Monday, July 23, 2012

The one about Lisa

30 years ago, Tony and Kathy Corso became 'mom and dad' for the first time. The firstborn had arrived.

Not only was she the firstborn, but she was the first grandchild....on BOTH sides of the family. That's a big role to fill.

There is no person better suited to fit this role than Lisa.

She walks with grace, she acts and speaks with integrity, she is brilliant.

She carries the responsibility of a firstborn with much purpose.

Happy Birthday to the best older sister a girl could ask for. Thanks for being an example, for leading the way. I hope that you feel celebrated today...That you feel honored. I'm rooting for you, Lisa.

Love you so much.





Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The one with the pool party

My apartment complex has a really nice pool. Let me back up. My apartment complex is really nice. It's quiet. It's quaint. It's cute. I like it. The pool is pretty. The pool is CLEAN. And the pool is empty most days.

Today I went out and noticed there was a mom with 2 small kids out at the pool. The mom was sitting in the shade and her 2 kids were playing in the water. As I put my stuff down and got ready to lay back, I heard one of the kids singing "Here's where she meets Prince Charming....but she won't discover that it's him til Chapter Threeeeee" in THE sweetest kid voice, ever. 

I looked up, saw that it was the little boy. I said "Do you like Beauty and the Beast?! That's one of my favorite movies!" His older sister said "I love that movie!" while the little brother responded "No! No beauty and the beast. I just like the song."

I lay down and after 20 minutes, I needed to get in the water. It's seriously that hot here. I got in and the little boy said to me "Can you swim without holding your nose!?" We began chatting from this point and him and his sister continued to ask me question after question. "Are you married? Do you have kids? Are you a teenager? Do you have a prince charming? (that one came from the girl) Can you do a handstand? Can you do a flip? Do you like Spiderman?

I ended up playing with the kids for an hour, doing flips, helping the girl learn how to do a flip, and judging the little boy's splash factor. 

Their names were Cooper (4) and Grace (7). SO cute. 

My friend Laura joined me at the pool and she joined me in playing with them for a bit then we headed back to the chairs. As they were leaving the kids said bye and the mom said "Seriously. You have no idea. Thank you SO much for playing with them! They will be talking about this for a LONG time." 

:-) 
Me too. 

I had a blast. 

I like fun kids. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The one where she referenced Friends

It's true. I reference Friends ALL the time. It's a shame.

I need to start working on NOT making this a common conversation starter: "Ooooh so this episode when Chandler..." Or "Ooooh reminds me of when Phoebe..."

Seriously.

But once I started thinking about it, I realize why I do that.

If I say to people in Tallahassee "Ohhh so my friend Helen was teaching a yoga class when..." they will have NO idea. They don't know Helen. They won't be able to enjoy the story.

Or if I were to say "So this one time my friend Micah had the great idea to have a fruit derby"....or "That one time my friend Hailey got a bag of pinto beans rather than a CAN of pinto beans..."

But there's a greater chance that the people in Tally MIGHT know what I'm talking about if I mention an episode of Friends.

But I'm calling it right now. It's gotten out of hand. I'm going to work on that! Promise :-)

But if I were in Dallas, here are a few subjects I could bring up and 100 different people would know EXACTLY what I was talking about:


  • Elisa's birthday at Houstons (this was my very first 'event' with Gateway people)
  • The toga party!
  • FLAG FOOTBALL. 
  • Dallas Symphony- Disney style!
  • The A-Top hip hop party
  • ROOV Events out the wazooo!
  • The one with the "One Night Stand"
  • New Year's Eve FRESH....Need I say more?!
  • The July 3rd party at the Simpsons!
  • The cupcake party awkwardly infused with the "man night" making for one of the most awkward moments in history
  • The dinner in Dallas where the restaurant thought we were bringing THE Ashlee Simpson. 
  • The brunch at Breadwinners
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • NIGHT frisbee
  • Spades Nights!
  • Building 1000 bikes!
  • The KitchenAid Birthday surprise
  • Broomball!
  • The infamous Float the River trip with ROOV and others
  • Rangers game and afterwards watching Michael Phelps set the world record for most gold medals
  • Christmas movie nights at the Speakman's thanks to Josh and Helen
  • Christmas movie night tradition being continued at Minda and Helen's...Then Minda and Hailey's....Then Minda and Rachel's!
  • The ugly Christmas sweater party at the Lee's where one of the gifts was a personally signed Pastor Robert book telling whoever received the book that they are one of the most influential people in his life
  • New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball!
  • Fruit Derby
  • The New Year's Day party AFTER the New Year's Eve Party at the Guy's apartment in Las Colinas
  • Christmas breakfast at Brooke's 
  • Valentine's Day Dinners
  • The game of Things. Ooooh the awkwardness. (cough cough- ROSS)
  • The Crazy Awesome Trip to Austin for Keegan's Surprise Party!
  • Pool Parties
  • The Weddings....Dancing all. night. long.
  • The travelling football parties. 
  • FANTASY FOOTBALL. amen.
  • And then there was the Goodbye party.
To anyone in Tallahassee- this post will mean nothing to you. To those in Dallas- leave a comment and tell me which of these things you remember as well!

Monday, July 9, 2012

The one where Minda went to Texas.


So this is probably a very NON-original idea, but I may start titling my blog posts like Friends titles their episodes.

For instance:

The one where Phoebe hates PBS
The one with the baby on the bus
The one with Ross's tan
The one with Phoebe's cookies
The one with the nap partners

You get the point. And if you like Friends (ok, if you're obsessed) then you read those titles and know exactly which episodes they are.

(side note: I actually started another blog with this exact beginning, was told it was too vulnerable for a blog, so I reverted it to a draft. So if in the 12 hours or so that it was made public and  you saw this opening, I still wanted people to know my blogs would be posted this way from here on out. So you had to read it twice. Sorry.)

But yes. I went to Texas.

After having moved 8 months ago, I visited home.

The visit home was exactly how I hoped it would be. Time well spent. Lots of hugs. And a chance to be at my home church.

Coming back to Tallahassee on the 4th wasn't as hard as I might have expected it to be.

That sentence, in and of itself, blows my mind. Still unpacking that.

I started the weekend out with a visit to my hair lady in Dallas to fix my bangs....which needed fixed: REAL BAD. THEN to see Helen and Rick! Ahhh. Love them. This was actually their last weekend in Dallas as they are moving to Arizona!!! Good thing I have family in AZ as I will be able to visit often! :-)

Friday evening was the wedding of dear friends, Austen and Ashley, followed by a sweet visit and incomparable hospitality by my friends Jonathan and Laura.

Saturday I hit the ground running. Breakfast with Jon and Laura, coffee with Jaclyn, met the sweetest baby boy born 4 days prior to my visit, coffee with Osame, a quick hug and visit with Amy and her crew (which by the way, my heart still melts when I think of how Lincoln came STRAIGHT to me upon seeing me), and then to church.

Ah. My home church. I miss it. Something fierce, ya'll. (and yes. I said "ya'll.) The moment I was in my seat I could only stand there and cry my eyes out. Tried not to make a scene, but people, I just had to stand there and my heart felt at rest.

After church I had the most amazing, most relaxing, most comfortable visit with friends at Cafe Express. We stayed til they closed and kicked us out, then moved out to the patio and stayed even longer. A perfect ending to a Saturday.

Sunday started off with a great breakfast with my little sister at Lucky's in Dallas, then I had brunch with the most dear girlfriends a person could ask for (in which I also got to meet the 6 month old EMMA BLAKE!) Ah. Heart melting just thinking about her sweet face.

Sunday afternoon Caralyn and I headed to Paris to conclude the rest of my trip home.

Being home was so sweet. I love my home.

Mom and dad fed me well, gave lots of hugs, and sent me back to Dallas where I'd catch my flight home.

Made it back to Tallahassee around 9pm, went to bed at 10pm, and woke up at midnight throwing up every last bit of the BBQ I'd eaten that afternoon. Whomp waaaaah.

And yes, that's how I'm going to end this blog post.

:-)