January 1, 2015


2014 was a a fast and fun year with lots of house stuff and our downtown challenge.

For 2015 I have 35 on the mind:
35 miles of trails + 35 days of swimming + giving 35 challenge
  • Use 35 miles of trails - Explore DFW's urban hiking scene by finding 35 different miles of local trails to hike/bike/walk by the end of the year (not including vacation hiking). Matt's in on this one too.
  • Swim 35 times - Now that I know how short the swim season is we need to get in more, plus I need to work on my sweet jumps. Maybe 35 times is too easy, we'll see...
  • Keep working on my Giving 35 challenge (12 down, 23 to go) by my birthday in September
Plus-keep taking a photo of the week, hopefully go on an extra-long summer vacation, finish a few minor house projects (as it turns 90), and see Matt graduate this year. I know how lucky I am to enjoy such fun.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

December in Review

-Lots of special work events (Christmas caroling, Frozen movie night, PJ day, parties, etc.) and dinners with friends
-A special trip to "the death star" for the Cowboys vs. Colts game for Matt with Sean thanks to free suite tickets, lucky guy
-Enjoyed a relaxing winter break at home: reading+working out for me, disc golf+dissertation for Matt. Last year was too busy with moving and next year we're heading to DC so we soaked it in at home this time.
-3 days of Christmas celebrations: chili at our house on Christmas day, tamales in Carrollton with M+J+L, and enchiladas with the extended family on Saturday - fun times!
-NYE at our house with the Sieling crew

Around Downtown Challenge

Around the House
-Decorated for Christmas
-Finished the winter yard work with 7 bags of leaves
-Trimmed/removed dead branches the oak tree in the side yard
-Rehung the hall bathroom pocket door
-Filled the rest of the outdoor planters with pansies and cabbages as the fall flowers died

And a look back at my 2014 Goals too:
  • Eat at all the restaurants in downtown McKinney - yep & it was awesome. Standouts for me were anything at Hutchins, Rick's, or Cadillac Pizza, a glass of wine on the patio at Landon, deviled eggs at Harvest, and the bacon-pimento cheese melt at Snug - so good!
  • Blog our new old house as we get moved in - yes
  • Find a new place to volunteer - since I ended up changing jobs I replaced this goal with 'work lots of uncompensated days over the summer' or what I like to think of as the 'volunteering at work' that teachers do so well. I did get started my Giving 35 goal for next year though.
  • Go on a big road trip this summer - 4 Corners Vacation
  • Keep taking weekly photos (for the 5th year) - yes
January :: February :: March :: April :: May :: June
July :: August :: September :: October :: November

December 28, 2014


Our 1st year in our new old house {via Instagram}
Chop goes the cottonwood tree
 Lots of this...
Year one done for us, year 89! done for the house.

December 22, 2014

For Mike

- Another Fun Year -