Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites: Podcast Edition

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This Friday Favorites is brought to you by a rough week. We started off so strong…great birthday party for Wace, I’ve got a new client, and Valentine’s Day was almost great…and then.

It’s been rough nationally because of what’s in the news, and it’s been a little rough personally because Buster is sick, and that’s meant a lot of frustration and driving many miles trying to get him what he needs to get well, and trying to prevent Wacey from getting as sick, too.

(He’s perfectly fine, he just has bronchiolitis, and his oxygen levels were a little low yesterday, but he’s already improved enormous amounts with the medicine he’s been given, and we’re hopeful that he’ll be healthy soon and that Wacey won’t get any worse. On a brighter note, all of these 200-mile-round-trip drives mean more Starbucks for me, right?)

I’m not going to comment much on the state of the world. I had a post written about it, but I’m not sure that’s what I want this space to be, because there are others who speak about it much more eloquently than I do (like Brene Brown. Go look her up). I’ll only say that in terms of the horrible events in Florida, I believe that we’re not doing enough in any realm and focusing on just one area isn’t going to get us where we need to go, and we need change somehow, for our country and for our children. On my personal front, I’ll only say that in terms of healthcare, our system is really not very good, and my family is lucky to have what passes for pretty good coverage in this country, and it still feels so hard. I can’t imagine what it’s like to try and navigate this system with less resources than I have. We can do better, and we really must.

So, in light of the negativity and the hard things I’m sharing my favorite positive podcasts. I don’t think we should turn away from the hard things, but sometimes my brain needs a break, and so I like to have a good mix ready on my phone. I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks since we drive so much and go on so many walks, and since having something to listen to makes mundane tasks like folding laundry and cleaning the house more enjoyable! I’ve also been listening to some of my favorite childhood books on audiobook and it’s such a nice little brain perk.

Coffee + Crumbs: This is my favorite mothering podcast. They also have a blog, and it’s such a sweet, uplifting space for motherhood.

How I Built This: I love hearing how companies were built and it’s so inspiring to listen to their stories!

The Katie Couric podcast: Good interviewing is an art and a skill, and Katie’s got it. I love listening to interviews where a question pops into my mind, and then the interviewer asks it! It makes me feel so gotten. She talks to celebrities and influencers about their careers, yes, but also about life in general. I love hearing how successful people tackle hard things, and the ways they keep going even when they have failed or made a mistake.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: This is the podcast form of the popular show, and while some episodes are a little hippie-dippie to me, others make me want to listen over and over (Maya Angelou and Brene Brown, in particular). It’s about spirituality, and what matters, and how to navigate life in a more soulful, spiritual way.

Sawbones: This has long been one of my favorite podcasts. It’s about medical history, and it’s so funny and informative! No matter your podcast bent, you’ll love this one.

Smartest Person in the Room: This is a great podcast that tackles a subject (Religion, Hollywood, Mind-Body) from a bunch of different angles and the perspective of experts in various parts of that subject, and it’s really fascinating!

The Girl Next Door Podcast: I love this podcast and truly hope that one day they will make it weekly. It’s two neighbors who get together and just visit. They talk about everything and nothing, and it’s always so relatable and funny, and makes me feel like I have more friends ha.

The Longest Shortest Time: This is another great parenting podcast, and the host is another great interviewer. She interviews people about pretty much everything before, after, and during parenthood. I enjoy it because it talks about the stuff lots of people don’t talk about (hi, postpartum everything), and exposes me to different perspectives that I would likely not otherwise encounter in our dusty little corner of the world, and the stories are so moving, and I feel like I know more about diverse groups of people, which is always a good thing. There is a new host going forward, and I really hope it stays the same!

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: I love this one. It’s mostly women, and it talks about parenting and life and entrepreneurship and art and books and food and all sorts of things from a God-centered perspective. Her guests are always interesting, and I finish each episode feeling inspired and motivated.

I listen to a lot of other podcasts too: politics, news, etc., but when I’m wanting something light or funny or uplifting or encouraging, these are the ones I pick. There are so many because most of these are weekly or bi-weekly, and I devour them.

Celebrate · Family

Wacey is THREE!

Today is our biggest little cowboy’s third birthday, and all of the cliches are true. I can’t believe how fast time has gone, I can’t imagine life without him, he’s the funniest little boy I’ve ever met, and he will always, always have my heart as the boy who made me a mama.

Three years ago at the time this post is published, I was tired after having been up since the very wee hours with what I suspected were actual labor pains (I was right). I was fussing about my hospital bag, and whether or not it was actually time to head to the hospital (it was). We didn’t know that it was going to be a long day, and that I should have eaten more for breakfast and maybe stopped at Starbucks on the way into town, or that just after eleven that night we’d be a family of three, all of a sudden. We did know, though, that it was a big day, maybe the day, and we were so right.

Our Wacey James is a chocolate-loving, giggling, ranchy goofball. He spends his days playing with anything with wheels, making up stories about his toys, reading books, visiting the horses, getting up to hijinks outside, eating snacks, palling around with me and Buster in the stroller or with daddy is the pickup, and watching movies since that’s the only way we can get this busy boy to slow down. He’s constantly looking after Buster (to make sure he’s safe and also not playing with any of his favorite toys), making him laugh, and letting us know when he’s up to no good with a very loud “Oh no Buster!”

He’s got his colors down, and we’re almost there on numbers (seven and nine are elusive), and he’s so excited about letters–he’s got W (“double Wacey”) and B (“B Buster”) down, and since he’s now memorizing his books and telling them back to us I bet the other 24 letters aren’t far behind. He’s not potty trained but I’m not fussed in the slightest–this boy learns and does everything in his own time, and when he’s got something down, that’s the end of it, so I know it’ll happen sooner or later and I won’t push him because it’s never once helped. He never crawled, and has run since he figured out to walk and has been talking a mile a minute since he learned how to speak.

Wacey has always been an easygoing sweetheart. He’s three, which means we have our fair share of fits and tantrums, and his palate is…limited, but even when he’s in a sour mood, his fallback is exuberant and it rubs off on all of us. I love how he walks into our room in the morning and says “Awake.” with this silly little smile, and his next words are to ask for breakfast. Or how he gets this specific look on his face when he’s asking for something he knows is a long shot, or how he reminds me regularly that Gaucho is not a toy, he’s an animal, after we had a conversation about how he can’t just assume Gaucho is going tolerate being treated as a practice bronc. He says the funniest things, like most toddlers, but of course I’m convinced he’s the funniest. He just ran into my room and yelled “TEXAS!” because that, for some reason, is what he calls “Bob Wills is Still the King,” and he wants to dance, and of course I’m off to go do that immediately.

I could go on and on about this sweet boy forever. But, I’ll leave it here, and say happy birthday to my first born, my blue-eyed boy who looks just like his daddy. I’m so excited to celebrate you, sweet boy, today and at your party this weekend, and every day in between and after that.

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Family · Personal

Family Pictures

Last (last) weekend, a momentous event occurred.

Picture it: all four of us. Clean, wearing real pants (or a skirt in my case), hair fixed, real shoes on…the whole nine yards. Up drives a flatbed pickup. To our front door. And out steps…Oprah Winfrey.

Just kidding. She’d never drive around in a truck. Well, maybe she would out here because these roads are hazardous to car tires as the two flat tires on my Subaru can attest.

But, I digress.

Oprah didn’t show up. What really happened was that we got our family pictures taken, which might make me even more excited? We worked with an amazing local photographer, Dunlap Photography, and I’m so tickled that we found such a dynamite photographer in our dusty little corner of the world. Especially one that comes all the way out to our house! The UPS guy doesn’t even come all the way to our house.

The Schwann’s guy does, though. Just in case you’re wondering.

Anyways. Jaymie came out and shot a pile of amazing pictures and I’m so thrilled. It’s been a long time coming–we should have gotten them done months and months ago! It was hard to narrow down my favorites, but I put in the work just for you because I know how invested y’all are in our family pictures.

(Okay, not, but hey, at least these prove that I do have actual hair.)

Disclaimer: if you follow me on Insta, I’ll be sharing these nonstop for, well, ever. Or at least until our next sesh. Sorry, but not sorry.

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I can’t get enough of the ones of the boys, especially. Oh, how I love this little ranchy frat house family of mine. I’m already excited for our next sesh!

Bert’s and Wacey’s shirts: plain old white pearl snap Wrangler
Buster’s shirt and jeans (that barely buttoned): Oshkosh
Wacey’s boots: Old West
My skirt: Francis + Benedict (CHECK. THEM. OUT.)
My shirt: Ralph Lauren