Third Time’s the Charm

This isn’t my first blog – this is lucky number three. I started my first blog, titled Espresso Up & Wine Down, after my boyfriend (now husband) built me a gorgeous espresso/wine bar for Valentine’s Day. He owns his own custom cabinet and furniture business and does beautiful wood working, so the bar was completely […]

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Moving On

Things have continued to not be boring here in Beaumont! Though I’ve had a few tough, why-am-I-back-here days, I’m feeling more positive overall. Thanksgiving was absolutely terrific and it was nice to not have to worry about driving back and forth from Austin. We started Thanksgiving Day by having lunch at my daddy’s house and […]

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Transition

“Remember every new beginning is some beginning’s end… Welcome to wherever you are This is your life, you made it this far Welcome, you got to believe That right here, right now You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be” – Bon Jovi Welcome to Wherever You Are The first two weeks back in Beaumont, TX […]

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Goodbye

This weekend we officially left Austin and made the move back to Beaumont – marking the beginning of many changes and many goodbyes. First, I said goodbye to a wonderful company full of amazing co-workers. For the last year I have been lucky to be part of a company that boasts a lovely family atmosphere, […]

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Adjust the Sails

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. This quote has been accredited to everyone from Thomas S. Monson to Dolly Parton, but, whoever said it first, the sentiment behind the words is overwhelmingly true. We cannot control the large events in life – life will continuously toss things our way – […]

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Harvey

I usually lean heavily towards posts on fun-loving stories about my houseboat – but I’m going to veer a bit from that topic today. Andy and I absolutely love living on Lake Travis, and, while it’s true that many terrific thrills can be had on the water, it cannot be forgotten that water is a […]

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Perfection

Living on a houseboat amongst beautiful views really is a dream. We have been told by several people that they envy our lifestyle, our freedom, our adventure, and that they wish they did something similar when they were younger. I am officially putting it in writing now that, while it is a fun (and different) […]

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The Hot Spot

This past weekend was perfectly terrific! First, an update: the previous weekend (July 7-9), we finished and installed the drawer fronts on all the cabinets AND installed the bathroom cabinet. Apart from a debate on where to place the bathroom sink (centered, off to the left, or slightly off-centered) and having to remove the backsplash […]

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Fourth of July & Cabinets

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, while most people were grilling and hosting outdoor parties, Andy and I were ripping the temporary cabinets and dressers out of our houseboat and installing the new cabinetry. This entailed us removing the kitchen sink, relocating all of our dishes, cookware, and clothing to other areas of the […]

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His First Love

First, my apologies for missing last week’s post. My sweetheart and I left the comfort of our boat to travel back to Beaumont to celebrate Father’s Day with our families. In the spirit of the holiday, I had a chat with my brother, Steven, (whose wife will soon give birth to his fourth daughter) about […]

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