I shared these on Instagram but felt the oh so adorable, hot mess school photos deserved a place on the blog.


My birthday was this past weekend, and I used my birthday power to force Parnell and Mercer into a pumpkin patch trip.  I spared us a production, and went to the small church pumpkin patch literally down the street.  We were there for approximately 11 minutes, 7 photos, and 1 pumpkin purchase, I'll take it. 


“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." 
-Luke 18:16

Last week, our lives were forever changed with the passing of sweet Mary Caroline.  On Sunday, we celebrated not only her life, but her 1st birthday. We will continue to live our lives joyfully in her honor as we hold steadfast to the promise of seeing her again. 

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

A huge thank you to Lori Wilson Photography for capturing so beautifully the abounding love surrounding Mary Caroline's family. 


Last weekend was my annual company picnic at the State Fair of Texas.  Parnell attended his Goddaughter's birthday party, while I took Mercer to the fair.  We were joined by my mom and Natalie, who is a friend first but very conveniently also a co-worker. 

Once we arrived, we made a game plan.  Food first, activities for Mercer second (sue me).  

Fletcher's Corn Dog 

(had to)

Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (my forever favorite)

Fried Reese's 

Fried Cannoli 

Mercer was a huge fan of the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner and the Fletcher's Corn Dog.  She chooses savory over sweet all day every day. 

Next up, we went to the petting zoo...which was located across from Chicken Fried Bacon...which felt wrong and rude. 

From the petting zoo, we popped over to the Taylor Swift exhibit, yes, yes we did. Being the amazing friend that she is, upon entering the exhibit, Natalie asked, "do you want me to push Mercer so you can focus?"  

We need more Natalie's in the world. 

Our last stop was at the Children's Aquarium...after Natalie reminded me that I wanted to take my child there. I think I was so overwhelmed from Taylor Swift that I completely forgot, sorry Mercer. 

What an amazing time we had!  Once home, Mercer took a 3 1/2 hour afternoon nap. 



Last week, Mercer's school hosted a curriculum night (which we skipped, sorry).   Mercer's classroom was the "host" room for her age group.  The following morning, she walked in her room and was among a sea of pictures showing the children participating in certain activities and play stations.  My child walked straight to her own photo and stared at it...

After a few moments with herself (long enough that I was able to grab my phone out of my purse and take a picture), she ripped her picture down and proceeded to carry it around the room.

Confidence is not exactly an issue. 

I will leave you with a few before school pictures from the good ole camera role: 


Dallas now has a brand spanking new Shake Shack.  I forced Parnell to go the last time we were in New York where we only semi enjoyed it. I think the small building + huge crowd really took away from the entire experience.  

For this Shake Shack experience, I enlisted my brother, Chase on the most gloriously beautiful Dallas day, to head to the new location with me. My experiences were night and day.  The Dallas location rests on an awesome piece of land with tons of seating and space. We also got there before the line was really much of a line at all which helped. 

Please look at the most aggressive first bite there ever was:

I also ordered us a concrete with Emporium Pie pumpkin pie mixed in vanilla custard.  

Chase thought it was too much food...and I thought Chase knew me. 

I'll be seeing you again SS...