Sunday, August 14, 2016

Before and After

Our move back to Texas has taken my breath away...and my words right along with it. I'm hopeful that my voice will eventually return, but, in the meantime, perhaps you'd like to see some before and after shots of our remodeling project. (The "before" shots appear on the left. Click on photos to enlarge.)

New paint outside

The view from the front door:
Sunk-in living room to the left, dining room behind that, wine bar to the right

Looking back towards the front door from the dining room

Wine Bar

2nd Living Room


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Home Owners

Yesterday, we officially became homeowners again. We've done this many times, but this is the first time we've immediately started a big remodel job on a new house. In fact, I'm not even sharing any pictures of the house, because, by the time we are finished, it will hardly resemble the house we bought. It's interesting and exciting, and we can't wait to see how it all comes out. We will be moving in next week, and hopefully the plastic will be removed from some of the surfaces by then and I can share pics.

My favorite thing about the house is the mature grapevine covering the back porch

Monday, July 18, 2016

Christmas in July

On Friday, Ruth returned from her three-week camp in NY, and we picked her up in Houston. We then got to spend the weekend with family we haven't seen in far too long, including one member whom we were meeting for the very first time. We also celebrated our sweet niece/cousin's 3rd birthday. Victoria picked a Christmas theme for her July birthday, so we had lots of fun with that. 

Birthday Breakfast

It wasn't hard to tell what these two were actually after!

Victoria and Clay had so much fun playing dress-up

Sweet birthday girl
(Flamingo is her favorite animal, so that's who you see
poking out from behind the Christmas tree.)

A new cousin to love

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spirit Day

Max (and Dad) totally rocked Spirit Day at robot camp

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Eight and a half

Max has already been eight for six months, and I can hardly believe it! He spent most of his day at robot camp, which was just about as good as it could get for him. When we picked him up, we took him over to McDonald's, a place we rarely patronize, so he was ecstatic! Later, we presented him with a couple of gifts that made his little engineering heart flutter: a box of Kinex building toys and a Perplexis puzzle ball, which he has been eying for a long time. We are proud of this guy and can't believe how quickly he is growing up! 

Eight and a half

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Several pretty big things

  • Today, I drove a car for the first time in over a year. Part of that driving happened during a pretty major thunderstorm. But, I'm happy to report that I have not forgotten how to drive, and I got us safely to all our destinations (including taking shelter at a Sonic to protect our new car from falling tree branches and what felt like could turn into a hail storm).
  • I got a much needed haircut this morning and am so happy with my new cut and what is sure to become my new salon.
  • I bought a pair of denim shorts for about $5 at a cool little thrift store, because it is hotter than blue blazes here in Texas, and I don't have appropriate clothes for that. I passed up sweet deals on two pairs of shoes, though, because I don't have room for them in my bag, and I don't really need them. (And because I'm not quite emotionally ready to say good-bye to the shoes that have literally carried me all over the world, even though they seriously need to be replaced.)
  • We signed a contract on a house today, in what may be one of the fastest real estate deals in history.
  • We found the local Mexican food restaurant closest to our new house and gave it a try, because this is an important part of our option period. Anamia's definitely passed the test, so it looks like we'll be able to move forward with the purchase.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

A Texas welcome

Texas greeted us this morning around 6:00 am with a warm embrace. And things just continued to heat up from there. However, he did manage to keep it below the 100 degree mark (just barely), which seemed to be his way of saying "Welcome back."

After a shower and a good breakfast, we jumped right into real world stuff, with trips to the bank and car dealership, in order to procure a new set of wheels. This is our first truly new car since before we had kids, so it kind of felt like a big deal. Of course, we have kids, so the new car smell will surely wear off sooner than it otherwise would. I'm including a picture, because this may be the last day the car is ever this pretty again.

Our new ride

With the ability to locomote, we were off to accomplish our only other goal of the day, which was to eat at Chuy's. As a bonus, my mom met us there, which was the only thing that could have made the experience better!

After lunch, Mom snagged the boys and whisked them away for a weekend of being spoiled silly. It's going to be awesome!

Jeff and I stayed behind so we can start the process of settling back in to something like normal life. Today, we mostly just drove around, trying to get a feel for this new land in which we find ourselves, a land just north of Dallas, which has up to now been utterly unfamiliar to us. Tomorrow, we will hit the floor running, as we begin the search for both a commercial space and a residence.

So, in case you thought our adventures were over, I would like to clarify that they are only changing. We look forward to embracing this new phase of  holo holo (adventuring), and we would love for you to continue to be part of our journey.