Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Howdy!


Blog guilt is horrible. I'm finally getting around to posting a few pictures and an update on the Lowe family in Texas. Here's a short list of some of my thoughts/experiences here so far:
1. People weren't joking when they said it's H-O-T here. The OCD in me wants to take three showers a day.


2. Splash Parks and running through the sprinklers are a great thing.

3. Having our very own fenced in backyard is great. Mowing our very own backyard (and frontyard) is not so great. Looking at it after it's mowed and feeling proud of your sweaty labors, is the greatest.
4. I was worried my drive around town would be boring without all of the liberal bumper stickers I found in Bloomington to read. I've found that extreme conservatives are also very entertaining. Among my favorite bumper stickers thus far are: "I AM the NRA." and "Comrade Obama". Not conservative, but definitely Texan: "Howdy! Damn It" (Note: I was told by a very credible source that "Hell" and "Damn" are not swear words in Cache Valley, Utah, so forgive me for taking liberties all the way out here in Texas.)

5. People are very friendly. Our neighbor Greg brought us a Thanksgiving size aluminum foil pan full of smoked/barbecued hot links and chicken one of the first weekends we were here. They were incredible.
6. We have a garage! With these oh-so-fancy garage door openers. My life feels more complete every time I hit that little button when I drive away from the house.
7. Paint colors and more paint colors!
8. Having visitors makes me feel like we're living closer to home. Kelli and her "significant other" Steve, came to visit for a day.

It was so cute to see Jonah snuggle right up to Kelli after his nap.

We went out to eat at a great Mexican place that serves gigantic stuffed and deep-fried avocados. You know that now, you too, want to come and visit right?

Here are some pictures of our house. We still haven't painted, but I've got paint colors picked out and we'll hopefully tackle that project this weekend, so I'll be sure to post before and after pictures of our living room and master bedroom/bathroom.


Front of the house

Backyard

Backyard with a cringing (smiling...?) Jonah

Sideyard


Living room

Kitchen

Jonah's room

Third Bedroom (Pardon the boxes; those need to be taken to the attic.)

My recently completed project...a craft cabinet.

We really are liking it here in Texas. I think there's always a period of mourning (sorry if that sounds too dramatic) when you move. I feel like we're still in transition stage, but we're feeling more at home by the week. Mike is feeling like he can tackle his course work this semester and Jonah and I are finding some great friends in the ward. We miss Mike during the day, but he is so good about spending time with us from dinner to bedtime. I think that about wraps up life here in Texas for now. Until next time...

12 comments:

Chantalle Bishop said...

So cute! I love all the pictures- how FUN to have a house and a yard!! I love the decorating- especially your cabinet! Love it!

Sally said...

Thanks for the update! I'm so glad to hear you guys are settling in.

Alli and Phil said...

Yay! Your yard is amazing! Oh, and all of your big furniture. Everything really is bigger in Texas.

Laura said...

Looks like you are enjoying Texas. I laughed at the garage door opener comment - it's been two years and I still love mine!

Chrispy Critter said...

Darling house!!! I can't tell you how bad we miss you guys! I need your address my dear. Love ya!

DCJ said...

We are happy that you all are doing good! Your new house looks awesome!
(It's really Celeste, not Chad). Jonah looks cute! Parker saw his picture and said, "Onah, Onah". He still can't say Jonah. We'll get there!

Jedda said...

It's so fun to here about your adventures! I love the 2nd photo of Jonah in the sprinkler! Congrats on the craft cabinet :) I'm glad you found a new "favorite" mexican restaurant-we miss doing that with you! Congrats on your new home-so fun to have a backyard!

sheila piper said...

I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR BLOG. JONAH IS SUCH A CUTE LITTLE BOY AND SO IS YOUR HOUSE. i HAVE NEVER BEEN TO TEXAS BUT THE WEATHER REPORT ALWAYS SHOWS STORMS AND HEAT.

WE JUST STARTED POTATO HARVEST.JULIE'S HUSBAND STEVE IS HERE TO HELP.

McKenzie said...

Your new home looks great!! Hope you guys are getting used to it. You HAVE to go to RUDY'S when you get the chance. Best darn bbq around. Get the brisket.

Kim said...

I am so glad things are going well for you in Texas! Love the furniture in your living room! :)

Kiersten said...

Love your house. That has got to be nice to have garage and a yard!

Vanessa said...

HEY! I miss you guys. Your yard looks awesome. That must be such a relief to be able to let Jonah run around.