Happy New Year!!

18 Jan

Seriously?!?  2017?!?  I still feel like it should be 2014… honestly where does the time go?  I never believed anyone older than me that said “oh just wait, it goes by faster and faster every year!”  I thought it was a bunch of crap!  But I honestly think I blinked and 2 whole years have flown by!  Have I been in a coma?? Nope.  Just busy living life and thank God I have pictures to prove it otherwise I think I really would believe I have been in a coma for 2 years!  Soooo…to catch you up to speed on everything that happened since my last post that was in *cough* September *cough* through the end of 2016 – here you go!

HEB Dinner

You're Bacon Me Hungry

Did you know HEB does these little dinners where you buy tickets and have a multiple course dinner right there in the middle of the store?  Sounds crazy and awkward, right?  Well it is!  But you know what else it is?  DELICIOUS!! Our friend Angela convinced several of us to participate in a HEB dinner that’s theme was “You’re BACON me hungry!”  Every course had bacon in it (which was really all she needed to convince me to go) plus they were paired with a different Saint Arnold’s beer.  Everything was SO tasty!  I would definitely recommend it.  You just have to ignore the people actually shopping for groceries around you hahaha

Hurt Hummingbird at the Lake


I was up at the lake house on the phone with my friend Jessica in the living room when I heard a loud “THUMP!” against the window.  I went outside to see what it was and there was this tiny little hummingbird in the crack of the deck, not moving.  Of course being the animal lover I am, I freaked out!  I thought he was dead!  I got on the ground and noticed he was still breathing but he just wasn’t moving.  I was worried maybe he broke his little neck when he flew into the window.  I picked him up and just soothed and pet him trying to get him to wake up because the poor little guy knocked himself out!  Eventually he came to and perched up on my finger looking around.  I sat there holding him for about 30 minutes.  It was so awesome seeing such a beautiful creature up close and actually being able to hold him.  I love hummingbirds and have always found them fascinating but to see him still and up close was just incredible.  He eventually flew off (but not before I captured a few pictures and videos) and I hopefully went to his little hummingbird family and lived happily ever after.

More Lake House Fun


We always have a great time with family and friends up at my in-law’s lake house where we can relax and enjoy each other’s company!  So blessed!

Making Wreaths


My mom saw a Halloween wreath and wanted me to make one for her friend’s cancer benefit.  So I did.  And I liked it so much, I decided to make one for my house as well because I didn’t have a Halloween wreath yet!  I also made a Christmas wreath for the benefit too….still need to get around to making me a new Christmas one but that’s a project for a different day.

More Fishing


Since we bought a boat, we (or at least Joseph) try to take it out as often as possible.  We gotta get our money out of the thing….which means we still have a lot more fishing to do…That monster fish in the bottom right picture is a drum and he was massive!

Girls Wine Weekend


We took our 2nd Girls Trip/Wine Weekend to Fredericksburg, TX again this year!  A few of us went hiking up Enchanted Rock then we all went on tours to a few different wineries.  And as always, it was so much fun! Great wine and great times were had by all!

Dewberry Farms with my Favorite Girls


I just absolutely love my nieces.  Even when they are being total stinkers, they are some of my favorite people in the world.  We’ve had such a fun trip to Dewberry Farms.  I mean, look at these faces?  How can you not love them to pieces?

Big Ol’ Blueberries


Look at these blueberries!! Random, I know but they are the biggest ones I have ever seen so I had to share…

Dehydrating Things


We bought a dehydrator and decided to try out different things.  So far we have done deer jerky, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, apples, and mangos.  Bananas are by far my favorite.  No, we didn’t dehydrate a cat but doesn’t this banana slice look just like Grumpy Cat?? hahaha cracks me up every time…

Uncle Bill’s 50th Birthday


My uncle turned 50 and we celebrated with him at Papa’s Ice House.

Inflatable 5k


Neva and I did our first Inflatable 5k!  It was really cold but fun!  I expected more inflatable obstacles but I suppose they have to fit in 5k worth of distance in there somewhere…shocker that my least favorite part of a 5k is the running…

Hailey’s 3rd Birthday


This little munchkin turned 3 this year!! Isn’t she precious?!?

Broken Finger


Sooo…I broke my middle finger.  I was playing tug-o-war with Duddley annnnd HE WON! Yay for Duddley.  Somehow my finger slipped weird on the rope and I heard a loud “POP!”  Turns out, it was my bones breaking through the joint closest to my fingernail.  So great, right?  Luckily it was my left hand but you’d be surprised how much you use your middle finger on your non-dominant hand…happy to report that I didn’t need surgery which was originally a concern and the big ugly brace is finally off of my finger!

Tiny Lizard


I was sitting in the living room when I saw Hemi playing with something by the front door.  Seemed like she might have a critter (she does that sometimes, typically lizards) so I jumped up to save whatever she was trying to mangle.  Turns out it was the tiniest lizard I have ever seen!  He was so cute!  I took a couple of pics of him then set him on his merry way in the flower bed.

Duddley’s Birthday


We celebrated Duddley’s 9th birthday!  I can’t believe that little stinker is already 9 years old!  He got a puppy latte from Starbucks and a really big bone!  (If you’ve never taken your dog to Starbucks, you should.  They give you a free little cup of whip cream called a puppy latte or puppacchino!)



We had a wonderful Christmas this year!  Great time spent with friends and family!  (Also, Duddley and Hemi both had Christmas outfits…and I’m pretty sure they both hated me for it…)

New Year’s Eve


This year, Joseph and I just stayed home and celebrated New Year’s Eve by ourselves.  Joseph made a prime rib for the first time for our New Years Eve dinner and it was AMAZING!!!  I made a horseradish sauce and au jus sauce along with jalapeno cheese grits and salad (salad recipe courtesy of HEB dinner that we attended earlier in this post).  If only prime rib wasn’t so dang expensive because I would happily eat that once a week.  It was a great year to finish off 2016!

Happy New Year, everybody!!


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