Monday, September 21, 2015

Panda Express Food Truck in Georgetown #OrangeChickenLove

This weekend was full of good food and Sunday afternoon was no exception. After church, we headed down to Georgetown to check out the Panda Express' Food Truck Tour. We heard they were giving away free Orange Chicken and of course, we were there in a heartbeat. We never turn down a free lunch.

The afternoon turned out to be a lot of fun. We actually found parking right in front of the truck, which is rare in Georgetown and that really set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. I mean the sun was out, the food was free, and there was Panda who walked around giving high fives. What more was there to love?

We also made sure to get in the photo booth as well. I love a good photo booth and this one had fun props and the pictures were quickly emailed to you for free. Plus, the guys behind the booth really did their best in trying to get Sawyer and Rhett to look at the camera and smile. Anyone who helps out with getting us a good family photo is a winner in my book.

When we were leaving, we were handed free swag , which was another hit for my almost 3 year old. He got a bright orange bracelet, stickers, and a pin. There were also dancers, so we were all pretty hyped on when we left. 

Thanks again, Panda Express for making eating out so fun. 

You Can Grab Free Chicken Too!
You can grab your free lunch or snack too. Panda Express is going across the country right now. Check out if they will be hitting up your neighborhood soon. It is definitely worth it. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ireland Adventure: Wicklow County

Wicklow County was the last stop on our little Irish adventure. We spent 2 days there and loved it. It was so beautiful and the best place to end our time abroad. We stayed at the Powerscourt hotel and the surrounding mountains were actually purple due to all the flowers that grow on the mountain. Gorgeous. 

The last day, we went to Powerscourt Gardens and I absolutely loved it. It was a bright sunny day, our first warm day in Ireland, and the grounds were incredible. There were different sections for different countries and it made the whole walk around really interesting. There was even a Pet Graveyard, which was funny and kinda cute to see. 

After our day there, we headed back up to Dublin and flew back home. Ireland, was a really good trip for our family. It was hard in a lot of ways because Mr. Rhett never adjusted to the time change-so no one got a good night's sleep-but it was really good in a lot of ways as well. We couldn't use our cell phones, so there wasn't a distraction or care. It was time just spent with us and I loved it. Its so rare these days--or at least in our lives--to be completely disconnected and I found that I really needed it. I came back from Ireland refreshed and ready to take on the new year. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mexico Adventure: Mexico City

We just got back from spending the weekend in Mexico City with friends. We had a lot of fun. During the weekend, the boys got to splash in the pool, catch up with good friends, and Sawyer and Zach bravely rode horses that they have there on the ranch-I'm a scaredy cat, so I just stood back and just cheered them on. Plus, anytime there is good Mexican food, I'm happy. I think I could have eaten my weight in tacos and quesadillas. 

It was amazing to see Mexico City as well. It was HUGE. I don't think I've ever been in a city that big. Apparently its the second largest city in the world and has an estimated 20 million people living in it. It's crazy. 

The best part of our trip was that our friends have babes that are Sawyer and Rhett's ages. It was so fun to see them all play and get to know each other. Plus, we got to teach Sawyer more Spanish, which he didn't really use, but hey, at least we tried. ;) 

Even though it was a wonderful trip and we made some great memories this summer, I'm so excited to be home. We've had a whirlwind of an August and walking through that door yesterday and knowing there isn't another trip until October was a relief. I'm ready for Sawyer to start preschool, my Bible study to start up again, and for us to get into more of a routine. I'm also excited for cooler weather, trips to local apple farms, and more crockpot cooking. Stews and soups for dinner are my favorite. 

Fall and home, I'm ready for you.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Special Birthday Video

I don't share this with a lot of people, but Z is away a lot because of his job. This summer especially. He was put on a international case back in June and until August, we hadn't seen much of him. Most of the time, Sawyer thinks that Papa lives on an airplane or in Canada. Because of this, we have been pretty diligent about family time and its another huge reason we went to Ireland. We got away from all distractions and were able to just hang out as a family. It was bliss.

Zach will probably be gone again this Fall, so for his birthday Sawyer, Rhett, and I made a little video message for him. He'll be able to have it whenever and wherever he goes and it's fun to look back on all the memories we've made over the last 4 years. We've definitely been blessed.

Happy birthday, Z! You are such a blessing to us and thank you again for making our lives so good. xo


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

England Adventure--Althorp

Given Princess Diana's death was 18 years ago this week, it only seems fitting to talk about my short time in England during our little European vacation.

My friend, Ben is one of my dearest friends. We met in college and instantly hit it off. He makes me laugh, he challenges me, and whenever we get together--which is just about once every 3 years--we instantly fall back into how we were. It's like time never passed.

Ben is turning 30 this year in Vegas and unfortunately, I won't be able to celebrate with him. But, when I was talking to Zach about that, he proposed that I go over to spend a weekend with him in England since we would be so close. I immediately threw the idea out to Ben, booked a ticket, and grew even more excited about our trip.

The night before I flew out to see him, Ben sent me a text asking if I wanted to see Princess Diana's childhood home, Althorp. Um, yes?! I've loved Princess Diana ever since I was little and this was about to make my weekend even more special.

Althrop isn't open to the public for much of the year because the Spencer's still live there, so it was really such a treat to be able to do the tour and walk the grounds. They were spectacular and so very beautiful. Because of them, I'm now obsessed with old English estates.

Here are some pictures of my super quick, but really fun 27 hours in England.

I got to meet Ben's boyfriend, Rich. Loved seeing these two together.
He made me try a cricket. I was not a fan.
Thanks for having me, Ben! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rhett-5 Months

Rhett! You are 5 months old and you love grabbing your toes, grabbing your toes and grabbing your toes. They are your favorite toy and pastime. And you're always so happy and smiley. You smile with your whole face and you have the best energy. You love tracking your brother, grabbing at whatever's around, and crying if you are in a place for longer than 5 minutes. You were born to be an adventurer, my dear.

Rhett, you are starting-and LOVING-solids. I didn't doubt that though. You've been a big eater since the beginning. So far, your favorites are carrots, prunes, sweet potatoes, and I'm going to make some avocados for you later this week. I'm sure those will be a big hit as well.

In terms of sleep, we were great before Ireland, but now that we're back you have taken a while to adjust. Last night though you woke up at 4:45, but went back to sleep 5 minutes later and slept until 7. Baby steps.

I love you, my smiley little boy and can't wait to see what the next month has in store.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ireland Adventure-Belfast

Sawyer caught a cold when we were in Belfast, so we spent 2 days staying in and taking care of him. We would venture out for a cup of coffee or a run to the local market, but other than that we just hung around the little cottage we rented on Air BnB. (And PS-There is another site like AirBnB that caters to just families and kids. We found out about it a little too late, but will be using it in the future. Its called Kid + Coe and you can check it out here.)

The third day, Sawyer was feeling better, so we booked a candy making class for him at Aunt Sandra's Factory. We did the lollipop class and it was so much fun. Sawyer was laughing along with the story, raising is hand to answer the questions, and loving that you got to try various types of hard candies, lollipops and cotton candy. If you have kids, I highly recommend this little shop.

That night, we went to The Barking Dog for dinner and it was phenomenal. I think our favorite part was how friendly they were to Sawyer. Zach and I ordered cocktails and not to leave Sawyer out, they brought a "kid-friendly" cocktail--just cucumber and water--out to Sawyer. The waiter then checked on Sawyer throughout the meal and said, "Okay, if you eat all your carrots then I'll bring out a special treat for you." Sawyer was so proud of having eaten everything that he carried his plate to the waiter afterwards to show him. The waiter then brought out a fresh fruit plate for him. It was really sweet of them to do that.

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