8.15.2015

The watchman...

I've always said that our son Hunter was an old soul.  He sees the beauty in the smallest things, is the first to show appreciation, and just blows me away with his keen observations of the world.  One thing he has always been drawn to is clocks and watches.  When he was just six years old he asked us for a pocket watch.  "One with a chain" was his request.  He carried that pocket watch everywhere and loved to pull it out and check the time for anyone who asked.  I guess his appreciation of time pieces must have come from me.  Our entry way sports a vintage watchmakers cabinet and one of Travis' holiday gifts to me was a watchmaker's case that was brought over here from Germany.  There is just something about the passing of time- how we spend it and how fleeting it is that fascinates me.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Jord watch company to try out one of their lovely wood watches, and of course my first thought of who should have one was Hunter.  He poured over the website and carefully selected his watch- the Fieldcrest in black.



We carefully measured his wrist (14 cm) and Jord sized it just perfectly for him.



Every day he asked if his special watch had come in the mail and I was so excited to call him last week to let him know it had arrived.  He was in Dallas visiting cousins, but the minute he walked in the door he wanted to try it on.  These photos were taken less than thirty minutes of him gettting home...







Working with Jord was a wonderful experience.  The quality of the watch is just beautiful and Hunter proudly sporting his new timepiece.
Wood Watch

*this was a sponsered post, however all opinions and reviews are mine :)

8.03.2015

One Year Later...

It's been one year since we moved into our tiny Tudor.  I have always been in love with whatever house we've lived in, but I have to admit to this one being my very favorite.  Maybe it's the smaller size, less upkeep, or centralized location, but it really is our best house yet. 

A year ago we were picking out flooring, finishes, paint, appliances, cabinets, countertops and everything else that goes into a remodel.  I'm happy to report that a year later we still love all of our choices.  

wood floors, bathroom floors and interior doors...
 I love our open and light entryway.  Yes, people walk by and look into the windows- some even wave, and that's okay by me.


Our tiny kitchen is the hardest working room in the house.  I love to cook, so this room has seen a lot of meals over the past year.  I get a lot of questions about our honed Cararra marble countertops and how they are holding up.  They are showing signs of scratchign and etching and I adore them. This was precisely why I wanted marble, for the aged patina they will create over time.  



Despite our lovely kitchen, we aquired The Big Green Egg and I am now an offiial Egg Head!  We cook out a lot on our little patio area even though it's 1,000 degrees outside.


It's been really nice to have a proper dining room.  Our kitchen was too tiny for an eat in area, and I really thought I'd miss that, but I don't.  This is the homeschool area, eating area, bill paying area, game night area.  It serves so many functions.  


Our living room is well lived in.  Evenings are spent watching our favorite shows, or just sitting around talking.  I can't think of anything I'd change about this room...



I love that this neighborhood is small enough that the kid's friends can ride their bikes over and then take a short walk over to the local shops or frozen yogurt place...





Our little city was voted one of the most fun places to live.  I couldn't agree more, but then I grew up here so I know I'm a bit biased.   All I know is that there is no place like home.  

Happy One Year Anniversary to our tiny Tudor!

7.31.2015

The keeper of memories...

When my parents bought their last house the previous owner had left a lot of personal things behind.  They had passed away, and the children didn't want a lot of what had been left if it didn't have monetary value.  A few of those items were the deceased diplomas.  He was a very accomplished man- graduated from the Virginia Military Academy and a chemical engineering degree from Rice University aka The Harvard of the South.  He went on to become the Vice President of Exxon.

I am now the keeper of these memories.  The diplomas are beautiful with hand written signatures and printed on beautiful vellum and sheepskins...





I'm thinking of framing them.  Sounds silly, I know, but they seem more like art to me than "just diplomas"....

7.13.2015

This and that...

I have a confession to make- I don't really read blogs anymore.  The days of waking up and logging in to check on my favorites have long since ended.  What with working, homeschooling, and this strike nonsense, I just fell out of the habit.  I'm pretty sure that not too many venture over here to read this blog either, but for some crazy reason I still feel compelled to post.  I do like that I can post whenever I feel and not under some sense of schedule.

Travis finally got back to work last week.  156 days of work stoppage for basically nothing.  We are just thankful that it's over and we are so ready to move on and get to the business of traveling.  One of the first things we did was book our trip to Disney in January.   The kids are so excited, even if they are on the grown up side, and I have to admit I am already dreaming about a day at Universal Studios.  If you hear about a woman who disappeared on the Hogwart's Express- that will be me.

The patio/atrium is finished, and it truly is my happy place.  I have never spent as much time outside as I have in this tiny space.   We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this month so we bought ourselves The Big Green Egg.  Oh-M-Gee.  I have never tasted food as yummy as what we have cooked on this thing!




Father's day was spent at my parent's house with all the kids...

We took a quick day trip to Round Top...

Caught an Astros game...


Celebrated the 4th...

We are all doing well and settling into our new normal routine.  Life is good...

6.13.2015

Checking in...


Hello.

Things have been much better this month.  Hunter is continuing to undergo testing, so at least we are a step closer to knowing what's going on with him.  He's in good spirits about it all- even the upcoming colonoscopy/endoscopy.  14 year olds and their bathroom humor.

Travis is keeping busy, and yes- the strike is still going on.  It's very close to ending, but he's not back at work yet.  I'm not even going to get into the corrupt politics of what was going on with the union, but suffice to say it was really horrible.  The emotional roller coaster Travis and our family has endured due to this unnecessary work stoppage was unforgivable.

I'm working part time still and absolutely love my job.  I get to have creative freedom and I am teaching teachers, planning curriculum- all while still being able to homeschool our son.  My dream job trifecta.

Travis finished up the atrium cover outside and is working on the decking.  We replaced the old 1970's slider door with the double French door we had ordered before the strike.




This was my Pinterest inspiration picture for the shade cover and the decking...



Here is the finished shade cover...


Our little atrium is a closed in 10x? square.  No ventilation, which in Texas means- small closed in hot box.  Adding the shade structure and an outdoor fan will help a lot.


Travis stained the boards in the same Dark Walnut as the corbels in the front of our house...


Then it was time to prep the ground and build the supports for the decking...


Travis also transformed this old pallet into a vertical herb container for me.  I gave it a coat of stain and then did a little hand lettering...


The lemon tree is doing very well.  Someone on IG suggested that I feed it tomato food, and presto,  Lemons galore!


These are words that I have kept close to my heart over the past few months.  It helped to read them when things seemed really bleak...
Thanks for understanding my feeling the need to quit blogging.  I still want to blog, but at my own pace and when I have something to share.  Thank you also for all the lovely comments and messages- it meant more to me than you could have ever known.