Thursday, July 5, 2012

Galveston trip

So last weekend Spencer and I decided to go on a quick trip to Galveston, as 1) I had NEVER been, and 2) it is only about 45 min away..without traffic ;) Needless to say, we had a great time. We laid on the beach, ate fabulous food, walked the strand, and just basically enjoyed each others company :)

This is the wonderful hotel we stayed at: Hotel Galvez. So nice, great spa, and wonderful pool. We will definitely stay here again.

Friday we ate at a restaurant called Olymipa. It is a wonderful steak and seafood place, with a bit of Greek flare. Sooo, it is only fitting that they have a resident belly dancer to entertain you while you eat!! AWKWARD...kind of

And this is the only picture we took of ourselves while we were there.

So, now I know what Galveston is all about. DEFINITELY not the nicest beach, but super close, and still a beach to enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Move to Houston

I am thinking around Feb, Spencer was contacted regarding a job opportunity in Houston. Initially, we said NO, as we were just getting settled in our Dallas house, he loved his job there, and Dallas is where family, friends, and our foundation were.  As time went by, the opportunity is still there, and the Houston company is still contacting him. So, needless to say, Spence went to see what it was all about. In a nutshell, the opportunity was too good for us to pass up. So come end of April, beginning of May, we put our house on the market, with plans to move to Houston in June (Spencer would start end of May, and I would move when the house sold). By the grace of God, our house went under contract in 8 days ;) A true blessing. But with that, we HAD to be out of the house May 30th. (which was a very unconvienant time for me...but so be it)

Finding a house to live in was not the easiest. Good houses in HOUSTON proper (inside the loop as they say here) go SUPER fast. And with us still being in Dallas, not knowing the city, it was somewhat hard to know good, bad, etc etc. But Again, by the grace of God, one of Spencer's college friends mentioned her cousin was renting his house in this area called the Heights. We contacted him immediatly, and got the house...sight unseen. (We knew it was in a desirable area, and we did see a few pics of the outside and living). So, before we knew it..we were moving out stuff to this tiny bungalow house in Houston Heights

Current Smith residence

So the move....didnt work out quite as we thought. We used the POD company to trasport our stuff from Dallas to Houston. Well unbeknowst to us, they couldn't deliver the POD at our house b/c the driveway is too narrow. HAHA. Thankfully, Spencer's stepdad and friend Shea helped us unload the POD into a uhaul, and move it to our house!

We are so very thankful they would do that fo us considering Spencer was working full time already. But due to space limitation....this is what I was left with :) A little overwhelming to say the least.

As of now, we are pretty much setteled in. I am so over the decorating aspect of it, that I just threw things on the walls to get it out of the way. Its starting to bother me, so sooner than later, I will start move stuff. I just have in the back of my head, that we will be moving out of this house before we know it.

 This is what you walk into when you open the door :)
 This is from the front door...strait back to the kitchen/back door

This is to the left when you walk in. Our room and a gues room/bathroom

So thats our sweet Houston Heights house. Spencer loves it, and I like it. If you know anything about Houston, you know that it is very patchy. Well, loosely said...we live in a very patchy neighborhood. So, If you need new tires...I have at least five shops a couple doors down :)

In all reality...we are definitely enjoying Houston! Thanks to all our Houston friends who have made us so very welcome!

Spencer and Shannon


Ranger is our little black lab pup! We got him in December, and he has grown into a loving, gentel, very energetic, dog. He makes us laugh, and we love him a little more each day.
6 wks old 

NO rules with Dad

Growing so fast

LOVVEESS the water

Ranger is now about 9mths old. He is somewhat adjusting to our move, however he HATES the back yard. This makes me sad becasue he was such a good inside/outside dog at the other house. Now, he digs out under the house, and/or barks and cries until we let him in. I guess the poor guy just knows it's not HIS back yard :( So now, he stays in with me ALLLL day, and when I leave I have to kennel him. He seems to like it keeps him out of the heat. He is getting neutered in a couple weeks, so hopefully that will help with the digging and running away!

So thats our pup. Sweet ole' Ranger

Back to Blogging

Thanks to my sweet friend Erin, I am now comfortable enough with my layout, to write a new post. I have been gone for so long, I could not remember for the life of me HOW ON EARTH to make my header center with the rest of the bolg. After playing with it for a bit, talking with Erin, and basically hitting every tab availble....Im back in business :)

 With that said, I have way way to much to catch up on, from my over 6 month hiatius.

For the time being....the BIG news is....we have Moved to Houston. YEs, that is right...we are now Houstonians :) I'll save that for its own posting!

Stay tuned...Im going to try to post a couple things today!

Shannon and Spencer

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Before and After

SO I found some before pics of the house. Thought I would share a couple.


After (sorry for the nigh time pic) We painted Shutters and door, took down dark screens, ripped out the vine/lattice. We will be adding landscaping in the spring :)


After: We painted the cabinets, floors, light fixtures

Opposite side of kitchen Before

After: I took the doors off and painted. Changed the light. Still need a window treatment


After: Painted (which is a long story, but this is not the color I want :( and  we changed floors, and ripped out the wet bar (cabinet looking thing) and shelf


After: Took out brown window treatment. Im still working on the mantle, and need a large side table between sofa and chair. I would also like to change the side chairs to something with pattern and color. But, Im Still looking for the perfect pieces! 

This is the wet bar I mentioned previously that we took out.

So that it is for now. I change things daily, and we complete new projects weekly. This is not exactly how I want it, but it is coming along. I am almost finished with our bedroom/bathroom, but we took out a counter in the bathroom, and are about to paint :) When that is complete, I will post more... as for now.... it is very "disorganized"

Also, I am working on Spencer's office,the guest room, and painting the laundry room this weekend!!! Yay.

There is soo soo soo much I want to do, and so many great visions/ideas that I have, however I am learning to be much more patient with the status quo and penny pinch my "stash"so I can save for the big items I want. I feel like I look at every home decor website three times a day, visit homegoods weekly, and constantly have a new project for Spence :) With that said, we love our sweet little house...and it is slowly but surely feeling quite like home!! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Whoooo!!! We are MARRIED :)

Thank you to all our friends and family who joined in the celebration. We had an amazing time!

This is borrowed from my photographer

My beautiful bridesmaids

Shan n Spence

House update

Well, I have finally decided to post a couple house pics, even though it kills me.  I am a complete perfectionist, and I want everything complete and perfect ASAP. Unfortunately, that is not possible when you are planning a wedding and updating a 4 bedroom house at the same time. We are still in the process of completing EVERYTHING...but we are surely getting there!

My before pics of the house were on my old phone, and is dead. But, imagine brown everywhere. Brown walls, brown cabinets, brown molding. We have put in new floors in the kitchen and den, painted the den (thats another story), kitchen, and bedroom, torn out cabinets in the den and bathroom, And are currently in the process of painting the master bathroom and the laundry room! We also painted the outside of the house, along with taking out some yucky vine landscaping.

Kind of slanted, but this is the best I could get! Painted shutters and door. I am waiting a couple of weeks before we plant fall flowers in the flower bed. We will also even out the shrubs, but we have to wait until spring.

This is our den. The back wall where the buffet is had a huge wet bar cabinet before. We took that out, along with a built-in bookshelf. (Please excuse the pictures hanging...slapped them up to get something on the wall)

Breakfast area. The walls are grayish-green color (not the lime green they look like) There were doors on the shelving unit. I took them off to display things....still in progress. Just ordered chandelier for over table.

Opposite from table. All the cabinets were ugly brown.

Thanks for looking! I will post more VERY soon :)