2011… in mediocre pictures

2011 wasn’t as brutal as 2010. And I learned to take better photos this year, so instead of a year in really bad photos, you get a year in mediocre photos. Maybe 2012 will be the year of the slightly above average photo? Shoot for the stars, friends. Here we go! In January, someone started […]

A Christmas mixup

Last week my family came from Dallas to visit for a little pre Christmas celebration. We opened gifts, had a marvelous Christmas dinner {cooked by ME}, and went downtown to view the huge tree of lights at Zilker Park, where we promptly froze our asses off and barely stayed long enough to snap a photo […]

Unwrapping Christmas

If you’re reading this, then you and I must have survived Christmas. Cheers! Christmas this year was pretty magical. Rachel and Claire wholly believed in the tale of Santa, and they were so very excited about what Christmas day would bring. For about a week Rachel asked me every single day if it was Christmas […]

On the night before Christmas…

Christmas Eve is magical. Especially with young children. We Skyped with Grandma and the rest of Christian’s family in North Carolina. The girls opened their lovely presents, thanked everyone gratefully, and went along their merry way playing with their new goodies. {Um, actually the kids all went berzerk, crying about opening presents while Dad tried […]

I just want to be sick for once. Or not.

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeaaarrrr!”   Sing it with me! The most wonderful time of the year being that time in which every living creature in your household gets some disease or another and you find yourself walking around with tissues stuffed in your pockets, gas mask on your face, and a can […]

Dear Santa

It’s been a while since I’ve written, I know. I mean, I’m a grown up now, and grown ups don’t really go around toting that they believe in a jolly old fat — ahem, robust — man who flies in a sleigh delivering toys to the world’s most well behaved children. And let’s face it, the adults […]

Rules 17: Expect Misunderstandings

The winner of the Julie Anne Rhodes membership is below! Was it you?     This is part of an ongoing series chronicling my attempts to regain a bit of my sense of self, and my sanity, by implementing Elizabeth Lyons’ 32 Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom. Subscribe to my RSS feed to follow my […]

Merry Birthday/Happy Christmas cookie delivery

    This is my dad.   He turns 66 on Saturday. Now I know it’s rude to give away his age like that, but he’s a modern man who doesn’t care about such trivial things. He’s rockin his 60s. My dad has the misfortune that is the December birthday. When I was growing up […]

Easy Christmas yarn trees with button ornaments

  I’ve said it before: this is not a craft blog. But once in a while I come across something that I am so happy with, I have to share with you guys. I love to make things. Unfortunately all the cooking, cleaning, writing, and “mothering” I have to do leaves me little time to […]

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