Sunday, January 25, 2015


i remember when i actually could stay awake for 
the entire episode of saturday night live...
now i have to watch it on youtube the day later...
and laugh with my four football loving guys!
we watched it four times.
in a row.
at laughed harder each time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


there is a bird convention in our front tree today.
and they are very healthy or very pregnant.
i can't believe i'm posting about birds.
the next thing you know i'll be buying a birdhouse....
i am official old  mature !

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


love my REAL post-it notes !
no more buying the cute generic ones in pretty colors
that don't stick.
no more buying those mini 2x2 ones that you
can barely fit a thought on.
no more buying those fancy cut-out shape ones
that curl on the corners.
no more.
i'm sticking with the real thing from now on !
just wish i would of invented them !

Monday, January 19, 2015



mighty fine burgers = mighty big smiles!
happy 'no school' monday !

Sunday, January 18, 2015



still reading away in my spare time.
these are a couple that have captured my attention over the past six weeks.
i love to read.
i always have a book near me.
i am not afraid to NOT finish a book anymore.
when reading it seems like a chore, than i know its not the book for me at that time
and i don't hesitate to put it aside or return it to the library.
life is too short to waste !
note: i noticed that i seem to be leaning towards non-fiction lately.
and i'm enjoying it !
off to find my next book to dive into -
with a side of NFL playoffs !
note: i cant get these photos to line up nicely on this post.
oh, well. i really tried for a loooong time.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


good morning rudys breakfast tacos.
the easiest way to get the sleeping boys out of 
bed on a weekend day.
the sun is out.
the to-do list is ready.
hello home depot: fresh filters for the house
hello michaels: last pack of project life page protectors
hello HEB: soup, cold cuts and some more specialty cheese
weekend to-do lists are always better when its sunny!

Friday, January 16, 2015


hello doodle book 2015 !
i love your crisp new pages just waiting for me to fill in.
i call it a doodle book but its really an everything journal.
i write my bible verse for the day.
i write down the weather.
i write down my graditudes.
i write down our appointments.
i write down the to-do's.
i write down what filled our day.
i write down transaction numbers, authorization numbers
and return pro numbers.
i write down blogs to visit, books to read & funny 
one liners the boys say.
i tape in stuff & acticles to read.
i tape in pictures ripped out of magazines.
i tape in project life ideas.
i doodle while on the phone.
i doodle fancy letters.
i doodle what i eat sometimes also.
its my everyday little thing.
somedays there is a whole page filled.
somedays there is just a line or two.
somedays there is nothing.
its just a journal - 
not another thing on my to-do list!
off to happy hour at jack allens.
i'll journal about it later i'm sure.
better practice drawing my wine glasses.....

Thursday, January 15, 2015


welcome to the blog world finn!
i can't wait to follow all your exciting adventures !
i love your teacher & this wonderful idea !

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


can't believe this was one month ago!
one photo booth + two sisters 
= lots of laughs at the M&M store.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


i going on a diet.
a blog diet that is.
i follow too many blogs & 
some days i waste too much time jumping from blog to blog.
{and this is why i don't hang out on facebook !!}
i'm cleaning out my blog bookmark list
and picking just my favorites in each category.
this is hard.
just do it.
God girl blogs:  annshawn.  lisa-jo
memory keeping: ali  becky  annette
writing inspiration: janey  amanda  christina
book reading: hannah  amy  carrie
a liitle of everything:  elise  joanna  kristin
for the love of food:  jenny  rae  giada
hope you find a new blog to explore!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


nothing screams summer more than the boat show at the
austin convention center during a cold & grey january sunday!
nothing screams summer more than three roller hot dogs with
hunts ketchup and cheetoes!
nothing screams thank you more than receiving a voice message
that "this phone was left on a boat".
thanks to melanie at south austin boats who thought to ask siri to "call mom" on
a password protected iphone.
can you guess which boy had the biggest smile on his face 
after retrieving the lost phone.......

Thursday, January 8, 2015


todays question:
"what quirky habit do you have?"
easy for me to answer.
i always line everyones shoes up at the front door before i go to bed.
{i guess i just want everyone to be able to find their shoes
in case there is an emergency in the middle of the night...}

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


three words today.
back to school !
harsh i know but its time.
its time for a routine (hello alarm clocks)
its time to eat healthy (good bye christmas cookies)
its time to organize (hello container store, good bye holiday decorations)
its time for the party to end (hello resolutions)
its time to start the new year (hello homework & backpacks)
we can't wait to see what this year brings!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


look whats finally back !
season five & i'm so ready.
the clothes. the time. the accents.
the drama. the laughs.
you know where to find me on sunday nights !

Saturday, January 3, 2015


just because sometimes the one liners
will keep ya laughing!

Friday, January 2, 2015


adventure austin dallas day eight.
goodbye ed. erin. bridget. conor & finn!
texas just won't be the same without y'all here.
we loved having you here.
thanks for making us part of your holiday vacation!!
"uncle steve, do you have to pay for wi-fi over russia?"
conor thoughtfully asked this morning.
love the questions a 9 year old has!
hello georges.
just because we have not had enough food
over the past week......
we loved having everyone here for the holiday.
can't believe its over already.
how come vacation days fly by so fast ??
safe travels for all.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


adventure austin day seven.
seven sleepy eyed dudes piled into a SUV
headed north at 7am.
cotton bowl seats awaiting them on the 50 yard line.
goodbye to 1001 17th Street.
goodbye to poppa & grandma.
goodbye austin.
hello dallas.
hello gaylord resort.
hello ice show.
hello alabama & ohio state.
hello new year !!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


adventure austin day six.
happy new years !!
in eastern standard time !!
the hats are on,
the horns are buzzing,
the balloons are popping -
its 2015 !!
heres to a happy and healthy new year for all!


adventure austin day six.
happy new years eve.
target trips.
domain shops.
lanova wings for dinner.
better than the ones in buffalo !!
facetiming with paul & debbie.
charades while waiting for the new year !
one pair of missing cowgirl boots kinda found
after a house wide search.
one pair of missing boots hopped in a
car headed north to round rock and found
a resting place in a front foyer.
an end of the year laugh for all!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


adventure austin day five.
after our franklins bbq food coma,
we headed to Big Top candy store & Allen Boots on Congress Street.
3 pairs of cowboy boots and 30.00 of candy later,
we headed off to the Lego Store to spend some gift cards
from poppa & grandma.
1000 lego pieces later......
off to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner.
peanut shells on the floor.
cinnamon butter & rolls.
fried pickles and blooming onions everywhere!


adventure austin day five.
months ago, in the middle of the night, the alarm clock rang.
the computer was booted up, the email composed & the minutes ticked away
till the golden hour of midnight.
email sent.
hours passed.
no word.
no confirmation.
then finally the golden email dropped into my inbox.
our FRANKLINS preorder made the list !!
we were going to be the recipients of brisket, ribs and sausage -
without the line !!
our day has come.
we parked blocks away.
we cut the line of hundreds.
we smiled in the warm smell of barbecue.
we walked out with bags and smiles as big as texas.
we chatted with the folks waiting since 6am.
we shared our preorder secret.
the food was served at 11am.
the kitchen was quiet.
the food melted in our mouth.
the sauce dripped down our chins.
the line for seconds was long.
we enjoyed our franklins bbq adventure!
can't wait for his cookbook and PBS series to come this year !

Monday, December 29, 2014


adventure austin day four continues.
won't be texas without a game of texas hold'em.
$10.00 buy in.
the game last well past midnight.
it was down to conor, colin and me.
i was so tired.
i kept betting it all just so i could go to sleep.
now it was just colin and i.
poor conors sneaker money was just a dream now !!


adventure austin day four continues.
the food has been cooked.
the dishes are done.
the work centers are clean.
the presentation has finished.
the judge is testing.
the teams are sharing stories.
the winner is announced &
TEAM B has won with their apple-pecan salad,
pork tenderlion on apples and apple crisp dessert !!
watch out master chef - the sippels are ready !



adventure austin day four continues.
off to whole foods for our very own "Iron Chef".
two teams.
one mystery ingredient that must be incorporated
in three different dinner dishes.
one hour on the clock.
team A: ed, bob, carol, justin, conor & finn
team B: faith, erin, steve, nate, bridget & colin.
time ticking.
sneak peeks over the island.
running for food.
chopping, cutting, cooking & plating.
the apple has never seen so much action !
off to the judges review......