Sunday, July 28, 2019

Our First Vegetable Garden

Levi and I have a garden! This is huge because we have a *very* long history of not being able to keep things alive! We got these hand-me-down raised garden beds and my sister in law is a horticulturist so she helped us set it all up right!

We started late in the season so we didn't grow them from seeds. It's basically a trial run and we'll see how it goes! So far we've gotten bell peppers, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, basil and one cucumber :) We've had our fair share of nitrogen deficiencies and striped cucumber bugs but mainly good results! Side note, if anyone has tips about getting rid of those bugs I'm all ears!

This fall we hope to grow things like potatoes, lettuce, carrots, brussels sprouts! I have been intimidated about gardening for years but now that I have done it there are so many cool benefits to it! For one, it's super fun to feel like YOU helped make something. It's also nice to not have to buy these things at the store, especially basil! Lastly, it has given us a guaranteed daily activity together that we do outside. We usually go out around 8pm to do the watering and it's so peaceful and nice out by then. It's important to me to have activities together during the week that aren't just watching our favorite shows!

Our cucumber plant has kind of taken over  😬

We also planted a packet of sunflower seeds and wildflower seeds! Only one flower took off  😂
but it's been going strong and we can't wait for it to bloom!!! 

- B

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hello blog, my old friend.

Hello blog, my old friend.

I've spent some time reading back over you (especially years 2013-14). You were so good to me. You helped me so much. You brought out a side of me that is so beautiful, so articulate, so poignant. I miss that side. It hasn't been around in a long time. I haven't been able to pin point the moment in which it was lost, but lost it is.

Or maybe it's not? This rhythm flows, it feels good, but where did it go for so long? Let me think.

I guess it went to graduate school. I guess it went into papers, discussions, insecurities, fears, career. I guess it went to "growing up." I'm 30 now, dear blog. Much has happened and little of it has been aided by emotion. Why is that? According to this blog history, I was really good at emotions. I could feel with the best of them. It was so much of who I was- how did it escape me? When did I put that aside? I'd like it back please. Yes, it hurt, that is true. But it also made things real and hard and vital. Life was urgent. And sure, it's nice not to be urgent all of the time but I have the feeling maybe I could use a little more of it now.

Did you know it's very easy to get comfortable in your 30s? (as someone 2 months into their 30s I can say this with full confidence). You go to work, you meal prep, you watch The Bachelorette, you have fun, and it's all great but....comfortable. And maybe it's my inner angsty teen coming up but hey, we had fun together didn't we? Life was interesting. Life still is interesting. But. But.

So here we are, talking again. It feels a little rusty, it feels a little vulnerable, it feels a little silly (I mean it IS 2019, do people even blog anymore if they aren't a hashtag influencer?). But you know what? Maybe I need a little more rusty, vulnerable, silly things in my life. Yes, yes I think that's it.


- B

Friday, December 8, 2017

Texas Snow 2017

Guys, get ready for some Christmas magic. I realize snow in general is not that exciting, but when it's unexpected snow in Texas it definitely is!!! I told Levi I wanted to remember everything about the past 24 hours so the next few paragraphs are basically just a journal entry that you can feel free to skip!

Thursday December 7th-

Levi and I planned on going to Sights and Sounds tonight but it was rained out; instead we went to dinner at The Root Cellar. We got $2 red berry sangria's and steaming hot artichoke dip w/pita bread. It was freezing outside and the rain was starting to look like sleet! After dinner we drove down Belvin and San Antonio St. to look at the Christmas lights and then on the way home real actual snow started coming down!!! On our dark road it looked like we were flying through space and the snow was stars, it was indescribable.

When we got home we got the camera and let Mosely out into the front. After that I basically didn't go inside for the next 2 hours. It's funny looking at the first pictures we took because there is barely any snow at all, but we had no idea how much would end up coming! I was so mad I decided not to put on makeup that day, haha. The snow started coming down super thick- thicker than I've seen it even in Colorado! You could barely see in front of you and it was mesmerizing and slightly dizzying to look at.

Mosely LOVED the snow. As soon as we let her out she just started eating it non stop. Every time we've gone to Colorado we've wondered what it would be like to have Mosely in the snow- now we know! She goes crazy!!! She seriously is the cutest model dog.

On a whim this week when I was bored I decided to pull some Christmas decor out of the attic and dress up the front porch. It's like God knew or something ;) Literally on Monday of this week I was wearing a sleeveless top and sandals and by Thursday it was a blizzard. Everything about it just felt so magical and I can't think of another word that better describes it. This truly felt like a once in a lifetime kind of night. I know we've had "snow" every few years in Texas but not this much to this extent in a very long time! I want to remember it forever :)

We're those freaks who bring their cats out to see the snow. Norman loved it but was shaking, Winnie hated it.

Friday December 8th-

We woke up at 8am to check if the snow was still on the ground! In the middle of the night (3am) I got up and looked outside to see it all perfectly still there under the moonlight. It was beautiful. We bundled up and went out to our road to check things out and see Ollie, our horse neighbor. It was such a visual shock to see such thick snow somewhere that it shouldn't be! I don't know if we'll ever see our neighborhood like this again! In some spots that we walked it was several inches deep and made the crunching sound that you get with thick snow! Snow just makes everything postcard perfect.

And there you have it- the day it poured snow all throughout Central Texas!

- Bethany

Also enjoy this short video that Levi made after I demanded he provide me with perfect Christmas nostalgia. We watched Christmas Vacation this morning and he said I'm like Clark Griswold and set too high of expectations for special events and I said JUST MAKE IT PERFECT.