You know its bad when you login into your blog and it asks you to enter your password…and you forgot the password!!
Hello friends! I miss blogging. I will be better.
Summer is proving to be eventful.
My son’s broken arm, dance back in full swing, ordering books for a new school and wrapping my brain around what that means.
I just finished a project I hope to share this week…and I made my own paint for it. Happy, happy, happy (for those Duck Dynasty lovers like myself!)
Had my first photo shoot with a precious 3 month old baby. I can’t begin to tell you the joy I felt for that sweet baby and his parents. His journey into this world is nothing short of a miracle.
And I am working on a new blogsite for myself…if I could only settle on a name. I’ll just tell you, my husband thinks he’s a real comedian (that’s why I married him!) but his idea and my idea don’t jive. HA!
We are leaving for the sunny beach in less than 2 weeks…broken arm and all…and we could not be more excited. I have a few travel games in the works to share next week too.
And spending a few moments in quiet each day, praying thanksgiving for the friends in my life, my husband and my children. I love them dearly.
To update you on Angie…Revolucion is open for business!! And to quote Angie, she is ‘busy as hell!” As you can imagine, running a business is hard work. Hopefully Angie will have some pictures to share soon!
And so I leave you with this: salt water in any shape or form is good. Whether it be tears down your cheeks, sweat on your forehead, or saltwater between your toes…
Happy Wednesday friends!!
Hello there? Remember us?
We are still here. Still alive.
Just refocusing our attention on other things.
And it’s been good. We are busier than ever. Angie with the coffee shop, which is nearing completion. And Carrie venturing in a new direction in the near future.
This is Carrie speaking…so I can stop writing in the third person.
Since April, I have really taken a step back from blogging for various reasons. Traveling, spending time with my husband and children, ending the school year, upcoming recitals, and personally…taking a leap of faith with something that has been on my heart for many years.
Angie and I are always on the same page. Both of us felt as if we were blogging just to fill the white space and it really meant nothing…to us or to you. We started Two Friends Two Cities as a way to share our DIY projects between eachother and then it grew into something more. And we loved it.
And almost two years later, it has changed into something completely different.
Change is good, and necessary.
Not that we don’t love a good Goodwill find revamp. (I have a dresser in my garage dying for some paint!) We just don’t have as much time for those projects anymore. We recognized it and didn’t want to give up that part of our blog, so we kept trying.
But it was really half-ass. And who wants to read a half-ass blog.
I don’t. And neither do you.
After talking and both agreeing we needed a change, we sold our tickets to a DIY blog conference. That was a hard but necessary decision for us. We are still sad about meeting some friends we’ve grown to love along the way but are happy 2 DIY bloggers can go in our place to Haven 2012.
Angie’s coffee shop has proven to be a bigger project than she could have imagined. My family and I took a road trip to San Antonio a few weeks ago and the progress they’ve made is freaking amazing. The Revolucion sign in person is gorgeous, the shop layout is fantastic, and they have worked so hard to bring their dream to life. All of those late nights will pay off in a few weeks when they can say they are officially open for business.
Angie’s is wearing so many hats…general contractor, painter, electrician, architect, designer, wife, blogger…the list could go on and on.
She is exhausted both mentally and physically. But I told her the light is showing the end the tunnel. And it will be amazing once the shop is complete.
As for me, my family went to Disney several weeks ago. It was a great trip, exhausting, but wonderful And if I’m being honest, we are not Disney people. Gasp…I know.
Disney was everything we imagined it would be:
magical, exciting, hot, crowded, happy, beautiful, puke, french fries, pineapple floats, Rapunzel, sweat, fever, swimming, 15 second rides, 3 minute rides, tired feet, praises for double strollers, laughter, memories, thank God our hotel is on the Monorail and I brought my own pillow and didn’t start my period til the last day, giggles, fireworks, and moments I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Will we go back? Mostly likely. Will we do things differently? Absolutely.
Then we went away for Mother’s Day weekend. That is all I wanted…no gifts, no flowers. Nada.
And it was perfect. My husband and I both agreed that weekend was better than Disney. Gasp again…I know. We are weird.
Now I am winding down the school year, wondering where the past nine months went. Totally flashing before my very eyes. And I started thinking really deeply about living intentionally, for myself, my children, my husband, my church. Living intentionally. Being honest with what I want and forgetting about the eyes around me who stand in judgment. Because at the end of the day, if I don’t do something that I love out of fear of what others might say, they win. I lose. End of story.
With all of that said, there are some things I am sure we will keep on the blog. The food will stay for me because I have an intentional plan to do something with that in the future. Intentional blogging, remember?
We’d love to open our blog to you, even if you have your own blog or not, and share a typical day in your shoes. Take pictures with your phone, your camera, anything…one photo an hour with a little blurb. Everyone wants to see what others do in a day. I know I do. Isn’t that why we read blogs?
But again, intentional blogging. Being real. Not staged, perfect photos. Because we all know the internet is full of blogs pretending to be perfect.
Perfectly imperfect glimpses of real, honest life.
My time, along with Angie’s time, may be limited as we move forward with our new ventures but I know we want to keep Two Friends Two Cities because it brought our friendship together.
So bare with us as we make some changes. Leave us some comments if there is anything you’d like for us to keep on the blog and if you’d like to share your day with us. We’d love to have you!
Thanks for listening to this long letter.
A little peek in my life this week:
I haven’t had a sip of coffee in over a month. Then Starbucks at Target had mini White Chocolate Mocha samples. I couldn’t resist!
Breakfast for dinner? Yes please!! And try this trick of baking some bacon in the oven. Brilliant!
These are the devil. Just sayin’….
No commentary needed. The picture speaks for itself. (And I may or may not own a pair of earrings with his face from High School Musical)
And the excitement is building for our trip to see Mickey!!
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you when we return!
Nothing that I love more than spending warm mornings outside with him and her while big sister is at school.
Still in our jammies.
I feel like I am enjoying these moments so much more than I did when big sister was his age. Time is flying. And I wish it would stop.
And in my attempt to be in more pictures with my babies this year, here is the result:
It may not be perfect. But it is perfect.
Some of my favorite moments this week.
Glad the Easter Bunny is gone…picking up enough wrappers to send me postal:
Cannot believe they are actually growing. Cilantro, sweet basil, lemon basil, and rosemary:
New measuring cups from my sweet friend:
Slight problem with school supplies…specifically colored pens:
and this love. Cannot get enough of him…a gift like no other:
Are you on Instagram? I’ve added my Instagram feed to our sidebar so follow along if you like! I’d love to see what your snapping pictures of too!
Have an awesome weekend!
I sent a text to my friend asking “how can we teach our children to be content in this world????”
It’s hard. We live in a world with 9 year olds getting their own iphone’s, Kindle’s, and MacBook Pro. We live in a world of constant instant gratification, not waiting for anything, and moving on to the next big thing.
I’m tired of it honestly.
And all my friends probably think I should be sent to the crazy house for wanting a simple life, free from all these crazy expectations and material things.
A Good Deed A Day. Being Thankful. Being Content.
This book as not been released yet from Amazon but you can pre order it now.
Do you feel like you a fighting a losing battle with all the worldly influences around you and your children?
I’ve been running and trying to work out more. I really want to get in shape and feel good. Whenever I eat well and work out routinely I have so much energy and feel positive and happy. Knowing this, I don’t know how I somehow get out of my healthy routines… but I do.
I’m trying to stick with a healthy work out and eating program and these two pictures really put some motivational force behind my attempts.
The first is this recent picture of Madonna. Are you kidding me?!?
Look at her! Just LOOK at her. She is 54 years old!
That’s 14 years older than me and she looks a whole hell of a lot better than me right now. There’s probably lots of make up and photography airbrushing tricks going on here but still even if that weren’t the case, it’s obvious Madonna is taking care of herself and never falls off a healthy program. Her body is in stellar shape and she looks healthy, sexy and strong.
The second is the motivational phase I saw a friend post on Facebook. It’s so true! Keeping this in mind when I feel too lazy to go work out.
Angie and I are both on the same page these days. I’ve really haven’t talked much about my running plan to many people, only out of fear of failing. Angie was kind of shocked the other day to find out I was up to 5 miles 3 times a week. :)
My neighbor knew I had been a runner prior to my son being born in 2008. I love it when people say ‘you used to be a runner Carrie!’ Makes me laugh and cringe at the same time. She texted me about running with her in the mornings before our husbands left for work.
I was totally game. One: because I won’t run in the mornings by myself. Two: accountability
So, in the email, my other neighbor suggested the Couch to 5k plan. Perfect! There’s an app for our phones, sounds great! Then I found the Ease to 10k plan. 10k, 6 miles, 12 weeks. Definitely a goal. So I suggested the 10k plan, 3 times a week. And we started the next day.
We are on week 9 and it has been the best program for me mentally and physically.
However, I am really not seeing a change in my body the way I did in the past. And that’s frustrating.
My other dear friend and I like to crack jokes about eating a bowl of ranch dip with chips and bowls of cereal…for no reason. But in all honesty, somedays that is true. When those kiddos get home from school, we are making snacks for them and it is so easy to start stuffing our faces with crap.
She is a runner and we both agree, our current plan is not working.
Now we’ve started logging our food intake with myfitnesspal.com It’s an app and a desktop application. You can even scan the barcode on the food you are eating and it gives you the exact calories per serving. It is definitely making me more aware of what I am eating throughout the day.
But I’m not gonna lie…it sucks tracking food. It sucks seeing my calorie limit for the day and reaching it by 11am. It sucks not seeing results after running for 9 weeks.
I told myself over the weekend…
It took 3 years to put this weight on. It will take longer than 9 weeks to get it off.
And a little bit of humor for those who have seen The Hunger Games.
And because we all think we look a certain way while working out. In reality, I probably look like this:
I’ll be laughing about this all week!!
And, Angie and I are meeting in Round Top this morning! So excited to see her and shop! And I probably will have a margarita and taco. We’ll be doing alot of walking…
This upcoming weekend will be joyous for Carrie and I…it’s not only the weekend but it’s also prelude to the fun time we will be having on Monday!
Monday we are heading to Round Top (Otherwise known as Heaven on Earth for Antique & Craft Lovers)!!!
Round Top is a huge antique festival in Texas – probably the biggest. It occurs twice a year. Carrie’s been many times but last year was my first experience in Round Top and I’ve been anxiously waiting to return. Due to our schedules Carrie and I won’t be able to spend a lot of time in Round Top. We are only able to drive to Round Top, shop for a while and then each drive back home the same day… but it will be just enough and we will savor every minute there.
Monday morning after Carrie takes her children to school, she’ll be heading to Round Top. And I’m sure she’ll be grabbing her favorite Busee’s coffee before heading on the long road trip! I will leave earlier than Carrie because I live further away in San Antonio. By 9:30am we should be deep in the heart of antique shopping in Round Top. Neither of us really need anything which makes shopping there this time really fun. I hate it when I have things I really need to find and can’t find them. So it’s just going to be browsing and relaxing and taking in all the inspiration!
Carrie and I also heard some exciting news. Trader Joe’s is coming to BOTH of us – two locations will open in Houston where Carrie lives and one will be opening up in San Antonio where I live. OMGEEEE!!! I love Trader Joes! They have lots of ethnic and organic brands I can’t find here in Texas. I fell in love with Trader Joes when we lived in Los Angeles and can’t wait to indulge in their goodies again! Hopefully it opens up soon… and close to my house!
Round Top and Trader’s Joes!!?? Happy times!!
We hope you have a good weekend and we’ll be back blogging like crazy next week with updates on all our of Round Top discoveries.
The end of Spring Break week…and I think I need a break from the Break!
This week, my precious Bella took shelter on top of a table I’m refinishing:
Clowns at Texas Children’s Hospital for my son’s surgery…not quite sure if they helped or not. I was a little frightened myself!
Homemade Chocolate Chip cookie ice cream sammies…flashbacks to my mom making them when I was little:
Loving pattern play with stripes on stripes:
And I’ve devoured 2 bags of these this week…they are a roadtrip staple for picking up and dropping my niece off for our annual Spring Break week together.
I’m up to 4 miles running at 5:30am. Think I need to run tomorrow to get off those Funyuns!
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!