Our Trip To Dallas

This post has been written for...close to a month now, and I've finally gotten my act together to get it posted. Happy Sunday friends, here's to hoping we all have a great start to the work week!

We had the best time visiting Dallas, and a few other places in Texas. We flew from Charlotte to Dallas Love Field, and we both liked the airport in Dallas. It was easy to navigate and we rented a car from the Enterprise on site. A shuttle took us right there after we got off our flight, and it was such an easy process. We also flew Southwest for the first time and after a little blip on our end for our flight to Dallas, we figured out Southwest's system and had an easy flight back. Also, shout out to Southwest for streaming my Housewives on Bravo the whole flight. I'm sure Josh would want me to mention he watched football and golf, ha!

Our first full day in Dallas we spent at ATT Stadium at the Cowboys season opener. No matter if you are a Cowboy fan or not, if you're in Dallas during football season and the Cowboys have a home game...GO! I'm not kidding, you need to go. ATT Stadium was one of the craziest places I've ever been, and it was just massive and overwhelming. I mean, we ate our nachos chilling on a couch in the middle of the stadium before the game started, it was certainly an experience. They also do a big pregame show in their Miller Lite Plaza and there were DJs and performers, and concessions and everything in between. I'm also fairly certain I saw a least 7 DJs in different areas of the stadium once we were inside. It was kind of like a big party the whole time. We had such a great time and I really hope we are able to go back to another game one day.

On our second day in Dallas we went to Topgolf, per Josh's request. We went in the morning so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was a lot of fun and sort of like bowling...but golfing...if that makes any sense, haha! After we finished up at Topgolf, we went in to downtown Dallas and visited the JFK Museum. Josh and I both thoroughly enjoyed going through the museum and seeing such a large part of America's history. It's always surreal to see the actual places where history took place. There was a big "X" in the middle of the road where Kennedy was shot and the part of the library where they believed Lee Harvey Oswald was perched was glassed off. It was eerie and fascinating all at the same time. After finishing up at the museum, we wandering around downtown Dallas going in a few shops and checking out their downtown area. We finished up the day visiting Reunion Tower where we were able to see the whole city. 

We hoped in our rental car on Tuesday, our third day, and headed south to Waco to visit...I'm sure you can guess...Magnolia Market! I may or may have gasped when we rounded the corner and saw the Silos :) Dramatic, I know. We had such a fun and leisurely day at Magnolia. I'm so glad we chose to go on a Tuesday, it wasn't a bit packed and we were able to navigate the store and the grounds with ease, which I know enhanced the experience for us. Not one detail of the grounds were overlooked and it truly was an experience. It was all perfectly "Joanna". We bought a few things in the store, then headed to the bakery where we had chocolate chip cookies that were bigger than our faces and I also had a lemon and lavender cupcake and I say this in all honesty, it was the best cupcake I have ever had. It was the perfect amount of sweet and tart and just wonderful altogether. Also, a fun note about the bakery is that they give you a card to mark exactly what you want when you go in, so that when we get in line you just pass your car to the cashier and go on your way to the pick up line. I can imagine this really helps with bottle necking on busy Saturdays. We ate at one of the food trucks on site, Milo, and if you ever go, get the truffle fries. Pure goodness! After seeing all that Magnolia had to offer, we got back in the car and headed north to Fort Worth.

Someone mentioned to me that Fort Worth did a cattle drive down one of the main roads and as soon as I heard "cattle", I knew we had to go. I never pass up an opportunity to see a cow...or a steer :) Fort Worth truly felt like we had been transported to the wild west. The Stock Yards screamed "old world" and I adored watching the cattle walk down the street. You are able to stand on the sidewalk and they just stroll right by you. We also went into the Stock Exchange which was really neat to see. They still have working offices in the exchange and we saw where they still do cattle auctions and trades today! We took a peek at the steer in their pens before they did the cattle drive and they were all taking a nap, it was so darn sweet! We were standing right by one when it woke up and started stretching. And as crazy as I know I sound, watching an animal that big being so sleepy and getting up to stretch its legs was just so.stinking.cute.

We had two really memorable meals in Dallas. One was mexican and one was BBQ. The mexican blew South Carolina's mexican food out of the water, oh my goodness it was heavenly. Also, we had beef brisket at the BBQ joint and I have no words. So delicious. So thumbs up to you, Texas, for the awesome mexican and BBQ. It's also so neat to see how different the landscape in Texas is. They don't have tons of huge trees lining their highways and roads like we do, so everything truly felt 10 times bigger than home. The expanse just went on and on and on, it felt like you could always see for miles and miles, no matter which way you looked. And a Texas sunset, my goodness, just stunning. 

We had such a fun trip and it was great to put a pause on reality for a few days. I know traveling isn't everyones cup of tea, but I am just so thankful for the opportunity to travel with Josh and get to experience the world together. Seeing new places, meeting new places, and taking new adventures just fill me up so much. Travel is always high on my list of priorities and I hope and pray that we are able to always travel together and create these fun memories. 


Blogtember Day 23: Family Recipe

My very favorite family recipe is my Granny Blanton's pound cake. I've blogged about it before and you can find the recipe here. I am a huge fan of pound cake, it's one of my favorite desserts! 

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It is the very best pound cake in the world, I promise you. You won't be a bit disappointed if you try out this pound cake, and I'm willing to bet if you tried it on your family and friends they'd be satisfied too! Everyone in our family is always begging Granny to make her pound cake for us and she happily gave me the recipe a couple of years ago. I know as she gets older it gets tougher to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so any time I can help out and make a pound cake I'm more than happy to! Although, my family would probably still say Granny has that magic touch that makes hers the very best, I'd like to think mine is a close second. 


Blogtember Day 9: A Trip

Wahoo, it's Friday! I hope you've had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead! Today's prompt for Blogtember is: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

I would love to be able to travel to Australia one day. I'd love to learn a bit more about their history and of course see their beaches! Have any of you been before? 

What has been your favorite destination you've ever visited? I was able to go to England while I was in college, and I really hope that one day Josh and I can go together, I know he would love visiting and the history over there would just send his excitement over the edge! 

Have a fantastic weekend my friends!


Blogtember Day 8: House Tour

Hey friends, Happy Thursday! I'm really enjoying this link up and have got to get on sending comments back and visiting all the blogs! Hoping I may have some down time in the airport on Saturday on our way to Dallas to play a little catch up. Starting my new job this week meant beginning to adapt to a new routine and schedule, so I'm a little out of whack ;) 

I snapped these photos quickly last week of our house. It's on my to-do list to get some great photos of the house that we can treasure forever. We've been here three years now and feel very settled in to our style. I'd love to do a home shoot, maybe for our anniversary this year, and get photos of our home and us in it. I would treasure those forever! I only took one shot of our guest room, and not a very good one, none of our office and none of our outdoor space. I'm going to get some of out outdoor space ASAP. We've worked too hard on it to not show it off ;) haha! I hope you enjoy taking a little visit into our home. 

I'd describe our style as very Southern, lots of blues, whites and greens. We like for things to be comfortable and for the house to feel lived in. We like to decorate with pictures of ourselves and Murphy, ha! And we really love maps, hence the HUGE map of the Augusta National Golf Club on the wall in the kitchen. You are welcome, Joshua :) 

Welcome to the Colvin abode!


Blogtember Day 7: Joy

Let's jump right in with five things that bring me joy!


Weekends away with this gal! My mom and I are sort of attached at the hip. She's one of my very best friends and one of our favorite things to do together is to skip town a few weekends a year and go shopping. Currently we go to Charleston on Memorial Day weekend and in early September head up to Greenville. We actually just got back from our Greenville trip this past weekend. 


My husband, Josh. This one is certainly a no brainer, but I'm especially thankful for him this month as I think about us celebrating three years of marriage in just a few weeks. 


Murphy. This one doesn't need a whole bunch of explanation either but my goodness do Josh and I love the heck of out this dog. 


Our home. Our sweet little house brings me immense amounts of joy. I love having a place to come home to each day that is a safe haven, place of rest, and four walls that have and will continue to hold a lot of memories.

Cooking and baking! I have come to love spending time in my kitchen and I love preparing dinner each time to feed my husband, and I love when others gather in our home and I am able to feed them.