Monday, January 4, 2016

Heartfelt conference

we are less than 2 weeks away from the 2nd annual Heartfelt Conference!
How did it get it here so quickly!?!?

I know that I have yet to post about it, but I have not posted much of anything lately.
That does not mean that this event has not been on our hearts, in our conversations, in our daily lives for months. We are all so thrilled about it!

Last year was beyond any of my expectations and i'm actually way more pumped about this year.
I sure hope you're planning on coming. 
If you have questions-any questions!- Click here for all information about the conference, including hotels, directions, tickets, schedule...all the deets!

I'm also really, really, really loving my moms new website:
it is beautiful, easy to navigate, and does a beautiful job of expressing her heart for this ministry.
a ministry about connecting women.
which, we all need-desperately.

if you can't attend the conference, find a way to connect with women in a deeper, more meaningful way.
connecting with women older than me, more "seasoned" women, has been a tremendous blessing in my life.
I do have some extraordinary women in my family, but i have learned so much from women who i would have never known otherwise, had it not been for Heartfelt.
the women who have been/are my Heartmoms, will forever be in my heart and i credit a large portion of my motherly and wifely accomplishments and knowledge to them.

learn more about this wonderful ministry and COME TO THE CONFEReNCE.
click here and buy your ticket.
see YOU there!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

a Texas Thanksgiving

each year, we rotate spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families
This was our year to have Thanksgiving in Texas with the Taylor crew
and a fine Thanksgiving, it was!

we first drove to Huntsville to stay the night before trekking onward to Austin.
a good little break in the drive, plus I always love staying at GTs folks house
learning the art of making a perfect pot of coffee
one they learn early
you know, to keep the adults mugs full as we play dominoes (wink)

and playing with their toys

they rented a farm house for us to stay at near GTs grandparents house, since our crew has outgrown all other houses (not a bad problem to have!)
the house came with a golf cart to drive around their land
and these two had quite the time going on adventures
the place was gorgeous and we loved spending some time in central Texas
we only had one day with sunshine before the rain came, so we all took turns riding around on the golf cart

and possibly getting it stuck in the mud
don't worry....Judson drove while they pushed
i mean, someone had to take their picture, right?

i absolutely LOVED the house we stayed in and am ready to move in 

 watching the boys play in the backyard was enough to convince me to sell our house (i kid) (kind of)
the house even had the perfect wraparound porch with the perfect porch swing
that my perfect husband rocked our perfect baby to sleep on
ok. i'll stop.
but, you get it, right? the house was perfect.
it was over 100 years old and beautifully restored.
we filled it with lots of people and gave it lots of love

we soaked up being with all of our family
and the boys enjoyed playing with their aunts, uncles, Grammy and PaPa

and i couldn't get enough of these little sweet cheeks of Gracie!

we cooked and ate all weekend
the kitchen was full of busy hands, nosey guys, needy toddlers, and domino players
GT helping me mash the taters 
Pioneer Womans recipe
I've made them a few years in a row, so i think it's my "thing" now...maybe.
lots and lots of deliciousness made by all of the family
and my beautiful sisters-in-law
let me tell you one thing.
you get to know a lot about someone by working beside them in the kitchen
and I thoroughly enjoy being with these three preparing meals, washing dishes, or cleaning up.
they're the good ones
and i'm so incredibly thankful that we're stuck for life (i mean that in the best way possible!)
they're good cooks, happy, hilarious, hard workers, and i think that's a pretty good combination.
especially when it comes to Thanksgiving meal prep.

there was a lot of chatting

and some serious napping

later that night, GT and I took Judson to his first Longhorn game
it rained off and on the entire game, but he was loving every minute
around 830, i asked him if he was ready to go
he said, "is the game over? i want to watch the whole thing"
so, we stayed 
and all three of us were happy little campers
i'm not a burnt orange fan, but i sure love my guys and they are strongly opinionated about the, "hook 'em", i say!
i mostly loved our little date 

the next day we ate some breakfast, played more dominoes, cleaned up and everyone headed their separate ways
GT headed out for a work/hunt trip 
the boys and I went back to Huntsville to Mark and Dels for the night, along with Garrett and Cristie
i know i've said it one million times, but i'm so thankful for GTs family.
even though our holidays spent together are short, they are always sweet
and maybe awkward, ha!!!
love these crazies

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

fall...or some of it

ahhh....the fall.
what is the fall?
what are seasons?

i kid.

when i say "the fall", i am referring to the months of September through November.
and it flew by. as most seasons do these days.

my blogging is incredibly sporatic as of late and in an attempt to document our life through this season, here is a photographic display of some of the events that took place.
of course, not all are pictured.
but they are probably captured on my iphone...along with the 23792385473 other photos.

let's start in September!
GT threw a 30th birthday party for me, with all the planning done by himself.
and the cooking, i might add.
a Mexican feast that was delish
and a cookie cake, per tradition.
that said, "Happy 17th birthday, Kate...13 years later." 
i always joke that i would love to be 17 forever. and that 17 is the age that i still feel.
it's true.
when people ask me how old i am, 30 just feels strange. like i'm talking about an older woman.
so, the cake was perfect. and my mom had photos blown up of me, my family and my friends from when i was 17 posted all over the barn.
it was a wonderful night

let's keep moving through September, or else we won't ever make it to November.
most of our days were spent outside, but what's new?

hunting season began, which meant GT was/is gone quite a bit

luckily, one of the Buck Commander group hunts was just an hour down the road
so, the boys and I crashed their party one afternoon and spent a few hours at the hunting camp
as you can see, they hated it.
fishing, petting a deer, chocolate chip cookies, hanging out with their dad and his was a dream for Judson. and probably GT.

for Halloween, the boys had a costume day at their school.
Judson changed his mind every week, up until the night before when he landed on Marshall from Paw Patrol.
so, we made it work(ish) and Townesy got the "oh look, you have a Superman shirt with a cape attached in your closet! you can be Clark Kent!" costume
luckily, Judson changed his mind again, requesting that we all be cowboys for the church trunk-or-treat

GT took Judson to a few friday night football games at our local high school and that boy loved it.
my dad went also. when he would leave at half time, Judson opted to stay for the entire game with GT...soaking it all in.
we only made it to one game for his big cousin, Will, during the week, but both boys had an awesome time.

and were super proud to know such a big football player.

I can't even remember when it was, but Beau and Luke came for a few days which was like the BEST THE BEST THING EVER for Judson
and included a night at Excalibur!

in November, GT was gone a good bit
hunting/work trips and a trip out of the country with an awesome organization
I was super ready for him to be home after being gone
my mom was also traveling a fair amount
so we were at the airport a few times

we celebrated his big cousin Wills bday at Johnnys pizza
and Judson felt like such a big kid

another night was spent at my cousins farm

one of GTs trips, was a once-in-a-lifetime buffalo hunt in the Henry mountains
suffice to say, we have enough meat for the next few years...and it is delish!!!
over Thanksgiving, Jakey killed a deer and was so fun for the boys to see!
basically, if you eat at our house, you're probably not eating cow.

of course, no fall would be complete without multiple mom-forced photos
they both know where to stand by the fence upon request.
my work here is done.

unfortunately, i've turned into a person who takes pictures of their cat
luckily, i really like her
and hate that i'm allergic to her
because i really would like for her to come in our house and snuggle.
the end.

another Saturday in November was spent in Birmingham at Women of Faith
my cousin, Korie, spoke and a few of us got to tag along
she was awesome
i know that i'm with her a lot, but she never ceases to amaze or impress me
i loved each second of her Q&A.
so good.
and loved each minute of being with my family

GT was out of town, so my awesome mom-in-law came in to keep the boys
and all parties involved were quite happy with the arrangement
the women in my life are the best. honestly.

more fall days with the boys

and lunches with Mamaw Lou at the car wash
win-win for everyone!

it's quite entertaining to watch the boys form a relationship
of course it's not all hand-holding and brother-love, but they do prefer to be with one another
Tonwnesy is a clown, but can change on a dime with his sensitive little heart
Judson is steady-as-it-goes and does not like to get in trouble, but will occasionally close-line his brother just for kicks. 
so, taking them both to the doctor multiple times is really fun.....

nothing would be complete without our Saturdays at Cracker Barrel

9am, you can find us there
or at Mamaw Lou's
most likely, followed by a visit to the Ike to see what's happening

Judson can not get enough of team-roping
and Townes can't get enough of cows and trying to be like his brother

GTs brother, Garrett, has lived in WM for 2 years, working at Duck Commander
and it has been wonderful
having him here has been perfect and our boys are so blessed to have an uncle just down the road who loves on them so much
he moved to Dallas and is getting married in May and we are thrilled!!!!
sad about his move, but so happy for him and Cristie (p.s. i need to post their engagement pics!)

our fall has been fast and full

i'll leave you with this
i asked Judson, "what about Townes".
his resopnse, "i'm thankful for Woodrow and Brian" (our good friend), "but not my brother".
and in the next breath, he wonders where TW is and if he can sit by him.
so, there you have it folks.
happy winter.
and see ya next year, fall!