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 !

Thursday, October 13, 2016


ever have the feeling someone is watching you ?
i had a peeping "tom" gecco today as i was
working away at my desk.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


even the boys noticed something different 
when they arrived home today.....
we have bushes again !

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


because when pictures arrive on my phone,
i just have to share them !!

Monday, October 10, 2016


bath time smiles from baby savannah !

Sunday, October 9, 2016


i must be caught in the "c" section 
at the online library.
chef and comedian books continue...
great read.
you'll have to read it to find out about the title.

Saturday, October 8, 2016


baby julia updates !
happy big brother luke helping out !
i can't wait to see y'all soon !

Friday, October 7, 2016


homecoming at stony point high school tonight.
one trip home for justin to attend with lily.
nathan is on the "blue crew" team -
probably shirtless with a big letter S painted on his chest -
spreading school spirit through the stadium.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


happy birthday steve !
how many candles this year ?
love your banana muffin cake
with sponge bob candle !

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


one american girl.
one baby savannah.
who is who ?
{all sitting in hannah's dollhouse.}

Monday, October 3, 2016


sleeping cousins !
looks like an anne geddes photo !
precious dreams girls !

Sunday, October 2, 2016


i think alec baldwin does a better donald trump
than the real donald trump !

Saturday, October 1, 2016


stumbled onto the round rock chalk walk today.
amazing art work on the ground.
praying the afternoon rain will hold off.
off to the rock to watch some football and have brunch.
fun saturday tradition and we have an extra today.

Friday, September 30, 2016


the girls having fun at the cottage !
the photo from the other side of the world !
the blog follows all !

Thursday, September 29, 2016


2 1/2 months old & 2 1/2 days old.
sweet girl cousins !
best friends already !

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


it's official.
julia grace !
love those cheeks !
can't wait to see you !

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


michael. sandra. luke and william 
welcome baby girl zang.
7# 8oz.
all are well.
name pending.
she decided to come early.
due date october 20th.
scheduled c-section october 12th.
all plans changed early today.

Monday, September 26, 2016


match the phrase with the photo:
sleeping beauty.
silly face.
here's looking at you.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


go. bills. go.


my new favorite commercial.
get the kleenex out.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


and the smiles keep arriving on my iphone !
plus one upside down fire alarm pulling dude !


gotta share all the pictures !
no good sitting on my phone !
can't wait till my turn to hold savannah !


i love iphone users that send pictures instantly !
savannah is sleeping right through the excitement !
keep those smiles & photos coming !


because sometimes blog posts don't need any words.
(And yes, i am jealous)


todays goals:
wake guys up at 5am - check.
make sure nathan has packed deodorant.
(one quick trip upstairs by teenage boy)
make sure nathan has packed deodorant - check.
you're welcome all !

Friday, September 23, 2016


i must be stuck in the book category
"chefs and comedians" 
another ebook borrowed from the library
another ebook read during early morning insomnia.
another laugh out loud book.
slightly heavy language noted.
one college boy home for the weekend.
one senior boy at the stony point football game.
one freshman boy with an amazing progress report.
mighty fine burgers for dinner.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


yes, i still read real books you can hold and turn the pages.
yes, i had this book on reserve before it even arrived at the library.
yes, it was 571 pages thick.
yes, it was a beautifully written depressing novel.
yes, very heavy language noted.
yes, you will either love it or hate it kinda book.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


yes, we are back to the scene of the crime.
yes, the story has been confirmed.
yes, its true.
yes, william added some excitement to the first day of school last week.
yes, that is a fire alarm box in the photo.
yes, william is one curious nephew.
yes, his fingerprints can be identified on the red pull handle.
yes, he touched & pulled.
yes, he found out what happens next.
yes, we love this story !