Friday, November 08, 2013

God Bless the USA

David was given the chance to shoot a homecoming today....... what a gift it was! And what beautiful shots he got! Here are just a couple of the 300+ photos he took!

Thursday, November 07, 2013


.... sometimes, you have your Mom over for dinner and go out for dessert with your best friend instead of blog.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013


Dear Family,

I know you want banana bread.
I know that when the weather gets cold, banana bread always hits the spot.
I also know that you (aka Nathan) were disappointed when I made pound cake last night instead of banana bread.

However, choosing to not eat ANY of the 10lbs of bananas that I purchased is NOT the way to get what you want.

I will, if I have to, win this battle of wills by eating every single banana in the house which will not only provide me with a victory but also fill me with a ton of potassium that your own bodies will be lacking. That, dear family, is called a Win-Win.

(Some of you forget that I am raising you and that I always win the Battle of the Will.)

So it is up to you. The ball is in your court. Either start grabbing those bananas in the morning on your way out the door or see your mother/wife have the ability to keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids (according to Yahoo Answers) before your very eyes!!

Love all of you,


Monday, November 04, 2013

I Like Nate

Tonight I am a Campaign Manager and poster designer for Nate the Great!!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Sprechen sie Deutsch

I woke up this morning and my eyes are puffier than normal. It is like the skin above my eyelid was resting on my actual lid...I have felt it all day.

I am so aware of my eyes that it makes me feel like I am a different person. Like I should style my hair differently or have an accent. 

German maybe. 

Saturday, November 02, 2013

One is Silver and the Other Gold

What is your definition of a friend?

Is it someone with whom you have a lot of activities in common? Do you guys run in the same circles? Attend the same events?

Maybe you like the same movies and books. You both love food but hate crab cakes.

Sometimes friends are people that have been around for so long, they know everything. You keep each other's secrets and you're too old to teach all those secrets to someone else.

Ella has recently made a new friend and it has been so lovely to see the relationship grow. They are both new Kindergartners and even though they aren't in the same class, they spent the first 6 weeks of school together after school. There was a lot of giggling, laughing and games I couldn't understand. If they walk somewhere together, they do it hand-in-hand and their standard greeting and farewell involves a long hug and one of them trying to pick up the other.

The friendship has given Ella such a confidence and helped her transition into Kindergarten. And anyone that knows Ella wouldn't be surprised to know that she has a very time leaving me to go to new places. So these first months of school for her have been very difficult!

While I was talking to my sister about it, I found that summing this relationship into one thought was difficult. I couldn't really put my finger right on it. What was so great about this friendship for Ella?

It was the next morning at drop off that I saw it. We got to school and Ella's friend was already there. Their two classes meet in the same classroom in the mornings. Ella's friend waved to her. "Ella!" As Ella unpacked and got ready for the day, another girl walked over and tried to sit down next to Ella's friend.

A small, 5 year old hand moved from the lap where it rested and was laid flat on the floor. "I'm saving this seat for Ella." A smile crept across Ella's face (slowly, from one side to the other.) Ella's friend had a fierce look on her own face and the other girl knew she meant business.

And there it is.
We want to be able to walk into a room of people and know there is a place to sit. And not just sit but sit with people we care about. Someone who will stand up to others to protect that space. Someone who desires our company.

We all want a friend who will save us a seat.

Friends like that don't come along every day, and I am thankful my Ella Girl has found one.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Quoth the Salad: Nevermore.

I was pulling into the store and it was just laying there in the middle of the road: one lone Price Club Cesar Salad, perfectly preserved, completely sealed.

I thought about grabbing it. I mean, the top was on. It was clearly something someone put on the roof of their car and drove off. David LOVES the Cesar salad! I don't have to tell him how I got it!

But I was on the wrong side of the road. I was in a hurry and had people behind me. I moved on. I smiled as I imagined what a flattened salad might look like if someone hit it with their car.

20 minutes later, on my way back out, the salad was gone. Not flattened.
To whoever grabbed it and enjoyed it for their dinner:

Well Played.

PS: It's NaBloPoMo time. Remember that?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wax On. Wax Off.

That moment when you are thinking about the happy times when you were little when it suddenly hits you:

You used to collect candle wax.

Meaning, you would break off the dried drippings of wax off your mom's candles and store them in a box.

But wait, there's more!

You also had a constant stream of dinner guests coming through your door and you would show the collection to them. As in, sit them down and tell them about each piece of wax. Every. Time.

And the fact that your parents just let you be you without telling you to put the silly box away, amazing. And my parents really are.