Jul 14, 2014

Mom's Visit + My Love for Maryland

Happy Monday beautiful girls! As I mentioned in my last blog post, my Mommy came to visit Rico & I for the weekend. She had to visit a property in Waco for work so she ended up making it a weekend trip so she could enjoy the weekend with us! She came in on Friday and left Sunday. Depsite the bad storms in Maryland, she arrived only 15 minutes after her original arrival time. I Thank God that he covered her during her travels!
Mom & I at Happy Hour on Friday. We didn't take many pics as we were catching up since Rico had not seen her since we got married and I had not seen her since Mother's Day.
 
On Saturday, mom and I went shopping! We started at the Tory Burch store in Highland Park Village. My mom has never owned any TB shoes so I figured it was time to welcome her to the TB fam and there was no better way than to visit an actual TB boutique location. She really enjoyed herself and ended up walking away with two pair of new shoes. From there, we went to the Dallas Galleria to do some shopping at Pandora and Banana Republic. My mom is always very specific about where she wants to go when she is here. Turns out Pandora had a deal going on and so did Banana Republic. Mom purchased me two new Pandora charms for my existing bracelet and eight new charms for her bracelet, which her bracelet is nearly filled now. My bracelet was already filled before we went into the store but I decided to pass down one charm to both of my younger sisters to make room for the two new ones. After Pandora, we cleaned house in BR scoring 8 items (4 items each) for $167! The sale they had going on was EPIC!
One of the pairs of shoes Mommy picked up!


Our damage at Banana Republic.


Right before we left the Taste of Dallas

Babe & I at Taste of Dallas

The other charm my Mom got for me with the pink pearl!
Mommy's bracelet with all of the new charms and her old ones!
Later on Saturday, we went to the Taste of Dallas at Fair Park. My mom is currently on the Daniel Fast that she does twice a year so we were happy that the Taste of Dallas offered some vegan options for her to enjoy. Rico & I on the other hand enjoyed boudin, fried catfish, chicken gyros and more.
On Sunday, we started the day with attending service at St. John Unleashed in Southlake followed by brunch at Hattie's in the Bishop Arts District. We then watched a movie back at our home before she had to leave for the airport. After she left, babe & I finally got to watch Captain Phillips because it was available via AT&T On Demand. Then I prayer and closed my eyes...preparing myself for a new week and asking God to rest my heart because when family visits...it always makes living in Texas hard.

 
The dress my Mom bought for me when we went to Banana Republic. The belt is separate from the dress and
I bought it from Anthropologie months ago.



 
The Stargazer lilies babe surprised me with on Friday.

I am convinced that although I love living in Texas...there is no place like home. Maryland does something for me that no other place does. And while I may spend the rest of my days in Texas, Maryland will always be home sweet home. I often try to convince myself that it is no longer home since I haven't lived there in 10+ years but no matter how long its been...the DMV area still makes my heart skip a beat. My mom told us stories this weekend of my grandfather working at the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Feels Point and her years growing up in Turner Station. I have a different level of appreciation for U.S. steelworkers knowing that my grandfather's hands helped to build this country...yet in his retirement, my Mom has to take care of him because his pension and social security isn't enough to afford him the quality of life he once had. Not to mention, he is not the man he once was due to losing his memory and his battle with cancer. I say all this to say...there is no place like home. And I can understand why Lebron James wanted to return to Cleveland to potentially finish his career. There is a feeling home gives you that makes you feel as though no other place will ever compare. I now will proudly look down at my Pandora bracelet often because my crab charm will forever be a constant reminder of where I came from.