State Fair Texas Style

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Oh a whip this past weekend, we decided to check out the Texas State Fair.
I for one have been a regular at the Missouri State Fair, going almost every year since I was little.
The Texas Fair, the largest in the country, was actually a very pleasant experience.  The first thing that I noticed was that it was EXTREMELY clean.  Also, everyone working from the front gate attendants to the clean up crews, were so helpful and sweet.  I actually feel like they were as excited to be there as we were.
The kids of course has a wonderful time and I am already planning our trip next year since I will know what to expect next time.  Like, um, maybe eating ONE meal before we get there.  Geez, the prices at the fair are out-of-control!  It was the only downfall I thought.  The rides were great, the food was good, the shows and free attractions were entertaining for the kids, but the prices ... you'll be lucky if your family can get out of there for under $200.00.  We just about doubled that, and honestly, I feel like we didn't really get anything.
Thankfully the excitement, shows and rides were enough to win the hearts of the boys, so totally worth it!  So glad we decided to go!

I forgot to mention that we were able to catch a few songs from Lucy Hale of Secret Little Liars!

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Building OUR Home

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I know I broke the news a few weeks ago about Ryan and I's decision to build.  It's going to be a fun, crazy, rediculous ride, but I think both of us are looking at this as a positive.

The housing market in SO insane right now where we live.  There is just no other way to explain it.  Every day houses are put on the market and sold within a few days.  Many times, the house is not listed for sale, because it's already been picked up via word of month.  YES, it true and it's happening!!!!  Also, the homes that are previously owned, are now outdated with all of the new builds in the area and selling for the same price.  It's actually cheaper to BUILD than it is to BUY.

SO, we've decided to go on this crazy adventure and build our dream house.  Or at least our starter dream house.  For the next 5 months, I'll be posting about our building progress, our design style and of course how it all comes together.

Moving to Texas was about narrowing down our decisions.  We had about 10 cities where our family could grow and we narrowed it down to one.  From there we had to find a "side of town" we enjoyed or thought would be prosperous.  We then narrowed our decision down to neighborhood[s] and eventually the model of home we liked.  SO many factors go into building a home.  With this home in particular there were 9 options to the look, 5 for the floor plan and an unlimited number of options.

Below is the house we have decided to build.  All brick, 2 story home with 4 bedrooms, dining, office, butler's pantry, game, and media room.

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Living in Texas ...

Friday, September 26, 2014
 I seriously do not know where the last month and a half as gone.  A little over 40 days ago, our family made the big move from Missouri to Texas for Ryan's job.  I was one of those decisions that was quickly made, and in that respect, a lot of the stress and little details were put aside and excitement set in.

It's been a long time coming.  We knew we would eventually move, however, we didn't think it would be this quick.  Because it happened so quickly, the hubs move down before us and we packed up two months later.  I know for him it's been a lot of work, however for us, it almost feels like a vacation.  All the new sites, activities, restaurants ... it's been exciting and fast-paced to say the least.

Now that we're in the grind of our daily lives, the initial jet lag has tapered off and we are back to living our lives how we're used to.  I do have to say that I absolutely love Texas, the weather has been wonderful and the kids are excelling at school.  What more could I ask for?

We have immersed ourselves in the culture here ... can you tell?! 

 We've clearly has some high's and lows, but we're happy, we're together and couldn't be more excited about the future.

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Bayler's First Baseball Game in Frisco

Monday, September 22, 2014

I would probably say there are very few times when a photo captures a child's innocence and personality so well.  I am so blessed to call this little guy mine.

Thank you to the coaches wife for taking these sweet photos of our littles.

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We had to say Goodbye

Friday, August 29, 2014

In memory of Tank...
Our families best friend & protector.

 There are so many memories that come to mine, too many to write while our hearts still breaking...

He was a puppy that came to me when I couldn't even take care of myself.  We learned from each other and beat the odds when others said he would never be a "good dog."

We loved Tank and Tank loved his family.  He would let the kids pull and push him around, he wanted the kids to walk him, he was always by our side.  When Ryan got sick last week, Tank laid with him for 4 days straight without leaving his side.  He was the definition of love.

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