Weekend Snapshots -Mother’s Day Weekend!

Mothers day snapshots

I’m really sad that this weekend has come and gone. I had such a wonderful time back home in Waco celebrating Mother’s day and my sister coming back to the states.

I honestly can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since she left.

Before she left for Melbourne, we lived together for two years, and it was absolutely amazing. Before that, we hadn’t lived in the same city since I was in high school and we were both back at home. While I was (and am) so glad that she got to have this amazing life experience, it was really hard for me when she left. I realized that I hadn’t spent a lot of time cultivating my own friendships and really had relied on her for my social life. Even more so when I quit drinking.

So as hard as it was, it was really good for me to branch out of my comfort zone. But I’m really really happy that she’s home.

I took Friday off of work, and headed home to Waco Thursday evening. As happy as she was to see us, I think my sister Brentye was even happier to see Stevie Ticks.

Brentye and Stevie Ticks


My dad made us our favorite meal of Salmon Croquettes, which was perfect for our first family meal together in a year.


I caught up with our family cockatoo, Hoagie-and made friends with one of my dad’s new baby chicks-Quail. The cockatoo is really sweet but slightly disabled, and it can also be the most annoying animal on the planet. If it hears ANYONE in the house it squawks repeatedly until it gets some attention. The chicks though, they make the cutest little chirps, and I could listen to them all day long.


We spent the next few days eating good good, relaxing in the beautiful weather, and snuggling and watching movies. It felt just like old times.

stevie haircut


We found a pair of dog clippers and decided it was time for Stevie Ticks to get a hair cut. It went surprisingly well, given my skills, with the exception of a few bald patches on her back. She seems pretty happy about it anyway.Mothers day 2All in all, it was a pretty perfect weekend. I got a lot of joy of watching my dad try to get along with Stevie, who for some reason hates him. We watched some terrible movies, went on some lovely runs, and had some long conversations with my grandmother.

On Sunday morning, my dad, sister and I woke up early to prepare Mother’s day brunch for my family. We made tuna and pimento cheese sandwiches and a delicious fruit salad. I don’t usually make it home for Mother’s day, so I was really happy to be able to spend this one with both my mother and my grandmother, who will be turning 90 in less than a month! We had to pretty much tie her up to keep her from trying to cook and clean on her own. I swear, this woman is so inspiring.

Grandmommy on Mother's day!


And now we’re back to Monday! I’m feeling in much better spirits already this week, and think that my weekend home was exactly what I needed. Before I left, I was feeling quite burnt out and now I feel refreshed and full of love.

My sister is staying with Matt and I for a few days this week, and this excites me more than I can even express. I’m writing this Sunday evening, and I’m heading out to judge the semi-finals of the “Funniest Person in Austin” contest, and Brentye is coming as my date!

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! Hugs to everyone!


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  • SuzLyfe

    Aww yay–so glad that you had a solid weekend–you needed one!

  • http://meetat-thebarre.com/ Amanda Elizabeth

    Okay your pictures are totally cracking me up as well as Stevie Ticks bahahahhahaah the.best.name.ever!

  • http://www.gracemakesnew.blogspot.com Julia Strong

    Aww yay for a wonderful weekend with your sister and your family! Love the dog name!! :)

  • http://www.simplysouthernstacie.org/ Stacie

    Stevie Ticks!!! You win at naming pets. Hands down.

  • http://www.audielou.com Audrey

    That sounds like an awesome, relaxing, rejuvenating weekend! My dogs have weird enemies/prejudices, too!

  • http://www.thenewwifestyle.com/ chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    what a fun and fantastic weekend spent as a family! it’s hard when family is spread out (we are currently in 3 different states) so i know how extra special that is to have everyone in the same place!

  • http://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/ Amber

    I’m glad you had a fun day. That fruit salad looks fabulous!

  • http://www.thisimperfecthappiness.com Diana

    Looks like an amazing weekend! I would miss my brother so much if he moved to another country, so I definitely know how you feel missing your sister.

  • http://herheartlandsoul.com Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    So many cute puppies! I’m glad you had a good weekend! You should join my weekend snapshots link up! I host it every Monday! :)

    Her Heartland Soul

  • http://aladygoeswest.com/ Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    There’s nothing better than family time. It really does soothe the soul. So glad you had a nice weekend with yours:)

  • http://alyssawithana.com Alyssa Guttendorf

    Aw I love that your family has so many fur (and feather?) babies! They truly make a house a home. And I totally know that feeling– sometimes a weekend home is exactly what you need to feel back to your best self again.

  • http://girlytomboymusings.blogspot.com Ganeeban

    Sounds like the perfect weekend! Love the weekends full of family (and good food too)! That hammock looked heavenly! xoxo, ganeeban

  • http://www.champagneforeveryday.com/ Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    It looks like you had such a fun weekend at home!! It made me miss my home town just looking at the pics. I always wonder if I moved back, whether it would be that fun ALL the time. Probably not? Haha

    xx Jill

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  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!! The cockatoo sounds like a character and I laughed about Stevie and your dad not getting along. My boyfriend’s mom has two shelties and one of them does not like my boyfriend at all. He chases him and nips at his ankles lol we think it’s sibling rivalry! And how special to have your grandma there! I lost one of my grandma’s last year when she was almost 88 and my other grandma turns 87 in a couple of weeks. Very inspiring ladies! enjoy your time with your sister :-)

  • http://www.adventuresofadreamcatcher.com Lisa K

    So nice that you got to spend quality time with so many of your family members, and I’m sure your cockatoo loved the extra attention from you, hahaha.

  • http://www.heartoflife07.blogspot.com/ Lora

    Glad you had a great weekend! And I love the dog name!

  • http://katieelizabethchicago.blogspot.com/ Katie Elizabeth

    So glad you had such a great weekend, especially with your sister! There’s nothing like family time :)

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Aw thanks lady, i really did!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    She would have been Doogie Schnauzer if she had been a boy.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Haha thank you!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Thanks Stacie! It was either that or Doogie Schnauzer!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    It’s so weird! My dad is the nicest and the biggest animal lover, but she can’t stand him!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    It really is! I took it for granted for so long!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I love a good fruit salad. :)

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    It was so tough! I can’t tell you how happy I am she’s back.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    OH Yeah! I definitely will!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Thank you Ashley!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I needed it so bad!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    The hammock was my favorite part!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I was thinking the same thing!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I’m sorry about your grandma, it sounds like she lived a good long life. It’s so funny my dog hates my dad. He loves animals more than anyone!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Oh she did, I played with her all weekend.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Aw thank you!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    This is true. Thanks Katie!

  • http://theramblingllama.blogspot.com/ Melissa The Llama

    YAY for amazing weekends. just a couple things: 1) your dog’s name is the best everrrr. and 2) those eggs with the veggies… I WANT!! LOL. now I’m starving.