Starting the year off right

We've been very, very busy since I've last written. I'll start with my trip to Chicago. We shopped, we ate, we drank, and we had FUN! I went dress shopping and had a little breakdown when I was having to try on dresses that were six sizes (seriously) bigger than I what I was used to, but I'm happy that I had the experience and now I know for sure that the dress I've already picked out is THE dress! Thank you, Caroline, for taking the time to put it all together! :)
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We were incredibly blessed at Christmas this year. This is the first year since I was a kid that I can remember literally getting every single thing that I wanted! Charlie's parents surprised me and bought me the elliptical that we were planning to buy in January! It came just in time because the gym is about to get seriously busy with people making resolutions.
Luckily, Charlie likes to put things together!

Charlie surprised me and bought me the dresser I've been wanting for our bedroom! I'll be posting before and after pictures soon! 
Again, super lucky that he likes to put things together!

We also go an iPad!! I'm already super obsessed with it, and want to get this case for it. Charlie doesn't approve, yet ;-)

And to top it all off, we are finally getting a new washing machine! For the past couple of years we've been using a hand me down that I'm pretty sure is from the 1980's. It worked great, and then I made the mistake of trying to wash Charlie's comforter in it last year and now it only washes on the gentle cycle without leaking water all of the place. I can't wait!
She'll be a new addition to our family this weekend!

For the past couple of weeks I've been doing some serious downsizing and organizing. I'm going through every closest, cabinet, and container we own and getting rid of everything that we don't need or use (I'll be posting pictures of all the organizing soon, too). We should be finishing everything up today, so we can start the new year off right!

Happy new year!



I started my job this week and I already love it. The absolute best part is that I finally have co-workers!! It's so wonderful to have people to talk to, eat lunch with, and get advice. I also love the fact that I finally know the kids I'm working with, and I get to see them everyday so I can see their progress. I work with my groups all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and then I'll sub as needed (hopefully at the same school) Thursday and Friday. 

I'm also going to Chicago with Charlie this Thursday. I'm SO excited!!



I did it. I went to the mall today.

Charlie's company has a Christmas party in a couple of weeks and I picked up this dress from Urban Outfitters. You can't really tell, but those are sequins :)
I also got these from J Crew
My friend Rachel, who now lives in Chicago, was in town. She was looking at these boots from Sperry and now I'm obsessed. I'm trying to decide between the black and the hunter green, and whether or not I can justify getting rain/snow boots when it is currently December 3rd and 70 degrees in Texas :-/