Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend By the Pictures

We spent the long weekend at Lake LBJ with friends and had an amazing time! I'll try to limit the commentary and just let the pictures do the talking...we'll see if I'm successful!

Somebody didn't want to nap before we left. 10 minutes into the trip...

Of course lots of movies!








Somebody actually fell asleep - first nap in years!

Another friend just about knocked out.





Wrestling with Mr. Ben

A much needed nap after we got home!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our House is {Mostly} a Home!

We're not done decorating {when are you ever truly done?}, but I am so happy with how our home looks these days. The list of what we've done is MUCH longer than what we still want to do {welllll, that might be an exaggeration}.

I added a non-seasonal wreath to my grandparents' window

We got chairs for the kitchen table! {Just need a bench for the kids}
We even ate at it with Brent's parents for dinner on Sunday night - 
Drew asked why she and Trent had to sit at the island, ha.

Wooden stars - Brent said I'm going overboard on my repurposed wood.
Is that possible?

Collage in our master bedroom - I LOVE this!

Legit office furniture! For the first time in our marriage!

Even some printed and hung pictures on the wall! With my favorite GURLEY sign!

I love how it's all turning out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Weekend Recap/Life Lately

I am a terrible blogger! Lately work has been so nuts that if I don't HAVE to be on my computer, I'm not. But that's not to say we haven't been busy and having lots of fun lately!


Dena and I ran a 5K 2 weeks ago for a fundraiser for my church.
She has a pimple, I'm giving the stink eye - either way, we had fun!

Found a stowaway in Trent's bed one morning.

My cousin's son was playing in a baseball game in our town, so we went.
My uncle bought them Ring Pops, and they were in heaven!

Besties. I mean seriously.

Talking to Winnie

Drew was really concerned that Brent didn't have a cake.
So we remedied that on his birthday afternoon.

Of course the kids had to get a small cookie because they couldn't wait to get home!

Drew decided which candles and where they needed to go.

Happy birthday, honey!

Trent got to blow out the candles. {And then we had to relight them for Drew.}

Is there anything sweeter than this?

Caught red-handed making messes!

Finally - it's time for the 'weekend recap' portion of this post. {grin} 

Saturday morning I took the kids to a parade in my hometown.
The parade route is right off my parents' street.
One of my H.S. besties {Kelly} came too! The kids look thrilled, no?

Another friend, Dez, was in the parade with her company!

There were princesses in the parade!

Trent's field day is Tuesday, and another mom and I made a giant Twister board!

My parents kept the kids to take them to the festival {the reason for the parade}.
So after I painted the Twister board, I got Freebirds!

And watched Sex and the City!

The kids had a blast with my parents!
Bounce house! Kettlecorn! Snow cones!

Look at that smile!  
Yes, she's wearing 1 sock - the other got wet but she wanted to keep on the other one.

 This girl comes and sleeps on our floor most nights in the middle of the night.
This is how I found her Monday morning. Half on her pillow, half on the floor.
#acaseofthemondays

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday: My Favorite Vacation

I had a weekend recap/life lately post all ready to go for today, but then I saw it was Show & Tell Tuesday and I like today's topic, so come back tomorrow to find out what's been going on with the MIA Gurleys!


I bet for people who travel a lot this would be a very challenging topic, but as much as I'd love to travel a lot, it just isn't in the cards for us in this phase of life. There always seems to be something more pressing {like school tuition, bills, decorating the house...}.

I've had some really great vacations over the years. I already blogged about our 10 year anniversary trip to The Devil's Thumb {here and here}, so I won't recap it again. I've been to NYC 3 times {most recently in December}, Chicago 3 times, had my first adventure in NOLA this February, been to Las Vegas twice {once for work and once 28 weeks pregnant - so neither of those trips makes the top of the list!}, and had an amazing honeymoon in Turks & Caicos {before my blogging days}. 

Another great trip was our trip with friends to Puerto Vallarta in December 2008. Brent and I went with 3 other couples and stayed at an amazing all-inclusive. Fun fact: Brent and I decided 2 months before we left that we would wait until after this trip to start trying for a baby. Do the math from June 2009 backwards...yup, we were already pregnant when we had that conversation. So the best part was being 12 weeks pregnant at an all-inclusive with friends who love to drink!

The week before our trip, I had to go to a work training at Disney World {my company is so terrible, right?}. Kristen was living in North Carolina at the time, so I took a detour to spend a few days with her {Schuyler was at Army Ranger training, so there was lots of BFF love going on}. So in a 2-week period, I was in North Carolina, Florida, and Mexico - I looked like such a world traveler. {grin}

Mitch would NOT leave me alone - I think he missed me!
{Work conference call at night for an international project}

The only picture we took together - heading to the airport to send me to Florida

After a quick 20 hours back in ATX, we headed to Mexico! I didn't figure you guys wanted to see a ton of pictures from almost 8 years ago, but here's a few!

We released sea turtles!

Brent and me {and a stowaway Trent!}

Hanging with a monkey

Brent tried escargot - yuck!

I missed wine! Don't worry...I was only smelling it.

Friends! {All of these girls are in book club, still love these ladies}

Definitely a trip I'll always remember! What was your favorite trip?