Holy cow. It’s June 17. Where has the time gone?!
School is out and Chad is loving having the summer off – I mean who wouldn’t?! If we both had the summer off, we’d probably go on some epic road trip. Sadly, I do not…but a girl can dream!
Cooper is now 16.8 pounds – and still as cute as ever! He’s a favorite at the vet and has seriously never met a stranger. He loves everyone! We think he might have an ear infection, so we’re monitoring that situation and not giving him any of the new treats we bought him (sometimes food causes them).
Yesterday was Father’s Day and we got Chad’s stepdad (Brent) tickets to the Lions/Patriots preseason (week 3) game! He’s excited (I think he thought we were joking him when he opened the gift!) but now faces the difficult decision of who to take with him to the game – son, daughter or wife? I do not envy him! Too bad I can’t throw MY hat into the ring!
We’re hoping to go see Chad’s grandpa and his wife this August (and his family would meet us there, from Michigan), which is always an amazing time. Fingers crossed that the dates, price and vacation times all line up! Who doesn’t love the white sand of Ft. Myers Beach?! No one. Also, we did get to see Colleen (grandpa’s aforementioned wife) on Saturday night, as she was in town visiting her sister, who lives in Kingwood. A delicious fish dinner, wine and great conversation were had by all!
And on a sad note, the center stone of my engagement ring was dangerously loose and the prongs were badly misaligned, so I had to give my ring to the jeweler for repair. They won’t be ready until Saturday at the earliest – BOO! I haven’t taken them off since I got them and my finger feels naked :( I tried to convince Chad that he should buy me a placeholder ring while we were at the jeweler, but he wasn’t buying it. Thus, I’ve replaced it with my pre-wedding James Avery ring that Chad got me.
So that’s that!
Our lives have been whirlwinds since moving into the house and getting Cooper. Here are some highlights of the fun!
- All the boxes are unpacked and all the decorations are up! Though there are still plenty of blank walls and empty cabinets to fill – it will happen over time!
- Cooper went to the vet for his second round of shots! He’s now 8.2 pounds and is definitely the vet and vet techs’ favorite pet.
- We bought a giant flat screen. No really, GIANT. It’s almost as big as I am.
- The Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year! And we went to Dallas to see the last game of the regular season. It was AWESOME! We had great seats and got to see all three goals happen right in front of us – including a shorthanded breakaway goal! (Apparently this is very rare!)
- We started a small group Bible study and are LOVING it! The people are great and we’re really enjoying growing together, spiritually.
- I went to Birmingham, AL for work – they have some delish food there! And Maroon 5 stayed at our hotel! Mmmm…Adam Levine!
- Chad is still kicking butt at his new teaching job. In fact, he got the highest remarks possible on his assessments and principal reviews!
- I’m working like a madwoman in advance of the Offshore Technology Conference. Hence the bullets that were written in 2 minutes.
That’s right! Just four short days after moving into our house, we became parents of the world’s most adorable Corgi, Cooper! He’s 6.6 pounds of cuddly, adorable cuteness! We couldn’t be happier :)
Cooper loves to play fetch with his mini tennis balls, tug on his rope and give lots of sweet puppy kisses. He likes to cuddle and is an excellent sleeper thus far – last night, on his first night in our house, he only whimpered for about 5-10 minutes before curling up in his puppy bed and sleeping through the night! He didn’t even go potty on the floor – like a CHAMP!
But I know what you’ve really come for – PICTURES!! Here you go :)
That’s right! We finally closed on our house last Thursday!!! WHOO HOO!!!
This is a major milestone in our lives – we’re first time homebuyers, which is something that won’t happen again! Our house is 2,626 square feet and is in Spring, Texas – right between The Woodlands Mall and Vintage Park (an upscale shopping center). Clearly this was a strategic decision on my part :)
The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – the master is downstairs with all others upstairs. The smallest bedroom is being used as Chad’s office/man cave :) We have a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen, in addition to a GIANT living room and upstairs sitting area/loft. Needless to say, there is no shortage of space for the two of us!
You can view pictures of our house here, and I promise to post some updated photos (that include some decoration and furniture!) soon!
So far, everything has been GREAT. The house is in near perfect condition (minus the garbage disposal and shower door!) – and those small issues are being addressed this week. It’s great to just come home and it be YOURS. Even if your voice echoes off the walls/high ceilings, due to a lack of things to fill the room and an abundance of ceramic tile :) And as someone who has never been able to park in the garage before, that part is really exciting! It makes me legit.
We can’t wait to have people over and hope to have a housewarming party soon! You’re all invited! Lord knows we have room for you :)
This weekend, Chad and I went to Austin for the Circuit of the American Grand Am race. We had no idea what that meant before we left, but now we have a wealth of knowledge, thanks to our VIP experience!
One of my vendors invited us to go, along with another coworker and her boyfriend. We picked up our VIP passes and headed over to the track…which was HUGE! Neither of us had ever been to any kind of race, so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were treated like royalty all day, from the VIP suite to golf carts driving us wherever we wanted. We got free access to the 25 story infield tower, where we got a great view of the entire track. It even had a glass floor, like the Williams Tower in Chicago – scary, but awesome! We hung out with the driver my vendor sponsored, got to go in the pit area and see all the cars, got autographs from all the drivers and generally got to experience things we never thought we’d do.
But one of the best parts was getting to meet Reba McEntire! She was in the same VIP suite as us, and is really nice and down to earth. Not very chatty, but really nice when approached for a picture :) (Her son was racing in the race before our guy was.) After all we could eat and drink, it was time for our race to start. Luckily, we were hosted by our driver’s (Dion von Moltke) parents! They were INCREDIBLY nice and were so patient when we asked about a million racing questions. We went in knowing nothing, but now we know a lot! Well, relatively speaking :) We didn’t think we’d stay long, but we ended up staying for the entire race!
I took a million photos (well, 63) and posted them on Facebook. I also took a video of when they said “Gentlemen, start…your…engines!” which was incredibly loud and is also on Facebook…and below :)
After the race, we went back to Lindsay and Luke’s house (they graciously hosted us for the weekend!) and then headed to dinner. We went to Gusto in Austin and it was DELISH! Seriously – you should go. Get the Bolognese or the chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach. We didn’t have anything we didn’t like! And then this morning we went to North by Northwest for brunch and mimosas – never a bad decision! Then it was time to hit the road back to Houston, so that the Teacherman could grade papers and I could do adult things like grocery shop and get my car washed :) But it was a FAB weekend with some FAB people!!
That’s right! Our house is perfect inside and out, top to bottom. Well, minus a few minor details :)
We had the inspection on Saturday and are pleased to report that there is nothing major wrong with the house. Aside from a few very minor things and a few hundred dollars worth of roof patching (thanks to someone ripping out a satellite dish and not patching it properly), we are ready to move in! Except for that whole “we don’t have any keys and haven’t signed any papers” thing :)
By popular demand, here are a few pictures of our soon-to-be home:
But we did write a really big earnest money check (that’s fun, let me tell you!) and have a meeting with our lender tomorrow to give her the billions of required papers for the mortgage. The good news is, we have all the papers! Hopefully there is no bad news :)
Our contract says we will close on the house “on or before March 28.” We’re praying for March 15 because 1) That’s Spring Break week and 2) Why wouldn’t we want to close as soon as possible?! Too bad it isn’t entirely in our hands :( But we’ll do everything we can to get an early closing! Please pray for us!
I had a really great first week at my “new” job! There was a lot of laughing and learning, and I am even more excited than I was last time I was here :) I’m on some very diverse accounts and have some steep learning curves ahead, but it’s so challenging and rewarding. Love it!
It was also my 27th birthday yesterday! Thank you all for your kind words of love via social media, texts, phone calls and cards. I have the best friends and family members in the world! Chad and I celebrated by having a very lovely dinner together at Americas in the Woodlands Waterway. It was gorgeous! And the food was delicious! Plus, they gave me a free piece of tres leches cake for my birthday – you KNOW how I feel about cake! Especially free cake! And as always, Chad spoiled me with gifts – a massage and a Hobby Lobby gift card, to help decorate our future home! Thanks also to my family-in-love for pitching in on those awesome gifts, and to my blood family for the awesome new work clothes! You know I needed them!
But the party doesn’t end there – on Saturday, we’re going to Papa’s house! Gigi is making crab legs and assorted Cajun goodies (she’s from Louisiana, you know!), and the whole family will be there. Whoo hoo!
And for those of you who’ve asked – no, we have not heard back on the house we put an offer on! BOO! We seriously have the WORST luck when it comes to house hunting!! What is the deal with that???