Our Texas Trip

Last week we got back from a long weekend in Texas with family.  We made some good memories playing with cousins, visiting great grandma and grandpa, hanging out with aunts and uncles, and winning over the hearts of “Ama and Papa” (although I’m sure their hearts have already been won!).  I always come home reminded that Boise is now where I belong but with a little ache and hole in the heart for the friends and family left behind in the South!   

We celebrated a late Christmas with everyone while we were down there.  My little nephew, Miles, just couldn’t wait to open the presents and I’m pretty sure he ripped the corner off every wrapped gift in anticipation.  That child cracks me up! 

Speaking of nephews, I have to share a story on Mile’s brother, AJ because I want to be able to look back and be reminded of this little gem of a memory.  The day we got into town, my sister picked us up at the airport and so we got to tag along on picking up AJ from school that afternoon.  He didn’t know we would be in the truck and he got a big grin when he saw us.  As we were riding along back to his house, he pipes up, “Aunty Lana! I love you!” My heart just melted!  Nephews are pretty sweet.  

And even sweeter was to see Lucy playing with her cousins.  Miles had a bit of a competitive attitude towards Lucy but AJ just loved playing and reading to her.  The trips have sure changed to see family, and are continuing to do so now with my brother and his wife expecting this month!  

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Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Last weekend we went to Sun Valley to watch the Trailing of the Sheep.  It was perfect Fall weather and such a relaxing little getaway!  

Saturday we wandered around Ketchum for some shopping then ventured over to Hailey to see the booths and grab some food.  Sunday we watched the actual trailing of the sheep through town- on our way in, we passed a hill side where all of the sheep were hanging out, which was a neat glimpse before the actual event!  Then when they made their way down the mountains, we watched them traipse down Main Street.  Seeing 1,500 sheep run through a town like Ketchum was pretty ironic!  And the sheep dogs at work were incredible to watch. 

There are so many great rental houses and hotels to stay at in the Sun Valley area but in my opinion the best option is to camp.  We stayed in the motor home and it was so nice to be out of the cool temps when needed but have the option to bundle up and sit by the campfire too.  Lucy did so great for the trip- we tried out her winter fleece suit for the first time and she seemed to stay toasty warm in the cool Fall temperatures.  

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Magnolia Market

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Ever since watching Fixer Upper, I have always wanted to make the trek to Waco to shop at Magnolia Market.  When I was visiting my family this last trip, I finally got to go!  It was so worth the 2 hour ride one way with three little ones in the backseat (they actually did awesome in the car- I was so impressed!) Sadly, I didn’t end up buying any housewares (shocker, I know!) because it’s pretty much all available on their online shop. So instead of lugging it home in my suitcase I decided to wait.  So that’s a plus for us out of towners!  We did get some food from their food trucks though, and it was great.

The whole facility was just beautiful- what can you expect from the Gaines’?  It also was packed.  I was amazed at how many people were just lined up to spend their money- I think the market had about 50+ people in line to make purchases.  Wow.  And I was pushing a stroller around which made me really realize how many people were in the store, ha!


It was really great to gather some ideas for the nest while we were there.  Everywhere I looked was just teeming with inspiration!

I couldn’t put my camera down, so beware of a bajillion images below!

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Some of my favorite Magnolia Market goods:

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