INSTAPOST: What We’ve Been Up To

It has been a wild ride with renovations, holidays, celebrations, and so much more! Here are a few snapshots of what we have been up to lately…

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Ate a Hattie's!

Ate a Hattie’s!

We decorated for Halloween!

We decorated for Halloween!

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

The AFTER!

The AFTER!

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our Engagement Party!

Our Engagement Party!

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update

It has been a very very busy time in the Stephenson household. We are planning our wedding, working full time, oh and completely remodeling our first floor! The dust and concrete would be enough to drive someone crazy, thankfully David and I have a good sense of humor! They say home renovations are 80% prep work and we are living that right now! David has done an amazing job prepping our house for paint, tile, and hardwoods! Our first area of focus when we get to flooring will be our powder room, you never realize how convent a bathroom on the first floor is, until you have to rip our the toilet and sink! Here are some of our recent renovations photos so you can see the madness that is going on!

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness... it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness… it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

and hallway!

and hallway!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Next.... the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

Next…. the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David's mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe... also for getting me this picture! :)

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David’s mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe… also for getting me this picture! 🙂

 

David is in charge of the renovation agenda, so you will have to ask him whats going to happen next, but I think it will be painting the walls, cabinets, and backsplash! Or it could be finishing up the powder room! We have so much to choose from here! More DIY and renovation posts to come!

 

INSTAPOST: Our Flooded Home

Well I have been absent from the blogging world this past week because of some crazy and unfortunate news! My brother had his lovely wedding in Annapolis, Maryland and while we were out of town our water heater broke and completely flooded the first floor of our house! The ironic (and frustrating!!) thing about this is that we had a NEW water heater in our garage that we had planned on installing when we got home!

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Before the carpet was taken out... it might not look like much but man that carpet was soaked!

Before the carpet was taken out… it might not look like much but man that carpet was soaked!

YUCK.

YUCK.

David enjoying the irony with our replacement water heater!

David enjoying the irony with our replacement water heater!

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My sweet man set up our living room again after the carpet was ripped out so it didn't look so sad!

My sweet man set up our living room again after the carpet was ripped out so it didn’t look so sad!

 

This was so not what we were expecting, but it may be a blessing in disguise. We are hoping to do a TON of DIY projects to really get this place the way we want it to be! Hopefully in a few months (yes I am being optimistic here!) we will have the renovated home of our dreams 🙂 Stay tuned!

 

INSTAPOST: May Vacation

I have been away from the blogging world for far too long now! I decided to fully give myself a break from everything this month and just relax, sleep in and hang out, and that is exactly what I did! The month of May has been a wonderful one, but I am glad to be back to reality! We had a crazy busy month of unpacking and getting settled. We also took a trip to Gruene, Texas for Americana Music Jam at the legendary Gruene Hall, David golfed and of course I rode around with him, we made it to The Colonial golf tournament out in Ft. Worth, and we found our wedding venue!! All in all our first month of being engaged was BUSY, but so much fun!

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The FAMOUS Gruene Hall!

The FAMOUS Gruene Hall!

 

The amazing Gruene Mansion Inn. The PERFECT bed and breakfast for that amazing weekend

The amazing Gruene Mansion Inn. The PERFECT bed and breakfast for that amazing weekend

 

Cowboy boots and all!

Cowboy boots and all!

 

Wade Bowen playing at Gruene Hall

Wade Bowen playing at Gruene Hall

 

Our view from the tent at the Crown Plaza Invitation at The Colonial! Amazing finish by Adam Scott to win!

Our view from the tent at the Crown Plaza Invitation at The Colonial! Amazing finish by Adam Scott to win!

Next Memorial Day Weekend we will be getting married at The Belmont Hotel! We can not wait!

Next Memorial Day Weekend we will be getting married at The Belmont Hotel! We can not wait!

This place as the most incredible views of the Dallas skyline!

This place as the most incredible views of the Dallas skyline!

And of course we enjoyed some amazing wine and food all month long!

And of course we enjoyed some amazing wine and food all month long!

 

and finally...my golf loving fiancé!

and finally…my golf loving fiancĂ©!

LOVE LETTERS: We’re Engaged!

I have some amazing, incredible, exciting news!! (I really don’t think there are enough exclamation points and adjectives to describe how I feel right now typing out this post!!) Saturday night David asked me to marry him and I could not have been happier to say yes. Saturday was the perfect day of relaxing for me, I went shopping and got a mani and pedi while David golfed. We had planned to go to our favorite restaurant in Dallas (the spot David took me on our very first date) Campisi’s (the original one on Mockingbird!) I like to get ready for our dates in our guest bedroom while David gets ready in our room. I always love to pretend that its our very first date and David gets to see me when I am all ready. I usually walk down the stairs and David will tell me I look great and we will be on our way for our dinner plans. Well this Saturday was a little different, I got all dolled up and I walked down the stairs where David met me, got down on one knee and told me ever since he waited for me from the first time he took me to Campisi’s he was hoping this day would come, he said a ton more sweet and heartfelt things, and then asked me to marry him! Of course I said YES! We shared a champagne toast (he had a bottle chilled and waiting– this guy thinks of everything!) then we went to Campisi’s and shared the same meal we shared on our first date. Afterwards, we came back to our house where we celebrated the good news with our very good friends and neighbors, drinking champagne, laughing, and loving the moment. Thank you to everyone who has loved and encouraged us while we were dating, we can not wait to start this journey together!

Outside the original Campisi's

Outside the original Campisi’s

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OBSESSED. I can't even describe how lucky I am!

OBSESSED. I can’t even describe how lucky I am!

Our huge after party celebration with our dear friends!

Our huge after party celebration with our dear friends! We have the best friends! Everyone brought a bottle and I definitely think we had plenty! haha

 

David and I have so much moving and unpacking to do, but all I can think about is planning a wedding (come on everyone has a secret Pinterest board) I am so excited to share every moment with all of you! xoxo

INSTAPOST: Spring Break in Kiawah Island

I am off today to enjoy my last college Spring Break! If only the real world had such a thing! David and I are going to Kiawah Island with his family and could not be more excited! I can’t wait to explore Charleston, eat amazing seafood, see the beach, and RELAX!

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INSTAPOST: Big News

I hope everyone is having a great last day before Christmas is upon us! I have some very happy news that I wanted to share! I have officially accepted a full time position after graduation (the best Christmas gift a girl could ask for!) This coming June I will be taking a position as Product Coordinator for Michael Kors Watches!

I hope everyone is having a great last day of work before Christmas is upon us! I have some very happy news that I wanted to share! I have officially accepted a full time job after graduation (the best Christmas gift a girl could ask for!) This coming June I will be taking a position as Product Coordinator for Michael Kors Watches! I just can’t wait to see what the future holds for me at this great company! Enjoy the holidays! xoxo