Ava uses my deactivated iPhone 4 as an iPod and every once in awhile I’ll hook it up to my computer and download the various movies and pictures she’s taken. Best thing EVER. Don’t even get me started on all the old Flip Video films she’s made. Those things? Gold, baby. Tune back in when […]

(my kids, who were awakened *way* too early for our flight to New York) I don’t travel often – unlike Vic – so when I do, the freaking ANNOYING things people do? Yeah. Are 10 times as annoying. Of course. So how about a friendly little list of rules for happier air travel: If they […]

  • Barb - Bingo. Flying both to and from England this summer, I was “fortunate” enough to sit near somebody with horrendous gas. SO gross.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Oh Barb…ewww! That’s a long flight!ReplyCancel

Sure, it’s an Instagram picture. Sure, it’s a picture of kolaches, which are a VERY Texas thing. Sure, I didn’t really like them all that much. But it’s BUZZFEED, people. And for someone who is a bit of a pop culture junkie? Totally cool beans. Read it here. p.s. They’re totally WRONG about the sweet […]

This is the prescription my doctor wrote me after my final (yes, FINAL) 6 week appointment yesterday. He’s pretty awesome, if you couldn’t tell. He said “I’m not sure what pharmacy will fill this, but you tell your husband after the year you’ve had, you both NEED this.” Again, he’s pretty awesome. He released me […]

Somewhere along the way, I read that 80% of sales are by word-of-mouth. Or some crazy number like that. Which partly explains the success of Pinterest, eh? That’s one of the reasons I love the internet. Because I can sit here at my computer, drink my cuppa joe in my jammies, and find great things […]

  • Susan - I have been looking at this top all season but haven’t yet bought one. I do not have a store close by to try it on so I was wondering…you said you wear a small in this shirt and it runs big, but what size would you normally wear? Did you size down one size? I know this seems a bit nosey but i am wanting to order this for myself without having to have to send it back, so if you don’t mind me asking.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - I don’t mind at all – ask me anything! I USUALLY wear a Medium. I have a broad back and a large(ish) chest (ahem), so sometimes I need a Large to fit the girls without looking like I can’t breathe. But this was loose enough that a Small worked well.ReplyCancel

(hilarious iphone photo by Vic) Vic and Ava are back in our hometown for our niece Katie’s wedding (Aidan and I had to stay behind for his solar car team obligations). The event brought together all of the cousins (and 2nd cousins) that Ava has often complained about never knowing. Several are about the same […]

My lovely, funny, talented and inspiring friend Cathy is having a giveaway on her blog today. And even better: You get to CHOOSE what you win! Head over for the details!

  • PamV - Hi Lisa…I found your site while looking at Cathy’s and I’ve fallen in love with your art!!! You are super, super talented Girl!!!! I’ve bookmarked your blog to check out as soon as I finish cleaning the house…who am I kidding…I’m checking it out now and I’ll do the house later! :-) ReplyCancel

She is 8. I am 47. She got her first pedicure at 4. I got my first pedicure at 40(ish). She rarely leaves the house in anything but a skirt. I rarely leave the house in anything but yoga pants. She loves pink, yellow and…pink. I love black, white and…black. She is an unabashed extrovert […]

  • April - And you’re both crazy blessed to have each other! :) ReplyCancel

  • cathy - Damn it Russo. You made me cry. This is eff-ing beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Tonja Trump - What an awesome, inspiring, great idea. I love the toe-to-toe photo as well. Thanks for sharing. :) ReplyCancel

  • Liz Toms - So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Addie - Love this!ReplyCancel

  • dawny dee - love love love it.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - Love this. You sound so much like me. Love the comparisons. Going to try something like this. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Stacy Frett - That was soo sweet to read! Very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela - I Adore this!!! And you made me teary! Got me thinking about my girl, trying so hard not to dwell on the fact that I’ve only got one month left till she’s gone. I hope you don’t mind but I’m copying your brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - So sooo not ready for that, Daniela. But your relationship is an inspiration to me. Love how close the two of you are!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - I have come to dislike ‘toe photos’, seen too many of them over the past year or so, but this one, along with your sweet words – just beautiful. It is really great you have each other.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Thank you, Claudia! The toes actually inspired this post – we got pedicures today (she’s going to a wedding this weekend) and, per usual, she got flashy and I got plain. Reminded me of how different we are. :) ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - LOVE this post! AND, I was super excited to see you’re Project Life-ing (in your Instagram sidebar)!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - LOVE this style of journaling!!ReplyCancel

  • Make a page monday: the triumphant return | CZ Design - […] OF THE PAGE: Last week, my friend and photographer Lisa Russo created a wonderful post about herself and her daughter, Ava. She employed a fantastic little journaling convention, one […]ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - When I read Cathy’s blog today, I had to come see the post that inspired hers. Somehow I missed it when you originally posted. Our girls are so very similar and so are we, minus the athletic stuff!ReplyCancel

So right smack in the middle of this surgery…then that surgery…I had a lump. After being healthy as a damned horse for nigh on 47 years (infertility issues notwithstanding), 2014 has been a BANNER FREAKING YEAR for me, health-wise. Now, I’ve had the lump for over a year, and my doctor in Pennsylvania said it […]

  • Judy - Just had my mammogram today. I had a cyst last year which was aspirated and was clear, but made me think about quickly life changes. Hope you continue to feel better.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Judy – so happy yours was clear as well. The trials of this year have taught me (like never before) that it’s so easy to take health for granted. I vow not to make that mistake again!ReplyCancel

  • Addie - Well congrats on that! And thanks for encouraging others to get checked! I even had a baseline done at 36 and will continue exams at age 40. And my mother-in-law is going thru chemo now for breast cancer, found early on only by mammogram.
    Hope the rest of your year is great!:)ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Addie, my thoughts are with your MIL – I know chemo is a beast. :( I started my annual exams around 40, now I’m on an every-6-month schedule because of this, but that’s FINE with me.ReplyCancel

  • Cari Skuse - I am SO glad for you, Lisa! You have really had a rough year so far. I agree that it is so important to get your mammogram. My mom, who is 77, hadn’t had one in a long time and her new doctor thought she should get one final one. Thank God she did! They found stage 1 and 0 cancer and she had surgery and radiation and now she has been cancer-free for a year.
    Hopefully now the rest of the year will be smooth-sailing for you!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Cari, almost the same story here (except mine got hers regularly). Surgery + radiation did the trick. So happy she’s doing well!ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Praise God for wonderful wonderful news.ReplyCancel

  • Jo - My 43 year old daughter, Jodi, who lives in Sacramento, had her annual mammogram in September 2013, and the lump was malignant. She had it removed and had radiation. She didn’t tell me because I’m an emotional Italian and was scheduled to have brain surgery early October 2013 for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).

    I also cannot stress the importance of an annual mammogram. One of mine came out bad, but thank God it was only a benign calcified blood vessel that could’ve turned malignant. Jodi is fine today and we pray that she stays in remission.ReplyCancel

Thanks to Netflix, Ava has discovered the Australian TV show H2O: Just Add Water, which is on constant loop around here. I don’t know what bothers me most: the inane storylines or the fact that 2 of the 3 girls are now on The Vampire Diaries. Mermaids…vampires…werewolves…oh my. Speaking of The Vampire Diaries: Totally a […]

  • Rachel - Oh my goodness – that instagram is hilarious! And the twins are too cute. Great recommendation.

    I haven’t seen any episodes of True Blood yet this season and scurry scurry away when I see anything on the internet. I need to catch up – just so I can stop avoiding the internet pages where it’s mentioned.

    Good to see you back in the mix. I was thinking of you the other day while on FPOE and wondering how it was all going. Enjoy the gym! (You didn’t hear any sarcasm, right? Ok, good I was trying to make sure it sounded genuine)ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Rachel, she is *so* funny – if you didn’t already, you MUST go all the way back to when she first had them and follow along. I’ve already told her she needs to make a coffee-table book. Hilarious!ReplyCancel