Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 14th:
Chris and Mary Jane had already put the terms of the offer together and were making sure most of our requests were met. Once we felt comfortable, we set the time to meet with the builder's sales associate. Chris and I met Mary Jane at the builder's sales office to meet with Chad, the sales associate, and sign a contract.
It was a little shaky for a while because I didn't understand everything that went into an offer and all the little fees that can be tacked on. For a minute there I was seriously thinking of just tearing up the contract and walking out, but this house was one of the few that met most of our criteria.
At that point, I decided not to be a "flake" and sign the papers. I'm always nervous when it comes to making long-term commitments. Something about saying I will do something and not have an option of taking it back without consequence is so difficult for me. I totally get that from my dad. ;)
But when all was said and done, Chris and I signed the contract, it was accepted and now we're on our way to buying our first home!!!! We're scheduled to close on May 22nd (the Friday before Memorial Day).
*Photo courtesy of our friend (and soon-to-be neighbor), Elaine, who happened to be driving by with her husband, Geoff, and offered to take our picture. Thanks!!! :)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
April 10th- 13th:
Chris and I drove to Corpus Christi on Thursday night to get into town early Friday morning. We never look forward to the actual driving part, but it does give us time to just talk to each other without any distractions. This was perfect timing as Chris and I were still thinking about what we should do with the house in McKinney. We decided we'd see how we felt after the weekend ended and decide on the ride home.
In Corpus, we spent most of our time with my family. Friday we went to a victory party for my mom's friend, Larry Elizando. He was re-elected to the city council. Congrats, Larry! :)
On Saturday we celebrated Easter with family, my Aunt Cookie and Uncle Manual, my cousin, Alex, and her husband, Dustin, my little cousin, Allison and my Uncle David. I know...we were a day early, but Allison was driving back to San Antonio on Sunday and we didn't want her to feel rushed, so we celebrated early so everyone could relax and enjoy themselves. We kicked off the day with a barbecue. Everything was SOOOO yummy!!!
After eating and chit-chatting, we started watching "The Ten Commandments" (an Easter tradition). Later that evening, my Uncle Horacio came over and set up his karaoke stuff so we could all sing along and have our little private karaoke club! :) It was great because everyone had a chance to sing whatever we wanted without waiting in line for other people. Plus, it gave all of us a chance to sing things we normally wouldn't because it was just us, so who cared it we didn't know it or sang it totally off key- we're all family! :)
Below are photos from our day and big sing-along:
Jason, my mom and Uncle David before the feast!
Photos Chris took of pelicans :)
My favorite of the day...
We left CC on Monday (yup, we took another day off for that) and made our way back to Dallas. It was during our trip back home that we decided to put in a formal offer for our house! Stay tuned for more updates!!! :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Chris and I didn't have anything in particular planned so we decided to take a side trip to Rockwall, TX. For those of you who have never been to or heard of it before, Rockwall is a cute, little city near Lake Ray Hubbard in the DFW area.
To be honest, during the past three years I have lived in Dallas, I have never been on that side of the metroplex. It was a surprisingly short trip (approximately 20 minutes), which made we really sad that we've never thought to drive out there before. Driving into town, it was easy to spot the place I was most interested in visiting- the Harbor at Rockwall.
We parked our car, put Shamrock in his carrier bag (that's right, he got to tag along with us) and just walked around the area taking in the sights. After spending some time by the water and seeing the whole area, we were ready to eat. There were a few restaurants with GREAT views of the water, but they were all pretty packed (or not the type of food I was in the mood for). We decided to eat on the patio of a Mexican restaurant, El Potrillo De La Sandia, which faced the water fountain. The food was pretty good, but the people-watching was even better. :)
Chris and I didn't have our camera with us so I'm just going to post a few photos I found online to give you an idea of what the area looked liked:
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We hadn't seen my parents since Christmas, so they decided to make the trip up to Dallas to visit us. I took the day off on Friday, so my mom, dad and I slept in (a little) and then shopped for a little bit until Chris joined us in the afternoon. We enjoyed an afternoon movie ("Knowing") and then went to Northpark for MORE shopping. ;) At the mall, they had a red carpet display, so we thought we'd take advantage...
Singing with the band
Friday, April 3, 2009
I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother, Jason, who turned 26 on Wednesday and to my best friend, Jamie, who turned 28 today!!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
As you can see, I'm going a little out of sequence with our updates. I promise, once I get caught up, everything will go in order. :)
Tuesday, March 17th:
St. Patrick's Day isn't one of my favorite days just because of the color green or my love all things Irish... it's ALSO my furry son's birthday!!! That's right! My adorable, little Shamrock is now in his sixth year of life. It really seems like he's been here forever, but when I say the word six out loud I can hardly believe it's been that long!
This birthday was extra special for Shamrock because he got to spend the entire day with his daddy. :) Chris had a day left from 2008 that he hadn't used, so he chose Shammy's big day as his day off.
It was a warm, sunny afternoon so Chris and I decided to take Shamrock on a picnic during my lunch break from work. Chris and Shamrock picked me up from work, we picked up our food and grabbed some chicken nuggets for Shammy and all headed to a park. He had a great time sniffing and peeing everywhere and really enjoyed his chicken nuggets- he ate all five of them!
For Shamrock's last birthday surprise, Chris stopped at Sprinkles Cupcakes and picked up two "doggie" cupcakes for him. :) All in all, I think he had a great day...or at least we hope he did!!!
Below are some photos of him on his b-day~
At first Shamrock was a little hesitant to try one, so he went for the plate first...
Like most dogs, he got a little protective of his birthday treat and thought Chris and I were trying to take it from him so he tried to run off with one in his mouth!
Shamrock wasn't the only one to get a treat. Chris was sweet enough to pick some up for us, too. Since it was St. Pat's Day, they had two special flavors available. The one below is dark chocolate with Bailey's Irish Cream cheese icing with a perfect little clover to top it off. YUM!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
It was our friend, Suzanne's, birthday, so we all went to celebrate her special day! Suzanne invited all of her friends out to Victor Tango's for a few drinks and then dancing at the Candle Room. Everyone had a blast- the birthday girl especially. ;)
Chris and I with the birthday girl at Victor Tango's
Adam, Kyle, Suzanne, Chris and I at Victor Tango's
Suzanne getting some love from the boys...
Chris and Suzy Q at Candle Room
Everybody shakin' it!
Angeleque and I at Candle Room
Saturday, March 21st:
Sunday, March 22nd:
It was a GORGEOUS day, so Chris and I decided to take a little day trip to Ft. Worth and try out the famous Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant. We sat outside on their beautiful patio and took in the great weather. I have to say, the atmosphere (not the food) is what makes the restaurant so interesting. The food was good, don't get me wrong, but what makes the trip worth it is the patio. That combined with the weather made it greatness and I can't wait to go back! :)