October 11, 2014

The Next Birthday Challenge - Giving 35

I love a bucket list, so as a personal challenge I'm going to give to the community 35 ways before I turn 35 next September.

Either in $35 increments or time spend directly impacting the community (so I'm not counting internal volunteering with Junior League or work). For the rest of my 34th year, I'm on alert for extra ways to give. Can't wait!

Giving 35, in time or money....
  1. September 18 - $35 to North Texas Giving Day
  2. October 11 - $35 to 5th grade Camp Jolt trip fund
Upcoming:
October 16 - Get Out the Vote with Collin County League of Women Voters
October 26 - American Girl Fashion Show
October 28 - Book Fair Night
December 2 - McClure Caroling
Clean-up my neighborhood parks and trails
Donate to my sorority
Donate to my colleges
Donate to school PTO fundraisers

September 30, 2014

September in Review

Adventures
-Continued my birthday fun with DQ blizzards, baked ziti, and dress like a cowboy day at work (plus a sweet serenade by a cute first grade class)
-Dinners with friends for my birthday and plus a fun surprise dinner at Mexican Sugar for Megan's birthday
-Lots of learning through Junior League with a weekend-long workshop for Facilitative Leadership training, a graphic skills class, and my 2nd book club meeting for All the Light We Cannot See - an awesome WWII historical fiction read
-September in McKinney = Oktoberfest, we visited the square Friday and Saturday for German fun, and hosted our first Oktoberfest party Saturday night for a crew of 20 now that we're just down the street

Around Downtown Challenge
-No where new but return trips to Patina Green, Bayou Jack's, and the Pantry... and 8 more places left before 2015

Around the House
-Bought/assembled a small composting bin behind the garage
-Replaced switches and sockets from cream to white downstairs
-Replanted sego palm from Shannon+Andy and converted old pot into hose holder
-Updated upstairs bathroom with new shower curtain, towel holder, and accessories for guests
-Uprooted and returned dead plants (4 germanders and 3 big holly bushes) to Lowe’s and Home Depot - boo for dead plants but yay for the one-year guarantee
-Replanted potted the hostas in containers to the side yard and added 2 petunias and 3 pansy pots for the winter
-Matt started raking and collecting fallen leaves, the bagged leaf count is up to 7 and it's barely begun

2014

September 7, 2014

Labor Day Birthday

Another year, another fun holiday weekend. After the busiest first week of school in years, we kept it low key for labor day with local fun and lounging around the house.

And since 34 is in the books, I guess it's already time for a 35-before-35 challenge. For 30-before-30 I did a lot of new things just to enjoy myself. For 35 I have a plan in the works with a generosity spin.

Meanwhile....Hipster Dallas Saturday:
Truck Yard for craft beer & food trucks
Nasher Sculpture Center
Opening day at The Shed @ Dallas Farmer Market
Four Corners Brewery // Trinity Groves
Yay for birthdays!

Nine Months in 1925 {Outside House Pictures}

Somehow it's already been nine months since we moved into our new house I will admit our yards are looking awesome (thanks Matt).
We never thought of ourselves as "pool people" but with a shady swimming hole in our backyard it's easy to enjoy a summer outside. In the past 6 months we've expanding our patio furniture collection drastically, and we ended up re-doing every bed around the house. That wasn't the original plan, but with time on our hands it's nice to have that finished. Can't wait to see it get established over the next few seasons.

There is still one big thing to do this year - fix the porch! We need to replace the slats and decorate a little (porch swing maybe?) before it's time to renew our homeowners insurance. For the most part though, the outside of the 1925 house is good to go until next spring. Some pics....
9 Months In:
Compost bin & smoker live behind the garage. ///// The Confederate Jasmine made it to the top!