For those in need of a fool-proof summer recipe, look no further than this: turky + feta meatballs with lemon orzo salad (c/o Hello Adams Family Blog). It’s easy, summer-y, and consistently good. Honestly, I’ve never been much of a meatball fan, but I do like these (and Creighton says these are top-notch, while still feeling light). What really gets me is the lemon orzo salad. If dinner parties were a thing in 2020, I’d be making a side of that all the time!
2. Creighton sent this article from Apartment Therapy my way last week, and it’s too cool a story not to share. The article features the home of a woman who has a rare disease called Grapheme-Color Synesthesia, or in other words, her “brain “sees” letters and numbers as having specific colors.” So, her brain associates specific colors with words. For example, here are some color schemes associated with the words that best correlate to each room in her house…
Check out the article to see how the homeowner decorated each room of her house with colors that “meant something.” My favorite of her rooms was the sweet little sunroom below.
3. My beloved sister Sarah is moving home to Texas after an 8 year detour in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s set to arrive in her new home of Austin tomorrow, and believe me when I say that I’ve been counting down the days. Here’s to you and your new adventure, Sarah!
4. I’ve worn this cute new headband every day this week. How much do I love it? Let me count the ways: it is not too big or bulky; it covers quarantine hair; and it looks like the Mi Golondrina ones that fancy girls wear, but it’s cheaper. win, win, win.
5. This last Sunday night, we experienced the most beautiful, full double-rainbow while grabbing some ice cream at Andy’s frozen custard. Just a small, but timely reminder of hope.
It’s Friday, friends! Here are some highlights from this week…
It’s no secret that the band formally known as The Dixie Chicks has been a love of mine since the single-digit years of my life. Well, the girls are back with their brand spankin’ new album “Gaslighter,” and I’m here to tell you it’s good. Even if you’re not a fan of country music, you should give it a listen. The song “My Best Friend’s Weddings” is so sad and wonderful all at the same time.
2. A few weeks back I took a stroll around my favorite Marshall’s in Dallas (which also happens to be sketchy as heck) and found these whitewashed wicker ottomans for only $50. I love a good deal, so they made their way back to the Dryden home (though I still haven’t decided if I’m keeping them for good). Currently they’re living at the end of our bed, but I think they’d be cute under an acrylic console table too.
3. It’s been a minute since I’ve loved anything I’ve read, but I am definitely intrigued by “The Guest List,” a thriller written from five different perspectives. Only 30 pages in, but so far I’m hooked. That Reese Witherspoon really knows what she’s doing, huh?
4. Not much else is going on here in Dallas, Texas. Our city’s Covid numbers are shamefully high, so Creighton and I are hanging at home a lot and enjoying time together. It’s such a funny season of life (and let’s be honest: we’re talking “strange funny,” not “haha funny”), but I keep seeing glimpses of God’s loving kindness and faithfulness during this time. I am confident that He is loving us well through this. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
These are the glory days, folks!
KAT Currently listening to “My Best Friend’s Weddings” by The Chicks
One of the many things I’ve learned the past few months is that DANG it’s nice to be married to a contractor.
For those who don’t know, Creighton is a project manager for a residential home builder here in Dallas. So when he bought this house in 2017 (eight months before I was in the picture), he had a clear vision of what the 1957 home could become.
Though I’m now helping him with decision making + decor, this living area project was all him…and I couldn’t be more proud of him or happy with his decisions!
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a good ol’ before + after of our home’s living area.
B E F O R E
A F T E R
That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed.
KAT (Currently listening to “River” by Leon Bridges)
My sister Becca + her man Matt were married this past Saturday in Houston, Texas. It was a whirlwind of a weekend—full of joy…and also a little drama (always the makings of any memorable party, right?).
Here’s the story:
Phew, what a weekend. Mostly wonderful, but a tiny bit awful. I’m sure we’ll laugh about the whole thing one day in the distant future.
Oh, and in closing: my Maid of Honor speech…it’s in the form of a cheesy poem because, for better or worse, that’s my love language to Becca (see this and this for further explanation).
I have a tradition with Becca of writing her silly birthday poems each year, and so I thought, what better way to celebrate Becca and Matt then with a little poetry?
So without further ado, the wedding poem:
Becca, we have made it,
It’s your wedding day;
And as your Maid of Honor,
I have some words to say.
I’m happy for you + Matt, He loves you like no other; And personally, I’m excited, To finally gain a brother.
From triathlons to country dancing, Y’alls adventures have not been light; And now as the new Maddox’s, I’m sure it will be dynamite.
So here’s to Becca and Matt, And the love that they do carry; On behalf of all here I will say: Thank God they’re finally married.
Ok, thank you for putting up with me and my cheesy poem. In all sincerity, Becca and Matt are two of my favorite people. We all love you so much and are excited for the many Maddox adventures ahead. Cheers to Matt and Becca!
Currently listening to “Love the One You’re With” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
This is a big week for the Williamson family. We’re marrying off one of our own!
My oldest sister Rebecca is tying the knot to her man this Saturday in Houston, and we could not be more thrilled!
In honor of wedding week, I thought I’d share some pictures and details from Becca’s bachelorette party a few weeks ago. The weekend was held in Fredericksburg, TX, a place that is both a popular destination for bachelorette parties and a sweet, sentimental spot for the Williamson girls—we grew up nearby in San Antonio and visited Fredericksburg often!
One quick note to those who may want to bring a group to the wineries in Fredericksburg someday: we had the BEST shuttle driver, Rex. He’s an independent driver and the absolute kindest man. We actually lucked into his shuttle company, 19th Hole Wine Tours, because a larger, more corporate company that I booked ran out of drivers for the weekend and contracted him out to drive our group. Rex was wonderful and very professional. He’s also the father of all girls, which was so apparent with how he treated our group throughout the day. Highly recommend!
Dinner that night was at Hondos on Main, but I actually had to peace out right before, due to the fact that I work at a church and missing Sunday morning service was out of the question. But from what I hear, Hondos was great. It’s a casual grill and no reservations are necessary.
The girls spent one more night in the Air BNB and then headed home on Sunday morning.
We had a great time and celebrated Becca’s upcoming marriage with the best of ’em.
Currently listening to “New Years Day” by Taylor Swift