Tuesday, June 14, 2011


1994.  Half of my lifetime ago.  I was 17.  I just graduated from high school and looking forward to being a fish at Texas A&M... the college I wanted to go to since 4th grade.  My best friends were Stephanie, Tracy, and Mick.  My phone number could be dialed using 7 digits.  I didn't have an email address or a cell phone or text messages (unless you count the beepers that people could write words as phone numbers).  We didn't have an internet connection.  We still used the Apple IIGS for a computer.  I drove a 1993 Chevy Cavalier- black with a red stripe.  It had a radio and power door locks.  My parents had a CD player installed in it for my birthday.  The Real World had only shown 2 seasons - New York and Los Angeles.  I made $4.50 an hour working at Party N' More... that was $0.25 more than minimum wage!

I can't believe that was 17 years ago.  I see seniors graduating this year and it doesn't feel like I'm that far removed from it.  But then again, I graduated from college 12 years ago.  Everyone around Houston dials 10 digits even if it's not long distance.  I got my first email address as a college freshman and can't remember the last time I wrote a real letter to someone.  I bought my first cell phone in 1998.  It was $24.99/mo for 70 daytime minutes and 500 evening/weekend minutes.  That seems so funny now.  I've been at my company for 10 years.  I'm married with 2 kids.  Would I want to go back and do anything differently?  Probably not.  I could definitely have done some things better but in the end I could also have ended up a lot worse off!

So now I'm officially mid-30's.  I wonder what 68 will be like.  Hopefully I'm still kicking!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

1st Week of Summer Vacation

Chris has been keeping the kids busy their 1st week of vacation.  Junior swim team in the morning, Pottery Barn Kids' storytime, Barnes and Noble's storytime, the library, a puppet show, and then we had a potluck dinner and talent show for our church's graduating high school seniors.

 Saying "The Pledge of Allegiance" with Alyssa, Avery and Logan.  She's already planning the skit she wants to perform next year.  Something about a duck wanting grapes and not lemonade.

Pre-K Graduation



Dance Fun Recital 2011

Well I made it through a full year of blogging.  My first post was on last year's Dance Fun recital.







Bailey's Birthday

Emilia's 1st time roller skating wasn't too successful but she tried...

 Beau just along for the ride.  Good thing he's has an easy going demeanor so we can just drag him around to everything!

Ironman Texas

Go Jenny Go!!  Congratulations Iron Man!! (or Wonder Woman as I like to call her)

We had so much fun watching the bikers come by our house and now have a lot of pictures of strangers on bikes.  I was texting Stef telling her that I hadn't seen her sister yet that we almost missed Jenny!  She didn't even get our good cheering that we had been doing for all the racers.  It was so exciting to watch it that next year we want to volunteer.  Earlier in the day we saw the man that was #1 going into the run unfortunately he had to pull out.  We were sweating buckets just sitting there that it blows my mind how someone that I know could train to swim 2.4 miles, bike over 100 miles, and then run a marathon while working a full time job!

Super Kids Day

Super Kids Day is the gymnastics version of a recital.  Emilia had only been taking classes for a couple of months but she loves it!







Balance Beam


Medal Ceremony