Thursday, June 26, 2014


our current summer project.
we are baking our way through brownie mixes in search
of the best boxed version.
who knew there were so many different brands & variations?
we mix, stir, spread & bake.
we patiently let them cool.
we "masterchef" each pan.
we record on a scale of 1-10.
lots of 9's so far...
keep you posted!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


another new lego gun.
{its better than playing video games all day!}

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


and the lego creations just keep on coming....

Monday, June 23, 2014


the annual trip to the boys memory boxes.
today we emptied out backpacks & kitchen drawers.
today we cleared off desk tops & cleaned out closets.
today we gathered all the treasures of the past school year.
we sorted. we tossed. we organized.
we took 365 days of memories and stored them in page protectors.
one more binder added to each box.
one more school year behind us.
heres to collecting new memories!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


ummm... maybe too many black ops documentaries?

Saturday, June 21, 2014


i remember when i wont even allow a squirt gun in the house
and now i'm taking pictures of lego gun creations!

Friday, June 20, 2014


happy 17th birthday justin.
a day filled with maggianos veal parm, cheesecake & 
a treasure hunt from your brothers.
"wow colin. i was going to put the gift next to the safe, not in the safe."
said nathan as colin was rambling off random numbers to justin as he dialed
the safe.
(had to be there joke!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


iphone photos often stay in the phone.
but not this one!
facebook photos often don't make it to the blog.
but not this one!
charlie is looking for one more angel.......

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


a quiet moment captured between brothers.

Monday, June 16, 2014


nathan is a saver.
this is a christmas gift from 2011.
he finally dropped the marble in!
now the challenge begins....

Sunday, June 15, 2014


two recent library books i finally finished.
i read 'one nation' in two days.
i read 'americanah' in fifty days.**
two completely different books but i enjoyed them both.
one new. one old.
one fiction. one non-fiction.
one light. one heavy.
two more books to add to the list.
(**was very busy binge watching 7 1/2 seasons of mad men on netflix.}

Thursday, June 12, 2014


love watching 3 teenage boys play with matchbox cars!
justin has been babysitting this summer.
we are catching up on all our favorite kid movies.
the perfect excuse to build a fisher price geo train track.
love watching everyone play.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


the best sight in the world
for a house filled with teenage boys 
on summer break
with no internet access!
after 6 phone calls to time warner over 2 weeks,
 1 new modem &
1 long awaited technician appointment.....
parked outside our house.
we hold our breath.
we gingerly turn on the computer.
we are back to life.
summer reading books lay abandoned as we 
catch up on emails, facebook news feeds,
online banking & netflix series!
my name is carol and i am addicted to the internet.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


because sometimes you just can't cut the grass near a hole
 filled with baby bunnies!

Sunday, June 8, 2014


sunday treats.
church. megan. top golf. queso.
how come vacation days go so quickly?
we loved having lauren & aaron swing by for a visit.
miss you guys already!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


relaxing morning just hanging on the patio & prepping for SATs.
afternoon filled with hiking, selfies, capital tour & whole foods walk through.
evening papa murphy pizza, early birthday wishes, night time swims and trundle bed dreams.
packing a lot of fun and memories into this saturday!

Friday, June 6, 2014


sometimes you can fit a lot into one summer day.
airport arrivals. anchor bar wings.
 "so does anybody want to pop in an episode of modern family?"
 questions asked at 2am.
usa newspaper under the door.
inner space caverns.
lone star range.
smittys bbq without forks.
smores on the patio.
one democracy game for all.
welcome to a texas day because 
everything is bigger in texas including the days!

Sunday, June 1, 2014


i spy 4 dudes doing some spring yard work.
i spy 4 dudes replacing the palm tree i "forgot" to water over the winter.
i spy 4 dudes getting the outside looking presentable.
thanks guys!
hard work on a hot sunny sunday!

Saturday, May 31, 2014


because a great photo deserves a blog post.
because this is a photo of a photo.
because i never buy those "museum" photos.
because this time we did!

Friday, May 30, 2014


because i never took photos on the first day of school,
i made sure i took photos on the last day of school.
bad photos are better than no photos!
nice year dudes!
summer break is here!

Monday, May 26, 2014


the rain didn't stop our memorial day fun at top golf.
i think we now have a new austin tradition with mom & dad.
lots of great shots & lots of extra swings for me.
one YMCA dance to remember the day.
one new facebook account created today.
one whole foods tenderloin cooked to perfect.
one warm cinemark theater for million dollar arm.
two episodes of modern family.
one full day of laughs.
doesn't get any better than this!!