Friday, March 27, 2015

House...

Mike works with a friend of a friend who builds houses.  How is that for vague and name dropping:)  He lives in this GORGEOUS home.....we got to tour the other day.  




The front door in and of itself was inspiring!  The design and landscape was gorgeous beyond measure.  
The inside was even more impressive than the out.....a hard feat to beat!  

With spring in the air....I have been on a home decor kick.  I have been spring cleaning, re-arranging, and revamping some decor in our house.  

The other day I came across an inspiring decor blog A Lovely Lark who happens to live near our recent but old stomping grounds, Central Pennsylvania.  

She is a master at recreating small living spaces.  I am so reminded that grand size does not equate grandness all the time.  This small house she has designed is GRAND and inspiring.  
Grandness is relative and I LOVE great design in any space, form, or shape.  







Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A few of my favorite....



I headed to Trader Joe's this afternoon and brought home some favorite flowers for Easter!


If my world was filled with pink and turquoise surrounding me ......I would be happy ALL the time.  I love ranicules, and they are gorgeous during the Easter season.

One of my favorite things in my travels home to Utah is stopping by favorite spots with artistic treasures.  Over the years of living away from "home" a few little treasures each trip for my kids or myself have carried me through during homesick moments.  The treasures aren't necessarily valuable monetarily.....but they are precious to me because they are a piece of "home" I take with me wherever I have lived.

I met my darling and inspiring sister this last trip home to Utah.  We had the best time just running around town in her huge van while shuffling 8 kids and stopping by favorite spots including foothill village and Jolley's pharmacy.


Jolley's always has the cutest trinkets and gifts.  This little box was the perfect treasure to bring home from Utah.  It is sitting on my dresser to remind me of my "home".  It is the little things in life.....truly the little things.

Last week was spring break.  My kids had the entire week off.  We enjoyed the majority of the week home with the kids entertaining the masses.  We went to the park, the pool, back to the park, rollerskating, play dates, movies.....the list seemed to go on and on.   By the end of the week I truly felt like I had given spring break and my kids.....my all.  It feels good to be a diligent mother.  


The kids watching movies with friends in the casita.....including all ages...


Sammy skating.  He was impressive on these wheels.  He darted off the minute we got in the rink.  I was surprised but thrilled to witness his new found hobby.

Friday morning Mike and I headed up to Utah for Mike's Box Elder high school alumni basketball tournament.  Every year his small town highlights someone in need and has an annual basketball tournament to raise money.  It is always a great cause and the entire town seems to be involved.  Mike has had to miss for the past 10 years because of his medical training.  He was beyond thrilled to participate this year, and re connect with friends from high school and the community.  

I have to say.......as I have said before.... I have grown to LOVE Brigham City.  It is still a small town with a big heart.  There is still a lot of land and farming up North near Brigham City.  Good work ethics and strong values are present and felt every time I stay in Brigham City.  


The blossoms were gorgeous and the we hit the jack pot with the weather.  
  
A picture in front of his high school stomping grounds.  Every time I go he reminisces how he and his state champion football buddies rode through the town on firetrucks.  His Brigham City blood is thick and I love him and his loyal blood.    
  



He was pretty cute out there, and I surely love this guy!  


We hit Maddox for dinner and I think the rolls are better than the beef.:)  


Farm land is a plenty in Brigham, and it feels like home for this guy.  I love it too.  

The kids were well taken care of while we were gone.  In fact when we got home I am not quite sure we were even missed.  This is the sign of good babysitting:)

I had numerous conversations with Alyssa who kept me up to date on the happenings in Arizona while we were in Utah.  My favorite phone conversation went something like this. 

"Mom, I have to tell you two things.  One of the them you will worry about, and the other you won't.  The one thing I have to tell you that I don't think you will worry about, I am really worried about.  The thing you are worried about is that the tile guy came and put the tile in the kitchen.  He did a good job so you don't have to worry.  The second thing I am really worried about but I don't think you will be but should be is that he found three scorpions in the garage cupboards.  One was dead, but the other two got away.  Now I know you aren't worried, but I really am!"  

My 10 year old Alyssa makes me smile from ear to ear.  She is diligent in all things....just like her Dad, and not always like her Mom.  

We got home a Monday afternoon.  Needless to say at bedtime everyone was committed to 10 minute scorpion checks in their bed:)  

The weather here in Arizona is seriously gorgeous these days.  We are in swimsuits at least twice a day and I love it!  I was born for the desert sun !  I really can't imagine living and loving anywhere as much as we love it here.  This morning when we woke up Cath set up table and chairs in her tent.  I brought out some food, and Cath and Sam had a little tea party of sorts....tent style.  

I couldn't resist snapping some shots.  This free people tent I bought Catherine for her birthday has been the BEST investment made to date for this girl.  We use it daily.  It is propped under shade and used OFTEN!  










Thursday, March 19, 2015

Green eyed boys.....

These three musketeers happen to be great friends.  They also happen to have the most beautiful olive skin and bright hazel eyes.  I am bias but think they are dashingly handsome and can't wait to follow them in life.  They are great friends to my little Mikey.  They love to run, jump, throw the football, and boy are they just great at being boys.  They are also thoughtful, positive, and encouraging.  I can't wait to follow these little friends as they do "big" things in the life.  Friends have a great impact in one's life and I am surely grateful for the good friends that my kids are making.    


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have Courage and Be Kind

I took the kids to see Cinderella this past week and am in love with the theme.  

Have Courage and Be Kind! 

What a great lesson to teach and to learn!  

Happy St. Patrick's day!  This holiday has special meaning to me with Harrington blood that runs  thick.  I miss my family on St. Patricks day.  Each year the holiday is celebrated by my close extended cousins on my Mom's side.  We grew up spending every St. Patrick's day at my Uncle Bob's eating shrimp, potatos, my Aunt Jane's green salad, and Aunt Becky's pistachio dessert!  I have so many fond memories of this tradition.  

It is just simply not the same without them all.  However, we are celebrating St. Patrick's here with our little family in Arizona.  

I am pulling out the green, and tonight it will be a feast of sorts.  Shrimp, potatos, and a green salad will be served.  My girls are making banners and signs for the evening.  Alyssa has been researching St. Patrick and why we celebrate the day.  She is assigned to give us the full report at dinner.  

In the meantime.....


Sammy is getting kisses on all side...not sure he is liking it.  


Showing us his goofy little faces....making me laugh...


Catherine is wearing her new "Easter" shoes......I completely covet and secretly wish I could wear.  
They are kind of green so I told her just for the day:)  


Sam is supposed to bring us luck and charm with this shirt he is wearing.  


This cheesy smile is sure to charm most.....

Alyssa posing oh so sly in her cute little Liberty of London print dress I bought at Nordstrom's and wish came in my size.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lately.....

Spring has sprung and you can smell it everywhere around here.  The orange blossoms smell divine around here!  The sun is shining often, and just yesterday we broke out our swimsuits, shades, and swim hats around here.  
These girls......



 are a lot of fun poolside. 
All four of my  kids jumped in the pool.....and I was the  whimp.  It is still too cold for Mom's, but all my kids surely thought it was perfect!   




This handsome 8 year old is all about his legos.  We have a table full and about 4 of his friends to aid almost daily.  Love it!  


Cath and Sam are still best friends.  This year has bonded their friendship.  I have loved watching these two grow close.  Sam doesn't have to compete for Cath's attention until the older kids get home.  Cath loves being the oldest and in charge for a few hours each day.  
  

Bags of skittles, and Mickey Mouse.....set for life:)  
The above was my recent blue and white purchase within my budget from Anthropologie. I surely love these silky pj's and any candle from Anthropologie is divine.  


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Felt bows, wreaths and tea parties

I have been in a bow making, decorating, tea party kind of mood this week.  I found a bow tutorial on pinterest and made these felt bows the other day. I love how they turned out.  I have been making quite a few.  My house has been looking like a bow manufacturing catastrophe the past couple of days.    



It is far from Easter however this wreath on my door begs to differ.  It was my Mom's and every time I walk in my door I get to think of her.  I love it!!

Catherine and her stuffed buddies....