Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon in San Antonio on Nov. 14, 2010

Tons of fun.
13.1 miles.
Ran the entire way without stopping.
Ran w/ my neighbor Larie.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

That's all I need!

This is a note Bella wrote to me at school today:

"You are the best mom. I love you with all my heart. You are my dream come true. I can hug and kiss you. I could not wish for anything more. I love you."

Bella, Age 6
First Grade

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BRYN (All As for the entire year).

5th Grade
Bryn, 11
Magnolia Elementary School

Bryn and friends.

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Luke, Blaine & Brady

All A's. Great friends. All smart, sweet, athletic and fun!

HMR bunch.

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Blaine and her BFF Reece

Such good girls!!!
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Blaine and her best buddy!!

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BLAINE, Honor Roll (3rd Grade)

Blaine Van Hoosier, age 9
3rd Grade
All As for the entire school year!
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Report Cards (3rd Nine Weeks)

Bryn, 5th Grade
"You have been such a great influence on others in our class. I hope you keep doing that throughout your education. Keep up the fantastic grades."

Blaine, 3rd Grade
"Blaine is the kind of student who I never want to leave my classroom. She continues to impress me each day with her maturity and work ethic."

Bella, Kinder
"Bella is a super student to have in class! She is doing a great job writing sentences. I am very proud of all that she has accomplished so far this year! Continue having her read her reader she brings home."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Break 2010

Friday - Friday night dinner with the Kirtleys
Saturday - To Moody Gardens, swimming with the Hansen girls; spent night at Cappadonna's beach house.
Sunday - Fishing at the Cappadonna's in the AM; Bella caught a BIG BLUE crab. Off to meet the Hansens for fun at NASA (Johnson Space Center); then Mexican food for dinner.
Monday - ate at Potbelly's; off to the Houston Rodeo to see Lady Antebellum. Girls LOVED the petting zoo. There was even a baby kangaroo. Bella was in Heaven with all the baby animals. ANIMAL LOVER. Concert was wonderful.
TUESDAY - Rainy day. With the Hansens... lunch and Bath Hut!!
WEDNESDAY - At Cappadonna's beach house. Spaghetti dinner and fun.
THURSDAY - On the new boat, out to dinner.
FRIDAY - Friday night dinner at the club with live music and good friends.
SATURDAY - Rainy day. Ate at Santa Fe Flats, test drove Ford Expedition
SUNDAY - Church, chores

Santa Fe ~ here we come as soon as summer gets here. We miss you.

Girls on CLOUD NINE! Received letters about 2010-2011 Dance. Bryn will be on Team Silver/Jr. High Team next year; Blaine will be on Team Black!!!

Bella at Lady Antebellum Show #HoustonRodeo2010

w/ the Hansens.

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Hoffman's Show & Tell

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Bryn's tour of 6th grade campus

"Your elementary school days are over. You will walk to class by yourself. You will have freedom you have not had before, BUT you will have responsibility." -Principal #6thgradetour

Oldest daughter touring 6th grade campus. How did we get here so quickly? #milestones #don'tblink

Friends on Facebook replied:

"It is amazing that we get there that quickly!! My son started high school this year!!"

"She is so pretty!"

"She really is a beautiful young lady. Enjoy EVERY moment (there will be drama, so deal with that as best you can). Sydney graduated last year and is away at college now. Oh how I wish I could make her a 6th grader again! ;o)"

"Kimberly sounds like me only my younger one is Sydney. Alex is my girl off at school. I miss her every day, but I guess it's what we're all working toward...raising responsible and wonderful young adults."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


A beautiful angel on earth went to be with God and Jesus today. RIP @laylagrace.


She fought a long, hard battle against cancer.

The girls have been praying for her.

NICE QUOTE BY: Tom Burke, APR, from IBM, Current president of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA

I like this!

"Think, too, about the dedicated communications professionals who staff critical positions at local corporations and organizations, school districts and government entities. They handle the crisis message on a regular basis, to the benefit of us all. Think H1N1 or the swine flu, and recall the superb job done recently by the Fort Worth Independent School District and Tarrant County. And be thankful for the media people who partner at times with PR departments to inform, educate and protect our community. It’s a partnership that lets us know that no matter what happens, day or night, helping hands are near."

SOURCE/Originally read here:

2010 Spelling Bee

Bryn came in 1st Runner Up!!!! Bryn and Blaine were both in the bee and advanced to the main/final bee. Both made the first cut on Day 1. Very proud of them. SMART GIRLS!!!!

Bryn, 5th grade
Blaine, 3rd grade
Miss Bella, K, will compete next year.


Proud of my girls! Love them so much. Good girls. Sweet girls. Such ladies. SO SMART!!! Yes, I push them to be the very best and have wonderful manners. They make us so very happy and proud. What a joy and pleasure it is to be their MOM!!!!

A sample week...

3 Piano Lessons. 4 Dance Classes. 2 Softball Practices. 4 Softball Games. 2 Gymnastic Classes. Lots of Homework. Church. (Don't forget school and the all A's the girls are continuing to earn!!) BUSY FAMILY. BUSY GIRLS!

Blaine earned 1st Runner Up in her Dance Competition (SOLO), March 6, 2010

She was the youngest to make finals from Dance Connections, her dance studio. Her teacher, Miss Natalie, was very proud. Bryn and Blaine worked super hard on their solos and are lovely dancers if I may say so myself!

Funny things kids say!

"Oh my gosh, it's God," Blaine, 9, while watching the Oscars & camera showed Morgan Freeman in the audience. #funnythingskidssay (March 7, 2010)

Laugh a little (or a lot!)

Laugh a little (or a lot!)


Big sister, age 9


Middle Sister, age 7


Baby Girl, Age 4

Brett and the girls

Brett and the girls

Mom and the girls

Mom and the girls