Two Little Words

volunteering at the Houston Food Bank

“What was the best part of your day today?”   That’s what I ask my kids and their friends when I pick them up from school each day. The answers range from: “It was library day!” to “I sat next to X at lunch today”  to “I helped X in PE/Art/Music” to “My teacher smiled at me”… 

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Goodnight 10

10

The tie dye cake cones are cooling on the rack. The red velvet cake cones are nearly ready to come out of the oven. You’ve just come down for one more kiss, one last joke, one more hug, a few minutes more… I hug you, I laugh, I kiss you, and I nudge you upstairs……. 

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The Importance of Breakfast

breakfast - the most important meal of the day

Can we share a moment?  Can I confess a little something to you? Sometimes it’s really hard to get out of bed in the morning, y’all.  There are days where I want to toss the comforter back up over my head, burrow back into my little nook, and sleep just a wee bit longer; and… 

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Who Needs Caffeine?

Boots with dresses Princess Style

Yesterday started just like every other school day this year has. I woke up, went in to wake both kids up, washed my face, brushed my teeth… went in to wake both kids up, again. After ensuring that both kids were physically out of bed, eyes open, and moving towards getting dressed and making beds;… 

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42 Years: A Love Letter From My Dad to My Mom

mom and dad's wedding picture

::Today’s post has been written by my Dad, Les, it’s a love letter to my mom, Becky, for their 42nd wedding anniversary today. <3 Happy Anniversary, I love y’all!::   The days of our life OK, this doesn’t have anything directly to do with the TV show of the same name. These are a few… 

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Facing The World Head On

First Trip to The Gulf of Mexico with Mom

I remember every first with each of my kids. Their first steps, their first laugh, their first words – Princess’ was “yook” {look} and Monkey’s was “dada”. I feel so blessed to be able to experience so many firsts with my kids, and we still have so many firsts to go. Each first day of… 

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

holding hands

I remember the first time our hands met, moments after you were born. Your tiny fingers wrapped around my finger and squeezed so hard that it took my breath away.  Every day your hands change, they grow, they become stronger, more capable, and every day I want to hold your hands in mine.  I want… 

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The Proof is in the Afterwards

camp invention patent

Monkey and Princess had a blast at Camp Invention last week. Here’s Monkey getting his very own patent certificate on the last day of Camp Invention. They looked forward to camp every day, they talked about what they would do, what they did, and what they thought they’d invent. They couldn’t wait to tell me… 

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Summer Camp {Invention}

Camp Invention Summer Camp Day 1

For my whole life, getting ready for summer camp has meant sunscreen, bug spray, and swimsuits. Not a one of those came in to play while getting my kids ready for Summer Camp this past weekend. We did, however, poll the neighbors asking if they had any electronics that the kids could cut the cords… 

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Saying Goodbye

granny

Today, we say goodbye to one of the most important Moms in my life, my Granny. Mary Cecil Trew April 18, 1920 – April 16, 2014 Today, family and friends will gather in a small stone chapel in Bryan, and celebrate a woman who celebrated life and all that it had to offer.  We will… 

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Cook Me A Memory

Making Scrambled Eggs

The kitchen is the heart of our home. The kitchen has been the heart of every home I’ve ever lived in. People gathered around the island, cozied up to the countertop bar, or even crammed in the door and leaning through the little pass through in my tiny first apartment with my husband. Preparing food… 

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Flying Monkeys and Conches

A Monkey with the Flying Monkeys Saloon Sign

Of course we had to take this photo opp in Key West. The Flying Monkeys Saloon When in The Bahamas, one gets wrapped and then spends the day admiring ones new wrap in every reflective surface.   Tooting his own Conch (horn)   We are up way early this morning so that we can be… 

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Let’s Sail Away

carnival cruise family picture

It’s been nearly 4 years since this picture was taken in Cozumel during our first Carnival Cruise, and for the past few years has been our only family photo – until we went all radical and colorful that is.