Friday, November 25, 2016


perfect day for finishing this month's book club book.
perfect day to stay in bed with a good book.
perfect day to hang out in pajamas with the internet & a charge card.
perfect day for leftover turkey sandwiches & stuffing.
perfect day to watch college football with my guys.
perfect day to order christmas cards.
perfect day for a rudys breakfast taco.
perfect day after thanksgiving !

Thursday, November 24, 2016


so many things to be thankful for today.
God. family. health. love. joy.
turkey dinners from whole foods.
afternoon board games with my 4 guys.
(nathan won!)
football on all the tv screens.
sunshine & 75 degrees.
sleeping in late.
mimosas and banana muffins.
morning newspaper filled with ads.
phone calls & facetime.
thankful for little everyday memories !

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


thanksgiving in a bag !
how amazing is this ?
turkey. mashers. gravy. stuffing. mac & cheese and cranberry sauce.
can't wait till tomorrow.....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


because i love getting photos on my iphone 
in the middle of a busy day!

Monday, November 21, 2016


nothing better than some cousin girl talk !
look how big the girls are getting !

Sunday, November 20, 2016


ho ho ho ....
the holidays are around the corner !

Saturday, November 19, 2016


just finished reading today.
great love story.
great life story.
love chip and joannas words of wisdom through all situations -
good and bad.
love their relationship with God.
great read !

Friday, November 18, 2016


because sometimes a picture makes its way to my iphone.
because sometimes a picture makes you smile.
because sometimes we all have a kid inside of us.
because sometimes we just need to laugh!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


one julia snuggle burrito please !
i can't believe how big you have gotten since just last week !
miss you !

Monday, November 14, 2016


because it is a super moon tonight.
because it reminds me of a night years ago when colin and i set our
alarms for 3am and got up in the middle of the night
to go outside and look at the moon.
everyday memories.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


because goodbyes are hard.
because a tim horton coffee delivered by dad tastes so good on a cool sunday morning.
because weekend visits go too fast.
because many fun memories were made.
miss you all.
see you soon !

Saturday, November 12, 2016


early morning visitors.
tim horton coffee.
watching mike and the environment dude walk the pond.
playing games with luke and william.
making nans rug a matchbox city.
building marble games as tall as william.
luke teaching me the rules of a new game.
playing sorry board game forever.
watching luke win.
girls lunch at rocco's.
picking names for christmas kris kringle.
having hannah show me her american girl book.
a trip to wegmans with mom.
making dinner with the gang.
watching pretty woman with all on tv.
holding nieces every chance possible.
hanging with everyone !

Friday, November 11, 2016


off to work by 8am with dad.
can't visit buffalo without visiting the head quarters.
tim horton coffee for the long commute to the office.
family dinner tonight.
surprise birthday celebration.
millers hot sauce and shrimp.
lebros chicken parm.
chilled champagne.
melting pumpkins.
giggles. laughs. tickles. smiles. stories. politics.
nieces. nephews. brothers. sisters. mom. dad.
evan almighty on the screen.
great catching up with all.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


bye bye austin at 11:30am.
hello buffalo at 5:30pm.
rocco's for take out pizza and wings.
welcome party at mom and dads.
finally got to hold savannah tonight.
finally got to meet julia tonight.
all is good.
birthday gifts opened.
hotel accommodations all for me.
put you party hats on !

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


guess who is four months old already ?
happy day baby savannah !

Saturday, November 5, 2016


push the magic button that hangs next to the toilet paper supply 
in the closet when the pile gets low.
wait two days.
look what arrives at the front door.
never be without again !


because i just couldn't say no to this smile -
could you ?
see you soon ethan !

Friday, November 4, 2016


how can you not love that smile !?

Thursday, November 3, 2016


yeah - early voting !
we waited in line for 1 minute !
first time voter was with us tonight !

Monday, October 31, 2016


happy trick or treat !
lots like a couple girls wore themselves out !

Saturday, October 22, 2016


how precious !
that reminds me
it's time to take my saturday afternoon
"two mimosas at brunch" today nap.
sweet dreams.

Friday, October 21, 2016


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i have been a fan for years.
long before the world knew them.
local texas couple.
i am on the wait list at the library for their book.
i have watched every episode of fixer upper.
have a visit to their store on my bucket list -
just waiting for the 35,000 weekly visitors to leave.
caught them on the today show this week.
read this article in texas monthly last week.
saw this article in line at the store.
might need to rent this.
19 things i did not know about this couple -
well, i actually knew most.
you can subscribe now to their upcoming magazine.
or just follow joanna's blog.
yes, my name is carol and i have a small crush on this couple !

Thursday, October 20, 2016


i have been a fan of ann voskamp for years.
i love her books especially "one thousand gifts".
i have followed her beautiful blog forever.
so when i was reading the online news this am in bed at 6am,
her name immediately jumped out at me on fox news online.
this is her post that appeared.
gotta love the christian farmers wife of six home schooled children
who lives in canada and happens to be a best selling author.
she has a way with words on a political issue without the politics !
keep the faith and encouraging words coming ann !

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


whats not to love ?
reserve books at home in my pj's online at night.
receive text message in the morning that they are
waiting for me to pickup.
i don't even have to go upstairs in the library, search the shelves or
walk up and down the aisles.
talk about lazy.
talk about cool.
i'll be there to pick you up this weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


who are these boys ?
when did they get so big ?
can't wait to hang out on the playground with you soon !!
love, aunt carol

Monday, October 17, 2016


weekend review.
still laughing from SNL skit above.
reading the first chapter of this book.
catching up on a poem a day here.
reading the winner of the 2016 short story award.
scrolling through this online store.
having lunch with my guys here.
watching this overtime college football game.
reading this blog post.
checking out this sample chapter by emily wierenga.
watching this series with colin and steve on dvd.
not sure if i could ever be this organized to bullet journal.
can't wait to try this recipe from damn delicious cookbook.
have this marked on my calendar - annual tradition.
ordered this, this and this - guess who for?
looking to recognize someone at this longhorn game.
enjoying my new word stickers and story cards that arrived on friday.
laughing at the life-changing magic of tidying up for new parents.
happy week ahead !

Sunday, October 16, 2016


savannah trying on her north face winter coat !

Friday, October 14, 2016


thank you insomnia.
because of you i am able to read great books.
i am able to borrow ebooks when the library is closed.
i am able to enjoy reading in the comfort of bed.
on my ipad.
no book light needed !