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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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.

Happily Ever What!

Happily Ever What color Me Rad family photo

The kids chose our Color Me Rad Team Name. Happily Ever What! This past Saturday we got up before the roosters and the sun and most sane people, put on our family team shirts, our neon sunglasses and headed down to reliant stadium to run the Houston 2014 Color Me Rad. We ran, we jogged,… 

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Monkey Speak

First Kiss

My youngest brother-in-law got married this past weekend, in a lovely ceremony in a tee-tiny East Texas town. My handsome husband was the best man, and he looks rather dapper in his champagne suit; if I do say so myself. Monkey is quite enamored with all things dapper.  He loves tuxedos {is rather upset that… 

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Merry and Bright

waiting for santa

Hey y’all… I feel like I should blow some dust off this poor place. This past Saturday, I had big holiday baking plans after teaching a few friends how to make my double dark chocolate dipped candy cane cookies to take to their Christmas parties, but that evening I got positively put down. The flu… 

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Happy Birthday, BeBe aka Becca Jane aka Mama

mom and me kiss fixed

You go by so many names: Daughter, Sister, Friend, BeBe, Wife, Mother-in-Law, Mama, Mom, Becky, Becca Jane, Teacher… and this year, you added another .. SURVIVOR You’ve been through more in the past 8 months, than most people go through in 5 years, a lifetime. Through an absolute miracle, you found out you had cancer.


birthday dirtbike surprise

Happy Seventh Birthday Monkey.   Happy Birthday to the boy who completed our family, the one who brings us such joy, laughter, tears, exhaustion, and happiness. Our lives are better because you are in them. You are exuberance.  You are childhood joy.  You are a whirling dervish with a heart bigger than Texas. You’re a… 

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What If

walking away

He’s so excited about Little League. He’s on the Astros this year and it’s machine pitch. This is a big deal, y’all! He got all geared up last night and ran ahead of us ready to get going – hoping to show the coach how well he can hit with his new bat. The sight… 

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A Ninja Named Jack

ninja jack

Monkey got his first black eye. {everyone all together now… awww poor Monkey} When I asked how he got it  he told me he wasn’t sure, but thought he dove into something in the pool. He immediately followed this up with: “But Mom, if anyone asks tell them a ninja named Jack took me down”… 

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Twelve Years 5 cities 8 houses 2 amazing children Nathan, You’re my best friend.  My biggest supporter and my constant cheerleader. You believe in me even when I don’t.  You make me believe that I can do anything I want, if I’ll only try. You are Monkey’s favorite playmate, and the most wonderful role model… 

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Kitchen Magic

Granny's handwritten recipe card

The school year has wound down and it’s definitely been an eventful last half of the school year for our family.  A life changing decision, a whirlwind move to a new city, new neighborhood, new schools.  The kids had their legs swept right out from under them, and they’ve been wonderful about it. While the… 

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