Monday, September 29, 2014

Hill country living

I'm a Houstonian. Born and raised. I can talk about the smelly air and the horrible traffic and awful weather but you don't get to. It's home. All of our family is here. Like ALL of them. Most of our friends are here. We have everything we need. It's the only place we ever considered being. BUT, I don't think my heart has ever really left the Hill Country. There is this relief I feel coming off of the Highway 80 and seeing the gorgeous steeple of Old Main popping over the interstate. I easily could gain 10 lbs a weekend from the amazing burgers, desserts and don't even get me started on the BBQ. The sound of the river flowing is the most peaceful happiness, And I swear to you, God danced when he dug out the hills along Devils Backbone.

There is no more peaceful place than San Marcos for me. And every time we go, I beg Bobby to move back. Maybe one day.... 

We got to be a part of my best friends wedding this weekend and took advantage of our time up there. 

And no trip to SM is complete without a stop at The good old Tap Room. Yep. I took my child to a bar. When she is old enough to eat a burger she will completely understand. 

And we can't forget the whole reason we were down there...

To celebrate these pretty people!! 

And my other long lost best friend...
And we must not forget that I was lucky enough to have the most handsome date. 

We cut a rug and had a blast. 
And in case you were wondering....this is how Chuck felt about the car ride up there and back home. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


You know it's time to take a break from Social media when stupid stuff makes you mad... 

But more than that when you have 15 minutes an evening to talk to your husband and things like "did you see so-and-so's post about xyz?!" dominate the convo. Not cool Beynaerts, not cool. So I'm doing a purge. Or cleanse. 

No lie it's difficult. But I'm less than a week in and conserving more battery life than ever and enjoying my family without details about Facebook posts or Instagram pictures! 

That doesn't mean I'm not snapping away constantly. I mean, when one of your roommates looks like's hard to not be attached to the camera. 

And proving to her dad she 100% has his toes...
And forcing our household to believe its fall when it's 92 degrees outside. 

And volunteering....

Oh and dealing with lovely homeowner things like water on a ceiling. 
A husband in the attic

And weather like this to make the above problem super. 
So yes, very clearly it's a busy life. I didn't stop taking pictures, or wanting to share them with someone, just stopped letting it consume my day. 👍 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dear BC Mon,

(A letter to the BC (before Charley) Mon from the AC Mon.)

I wish I had the words to describe to you how drastically different your life is going to get. I know you realize that "duh, obviously" a baby changes everything, but I don't think you will ever have a grasp how much. 

Remember when you used to think you were tired? (Hahahahahahahahahaha) GIRRRRL, you just don't know. Remember when you used to feel like 4 pm took FOREVER to get here so you could bust out those work doors and head home? Suddenly you're wondering HTF it's already 4:30 and you still have 10362528 other things to do. Remember what a conversation that didn't involve diapers, boobs or bottles felt like? I can't even remember what the heck we talked about. Remember when you used to feel enormously guilty for not hanging out with the dogs for the evening? Can you imagine now how thrilled they were for all that attention?! Remember when you complained you didn't have time for a pedicure? (See the hahaha on the tired and keep laughing....) Remember when you pinned this? 

Yep, it's so true. 

So, BC Mon, I hope you know what you're doing, but even if you don't you'll figure it out. And the days will be long but feel so short, and you will learn you didn't ever need concealer before, but GIRL it's time to invest in the good stuff now. And when you thought you couldn't possibly love your Bob anymore, oh you just wait till you see him and Charley laughing together. And most importantly, when you hear a sweet giggle, or stop a fussy cry, or watch those eyes close for the night you will realize in that very instant that every single exhausting, frustrating, defeated moment is made up for tenfold and this is THE BEST thing you could have ever done. 

And PS she's the most rewarding DIY you will ever tackle. 

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