Our home, which was designed by Brandon & Anissa Allen of Allen Architecture, is featured in the current issue of 360 West, Tarrant County’s lifestyle magazine. It’s a dream come true for a few reasons, but mostly it serves as a reminder that we are thankful for those who helped us through this process.
I’m so proud of what we’ve done thus far (we’ve had a lot of help!), and we are honored to be featured in a magazine that we read and enjoy. Our home is, of course, a work in progress — we will continue to adjust and tweak our current set up, but that’s the fun part!
I’m back! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and especially awhile since I’ve done a Recent Reads post.
We’re 4 months into 2019, and I’ve got lofty reading goals. I hit the ground running, and I’ve already read 25 books using mostly my Libby and Audible accounts for ebooks and audiobooks. Of the 25 books I’ve experienced so far, here are 6 that stand out.
2018 was a great year for these Smiths. Some highlights: moving into our new home, my brother’s engagement to my best babe, and our trip to Rome. Not sure how 2019 can top it, but I’m ready to see it try!
In the grand tradition of yearly “best lists,” both Austin Kleon and Barack Obama put out their year-end lists (they both have excellent taste). List-making and -keeping is something I really enjoy, and I’d like to continue the habit into the future. I made my own best-of list for some great books I read in 2018, but I wanted to track the movies, t.v. shows, and albums I enjoyed this year as well.
In addition to our seven nights in Rome last summer, Chris and I planned stops in two charming Umbrian towns, Orvieto and Spello. While we just stayed overnight in each town, one day was enough to fall in love with Orvieto and Spello.
Chris and I (and Honey!) took a little desert road trip last Thanksgiving, and this year I’m reminiscing hard. We are planning to stay in town for the holidays this year, but it sure is fun to revisit past trips.
Last year around this time I felt the need for a getaway and a desert road trip fit the bill. I find the desert to be restorative, and it was just fun to hit the road, listen to a great audiobook, and slow down just a bit before the rush of the holiday season.
I’ve put together a little photo travelogue if you’d like to take a look…