Lisa

Lisa
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Lisa is a mom and stepmom to Jonah, Jack, Sophia, Henry, Wyatt, and Quinn. Against Waylon’s and Willie’s advice, she’s OK with some of them growing up to be cowboys. A native Houstonian, she moved to San Antonio with her Detroit car guy husband four years ago. Lisa and Todd are raising their brood in the scenic town of Garden Ridge, where she serves on the city Parks and Recreation committee. She’s passionate about raising awareness of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Lisa’s Rocket Scientist dad and King of Malaprops approves of her “blobbing” adventures but thinks she should stay off of MyFace.

A Mom’s Spa Day

There is nothing I like better than a day at the spa. Opportunities for a little me time are few and far between. My mother-in-law usually gives me a gift certificate for spa services...

How to Talk to Teenagers

I have an exceptionally sweet and responsible 14-year-old son. Thankfully, I don’t have to nag him and use my "mommy voice" frequently. Unfortunately, he uses his teenage voice almost as infrequently as I use...

Middle School Dating: Yea or Nay?

It’s almost spring, and in addition to the pollen, love is in the air. As mountain laurels beckon, some kids are nose-deep in Snapchatting their affection.   I admit to cringing inside when my sixth-grade...

The Joy of Aging

Another year has ticked by and I find myself on the 50 side of my 40s. In less than three years, I’ll reach the landmark 50th birthday and likely have more years behind me...

Keeper of Secrets

I am a keeper of secrets. A vessel for unwanted skeletons. A blank wall for welcome graffiti. A cushion for her fall. A well to her water. A balm for her wounds. Every day, through my daughter, I’m relearning and...

ACMB Cares: Children’s Autoimmune Brain Disorder Association (CABDA)

She woke up one day obsessed with how her socks felt. She would only wear flip flops. Tennis shoes made her want to scream. She wanted her dad to put her clothes in the...

Nextdoor Gone Bad

The concept is good: a social media site for “making neighborhoods stronger, safer places to call home.” Posts about lost pets, community events, and garage sales and recommendations for housekeepers, pool cleaners, painters, dentists,...

‘Twas the Night Before School: An Unwelcome Welcome to St. Nit

'Twas the night before school and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, except for a louse. The backpacks were hung, by the house door with care, With no idea St. Nit soon would be...

Pick Your Poison: Summer vs. School

I can’t decide if it was a million years ago or just a month ago that I was desperately calling for the start of summer. Overwhelmed with end-of-year assignments, finals, performances, and parties, I...

Schlitterbahn with Young Kids: Park Fun for Non- or Beginner Swimmers

I don’t know about you, but we spend as much of the summer as possible in one body of water or another. When you live in the inferno that is South Texas, pools, lakes,...

One Cup, Two Cup

Every day is a cup party at my house. I have six children in the summer, and they use, on average, 37 cups a day. Each. It’s like Oprah shows up every morning shouting,...

Parents of Struggling Kids, I Believe You

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about my daughter’s struggle with Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder). With PANDAS, the brain becomes inflamed by...

A Visit to Bracken Village

Sometimes the greatest treasures live in your own backyard. While I’ve lived in Garden Ridge over four years and driven down FM 2252 a number of times, I’ve only visited a couple of shops...

I Was Never a Girl Scout

A few hours left of an island vacation, I got one of those text messages that makes your heart beat faster and trumps five days of drinking rum punch. My mom wrote to let...