Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s the MAY edition of Let’s Look!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
In January, we looked at HOW WE ORGANIZE FOR THE NEW YEAR.
In February, we looked at WHAT WE EAT IN A WEEK.
In March, we looked at OUR FAVES FROM HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE
In April, we looked at HOW WE DO DATE NIGHTS!
And today, we’re looking at….OUR HOMETOWNS!
This was a popular request when we asked you ladies what topics you wanted us to “look” at this year 🙂 .
Let’s work backwards for me…
…our family currently lives in McKinney, TX 🙂 .
We LOVE living here!
From the hot air balloons that pass over almost daily to the historic downtown, the beautiful Croatian village, lakes, trails, parks, golf courses, and so much more, it is truly magical 🙂 .
Sometimes, I have to pinch myself because a normal evening can feel very much like a vacation when you’re here in McKinney.
I have blogged ALL ABOUT MCKINNEY before and you can read that post HERE and then more recently on The Bestie Breakdown podcast, we did an entire episode breaking down all of the ins and outs of our town. From specific restaurants to schools, extracurricular things, housing, safety, shopping…it’s all right HERE in this one episode. You should really take a listen!
So, I’ve lived in McKinney now for the last 16 years. Prior to that, I lived in Dearborn, Michigan for a year and in Southlake, TX for about two years…but my real hometown, the one where I was born and raised is good old…
...Irving, TX 🙂 .
I lived in Irving from birth until I went off to college at eighteen. While I was in college, my parents sold their home and moved to where they live today, so even though I haven’t “returned home” to Irving in over 20 years, it’s technically my hometown and where every single childhood memory comes from. Unfortunately, I am a child of the 80s and 90s, so I do not have a million pics on my phone of where I grew up because…well…I’m old and that technology didn’t exist back then, so what I lack in photos, I’ll make up to you in “fun facts”. Some of these facts are about me and some are about Irving:
#1: Irving is an inner ring suburb of Dallas. Basically, you have Dallas and Irving bumps right up next to it. Because of its proximity to Dallas, it feels very urban. There are multiple major freeways that pass through it, quite a bit of traffic and a lot of people. There is public transportation and even a train system. McKinney is a large city (population of 200k now), but it feels quiet to me and a lot slower than growing up in Irving even though the populations are about the same. I think the proximity to Dallas (and all the people driving through Irving to get there) makes it feel busier.
#2: My parents owned this home for 17 years and this is where I grew up…
…that window there on the right was my bedroom window until I went off to college. I loved my street and had so many friends who lived right there in my neighborhood with me. I attended Davis Elementary, Crocket Middle School and…
…graduated in 2000 from Irving High School.
#3: For a very long time, Irving was famous for being the home of…
…the Dallas Cowboys! Their stadium and training facilities were in Irving until pretty recently. They played here in this stadium from 1971 until 2009 (and then later moved their training facilities to Frisco, TX).
#4: If you’ve ever flown into…
…DFW Airport then you’ve basically been to Irving. My house growing up was so close to the airport that when they built Terminal D, the airport and city had to compensate my family and every other family in our neighborhood because of the noise. I honest to goodness forgot how noisy my house was until I went back a few years ago and stood out front. Planes fly over Irving (especially my neighborhood) constantly. And by that, I mean…CONSTANTLY.
#5: I would say that most “Irving people” refer to Irving as anything south-ish of Highway 114…but…Irving does have an area north called Las Colinas which is technically still Irving and home to…
…the famous Mustangs of Las Colinas where on May 2, 2003 a young Andrew Shull proposed to a Miss Shay Lowe 🙂 .
So, that’s a bit about my hometown(s) 🙂 .
Coming up this year on Let’s Look…
…next month, we will be posting our GO TO SUMMER LUNCHES!
If you blogged with us today, make sure you link up below!
Have the best Wednesday! xx