Tuesday, April 22, 2014


a long awaited lego pick-a-brick order finally arrived
from overseas.
perfect to create a new lego gun creation!
legos + creative mind = one masterpiece

Monday, April 21, 2014


because everyday when colin walks through the door he yells
"i'm home"
and even when i'm not there, he still finds a funny way to tell me
that he is home.
love the capital letters and misspellings!
todays everyday memory.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


hoppy easter!
a day filled with church, brunch, easter egg hunts &
confetti filled egg fights.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


wouldn't be a saturday without some family fun
on the fields!
everyone joins in the team spirit.
one scorekeeper, one chain man & one official video recorder!

Friday, April 18, 2014


one book finished.
not my usual kind of book - a medical thriller.
an easy quick read.
predictable ending unfortunately.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


this was the first time i ever tried an audiobook &
this was the first time i actually cried during a book.
perhaps it was because the author was reading her own words.
perhaps it was because such an unspeakable childhood.
perhaps it was because i have had such a sheltered life.
perhaps it was because of such strength to overcome such despair.
perhaps it was because it was such a powerful book.
perhaps it was because i'm a mom.
this was not a easy book to listen to but it was
one of the most powerful books i have ever encountered.
raw. intense. heartbreaking.
a book i will never forget.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


230am - i awake to the sound of colin saying "mom, i don't want to scare you"
as he is rubbing my arm as i am fast asleep in my warm bed.
"it's time to go look" he whispers.
and we put on our flipflops and out the front door we go in search of the 
we didn't have to go far.
outside the sky is perfect.
there is not a noise.
we look up and there it is.
far away.
above his bedroom window.
the moon is shinning in a warm orange light.
we are happy for the cloudless sky.
we are happy to sneek a peek at nature at her best.
we snap a photo or two through our bleary eyes.
we sneak back in the house with a smile on our face.
the best 230am date ever!
off to mark the calendar for october 8th.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


because it wouldn't be a saturday without some football in texas.
perfect day to cheer the bears to victory.
love the family support.
 steve records the games.
 justin does the chains.
nate runs the scoreboard.
i snap the photos.
go. bears. go.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


todays laugh....
so justin walks into the kitchen and says
"thanks mom for buying me 'the stranger' book for my english class.
its all about existentialism."
and hook, line and sinker, i say
"refresh my memory on existentialism."
and its almost like he knew i was going to ask him that question
because he immediately pulls up this you tube video for me to watch.
ha, now colin and i won't soon forget this word!
love the internet.
love learning.
i should of listened more in high school.
perhaps i wouldn't have to watch these educational videos if i did.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


todays laugh...
i have searched high and low looking for colins football socks.
not in his football bag.
not inside his cleats.
not under his bed or dresser.
not in the backseat on the minivan.
not in the hamper - last place i usually look.
not on the bathroom floor.
not on the garage floor.
and yes, these are all places where i have found them before.
look were i finally located them.....
next time i'll start at the lego table!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


dear netflix, insomnia and patient who recommended this series,
i just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to catch up 
on my new favorite pbs tv series "call the midwife."
because of you three i was able to watch season one and two.
because of you i have now set the dvr to record season three on sunday nights.
because of you i have read book one in the series.
because of you i have purchased book two and three on my ipad mini.
because of you i now have a new addiction.
thank you for filling my time while i wait for the next season of downton abbey 
and house of cards!!

Monday, April 7, 2014


two great quick reads.
sometimes i just like a simple, light book to read.
both of these were fit the bill.
no heavy intense plots - just breezy beach reads this past week.
back on track to read 52 books in 52 weeks with the help
of these 2 books.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


church. brunch. rain. whole foods. the domain. papa murphy pizza. 
country music awards and one great game of ticket to ride as a family.
the perfect sunday family day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


5am phone call from work - best early morning call in a long time.
6am early morning drop off at school for two teenage junior historians.
11am football games on a cold windy morning - colder today than any winter game.
1pm pickup at school to retrieve to tired boys.
5pm cocktails at bj's brewhouse to watch the start of the final four - not sure when i became
interested in basketball but having 4 guys around i'm sure had something to do with it.
8pm cheeseburgers on the grill & another game on the tube.
a great bonus day for me!

Friday, April 4, 2014


this is what 6:19pm looks like on a friday night.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


and God flipped the switch and it was spring with birds chirping
on the windowsills and baby green leaves multiplying on the branches.
hello sun.
hello shorts.
hello flip flops.
we are so glad you arrived!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


hard not to smile at this photo.
i just wish i knew what was on the screen!

Monday, March 31, 2014


{last nights dinner}
not sure how this tradition started 
but i'm sure we can find the exact date if we scroll 
backwards enough years on the blog
but sunday night is our pizza night.
not just any pizza but a papa murphy pizza.
we have tried many but we always come back to this one.
we have made some from scratch.
we have had some delivered.
we have taken them out of the freezer.
we have tried them gluten free.
we have had them with veggies.
we have had them with meat.
but we always come back to the fresh made pizza from
papa murphys that you bake when you want it.
not sure how long this tradition will last
but its one we haven't broken in a long, long time.
heres to traditions and the stories that make them!

Sunday, March 30, 2014


a sunday family filled day.
from the chisolm trail longhorns 
to the fields of spring bluebonnets.
from the actual round rock
to the edible round rock donut.
from church
to the papa murphy pizza tradition.
it was the perfect family day
to share with our flat stanley!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


the perfect saturday.
sunny and 80 degrees.
team photos and team wins.
special visitor is smiling in all the pictures.
our day was filled with outdoor fields, march madness games
on the big screen and rudys bbq for dinner.
hard to argue with that agenda!

Friday, March 28, 2014


just a little project life this afternoon.
finished february and started on march.
some weeks have many memories.
other weeks are groundhog weeks.
some weeks have lots of pictures.
other weeks have none.
i still love this process.
i still love this memory keeping method.
i still love the little everyday stories that fill the pockets!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


guess who has been shopping at the company store recently?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


and this is why God created bedroom doors!
love how each boy keeps his room.
love the pile of clean laundry on colins floor.
must be quicker to dress with this method.
love nates "always made" bed - he just slips in and out.
justins organized piles neatly placed around his room in order of importance.
just a quick tour of the upstairs boys wing today unannounced.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


the stony point high school water tower is in my mirror today.
i see this on early morning drop offs.
i see this on late afternoon pickups.
i see this two nights a week when colin goes to football practice here.
i see this when the boys volunteer for weekend projects at school.
i love this little landmark in my daily routine.

Monday, March 24, 2014


flat dude stanley took a minute out of his busy day to send 
a postcard to finns teacher and classroom friends today.
we hope they like the picture on the front side.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


much better!
now flat dude stanley is ready to party texas style.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


flat stanley is busy with march madness tonight.
flat stanley is watching the dayton game tonight.
flat stanley is playing 'wheres paul' in the buffalo crowd tonight.
flat stanley was cheering as dayton won tonight.

Friday, March 21, 2014


gerber + daisy = one thoughtful husband 
love them as much as the dollar roses from the gas station
from years long ago.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


look who arrived - our favorite flat stanley all the way from hong kong!
we can't wait to show him so good olde fashioned southern fun.
first on the list is an appropriate texas outfit for all his upcoming events.
off to dress this dude!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


"mom, do we have a bag of rubber bands?"
and now i know why