Happily Ever Eloped...Our Wedding Day

Once upon a time there was a woman and a man who really just wanted to be together. No big bells and whistles needed, just eachother, their beautiful children and the beginning of a new life and a happy family.

So they decided to play a little trick. They sent out invitations to their loved ones to an "Engagement Party"

Then escaped for the day to the Kansas City Public Library, where they said their vows and happily toasted to ever after.

Meanwhile, their friends and family gathered at a winery, where they found beautiful flowers, stacks of books, the couple's favorite quotes and lots and lots of wine. 

And just when they thought the "engaged couple" was late for the party, they watched a "slideshow" of photos and found out this was much more than just an engagement party: 

It was a wedding reception. 

And this is how happy we are were:

And we're feeling pretty good about it. 

That's What She Read's Perfect Books for Autumn Reading

For the next couple of months, your Pinterest is going to be jam packed with pumpkin crafts and wreaths made of burlap and leaves. Your Instagram will have countless manicured hands grasping steaming cups of PSL and Facebook will be colored with school pride as moms post selfies while huddled together in the football stadium. And while I will undoubtedly and unashamedly be participating in all of these Autumn festivities, the main thing I love to do in Fall (besides trying to pass leggings as pants) is to cozy up on the couch with the windows open reading a great book. In case you need a couple of book suggestions so that you can do the same, here's my list of perfect books to read in the Fall. Some old, some new, but all meant to get you in the mood for my favorite season of the year!

Little Women-This classic is a must. It's the perfect setting for the season, plus any story about sisters gives me a warm and cozy feeling. When I read this as a little girl, I remember tying blankets around my waste to pretend I had dresses like the March girls.

The One and Only by Emily Giffin- She's the genius author behind Something Blue, Something Borrowed and Baby Proof so you know you can't go wrong. This book is perfect for Fall because it's allll about football. And there's nothing better than enjoying a great game, tailgate food and hoodie sweatshirts on a cool crisp October game day, right? Shea is a Texas girl and a University of Walker graduate who bleeds teal- the team color of her alma mater-and there's nothing she wouldn't do to make sure that her favorite football team makes the playoffs. Falling in love with her best friend's father and the head coach of her beloved team might not have been the best play, but it definitely makes for a great game.

Cider House Rules ) This is just a classic that would be perfect for a chilly morning. Plus it has cider in the title, which is oveall, the only acceptable autumn drink.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed- There's something about Fall that makes me appreciate nature. And really, what else can make you feel one with nature more than a real-life account of a woman's 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Northwest Trail? Not to mention, Reese Witherspoon is starring in the movie version right now so read and watch!

The Night Circus by Erin Morenstern - There's magic, beautiful costumes and mystery, so it's a perfect story to get you in the mood for All Hallow's Eve.

Autumn Getaway by Jennifer Gracen - It's all in the title. Plus, golden falling leaves adorn the cover so it passes that test too. Sometimes, sweaters, leggings and a cool breeze just call for a good romance that you can cozy up on the couch with. 

The Witches of East End- Melissa Beauchamp -Here's another great read to get you in the mood for Halloween. Plus, the next best thing to do in the Fall if you are not reading is to binge watch a TV show and I've heard great things about this one. 

What is on your reading list for next couple of months?

What Makes Me Happy

What makes me happy? It seems like a simple question, but I guess I am lucky to have discovered that there are many many little ways to make me smile. 

First and foremost, my kiddos.

More specifically:

The way Reese rolls her eyes when I can understand her because of her speech pwobwem.
The way Ryder's eyes light up when he's describing his latest Lego invention (a submarine/lawn mower, perhaps).
The way my one goofy grin can make them giggle, now matter what.
The way the top of their heads smell after being warmed from the sun.
The way Reese looks like in a ballet leotard. 

The way my freckles appear on their noses.
They way they constantly search for information about everything: why the moon appears in the daylight, why they have to go to bed, why I tell them to talk to their stuffed animals at bedtime when "don't I know that they are just stuffed with stuffing and can't talk back?"
Watching them discover new things, like the thrill of picking fruits and eating them, right from the tree or their faces when we

Other things that make me happy & brighten my day:


Velveeta Shells and Cheese
Chips and salsa
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Endless access to ketchup...and the freeing feeling of not being ashamed that I love ketchup so much.
Moscato on ice. 
Speaking of Manfriend, pretty much anything h does makes me happy. When he's not busy spilling my wine.

Complete silence so I can read uninterrupted

Reading books that are going to become huge hits before anyone else discovers how great they are or become movies. So I can say "Called it!"

Discovering quotes, poems and scripture that speak to me, heal my soul or calm my nerves.
Anthropologie. Paper Source. Target (alone, with Starbucks in hand)
Fall scented everything.
Skinny Caramel Machiato lattes, piping hot.
Morning Express with Robin 
Playing games with my kids on the Ipad. 
19 Kids in Counting. 
Studying Spelling Words
Random Acts of Kindess (giving and receiving)

My family, my kids, being a mom. Bringing smiles.

It's all pretty easy stuff, am I right?