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Get your heart pumping!

On Valentines Day this year, the weather was amazing!  So amazing, that I thought let’s get our hearts pumping, and explore Austin by taking a hike with friends!  🙂

River Place Nature Trail

Me and my Valentine!

The Suhs and Paquettes!

We’ve had a pretty mild winter this year, and have gotten to ride bikes some too!


Valentines parties!

This was the last year for Rilyn to have a class Valentine party!  I can’t believe it!  Years and years of making Valentine boxes, and receiving fun Valentines from your friends, has come to an end!  I set up a photo booth in the 5th grade hallway this year for the kids to take their pictures at during their party!

Say cheese!


I was party hopping all afternoon long! Three parties for this momma! Whew!

Asher’s monkey Valentine bag!

The after party-messy faces and fingers!


Daddy Daughter Dance

This is the third Daddy Daughter Dance for James and the girls, but this one was extra special because our church, The Austin Stone, hosted it!  They had a wonderful time and James picked up Rilyn for a lunch date, and Ella for a dinner date before the dance.  Each girl gets their special time with daddy!

thanks daddy! I love it!

It’s so pretty, thanks!

The beautiful decorations!

dancing the night away!


Christmas in Temple!

Christmas baking with grandma!

All the grandkids!

aunt Jessica and her nieces and nephews!

Stocking time!

Every year, the kids get to open an ornament that represents something they’ve done that year-look how sweet Ella’s is!

Ella REALLY wanted these pink paper holders from Hobby Lobby! LOL

The Frozen Barbie castle!

snapshot of Christmas

The kids ended the evening with a wrapping paper war!



Annie Jr. was a hit, and we were SO BLESSED by all the family and friends that came out for the show! I think we had close to 100 supporters from church, school, and family that came out for the big night!

Of course, we had to play up the Annie theme this season with an Annie Christmas card (thanks to the Annie movie(poster)that came out last night!)

Asher as Daddy Warbucks (yes we had to bribe him to wear a bald cap!), James as Rooster, I’m Miss Hannigan of course, Rilyn as Grace Farrell, and Ella as Annie!

Rilyn was Grace in both shows, so here she is on Dec. 17th! She did awesome and didn’t forget one line!

Her 5th grade ELA and Science teachers came to watch her perform! How sweet is that?

We were so proud of our Rilyn!

On Dec. 18th, it was Ella’s time to be Annie. I was so nervous the whole day, because I have never seen Ella act. Seriously, all the auditions, practices, and rehearsals were closed. They had been practicing for four months, but could she do it? She had so many lines and solos…well, she BLEW US AWAY with her talent and acting chops! Both her and Rilyn were amazing!! Proud, proud parents right here!
Ella’s big night…

Annie comforting Molly, “It was only a dream, honey. Now, you gotta go back to sleep…”

So, maybe now it’s time, and maybe when I wake, they’ll be there callin’ me “baby,”…maybe.

It’s a HARD KNOCK LIFE!!!!!!!!!

Empty-belly life! Rotten, smelly life! Full-of-sorrow life! No-tomorrow life!

This was how James was watching the girls the whole time, he was mouthing the lyrics, so hopeful and proud the whole time! It was sweet to watch!

I’m runnin’ away! My folks are never comin’ for me. I gotta go find them.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow! (with Sandy, the dog)

At Daddy Warbuck’s mansion…I (We) know you’re gonna like it here!!

NYC…To think that I’ve lived here all of my life, and never seen these things!

Together at Last…”Yesterday was plain awful!”

Together, at last! Together, forever! We’re trying a knot they never can sever!

I don’t need anything but you!

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow! You’re always a day away!

Ella and Rilyn truly had one of the best nights of their life, being able to perform in front of SO MANY friends and family. Ella said, “I’ll always remember that night…”(and then cried because it was over!) Ella asked me to “find another Annie show, because I want to do this again!”

Ella’s 3rd grade teachers came!

I love this picture, because I can see the pride/love in uncle Ben’s eyes of his Ella Bella!

Oma and Papaw drove from Fort Worth just to see the show!

Proud Grandma and Grandpa!

Some of the friends from church that came out to watch!

To see their faces when they found out their roles back in September, see here!


Gig’em Asher!

Asher went to his annual Aggie football game in September with daddy and his best friend, Caden!  They won, with our quarterback, Kenny Hill, and had tons of fun at the new and improved Kyle Field!

Have to have popcorn at the game-one of Asher’s favorite snacks!

The crowd gets too loud for Asher. Hmm, I seem to remember James having a picture like this a long time ago…

The view isn’t quite so great when the crowd is “humping it” for a 6 year old! LOL

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band!


July 4th!

We spent an uneventful Independence day (thank goodness!) this year at my parent’s house, and then we drove to Round Rock to watch fireworks over Settler’s Park.  Fun with friends, and no stress!

At my parent’s house with Grandpa at the grill!

Of course there was lots of swimming!

Our best friends!

Three cheers for root beer and friends!

waiting for the fireworks to begin…

watching the fireworks go off!


My photography business!

June 2020