Saturday, July 18, 2015

sam houston national forest

some folks down here in texas have a hard time believing how much steve and i like the weather.  true, it's hot, but when it comes to being outside, hot is my preference.

earlier today we sweat it out at the sam houston national forest, which is about an hour north of where we are in the city.  we've driven through it before but hadn't found a place to park and hike until today when we set out on the peaceful hiking trails through the enormous trees and along lake conroe.  the woods felt like a fairytale, we even found a troll hidden in the a tree!  after today a little stone cottage out in the woods seems like just what we need.

 {xoxo - b}

Thursday, July 2, 2015


tralala summer's here, hard to believe it's nearly a year since steve and i moved down to texas.  things lately consist of much happiness.  steve and i both had four day work weeks, which is a pretty big deal for me since it means i actually had a work week because of my new job.  you might be able to tell from the balloons and big smile that it's a pretty awesome addition to life.  austin is definitely still my fave but i'm starting to warm up to life in houston (rightly so, it was 95 degrees today).

i have to admit, i'm still not complaining about the heat.  i don't miss winter one little bit.  for the most part lately we've been soaking up summer, hanging out poolside, taking day-trips to waterfalls, starting a routine, and chilling with our local pals (oh my god friends.  we have them here!  hoorah!)

we've decided that we'll be renewing our lease, which means we will finally be breaking the pattern of moving every single year! GAHH!!  in light of this we will be purging the apartment hard and hopefully making it a sane place to live (or at least as sane as 750 square feet can be).  i spend a lot of time on zillow checking out houses in metro austin.  i'm kind of obsessed with texas guys.

for now though houston is doing pretty well by us.  it kind of feels like we're hitting our stride and in a direction i'm excited about.  and the way there is a ton of fun lately.  i can't oversell it guys:  we're always happy to have visitors!  we can promise lots of fun!  all we need is a little less rain i think.

most exciting is our plan to travel up north this fall to visit friends, see a football game, and celebrate our anniversary (wait already, seriously?).  yesss we are headed up north starting labor day weekend and are planning a great trip between michigan and wisconsin!  i super can't wait for the cross country road trip where we can actually share a car!

otherwise we are celebrating our lease renewal with a deep clean and decor change... we'll see how it all turns out.

xoxo - b

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tropical Storm Bill

Today we're advised to stay inside and avoid the roads since we're apt to get some more extreme flooding with Tropical Storm Bill heading toward the coast.  Hopefully we, nor our possessions float away, but should that happen, at least I've let you see this gif I made of my dad (Bill) and the weather radar map.

Friday, May 29, 2015

flashback friday youtube edition

spent last night rewatching the extended selfie style videos i used to make in my dorm room in college on my macbook.  they filled me with cheer.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

new orleans

steve took a half day at work last thursday and we made the drive to new orleans to meet up with my parents while they were on vacation.  highlights included the brass band at preservation hall, my gin fizz at sazerac's, the garden district, the crawfish corn chowder at brigsten's restaurant [best food ever... consider this my rave review], and the fabulous workshop for the mardi gras floats.

hope y'all are gearing up for a great memorial day!

xoxoxo - b

Thursday, May 14, 2015

rebranding the blog :P

if things look a little different around here, it's because... THEY ARE!  i've decided it's about time to spruce the place up and make the big change from lifestyle blog to blog about us.  stay tuned if you care to!  cheers from houston!

xoxo - B