Our house becomes a home

by Gonyea Home

Our house finally feels like a home. That and it’s been a long time since we updated. YIKES! Things in the Gonyea Home have been busy. We went to Joe’s parents –Gonyea Ranch – for a visit. We had a great time seeing all of our adorable nephews. Then, of course as you know if you are a red blooded American, football season is upon us. Joe had a draft in Austin and then this weekend had one in Houston as well. I suppose I shouldn’t complain because a draft always means I get to see my girlfriends for slumber party time. By the way the movie Crazy Stupid Love is fantastic!

On another note today is my and Joe’s two year wedding anniversary. We didn’t intend on getting married on a holiday weekend, but the venue we wanted was only available that day in September. We went to Greece for our honeymoon (Grand Mykonos Resort) and Nicaragua for our one year (Jicaro Eco Lodge). This year we bought a house so we decided what better way to celebrate than by being here. So this is what we did:

Friday we ran errands. Made our typical trip to Lowes and then went to Whole Foods for dinner. We had to make another stop at Richard’s Liquors because Whole Foods didn’t have the Heineken mini kegs. Do we party that hard? Sometimes. For our anniversary I got Joe a mini beer keg for the Apollo. What is the Apollo? Look for Joe’s post next on how to stain concrete.

Saturday we did stuff around the house. More cabinet hanging and hardware installing. Joe had his Houston fantasy football draft and I had Shelley and Charles’ engagement party. The party was great and I can’t wait for the wedding!

Sunday morning we got up and walked across Kirby to Café Express for breakfast. I keep forgetting we can walk to Sorrel at Kirby and Greenbriar. Maybe next weekend. Then we headed to Borders since it is going out of business and in our neighborhood as well. Joe got a book about Aliens and has been reading it non-stop. I headed out to run a few non-husband errands and decided to get a hand towel to keep in the Apollo for spills since the traditional anniversary gift is cotton. I am sure you are starting to guess what the Apollo is and its purpose. We got a couple’s massage at Fiori and saw Rise of the Planet Apes. Massage and movie were both meh. Regardless it was great to spend a day not working (on law stuff) and just hanging out with Joe.

That brings us to today. I got a Shark 2 in 1 vacuum and steam mop! It is amazing. I mean really really awesome. We have no carpet in our house aside from rugs and the make shift closet. I have no experience in keeping dark hard wood floors clean and it’s been tricky! The maid hasn’t been coming because of all the remodeling and I just constantly feel like everything is dirty and dusty and it is driving me INSANE! Well fret no more- this hardwood floor (good for stained concrete and tile as well) gadget is amazing! While I enthusiastically cleaned floors Joe hooked up the icemaker and water to the fridge. Then we sipped on orange water by the pool. The orange water was spa inspired because I found another great deal at Bed Bath & Beyond. Joe is making dinner tonight and I can’t wait. Hope it is as good as his birthday dinner at Tony’s. In all seriousness, thankfully one of us can cook.  Everything he makes is amazing and he is so creative in the kitchen. We had lobster last Thanksgiving.

Needless to say things have really progressed and changed and not just at Branard Street. As a married couple we have transitioned from apartment dwellers to homeowners and from newlyweds to old married folk. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love our life and I love our home.

Joe will be on board later this week for his take on DIY concrete staining. And remember, if you don’t follow us- please do!