Tuesday, June 16, 2015


perfect way to spend a summer vacation afternoon.
one game of rummikub while
we waited out the tornado watch.
dark clouds.
light rain.
we all know where our safe room is -
just in case!
nathan won !
he is five dollars richer.
(yes, i bribed the boys to play a board game &
i'm proud of it!)

Monday, June 15, 2015


my favorite commercial this week.
honest - no bias here!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


happy early birthday justin !!
a day of celebration filled with egg bake,
papa murphy pizza and cheesecake.
heres to an exciting year ahead for you!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


hello bass pro !
tonight was the grand opening
and we walked up to check it out
along with a thousand other fans.
hello boats, guns & fishing poles.
hello bar, restaurant & bowling alleys.
we can wait to hang out here
after all the excitement dies down!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


photos that make me smile !
nathan, dallas & chad
at the paint war last wednesday night.
thank you justin for finding this picture
somewhere on the internet and sharing it with me.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


saturday memories in pictures !
downtown in austin &
horse race history!

Friday, June 5, 2015


last day of school for 2 out of 3 boys.
can you guess which one was at clinic 
last night with a fever of 103.5?
can you guess which one said
"you could of waited one more day before
taking me in!"
can you guess which one is so sad
to miss the last day of the school year
after having a perfect attendance all year?
hint: its the boy in his pj's this morning.
hint: its the sick boy who still had to 
get out of bed for the annual photo
hint: his name begins with the letter 'C'.
happy summer vacation guys!
hope you feel better soon colin!

Thursday, June 4, 2015


just because it's not often you get a photo of a smiling teenager!
this is what nate looked post "paint war" fun
with dallas and chad last night
at wednesday night church fun!
hello summer vacation almost.
one more day of school left.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


because great pictures where in my inbox this morning.
before & after shots.
where did those days go?
who is this baby ?
who is this toddler ?
who is this little dude ?
who is this ?
i can barely remember him.
thank goodness for yesterday photos
to make a great everyday memory today!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


who knew my father in law watched you tube?
thanks for sending it!
this video is worth the watch.
technology never ceases to amaze me -
who thinks of these creations ?
talk about outside the box...

Monday, June 1, 2015


just finished this book.
i've been watching too much fox news lately!
great president bush stories mixed in with some life lessons!

Saturday, May 30, 2015


got home from work tonight.
checked my number of steps after a 12 hour shift.
one step short of my daily goal !!
off to take that last step of the day.....

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


its that time of the year again!
high school award ceremony at stony point.
congratulations boys on your achievements.
we are so proud of all your hard work!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


"no mom, we never have tornados in austin"
i said.
(guess i was wrong on that!)

Monday, May 25, 2015


the top photo was taken yesterday 
because i had not seen the pond this full in years.
the bottom photo was taken tonight 
because i hadn't seen the pond overflow since we 
first moved here.
some years we call the pond a puddle because
there is barely any water in it -
not this spring -
we might have to call it a lake now!


happy memorial day with a tornado watch !
we spent 35 minutes in our 'safe' room
for some serious family bonding time.
i love to see what each of us grabbed.
i brought the family bible, my purse and iphone.
colin chose his pillow, blanket & iphone.
justin and nathan brought their laptops.
and steve had his two phones & a chair for me!
all safe and sound for us today
but we are learning of many tragedies around the
central texas area due to the flooding.
our prayers and thoughts are with all of them
as the search begins.


no rain in clarence this memorial day !
although luke looks like he's ready for some texas downpours!
happy memorial day !
a sand box - really?
you know where all the sand winds up don't you ??
get the dyson charged and enjoy!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


just finished reading "atlas girl"
what a moving and memorable story
with a happy ending !

Saturday, May 23, 2015


and our search for the best burger in austin continues.
wholly cow was wholly organic &
we decided we like a little fat with our burgers
after todays lunch!
unbelievable downpour today -
we actually had to pull over because
it was impossible to drive in it!
todays everyday memories in a blog post.


ask and you will receive.
(see nfl draft post from april 30th here)
thanks lauren!
all those boxes of memories from mom & dads
basement come in handy sometimes!

Friday, May 22, 2015


lego update:
still a popular choice for colin.
love the detail & creativity in building this!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


the cookies were baked.
the cookies were frosted.
the severe weather decided to hit austin this weekend.
no memorial day partying with mom & dad this weekend.
hope the cookies will last till you get here!!


because the top ten list will never be the same without letterman.
last night we said goodbye to an era of late night laughs!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


quote of the day:
"no mom, drop me off at the far side of school, 
i need to get my steps in for the day."
said colin.