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This weekend was a bye-week so we didn’t drive to Cove on Friday night… We ended up hanging out at home and I made a to-do list, so I could try and get ahead on work…  because I’m constantly stressed.  Boo.

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Saturday, we worked for about four hours… I crossed a handful of things off my to-do list… and then we headed out to see our kids from J. J. Pearce perform in Spamalot… they were incredibly talented.  I wish I had gotten a picture of us because I think I looked pretty awesome in my royal blue ISSA dress… but sadly, I don’t have a way to take full-length selfie… 😛   However, here are a few pictures…  We make me laugh.  We are SO proud of all of our kids who rocked it out.  True story:  4 of our 5 kids from PHS were in this musical in some capacity… and we totally saw the 5th kid’s parents there cheering on the other kids.  Love these kids.

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I’m in the process of trying to plan a trip here in the next couple weeks.  Sadly, UT’s priority deadline and Early Action/Early Decision applications will likely make this incredibly difficult… but my heart is definitely in Cambridge with my babies… and IWANTTOGOVISITHEM.  But… if I have to tell the truth, I kind of want to wait until the ice skating rink at my go-to hotel… so I can take advantage of it… but letsbehonest, I don’t have appropriate clothes for Boston in that type of weather!!

Yesterday, I seriously worked for 5 hours straight on college applications with my kiddos…  the upside is, I knocked out most of my weekend to-do list, so I feel relatively ready to start the week, lol…  I’m really glad that my life planner has a list of goals and space to write to-do lists… thanks to Erin for getting me hooked.

I’m already trying to decide what planner I need for 2014.  I love my Erin Condren planner, but I recently saw the Whitney English day designer… and I think it might be useful, too.  Anyone have any thoughts on either one?  Which do you prefer?

I’m supposed to start trying to be finding balance in my/our lives… and I have no idea where to begin.  Suggestions?

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  • hello erin - I’m totally trying to decide between the two planners too!! The gold stripes just might win out in the end 😉ReplyCancel

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Welp, a year ago, I started working on my Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA… and despite EVERYTHING that I have done in the last year… managing our non-profit and consulting businesses… taking over a high school… getting engaged and married… growing our non-profit… along with everything else I do… I turned in my last two finals the week I got married. I have completed all my coursework and my practicum, and I finished with a 4.0!  I’m pretty proud of the fact that I saw it through – especially considering how challenging everything has been for the last 10 months or so… but it was important to me, and I think it has helped give me a lot of confidence in my work, especially in the public school sector.

I have to admit though – I’m glad it’s over!!  ANDDDDD… my certificate will be in my married name… and that’s pretty exciting to both me AND the hubs! 🙂

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I have been sitting on my Ritz Carlton Dallas bridal portraits for a little over a month, and now that I am officially married (!!!!), I can share them with you all!  We had originally planned to do them outside, but the 100+ degree heat wave wore me (and my hair) out during our engagement session so we rescheduled to the Ritz Carlton at the last possible minute!  Luckily, Elizabeth was able to get it set up for me without any issues and everyone was so helpful.  While it seems like bridal portraits are a very “southern” thing and a lot of people don’t do them anymore, my mom definitely insisted on them… and she has already claimed the canvas print for her house!  They also made great gifts for my great-grandmother and grandmother so I’m glad I did them!

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Shout-outs to Lindsay Hartley (make-up artist extraordinaire) and Liz Vela for my beautiful hair and make-up.

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  • hello erin - Swoon!! Now that you can show Tom did he just die over these?!ReplyCancel

  • BalletBuddy - I did bridal portraits too. It may be Southern, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I love how floofy your skirt was! Whoever arranged it on the couch is a champion dress-arranger.ReplyCancel

    • Sara Elizabeth - My mom did a great job! We ended up having to switch petticoats after these, but there was definitely a hoop under there for these! 🙂

      I’m glad we did them, because we were so busy that we definitely didn’t have time to do more on the day of… which kind of makes me sad, but I’m sure the pictures will be beautiful either way! I’m dying to see more. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Oh. My. Goodness.
    Those are beautiful!!!!
    You look so gorgeous…. and REGAL.
    Mm.ReplyCancel

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1.  Um… I’m getting married.  Tomorrow.  That’s pretty good, right?!  It’s actually beyond belief.

2.  If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I have been moaning incessantly about USPS losing my package from the Material Girl Quilt Shop.  (Side note:  Meredith was AWESOME to work with when USPS lost my package ANDNEVERRESPONDED.  She sent me remnants of material, since she was completely sold out of what I had ordered, along with some options that could be back up – at no cost.  Seriously.  Love, love, love her and her amazing customer service!!)  As luck would have it, the package showed up yesterday… and last night and this morning, I got after it, determined to make sure that this girl’s daughter had a sweet, snuggly blanket after making her trip to Texas.  I’m obsessed and officially want one for myself.

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3.  On Wednesday, Tom treated me to a massage, completely unexpectedly.  Thursday, I had a waxing appointment at bliss.  Today, my mom is treating me and my bridesmaids to manis and pedis at the spa at the Ritz Carlton Dallas.  Color me spoiled!  Do I really have to go back to real life after this?  All the spa days!!

4.  One of my babies’ college essays was chosen to be part of the face of the Class of 2017 at his super selective college.  I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud.  When I re-read the essay, I couldn’t help but think, dang, I’m good at what I do.

5.  I can’t wait to be esconsced in coastal weather for a couple days at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  I have no idea what I’m going to do (sleep, hopefully?) while we’re on our honeymoon (try not to miss our European honeymoon terribly?), but as long as our suite is ready when arrive, I think I’ll be a-okay.  😉

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  • hello erin - Hey hey ms spoiled! I LOVE IT! Can’t wait for today (and maybe tomorrow too!). And lex LOVES her new blanket! Slept with it all night long!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - TOMORROW?!?!?!?! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!

    I am beyond thrilled for you. Enjoy every second – it goes by so quickly!! LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel