Fun-Filled Weekend Recap!

It is very rare that our family finds a whole weekend that does not consist of a ton of plans already mapped out for us. But this past weekend was just that and we were able to pack it with fun, family filled events. 

On Friday afternoon as soon as little man woke up, we headed to the children’s museum. But the amateurs that we are, we realized that it was only an hour until closing time. So we moved to Plan B.. the aquarium. 

Now our little guy may not be signing up for a house pet anytime soon, but he sure does love him some underwater friends. He ran from tank to tank, exclaiming ‘Look!! Look!!’ 

He was even braver than his mama and was all about touching the fish. #nothankyou

And what’s an aquarium without a tiger? I’m pretty sure there was a whole sign about how tigers are really important to the underwater ecosystem but those details have somehow already been lost in lalaland of mom brain. 

But there were sharks as well and that I DO understand. 

Afterwards, we ate dinner at the downtown Mellow Mushroom because pizza and Fridays should always be friends. No pictures though because we were too busy with all of the eating. 

The next morning Nick became husband of the year by watching two of Caleb’s little friends so that way their mama could go with me to a Lularoe party. (Is everyone obsessed with these clothes yet?) He sent this picture as a ‘cry for help’ and we knew that they were doing JUST fine, because hello cuteness. 

I absolutely love that Caleb loves being friends with these boys because I sure love being friends with their mom. And how clear is it that Josiah is the one holding these three together??

That afternoon, we met up with JoJo for the little man’s first movie in the theater. We went to see Sing! because we were thinking he loves songs so surely this would keep his attention. NOPE. Poor kid was bored and restless about halfway into the movie. The only thing that kept him sane (and us!) was giving his JoJo kisses and sitting with her. #JoJoforthewin

And if our weekend wasn’t already full of festivities, we had a youth group event on Sunday night at Casa Bonita. To describe it is as one of the most bizarre places I’ve ever been would be an understatement.  An amusement park line to get in, cliff divers, gun fights, haunted cave, arcade, fortune teller, gift shop, and a million different rooms to just name a few things this place has. So needless to say, a fantastic spot for a youth group. And a two year old. 

The perfect way to end a super fun weekend! And sure beats the heck out of Monday’s which equals the buying of the groceries and all of the loads of laundry. Here’s to Friday coming quickly! 

Friday Favorites: Little Feet EditionΒ 

Doesn’t it feel like life is always super busy? But I’ve gotta say, right now it is full of a lot of favorite things. And today I’m linking up with Andrea to share all of those things because it’s..

First off, Caleb has begun wanting to ‘take pictures’ with my phone. When he first started doing it, I thought he was just pretending until I found a wide variety of different pictures in my camera roll. And I’ve gotta say that this one is beyond my favorite. I’ll love these little feet forever.

And give me a puffy vest any day and I’ll give you all the heart eyes. 

My boys’ favorite has become playing in the snow together. 

The little man LOVES eating snow. 

We also made our (meaning me and Caleb’s) very first snowman ever! 

I have a new favorite of my own and I think this shirt that I should own should about sum it up. 

Last Friday, our little fam went to the stockshow because apparently Colorado has one of those. #whoknew

It gave me all of the Texas feels and Caleb was absolutely loving all of the animals and all of the festivities. 

He even pet the animals which was pretty much a shock to Nick and I both. 

Caleb started AWANA this semester which is a huge favorite of his. This past week was ‘Western Night’ which made me realize that I’ve failed my child as a Texan because we don’t even own a cowboy hat for him. But he was more than happy to call this hat a ‘cowboy hat.’

And to complete my favorites for today, I must end it with the face of absolute GLEE. Because if anything, I at least passed along my love for sweets. 

Now I’m off to spend the weekend with my little family that I love doing more of all of the fun things! Hope everyone is able to do the same πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites: Christmas Edition

Happy first Friday of 2017!!! Does anyone else have trouble remembering to write the new year?! I told someone the other day that sometimes I still write 2014… so here’s to stop going back in time!! 

Since I barely blogged like AT ALL in December because we were so busy with all of the festive things, I decided a recap in the form of fast-paced favorites was the way to go. So get ready to hear all of my favorites, Christmas edition…

We wore adorable Christmas jammies next to our Christmas tree..

..and danced our hearts out at the Christmas Family Worship Night (along with sitting for a bit next to our best girl)..

And Santa even came to visit before we left for Texas! (Because apparently he had space issues in the car..)

We headed to Texas for our first 12 hour road trip as a family of 3!!! And little man was a CHAMP. 

We were BEYOND excited to see our people at the end of the day. There were lots of squeals and hugs when we arrived! 

We got to see some of my very best girls and their families. No big deal when 10 adults and 16 kids get together for dinner. 

We had a whole Christmassy day planned but first, books on the stairs. #priorities

Lots of looking at fun things at the Gaylord happened…

Mexican food also had to happen while in Texas. Which gives me and this cutie all the excitement. 

Downtown Grapevine is known as The Christmas Capitol of Texas so we of course needed that in our lives. 

Every day me and my bestie read Erika, Andrea, and Shay’s blogs and then discuss all of the things. So when we planned our Christmas trip, we knew we HAD to visit the infamous downtown McKinney to visit all of the places. And it did not disappoint! (Thanks for sharing your lives with us, ladies! It definitely made for a fun girls & kids’ day!) 

A Polar Express to the North Pole in our jammies? Count us in! 

A meeting with Santa was on the agenda too. We don’t mind that he was utterly confused and thought the kids were twins instead of cousins. πŸ˜‰

A huge Christmas Eve celebration with so many family members was pretty much the best. 

Who knew just a few hours later THIS would happen?! 

Best Christmas favorite EVER!!!

But don’t worry, the kids still did all of the unwrapping of the gifts. 

More of our favorite people showed up and we were sure to introduce them to Baby Dylan! 

We said our weepy goodbyes to a favorite of ours.

And we did more of the adoring of baby Dylan. πŸ™‚

And then more of the unwrapping of gifts…

We also squeezed in the building of a gingerbread house somehow..

Dancing cousins became a thing. 

And then it was time for good-bye. 😦 Thankfully the little guy still did amazing in the car, even with the broken heart of leaving his Maddie Moo. Hats are the cure for everything in this family. 

And just like that, Christmas is over and we are on to the new year! Happy New Year to anyone that somehow endured this long blog..Cheers to you!! 

The Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving week was for sure one I am thankful for. (See what I did there?) The time off with my boys was so needed and we had such a great time being together for an easy-going week. Especially as we are about to dive head-first into the hustle and bustle of Christmas time! 

Caleb’s favorite Aunt JJ flew in from Texas and was sure to get lots of snuggles in. 

We also had a day of playing around in downtown Denver even though it was snowing. It finally feels like Colorado! 

Thanksgiving day was full of food and family time! 

And the little man definitely showed us all up in the cuteness department. 

After Thanksgiving, it was finally time to get the Christmas tree! Caleb thought the whole process was hilarious and loved that Daddy put the tree on the car. 

That afternoon, we went on a spontaneous free carriage ride around a shopping center. Gotta love Christmas, amiright?!

That evening we saw Santa light up our downtown area with some friends! 

This weekend, we also hosted our first annual fiesta friendsgiving! And we may or may not have all planned to wear our adorable blanket scarves..

I used tree trimmings from our own tree to set the table and I was pretty much obsessed with it. 

And don’t you worry, I’m sure I will blog all of my Christmas decorations sure since I know some of y’all care so much. (So basically my mom.. ha!) 

I also started my Advent study from Sacred Holidays and already loving it. You can still go online and order a digital study today since it’s only day 2.. and they have so many options (men’s, women’s, families, teens)! 

So it was definitely a fun-filled but relaxing week all together. Now on to all of the fun that is the Christmas season! It’s the most wonderful time of the year after all!!!! 

All of the Thankful Things

‘Tis the season to be thankful, right? Thanksgiving can so easily be a road bump we barely notice as we speed on to Christmas. And that’s pretty much exactly what it used to be for me until I met Nick Jones. He LOVES Thanksgiving. He loves the food, the football, and I think he may even love the family time. πŸ˜‰  When we had probably only even been dating a month and Thanksgiving was still months away, he invited me to to go home to Colorado with him (because that’s just how he rolled). I’m sure I made him wait a week or two (because that’s how I rolled) before I said yes. So five years ago, I went to Colorado for the very first time with my super cute boyfriend.

We were obviously super smitten because I even made us a road trip survival kit. 

It was my first time to really hang with the Jones fam. A sister and mom I had to win over! 

We explored the mountains and I joke now that we must have been pointing out our future home in this picture. 

Just a few weeks later, that super cute boyfriend asked me to be his wife and the rest is history. I’m so thankful for this man I get to call mine forever. And thankful that he knew so quickly that he wanted to be mine forever. πŸ™‚

Three Thanksgivings later, we had a new guest. 

Being able to be this little guy’s mom is something I am beyond thankful for. Knowing that God has entrusted us with him is such a huge calling and we pray daily that we would be faithful in raising him to love the Lord and others deeply. And that we also have a TON of fun while doing just that. 

God has been so direct with me lately to really reflect on all of the things that I should be thankful for. It’s easy to spout off the really obvious things that I love about my life, but He is gently reminding me of the not so fun things in my life that I can also be grateful for… 

I am thankful for our move to Colorado. Even in the times when it’s incredibly hard to be away from my family and best friends, God has shown me new ways to rely on Him. 

I am thankful for difficult days. When I love to err on the side of life that says everything is fantastic all of the time, I am grateful for the days that I am brought to my knees in prayer because there just doesn’t seem to be any other option.

I am thankful for our ministry here. It’s not always easy because ministry never is, but God is constantly faithful in reaffirming our calling here.

I am thankful that God sent His Son to this world to die on the cross for me. That my sins would be reconciled and I would be able to forever live in relationship with Jesus Christ, both on this Earth and one day in Heaven. This decision doesn’t make life instantly rosy and perfect, but I am thankful for a God that loves me and walks through the yuck with me. That I don’t have to get it all together before I come to Him, but instead He meets me right in the mess. 

For all of these things, I am so beyond thankful. 

One Fantastic Friday

So obviously I’ve been a little MIA around here. Life has been B-U-S-Y. 

October went like this…

My sis and bro in law came in town for the Texans game. 

I went on a girls trip with some of my best girls. 

And even got to see my mom. 

Halloween happened. And we pretty much CONQUERED it. 

Attended a fabulous women’s retreat. (And had my first red cup of the season. YAY!)

So this past Friday, my fantastic boss insisted that she watch the little man all day while Nick and I spent the day together so that way we could actually SEE each other, you know. I’m pretty much winning when it comes to bosses. 

It started with waking up to this from snowing the day before…

We headed off to a new coffee shop first that is ADORABLE. 

Then we drove to a town I’ve never been to before to walk around the outlet mall. Christmas is coming friends so it’s good to get prepared. πŸ˜‰ After that, we headed to lunch in their cute downtown area. 

It was a COLD day so we went back to our favorite place. To hang out with our beloved friend. 

It was such a great day to just be together and do whatever we felt like. πŸ™‚ 

That evening, we took the little man to see the big man. 

It was beyond freezing. 

But watching Caleb get excited to see Santa light up all the trees was for sure worth it. (And I may have been pretty into it too…)

And we even got to meet Santa’s friends.


The Jones fam were big fans of the whole deal and sure makes me REAL excited for all of the Christmas things. 

Safe to say it was a pretty fantastic Friday indeed. πŸ™‚

What’s Up Wednesday!Β 

Happy hump day, y’all!!! It’s kind of like a Friday for me because I’m headed out of town tomorrow which feels a little weird but I’m certainly not complaining! Today I’m linking up with ShaySheaffer, and Mel for…

..where we answer all of these questions to share what’s been up in our lives! 


Well considering family just left town yesterday, we have youth group tonight, and I leave town tomorrow, there’s not a whole lot of cooking going on around here. :/ The kitchen will reopen next week! 


This always seems to be the case when it comes to reminiscing but my sister sent me this picture yesterday and it pretty much just makes me wanna yell ‘WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!’ 


This guy. I’m pretty sure I don’t know what I would do without him. 


This past weekend my sis and bro-in-law and some of their friends came in town for the Texans game. So we rode the Georgetown train thru the mountains…

We had a fun night out in downtown Denver..

We spent game day downtown with all the crazy Texans fans while they prepped for the game..

And although they lost, I’m pretty sure they are still glad they came. πŸ™‚ 

The huge mound of laundry I’m about to put away. Boo on laundry. 


Currently trying to decide between two costumes for tonight’s youth group fall night! Big problems over here, people. Nick refuses to dress up with me anymore after the Red Riding Hood/Wolf in Grandma Robe Debacle of 2012. His loss. 


A girls trip with these girls!!!!


Pretty sure me and all of America are obsessed with this show. It’s my new Parenthood because I am already crying in every episode. 

And I’m actually not reading anything right now BUT I need suggestions because I will be getting on a plane BY MYSELF, people. Reading can actually happen. PTL. So let’s hear your recommendations!


Ever since we went to the Needtobreathe concert last month, I’ve apparently rediscovered Mat Kearney so I’ve been listening to his Pandora station. Which means I’ve also gone back to Pandora from Spotify. Because I really can’t make up my mind. 


Y’all, I finally got my first piece of Colorado gear. I figured it was time after living here a year. But just so everyone is on the same page.. Texas Forever. 


It is a girls weekend with some of my very favorite girls!! I’m pretty sure lots of chatting and laughing and eating are in our future. 


I can not believe it’s about to be NOVEMBER. How did that even happen?! I’m probably most excited about Thanksgiving! I LOVE that the holidays are coming!!! 


My favorite guy has been preaching once a month lately and I LOVE getting him to share his passion of teaching the Word of God. Here is this past week’s message and although I’m a bit biased, I loved it and encourage everyone to listen. πŸ˜‰ 


Last year for our first Halloween here, we took our little Mickey Mouse to a nearby shopping center for trick or treating..

.. and dinner at Noodles & Co. 

So this past weekend we did the same thing with our little Chase from PawPatrol..

I’m pretty sure that’s a new tradition for us. Because who doesn’t love getting free candy and eating macaroni?! 
And that’s what’s up with us. Happy Wednesday, everybody!!!

Embracing Fall: Weekend Recap

So let’s just start with saying that fall in Colorado is dramatically different than fall in Texas. The colors make it beyond gorgeous and can pretty much make a simple street look like a postcard. Let’s just be real with the fact that I am for sure in love. The weather has been ‘unseasonably warm’ as all the Coloradans keep saying, but it’s still cooler than Texas so I’ll take it. This past weekend we went up to the mountains so it actually was cooler weather for boots and sweaters and all the wonderful fall clothes. (Although you will still spot my husband in shorts and flip flops because that’s my husband for yah.) 

We started off the trip on Friday morning with story time at the library because Nick and Caleb go every Friday morning while I’m at work. It was pretty stinkin cute to see them do their thing because I so often hear those songs at home. (And can we just say what a fantastic dad that will endure a circle full of moms with littles being the only guy just because he knows our little man loves it?)

After that, we headed for the mountains! 

We stopped for lunch in Buena Vista which was adorable. I am so glad that I finally saw it in person because I always hear people talk about it! We ate at a cute restaurant where they had a fun outside patio with areas to play. Great for little man on a long road trip! 

Back on the road with some absolutely incredible views! We took the way a local suggested which started off on paved roads and then for sure included a long dirt road up a mountain. #notforthefaintofheart

We finally made it to Crested Butte! Caleb  needed to relax for a bit in the hotel before we did anything. And by relax, I mean take off his pants and shoes and run around like a crazy person in his diaper. πŸ˜‰

After that shenanigans, we headed for the town!  Which of course was precious. These kind of benches were all around the town and this guy was a big fan. 

They also had signs EVERYWHERE that you just never really see in Texas. Like ever. 

We had dinner at a fun local spot that was absolutely delicious so no documentation happened. Pretty much everyone in there knew each other (both employees & customers) so obviously this is not a big town, people. 

It was then back to the hotel for an early bedtime to get ready for our hike in the morning! Sleeping in the same hotel room with a 2 year old puts you to bed early but we weren’t complaining. The next morning, we got up and out quick. We had been amping up Caleb all week for hiking and that he was going to get to ride in Daddy’s ‘backpack’. Well it definitely worked because he thought it was absolutely HILARIOUS and cracked up for like the first 10 minutes of the hike. 

These two were champs hiking ‘together’. It’s a good thing they are already best friends. 

We reached the top which was an overlook of a gorgeous waterfall. Caleb was convinced Daddy should drink it, but since that would include jumping down the thousand foot drop to reach it, he kindly passed. (And no it wasn’t a thousand feet, but I’m bad at math but good at the dramatics.)

See? I told you. Nobody wants to be that guy in the sign. 

So it was definitely a successful first hike for Caleb!!! He had a blast and was very proud. 

On the way back to our hotel, it was necessary to stop to take in the views. Because this. 

Can we just say how incredible of a creator God is?! This is evidence of His existence at its finest. And our view from our balcony at our hotel wasn’t too shabby either. 

After showering up, we headed back to the cute town for lunch! 

And someone got distracted by wanting to be a future ski bum..

We ate at another local restaurant where the food was also delicious. (Let’s be honest.. it was all local places. Not a chain restaurant in sight.) Breakfast served all day made this fam real happy. 

We walked around and went into all the little shops. Caleb loves being just like Daddy and felt the need to put his hands in his pockets (with mommy’s help). 

We then headed to the playground to get out some energy before our drive back. 

Coffee is necessary for every long drive. 

Then it was time to head back to reality. And it was pretty obvious that a certain little guy had a blast. 

On Sunday, we kept up doing all of the fall things by going to a little ‘punkin’ patch (in Caleb’s language).

We saw horses and goats and puppies. And shocking no one at all, Caleb preferred to only look at them from a distance.  He did however like attempting to pick up pumpkins to see if he could hold them or if they were ‘TOO BIG!’ He also rode all the little tractors and cars they had sitting out.


Obviously it was a super fantastic weekend and we loved every bit of it! It’s always so fun exploring my new state (since it’s not actually new to Nick) with my awesome little family. Can’t wait for more adventures! 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y’all!! So much has happened in the past couple weeks which is a huge reason I’ve been too exhausted to blog about it all. So here we are catching up with another edition of.. 

I’m linking up with Erika and Andrea to share all of my favorite things lately.. And that’s been quite a lot of things! 


Yes, this is how he holds up ‘two’ with his fingers. πŸ˜‰

So we celebrated the day of his birthday starting off with a yummy breakfast of ‘cake’ and ‘ice cream’ (pancakes with whip cream)..

And then we did lots of playing outside with some of our new toys..

That afternoon was Katie and Ian’s wedding so we decided that could be Caleb’s first wedding since it was his birthday and all..

He actually was more excited about being there than taking this picture. And to my own surprise, he actually did fantastic listening during the ceremony! 

Such a beautiful wedding of a fantastic couple! And my stud of a husband officiating is always a fun bonus. πŸ™‚

And the birthday boy found a balloon there as his own personal party favor so we ended the night with lots of snuggles and balloons. 

The next day we had his Broncos themed birthday party!! 

The kids had a blast playing in the back yard while the boys watched the Broncos game inside. Win win for everybody! 

At halftime, it was present and cake time! He absolutely loved all of his new fun presents but didn’t really understand why we couldn’t play with them all instantly. Oh, the struggles of a 2 year old. 

Blowing out his candle on his birthday cupcake was quite the feat. Even for me..

Needless to say, this little two year old had a fabulous birthday!!!! 


Well that made it sound like a romantic weekend away just the 2 of us. Not quite. Every year, our student ministry volunteers go on a retreat in the mountains at a wonderful couple’s mountain cabin. It’s a wonderful time of prayer for us, our students, and just a time of refreshment. And everything is better in this gorgeous setting. 

The boys even still got to watch their football..

The views out of their windows and balconies were pretty much amazing..

On Saturday evening, our hosts put together a “s’more tailgate” with more options than I’ve ever seen. 

Some of us girls took a picture and we decided it pretty much looks like a creepy family picture that may appear in a church directory. Thanks for that, campfire glow. 

Caleb stayed home for the weekend and got to spend time with two of his favorite ladies and I’m pretty sure had an absolute blast! We sure do appreciate our people that love our boy so well. πŸ™‚


Anyone that knows me very well knows that I’m the least craftiest person in the world. But this past week, I went to a party at a friend’s house where we were able to choose a template of a door hanger and then we had to make it happen with a little guidance.

I’m not going to lie.. It was a bit of a stressful 3.5 hours for me since I’m NOT crafty but I managed to end up with a sign that I will actually hang up on my door. Victory! 


The little man got a bike for his birthday so it’s definitely become a part of daily life. I think he would sleep on it if we would let him. And it sure does help that fall in Colorado is pretty much gorgeous so being outside is a must. 


Our little family is going on a getaway this weekend to the mountains. I’m pretty sure it’s much needed for some quality time together since life has been so busy. And I’m pretty okay with that happening here..

So happy weekend, everybody!!! Hope you get lots of good time with your people too!

Friday Favorites: Random Catch-Up Edition


Was everyone starting to think that I had completely fallen off the face off the blogging world?  September has come and gone and now we are facing the weekend of my child turning TWO. Where has the time gone?!

So today is Friday so I’m coming back at you linking up with Andrea and Erika for a dose of…

So first things first, let’s just address the life transition things right off the bat. The one I’ve already mentioned is the fact that Caleb will be two on Saturday. This birthday is harder for me than his first birthday for some reason. I think it’s because at that point, he still wasn’t walking or talking much and still felt very babyish to me. Now the kid is nonstop running and chatting my ear off at all times and looks VERY much like a big kid with how tall he has gotten. Where did the squishy chubby babyness go?!

We have a wedding this weekend so we will be celebrating Saturday morning with the three of us and then having some people over to celebrate him on Sunday for yet again, another Broncos football party. It just kind of landed that way and let’s be honest, the kid loves football anyways so it works. (And thinks all football equals Broncos so apparently Nick’s brainwashing is working.)

Our second life transition that is a huge favorite is the fact that WE HAVE LIVED IN COLORADO FOR A YEAR. What in the world?! This one still blows my mind a bit, because while it does feel like we have been here a while, some days it still feels so new. We do absolutely love our new home state and church and still get so overwhelmed at times about God’s faithfulness to bring us here. I have completed the process of becoming a Coloradan with my driver’s license (that happened 9 months ago) and now my car’s license plate as well so looks like we are staying. πŸ˜‰

I will say that fall in Colorado is a HUGE favorite, because as shocking as it is to people here, you do NOT see colors change in Texas. It’s just not a thing that happens. So we have been all about the fall things as we’ve driven up to the mountains to check out this changing of the colors situation that everyone talks about here. And let’s just say, it did not disappoint. We went a couple of weeks ago so it wasn’t quite peak time yet, but still so pretty. I’m a fan.

And while we are on the topic of Colorado favorites, I finally went to a concert at Red Rocks and let’s just go ahead and make the bold statement that this is the best concert venue ever. I don’t think I would care who I was seeing perform there, because it’s just so stinkin’ beautiful. (But I’m sure it helped that I did actually like the bands as well.)

Fall in Colorado also means that Broncos season is in full force and that is definitely a huge FAVE for these boys. Well, one more than the other but it still counts.

While they have been doing all of the watching of all of the games, I’ve been busy organizing the little man’s toys which I am PUMPED about. Everything in me needed all of his toys to be sorted in clearly labeled toys and put away so that way I could continue to live my clutter-free life. I totally geeked out over my OCD-ness on this and made both boys come look at the finishing product with “COME SEE HOW EXCITING!”

I’m pretty sure they weren’t quite as convinced on how awesome this was and Caleb actually prefers to play with the tubs this way…

Either way, my heart is still happy.

So we have been busy busy and this weekend is no exception. Nick is officiating a wedding and of course we will be celebrating the little man’s birthday all weekend. So here’s to a fun-filled weekend of celebrations (and yummy cake)! Happy Friday everybody!