Botanical Garden in Pictures

We spent part of our Sunday at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This is the best time of year to get out and see the blooming flowers. It's been awhile since we've strolled around this gorgeous property. And the new StoryBook House exhibit was enough to get us to load up the car with camera packed and explore something new with the houses. Holding hands and watching our girl run from house to house was just what the big Stud and I needed.  I guess you can call it a date since it was just one kid! Day Date Light, yes, that's what I would call it. I hope you enjoy the pictures as … [Read more...]

Listen to your Mother San Antonio

Listen to Your Mother! Does this sound like good advice? Well it is. And it’s also a brand new production making its way to San Antonio on April 23 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. I know all of this because I was convinced to audition a piece of work  that I had written by a friend who knew I would need a little nudging. I’m shy y’all. And when I did my reading, I had tears streaming down my face and I was a big, hot mess. There’s just something so vulnerable about telling your story of motherhood out loud. I had never done it before that moment. When I got back in … [Read more...]

ThriveWell Against Cancer

As women of a certain age, we’ve all been there. The time between our annual mammogram and waiting on the results can be excruciating long, especially for those of us who have a family history of breast cancer. We wait. We worry. We pray. And for the majority of women, the result of their mammogram screening is negative for cancer. And for others, it is not. This starts the emotional roller coaster ride of being a cancer patient. It’s the label that no one wants and after the initial shock and realization of their new reality, most wonder where to turn in the journey to fight … [Read more...]

My Brother Cletus Painting

A little bit before Christmas, I saw a Facebook post from St. Mary’s University announcing that Brother Cletus would be closing his art gallery. He would gradually be cutting his hours until shuttering it all together. He will finally retire from almost forty years of operating the St. Mary’s University Art Center. My first reaction was, “Wait, what? He can’t retire! I don’t have my Brother Cletus yet!” I wasn’t aware of his work until I moved to San Antonio and noticed these beautiful paintings in bright and vivid colors. They were pieces depicting our Missions, the River Walk and … [Read more...]

What’s Old is New at Hotel Emma

For the past twenty three years, I have booked a room for my husband's birthday. I try to keep it a surprise until it is time to pack our bags. Of course, I think it adds to the excitement and adventure of his special day. And most years, I have succeeded in keeping it to myself. But this year's location was hard to keep a secret.               We have stayed all over Texas in this time span. Since his birthday is around the holidays, we tend to stay close to home. From a bed and breakfast in Jefferson, the Four Seasons in … [Read more...]

Trailblazers for Down Syndrome

Last week, I attended the Women in the World event at the St. Anthony Hotel. It was a morning of inspirational stories told by women from all over the globe. These were powerful discussions of issues affecting women's lives today. I was fortunate enough to meet one of these women who was being honored for her contribution to helping those with special needs. Maria Dellapina, is the founder and inventor of Specs4Us, which is an eye frame line designed for children and adults with Down syndrome. The optician and single mother of four, designed and created the frames after failing to find … [Read more...]

I Guess it Was a Half Marathon

Have you ever walked a half marathon with a stomach virus? Well, I don't recommend that you try it anytime soon! I trained this summer and fall with a group of ladies from my neighborhood. We all have kids of various ages and tried our best to carve out a little time for exercise. There is nothing better than getting up early on Saturday mornings and walking along the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk and beyond.  We would be done in time to buy some fresh goods from the Farmer's Market. It was heavenly! And then school started and everyone's schedules got a little too busy. There were … [Read more...]

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro  has been on my list of places to try ever since a friend recommended it to me back in the spring.  When my husband texted me the other day to meet him for lunch, I told him that this might be the perfect spot for our little rendezvous. After 21 years of marriage, a surprise hour alone together is always welcome and necessary to keep that spark alive! The restaurant is located at the corner of NW Military and West Ave. in Castle Hills. It's in the shopping center across the street from Castle Hills Baptist Church. The atmosphere is casual,warm and inviting … [Read more...]

Swimming with Confidence

As a mom, I always worry about my kids and their safety. Besides making them aware of "stranger danger", the next thing on my list has been teaching them how to swim at a very early age. Lucky for us when we moved from the Dallas area to San Antonio, we chose a neighborhood with a swim team. Little did we know what a great choice it would be for our then 4 month old boy. As much as I was determined to teach him how to swim, he was determined to not learn! I tried private lessons over several summers and switching off with various family members in hopes that our head strong 4 year old … [Read more...]

Tacos and Tequilas. Not Just a Bar

I have a guest post today. It is written by my daughter Savannah. We ate at Tacos and Tequilas after our visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art's monthly family fun day. She is quite the budding artist. We stopped for a very late lunch at a restaurant right up the street from the museum. It's never been on our radar because it sounded too much like just a bar. And those days are long gone! Anyway, when I pulled up their menu on my phone, it listed a salad as an option. Well, who knew? We decided to give it try. The following is her take and photos on our experience. I guess I'll … [Read more...]

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