups, they are adjusting well to our new life! Except today, Poppy decided to jump down the stairs to outside and I thought she might have broken a bone...but all is good there, thankfully!

:: We spent a weekend in Fredericksburg in early September -- we had not been since the previous October -- almost a year, and that is crazy for us! We always go multiple times, since it is our favorite place. We went with our friends Julie and Dustin, and had a great time! It was some good relaxing time together.

:: We attended the wedding of a nice young guy who use to work at Passare with Chris...it was a beautiful celebration with a lot of unique touches. It is wedding season for us...we have another one this weekend, and then another in October!

:: The wedding this coming weekend is for my sweet cousin, Raychel! She and her husband, Chris, got married a year ago so she could move with him and the military...and now they are having their big ceremony and reception for their first anniversary! Looking forward to seeing my family and meeting some others!

So, there is a recap and a little catchup! I will try to post more often now that we have wifi!! :)

August 21, 2017

I'm Back!

Hello there!

I know, I know...I have been MIA! Life has been, honestly, just plain crazy. I'm happy to report that everything is pretty much settled now, and I can't wait to share it all!

What have we been up to??

: Went on a cruise for our 10th anniversary!!

: Sold our house!

: Bought a townhouse, moved Aspen and Mimi in, and got them settled!

: Spent a few days "homeless"!

: Bought our 5th wheel trailer and parked it at our new spot!

: Got the RV all set up and decorated!

So, it's literally been a whirlwind these past two weeks!!

Once we have internet access out at our RV spot, I will begin working on some posts about the above! I'm excited to share it all with you, including photos! We are officially in our "next chapter" now and I couldn't be happier!!

August 03, 2017

This is it for Awhile

Hello! I realize I didn't get a post up yesterday, and I know you all understand :) We are in serious crunch mode right now.

Tonight, we will be getting the remainder of our belongings packed into the second mini pod we had delivered today. Everything didn't fit into the first one. We'll be packing up our suitcases for our cruise, as well. We'll get everything as close to done as possible, so that upon returning from our cruise, we have a very short to-do list before closing on the houses.

It's been a crazy five weeks. The last few days, especially, have been insane. My analytical brain is maxed out and stressed out and I'm sometimes not handling it well. I get buried in the logistics and just don't see how it possibly can all get done. But it will. It is. Chris has had to talk me off the ledge a few times. Bless that man.

Tomorrow, after work, we are heading down to Galveston and then boarding the ship on Saturday. We are so ready to be in the middle of the ocean, resting and relaxing and enjoying the time together for our TENTH ANNIVERSARY!!

So, this is going to be the last post for awhile...cruising and moving will occupy us through the 16th at least. I shall return when I can! Until then, have happy days!

August 01, 2017


:: Today was not nearly as crazy busy, thankfully...though, I did have an interview this morning, and a two hour meeting this afternoon. Since our kitchen floor was sealed today, we can't currently walk on it...so that limits what we've been able to do this evening!

:: Read up about The Great Tile Debacle on our Being the Babers blog -- link to the right!

:: I was able to start on packing for our cruise this evening! I've got piles in our bedroom floor, ready to go into the suitcase!! Not much longer now. Get me on that ship!!!!!

:: I picked up Mr. Burger for our dinner, since the kitchen is closed. It was pretty tasty!

:: That's really about all I've got...I'm going to take advantage of this evening and relax a little!!!

July 31, 2017

Let Me Share

Would you like to hear about all the things I was able to fit into this day? I'm usually pretty skilled at fitting a lot in...but today took the cake.

My Lunch Hour
: Transferred 3 tables from my car to Kim's truck at work
: Drove home
: Talked to the tile guy about how things are going
: Got Poppy to eat since she was scared because of the tile guy
: Ate my own quick lunch
: Put the crockpot on for dinner
: Packed Chris' lunch
: Rolled up the living room rug and dragged it to the trash pile in the driveway
: Removed boxes from my car
: Snuggled with Poppy for 1.5 minutes
: Forgot Chris' lunch and had to circle back in the car
: Drove back to work


After Work
: Delivered a bag of hangers to a girl who stopped by to pick them up
: Picked up dog food from the vet
: Stopped at the bank to do a deposit
: Drove to our print vendor's shop to pick up boxes he had saved for us
: Went to Target to get eyeliner (mine broke this morning) and caulk (they didn't have)
: Went to Lowes to get the caulk
: Picked Chris up from work
: Stopped to get gas
: Fixed a tear in the upholstery of a theater chair
: Wiped down all of the surfaces in the kitchen to clean up the tile dust

And now...I think I am done.

July 30, 2017

Weekend Recap

WE ARE EXHAUSTED. Need to go back to work to get some rest.

:: Friday evening, we worked out and then had dinner at the house. We worked on loading stuff into the Mini pod and got stuff done around the house.

:: Saturday, Chris did a long bike ride and I got the grocery list entered for pickup. Then, we worked on collecting all of our trash into a big pile to see how much we have. We discovered that the dump closes at 1:00 on Saturdays, so we were crunched for time. We headed to Kim and Gary's to borrow their trailer...but unfortunately their hitch was too small for our new monster truck. We weren't able to use it, so no trip to the dump for us. We're going back to our original plan, which is to have a guy we know come pick it up, load it up, and take it to the dump. We'll pay him.

:: Then we ran to Home Depot to get a new lock for the front door (the other one broke), and then we met Mimi out at Jojo's for lunch (her treat!) and to see Aspen. The rest of the day was spent packing and loading and sweating and lifting and etc. We got a lot done thankfully.

:: We decided to have a nice evening out (much needed!!). We had dinner at Vagabond -- pizza and delicious chocolate cake. Then we relaxed and watched tv in bed with the dogs.

:: Sunday, I picked up the groceries and did a few other errands while Chris ran. Then it was a solid day of packing, loading, cleaning, and deep cleaning the carpets. We had someone come by to pick up some items, and we've just gone over a list of to-dos for the week ahead.

:: We basically have five days of work and then we head down to Galveston to take our 7 day cruise!!! Which is much, much, much, much needed and we can't wait. There is a lot to get done before then, and the New Tile Guy has a lot to get done...but it's all coming together.

:: We are exhausted, and my lower back feels like it is going to give out on me. Trying to be careful with that. We are nearing the end of the tunnel, and it is crazy and tiring but we are keeping the big picture in mind.

Hope you all have a great week ahead...we'll take any prayers you want to send our way!!!

July 27, 2017

Moving along

:: Work was fairly chaotic today...a bit crazy. I'm hoping tomorrow will be more calm.

:: Working on finishing up stuff for the loan on the townhouse. Getting the insurance quote...waiting on some info from the realtor.

:: Made delicious baked potatoes with my healthy sloppy joe recipe and it was oh so good! It's one of my faves.

:: My eating is going well...even though I am a HUGE stress-eater...amidst all the stress we are currently in, I've managed to keep things under control. I've lost 3% body fat and some inches and pounds! Now that I am done with my Whole60, I am doing 6 days of clean eating (basically Whole30-ish) and one day of eating some fun stuff. Last week was my first time doing it, and I enjoyed a few treats. They were yummy, but I was fine getting back to normal the following day. I am very hopeful that this plan can keep me on track.

:: 9 days until our cruise! I didn't want to do a countdown because while that is soooo exciting, it is also very crazy because we have a lot to get done before then with the house. But, we got an email today with the 9 day notice, and it couldn't be ignored :) We are soooo ready.

:: That's what I know today...tomorrow is thankfully Friday. I have one person picking up some stuff tomorrow, and on Saturday we have a guy coming out to look at the riding mower. If he doesn't want it, I have someone else lined up to get it. This is our last weekend before the cruise, so it is crunch time and will be non-stop work. Finish packing, finish loading the pod, take trash to the dump, etc etc. Big (and tiring) weekend ahead! Wish us much productivity!

July 26, 2017


Oi! This day was a bit of a doozy!

:: Work was quite busy...I'm working ahead as much as possible to prepare for my week + 2 day vacation coming up. I'm making some good headway, so I'm feeling good there.

:: I took a brief nap at lunch, and that was good...I'm feeling pretty pooped lately.

:: Today was the appraisal at the townhouse...and things got really bad before they got really good. Chris and I were feeling pretty desolate for a few hours. Basically, the townhouse didn't appraise for what we agreed to pay, and we didn't think the seller would budge on her price. We went back and forth a few times and it actually worked out well for us. She agreed to sell at the appraised amount, and we were shocked...so it is official now and this was the last piece of the puzzle. Thank you God for pulling it all together!!

:: We also found out that Tile Guy #2 can't work on our tile within the time frame we have...so Teri is back to the drawing board on that. She guarantees she'll figure it out and doesn't want us to worry about. That's hard, but we are putting our trust in her!

:: We had a lot of visitors this evening...people picking up things they've bought. Made a little more money and more things have left the premises. Whew.

:: I just ate my blueberries and almond milk and that made me happy happy. I have also been eating a ton of watermelon -- it is sooooo good right now! Mmm!

:: Now, it's time for bed!

July 24, 2017


:: I got a lot done at work,which was needed.

:: I wore a braid, my quick and easy go to.

:: We had business casual dress...tomorrow too, and then causal the rest of the week.

:: I had a great 45 minute cardio session, along with a 15 minute shoulder workout. Killer.

:: I made ranch topped fish, roasted potatoes, and roasted squash from my friend's garden for dinner. It was quite tasty.

:: Chris and I worked on bagging/boxing stuff up for Goodwill to come and pick up. SO MUCH STUFF.

:: I officially ran out of steam at 9:20 and could seriously go straight to sleep right this second.

July 23, 2017

Weekend Recap

And...whew. The weekend is over!

:: Friday after work, Chris and I worked out...we needed that outlet after a long week! Then we had a quick dinner at Nico's (gyros) and then headed home to work on stuff at the house. We had to price everything for the garage sale Saturday. It was HOT and it took awhile...but we got it done and then fell into bed.

:: Saturday, our first person arrived at the garage sale at 7:45, and we had a decent amount of people come by. A lot were actually from our neighborhood, but we did get some from town, too. We sold some stuff and made some money. We unfortunately still have some big items that are needing to go, but we are working on those. Also, we still have our two love seats -- those didn't sell. We found a place that was needing couches donated, so we'll have them come pick those up. Done! Kim came over to help us out in case it was crazy...since it wasn't crazy, it was a great opportunity for her and I to catch up. We haven't been able to spend a ton of time together lately, with all this craziness...so we both really enjoyed that! Thank you to her for spending the day with us!!!

:: After the sale, Chris and I worked on loading up our storage unit with our packed stuff. We don't think this unit is going to be large enough for everything. Boo! We may need to get another one delivered. Their "holds up to 5-6 rooms" is quite a stretch of the imagination, I believe! But, making some progress there.

:: Saturday was also Aspen's 21st birthday! So hard to believe. She had to work, so Chris, Mimi and I went to have dinner at Jojo's so we could see her. She had on a 21 birthday crown, and was getting lots of birthday tips...she was having a good day!

:: Sunday, after picking up groceries and doing laundry, we went for a late lunch at Perini to celebrate Aspen's birthday! The food was yummy and we had a nice time together. Then we came back to the house for gifts and cookie cake (her request)! It's very nice to spend this time together as a family again.

:: And now, I prepare for another week...hopefully it will be smooth sailing!!