Wednesday, May 13, 2015


looks like we're not in kansas anymore....

Sunday, May 10, 2015


happy mothers day to me!
best day ever -
how did you know i wanted this book?
how did you know i needed a replacement palm tree?
you all know me so well.
thank you guys - i wouldn't be a mom without you four dudes!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


just like old times !
catching up with the hudsons this weekend at cover three.
lots of food, cocktails and laughs!
miss y'all already !
blue bowls and wingtips to add to our collection of memories!

Friday, May 8, 2015


my new favorite commercial.
kleenex anyone?

Thursday, May 7, 2015


just finished this book.
words can not describe kara's strength and love for God
through the easy days and the challenging days.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


hopewell spring concert at the PAC center tonight.
many wonderful music concerts here over the years
with all three dudes but 
tonight is colins last performance.
he is breaking up with the euphonium after
a two year relationship.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


colin has mastered the art of using my credit card.
colin has mastered the art of the payback system.
not sure what he bought for a dollar ?
is there anything that really only costs a dollar?
i've got some questions to ask.

Monday, May 4, 2015


no words needed.
9 years in texas &
1 baby rattlesnake.
(hopefully this was the one steve found in the garage last month-
otherwise, i have one mad mama snake out there!)

Saturday, May 2, 2015


classic quote tonight.
the guys all invited friends over for the fight.
and nates buddy dex said,
"i was looking for a candybar, and you have a candy bar"
(had to be here to fully appreciate this quote)

Friday, May 1, 2015


justin is supporting the company again!
nothing better then arriving home to see a dell box waiting for you!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


any guess what a house full of football fans did tonight?
football season is just around the corner....
and of course the boys had to retell the story of
how i took ryan, mike and lauren to toys r us on transit road
back in the 80's and waited in line forever to
get a chance to meet the newest member of the buffalo bills,
jim kelly....
zang stories that are now sippel stories!
good stuff.
i guess the boys really do listen to me.
i wonder where those autographed jim kelly pictures are now?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


there is a funny story behind this picture,
but its just too long to tell !
but i will say that steve & i were laughing so hard
we had tears falling !!
had to be there !

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


just finished reading "kisses from katie" today.
what an amazing story!
makes me what to see what i can do with my little life.
i'm not sure i can give up american life, move to Uganda
and adopt 14 children like katie did at 19 years old....
but i can donate to her ministry and buy a bracelet
made by Uganda mothers. 
a truly God filled woman with a passion!

Monday, April 27, 2015


amazing what you can find inside a 13 year olds

Sunday, April 26, 2015


are you ever so excited to check something off 
your to-do list that you just have to blog about it?
here we are yesterday at the cedar park recycle day 
dropping off 9 years worth of paint cans!
check !
bonus: two more shelves in the garage are free to fill !

Saturday, April 25, 2015


a texas tradition lives on in georgetown this weekend.
the red poppy festival complete with music, art vendors,
cold beer and vintage cars.
perfect saturday afternoon.
plus a couple thousand bonus steps!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


mug shots of the new international baccalaureate president!
best way to the voters heart is through round rock donuts
and chocolate brownies!
congratulations justin on a successful campaign!
we are proud of you and your dedication !
whats the first thing on your agenda ?
taxes? health care? immigration reform?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


everything is bigger in texas,
including the sunflowers !!
warning: red dye does not wash off easily.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


perfect day for spring yard work.
95 degrees and sunny outside.
78 degrees and air conditioned inside.
guess where i am?

Friday, April 17, 2015


just finished reading this book.
an incredible story of faith and strength.
you can read sara's story here.
amazing grace through challenging days.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


real or stuffed animal ??
you decide....

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


my new favorite commercial.
i laugh every single time i see it !
every time.

Monday, April 13, 2015


sunday evening was filled with lots of golf, 
lots of food &
lots of laughs with matt!
just for the record, matt & nate did it again -
another win for their team!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


best cup of coffee ever +
sunday fun errands =
 enjoying our day off together!
"every sip i take..."
"every step i make..."

Friday, April 10, 2015


just finished reading gretchen rubins newest book.
ebook borrowed from the library.
i love borrowing ebooks.
at home.
in the middle of the night.
while i loved her first two books, this one
did not provide any life changing ideas for me.
its all about habits.
how to make them & how to keep them.
i already have enough habits - good & bad.
guess i'm just not ready to change any of my habits today!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


and they are back!
mad men season 7 series continues.
catch up here with sunday nights episode.
looking forward to the final season.
and early morning insomnia that lets me catch up
on my favorite shows in bed on my ipad mini.
with headphones - of course!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


when great bloggable moment photos are
in your inbox....
ya gotta post them!
mom & dad on jet skies.
with dolphins following them.
thanks lauren for always thinking of the blog!

Monday, April 6, 2015


just because i love to read.
just because i love lists.
check out oprahs list of 34 books the defined a generation.
how many have you read?

Sunday, April 5, 2015


{insert picture here from easter morning if i had one-
but since i don't, we will have to pretend.
picture parents in cowboy boots with their easter best.
picture boys x 3 in shorts and polos.
picture nice combed hair with big smiles.
bibles in hand.
clouds in the sky.
warm, humid breeze in the air.}
Happy Easter !
church, brunch, facetime calls.
easter bunny hiding treats under dinner plates.
watching 'killing jesus' tonight.
perfect day to celebrate
that He is alive!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


last nights family movie night pick.
"the imitation game"
love movies based on true stories.
this was a great story about Alan Turing and
his contribution to history with his
outrageous mathematical mind.
nice choice justin!

Friday, April 3, 2015


we are at einstein bagels for lunch.
we go to place our traditional order for 4 plain bagels with cream cheese.
seriously, what bagel store doesn't have plain bagels.
at lunchtime.
and no, they were not making anymore today.
so we left.
and went next store to freddys.
thank goodness they weren't out of burgers and fries!

Monday, March 30, 2015


i knew this day was coming.
it has been on the calendar for 17 years.
but i still wasn't prepared for it.
our very first college parent orientation !
steve, justin and i survived the hot, sunny 85 degree day
and toured the campus of UT.
it was a beautiful, insightful and overwhelming
there were kids & parents from all across the country with us.
there were a lot of questions asked & answered.
there was a lot of walking involved.
(note to self - wear flats next time NOT cowboy boots)
i survived. 
i didn't cry.
i am excited for this next chapter in life.
college tour number one - done.
where will we go next?