Friday, November 4, 2016

Meet Heidi!

We are officially your stereotypical newlyweds who go out and buy a puppy.
Baby Heidi was born on July 4th, 2016. She is a black and red long haired German Shepherd and has officially stolen my heart!
About to be adopted!
Vet visits are exhausting

Heidi with our 8.5 year old GSD Luke

Heidi is my first ever puppy so I am learning a lot as I go. Erik has been so helpful and patient! Our pup has the sweetest little personality and has added so much life to the Jaynes home!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Seattle, WA

Erik and I took a long weekend get away to Seattle. We left Wednesday afternoon and returned home Sunday evening. It was the perfect amount of time to sight see and relax!
Pike Place
One of our first stops- The Original Starbucks in Pike Place Market

The roast that made Starbucks a hit around the world!
Original logo
Chihuly Garden and Glass

View of the Space Needle

We rented a car and took a quick day trip to the Snoqualmie Waterfalls. I originally wanted to go to Mount Rainier but unfortunately the weather did not agree with that plan! The waterfall was wonderful and we had an amazing time drinking Irish Coffees snuggled up together.

We enjoyed restaurant and bar hopping all over the city. Friends gave us tons of recommendations, from classy Elliot's Oyster House to a crass hole-in-the-wall Biscuit Bitch, we enjoyed them all!
The Seattle Great Ferris Wheel
Pride street crossing in Capitol Hill
Lots of champagne was consumed at Oddfellows!

Thanks for the great memories Seattle!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Favorite Reads

From romance to murder mysteries to Christian literature, here are a few of my favorite books:

1. The Story Teller by Jodi Picoult

Every.single.person that I have recommend this book to has loved it! I, personally, have read it twice. There is no way I could do justice to this book with a summary, so check it out here. Buy it today, you will thank me.

2. The Husband's Secret by Laine Moriarty

Y'all, I read this book in 28 hours. Yes it was in the summer and I wasn't working but still. Talk about a captivating read! Here's a teaser from Amazon:

"Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret." 

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn, who is also the author of Gone Girl, knows all too well how to write a haunting murder mystery. This is a book you won't be able to put down, and when you do drag yourself away from it, the darkness lingers with you for awhile. It a great read with an interesting twist you don't see coming.

4. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

In my opinion, Nicholas Sparks movies never live up to the depth and beauty of his writing. Safe Haven is about a woman named Katie who is being abused by her alcoholic husband. She knows it is only a matter of time before his drunken violence ends in her death. This story shows the strength of a woman who desires freedom more than anything.

5. Everyday a Friday by Joel Olsteen

I read this book during a tough time in life and man, did it help me out. Olsteen challenges his reader to see life from a different perspective and live joyfully everyday. It may sound cheesy, but it is far from.
Something he wrote about that stuck with me is complaining about work. He talks about how we don't want to get up early, stay late, deal with colleagues, bosses, etc. But then he challenges you to think about what it would be like if you got fired from that job and went months unemployed. He asks you to think about how grateful and happy you would be to accept that job back. The very job you loathed would become a source of joy. It is all about perspective.
Very uplifting read!

What should I put next on my reading list? I'm always hungry for more books!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our weekend in Auburn

For months we have been looking forward to celebrating Erik's birthday in Auburn, Alabama. Erik spent his freshman and sophomore year there, where he pledge Phi Gamma Delta and made a lot of friends that he still keeps up with!

Thursday night we flew from Houston to Atlanta where we met up with our friends Kate and Barrett. We arrived at our hotel around 11:15, so we went to the bar and counted down until midnight- Erik's 28th birthday! Barrett bought us fireball shots and I lovingly let Erik drink mine ;). 

Friday morning we ate brunch then headed over to the Georgia Aquarium! The whale sharks were the absolute highlight. Word to the wise- it is crazy expensive! For two tickets we spent $86! Yikes.

We drove from the aquarium to Auburn which was right under two hours. One of Erik's fraternity brothers and his wife met up with us, we went to dinner and had drinks, then us ladies turned in early. As for the boys...ha they made it home MUCH later.

Saturday was game day! The game wasn't until six, so tailgating was definitely a marathon, not a sprint. We were so impressed by how welcoming and fun the Auburn fans were. People would pass us and say "Welcome to Auburn!" or "Hope ya'll are having a good time!".  SEC class at it's finest.

We had so much fun, Sunday morning it was hard to pack up and leave. Which could have also been due to our raging hangovers.. Needless to say, the Jaynes family is really looking forward to our upcoming lazy weekend at home!

Gig 'em & God Bless!

Monday, September 19, 2016

My sweet niece!

One September 3rd, 2016 my brother William and sister-in-law Pamela made me an aunt! Kathleen Gwenaelle O'Gorman is the first grandbaby on the O'Gorman side, and my goodness do we love her. 

We were all on baby watch that week, and Friday night it became official- Pam and Kathleen were ready to go! I drove up to Dallas Saturday morning, getting constant updates from my family on baby and momma. When I finally reached the hospital I was shaking with excitement. My dad came to the front and lead to the room...I walked in and saw Paul holding Kathleen and my breath was taken away! She was more beautiful than I could have imagined. She absolutely stole my heart.

Happy tears!
Paul, Grandpa, and sleepy Kathleen!

So alert!

William and Pam went home and Kathleen looked even tinier in a regular sized space! They have had plenty of visitors over to love on and adore baby K.

Uncle Paul and Kathleen snuggle time.

Auntie Pey FaceTime!

Such a big miracle in such a little girl!

Erik and I are headed back up to Dallas the first weekend of October for Kate's baptism. Will and Pam asked me to be her godmother and I can't wait to hold this precious angel while she receives her first sacrament!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sarah's Black Bean Soup


  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

1. Combine beans, Rotel, onion, and garlic in crockpot- cook on low for 6-8 hours.

2. Add cilantro 15 minutes before serving.

3. Use immersion blender to blend half of soup, then stir well.

For garnish I added 1/4 of an avocado and little feta cheese. This soup is great as a main course or side for any Mexican inspired meal. With fall weather on the way, what is better than a healthy, hearty, crockpot soup!