Tuesday, September 25, 2012


My oldest daughter, Meagan, had her first homecoming this past Saturday.  We all went to the football game on Friday night and they won!  It was a great game and not a blow out like some can be.  Saturday was the dance and the entire afternoon in my home turned into her getting ready.  She had one of her best friends come over and help with hair and make-up.  (Her friend, also Megan, goes to the other high school in town)  Megan is really good at curling and styling hair and Meagan had a picture that I found on pinterest she wanted her to copy.  Megan did a beautiful job!!.  She also helped with Meagan's friend, Marissa, who had never had her hair curled like that before.  They had a great time getting ready and you could tell they both felt "pretty".  Such a great feeling!!

Meagan initially had a date (long story for another time) and we had a boutineer, so Meagan and Megan were joking around - here is a cute picture of the two of them.

And here is Marissa and Meagan arriving at the dance.  It was so pretty outside the gym.  They had a Paris theme.  I cannot imagine what the inside must have looked like!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Water Polo

Meagan has been on the recreation swim team for the past 10 summers.  For the past year or so, people have been trying to get her to do water polo.  She has had absolutely no interest in it!  And I must say we enjoyed our falls with no sports and just family time!  In the middle of August, she went to a thank you dinner for the swim coaches (she started coaching last fall for the swim team) and two other coaches were there who are on the water polo team and convinced her to get up the next morning and go to practice.  She attended one practice and fell in love with the sport!  We know nothing about water polo and are brand new parents to the high school world to boot!  Needless to say she made the JV team and has become their goalie!  Who would have thought that?  She has never liked any ball coming at her and now she is becoming the star goalie of the JV team!  We are so proud of her!!! Here are a few shots of her saving some goals!
She happened to catch me with the camera in this shot!

Will she save it?

Doesn't look like she will...

Reeeeeaaaach Meagan....


Got it!

She protected the goal!!  That's my girl!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


We are cousins that live on opposite sides of the country (California and Ohio) and with schedules these days, it is hard to find time to catch up.  We love to share ideas, recipes, home decor, kid stories, etc. just like most people and we thought this might be a great way to share with each other, our families, and just in general.  We are excited to try this whole new world of blogging!

Julie lives in Ohio where our family began.  Melissa lives in California and has been there since 1986.  Our fathers are brothers and we are the only two girls.  We may be cousins, but we really are more like sisters!!  We both work part-time, Julie as a high school science teacher, and Melissa as a church secretary.  Julie has one daughter (3 years old) and Melissa has two daughters (14 and 11).  We are both married to wonderful husbands and are striving towards similar goals.  We hope you enjoy our site!