Spring Break 2017

Well, Facebook told me that I haven’t posted a blog update in 6 months.  Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with FB?  It’s such a depressing time suck for me.  People are so rude and nasty and it just gets to me, ya know?  I like keeping in touch with people, but sheesh, seems like there is more bad than good on there lately.  Anywho, enough of this nonsense.  Let’s get back to real life and living.

Last week, we spent some time in Pinetop, Show Low and Greer, AZ.  It was spring break for the girl and we always like to get out of town, away from work and the day-to-day routine.  We rented this lovely cabin for 5 days and it’s really the way to go with a family.  I actually LIKE to cook, so having a kitchen nearby is pretty awesome.   Also, it’s so much cheaper this way when there are five people to feed.

Cheeeeeeeeese!  He just had a bath and did his own hair.  Diggin’ it, buddy.  Also, moo.

Puffy eyes, no make-up and haven’t taken a drink of coffee yet.  You’re welcome :) Keeping it real here folks.  There is a coffee shop within walking distance and it’s the best coffee I’ve ever had.  For real.  They roast the beans right there in the little ol’ shop.  So fun.  The hubby went and got us coffee the first morning and had them write “Mommy” on it.  I almost bawled.  He thinks I’m weird.  I do too.

This dude wanted to have coffee with me every morning.  I actually gave him a tad the first day.  Are you freaking out?  Afraid it’s going to stunt his growth? Don’t you worry, it was only a tiny bit and then we switched to water.  Ok?  Ok. Also, I want to pinch his freakin’ cheeks off.

Worms?  Are you in there?  Wooooorms?!!!

There was so much to do for the kiddos right here at the cabin that they actually dreaded getting into the van and venturing out.  They had puzzles, board games, horseshoes, a playground, sticks, mud, poop, you name it, they found it and it kept them entertained.

That look on my face is like serious-mom-freak-out-kids-by-the-fire face.  I was so worried that someone was going to get burnt on the fire pit.  Nobody did and all is well.  I might have drank half a bottle of wine and eaten way too much chocolate after this though.  Has anyone ever bought a giant-sized Mr Goodbar? I’m pretty sure they changed the ratio of peanuts to chocolate and there’s like ten times more peanuts in there and I’m digging it!

Let’s talk a little bit about romance, shall we?  I like to do puzzles.  The hubby does not.  He sat with me one night and we put this together.  If that doesn’t scream love, I don’t know what does.  Also, I’m like 80 right now.

I can’t get over this view.

We had to checkout the library because I’m a nerd.  The end.

We went to a restaurant one evening and this happened.  He kept trying to crawl under the table and find a place to lay down.  Lolz.  This kid can fall asleep anywhere…except in his own bed.  Oy vey.  Good thing I like to snuggle the crap out of him.

One of my favorite pictures ever.  He may give me gray hairs, but love him to bits.

No, you may not load up your pockets with rocks and take them home!  Also, he can’t find his pocked because he puts his pants on backwards.  Criss Cross make ya JUMP JUMP!

The kiddos were feeding them chicken crackers (or maybe it’s quackers?!…I’m lame) and the ducks almost attacked us. We could’ve died.  It was a close call.

The day before we headed back home, we decided to head to the mountains and show the kids some snow.  It’s towards the end of the season obviously, so this is pretty dirty and wet snow, but they still loved it.  As did we.  Fifty-seven degrees, sunny and snow…my kind of “winter”.

Why is it that every time we pack the selfie stick, we forgot to bring it wherever we go?!  Go go gadget arm!

We even got in on some tubing action.  You don’t even have to climb to the top to go down the mountain.  Some guy hooks your tube up to the pulley system thingy and up you go.  Talk about all play and no work.  We all had a blast going up and then down for two hours straight.

The hubby and two older kiddos attempted to make a snowman.  Looking a little thin there Frosty, eh?  I love vacations.  Or maybe it’s more like a trip when you travel with kids.  I don’t know.  It’s seriously so much work, but now that ours are a little bit older, it’s so much fun and so worth the work.  The only thing I don’t like is that I get car sick so bad.  I have a to pop a Dramamine before we travel now.  Annoying.  Again, maybe it’s because I’m like 80?  Who knows.  Who cares. Cheers to making memories!

And Then There Were Four…Weeks of Summer Remaining

In exactly four weeks, my oldest kiddo will be starting second grade.  Where did the summer go?  The older I get, the more I forget where the time went. Speaking of old, only 14 years plus a couple of months until I turn 50.  I’ll probably look the same as I do now because I’m pretty sure I just don’t age.  Ha. ha. ha.

The hubby and I want to take a big ol’ trip somewhere across ye land and sea.  I told him when we turn 40 and by we, I mean him because he turns 40 first, so we’d get to go a whole year earlier. Which means I should probably start saving all of the loose change I find on my morning runs (runs as in running, not as in the trotts).  Anywho, maybe 40 will be alright when it gets here.  I’m still not sure about 50 though.

Anyway, back to summer.  We’ve been hanging out with friends, hitting up the splash pad and pools any chance we get, went to San Francisco and are doing anything we can to keep cool in the warm Arizona summer.  Oh, I just realized that I didn’t share any pics from our San Francisco trip last month.  It was our first ever real long (12+ hours one way) road trip with the kiddos and it went surprisingly well.  The two year old was NOOOOOOT a fan of so much time in the van.  The older kids did great though, so two out of three ain’t bad.

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The view from our hotel room.  We even got to see a wedding one night.  I looooove weddings!  I mean really, really love them.  I’m a sucker for romance I tell ya.  I should get married again.  Just for the wedding.  To the same man, obviously.  But, not a vow renewal because I’m pretty sure once you do one of those, you’re destined for divorce.  So, maybe I could just be a wedding planner?

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We got to see the Full House house!

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Those little hands.

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I actually gave my camera to someone who offered to take our pic.  Can you see my pit stains?  I was pretty much sweating the whole time, hoping she wasn’t going to run away and steal it.  I told Jesse that he’d better prepare to sprint after her like the cops are chasing him.

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These little houses are called painted ladies.  Aren’t they just lovely?  I’d buy one, but they’re several million dollars and I’m a tad short.

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Love this pic.  Love my babies.

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Bow-chicka-wow-wow.  Do you think I should blow this up to poster size and hang it on my bedroom wall?

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We went to some forest (don’t remember the name) and saw some redwood trees.  I am still amazed by the size of those things.  Huge.

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Such a blurry pic, but not a blurry memory.  I remember Noah chasing Liam to try and give him a hug and it was a fun game for them.  These are the days…

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I am in such awe of the beautiful flowers and foliage.  Coming from the desert of mostly brown, this view definitely gave my retinas a workout.  I should probably look into living by the beach now.  I know the kids wouldn’t mind.  ;-)



TravelENG to Four Corners

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are all having a lovely week :-) .  This past weekend, our school girl had a 4 day weekend, so we decided to take a trip out of town since our actual Spring Break plans got canceled last month.  The last time we took a road trip was a year and a half ago and it was less than pleasant.  Crying, crying and more crying.  It’s like we had a baby or something.  Wait.  I guess we did.  IMG_0250 (853x1280)

Our first stop was the Meteor Crater near Winslow, AZ.  I thought this sign by the entrance to the building was appropriate to be our first picture on this trip, since we have three monkeys.

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The winds were INSANE.  We had plans to go on the guided tour, but about 10 minutes before it was scheduled, they canceled it due to high winds.  Sixty.miles.per.hour.  How is that even possible?!

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I’m such a sucker for these penny machine thingies.

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Oooh, this little monkey sees his shiny little prize.

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Panoramic view of the crater with hubby’s phone.

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“OMG – Did you hear what he said and then she said?  No way!  Like for real?” – I can already hear how her phone conversations will go in about 5 years.  Or maybe that’s just how mine went?  No dating until you’re 20, young lady.

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We told them to act scared like dinosaurs were chasing them.  I said dinosaurs, real dinosaurs, kids.  Not Barney.  Sheesh.  Their acting skills need some work.  ;-)

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No way.  You mean to tell me this thing is an actual phone?  What’s up with the cord? Mine got cut at birth, why didn’t yours?

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We spent our first night in this hotel.  We actually made no reservations because we live on the edge.  I really wanted to stay at this historic hotel and thankfully they had one cancellation for that night.  Apparently, they are booked out a year in advance.  Crazy. It’s such an adorable, charming hotel.  I would actually consider booking a room and spending the whole day at the hotel.  It had everything, really.

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All of the light fixtures were so pretty and unique.

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This is the art gallery upstairs.  (No pics allowed of the artwork – boo.)

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Patio overlooking the garden.

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I wanted to take this home with me, but it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.  :-(

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Gah.  I love old desks.

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It even has a library.  They really thought of everything.

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I could live here.  So charming.


The floors were stunning and creaked every time you walked.  Annoying to some, but it was music to my ears.  l might consider installing something like this in our house for when the kids are teenagers and think they can sneak out at night.

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I like little balls of butter.  I want a butter baller now.  So fancy and cute.

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My little Liam refused to be in the pic.  He so doesn’t enjoy being in the camera most of the time.

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The next day we went to the Petrified Forest.  The winds were crazy this day too…45mph.  Good grief.  It was pretty to see, but 28 miles of it…yawn.  It did make for some great photos though!  I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if it weren’t for the winds. It made everything so miserable.  Sand + wind = my poor eyes.

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You can really see the sand blowing around in the distance.

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The cuteness of this photo might actually kill me.

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There were quite a few Indian petroglyphs on the rocks.

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Digging for bones.

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Panoramic view of the desert with hubby’s phone.

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Digging for gold.

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On the third day, we headed to Four Corners.  It’s the only place in the US where 4 states come together.

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Still searching.

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We hit up a consignment shop in Winslow and I found a Bible.  This kid went crazy for it. I had no idea it was a Mormon Bible, but he just had to have it.  He’s like me, he likes the cover, the pages, the overall feel of the book.  Never judge a book by its cover? Meh, I always do.  Anyway, if someone comes knocking on your door on a Sunday and you aren’t expecting anyone, you might not want to answer.  It could be this kid and his Bible.  He is pretty dang cute though, so I’d invite him in for milk and cookies.

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We headed home on Monday and had winds the entire way.  I got some pretty nice pics, even thought they were taken through the windshield.  Even though I didn’t like the high winds, I loved the sepia tone/feel of the storm.

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The areas we drove through were so desolate.  You’d see houses scattered here and there and I just wonder how they live out there with no services for miles.  I couldn’t do it.  I guess they do order stuff from Target though because UPS delivers.  I’m just guessing it’s Target.  That’s what it would be, if it were me anyway.

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My wonderful hubby drove the entire way, while I read.  He’s so nice.  I am a really good backseat driver though.  No really, I am.  He loved it.  There may have been moments of being close to death, but I don’t know for sure.  He says no, but the jury is still out.

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We also had snow flurries on the way home and a whopping 36 degrees.  And you all thought Arizona was a blazing hot desert.

We had a great trip and will definitely do it again.  When I was younger (like birth to 32), I hated, hated, HATED car rides.  I couldn’t go more than 30 minutes in the car without complaining.  However, I’m getting used to the fact that this has to happen if I want to leave my little suburban bubble.  It really helps that the kids have a dvd player to watch movies the entire way and I have my book.  There are times (like every 2 minutes) that somebody wants or needs something.  We want food!  We’re hungry.  We’re bored. They always want something.  Sheesh.  It’s like I’m their mom or something.  Don’t they understand, I’m READING.  Hello???

Anywho, I’m looking forward to many more trips and memories to make!