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Fun in the sun

Ahhh I love the water and sun.

We went this weekend to visit friends in Havasu.

Today we went out on the boat. Gorgeous sunny day, cool calm waters. We had a picnic, relaxed, and just hung out. Then we wrapped up the boat trip with some tubing. The screams and giggles as we bounced like popcorn on the waves, priceless. It was a perfect Saturday.

After 2 weekends of outdoor fun I’m finally getting my summer tan…yep right at the end of summer.


Swimming into the school year

It’s back to school time.

The last few years I’ve ended the summer and welcomed Maddie home with a back to school pool party and ice cream social.

After bidding on a local pools birthday party at our fall school fundraiser I decided to take it easy this year and do it there. They bought the decorations, handled the cake, supplied the pizza, icees, and popcorn. All we did is show up with the favors. They also have 2 young guys that played in the pool throwing the football, tossing the kids in the pool and doing all that exhausting stuff that Tb usually has to do. It is going to be hard to bring it back home next year.

Mb had a coed guest list for the first time and she picked friends from her past few years at school. The kids were all wonderful and had lots of fun. It was a great way to break into the new school year.

Since I only had one party task I got crafty with chalkboard contact paper and back to school goodies!





Getting the shot

So I had a great day with my girl, my best friend, and my godson.

I was determined to leave with a photo of my godson and I.

Ahh what we do to get that smile! And yes I am just as happy as I look what a wonderful way to wrap up my week.

Next stop….HOME!


And she’s gone….

10 days…the longest visit in a while. But for all of us it still felt too short.

We wanted to kidnap her and keep her longer, but know she has others that want and need her too. Selfish as we would like to be.

We miss her already. Each and every one of us, but the memories will last us till the next visit.

Storytime, shopping, catching lunch, just hanging out.

Love you Mom. Love you Nana. Counting down the days till our next visit!

Not today

Well I had planned to sit down and write a post about the most wonderful weekend getaway we had in Vail….but after staring at the screen for a while I realize I just don’t have it in my tonight.

Tonight all my thoughts are with my 2 best friends and their little newborn.

Only home for a few days and now back at Children’s hospital. Last night was dark and unknown. Tonight it is looking better but there is still a road ahead. So tonight my thoughts and prayers are with them and it seems so are all my words.

I know everything is going to turn out ok, but it reminds me to be thankful of all the blessings we have.

Each moment is precious, no matter how big or small.


Pink & Brown – Sip & See

Today was my first attending and hosting a sip & see. What fun to have a cute little one there to pass around and hold…even better no guilt on drinking wine since the momma could drink too.

It was a small group of 9 ladies from the neighborhood. A few bottles of wine, iced tea, some yummy little snacks, a bourbon cake, and lots of pink! Everyone brought a little something to the party.

I was in charge of decorations…my favorite! Well that and baking….but that was being covered so I will save that for the superbowl party this coming weekend…were I attempt cake pops for the first time!

Here are a few shots of the party setup. I love the short stem roses…must remember that for next time!

Flowers and Cupcake Toppers

Part decoration- part gift...hand painted to match the nursery bedding

Yummy food...and the baby photo confetti!!

Roses and the invite on display

The favor- scented candles. "Baby Girl- Scent from Heaven"

Cupcake Toppers and Favor Tags: Pen & PaperFlowers

Hand-painted Art: Tracy Kofke Designs

What a wonderful world with Oreo balls

During yoga class today…a song came up that I haven’t heard in forever. What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong.

“I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

Just a great uplifting song.

It brought me back to high-school. Photography class. Our final project. A slide show to music. I had picked what a wonderful world…with pictures of green trees, red roses….the world. Oh I loved that class. Loved taking pictures. Loved developing them in the darkroom…playing with them.

I still enjoy that just now in the digital world.

Photos. Capturing the moments.

I realize I haven’t picked up the camera since Christmas. I am sure my mom has noticed. She hasn’t seen any updates of MB. Sorry, mom!

I loved taking photos and now that we taking photos in RAW I am learning Lightroom and how to edit and really transform them. A creative outlet. I see a hike in our near future so I can get some good shots to play around with.

We had an impromptu football game party last night, another regret for not taking out  my camera. Neighbors and TB’s friends from Chicago and Indy. Ordered in tons of Italian. I think we will be eating pasta for another 2 days at least (lunch and dinner)…and went through 3 bottles of good wine.

The only thing I had time to make was Oreo balls…OMG, so good and so easy to make. Everyone loved them and I only ended up with about 5 left which is good for my hips.

Here is the recipe…so simple. We dyed the chocolate yellow and green to support the Ducks (who lost)…there were no big fans for either team except for one who was a Duck fan – hence our color choice. I will warn that it seemed adding the dye changed the chocolate consistency and made it a little harder to dip. But I was able to roll them with my hands to get them coated. Yum yum!

1 pkg oreo
1 pkg softened cream cheese
1 pkg while almond bark

in cuisinart crush oreos to fine consistenecy.  Add cream cheese.  Roll batter into small balls and freeze.  Once frozen, melt almond bark a small amount at a time and roll the frozen ball in the chocolate.  place on wax paper to harden.  Freeze or refridgerate after making. Pull out as many as you want to serve just a little while before serving.  They keep very well in the freezer!!!

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2 Days till Christmas…oh wait I am late

Well I am late in getting this post up!

It was 2 days before Christmas…and our sweet little neighbor’s birthday.

So what do you do in Arizona when the sun is shining and it is almost Christmas.

Turn on the pool heaters, get some snowmen snacks ready, wine for the adults, invite over all the neighbors over and let the fun begin.

I think we might of started a new holiday tradition!

As a little treat to take home…MB and I made reindeer food…and thanks for the cutest little free printable from TomKat they looked extra special.

All the little ones wanted to make sure that it was ok for the Reindeer to eat the glitter- good thing I used leftover holiday sprinkles so I could tell them it was all good!

We had snowman cupcakes..and for those of you that love cake frosting this would be your favorite! Though it might be just a little too much. We had one 2 year old that loved the frosting so much when his dad took it away from him he gave his dad a big bite on the inner leg…OUCH. He left shortly after that 🙂

My favorite was thanks to Chickabug she came through with the cutest Melted Snowman labels…I just loved the party facts! Aren’t these adorable???

3 hours of swimming in the pool. Followed by hot cocoa, popcorn and watching Frosty on the TV outside…then cupcakes (by the fire by some)…crazy to think this time last year we were in sub-zero temps!

Just another day in the ‘hood

So we are just pulling in from picking up MB from camp and me from my run.

We see our neighbors out on the skateboard and so MB runs out to say hi.

Not more than 10 min later we had 3 more neighbors join us and were having a regular block party play-date.

There were skateboards, scooters, hula hoops, jump ropes, double dutch, chalk bubbles…and even some gingerbread cookie decorating.

9 kids in total, 1 dad, 2-4 mom’s depending on who was taking a shower…..and a full 2 hours outside running out the rest of the sugar that was in their system.

I never grew up in a neighborhood like this.

While I have no complaints about my childhood…we had the beach instead of neighbors…I have gotten used to the ‘burbs and am enjoying it. Kids playing in the streets…having so many friends around as easy play-dates, really doesn’t get much better than this.

Oh but wait it does….as I sat outside I realized that this time last year I was rotating inside a mini-van while the kids sled in -10 degree weather. We wouldn’t be outside chilling like this.

So 2 points for the neighborhood and 2 points for warmer weather.

Now off to enjoy the zoo-lights without freezing my butt!

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Turkey Feast with Liquid Plumber

Never a dull moment.

My brother and sister in law are in town for a visit so we are doing Thanksgiving a little early.

I love cooking and especially putting on the feast so I was happy to go to work.

Last night I made the cranberries and the pie shell.

First thing this morning it was the chocolate pie. This was a first and I am afraid while the meringue looks incredible not sure that the chocolate set…putting it in the fridge to hopefully help it along.

So as MB entertained the other adults with some playtime in her room I started preparing the turkey. All was going along well. I had all the pots going and the turkey in the over. The rest of the crew headed over to MB’s last soccer game. I must add that I was proud when I gave her the choice of stopping by her friends b-day party before her game or to hang out with her Aunt and Uncle without even a “mental debate” she quickly said she would pass on the party. Small moments like these make me proud.

Ok so back to the cooking.

Green beans, check. Turkey, smells good. Cranberries, taste test a success. Now on to the stuffing…whoops out of chicken broth. My neighbor T saves the day and we are back in business. Now comes peeling the potatoes. Got them all peeled and boiling and I start to turn on the garage disposal to clean out the sink.

This is where liquid plumber comes in.

Empty house but me. All the ovens and stove tops in use. Dishwasher full. Kitchen is in full swing. And now I have 2 backed up sinks. Water filling both halfway. Oh crap what do I do. I stink my hand down to see if there is anything stuck. Nope. I wait a bit, no draining. Ok Liquid Plumber in you go. After about 5min the sinks start gurgling I smile and turned around to look.

Oh no. The water is going the wrong direction…up not down. I watch speechless and unable of what to think to do. Then it stops and the water settles down.

Right now in my mind I am thinking what is going to happen if everyone comes home and instead of the yummy Thanksgiving smells all they smell is liquid plumber. Ok. That can’t be, what is next.

I go in for the plunger. I do the left sink first. OMG. It worked. I am feeling good. I start on the real sink the one with the garbage disposal and after about 10 plunges…trying to find the drain was part of the problem. Bingo. I got it.

Ahh. Now back to the good stuff.

Oh one more problem. My rolls needed more time to rise. Arizona sun saved the day. Stuck them in the sun and those babies doubled up just in time to be put in the oven. I love the sun even more now.

All was good. Bellies were full. The table looked good. The only down side was the chocolate pie- which didn’t set and wa runny. Though everyone said it tasted good. Now I am going to have to try that recipe again so I can make it right. My meringue of course was awesome and that was the part I was fretting about. Oh well.

Happy early Thanksgiving.

p.s. no one know about the liquid plumber, in fact TB was going to be learning of this by reading the post. However we spent a little bit of time in the hot tub after dinner and I spilled the beans 🙂

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