According to my Iphone

I love Fall.
I love everything about it.
Unfortunately, "Fall" is a little warmer down in the South ha but mother nature has given us a few pretty days lately and we have taken full advantage.

The best kind of view.
And halloween pjs make it that much better.

We had our "pre construction meeting" a couple weeks ago and gave the "GO" on our slab of dirt.
We are so excited.
That paper I'm holding is the official, "home building GO".
Kind of a big deal.
There is no hole digging in Texas so they have just started framing!

Target Ball. You never fail us.
Who knows how many germs are on that thing but Ryan insists having to hug it every time.

Oh the dog obsession.
The dog at White House Black Market at the mall looks just like Ryan's fake dog "spot" at home.
We don't ever go IN that store with Ryan around because he will go tackle the dog thinking it's his stuffed one from home.
As soon as he sees it through the window though, he runs up to the window and kisses the window.

So let's pull out a "real life" phone picture. Because some days are far from perfect HA.

Ryan likes testing my patience lately.
Look closely at the floor.  Crayon EVERYWHERE.
Awesome, child.

Funny story.
So he had just woken up, I leave the room for a minute and come back to this wonderful treat to start the day off.

As soon as I see it, I call out his name in a serious tone, "RYAN SPENCER POWELL!"

Before I could even explain WHAT he did wrong and WHY it was wrong....

he yells "yayan pencer owell!"

HA Repeats everything I say.

It was all I could do to keep a straight face in this situation.

Now every time he goes to that corner of the kitchen floor where he did his "crayon act" he points at the floor and yells "Yayan Pencer Owell!"

One night Aaron and I cried we were laughing so hard.

Colorful food makes me so happy.
This recipe was amazing. Pinterest success.
I just added grilled chicken to it and it was wonderful!
Southwest Chicken Salad with a Greek Yogurt Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette!

Because Red Mango cures any day.

Aaron came home to Ryan decked out in Texans gear playing catch with me.
Proudest husband / dad ever.
The first thing he said when he got out of the car was "My wife remembered there was a game tonight!?"
Proud moment in our marriage

And because I like us.
A lot.

Happiest Friday! XO

Karina Marie Powell


  1. Oh how hilarious, Madeleine does the same thing at the moment, parrots everything right back to us! But the honesty of this age is so precious too. I was asking her whether she was meant to be doing something, to which she said very frankly "nooooo". Step one for step two!! Have a gorgeous weekend xx

  2. Oh friend, I know exactly how you feel - our little SJ is driving us crazy with her little antics! Some are super cute and others just darn naughty! I love that Ryan's second name is Spencer - it is one of our boy name options.

    Are you around on Monday or Tuesday to catch up? Please send me your number x

  3. We made that salad this week too! greek panzanella is also super colorful and delish! and He is THE cutest!!

  4. i loved this! especially him repeating his name. kids are so good at making you laugh and love them even more even after they pull a stunt. haha! love it! oh and my girl LOVES the red target balls too. Overtime she yells "BALLLL!!!!" for the world to hear. and so exciting about your house :)

  5. OH.MY.GOD. He is getting SO big and he's getting even more handsome by the day! How is this possible?!!!

  6. Lol. Love that story about his name! Oh, the funny things these toddlers say. :) My two year old insists on jumping off the target ball too!

  7. So that's all I have to do to make my husband proud? haha, I guess I should try that sometime.

  8. Your hair is insaaaaaaaaane. So gorgeous!
    Oh Ryan Spencer Powell. You have my heart! Even though you color on the floor... you should be over that before you marry Mia, right? HA!