Blueberry Farm

June 19, 2018

Last week we ended our week with blueberry picking.  We always go at the end of the day.  We've figured out the morning is just as hot but just way more crowded.  We skip the crowds and go after dinner and always have a good time.  This particular farm is in New Caney, Texas (where Jonathan works) and it's owned by a friend of his.

Neither one of my kids wanted to take any kind of pictures.  They mainly just wanted to run around.  Milam ate his weight in blueberries and Georgia complained that her boots hurt her feet.  I always take way too many pictures whether they are willing or not.  They're cute anyhow.  Try to figure out which one is Georgia the moment her dad found us while playing hide and go seek in the blueberries.

Our Favorite Dad - 2018

June 16, 2018

This guy is #1 in our house and we are beyond thankful for him everyday but especially on Father's day.  This year I wanted to get him something really great but it is super hard because Jonathan and I (and most other adults) just buy whatever we want for ourselves.  I did a lot of brainstorming and thought a lot about his favorite things.  Here is what I was able to come up with.
If a guy is from Texas it's pretty easy to assume that he's proud of that fact and my husband is no exception.  That was my jumping off point.  Jonathan and I are notorious for losing our sunglasses.  It's bad.  So, I snagged him these glasses from Texas Humor (one of my all time favorite Insta accounts!) and he loves them. came with a free sticker! If you've ever seen Jonathan's Jeep then you get it.
If you think Texas then your thoughts instantly go to Whataburger and Y'ALL they have an online store!  Jonathan loves mugs so this was an impulse buy and a steal.  I thought it was one of those metal camping mugs but it's not.  It's huge and heavy duty.  He loves it.
 I originally went to their site for their tumbler but decided against it because tumblers are falling out of our cabinets but I picked up a 6 pack of Whataburger original condiments.  He's really excited about it! Him and Georgia LOVE Whataburger.  I do too but it took me awhile to get on board.  Growing up my parents were obsessed so I of course didn't like it just because they loved it but once I was a teenager I was like, "YESSS PLEASE!"
I hinted that I was getting him a Columbia fishing shirt after I got the kids matching ones.  He flipped when I told him how much the Columbia ones cost.  Which is so Jonathan.  He's function over form all the way.  To a fault.  So I snagged this amazing Magellan brand shirt for under $15.  I think that's the Academy brand and he loves it.  He's really excited to wear it on his next kayaking adventure with Georgia.

Favorite Things - Spring 2018

June 15, 2018

So many of you have been commenting on my blog.  I am JUST NOW seeing them and have no way to respond.  Blogger is not emailing me my comments and there is no respond section in my comments.  I have no way to remedy that.  If you have had this issue and fixed it please email me at: or message me on Insta @MrsEmilyPowell

I always respond to my messages and comments...if I know they're there.  Super frustrated!

The spring y'all!  The pollen.  The weather.  The heat.  The bugs.  That pretty much sums it up.  Here's how we're surviving in the Texas heat.

Me and the kid use 24 hour Zyrtec nearly everyday.  It keeps us sane.
He is my favorite weather guy.  Favorite.  He's usually always right and he doesn't get everyone worked up like the weather people on TV.  Super simple and straight forward
The shorts came in my Stitch Fix box and I wear them about every other day.  Seriously.  I had a really good box last time.  I may end up ordering more of these of the same brand since I wear them so often.
When it comes to water bottles I want something that has a twist on lid with no openings and does not sweat.  I need to be able to throw it in my purse or diaper bag and just go and not have to worry about it.  The one I linked to I ended up buying for Georgia's teacher and I really liked it.  So pretty.
My allergies were so bad this spring and I drank tea all day to soothe my scratchy throat and help clear my congestion.  I use a lot of brands and flavors but regular Earl Grey is my favorite.
We got this Instant type quinoa in my Influenster box and we were pretty skeptical.  But it was so so good!  It cooked really fast and we used it in all kinds dishes.  We even used it for taco night and Asian night and it was super yummy in place of rice.  We all loved it.
With Georgia we used a regular diaper bag and that was fine.  With Milam I didn't really use a diaper bag.  I just put his things in my giant Kate Spade bag and that was fine.  Now that Milam is all over the place and we run around the park I needed something that would free up my arms and close on the top so everything wouldn't fall out.  I searched forever on Amazon and decided to give this once a try.  I'm really liking it.  It fits all of Milam and Georgia's things and Jonathan and I both feel comfortable wearing it.  It's really big but not heavy.

Georgia's Room is Finally Finished

June 12, 2018

I mean, is any room ever really done? BUT, aside from a possible bookshelf, needing new carpet, and finishing the trim in the closet her room is now checked off of my list.

Georgia's room was originally a formal living room.  We (with the help of others) transformed it into her bedroom.  You can see before pictures HERE and see what it has mainly looked like ever since.

Her room is right off of the front entry way so everyone sees it when they walk in the house and I've been wanting to add the wow factor to her room for awhile and not just a jumble of her things.  It is still Whispering Peach by Benjamin Moore with cute peach details throughout (as well as owls because she loves those) but I added some llamas also because she likes them and they're cute.

Her bed, dresser, and night stand were all mine as a child.  My mom bought them for my "big girl room" when I was two and I've had them ever since.  The sconces are from my grandmother's house and the bird cage light fixture was a quick fix one night at HEB.

Jonathan did the paneling behind her bed and made the cornice board for her window.  The curtains are from Ikea and all the bedding is a huge mix from all over the place.  The llama banner is from the Target party section, and the adorable llama above her desk she made in art class and I could not get it framed fast enough!

Her collage walls and other wall decor is from all over the place.  Antiques, HEB, hand me downs...BUT the real show stopper is the beautiful flower mural behind her bed.  Those were hand painted by a friend and she did it for a steal and it totally makes the room.

Georgia made her "G" next to her bedroom door and I love it.  I was a premade wood G that she painted and decorated on her own.  It's so cute.

Her desk is THIS ONE from Amazon.
 I took these two quick pictures with my phone to get larger angles.  Not the best quality but may give you a better feel for the space.  Not pictured to the right of the bed is her closet.
The prettiest peach (and llama and owl and flower) room for my pretty peach of a girl.

Week in the Life 22

June 11, 2018

Just a lot of playing
Tuesday: The day that I did all the things.  Like, seriously!
Went to the bank
got gas
took my tithe check to church
went to the Dollar Store
dropped things off at my mom's house
Bought a lot of popcorn
unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher
organized the hall closet
finished a book
balanced the checkbook
paid the bills
2 mile walk
Bible study
made the bed
2 loads of laundry (and put away!)

Phew.  I don't know what got into me that day!

the normal walking and playing
Jonathan took a half day.  Yay!  So, he was home for gymnastics which means he got to go with Milam and not me.  Haha.  His class is exhausting!
photo shoot
Georgia went to spend two nights with her grandparents
Worked on G's room

I had a photo shoot that morning that J and M tagged along for.  We ran a bunch of random errands, finished Georgia's room and ended up adopting a shelter dog we named, Penelope (a minor character in Harry Potter and started with a P so it followed all of our other dog/cat names we've ever had).
We started the day by meeting up with out of town family (San Antonio) which is always fun.
Georgia came home to a finished room and a dog which was also exciting.  She kept saying, "I am so so happy!"
We also celebrated our nephew's birthday with more out of town family (J's sister who lives in Waco)
and I had to cut the family fun short for another photo shoot downtown Houston.
Did the usual church and some errands thing...
and then headed out to do some blueberry picking post super long naps!
After that we got yogurt and headed home :)  I took this picture to document that I like the color combo of blue/yellow on G
Now, it's Monday and we fun things planned today since Jonathan took today off (and didn't work on Friday either).  He does work the entire summer but gets all fridays off.

Happy Monday!


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