Indoor Movie Night with Sprout

February 17, 2017


We have been itching for ways to keep us all from getting cabin fever since we got hit with bad colds! We always do “family movie night” with the kids on Fridays, but last week we stepped up our game a little bit. We did a premiere party with an indoor movie night. Thanks to Sprout for teaming up with us and sending over some fun gear to celebrate the season premiere of Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave. This is a show that Max begs for now. It immediately captivated my little ones with the endearing characters as well as the adventure and learning aspects.


DIY Velvet Bow Shirt Two Ways

February 15, 2017

I had this J.Crew sweater sitting in my cart for months, and realized it was almost exactly the same as one I already had with the addition of the velvet bow. I also jumped out of my chair when I saw this shirt, so I thought it was time to purchase a little velveteen! Here are two ways you can turn something old into something new!


Making time in marriage.

February 15, 2017

I’ve been reading through all of your feedback from the survey we posted (thank you!), and was surprised to see so many requests for more posts on marriage. I haven’t done many recently because I feel so inadequate to write on marriage when I feel like I am still learning so much even 8 years in.

Life has felt very heavy lately as you already know from this recent post and a recent loss. However, my marriage continues to uphold me on the most difficult days. We make mistakes often and still have to apologize frequently, but thankfully at the end of the day we are each other’s resting place.

Here is one tip from each of us for the sake of acknowledging Valentine’s Day (wink) about how we try to keep each other a priority no matter how rough and tough life can become.

Anna: As life gets busier, it will get more difficult to make time for each other. Be stubbornly persistent about holding onto it! I realize connecting with Gabe for even just ten minutes a day can undo a day’s worth of mishaps. We started to make this resolution of time together into small habits.  All it takes is a good ten minute cup of coffee before the kids get up or a re-cap of the days events before bed (and going to bed at the same time!) If we are lucky, a two hour date over sushi on the weekends. My personal favorite? Dancing it out.

Gabe: I am often times mentally and emotionally fried after returning home from work, and as such need a re-set before walking through the front door. After greeting each of the little faces, I make a bee-line for my wife for a good squeeze. Only then do I feel that I can breathe and let go of the work stress. That simple 5 minute habit is something I need to both experience and give before carrying on with the evening.

Side note: We wrote these both separately and by reading them I bet you can guess what our love languages are! ha!


We wish you all at least a good dose of valentine’s day sweets today!


P.S. I was up a billion times last night on shift for sick kids, and I woke up thankful to have survived the night. When  I walked into the bathroom I found a sink full of roses with a handwritten note. (I’m thinking, “Shoot. All I have going for me is ingredients to make him a cake.”) I went over to the toilet still half awake to also find the above.

Humor in a marriage goes a long way.

Pink over pink.

February 13, 2017

pink over pink, in honor of design

Similar Pants – Zara // Ruffle sweater – Topshop (sold out but available in yellow and black) // Similar heels // Purse – 2 Penny Blue // Glasses

I can’t make any promises I will stop it with the pink anytime soon. (I blame my daughter Veronica.) It also doesn’t help that every good clothing piece I find happens to be in the season’s trendiest color. I’m anxious for yellow to be the all star again. Anyways….

Sunday Reads

February 12, 2017



Sunday mornings are usually the only time I get the chance to sit and skim my favorite news sites, books, articles, blogs, and devotionals (but like, one or two if I’m lucky).  I’d occasionally like to share my current list with you if you would be up for dropping me some of your own recs as well?! Deal? Here’s this week’s Sunday reads…


Valentine’s Day Coffee + Floral Deliveries

February 10, 2017


I admittedly put way more effort into gal-entine’s side of Valentines’ day than anything else. Maybe because gal pals actually appreciate flowers and fluff a little more than guys? Hmm maybe yes. Since my sisters were in town from Ireland and Arizona, it was fun to throw together little coffee and scones with a little flair! I haven’t seen them in months, and it was worth celebrating the unexpected reunion.


A love story.

February 6, 2017


My grandmother passed away a few days ago, and although we knew it would be coming soon, I feel like a part of me has gone with her. I already shared their story on social media, but I want to write it here to have a place to go back to it often when I want to share their lives with my children. It is a story that deserves it’s own book, but for now a short summary….

December, 1941. If only the street photographer knew what this picture of my grandparents and their first born would mean to their 13 children and grandchildren. An image that sums up their devotion to each other and to their family.

My grandfather came from a Spanish family, and worked through the Great Depression as a young boy serving soup to long lines of hungry people. After meeting Lucia when he was 25, they were married in a small chapel in San Antonio, TX. He built their first home with his own two hands. To take a new job he bravely moved his spanish speaking family to an all english speaking town in Kentucky. He not only had an incredible gift of making guitars, but he could sing to them and play them beautifully. He could carve imagery into leather and was a gifted ceramicist. He was skilled at making something remarkable out of nothing. He was as fit as a fiddle, and could even ride a bicycle at 90 yrs of age.


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