November 20, 2016

A + M = 11

 We celebrated 11 with brunch x2 this year - time flies, as usual.
(The Theodore and window shopping at NorthPark + Sunday morning at Sixty Vines)
Happy anniversary to us!

November 4, 2016

38 Years of Adventures

Happy Anniversary Mom+Dad!

September 30, 2016

Q3 2016

Adventures in Quarter 3

July
-Wrapped up summer with pool time and TV (Black Mirror, Bloodlines, Stranger Things, and other randomness)
-Took a quick trip to Austin for a book review committee meeting and a few panel discussions, book nerd fun!
-Enjoyed our big summer road trip to Colorado + hitting out 60th national park site together

August
-Back to work we go - started year 3 at my "new" school and year 4 for Matt as a full-timer
-Hosted a visit from the Abbott crew/cousin swim party, cute Lydia brings the crowds out and it was great to see everyone
-The "Trump house" next door ramped up, I'll post the whole story when the election season comes to an end

September
-Fun in Waco for my Magnolia/Mammoth Birthday
-McKinney Oktoberfest - 3 visits in 2 days with various friends and one of our favorite downtown events, Sunday was rained out or we would have been back
-Lots and lots of reading - for fun and book reviewing, my short room library is maxed out with 3 months to go. #firstworldpains
Plus lots of fun with friends at Kirk+Megan's new house, football with the Motts, and grilling/swimming/disc golf/fantasy football/etc.

 


House Updates
-Nothing-woo hoo! Just some general yard and pool maintenance for the summer and lots of time in the den enjoying summer vacation (updated interior photos).
{View from above thanks to the Gage's hot air balloon excursion}

-Adventures in 2016-

September 11, 2016

Waco Birthday

Magnolia & mammoths for 36! We celebrated my birthday/Labor Day this month with a fun daytrip to Waco.
For this quick getaway, we visited Fixer Upper's Magnolia Market, did some shopping downtown at the Spice Village, toured the Waco Mammoth National Monument, and enjoyed lunch overlooking the Brazos on the patio at Manny's on the River. We left early enough to get to Waco in time to beat traffic and get back to town in time to take a nap, shop in downtown McKinney, and enjoy a movie at home. Yay!
I also got to celebrate earlier with my parents - shoe shopping, dinner at Love & War in Texas, and some fancy desserts from the new Asian bakery 85C.
Lucky me, another fun birthday!

August 20, 2016

#findyourpark - NPS Love


We hit a travel milestone on our Colorado trip this summer when we added National Park Service brochure number 60 to our collection. Woo-hoo! I've got to admit that's more parks, monuments, and historical sites then I realized we'd seen. They add up quick when you visit DC plus make all the battlefield stops.

We realize how fortunate we are to get to explore together and are thankful for getting to take advantage of America's best idea. Lots of travel time is by far one of the best perks of teacher life. Wonder how old we'll be when we make it to brochure 100?

Left on the bucket list are the Oregon/Washington/California parks, Acadia in Maine, back to Glacier, getting Matt to Alaska, and hopefully, many more. Happy 100th Birthday NPS!
Faves:
Colorado 2016 \ 2014 \ 2013 \ 2012 \ 2010
Utah 2014 \ 2013 
Grand Canyon South Rim 2011 \ North Rim 2014
 DC 2010 \  2012
Yellowstone-Grand Teton 20102012 
Where to next?