Blogaversary and a Change in Seasons

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wow - while updating my blog today I noticed that as of two days ago The Home Team turned 4 years old! Where does the time go? You can find my first ever post here.

When I started my blog Coach had just left for his annual Coaching School trip...the absolute beginning of football season in this house. But as I sit here today I realize Coach won't be making that pilgrimage this year. 

In mixed feelings, I share football season will not be a season we have here at The Home Team. Coach has left behind the helmets, pads and stadium lights for those of pine, swishes and buzzers.  You got it - Coach has moved his career to varsity girls basketball. I say I have mixed feelings - but that's not a bad thing. This change is good for our family and I am thrilled to see what the basketball season will bring. But ya'll know I love football. Like I really love football.  I have some of the greatest memories sitting in those stands eating Subway with the Original Coaches Wives....driving all over Texas in the Warrior Wagon...throwing streamers....the list goes on and on.  If you've been following the blog then you know what the memories of football season are to me. 

I know that the Lord has orchestrated this change and in His timing we will find ourselves in a new rhythm of seasons. I truly will not forget the friendships fostered and the memories created.

In keeping with the Home Team tradition, my prayers will be with the wives who are preparing to send their husbands off to football season soon. May you all have strength, compassion and patience. 

4. Visit a Local Winery {Grapevine, TX}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Well, my birthday came and went back in June and I am thrilled to share what Coach had in store for me that special day. I definitely wasn't looking forward to getting a year older, but it just keeps happening.  Year after year. 

On with the fun day!

Coach was super sweet and thoughtful enough to take me on a wine tour through Grapevine. 


Obviously the winery sits on a historical site, but I preferred the artsy picture with the crepe myrtle.  


This is one of my favorite pics I took all day. We sat at the little wine bar and talked with the host. After a quick tasting we went out back to check out the property and take some more pictures. 


See? What a gorgeous property! 

Next stop, Farina's on Main St. 

 I got artsy again and took a pic of the lettering from the inside out. See the wet roads? Yep - it pretty much started down-pouring at this point. After a yummy lunch, we tried to leave to walk to our next destination, but alas - couldn't do it.  So we were held hostage in a winery. Darn the luck! 

Next (and final) stop, Off the Vine - Into the Glass

This was a swanky little place. Very dark and already become inhabited by the daily locals who show up at the end of a workday. We had a small sampling and munched on an appetizer of salmon something or other. It was nothing short of amazing!  

Another cool pic.  Yes, I was snapping pics all afternoon. 

After we finished in Grapevine, we headed for home.

Thank you Coach for a memorable birthday!

Coming Soon! Jen Hatmaker's Revised and Updated Interrupted

Friday, July 18, 2014

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I am super excited to share with you all this morning that I am one of 200 bloggers selected to pre-read and review the latest revised and edited version of Jen Hatmaker's book, Interrupted

Pinch me now!

Ya'll know I love to read and I've recently found so much solace is reading my favorite blogger's books.{Bread and Wine was a big fav!}  My Goodreads 'to read' list has several titles from Jen Hatmaker, but I haven't gotten around to downloading them just yet. I'm about halfway through Interrupted and I can tell you (no spoilers yet!) that reading this work first will set the stage for reading her other publications. long til I reveal my book review? Just sit tight - I'll have it posted in the next few weeks. 

Till then...happy Friday!

Vacation Recap

Sunday, July 13, 2014

We love to travel and the Texas Hill Country is one of our favorite locations. I am thankful for the time to spend with Coach and Little Man each summer before the craziness of the school year starts again. Take a look at our road trip south!

First stop, spending July 4th in Waco with the family.  We got there just in time to decorate the golf cart and participate in the neighborhood July 4th parade.

Second stop, Victoria. Yes, our old stomping grounds from a few years ago. Sorry for the dark photo....We were only in Victoria about 24 hours, but I am thankful that Coach was able to use his talents to help in leading worship at our former church. {And yes, there will be another blog post about our time in Vic}

Third stop, Lakeway Resort on Lake Travis. It was amazing - we will most definitely be back. After two days of driving we were relieved to spend the afternoon and evening by the pool. The resort had breathtaking views of the surrounding lake and Little Man was content for hours in the kid's pool area. 

Another view of the double infinity pools.  We will be back!

Fourth and final stop, Gruene.  We chose this location due to it's convenience and family friendly activities. We stayed at the Gruene Homestead Inn in the Silo. 

Being in Gruene never gets old. I love the scenery and rich Texas history.

Of course we dined at the historic Gristmill Restaurant. But I will tell you we found the Gruene River Grill to be much, much better. Their food was much more savory and flavorful.

Little Man enjoyed exploring the property.

Little Man was enamored with playing pool in Gruene Hall. So much so we had to make a trip back one morning so he could do so.

Our last night in Gruene. I'm already ready to go back.

48. Try 5 New Restaurants

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I'm slowly working through my 100 in 1001 list marking off things a little at a time. Now that I'm home for the summer I'll be able to knock out a few more.  (I know Coach is really hoping I finally finish painting the guest bath!) 

One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat and try new places. Living back in DFW makes that super easy to do! I actually ended up eating at 6 new places, but who's counting!!

Del Frisco's Grille (Southlake, TX)
Coach and I wandered into this place just a few short weeks after it opened about 5 minutes from us. While we didn't technically eat here, we did have an after-dinner beverage sitting at the open-air bar. I swear we saw some mafia types consorting in the corner. Really. 
In true Home Team fashion, we want to go back and take in the place while sitting on one of the 3 patios. Us HT-ers love a good patio.
Pie 5 (Alliance Towne Center)
Sorry - no cool logo. I met the girls here for a quick lunch. I love a good pizza so I was pumped to give it a try. As my sis-in-law described it -it's like Subway for pizzas - but better!  I've been twice now and I have had the BBQ Chicken and the High 5 pizzas. Both were exceptional!  You can also build your own pizza as well. 

Shogun Hibachi/Sushi (Southlake, TX)
I still remember when I got the text from Coach asking about meeting up with his family at Shogun for his bro's birthday. I. Was. In.  I have tried for several years to get Coach to go to a Hibachi grill. I couldn't wait to see the chef cook the food right in front of us.  I will say, we were not disappointed. I kept taking pictures and ooohhhhing and aahhhhing.  I was quite obviously in 'tourist mode'. This pic does not even do it justice.  I'm still waiting to go back...

Guero's Taco Bar (Austin, TX)
 Ya'll all know I love me some Austin. I had the opportunity to go in June for a few days and I made Coach go with me to South Congress - where are the cool people hangout. We at a late lunch at Guero's while taking in the scenery.  Coach had two tacos that he kept raving about, we shared some queso and each tried the Don Margarita. Check it out in this month's Texas Monthly article of best ritas in Texas. 

Big Daddy's Ship Store (Lake Grapevine)
I have to give this one to Coach. He found this little joint while researching date night ideas. It's at Scott's Landing Marina where there are lots of pretty sail boats docked for your viewing pleasure.  We've been twice three times since the start of June. We love the fried shrimp, fried chicken and the fried cheese.  Seriously, this place is a diet killer.  The views are great sitting on the water, there is live music on the weekends and the view of the Grapevine Fireworks (Fridays at 9:30) is awesome! And Little Man loves to feed the ducks. See more here in my weekend wrap-up post.

Chicken Scratch (Dallas - South Dallas)
In our little sisterhood staycation weekend, my sis took us here. One step in the door and it felt like we were in the heart of Austin, TX.  What a cool place! The food was amazing - yet filling. I suggest one of the fork and knife biscuit sandwiches. You will need a fork and I knife to get it eaten. And a lot of napkins. Live music was advertised for the weekends...again, I'm counting the days to go back!

Friday Favorites in ATX!

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week I had the joy of spending time in one of my favorite cities in the world, Austin - also known as ATX. I felt it appropriate to share my favorite Austin joints and adventures as part of the Friday Favorites series.

 We traveled to Austin for my yearly professional conference. This year, I brought Coach along to be my special date at an awards dinner where - yes - I did receive an award for my work last year at the ole Day Job. I am incredibly blessed to have a husband and family who supports me as I blaze a trail in education. 

 While I did have to professionally learn while in Austin, we did find time to enjoy some of the local flare on SoCo. That's South Congress in case you didn't know. It's a newly renovated, energy charged, hip area where you can find some of Austin's best local hangouts...from food trucks to unique shopping venues to great people watching. We only spent an hour or so in SoCo, so I didn't get the opportunity to check it all out. We will be back Austin, I promise.

One of our stops in SoCo was the famous Guero's Taco Bar. While it was Coach who ate, I did partake of the queso. It definitely lived up to it's hype and reviews.  I'm certain it will be an Austin staple for us in the future.

 After we got Coach fed, we walked down to Uncommon Objects. Happy to mark off #38 of my 100 in 1001 list!  We shopped around and truly enjoyed the crazy, unique finds it has to offer. 

 My absolute favorite part of SoCo is the view looking back at downtown. The skyline of Austin is my favorite skyline of all of Texas. We tried to get a quick selfie with the skyline in the back....we were moderately successful. 

 While in ATX, we hit up another of my favorite places, Cedar Street, and watched the coolest of cool 80's cover band, the Spazmatics. You just can't visit Austin and not take in some music. After all, it's touted as the Live Music Capital. 

 Before we journeyed home, we made a stop at our Lake Austin ritual, the Hula Hut. I tend to crave the Mexansian Shrimp when I hit the Travis County Line so this place is a must. The crowd was light and the food was good. If only I had a boat to "park" up at the pier...

Till next time Austin...

Weekend Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Greetings and Happy Summer!  
I am thrilled to have finally made it to the lazy, warm days of summer. June is one of my absolute favorite months of the year. It reminds me of days at the beach, warm nights on the porch, time with friends and no worries about bedtimes.

The Home Team has been busy this first weekend of the Summer.  

Over the weekend we joined my sis in Big D for a little staycation and cousin time.  We ate some seriously yummy goodness at Chicken Scratch, spent some long hours at the pool and then crashed for the evening with pizza and movies. 

 As you know, I love trying new restaurants (#48 on my 100 in 1001)  We shared a yummy lunch at Chicken Scratch where I highly recommend trying of of the Fork and Knife Biscuit Sandwiches.  

But before we went to Dallas, the boys and I rang in the summer with an evening on Lake Grapevine. Again, another new restaurant paired with something I love - boats and water. Little Man loved it because he was able to feed ducks, geese, fish and turtles. What little boy doesn't love that kind of night?

I can't wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!
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