Oklahoma Recap: A Thanksgiving to Remember

Ahh Thanksgiving, it was such a memorable one spent with Lindsay and Ben in Oklahoma City. While we sat down to our feast, Lindsay and I couldn’t help but discuss the fact that we are now adults cooking Thanksgiving dinner by ourselves without the rest of the family and in a whole other part of the country. It feels like just yesterday we were little girls playing dress up and running around my grandma’s big old mansion playing hide and seek in all of her many rooms Thanksgiving day, while delicious smells of stuffing, pie, and roast turkey filled the air. 

Now we’re here with our own little families, married, jobs, and living in different states. It’s a little bittersweet, but I am so blessed and thankful for where the Lord has taken us and all He has showed me through this life I’ve been given.

  The men took charge of the bird and injected it with a cajun butter sauce that was delicious! 

 Brandy planted herself right in the middle of the kitchen so that she wouldn’t miss a single spilled morsel. ;)

  The bird was cooked to perfection, good job guys!  
We had some sparkling apple cider to accompany our spread.
  The little hostess putting the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinner.  

On the menu, we had the Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes, corn, fresh gravy, rolls, stuffing, and the cajun butter turkey. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection!


Cheers to Thanksgiving 2015, one we will never forget!  

 Surrounded by those I love most in this world, my heart is so full <3

For dessert Lindsay and I made an apple crisp cheesecake. It was heavenly!


On Black Friday, we woke up to brave the crowds and hit up the nearby outlets for some Christmas shopping. Let’s just say it was a very successful trip. ;) 

After shopping we hung around the appartment and waited for Ben to get home from work so that we could go out to dinner at our favorite Cheesecake Factory!  
We ordered the Wonton and fried macaroni and cheese ball appetizers. (sadly, my Gluten free self could eat none)

  For dinner I ordered my usual Miso Salmon dish. Excuse the quality on these photos, the lighting was very dim.  
Before heading home we had to head over to Braum’s a local icecream place that is only located around Oklahoma and is a favorite of ours. I got a little sundae!

Linds got one too!


The next morning we were greeted with ice covering everything! A bad ice storm hit the night before and it was quite the sight.

Lindsay and I braved the ice and walked to the gym to get in a circuit workout together. We alternated between running intervals on the treadmill and doing different strenght training moves before hitting up the other equipment for a good burn.


Shortly after our workout we headed back to the apartment where I packed us up and we said our goodbyes, loaded up Brandy, and hit the road.

We are now back home in San Antonio. I am about to jump in the shower and head off to church!   
Have a lovely Sunday!

Lauren <3

“Oh Give Thanks Unto The Lord, For He Is Good”

Happy Thanksgiving day! I am so thankful for my MANY blessings today! We are currently in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While we await for the delicious foods to cook/bake I wanted to pop in with a quick blog post! 

Brandy and I went to watch N play flag football with some of his friends the other day. He is such a great athlete and so fun to watch score touchdowns and school the other guys. ;)  
    Sunday we headed out for some fresh air and disc golf with some friends of ours.
 Our attempt at a group selfie.

   As the sun was sinking down and peeking through the trees, I had to capture some beautiful pictures of our disc golf adventures.
 God’s handiwork <3

 Tuesday morning I got coffee with my fried Hannah and we discussed life, love, and everything in between.  
 Yesterday morning before squeezing into the car for our venture to OKC, we took a family run to burn off some energy (for Brandy) and stretch our legs before the 8 hour drive.

   Once in the car Brandy was a champ and settled right down. We had our coffees ready to go, some books on tape, and wondeful conversations on our journey. 

 We arrived at Lindsay and Ben’s place around 6:30 PM and were all more than ready to go get some dinner. Our appetites led us to Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, known for the best steak in Oklahoma. The food was delicious and the company was even better!

 After dinner, we walked around Stockyard City to explore the town a bit. Oklahoma is known for it’s wind, but WOW it has not stopped blowing since we arrived.   
 I coerced Lindsay into running with me this morning. The weather was blowing and sprinkling but it felt good to move! We covered a little over 2 rainy miles then headed back to do some “yoga” and pilates.

love running with my sister!

Well, we’re having a blast here in Oklahoma with Lindsay and Ben. We have been exploring, playing games, and the cooking/baking is about to go into full force as we get dinner ready! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lauren <3

Oklahoma Bound:

 I am coming at you this morning officially on Thanksgiving break! In Texas, schools get the whole week of TG off to celebrate and I am not complaining one bit. This morning I was up at 6:30 and planning to go to a church outreach event with Nathan, but then I looked around our house and realized how badly I needed to stay here and catch up house work. The dishes were a MILE high, I kid you not. 

In the days since my last blog post, we have been running around nonstop it seems. Nathan went on a hunting trip recently and I had some good quality girl time with these cuties! We went to a football game, shopping, and stayed up late watching movies.  The Big Texas sky <3
 I also got myself a much needed massage at a local massage parlour called Aramesh Day Spa. The masseuse was very friendly and after a few minutes into my hour massage she told me that my neck was so tense that she had never had anyone whose neck was that tight. I told her that I have TMJ and grind my teeth at night and she said she could really tell. She spent about 45 mintes just working on my neck and I felt so much better afterwards. She also gave me some good stretchs to do at home to combat my tense muscles.  Fingers crossed they will help! (Picture in the waiting room)

 So, Nathan and I have this wonderful life hack that we use all the time. My husband is a huge meat eater, so I do my best to have some type of protein/meat at each memal for him. We have discovered a clean and quick way to make bacon and will never go back to cooking it in a frying pan. Simply layer a baking sheet with foil and line it with bacon . Preheat the oven to 400 and bake for 13-15 minutes.So easy ,no grease spatter, and the bacon doesn’t loose any of its wonderful flavor!
Last Saturday we had 3 youth events in one day. First, we headed out to the Hondo Corn Maize with about 30 kiddos where we toured the corn maize, watched a pig race, and I of course bought some fresh squeezed lemonade and delicious kettle corn from their food stand. 

 One of us didn’t get the memo that it’s now Autumn…

   My sweet friend Patience and I. She is a senior at RCBA where I teach and she is our classroom “Adopt A Senior” student, so she comes in and visits my kiddos during the week. We just love her!
  The corn was starting to die off a bit but we still had a blast trying to beat the boys out of the corn maze first!  
  This week  I talked nathan into running with me after work, and he agreed to ride my bike next to me so that we could talk and catch up while I got my miles in. He also had Brandy  with him, so it was a whole family affair and I couldn’t help snapping a picture of us all. We’re sure a sight, I’m sure the neighbors got  a good laugh. ;)  
 My First graders all disguised turkeys to hide out in the classroom this week. How cute are they?! We’ve got a few princess turkeys, a peacock, astronaut, santa, cheerleader, balerina, cell phone, Spurs player, and Seahawks turkey. I love my job! <3

Date night this week consisted of take out from my favorite greek place, Papoulis and a side of the best Baskin Robbins icecream flavors.  Yumm!

    Yesterday at school we had a service day and the whole school got involved and painted a fence for the church where our school is based. Here is a picture of the whole group after we got all cleaned up.
Here is one of the staff only. I love these people! <3

    In other news, Nathan and I are packing our bags and heading off to Oklahoma City for Thanksgiving with my sister and brother -in-law. They just moved there for a temporary time for his job, and its just a 7 hour drive from us so we’re leaveing in a few days! I cannot wait to see them and their new pace!
I am off  for a blustery run with the dog! I’ll pop back in with a TG recap next week! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, there is SO much to be thankful for! 

Lauren <3


The Murder Mystery Birthday Party and Hocus Pokus 5k:

 This recap has been long overdue! Let’s rewind to the Friday before Halloween which was homecoming for the school that I teach at. In the elementary grades we have our annual Story Book Parade where students and teachers dress up like a character from a story book and march in a parade around the school.
  We also had a HUGE storm and everything was flooded this weekend as well. Here are some pictures of a road right by the school.
    Needless to say the football game that night was a muddy one, so in an effort to save my boots I went the whole plastic bag route. I know I’m so fashionable ;)
 That evening after the football game, my friend Liz (the birthday girl) came over and we busted out tons of goodies for her birthday. We made carmel apples, toffee apples, hundreds of chocolate covered strawberries, whitches brooms, googly eyed cookies, white chocolate pretzle bones, and chocolate covered pretzles. It took us until 3:30 am that morning, but we had tones of fun listening to music and talking while working.

I had a 5k to run the next morning and everyone was convinced I would sleep in due to the late night, but I proved them wrong and bounced out of bed ready to go Saturday morning. The Hocus Pocus 5k was a race that I planned to run with my friend magen but she had a family emergency come up so I ran solo. We had outfits planned to be Workout Barbies and I was not going to dress up as that by myself so I opted for an”80’s” look.  It was kind of a half hearted attempt, I was pretty tired and just focused on getting in a good run.  
  Nathan snapped these pictures because he’s seriously the best husband ever and supports me in all my endeavors without complaining a bit. Thanks  Nathan <3  
I felt good throughout the run and decided to really move it towards the end when I realized I was out in front of the pack. I finished in 24 minutes and 56 seconds, not my best time but considering how little sleep I got I was happy with it.


 I looked at the roster before leaving and realized that I finished first in my age group and was going to get a medal, so we decided to hang around a bit until the awards began.
I got some fruit while we waited becuse my stomach was starting to growl. 

We had a good time looking at all the costumes and dogs that people had dressed up to run with them, as it was a pet friendly race sponsored by the humane society where we adopted Brandy from. We did not bring Brandy with us for the run because we were nervous about how she would do around so many other dogs. She still acts very much like a puppy and loves to harass other dogs and can be difficult to deal with at times, but maybe next year she will have settled down a bit and be able to participate.

Upon arriving home we still have a lot of work to do to get ready for Liz’s party that evening.    We made all the sweets the night before but we still had to make the pumpkin quesadillas, the mini mummy pizzas, and the hotdog mummies for the main courses. We decided to go with finger foods for her party since it was later at night and it would be easier for all the guests.
  Everything is baked and ready to go and then we started moving all of the food over to the pavilion where we would be hosting the party. The boys who were in charge of the murder Mystery had already been hard at work prepping the “murder scenes” .   I begin setting up the pavilion with white ights,candles, candies,name tags, fake spiderwebs and all the food. Due to all the rain that we had the pavilion floor had puddles on it so we tried our best to squeegee it off but there were still puddles when the guest started to arrive so we made the best of it!
  Dry ice can make any drink look spooky.   The cheesy pumpkin quesadillas.
  The mini mummy pizzas.   The witches broomsticks.
  Delicious caramel apples with toppings .  
  White chocolate skeleton bones a.k.a. pretzels and marshmallows dipped in chocolate.   Pinterest inspired googly eyed cookies.
  I was thrilled to see that all the guests had dressed up according to their character assignment per the birthday girl. Liz assigned each person who RSVPed a different character to come dressed as for her murder mystery party. We had around 30 guests and each one decked themselves out wonderfully. 

If you couldn’t tell I was assigned Snooki for the party. Here I am taking a picture with the lumberjack and a zombie.

 And here is the vampire birthday girl with the ghost Jessica!


I had to snap a picture with the old man from UP.
  And the mime was dressed to kill đŸ˜‰  Flavor Flave the rapper also made an appearance at the party.
And my date for the night was the infamous Dwight Schrute from the show the Office.  (with Jessica the ghost creeping in the background )  we also had some lovely cupcakes made by Jessica the ghost, they were delicious!
 Overall the party was a huge success and the Murder Mystery led us all around campus in the dark. The murderer was Aladdin and everyone was surprised. Once we finished with the mystery part we headed back to the pavilion for some dancing and dessert. We dance the night away and then cleaned up and head home to crash. It was a lovely weekend and I’m so glad that I got to help my friend Liz celebrate her 20th birthday.

Lauren <3

Lobster Rolls, Bon Fires, and Homecoming Week

 Happy Thursday! This week has  been a great one so far, full of festive fall activities, good workouts, and delicious eats! 

Date night took us to the Shuck Shack downtown which had rave reviews and was flagged as an “up and coming popular seafood spot”! I of course ordered the oysters which are their signature dish. These were the best oysters I have ever tasted, I could have eaten so many but wanted to save room for the Lobster Roll which was pricey but came highly recommended.

My handsome date for the night ordered a handcrafted bacon burger and was very please with his choice.   I have to be honest here, I thought I’d be okay having that gluten filled bun after eating no gluten for a few weeks but that night and the next few days I had a migrane that would not go away, so I’m sticking to this gluten free thing for a while.
Saturday evening we had some good friends over for dinner and a game night. Me and my vegan friend Liz recreated the avocado pasta topped with sauteed mushrooms that we made the weekend before and the men ordered pizzas. 

    Liz brought over ingredients for vegan and GF chocolate chip cookies which were very, very delicious!
Game night was such a blast and we ended up playing a card game called Scum of the Earth, and the looser had to do a dare. It got pretty hillarious and gross, I’ll leave it at that…;)

Sunday night we met up with our tennis group and this lovely sunset called for a picture. 

 I love our tennis group, they’re so much fun!   

 I heard this quote once and find it so very true for me, it says “That’s The thing about running; your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” This so often rings true for me, I am so blessed.

 I have been on an energy ball kick lately and whipped some up using peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, and oats. 

Last night was small group night at youth group, which was where each group leader and their kiddos plan an event or something fun to do as a group to fellowship and get to know each other a little better. So my small group girls (9-10 graders) decided they wanted to order Bush’s Chicken, sweet tea, and have a bon fire with s’mores on the hill at church.

  It was a success!  This week at school was spirit week because homecoming is tomorrow, so each day of the week students have been able to dress up in different themes. Today was throwback day, so we took some pictures!
I am so in love with my ten little students this year! We have so much fun in First grade!

Well, this is going to be a BIG weekend! Tomorrow there are tons of Homecoming festivities, a football game, and a halo-fifth quarter at night. Saturday morning I am running the Hocus Pocus 5k then working, decorating, cooking all day to get ready for Liz’s birthday party that night. The party is a Halloween murder mystery and I am hosting , eek! I’ll be sure to pop in with a recap soon!

Have a great day!

Lauren <3

Sushi, Tennis, & Girls Night

Happy Saturday! On today’s agenda we have football, running, some DIY crafts, and possibly a game night with friends! 

Nathan’s been out of town since Thursday so I’ve had some friends of mine over to keep me company each night! Last night some girls came over and we made a delicious vegan/gluten free dinner (my friend Liz is vegan). I cooked up GF pasta with avocado sauce and sauteed mushrooms. We then had chocolate banana icecream for desert, so yummy! I got no pictures because we were all so hungry that it was gone in no time.

This picture is from last weekend when our friends Chris and Liz invited us to go see the up and coming comedian Michael Jr. while he was touring through San Antonio. We gladly joined them, and he was hillarious! The event was held in support of the Pregnancy Care Center downtown.

Nathan and I have both been in the mood for sushi lately which has resulted in quite a few date nights to some of our favorite sushi joints around town! Tuesday night we went to Kona Grill for dinner, which is one of my favorite restaurants ever! I ordered the Bama roll (GF soy sauce) and Nathan got the same thing but tempora fried with cheeseburger sliders and a bubbling pot of smoked gouda cheese!

While still on this sushi kick we went to Wasabi, another favorite of ours and wound up with this assortment of rolls. 

Pictured below was our appetizer of baked green mussels, they were wonderful!
When I actually cooked this week, I made a delicious batch of GF baked chicken parmesan.  I lightly followed this recipie subbing in the GF pasta.

Scenes from our weekly Sunday evening tennis. I love that we have made this a weekly thing with our friends because it’s such a great way to get in exercise and have a blast with friends.

Breakfasts lately have been looking like oatmeal with a big dollop of PB, coffee, and a side of the Word.
Yesterday I spent a whole day at a teacher seminar which meant sitting for hours on end it felt like. Upon arriving home, I needed to move! I harnessed up Brandy and laced up my shoes and hit the road. At first my legs felt like lead from sitting so long but I pushed past it and felt great after a mile of so.

 It was a bit too hot for my furry friend so I dropped her back at the house after a bit then continued on.


In the elementary realm, we have been having tons of fun! Our big field trip got canceled last week so we improvised and did our own “pumpkin patch” at school. The kids had a blast, I absolutley love my First graders and am so thankful that I get to be their teacher!

I’m going to go lace up my running shoes in a few minutes.

 Have a blessed day!
Lauren <3

& I Think to Myself, What a Wonderful World…

Hello and happy Sunday! I am finishing up my Pb oatmeal before running and church this morning. I wanted to pop in and share some pictures from lately!

I have been slacking in the meal planning department lately which has landed us at more than a few of our favorite dining spots for dinners and such, I am so not complaining! The infamous Fish City Grill never disappoints.  


  We hosted an Italian themed dinner party the other night for our small group that meets on Thursday nights. I prepared a delicious alfredo sauce with chicken and fettucini and a salad aas well. Everyone else brought a side to go with our theme.   

Here is the best Alfredo recipe I’ve tasted yet. All our guests had rave reviews and asked for the recipe. The secret ingredient is cream cheese, I never said it was healthy .;) 
 We also had See you at the Pole the other morning before school started. See you at the Pole is a nation wide event where students meet at their flag poles before the school day and pray for their teachers, classmates, our nation, and eachother. It is so touching to see these students step up and become leaders. 
Morning breakfasts have consisted of lots of coffee and smoothies (it’s still in the 80’s here) and a side of Jesus Calling and Bible reading, my favorite way to start each day. 
 Nathan and I went to Shogun Japanese steakhouse again for sushi and it is slowly becoming our very favorite sushi spot in the city. The fish is very fresh, the wait staff is helpful and efficient, and the atmosphere is very elegant. 
 I have been trying out a gluten free diet for the past few weeks in order to get some medical issues under control. I made a batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies for Nathan and I to share one evening, and they were pretty tasty. I think I liked them much better than Nathan did, seeing how he ate only 2 cookies as opposed to his usual 5. 
I have been doing well logging my miles and appreciate the somewhat cooler weather we’ve been having. 


We had some friends over for game night the other night and we played Scattergories (thanks faith) and Bonanza (aka the bean game) it’s  a new to us game that my family introduced to me when they were here visiting and we loved it so much we ordered one for ourselves.  
 Date night at Wings and Rings, the best wings place in San Antonio in my opinion. (they even have gluten free options) 
 I housed all my wings and salad without spilling anything on my all white shirt. ;) 
 At the Vitamin Shoppe the other day, we were looking for a new vitamin to try and were directed to this Green Source liquid vitamin. It’s a bit pricey but tastes good and is ridiculously good for you so we were sold. 

   Scenes from yesterday morning’s run. I convinced Nathan to go with me and Brandy even though it was Saturday  and he usually seeps while I go, but we had a big church event at 9am-7pm to attend all day and wanted to spend some time together before hand. 

I couldn’t get the verse in Psalms out of my head that says “From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.” My mom had us say that every morning on the way to school growing up to remind us to always praise and thank God throughout the day, each day.      Once at the Big Block Party (church carnival) I met up with some of my friends and we rode some spinny rides, the train, and Nathan and I were among some judges for a rib cook off, yummm!   

Around 5:00 we had an outdoor service to end our Big Block Party event. It was a breezy evening which helped but I still managed to get bad sunburn on my face and chest, yikes.   

 After service, a bunch of us were starving so we all decided on Zio’s for pasta and the online menu said they offered gluten free pasta dishes as well so I was sold. Once we got there I was informed that they discontinued their GF options, so I ordered a garden salad and some stuffed mushrooms instead. I was just happy to be eating dinner at that point. :) We didn’t get home until around 10 PM where Nathan turned on the TV to catch up on his DVR football games and I fell asleep within minutes on the couch next to him. It was a great, busy, fun filled Saturday. 

Today on the agenda we have an afternoon of football, I’m hiking with some friends and our dogs, then meeting up with our evening tennis group! Have a wonderful day!

Lauren <3

Birthday Weekend: Horseshoe Bay, TX

For my 25th birthday Nathan asked me what I wanted and I told him an experience instead of a gift. I’m more of a “let’s make a memory” kinda girl than “ooh I’ve gotta have that thing”. It’s hard for me to remember gifts that I’ve gotten from past birthdays but so fun to reminisce on trips taken together. With that being said, Nathan arranged a nice little weekend getaway to Horseshoebay, TX for my birthday!  Upon arriving and checking in, we immediatley went to explore the beautiful resort groupds. They are know for their clay tennis courts and even have grass courts as well.
 Our room was very clean and furnished beautifully!

 This was the view from our sliding glass door balcony.

    They even had parrots out around the grounds. The pools were georgous and I couldn’t wait to take a dip. 
    After talking and deciding what to do before dinner we decided to rent a couple of bikes and ride down to the yacht club and check out the water. This bike ride was a big highlight for me. I love biking, and as a child on family vacations we would ALWAYS rent bikes and tool around exploring that way.
    We made it to the yacht club and this is the view that greeted us. It sure didn’t feel like we were in Texas looking out there upon Lake LBJ.
 Just relaxing in the sun :)

    We got back on our bikes and headed back to our room to get ready for a nice dinner at Lantana.
The menu at Lantana was small but had very unique options that piqued our interests. I had to order the LBJ spice dusted Drumette Lollipops and Nathan got the mesquite grilled chicken quesadillas. 

 The food was awesome but the main course stole the show. We decided to split the Buttermilk chicken fried Ribeye which was served with a fried egg on top, white pepper gravy and whipped potatoes. If was very filling and delicious!

 After dinner we decided to go to the mini golf course and play. It was so uniquly set up to mimic the actual golf course they have at the resort. We love playing mini golf together, it’s like the thing we always do on any type of vacation, it’s tradition!

 You can really see how beautiful the resort is in these pictures, and so well taken care of.

   Yes, he may have beat me and still given me a few “birthday do-overs”. ;)
While near Marble Falls we decided it was absolutley necessary to go to the Bule Bonnet Cafe for breakfast!


We stopped for coffee before hand and sat by the water to drink it before brunch.
    Once we made it to Blue Bonnet Cafe, the line was out the door and around the corner. People were lined up waiting just to get a table. This picture doesn’t do it justice. We waited because we knew how worth the wait that delicious food would be, and also because we wanted to really fule up for the hiking we had planned for the day ahead.
    Their homemade doughnuts are unreal and the best doughnut I have ever tasted, they just melt in your mouth.
    We both ordered omelettes and everything was so delicious and prepared us for a day of hiking.
    We paid our tab and headed out to Pedernales Falls to hike. This is a park we have been wanting to visit since moving here and Nathan made it happen for us.
 There were lots of people swimming in the stream at Pedernales falls so we decided to walk along the stream a bit and then something happened….the sun started to really beat down on us and became unrelenting. The water started to look so cool and refreshing that we decided to kick off our shoes and wade in the water.

Which led to swimming in the water for a few hours. It was so serene and relaxing. It was the best way to bring in a new year and new chapter of life. 

 We then decided to walk to the actual falls part of Pedernales falls. The sun was so hot that we were pretty much dried off completley by the time we got there.
God’s handiwork never ceases to amaze me. We serve such a creative and artistic God!   
    People aren’t allowed to get in the water by the falls of they can get fined. The water was very dried up but I can imagine how dangerous and scary those falls can get when it rains.
Overall, it was one of my favorite trips Nathan and I have been on. I love exploring and living life with this man, there’s never a dull moment and he makes me feel so loved and blessed to be his wife every day. 

Here’s to 25 <3

Swinging Into September

Happy Sunday! Nathan and I are taking advantage of this long weekend and celebrating my birthday early with a getaway to Horseshoe Bay Resort today after church! This morning began something like this… 

Last weekend we hosted 30 people for a leaders meeting/lunch after church and a Saturday night draft party for the pastors and church staff, so I was a busy bee cleaning and cooking non stop. 

For the big lunch, I kept it simple with different types of sliders, pigs in a blanket, taco soup, fruit salad, pasta salad, and regular salad. There were NO leftovers haha. (of course I ran alot before all of the cleaning/hostessing began, it keeps me sane) 

Monday night date night, Nathan whisked me away to a new to us sushi and Japanese steakhouse called Shogun. The sushi was very fresh, flavorful, and creatively plated. We tried four different rolls and had rave reviews all around.

  Friday after work Nathan and I got our typical weekly grocery haul then headed over to Papoulis for some greek food for dinner before the highschool football game that evening. 
I got lemoni grilled chicken with a salad and hummus while he opted for a lamb burger with feta spread and fries. We love Papoulis!

Friday we had a pep rally at school and my First graders were beyond excited to cheer for the football players! 

 Yesterday Nathan and I had NO plans at all, which got us thinking that we couldn’t remember the last Saturday where we had no plans, it was great! We lounged around, he grilled some delicious steaks for dinner, then we met up with a group of our friends for an evening of tennis.

Well, I’m off to get ready for church then a wonderful day with this guy… 

 He’s so handsome! ;)

Have a great week!

Lauren <3

7 Weeks of House Guests

Last week Nathan’s bestie from college visited us which marked our 7th week of house guests this summer! Not working in the summer really freed me up to be a little hostess all summer long, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now being back to teaching long hours, and all the after work commitments my hostessing days are over until next summer. ;)

I had to give a presentation to all the parents in my class last Friday evening and was a bit nervous. Nathan snapped my picture on the way out the door to Meet The Teacher Night.

School has been going well and I have a class full of little angles! The first week of school was a smashing success and I am in love with my class this year.

*Ready for my first Monday back teaching First grade <3

 Needing a little time away, Nathan and I packed up the car and cooler and headed out to Canyon Lake with our small group friends last Saturday. I woke up before Nathan and leashed up my best bud and running buddy who ran early with me before many of the other inhabitants of the neighborhood were awake, it was serene and beautiful morning.

After running I cooked up a healthy breakfast of green smoothies, scrambled eggs, whole wheat bagles, and coffee. We ate and did our devotions together before packing up the cooler and hitting the lake with friends!

We rented a boat for the day and cruised around Canyon Lake. Texas lakes are so much different than the Great Lakes that I grew up with, but it will have to do for now. ;)

We had a great day grilling out, swimming, and of course eating s’mores at the end of the evening while the sun was sinking down below the tree tops.

Today, after work Nathan and I came home to a simmering crock pot full of Chicken Taco Soup that Nathan so graciously threw in the crock pot this morning when I ran out of time. It turned out deliciously and will totally be a new addition to our meal rotation! ( Here is the recipe)

Well, after publishing this post I am off to Youth Group with our wonderful teenagers. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for the youth and leaders tonight.

I will leave you with this wonderful quote.

Have a wonderful week!

Lauren <3