practicing what I preach

On Saturday, we had a wonderful girls-only afternoon with Little C. The boys (dad and D) where tired from a morning soccer game we all went to and didn't feel like joining us. Walking around and doing some shopping isn't their thing (surprise!). We went to the Yale Street Market and took our time enjoying everything. I love how my little C was so impressed with all the art and had to make comments on so many paintings. At one point, she made herself quite comfortable in front of a band that was playing and rocked back and forth to the rhythm of the music while eating ice cream. It was cute.

I think our favorite place was a little Japanese gift shop that we'd never visited before. We were on the second floor of that shop when I took the photo above. Yes, it's awful... but it's the only one I have. If you look carefully you can make out Little C looking out of the window. She got really excited when she saw the paper dragon on the ceiling and all the origami everywhere. It was such a peaceful place and I wanted half the books and paper goods and all the furniture in the store! Japanese design has always had such a pull on me.

The Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, was the perfect place for what we did and the weather was perfect. We walked a lot, talked a lot, went into girly stores (that just would've sent our boys home running for cover - ha!) and just had a fun time. We need to do this more often. No schedules. No hurries. Just taking our time. It was wonderful.

The last couple of days I've been in production mode. Lots of work but I'm enjoying it. There's nothing like a relaxing weekend to start off Monday on a good foot. I hope that you've all taken care of yourselves too. :)

Have a great day!


  1. A day of artsy, girly fun sounds like heaven. I miss those days with my daughter. (She's all grown now and across the country.) Enjoy them well!

  2. Hello there, I've been reading your blog for a little while there and can't remember if I've ever commented before. It was so exciting to me to see that you live in my hometown. I grew up in Houston and my family is still there. My mom and I really enjoy going and walking around in the Heights too and I know that Japanese store you mentioned!! I remember being just entranced when I walked in there! It is beautiful! What fun! Glad you girls had a good time. How special to be spending that girly time together now when she's small. I pray for you that y'all's relationship will just continue to be so sweet and you will share wonderful times and memories for all the years to come as mother and daughter! Even though I live several hours away from my mom now we still have days like this several times a year. It just takes a bit more planning! Kelly

  3. I read too many blogs, so I struggle to remember the personal details of the bloggers... I forgot for a moment you're from Houston! Thanks for inspiring me to get into the heights for a little browsing, it sounds wonderful!

  4. I too read too many blogs. Japanese styling also pulls to me, it would be nice to visit a place like that, or even have one around here! (we need more diversified culture where I'm from)

  5. The way you write is very relaxing. I need some sweet music and ice cream right about now.

  6. I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your lovely comments!

    snippety gibbet - I was just thinking about her growing up so fast on that day. You're right I don't want to miss it and enjoy her at this age while I can.

    miss g & sarah - more Houstonians! welcome! :)

    steph and alisa - It is a lovely Japanese store. It's amazing what you can find when you take the time to explore where you live.

    amie - Your comment about my writing has just made my whole day! You have no idea how I struggle with it!! Thanks!