Weekend in Houston

Happy Monday 🙂  We had the best weekend!

The highlight was definitely spending time with my family in Houston, but I want to start with Friday.

I implemented the things I mentioned in my Operation Bring Friday Back post (minus the happy hour because we left for Houston that evening), and it was the best day.

I started with a simple ten minute yoga video in the morning and it made me feel SO good.  Just ten little minutes and what a difference it made to the start of my day.  I felt so ready when I saw James start to squirm on the monitor, so ready to greet him and really be there with him.  We even had a Bob Marley dance party at 8:30 in the morning…what better way is there to kick off the weekend?

Along with the self-care theme, I also took a bubble bath and read on the back patio with some tea.  It was glorious.  Despite the winter theme of my mug and book, it was in the low 70’s and beautiful.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is acoomplished” Lao Tzu.  My teabag was wise 🙂

I felt great and I had so much more energy to be present with my little guy – a win-win for sure!

Someone else enjoyed reading outside too 🙂

We left for Houston at around five and James was a trooper.  He hung out and played with his crocheted mushroom for the first couple of hours and slept the rest of the way.

He transfered easily to bed and I proceded to hang out with my Dad until 1:30 in the morning…whoops!  After waking up at 4:45 Friday morning, that was quite a long day, but so worth it.  I knew I wouldn’t get to see him much the next day due to all of the girly things we had planned, so wanted to make sure I got to spend time with him while we were in town.

While I was a little tired Saturday morning, I was also super excited because we were going wedding dress shopping for my sister!  We started with scones and mimosas at her house before going to her first appointment.  One of her best friends / bridesmaids came too, so it was great for me to get to know her before the wedding.

My husband and my sister’s fiance hung out with James while we went to the first bridal boutique and then we all met up for brunch.  James decided there was way too much exciting stuff to see at my sister’s house and barely napped.  Fortunately, he was still in a great mood!

I brought James with us to the second appointment and he enjoyed flirting with all of the ladies at the wedding dress shop.  My sister looked so beautiful in all of the dresses and I have to say, it was way more fun to watch her try on dresses than it was choosing my own a few years ago.  I can’t share a picture of it, but she found her dress and it is absolutely perfect for her.  I’m so happy I got to be there for it!

I crashed hard Saturday night and then was up bright and early Sunday for a class at our church.  James is going to be baptized at the church I grew up in in May (on Mother’s Day!) and my husband and I needed to take a pre-Baptism class first.  It was nice and they gave us a lovely board book for James, explaining Baptism.

James stayed home with my parents and took a great nap.  He was in a very happy mood when he woke up and we all went out to get Indian food, my favorite!  Despite his solid nap, I think the little guy was still catching up from Saturday, because he fell asleep on me, which he hardly ever does anymore.

He used to fall asleep on me all the time, which made it very hard to get things done.  Now that it never happens anymore though, I love it when he does this, it is so sweet.

As soon as he woke up, we drove back to Austin.  James entertained himself with some new books my mom got him (more on these wonderful books soon!).

We hadn’t done this much in a single weekend since before James was born.  We were all pretty tired by the time we got home, but it was such a wonderful weekend with my family, and so worth it.

What was the best part of your weekend?

Do you live near your family?

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  1. What a fun weekend with your family! I feel so blessed that I live about 15 minutes from my parents house. Do you have any good restaurant or things to do recommendations for Houston?? I am heading there on Friday!

    1. Definitely! I grew up in Houston, but have never lived there as an adult, so I don’t know a lot of good places to go “out” on the weekend. There are tons of great restaurants though! My all time favorite is probably Backstreet Cafe (http://www.backstreetcafe.net/) – they have great cocktails and it’s good for both brunch and dinner. You may need a reservation for dinner though. I also love Union Kitchen for brunch, and Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen or Hugo’s for Mexican.

      I don’t know what part of town you’re staying in, but Rice Village and the Heights are both really cute neighborhoods to walk around / shop, etc. If it’s rainy (which it often is in Houston!), the Houston Museum of Fine Arts is really nice. There’s also a Contemporary Art Museum (http://camh.org/), that is pretty small, but is free.

      Sorry for the long reply lol, let me know if you have any specific questions!

      1. Thank you so much!! We are for sure going to try out Backstreet Cafe. I sent the link to Chris and he said we had to, haha. And we will definitely have to check out one of those neighborhoods, too. (:

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