Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category


Monday, April 15th, 2013



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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Some recent Instagram favorites from my iPhone:


She Got Her Ears Peeled

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

After years of waiting and debating, my girlie got her ears pierced over the weekend.  In preschool, Miss J decided that she wanted her ears peeled like her pretty friend.  In Kindergarten, she still wanted her ears peeled.  In these first few weeks of first grade, she has been lobbying non-stop to have her ears pierced.  At the mall.  At that big girl store.  On a girl date.  With no stinky brothers.

I gave in, not because she finally found the correct word, but because we think she really is responsible enough to clean them regularly.  Miss J was as decisive as always, quickly picking the “March” birthstone earrings of light blue (a June baby who can’t read yet).  She sat fearlessly in the chair, and refused to hold the bear because six is way too old for teddy bears.  No tears or hand holding for my independent girl.  There were many, many peeks in the mirror over the weekend to admire her new look, though.  I, too, have fallen in love with the new look of my big girl!

And one more color shot from the big day:

Wild About First Grade

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

My girl is so ready for first grade! She is bursting with excitement, especially after visiting the classroom for registration and meet-the-teacher.  Here she is reading our favorite books:


Monday, August 13th, 2012

I’m addicted.  It took me forever to upgrade to a smart phone, and I must admit that my desire for Instagram tipped the scales.  I now have the option of using my iPhone camera, my purse camera, or the ‘big’ camera when heading out in the world.  A sampling of my phone pictures:

Left to right:

1. Reunited with Runza fries  2. Cannon ball for Big B  3. My sister and I (yes, we are twins)  4. Pink faux hawk for soccer tournament  5. Orchid  6. Deserted DFW at 4 am  7. Grilled shrimp  8. Chinese Lantern Festival in STL  9. Cousins playing Sequence  10. Cafe du Monde deliciousness

The Stitches Story

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I traveled solo with the kids for two 400 mile road trips (15 hours in the car) and survived.  There was a pit stop for stitches, however.  We headed out from Omaha toward St. Louis, choosing Columbia, Missouri for an easy overnight stop with indoor pool.  The kids swam for an hour, and I offered a five minute hot tub break to entice them OUT of the pool and toward our room.   Seconds later, E-Man was screaming and bleeding.   The hot tub bubble maker thingie sliced between his toes for a nasty cut.

The hotel staff printed out directions to the nearest clinic, and off we went.  My man got two stitches in his foot, leaving with a flip-flop on one foot and a home made bootie.   We successfully made it to St. Louis the next morning.  The end.

A Before and After:


Saturday, August 4th, 2012

My daughter has declared herself an anti-princess: she does not like princess things and will no longer wear pink.  Purple, however, is totally acceptable.  This session was for her sixth birthday back in June.   I love these images, especially the ones with the cape.  Because some girls can be superheroes rather than princesses!

Tie Guy

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The ONLY way that my man will ever wear a tie by choice:

Zebra Print

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Zebra print suits Niece #2.  She is a bold and bright kind of girl!


Thursday, July 26th, 2012

My niece is officially a teenager.  She is also officially taller than I am.  Don’t you think thirteen looks beautiful on her?