I probably say it every month, but April went by soo quickly! Daniel is done with the semester in just a week and I'll be done in less than a month. Summer is around the corner, and it couldn't come sooner!
You may have noticed that the blog was a little bit quieter this month. I scaled back a bit to focus on some other life things, but if you've been following along, thanks for sticking around through the slowness! In case you missed anything, here are the highlights from April.
Here's a list of all the posts from April:
Sneak Peek into May:
Here are a few posts you just might see around the blog in the upcoming month.
What are you hoping to see on the blog in May? I'd love to hear!
I'm not ready for the weekend to end. The weeks are going by quickly, but so are the weekends, and this particular weekend was one I wish could've lasted longer.
My Joy from this week was pretty much this entire weekend. Yesterday two of my best friends and college roommates came down for a visit. We spent the day shopping, eating, and hanging out.
We started off the day by making some super delicious garlic butter pasta at my apartment. We always loved cooking together in college, so it was a fun and nostalgic choice, not to mention easy and cheap.
After lunch we grabbed some ice cream at Heritage Creamery and popped next door for coffee at Common Grounds. I almost always get their cappuccino because they make a really good one. Then we pulled the top back on my friend's convertible Bug and let our hair whip around while we drove to our next stop, a local greenhouse called the Urban Reap (which you may have read about in my post here). We enjoyed looking at all the cute little flowers and herbs.
Next we went downtown to the Spice Village, which I had never been to before. It was really cute! Their slogan is "worth the climb" because it's up a pretty steep staircase. It definitely was worth it, because the store was a giant boutique with everything from antiques to clothing to nice candles and soap. Very "farmhouse chic," if that makes any sense.
We spent quite a bit of time just perusing. I basically have to smell every single candle on a display, ha. I didn't buy anything, but if I went again I would probably have to go in with a set budget.
When we left the Spice Village we did some more shopping at World Market and Old Navy, ate burgers and custard at Freddy's, and played a card game back at my apartment. It was a much needed girls day!
The wonderfulness of the weekend continued today as Daniel and I went to church, had lunch with some friends at a little cafe, and headed to my sister's house for our niece's first birthday.
Time with family, cake, coffee, presents, sweet baby giggles, bubbles, sidewalk chalk - it basically doesn't get better. I guess I'm pretty biased, but my nieces are literally the cutest kiddos on the planet. My sister attempted having a "cake smash" for the birthday girl, but she insisted on eating her cake with a spoon! She didn't want to grab the cake with her hands. It was hilarious and adorable.
We're ending the evening watching The Office on Netflix and eating pizza rolls. It's been a pretty chill weekend.
What's your Joy from the week?
This past weekend, my brother got married! It was so exciting to see him and his new wife make their vows to each other surrounded by our families, and on the top of a mountain no less!
They got married at sunset at the edge of a peak on the Rio Grande Village Trail in Big Bend National Park - how rad is that? We all hiked up the trail in our sun dresses, Chacos, boots, etc. and gathered around the happy couple as the sun cast gold ribbons over the river. It was absolutely stunning.
It was a long 8 hour drive for us to get there, and we wished we had more time to explore the park. Unfortunately, we drove down the morning of the wedding and had to drive back the next morning to be back for work and school on Monday.
We definitely want to go back again when we have more time to spend there! Daniel and I aren't super experienced hikers, but we enjoyed our trip to the Grand Canyon for our honeymoon and we like trying our hand at it from time to time.
Nevertheless, the trip was well worth it, and we're so excited for all that's ahead for my brother and new sister-in-law!
Two words: spring cleaning. It has me up the wall, y'all. It also has me simultaneously motivated?? I get in valleys where I'm bummed at how messy our place looks but have zero drive to fix it. Then the next day I'm whistling while the birds fly in the window and hang the drapes, you know?
Whether I'm feeling unmotivated or already inspired, I like to browse through Pinterest at beautiful spaces to either get out of the slump or to keep the momentum rolling with some new ideas.
With this minimalism thing I'm attempting, I've been especially intrigued by spaces with natural palettes and (obviously) fewer items filling the space, although not exclusively.
Take a look at this simple compilation of 9 beautiful spaces that will make you feel motivated to get your spring cleaning into gear.
Beautiful! Inspiring! Must clean my home and make space for beautiful things that I enjoy!!
But really, ha! These spaces give me some fresh perspective and make me feel ready to tackle the spring cleaning ahead.
Do you resonate with any of these beautiful spaces?
This week has been a good one! It was a shorter one because I had Monday off. It was overall pretty regular with some relaxing afternoons and some good news sprinkled in.
My Joy from this week would have to be the relaxing day my husband and I spent at home on Saturday. We slept in (as late as my body would let me, which was only like 7), made biscuits and eggs for breakfast, and basically hung out all day.
I continued the morning by doing some painting while Daniel played a video game. I'm setting up to sell my paintings at an event our church is hosting next week, so I was feeling motivated to make some new pieces - I'll be sharing them on my Etsy soon, too!
We ran a couple of errands, including a trip to the bike shop to get an air pump for Daniel's bike. I'm dreaming of putting a little basket on his handle bars and riding to the park with a loaf of bread and some cheese. Very Paris. Very summer. Legitimately needs to happen.
I also cooked up a super delicious dinner of baked chicken, garlic and Parmesan roasted potatoes, and green beans. We finally bought some actual garlic, which is a kitchen staple I have been slowly dying without. It makes food 3000% better, and pouring garlic butter over basically the entire meal did not disappoint.
After dinner we got a couple of ice cream cones from Dairy Queen and lounged around on the couch the rest of the evening. It was pretty perfect.
Today we're going to church and then I'm headed to a math workshop in San Antonio with some of the teachers I work with. I always kind of nerd out at workshops, honestly, so I'm pretty excited!
What's your Joy from this week? I'd love to hear!
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
+ Coffee lover + Artist
I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.