December 31, 2015


Adventures this month:
  • Made it to year 2 in the house (and added a new chesterfield couch from Wier's as an anniversary gift)
  • Enjoyed a great weekend with my Chisholm family - Prestonwood Baptist spectacular, dinner with cousins, and mini-reunion with sweet Grandma Evelyn
  • Our first trip to the Arlington Christkindl Market (and a German windmill has made it to my wish list)
  • Extra fun at work for the holidays - ugly sweaters, caroling with coworkers, sing-along assembly, painting party, and more. December at elementary school can't be beat!
  • Celebrated Christmas with gumbo at our house Christmas Eve, big family gathering at my Aunt Jenny's, small family in Carrollton, and lasagna night with Matt's mom
  • Plus lots of fun with friends - Snug w/Cheri, Pub with the Sielings and Motts, football at Shandy's, winning trivia at 903 Brewers (free beer!) with Sherman friends, and more.
  • Bonus: Matt won his big fantasy football draft for the 2nd time in 14 years, woo hoo....
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Goal Wrap Up

Giving 35 Challenge = 35/35

Donating time or money 35 times before my 35th birthday in September.
Done and awesome!

Hike 35 Miles = 26/35

Kind of fizzed out on this one but still enjoyed 26 miles of new trails.
4 miles - 1/24/15 - Towne Lake Park Trail + Disc Golf Course, McKinney
6 miles - 2/7/15 - Oak Point Nature Preserve Trail, Plano
2 miles - 5/14/15 - Bonnie Wenk Park Trails, McKinney
3 miles - 6/29/15 - Towne Lake Park Trail + Disc Golf Course, McKinney
11 miles of wilderness hiking at Colorado Bend State Park - Spicewood Spring Canyon Trail, Cedar Chopper Loop to Old Gorman Road/Gorman Falls, back via Tinaja Trail

Swim 35 Times = 28/35
28 by Amanda, Matt definitely swam over 35 times when you add in every time he jumped in after mowing the yard. Too bad the spa heater went out or we could have smashed this goal since by mid-September it was already too cold to swim. Lots of May rain and the days we didn't use the pool because of the exterior renovation made it tricky too. Still a fun one!

Adios 2015!

December 22, 2015

For my Dad

Hope your day is great!
(and do you know where these pictures are from?)

December 13, 2015

2 Years in 1925 {Exterior Before & Afters}

It's already been two years since we moved to our 1925 house.
Top-to-Bottom: December 2013, Fall 2014, Summer 2015
We actually did a lot more around the house than I would have predicted. All we have left to do is repair the spa heater, paint the laundry room, and take care of the front landscaping before we can say we're "done" - famous last words I'm sure. 

2015 Updates
-Replaced bare bulb in master closet with low profile LED fixture

-Bought/planted pansies in froggy outdoor planter for Christmas
-Indoor planter with succulent for Valentine’s day
-Updated master bedroom windows with white 2” wood blinds
-Caulk sealed master bedroom windows
Upstairs Bathroom Improvements:
-Removed upstairs medicine cabinet and patched drywall hole behind cabinet
-Painted walls Granite Gray, and beadboard and trim Marshmallow White
-Updated bulbs to LED and bought new toilet seat
-Hung new bathroom mirror

-Shortened master bathroom blinds to custom length
-Repainted interior of front and back door interior trim white and tan
-Painted master bedroom Crisp Linen White
-Updated master bedroom, hall, and living/dining areas with coordinating dark metal switch plates
-Replanted front porch planters with small conifers and sweet potato vine 2 green/2 purple
-Moved larger black planter to back porch and re-potted bush
-Replaced bedroom and living room lamps with LED bulbs
-Bought a few new living room and bedroom accessories from Nebraska Furniture Mart
-Started getting quotes for exterior painting project
-Removed and returned dead plants from front beds
-New plants for backyard containers-4 Boston ferns, 2 white begonias, herbs: lavender, Italian oregano, garden sage, lemon thyme, purple basil, sweet basil, banana pepper
-New plants for backyard shady beds-8 coral bells in plum pudding, Thai basil, lemon balm, purple basil, peppermint for fence baskets, 3 sweet viburnum bushes for pool fence (where the hollies died last year), Mexican lavender, rosemary prostrate, and 2 bushes by side fence hedge

-Bought a beach painting from Antique Company Mall for master bedroom
-Bought large modern painting from a Denton artist at the Loophole for living room
-Bought painting of Yellowstone from McKinney Arts in Bloom for master bedroom
-Weeding/yard maintenance/front-side bed cleanup
-Pool motor replacement and leak repairs after it stopped working while we were out of town

-Lots of rain and general pool/yard maintenance
-Bought new pool skimmer baskets and net
-Updated kitchen island light fixtures to hanging glass mini chandeliers from Lowe's with LED bulbs
-Painted inside of front and back door white and beige
-Painted master bathroom trim white
-Bought/assembled 2 bookshelves from Nebraska Furniture Mart for Matt’s office
-Bought larger master bedroom fan, relocated the existing master fan to replace broken fan in Matt’s office
-Planted 2 bushes in shady year corner
-Removed dead fringe flower from front bed and gardenia from side bed
-Added 22 bags of mulch to back side yard and front left bed

-Had foundation professional inspected, all is in tip-top shape
-Bought 3 new kitchen floor mats
-New sago palm and orchid for indoors
-Cleaned pool filter grids
-Bought pool chemicals for next year
-Started exterior renovation project on June 22nd-had all siding removed and rotten trim/windows repaired

Exterior Renovation:
-All new Hardie siding downstairs and on garage
-All new 4-color paint scheme on house and garage-Retreat Green on downstairs lap siding, Sporting Green on upstair shake siding, Dover White on all trim/brackets/rafters, Red Barn on windows and doors, new coat of Antique Tin gray on porch
-Had gutters professional installed upstairs and downstairs
-Bathroom window glass repair
-Removed, cleaned, and rehung all outdoor awnings on 4 windows, back door, and back porch
-Bought/installed new outdoor light fixtures - 3 mission lights for front back door with dusk to dawn LEDs, 2 zinc barn lights for deck, LED bulb/auto sensor for existing garage fixture
-Bought/assembled new standing mailbox and coco doormat for front porch
-Bought outdoor umbrella and umbrella stand from Academy

-Lawn mower repair
-Replaced kitchen garbage disposal
-Had neighbor's dead tree limb over the pool professionally removed

-Bought new lawn mower
-Bought new pool brushes
-Trimmed trees over garage
-Bought/installed magnetic lock for outdoor iron fence
-Re-hung dining chandelier with less chain
-Replaced and installed over-the-range microwave in kitchen (harder than you'd think!)

-Leaf collection/fall yard maintenance

-Leaf collection/fall yard maintenance
-Bought new pool leaf bags and tail scrubbers
-Changed front light bulbs and garage bulb to auto-sensor outdoor lights
-Repaired bedroom doorknob lock
-Replaced hall bathroom pocket door handle/lock
-Upstairs bathroom toilet repair
Guest Room Improvements:
-Patched holes and painted upstairs bedroom Crisp Linen White
-Replaced cream circuits and switches with white
-Replaced broken closet light with LED fixture
-Bought new gray sheets, bed skirt, and coverlet bedding
-Deep cleaned ceiling fan and bought new chain pulls
-Rearranged furniture, added new vintage desert painting from Antique Company Mall
-Bought/filled door draft stoppers from Etsy for 2 attic doors


-Bought flag art for Matt's office from Antique Company Mall
-Bought a 2nd leather couch from Weir’s for our anniversary present
-Rearranged furniture and art in living room and den
-Leaf collection/prepped yard for winter
-Repaired freezer ice maker
-Cleaned pool filter grids

Clearly having a 90-year-old house is labor-intensive (and 1/3 of the stuff on the list above was unplanned) but despite the work we love our old house more than ever, thank goodness! And yes, Matt did almost everything on this list. I did the shopping.

This time last year.

November 30, 2015


Adventures this month:
  • Celebrated our 10th anniversary with a little getaway to Denton.
  • A haircut for me after growing it out for 3 years. I cut off 10 inches for Locks of Love for the 2nd time. I'm going to start dying my gray hair soon so I probably won't be able to do that again!
  • New paint and bedding for the upstairs bedroom, prompted by a fun quick visit from M+J (Pub, church, Pantry)
  • Lunch lady duty at work for 1,000 for McClure's annual Thanksgiving lunch, I was the turkey girl this year. Tons of fun!
  • A little Thanksgiving getaway to Spring like last year with Jimmy's parents, Cindy+family, my parents, and Aunt Jenny+Audie. Turkey+cornhole+chimenea fires plus cookies and fun for Lydia's 2nd birthday too.
  • Plus, chili and a rainy "Home for the Holidays" on the McKinney square with Betsy, football watching with the Motts, a cowboy game for Matt, and lots of relaxing around the house over Thanksgiving break.
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