Saturday, September 19, 2020

Goal Getter

I might be a little old school, but I am a person who loves to write down their goals. I have been told one of my notable attributes is that I am a person whose drive allows me to reach my goals. Now that doesn't mean that I reach those goals exactly how I planned or during my "ideal" time. I write this post now because I have achieved a big goal of mine recently and that is in my efforts of continuing education. I finished this summer with a dual masters in engineering (MIE) and business (MBA). Originally I wanted to pursue my masters in my mid-to-late twenties, but the way I traveled in my previous job overseas and offshore that wasn't really feasible. Instead I obtained my masters in my early-to-mid thirties. I didn't plan on finishing early, but it worked out perfectly and all the hard work paid off to my advantage all under two years. I get the question now what are you going to do with some of your free time or what are your goals now. Well I have a few new goals all of which could change down the road, but for the most part I believe are pretty solid. I also thought I would take a moment to recognize some of the other achievements I have acquired, to remind myself that I have come along way and not to put too much pressure on myself. I have also added side notes that each of these achievements all required hard work and did not come easy. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Weekend Cabin Get Away

It has been awhile since our family has been anywhere since covid took over. However, I saw this link through instagram about these cute cabins, surrounded by trees, and located all across the country with one location being about an hour outside of Houston. The company is called Getaway and they have everything you need to disconnect from electronics and get the break you deserve. I booked a weekend for us and it was so much fun. It was just what we needed, some down time, walking, spending quality time as a family, and enjoying the outdoors. The precautions they took on sanitizing the cabin was amazing and you are pretty isolated from other people. I do wish this location had a closer lake or pond we really wanted to take Harrison fishing for the first time, but that will have to wait. Other than that it was fun and we definitely want to do it again maybe sometime in October. Hope you enjoy some of our moments from this weekend. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Mommy and Son Day of Fun at The Color Factory

If you live in Houston you have to check out The Color Factory art installation. Harrison had no school today and so we decided to stop by and see what this was all about. You have to buy your tickets in advance and the parking isn't so convenient, but once you walk through the doors you start to get excited. My son is three and he enjoyed every second of it and we laughed and played the whole time. As you go through each section there is a guide to explain each "art" piece and there is usually a sweet treat that goes along with each room so bring your appetite. They also give you a "coin" that you can activate at each picture station that will email you each photo, some of the photos were boomerangs. Scroll below to see what I was able to capture with a running toddler on my camera and the photos we were able to take together at the photo stations. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Traveling To Inverness - A Look Back In 2010

If you are new to this space where I share bits and pieces of my life welcome and feel free to explore. For those of you that have been following along since the beginning a big thank you and sit back while I do another look back of the travels I did when I lived overseas in 2010.  I did not have a car when I lived in Aberdeen, Scotland, but that didn't stop me from exploring outside of the city because of all the trains and buses routes. One of the weekends I went to Inverness, Scotland. Inverness is northwest from Aberdeen with rolling green hills and beautiful rivers. I stayed in a little upstairs apartment overlooking the river. Inverness is know as the "Capital of the Highlands." There are a lot of small side visits you can take from Inverness like the famous Loch Ness, where the loch ness monster is supposed to reside. I did not witness it during my travels, but the boat ride was spectacular. I also toured Urquhart Castle which sits along the Loch Ness. It's abandoned ruins are beautiful and haunting at the same time. So I hope you like my pictures that take you on this journey from the train ride leaving Aberdeen, walking around Inverness, the boat ride to Urquhart Castle, and gathering more insight on the Loch Ness Monster. (Some of the photos are slightly blurry due to the point and shoot features while moving not being the greatest on my camera then and foggy conditions when on the water).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#the1920sheightsbungalow Kitchen Update!

I was asked by one of my dear friends that I should post a before and after of our kitchen at #the1920sheightsbungalow. She was one of the few people who saw the state we bought the home in and while it wasn't horrible to me I was told that most people wouldn't be able to overlook all the "flaws." 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

#Thebachelorpadfixerupper is Sold!

WE SOLD #THEBACHELORPADFIXERUPPER! We closed today and feel very fortunate how quickly the property was under contract (under two weeks from when we listed it!). A shout out goes to our amazing realtor and friend. She was also involved in the selling of the loft and the prince house. Both were also very quick sales, especially the loft, which was under contract in four days! This girl knows what she is doing!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Bachelor Pad Fixer Upper

The #thebachelorpadfixerupper is officially listed for sale! If you have followed along on my instagram or here on the blog you will see how amazing this space and especially the kitchen has been to us. Oh and the coffee bar is so great! The open living concept is great, with a toddler running around and potentially getting into mischief it is nice to be able to have eyes on him through multiple angles. It has been so great for our pup Winston, he gets spoiled with long walks along the flower covered bayou with quick access to the bike trails located throughout the Heights and Timbergrove. Here are most of the pictures from the listing, hope y'all have a great weekend!

Update #thebachelorpadfixerupper is sold. :) 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Traveling to Bath - A Look Back In 2010

My time living in the UK I took a few weekend trips and I knew right away that I wanted to visit Bath again. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and the first time I visited, back in 2007, it was dark and raining so my time spent was limited and disappointing. However, when I went back in 2010 it was amazing. I stayed in London and took the train, so I got to see some more of the English country side. I got to visit the Jane Austen shop, drink tea in the tearoom, and stroll the streets and get thrown back in time. Maybe one day I will go back for the Jane Austen festival and participate. Until then I'll enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with these photos of my time spent there. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Traveling To Balmoral Castle - A Look Back In 2011

I thought I would finally get around to sharing some travels I did that have been in my queue for well years now. I mentioned before that I lived in Scotland for three months when I was in oil and gas industry. While I was living there and the following year after the move I did quite a bit of traveling from the states to the UK and saw as much as I could while I was there. During my stay I visited  a number of castles because well they are like on every corner in the UK the way Starbucks are here, hahaha, just kidding, but there are a lot of them. One of my favorite castles was Balmoral Castle, one in which the Queen still vacations to today. If anyone has watched "The Queen" or "The Crown" there are several references to the Queen staying at Balmoral Castle. We didn't get an extensive tour on the inside due to the private quarters that are still in use today, but we got pretty much free range on the grounds, which are so grand and beautiful. Take a look at some of the pictures I was able to take of the grounds. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A Look Back On 2018

Well as this year is coming to a close I like to do what most do and reflect on all that has happened and the things I look forward to in the next year. If you follow along you know that 2017 had it's ups and downs with the birth of our first child and the low with our home flooding in Harvey. Good news though we were able to finally move back into our home and have loved all the changes we have made to the #bachelorpadfixerupper and having back our own space again. So this already gave 2018 a better outlook. 

Another item that has been on my list/goals on a personal and professional level was to finally to start the process on obtaining my masters. I was in a position with my new employer (already a year with them and I can't believe it) and the flexibility that came with it to apply and finally begin this next chapter that I have wanted to do for over five years. Remember I worked in oil and gas for ten years and traveled quite a bit and for extended periods of time so I had no opportunity with my schedule to do it. 

I applied to the University of Houston in the summer/fall to their dual master's program: Master's in Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Professional Master's in Business Administration (PMBA) and got accepted into both. I started this fall with nine hours of MIE courses and did very well. Although working full time and taking a full course load was very difficult while finding balance with raising a toddler and other responsibilities so I don't know if I will take nine hours again.