Saturday, December 30, 2006
We hope everyone had a blessed, safe, and memorable Christmas and cannot wait to see everyone in 2007!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Dash getting ready to blow out his candles, with Brody's help.
Celebrating Dash's birthday with Shae's sis, Jessica, and the new boyfriend, otherwise known as Dash's friend, Ryan. Travis was sweet enough (or smart enough) to offer to take the picture and avoid being in it.
Friday, December 15, 2006
I wanted to wish my amazing husband a happy birthday a day early as we have a pretty busy weekend planned with a house guest/new boyfriend in the family coming to visit. I hope to post pictures next week of the birthday festivities.
10 days til Christmas! 5 more days of work this year!
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Sunday, December 3, 2006
And somewhere in the middle of this, Shae squeezed in a trip to Anaheim, California. My hotel was only 2 blocks from Disney Land. It has changed so much since our Parker vacation there years ago. For those of you that ever have a chance to go, check out Downtown Disney - a free admission part with great restaurants and stores and fireworks every night.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
And this past Saturday was our 8 month anniversary! Sounds like nothing but it seems like years since our wedding.
This is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding. Several people have told us it looks like it could be in a magazine....yes, in case there was any doubt, we are that good!
Saturday, November 4, 2006
matching bookcase, lamp from Shae's Mimi (Hi Mimi!), stained glass dove made by Shae's boss as a wedding present
baker's rack from the Connells that received a makeover, platter bought with Jillian's birthday present to Shae, and a painting by Shae's grandmother, Arta Jean - whom Shae (Arta Shae for those that don't know) was named after and who probably passed along some 'Martha Stewart' traits.
corian countertops, oak cabinets, tile blacksplash, energy star appliances, and our new fridge
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
So we may be mean parents, but we dressed our dogs up for our first Halloween together. Maddy was the cutest bumble bee and Cooper was fittingly a football player since he tries to tackle or knock over anything that gets in his way. Here are a few pictures capturing the festivities:
Is that a smile on Maddy?
This was also Shae's first Halloween to have trick or treaters. It was such a joy to see the little kids trudge up to our front door in oversized costumes and mumble "Trick or treat" from underneath their masks. Though everytime we opened the door to get rid of our mountain of candy, mosquitos the size of hummingbirds would fly inside. In between each doorbell ring, I spent the time swatting the mammoth mosquitos. Anyone who know me well, knows that if there is a mosquito within a mile, it will find me and bite me. Just ask Ruth, my co in Hickory Creek - we did not leave our cabin without covering ourselves in Off Skintastic.
Monday, October 30, 2006
I am still trying to decide what to do or hang on this huge white wall in the next picture. Any ideas?
Saturday, October 28, 2006
And the guest bathroom...
Welcome to the Connells! Over the next week, we (ok, really only Shae) will take you on a tour through the rooms of our brand spankin' new home. For our family and friends that live in Florida, San Antonio, other parts of Texas, other parts of Houston, and even Katy that have not been able to see our home yet, we hope you enjoy the glimpse into our new home and come visit soon! A lot of family has come already but I think you will be surprised at how fast we have been able to settle in. Enjoy the tour over the next week and leave us comments on what you think!
Let the tour begin....Come on in!
Friday, October 20, 2006
1. New, clean carpet is WONDERFUL, except it has a tendency to make me a little crazy trying to keep it clean, especially in the recent Houston monsoon we have experienced.
2. If your brand new dishwasher stops working mysteriously, don't panic - search for a secret light switch that for some reason controls the dishwasher.
3. Need a swimming pool in your backyard? Feel free to borrow our lab puppy before a heavy rain. He will gladly dig a mud pit that will soon fill up with water that can be used as a pool. He will even test it out for you and then walk on your new carpet if you so desire.
4. A bigger house IS actually easier to keep clean than a one bedroom apartment shared by 2 people and 2 dogs.
5. Seperate bath tubs and showers are a blessing!
6. FlyLady is scary....15-20 e-mails a day? Maybe I will resubscribe after we have kids and I am at home (and awake) for more than 5 hours a day.
7. Gas appliances are not that hard to operate...but are you supposed to smell gas when you turn on the oven?
And that is just the beginning. We will post pictures soon of our new house, the dining table I built (with my daddy), the painting by my grandma Arta Jean (who I am named after), our new furniture, and much more.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
After a week of pulling our hair out, crying, yelling, wanting to hit some people, and actually throwing dog toys across the room, Dash and I got the official word that our loan has gone though and we CAN close on our new house tomorrow! Up until 9pm last night, they were still requesting more information and documents but our (and your) prayers were heard. It should be a big weekend with our move and the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday (go Team Dash's Dudes and Darlings!). I will post pictures from the weekend next week after we settle in a little.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Dash did our final walk-through this morning and EVERYTHING was done. The only thing not completed was the patching up of a crack in our driveway which had not been completed due to all the rain this week in Houston.
Items left to do on our house before our closing this Friday:
1. Install mini-blinds
2. Install medicine cabinet in master bath
3. Install surround sound speakers
4. Install deadbolt on back door
5. Install garage door opener
6. Install front gutters
7. Install kitchen island Corian countertop
And that is it! We had our New Home Demonstration and walk-thru complete with the blue tape this morning. We will post pictures after our move this weekend of our new FINISHED house. We are so thankful for this huge blessing God has given us so early in our marriage and are anxious to use it for His will.
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Have any empty boxes?
By the way, anyone who has not met our puppy Cooper will be very surprised to see how HUGE our 5 month old chocolate lab has gotten. At his vet weigh-in yesterday - 5 months old - and weighing in at 56 pounds. A few more pounds and that is almost (almost people) half Shae's weight.
Sunday, October 1, 2006
P.S. Thank you Ruth and Tommy for opening your beautiful home to me last week! I had a great time but am glad to be back in Houston.
Let the packing commence.....
Monday, September 25, 2006
In honor of Dash, we have decided to participate in Houston’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. I would love to have you walk with Dash and I. The walk will be at Reliant Park on October 14, with registration starting at 7am and the walk starting around 8am. It will be approximately 3 miles. If you would like to join us, just follow this link to register:
http://walk.jdrf.org/register.cfm?id=86509791 – our team is Dash’s Dudes and Darlings (the name was all me, so don't give Dash a hard time!)
I have also set up a fundraising page - http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=extranet.personalpage&confirmid=86509791 – if you are feeling generous. Each dollar takes us one step closer to finding a cure for diabetes. Doctors and researchers are predicting we will actually see a CURE for diabetes well within our lifetime.
As of today, we will not be walking alone but would love to have more friends and family with us. Shae's parents and older sister are walking and most likely Dash's mom, Debi, and grandmother, Sammie, will also join us. Tommy and Ruth and little John (theconnellfamily.blogspot.com) are even coming in from Austin!
Thank you all for your support!
-punch list items
-touch up drywall
-install medicine cabinet
-install kitchen appliances and sink
-install kitchen island
-sod and landscape front and backyard
Most importantly, when we stopped in to pick up a key to unlock our new front door, we were informed that our closing has been pushed up to October 19 now. Ideally we would like it to be October 13 so we could spend the weekend after moving and cleaning our apartment - so we are keeping our fingers crossed and the prayers going.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
It has been two months since our house was started....and only weeks remaining until we move in. This past week, the brick for our house finally arrived and our house now has a face to it. Other work finished: tile on floor and bathtubs/showers, light fixtures, back yard fence, and more.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Ceiling Fans - check
Refridgerator - check
Guest Bedroom Suite - check - We are hopefully receiving a set from Dash's cousin in NYC - if only we can figure out how to ship it down here
Computer Desk - check - Dash's cousin again - Thanks Christopher!
New living room furniture set
Dining room/kitchen table - check - I built it myself!
Surround sound equipment - check
Nightstand - check
Lawnmover - check
It is amazing how much stuff you need (or want) when moving from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house. We have been blessed finding good deals, though we are still accepting donations. ;)
Friday, September 8, 2006
Week 6 Photos:
Painted Living room and kitchen
Freshly painted doors and trim - and rounded sheetrock corners
42" Oak kitchen cabinets
Pantry with shelves