Sunday, June 26, 2016


not sure if i should grab a box of kleenex
 or buy a volvo...
my new favorite commercial.
i only watch tv for the commercials.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


happy annivertsary !
nothing better than not having to cook dinner tonight.
justin even stopped after work to pick up a kebap.
verts is just a little to close to home &
its jalapenos are tear jerking hot !

Thursday, June 23, 2016


two words for today:
double date ?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


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totally love my new find.
muji ballpoint pens !
since i spend my entire day writing,
 i found a pen i love using.
you can buy them here.
ultra ultra thin.
and cute foreign letters on the sticker.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


birthday cake a day late.
birthday dinner was a day early.
kinda balances out.
happy 19 justin !

Saturday, June 18, 2016


i am always a little late to the party.
this is my new favorite song.
i have it on repeat on my iphone.
i can listen to it all day long.
i must of had a crush on peter pan as a child.....

Thursday, June 16, 2016


our names are steve and carol.
and yes, we binge watched season 2 of bloodline.
we tried to pace ourselves.
we only allowed one episode per night.
we made it all the way till tonight to watch the season finale.
not bad considering it was released on may 27th.


the crazy things you find on the internet.
i had no idea this was here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


not sure if i ever posted this picture.
it is from the stony point IB program website.
do you recognize anyone?
love this picture taken on the enchanted rock....

Monday, June 13, 2016


nothing better than nathan + IV sedation.
three wisdom teeth out.
three hundred laughs!

Monday, June 6, 2016


the party is temporarily over.
mom and dad departed today.
we'll see you next month
and we'll put our party hats back on !


nothing like capturing an othello moment,

Sunday, June 5, 2016


weekend recap with mom and dad:
lowe's for the guys.
neiman marcus for the girls.
the rock for the guys.
north for the girls.
cover three for dinner for all.
sunday 9am service at church.
brunch at top golf.
dinner on the back patio.
we saw the graduate briefly this weekend -
many parties to attend.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


and the SMILE finally !
outside the arena on a warm thursday night.
we shared laughs and smiles.
we shared hugs and kisses.
we shared joy and dreams.
we shared.


36 minutes & 30 seconds into the ceremony.....
i held my breath.
i saw a newborn at sisters hospital.
don't remember it actually after 14 hours of labor only to have an emergency c-section.
but there are photos to prove it.
i saw a newborn with no name after 6 days in the hospital.
really? what were we doing for 9 months?
not reading baby name books apparently.
i didn't breath for that first year.
i saw a kindergartner who borrowed dads wallet in the middle of the night
so we could go to mcdonalds the next day.
i saw you get on that bus the first day of school.
i didn't breath again until you got off that afternoon.
i saw an 8 year old who sat aisles away from us on the 
plane from buffalo to austin on new years eve 2005.
i saw you play soccer, floor hockey, tennis, football, basketball & tackle football.
i never could breath while you were in harms way.
i saw you get your drivers permit and pass your road test.
i lost a couple breathes along the way & got a couple gray hairs in the process.
i saw you work hard, study hard & play hard.
i saw you love life, love God & grow up.
i saw you through a colorful kaleidoscope of living, loving & learning.
i am so proud of watching you dream & grow.
i still held my breath.
and now, very slowly exhaled as your words filled the arena.
and now, very slowly exhaled as your words reached my ears.
and now, very slowly exhaled as your words reached my heart.
and now i breath again.


and slowly the night progress.
and slowly the words of his speech it my ears.
and slowly the tears of joy stain my cheeks.
and slowly we all share the joy of this moment in time.


getting ready to begin.
just a short sippel story while we wait for the ceremony to begin.
we left fairway path at 7pm.
three very full vehicles.
two vehicles went one way.
third vehicle went another route.
third vehicle was driven by me without my glasses.
i had mom, dad & colin in the van.
i broke many, many road rules.
i had my hazzard blinkers on at one point driving down
the shoulder of the road.
i cut off at least 50 cars that were in line for hours.
i sincerely apologized to the many drivers i passed.
i sincerely apologized to my father as he screamed when i made a slightly aggressive move.
i sincerely apologized to the driver i would not let in.
i sincerely apologized to the driver i cut off.
we made it tot he parking lot finally.
i ran without my heels on.
colin, mom and dad closely followed.
security line moved like molasses.
we could see the graduates walking in on the screens.
we could hear the music playing through the arena.
we took the stairs to our suite.
we made it - just in time !
note to self: may want to leave a bit earlier next year for nathan !
550 graduates does mean a little bit if traffic...


lunch celebration at cover 3.
watch out texas - 3 longhorns on the way.
what a wonderful gathering of family & friends.
take a close peek of all the travelers who ventured to austin !


busy day ahead but never too busy to snap 
a picture of nathan's last day of school as a junior !

Saturday, May 28, 2016


 summer fun at schlitterbahn !

Friday, May 27, 2016


justin was ready for the last day of school by 8am.
he had a smile on his face when he drove away and a smile when he got home !
it was truly a sad day and i still cried for a minute.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


jesse and justin.
5th grade buddies now graduating together !
congrats boys.