Sunday, September 28, 2014

House Update

We had several surprises go into the house this week. When we pulled up this morning we were shocked to see grass, trees, plants and a sidewalk! Then when we went inside they had put carpet, kitchen appliances and started some touch up work. It's getting sooooo close. It blows my mind that they still need another month to finish things. I feel like I spend most of my time looking up decor, furniture, etc. so I'm excited to see it come together. We went to a future neighbors house this weekend that has the same floorplan as ours. Our girls are in Kindergarten together and dance class. After talking to her momma we found out we have the same floorplan so we were so excited to go to their house to see it with furniture and decorated. After seeing theirs it made us even more anxious!! Liam and I are headed to Midland tomorrow and can't wait to see what they get done while we are gone. On to the pics....

I love our floors
The kids loved rolling around on the new carpet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Austin Firsts...

While Nane was visiting, Tanner & I got to have a date night. We decided to try out kayaking on Town Lake. This is not normally my cup of tea but I am so happy I did it. It was a lot of fun and we got to have lots of uniterrupted conversation :)

Tanner got a membership at an indoor gun range that is close to our apartment. While my mom was here we decided we would all go because  my mom wanted to shoot. It was pretty fun for me but my mom wasn't a fan of the noise ;)

Parker loved dance class so I knew we had to start her here in Austin. I found a studio in our new neighborhood and she started her first class, Pre Hip-Hop, last week. She starts her second class, Tap/Jazz/Ballet, today. I am hoping to get her into classes on the same day. She loved her new class & asks to go everyday after school now.


The past couple of weeks have been busy! With me trying to work from home, take Liam to and from school on Tuesday & Thursdays, get Parker to school & dance, try to fit in hubby time & keep the house has been tiring! So I'm glad the past couple of weekends have been fun!
Two weekends ago Nana flew back to Austin with me to spend the weekend with us. We had so much fun with her here. We went shopping, ate yummy food, played board games and just got to hang out and have a familiar face with us.

This past weekend we were invited to go to Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. A lot of Kiker famillies were taking their kids for a Back to School night so we decided to join in. Basically, it's a large outside barn with several picnic tables and they cook pizzas in large brick ovens outside. You can get beer & drinks and they play live music. On our way out it started to sprinkle but after being there maybe 5 minutes it POURED and poured and poured the whole time. While Parker didn't care much about getting wet Liam had the best time playing in the rain & splashing in the mud puddles.

Liams new obsession is the large truck (pictured below) filled with little cars and motorcycles. He takes it everywhere and pushes it just like he is in the picture. Parker & I were invited to a little playdate with her friend Maggie & her mom. We went to a place called Phils Icehouse & Amy's icecream, You can get all types of burgers and then ice cream afterwards. They also have a large playground that the kids can play on before, during and after. The girls had a blast. While we were there Maggie showed Parker these My Little Pony Blind Bags. They are like $4 at Target, Wal-Mart, Justice or some other places and you don't know what pony you will get when you buy the bag. It's a surprise and you can collect all of them. So after seeing Maggie's, Parker had to have some for herself. After dinner Parker and I headed to Wal-Mart. We searched for a good hour and then realized they were out (we seriously went through bins and bins - mommy award here). After that it was pretty late but I wanted to have some fun with Parker so I told her we could go to Target. Well we left Target with blind bags + a whole lotta other stuff (typical target trip). Parker was so excited to open her bags but I have to be honest...I was pretty excited too ;) Now, she can't wait to get more but she is using her own money today after school. Mommy also got a little surprise toy this past week. I bought my friend Jenna & I a diamond candle. Every candle has a ring in it that is worth $10, $100, $1000 or $5000. You let the candle burn for 10-15 hours and then you see a little foil package that has a ring inside. If the ring has a 14k engraved then you are supposed to take it to a jewelry store...well neither of ours did but it was so fun waiting for it to burn!



Parker's 1st day of Kinder!

Parker started Kinder 2 weeks ago! She was so excited to start and meet her teacher & new friends. Their school starts pretty early. I remember when we used to start at 8:10AM...well they start at 7:40AM which means we have to wake up pretty early. Our temporary apartment isn't too far but it's a good 10 minute drive without traffic...luckily we are going opposite direction of the major work traffic.
Parker picked out her own clothes and shoes and asked me to curl her hair that morning & then off we went! She didn't cry & mommy didn't cry so it was a success! I was really surprised at myself for not crying but the school was a madhouse and I had Liam with me so I guess I didn't really have a lot of time to think about it. I was really shocked Parker didn't cry. She has been so brave since we have gotten here, I'm so proud of her.  She LOVES her teacher & already met a new little buddy, Maggie. I don't think anyone could replace her bff Lillie (she still talks about her all the time) but I'm glad she found a new little friend. The only bad part is a little boy in her class that calls her names. She comes home every day talking about it. As silly as the names are (Peter Parker and Pepperoni Pizza) it is really bothering her. But she is doing a good job about ignoring it right now according to her teacher. Her teacher says Parker is an excellent listener....are you sure? My Parker? Too bad she doesn't bring that attention home ;)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

House Update

Lot's more progress this last week on our house! They finished the stone on the outside and tile/flooring (except carpet) and countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the stone and paint color on the outside. We didn't get to pick those two things out since it was already planned to be a spec home but it's not horrible and I'm sure it will grow on me. We drive by the house everyday at least once, Liam and I go by after we drop P off at school. And then us as a family will go by in the evenings and go in. So this past Friday we were shocked when we walked in to countertops and flooring!
I love everything about the tile, granite and Silestone.

First up is the Kitchen
 We got granite kitchen counters
We are still waiting on the white subway tiles for backplash and some colored glass tiles behind the stove.
Another look.
 This is tile wood all throughout the house except for bedrooms (carpet), game room (carpet) and bathrooms. I can't even explain how happy I am at how this turned out and love it so much!!
Master Bathroom
We used wood tile in here as well but used a lighter color.
Countertops are a darker granite than the kitchen and I used the larger subway tiles for the shower and tub.

Kids bathroom & Guest bathroom
I put dark cabinets in here, white silestone counterops and large square tiles.

Outside Stone
I guess we never got a finished picture but it is finished.