A Great Weekend

This past weekend Chris and I traveled home to see my parents. My sister Claire, her husband William, and my niece Evelyn also came so we had a great time being all together. The last time I was  home was in June and at the time my parents were in the process of remodeling their kitchen and living area so I saw it all torn apart. However, since then it has finally gotten finished and I couldn’t wait to see it! I love seeing home transformations with before and after pictures. Sadly, I don’t have pictures to show you what it looked like before. It was not at all bad, but my family agreed that it was lacking in many areas so it was well worth the wait. Here are some pics of the new kitchen.

In addition to the kitchen, my parents decided to take an existing outdoor porch we had and convert it to be part of the house and living room. It really opens up the space and I think it flows a little better now.

This picture was a little dark but you still get the idea.

This room is what used to be the porch, and what is nice is that it now connects directly to the garage so you don’t have to walk outside to get inside anymore. My mom also had the house decorated for Halloween and it all looked so festive!

Saturday night we headed out to have dinner at a new seafood place that my parents have recently discovered. It was out near the beach and right on the pier with really pretty views. While we were there we learned that it is a popular place for fishermen because they can dock their boats and bring in the fish they caught that day and the restaurant will cook it for them. Sounds like a good deal to me! So as you can imagine we ate our weight in fried fish, but it tasted so good since it had been a while.

Overall, we had a great time being with my family and spending some quality time at home.

I hope you all have a great week ahead!

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Busy Bees and Ice Tees

Yes, I know it has been way too long since I last posted. It has been so long that some of our friends and family have e-mailed asking if we are OK? Ha! So I thought I would do a quick catch up of what we have been up to lately. So far our school year has been going great, but as always we are super busy. However, this particular year I am even busier than before because I am taking two masters classes instead of my normal one. So with two classes comes more work and more of a time commitment, but I am doing it because I will have one more class next semester and then I can graduate! I can’t wait!  Even though I am going to LOVE being a librarian one day, being in school, especially these past 2 months, has kept me from some fun outings with Chris or friends, and that is what I can’t wait to get to back to! For instance I haven’t gotten to go to the dog park as much with this lil’ lady and Chris.

Also, this weekend the weather has been really beautiful so when Chris took Coco yesterday he said there were tons of pugs at the park. This one, whose name is Barbara Streisand, is there a lot, and is good friends with Coco.

I am so thankful that Chris and Coco have been so understanding about me being super busy these days. That is why I love them!

Speaking of the weather, just this weekend it has cooled off enough to actually feel like fall, but up to last Thursday it was still so hot here in Dallas it was ridiculous. The heat last week made me remember that I totally forgot to tell y’all about a great new product that my sister-in-law Emily and good friend Megan have come up with. Both Emily and Megan were sorority sisters with me and were best friends with my older sister Claire. Emily became my sister-in-law when my sister married her older brother, so it is fun that we are now family. Anyways living in Texas, Emily and Megan understand how hot the Texas heat can be so they invented a T-shirt called the IceTee:

“The IceTee is a moisture wicking t-shirt, fitted with reusable, cooling gel packs at the primary cool-down points – the neck, spine, and armpits. The shirt is light, durable and acts as an impregnable barrier to nature’s heat rays. The IceTee’s gel packs cool critical points of the body before, during and after working out or for any activity in the heat. As a result, your body stays cool and dry and you no longer have to wait for your core temperature to lower. The IceTee is the perfect solution for any recreational activity – ranging from mowing the lawn, to walking the dog, to cooling you down after a long run.”

Isn’t that cool (no pun intended)?! If you want to learn more about the IceTee and see about getting one, feel free to visit www.theicetee.com

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend. Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts!


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The end of summer

Tomorrow Chris and I head back to work at our schools. This week is our week to get everything ready and then next Monday the kids come back. Even though it has been a super busy summer while I took more classes for my masters and completed my library science practicum, it still was a great summer, even if it was stressful at times. I accomplished a lot and I am ready to get back into the routine of things. Sure, starting a new school year is tough. Having a brand new group of students to get to know, and having to start from square one takes patience. Reteaching rules and expectations can get tiresome, especially since this will be my 9th year to do it, but the kids eventually get the hang of it and things start to get easier. So to me the end of summer is always bittersweet.

Here are some random pictures from our summer that I never had a chance to post. A few are of me at my practicum in the libraries I worked in and then the rest are of a fun family trip we got to take to Breckenridge, Colorado. It was our one trip of the summer and it was great!

Me on my first day at the high school library I worked in. It was a huge library and really beautiful!

Lots of windows and natural light.

Their mascot was a bobcat.

Sadly, I never got a picture of my mentor librarian at the high school.

After I was done at the high school I started at an elementary library.

This is me and my mentor librarian, Mary. She was so sweet and helpful. I learned a lot from her.

This was my last day where we held a party for the kids who read the most books over the summer.

Mary hired a clown and the kids loved her! I have always kind of had a fear of clowns, but this one was not scary at all! Ha!



Then onto our fun trip to Breckenridge. Here are just a few of our pictures from there.

This was the view of the mountains from the house we rented.

Our street view along with some pretty flowers.

More breathtaking mountain views. The weather was just as great as the views.

Me and my sister Claire.

Chris and I

Me and my parents. Our main reason for this trip was to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary!

Claire and I about to ride the Alpine Slide. It was like a sled with wheels and so much fun!

Another beautiful view from a hike we went on.

Our family picture on our front porch of our house.


Overall we had a great time, and a wonderful summer!







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4th of July Weekend

We had a great 4th of July weekend! My family and Chris’ family came to visit us and it was so nice spending time with them all. My parents arrived on Friday night and we went over to my cousin’s house to see her and her husband, and their 3 kids before they left to go out of town for the weekend. Then on Saturday Chris’ family arrived, and we all had fun hanging out at our house, going to eat lunch at Matt’s, and heading to NorthPark mall to walk around and try to stay cool. It was so HOT!  That evening Chris and I (but mostly Chris) made a BBQ pork shoulder roast along with some yummy appetizers and sides and we all had a nice dinner.  As usual I failed miserably at taking pictures because a) I was busy hosting and b) whenever I am around Chris’ family I forget to take pictures because they all have their cameras out so I don’t want to hassle with getting mine out too. So I don’t really have any pictures from Saturday or of my parents :( but if you hop on over to my SIL or MIL’s blogs you will see some great ones. And Chris did manage to get one with Harper and I being silly. She looks super cute, me, not so much. Ha!

On Sunday my parents headed back home and that evening we went over to Chris’ Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tom’s house for dinner. They had prepared another wonderful meal for us all, and it was fun seeing Kathy and Tom, Chris and Kelly’s cousins, Molly and Jackson, and his grandma Shirley. This time we managed to get a full family picture that turned out cute!

We really enjoyed seeing everyone even though it is always too quick of a trip.



One of the other highlights of the weekend was that we got to show off our redone bathroom to our families and my parents even got to be the first to use it! We literally put the finishing touches on it the day before they all arrived!  Here are some before and after pics.









So overall we are pleased with the end result, because our old bathroom was looking pretty dated as you can see.


We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and I hope you did as well! 


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