June 30, 2016

June Houston Getaway

We started our summer with a trip to see our favorites-Maggie, Jimmy, and Lydia in Spring. We had fun relaxing at their house, learning about Tomball, grown-up fun at the Karbach Brewery and Menil Art Collection, plus a day trip to Galveston for Matt and me. We also got to hear Maggie's special icon info lecture at church, way to go! See you again soon Abbotts! 
Where the Texas revolution ended, impressive right?

June 28, 2016

Q2 2016

We're having fun in 2016:

Adventures in Quarter 2

-Our first 3-festival day with the Miles family-McKinney Arts in Bloom for people watching and brats, Celina Crawfish Festival for an authentic lunch and crowds, then the Frisco Food Trucks for street tacos, whew!
-Houston visit for me for the Texas Library Association conference and hanging with Maggie and crew.
-Welcoming new baby Holden to our circle of friends-congrats Kirk+Megan!
-Plus the Frisco Arts Festival, Allen Arts Festival, Collin McKinney's Birthday Festival, and the Teacher of the Year banquet - April was the month of fun!

-Finished my volunteer year with the Plano Family Literacy School, loved it.
-Wrapped up my 2nd year at McClure with all the usual end-of-year excitement, including performing as the Blue Man Group.
-McKinney visit from Maggie and Lydia, plus our first time to check out the Heard Museum.
-Fun with friends, Blair's Cinco de Mayo Party, Andy's Korean BBQ birthday, swimming with the Seilings, and the like.

-Mini-vacation to Houston, living the dream.
-Started my 6th year in Junior League with a placement back on finance council, can't wait to get started.
-Updated our den with new tv, tv stand, rug, and chair. Ready just in time for summer laziness.
-Lots of TV time, professional development, gym time, pool time, cooking on the grill, and spending time with friends and family - yay for summer!

House Updates
-New art from local Kat LiBretto at the Allen Arts Festival for the house
-Lost a big branch over the pool, plus other tree-trimming and more yard work
-Big den update: new tv, blueray/dvd player, tv stand (replacing the originals we bought in our first year of marriage), leather chair and ottoman, and a big soft rug. I think we're officially "finished" buying house stuff and furniture for the foreseeable future.

May 2, 2016

Rainy Houston Visit

Pictures from my quick trip to Houston in April for the Texas Library Association Conference....

Lots of books+authors at the convention center #txla16
I was there specifically to help with two presentations, the 2016 2x2 Reading List Showcase and a panel discussion on working as a campus tech integrator and librarian, both of which were great and highly attended (making my rainy drive worth the trip) yay!
Thursday night meet-up with Magie for dinner at Hearsay Gastro Lounge, where the cool kids go.
I also stayed on for a bonus Friday night in Spring with the Abbotts too. Quote of the day, "Can we go to the mall and look at the mannequins?" Fun stuff! And sorry about your flood damage, can't wait to see your new kitchen.
Can't forget the Buc-ee stop, coffee+hippo burritos for the win!

March 31, 2016

Q1 2016

2016 is going by quick...

Adventures in Quarter 1

-Started goals for the new year aka brunch challenge!
-Celebrated Matt's birthday #35
-A quick trip to Austin for me to choose the new 2x2 books for 2016!
-Plus, fun with friends, Kehinde Wiley at the Fort Worth Modern, football, etc.

-I was named teacher of the year at work! That was a nice surprise, complete with a photoshoot, fancy video, and other fun stuff. We also had a chili cookoff at work and my entry (Matt's chili) came in 2nd "Abola Chili" from the specials team.
-McKinney fun with the Krewe of Barkus dog parade, our neighbor's baby shower and new baby joined the scene, Tupps Brewery with the Blairs, burgers with the Motts, and more brunch....

-Celebrated Megan's new baby boy with a sweet shower at Chocolate Angel
-Fun at work with book character dress up day and a new AP joined our team - one of my friend's from Frisco, love working with her again and excited to bring her to McKinney
-Lots of yard work and a nice family spring break trip to Austin for my cousin's wedding - congrats Cat+Michael!
-Enjoyed Easter with my parents in Carrollton and organized an egg hunt for the Plano Family Literacy School with Junior League (so fun!)
 {Checking our the new local distillery Ironroot Republic-yum!}

House Updates
Added book storage and a comfy chair for the short room attached to Matt's office, now known as my reading room, lots of yard work (can't wait to have the front beds grow in!), and painted the laundry room - can you believe that's all?
Plus Brunch:
1. 5th Street Patio Cafe {jan 10} starting strong at a Frisco favorite-loved the hash
2. La Duni {feb 7} great breakfast chili relleno + migas + spicy bloody marys
3. Smoke {feb 21} brisket eggs benedict! + smokey bloody marys
4. Board & Barley {mar 20} cool new addition to the Denton Square