Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

Is it really August already?  This summer has gone by so quickly, but I say that about every summer.

Last weekend, me and a couple of friends took a Thai cooking class at Central Market.  It was so much fun and the cooking was pretty easy. Easy in that we didn't have to prep or clean up and we got to eat yummy food with wine!

We started with papaya salad. This was OK.  My mom makes the best papaya salad.  This was a little too bland for me.

The chicken satay was good.  And the peanut dipping sauce was the best. It's from a local restaurant where we get our Thai food and can be purchased at Central Market.

Then we made drunken noodles.  I think we put too much soy sauce in ours so it was not great, but our instructor fixed it by putting in more noodles for us.

Fanny was very happy to cook up the meat.

Olga brought her husband with her so he cooked for her.

I got to cook the eggs.

And this was the dessert! Mine did not look like this, but it tasted just as yummy.

Last Wednesday, Corie flew in from California with Cali and Dylan to visit and look at houses.  Mark was showing off to Cali at dinner.

These two play so well together, except when they want to same thing at the same time...

While Corie and Jennie went to look at homes, Dylan stayed with us and played.


Michael had a scrimmage last night against a team that had high school boys on it.  Thankfully, no one got hurt. I love this boy.


Saturday, August 01, 2015

New House

Yesterday, we closed on our new house.  i think you know you are buying the right house house when every time you go see it, you like it more and more.  When I first saw the pictures of this house, I was not impressed. Love the location and love the curb appeal, but I thought it looked old and it was just not what I envisioned as my dream house.

Then we went to checkout out in person and I was pleasantly surprised.  I saw the potential and I thought I can turn it into my dream house.  The third time I saw it, I was sure I can turn it into the house that I've always wanted.

And all this happened at super-warped speed.  We first set foot in the house on Wednesday and closed on it on Friday - just 10 days later.

This was the best picture I got of these three monkeys.


Matthew is getting angry with Mark for not smiling and getting this photo session over with, and Michael is just standing with his fake smile.

This first time these boys were all together at the new house!

Now, I am excited to get our major renovation started.  We are changing everything about the kitchen and the master bathroom and making updates to the rest of the house.  It will take about 8 weeks to complete everything so closing on the house in 10 days is a really great thing!

I love the way the house looks.

These pictures are from the listing website.  The house is empty now.  Interesting fact - Keith Brookings lived here with his family for a few years when he was playing for the Dallas Cowboys.


This room will go through the most change.






















Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Welcome to my piece of the Internet.  I'm joining in on the fun with Mix and Match Family, Pinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for What's Up Wednesdays.


What We’re Eating This Week
I’ve cooked more this week than in the past few weeks because we haven’t been home for the past month!  Just simple stuff because we have a lot of things going on – Michael has soccer practices 4 times a week and we’ve been dealing with all the stuff that goes on with buying/renovating a house.

What I’m Reminiscing About
The fall weather. Thanks to Nordstrom, I’ve got some of my fall wardrobe in my closet and I can’t wait to wear them. It’s been so hot here that I’m looking forward to the cooler days.  And of course, pumpkin spiced latte in a red cup season!

What I’m Loving
I’m loving my new necklaces I got from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I love how delicate they are and they go with almost anything. Get the Gorjana bar necklace here, and the Sonya Renee necklace here.

What We’ve Been Up To
We’ve been up to lots, but the biggest thing we’ve been up to is a new house!  We saw the house last Wednesday, our contractor come in to see how much it would be to remodel the next day, made an offer on Saturday and close on the house this coming Friday!  Crazy fast.

We won’t move in until a couple of months from now because of the renovations.  And we’ve decided not to put our current house on the market until we have moved into the new house.  With the kids starting school, house renovations and going through IVF, we’ve decided that keeping the house in showing condition will be the last straw for my emotional sanity.

What I’m Dreading
Moving.  Enough said….

What I’m Working On
I’m working on being more patient with my boys.  I will be a better parent when they start back up at school. I love them, but the constant bickering and tattling is driving me bonkers.

What I’m Excited About
Living in our dream house (after all the remodeling headaches and the moving). This is the kitchen that we are using as our inspiration. I love everything about this kitchen.

What I’m Watching/Reading
Watching Reality TV, of course.  M and I are loyal viewers of RHOC and The Bachelorette this season. He won't admit it, but he probably loves these shows more than me. We’ve also been watching Frontline on PBS together.  They have some pretty interesting topics.



Right now, I’m reading The Kitchen House and once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to The Affair.


What I’m Listening To
My boys bicker…

What I’m Wearing
Right now, I’m either in my workout clothes or in shorts and a T-shirt.  Let's face it, summer in Texas is not conducive to dressing up.  I did get dressed to go out to a nice dinner with the hubs and to meet friends for drinks after at the Rustic.  But I’m mostly in my gym gear. This is my favorite basic tank.  The tennis skirt is out of stock, but here's a similar one

What I’m Doing This Weekend
No plans yet, but we have people visiting from California so we will find something fun to do with the kiddos.

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month
The boys going back to school!  Mark will also be going to Pre-K full-time so that will be super exciting for him.  He’s already picked out a backpack and we will be going school shopping together for the first time!

What Else is New?

There are lots of other happenings, but it would make this post way too long and boring.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hot Soccer Weekend

It is nice to be home for an extended period of time especially after a month away.  We hit the ground running when we got back.  Michael had four soccer games to play in 3 days so it was pretty hectic.

These two fell asleep on the way to the first game Friday evening.  And to every game thereafter.  I love how Matthew had on the soccer shirt.  He doesn't even like soccer and would prefer to stay home and play his video games with his friends.

Mark found some friends to play with at the game.  Anderson is one of Michael's teammates brother.


Then the big boys played with them.  These boys were so good with the little ones!


On Saturday morning, we got some donuts for breakfast. Not as good as my parents' but their the closest we can get around here.

This is how they watched the game on Saturday evening.  Mark loves a cold towel on his head.

Couldn't get any good pictures with iPhone.  Michael is in white on the left.

He had two games on Sunday and it was so dang hot that I didn't even think to take any pictures.  They won the first two games and lost the last two games.

On Monday, I went to Nordstrom to return a few things and came home with these new shoes.  They are so light and comfy.

Matthew received his second Tinker Crate and he loved working on it.  It had a battery, electrical wires, copper tape and little lights.  When he put it all together the little lights lit up so it was pretty cool. I got him a 3 month subscription but he wants more so I might extend it for him.


This week is not going to be as hectic, but we to get started on our back to school preparations.  My goals this week are to get Michael his book for his summer assignment, get his sports physical done and make an appointment for Mark's shots!