July in Review

-4th of July celebration at our house with my cousins+family - 14 people in the pool at once and Matt made a wonderful brisket on the smoker, fun times!
-Summer school teaching started for Matt, and a few professional development days for me
-Lots of reading and relaxing at home, on the square, and with friends (Theta Chi fajita night!) and family
-And the big news: I got a new job. I applied on a Monday, interviewed Wednesday, and was hired Thursday, crazy fast but I guess that's normal for late summer hires. I wasn't seriously looking for a new job right away after our move to McKinney but a position at a very nice school happened to have a summer opening. Library jobs are a little different here (media resource specialist=librarian+IT guy+textbook tracker+computer teacher+etc.) so it will be an adjustment. I'm excited to get started, and to not have a 30+ minute commute for the first time ever! I already miss my Frisco friends, especially the sweet students and parents at Purefoy.

Around the House
-Added plants to bed by the driveway - a gardenia, 4 japanese aralia bushes, 6 variegated liriope and mulch
-Bought 2 tabletop tiki torches for mosquitos
-Bought/assembled patio bistro set
-Bought new bathroom towels and master bedroom pillows
-Updated empty front left bed - 4 chinese fringe flower bushes, a chinese privet bush, 10 aztec grass plants for border, fresh mulch, and moved stones for when it rains
-Updated front right bed/side - removed 3 overgrown privet bushes, pruned back large holly, removed overgrown grass (this phase took about 4 hours), then added 17 atzec grass plants, 22 dwarf mondo grass plants, 3 large chinese fringe bushes, 5 small chinese fringe bushes, 4 bush germander shrubs, 1 large japanese aralia bush, and lots of mulch (about 6 more hours) - this bed is actually the biggest one we’ve redone and kind of happened on a whim, we love how both the front beds all turned out with purple bushes and contrasting light and dark greens
-Added a toilet paper holder to the upstairs bathroom (since there wasn't one for some reason)
-Bought new master bath medicine cabinets, those will be going up soon when we paint the bathroom and bedroom