Trip to Wye Mountain

23 June 2024

Year number two at the Wye Mountain Daffodil festival. The weather was 100x better this year but y'all.. you couldn't pick them! Which is what we loved so much about this place!! We made the best of it, took some pretty pics then went back to town and chowed down on Mexican food! 

TOTAL Solar Eclipse 2024

22 June 2024

I feel like we have heard about this eclipse for like 4 years and now after witnessing total darkness, I have to say.. it was pretty awesome. And I will remember this image above for like, ever. Brian and the girls did this for a solid hour before it really started to happen. And Kate would yell, "it's happening!!" over and over and over again. The excitement was so hilarious. And the fact that school let out for this is still pretty wild. 

Halls Moved to Little Rock!

21 June 2024

Speaking of people moving to Little Rock... the Halls moved a couple months ago too! We are all now within like .03 miles of each other. How fun is that?!

Weekend Fun with the Middlekauffs

20 June 2024

What a fun weekend!! Ya'll.. we're had so many family members move to town, it's been amazing. Molly and Christian moved a few weeks before they closed on their house and ended up staying with us one weekend. It was so fun to spend time together with all the Middlekauffs! 

Easter 2024

19 June 2024

This year Easter fell on March 31st. And if you follow this blog or know us, you probably know that's also the one-year anniversary of the Little Rock tornado. I had been dreading this day for months, not really quite sure how I would feel so what I should feel. Or if I should just try so hard to ignore the day all together. I went with the latter-- until our church showed a one-year slide show recapping the work they had done. Thanks, GUYS!!!! Kidding.. kind of. As the day came to a close, I turned my thoughts to gratitude and remembering the significance of the day, the actual day, not the one we had the year prior. And I found a lot of hope in the promise of brighter days and never ending support. 

My birthday

18 June 2024

I had a birthday! And it was so lovely and fun. Thankful for these friends who hosted such a fun night out! I'm so thankful for their love and friendship. 

Cocktail: Aperol Spritz

17 June 2024

I'm sure you've all seen and heard about the delish cocktail that is an aperol spritz. I'm probably like two years behind on this but the picture was just too pretty not to share. And with the blood orange, beautiful! If you don't know, it's 2 parts aperol, 3 parts prosecco and 1 part club soda. Garnish with an orange and enjoy! XOXO

 

Spring Soccer 2024

14 June 2024

And that's a wrap on the spring soccer season! I think I'm more of a fall girl. The weather was too crazy!! Tons of rain cancellations, playing in the rain, rescheduling games, and we also got to experience a double rainbow! The season was actually still really wonderful. Kate grew a lot in the game and both girls had so much fun! Daddy returned as an assistant coach and so many of the girls games were on different days so we got to spend more time attending each others games. See you in the fall! 

Holidays in the Heights

13 June 2024

I somehow missed this one too! This is one of our fun little holiday events in our neighborhood that the girls just love! They will wait in line alll day to see Anna and Elsa and then meet Santa Claus! It's the sweetest! 

Fall Weekend in NWA

23 May 2024

I guess I blew right past this draft while posting earlier this year. Love this fun fall weekend and don't want to miss it having a spot in my life scrapbook here. 

Girls NEW Room!!

16 May 2024

Welcome to the girls new room! And seriously I need to revisit my photography. I'm remembering how terrible I really am at this! I had a lot of run building this new room for them. We had just redone their room before the tornado, I hadn't even had time to photograph and blog. They had just moved in together and got a bunk bed! We ended up buying a different one this time and I just really love both of them! 

Fall Family Pictures 2024

05 April 2024

Last year we had our family pictures at our house. And I love them so much! For so many reasons. When we lost our home last year, I wanted a painting done of it to keep forever. I didn't have a single picture of the way it was. I immediately wanted to have photos taken in our new space that has become so special to us. I was so happy that our favorite photographer agreed! I also thought it would be so perfect for a cute, "new home for the holidays," or "decking new halls" card. Turns out..  I didn't do either! But I will love and cherish these photos forever! 

King Cake

04 April 2024

Made my first King Cake-- for no other reason than I wanted to try it. It was good. I definitely had some feedback for myself for next year. It still tasted yum and was really simple. And next time I'll plan better and have a baby. I had to steal a little Encanto man from the girls :) 

Super Bowl 2024

03 April 2024

We watched the superbowl with friends this year and the host made these fun koozies! I love that it turned more into a Taylor Swift and Usher watch party than a football game! 

Valentines Day 2024

02 April 2024

Somehow this day has become so fun with kids. They love it! The candy, the parties, the pink! I love how excited they get to have little treats from their friends. And to make special cards for their classes. 

School Valentines for the Girls

01 April 2024

I really love craft projects for the girls. And I really love the ones for Valentines Day! This year I kept it kind of simple but saw this cute idea and loved the little tape. So I made a little card on Canva, ordered bubbles on Amazon and also grabbed this cute little tape assortment! Easy and cute :) 

 

Brownie cookies

31 March 2024

I just really can't say how wonderful these cookies are and HOW EASY and how delish and how I want to bake them again just looking at them. They are so wonderful. I bet you could do a dusting of powdered sugar and they would be really great as well! 

100 Days of School

30 March 2024

Who knew this was a thing but Kate was super excited about looking like an old lady! And we got the whole outfit, wig, etc, etc and then she didn't really want to look like a full out old lady. So here's where we landed. 

Central Cheer Clinic

29 March 2024

The Central High cheer clinic is a HUGE hit for Kate! She did it last year and loved it so much! Emmy joined this year and was super indifferent about the entire thing. She went through with it but kind of just stood there. The most exciting thing to her was the juice they gave her after... at almost 7pm. :) 

Italian Sunday: Meatballs and Polenta

28 March 2024

OK.. this was amazing. Better than amazing. I love meatballs, Brian does not. He said he would try so I gave it my best go. And I think he's on the way to conversion to meatball liker. 

Snow Daze

27 March 2024

Ya'll... I have a love/hate relationship with snow around here. It doesn't melt and we can't drive but school closes even if it's clear and work is always there. It's a super stressful time and then I'm like stir crazy. But anyway, all the negative stuff out-- the kids loved it!! And had a blast. 

New Years 2024

26 March 2024


Another fun NYE with the Lar family! We love this tradition of spending the close of one year and start of another with Scott, Holly, Ethan and Harrison! This year was so fun. They came to visit us in our new home. Lots of memories made. 

Christmas at Home 🩷

25 March 2024

I absolutely loved our Christmas at home this year. It was so good and so perfect. The girls had a blast and it was so fun to watch them wake up in their own home on such a special morning. Making new memories! 

Christmas in NWA

24 March 2024

Another fun Christmas celebration in the books! We went to Wynne the weekend before Christmas for a couple days of family and fun. The girls love extra cousin time and we had a blast packing in lots of fun celebrations! 

Corduroy at AMFA

23 March 2024

New holiday tradition alert! Must see a show at the Museum of Fine Arts here in LR. Corduroy was so much fun with our favorite little friends. And Annie brought all the kiddos a stuffed Corduroy. Plus we had front row seats! 

Christmas in El Dorado

22 March 2024


We almost didn't make it to El Dorado for Christmas this year. Emmy woke up sick the day were were suppose to leave.. or maybe the day before. I don't remember anymore. We decided we weren't going to make it and were so sad. So last minute we woke up Sunday morning and decided to hit the road for a day trip. I'm so glad we did! We packed so much in one day and the girls loved every single minute. Allll the Christmas things are really the best. 

Melting Snowman Cookies

21 March 2024

Dying over these fun little cookies that I made with the girls. The yummiest little sugar cookie topped with icing (not melted enough!), pretzel sticks, marshmallows, and mini chips. We bagged these up and took one to each on of the girls little classmates. They were a hit! And we super easy :) 

 

Neighbor Christmas Gift

20 March 2024

Really loved our little neighbor gift this year. I had these adorable little tea towels made locally then paired it with homemade cinnamon rolls. Who doesn't love hot cinnamon rolls delivered at dinner time? Next year I'm going to work on the timing :) 



 

Cookies with Santa at the Gattins

19 March 2024

So fun going back through all these sweet Christmas memories! Second annual holiday cookie party at the Gattin house included a special visit from Santa this year! It was so much fun! And while Emmy refused to wear Christmas PJs, at least we got the right color down. 

Holly Dolly Bunco

18 March 2024

Speaking of decorating for Christmas early, I hosted November bunco but made it and early Christmas themed Holly Dolly bunco :) And it was so fun! Totally worth getting the house all ready early! 

Christmas Party at the Mansion

17 March 2024

Continuing with all things holiday things catch up! Got a couple snaps from the Governor's Christmas party. Love that Lindsay and I both went the route of recycled dresses from years past. Always fun to have a night out and see the beautiful decorations! 

Capitol Lighting 2023

16 March 2024

We went to the Capitol lighting and didn't get a single picture of the actual lights or fireworks! Another one of our fav things to do! This year we hit the Oyster Bar prior to the show. It was fun, per usual! 

Christmas tree shopping

15 March 2024

One of my favorite days of the year! I'm kicking myself because we take this picture every year and I did it from the wrong side this year! But they are still super cute and excited. First year we got smart and took straps! And that rack (or whatever it's called) was a deal maker when shopping for a new car for this ONE reason! 

Brian's 38th Birthday!

07 March 2024

We went to Benihana's for Brian's 38th birthday. The girls loved it so much and ask about going back all the time. Nothing like dinner AND a show! 

The Perfect Sidecar

06 March 2024

One of our favorites! Except when we swing into the Haywood Hotel in El Dorado. Don't order this. Just stick to the menu :) 

1.5 ounces pierre ferrand ambre cognac (or other)
1 ounce pierre ferrand dry curacao
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup 
garnish: 1 orange twist

Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled coup. Express the orange twist over the drink, then gently rub it around the rim of the glass and place it into the drink! Enjoy! 

Kate's 6th Birthday!!

16 January 2024

Our little girl turned SIX!! And had the best time at her Dolly Parton themed gymnastics party! It was the perfect place for a fun celebration. 

Halloween 2023

15 January 2024

I feel like we celebrated Halloween like seven-hundred times this year. And there were so many events before the actual day! Which was fun and the girls loved it! Brian and I actually dressed up this year and went to a party too. Who are we?!

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip 2023

14 January 2024

Kate's second year to go to the pumpkin patch on a field trip! Emmy was suppose to go this year but LRSD will no longer carry 4-year-olds on school buses. SO SAD! Loved being able to go with my big girl again and spend time with her and her new friends from school! 

Molten Lava Cake

13 January 2024


We wanted something for dessert one night but didn't have a lot of ingredients on hand. Somehow we landed on this molten lava cake for two recipe. It was delightful. And easy and so chocolatey! And just so so so delish. Enjoy! 

Fall Soccer 23

12 January 2024

Both the girls played soccer this past fall and it was a hit! We signed them both up thinking they would be playing at the same places on the same days. Totally wrong. Showed up for the first practice and couldn't find Emily's team. Turns out we were at the wrong place. So I ran down to Riverdale to take Emmy and left Brian and Kate at Murray Park. When we picked them up, Brian was the assistant coach. 

Labor Day Weekend 2023

11 January 2024

Happy Labor Day weekend from this set of cute little cousins! David, Amanda, Kai and Camden came to visit us for the holiday weekend. We ate great food, watched football, went to the pool, played and had a great time hanging out! It was nice to host family in our new home and watch these sweet little cousins have some quality time together! 

dutch baby pancake

10 January 2024

Hello world! Let me introduce you to this amazing thing in the form of breakfast-- dutch baby pancake! It's so easy and so fun and really quite delish. You should add this to your weekend plans, now! 

First Day of School 2023

09 January 2024


Back to school was so fun this year! So many sweet memories made and so fun to do all this with the Cherry kids! Major props to Michelle for getting the sweetest pictures of the kids before school! 

Last Weekend of Summer

08 January 2024

Last weekend of summer was so jam packed and SO FUN! I don't even want to pretend like I want to put these pictures in order, so random order is what you've got! Just want to remember these sweet moments in the years to come! 

End of ECEP

07 January 2024

It's crazy to think it was our last day at ECEP! Kate started when she was 11 months old and Emmy as as 12 week old baby. So since 2018... wild!! Kate went back for summer care so she got to see her old friends and teachers. Emily was not looking forward to leaving Rocket Room! It's been her favorite thing ever!!! 

VBS 2023

06 January 2024

VBS or BBS as Emmy called it was so much fun!!! The girls loved this week at our church and still sing the songs on the reg. Good luck finding our girls in the picture. Emmy is on the left sitting next to Charlie (seen below) and I think Kate is just right of center. 

4th of July 2023

05 January 2024


Raise your hand if you love the 4th of July?! All hands raised over here!! This is our... I've lost track... year to spend with the Lar family in Rogers. The kids love this holiday probably as much as the adults at this point! 

Emmy's 4th Birthday!

04 January 2024

Emily turned FOUR!! We had an early celebration for her the weekend before her actual birthday. It was so much fun! I still think of her as a partial COVID baby so she hasn't really had a big blowout with all of her friends there. She LOVED it!! And it was so much fun for all. 

40 Under 40

03 January 2024

I made the 2023 class of Arkansas Business 40 under 40!! And was so excited for this honor! We attending the luncheon back in the summer and it was so fun to look around and see so many people who have supported me during my career. 

Spring Choir Concert

02 January 2024

Finished the year with Kate's spring choir concert. She's done so great all year and has loved her time with Mrs. Amy. And how adorable do these little ones look in their robes?! I love it! 
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