Monday, May 6, 2013

guess what?

The McKenney's have some news......

(click play and listen while you read)

I know what you're thinking -
and that's not it!

We are moving back down south!

I have accepted a job as the Lower School Art Teacher at 
Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

We are thrilled to head home and be closer to family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Durham, England friends we will miss you tons!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Listening to...

I am not sure if these bands have made it to the states yet.  
For all I know they are on Star 94's top 40 - 
but how would I know that?

Anyway just in case you haven't heard them - here they are:

Bastille - Pompeii
(not sure about the video)

Daughter - Still 

And just to make sure no one is confused about my musical taste
 Cullen and I recently stumbled, yes stumbled was my word of choice, upon this song.
Don't judge, they play different songs on the radio in the UK.
Oh wait he won American Idol...  well we only heard it a few months ago!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

el sol

Cullen surprised me with a trip to Spain.
We were both growing weary of the gray skies and cold weather 
and needed some sunshine in our life.  

We went to Marbella in Southern Spain and had an amazing time!
The weather was perfect and we enjoyed exploring Puerto Banus and Old Town Marbella. 



Friday, January 25, 2013


It's been snowing in Durham for about two weeks!
It melts a little every now and then, but we currently have a lot of snow.  
I have always loved snow and don't get me wrong I still do, 
but I have never had to drive, walk to the grocery store, walk the dog or go to work in snow. 
To me snow means a day off of school or a trip somewhere cold.

We have gone "sledging" and enjoyed ourselves...

...but, it is time to say bye bye to the snow!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The hills are alive (it's about time)

A few months ago Cullen and I went to Austria and Switzerland with our good friends Graham and Elizabeth.  I think I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of pictures I took and all the editing, so I procrastinated posting.  I have yet to do much editing, but wanted to post anyways - it was an amazing trip!

 St. Stephen's Cathedral 

Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

A night at one of the wine gardens outside Vienna

The Belvedere Musuem 

Gustav Klimt, Death and Life

Karlskirche Church

The Leopold Museum
Leopold has one of the biggest collections of Egon Schiele's work (one of my favorite artists).
I also think Johnny Depp should play Egon Schiele in a movie - they look identical!


 The amazing sunrise we witnessed while leaving the city.


We took the boat to Interlaken and spent the night in Faulensee.

 The view from our hotel in Murren

We took a cable car to the top of the Schilthorn for a view of 
the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains.

Graham and Elizabeth went paragliding  from Murren into The Lauterbrennen Valley.

Anyone want to meet somewhere fun?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Cullen and I went home to Atlanta for Christmas this year.  
We had a great time being home with family and friends. 

We started off our journey home with a night in London.
We had a great meal at Polpo and saw
Les Miserables at Queens Theater. 

Here are a few highlights from our time in Atlanta.

The whole fam

Mom and Dad's amazing tree

Meeting baby Baddour

Hanging out with family

Celebrating with friends

New Years at the Lake

Happy Birthday Dad!

Thanks to all those who made our time home so special!