Sunday, January 24, 2016


We have church later in the afternoon.  By the time we get home.....I am definitely ready for bed.  The problem is every one is starving and they all have the wiggles!   Mike is teasing, Cath is pointing fingers, and Sammy is doing somersaults.  


definitely wild and crazy.  

Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

As of late.....I haven't picked up a has been a much need break.

We have...... 

two weeks until we close on our new house.  I am not sure I have been quite so excited about something in a long long time.  There is something about moving into a place that you know will be YOUR home.  Something that we have worked hard for.......stability.  At least stability for now.  We know where our physical home will be.  A relief to be done scouring zillow daily, and looking at every possible for sale sign at every little turn.

I have been nesting of sorts in my mind as of late.  I have been scouring pinterest, fabric stores locally and online.  I have become my own interior decorator...... a little bit madly obsessed.   I can't wait to be able to physically get our hands on our home after we close to fine tune details of the house.  I can't wait to paints some walls, add some trim, organize closets, add a backsplash etc.  

This house is not the most important thing in my life.  However, it has been consuming time, and much of thought.  I am kind of excited for my thought process to put to action.  
Since I can't physically go into the house until we close and work out details.....I  have been organizing and cleansing the rental we have grown to love and adore.  

This week I finally figured out the best way to arrange my front room....and have it exactly how I want it.....just in time to move.  My lampshade was a favorite christmas gift from favorite people.  It completes the room.

We will miss this place that we have called home for a year and a half.  We have the best memories, and have gained wonderful friendships.  It has been a huge blessing in our life to be near the best school for our kids, and great support in our church nearby. 

We are lucky to be moving so close and nearby to this sweet spot.  

I can't wait for the adventures ahead and I have some exciting plans for my home I am excited to document along the way.        

Friday, December 18, 2015

We found out some news recently.  Our new house will be ready to close the end of January!  Yikes.....hence my lack of blogging.  Holiday prep, traveling, and getting ready to close on a new house, and quite a number of photo sessions has been keeping me a bit swamped.  

A few weeks ago we went to Texas to meet up with some of our best friends from 10 years ago during Mike's first years of medical school.  They live on about 30 acres in a tiny town in West Texas.  I LOVE exploring new places and getting a feel for different cultures and traditions around the United States.   

Mike went hunting for the first time.  We brought some of our good friends from Mesa who are are experts at hunting, shopping and know there cowboy boots.  It was such a great weekend. reliving that weekend is bringing fond memories during a bit of a stressful week.  

Her town had the most darling store that we were all dying over....

Everything from the ceilings to the walls were charming.

A big moment for me holding my first loaded gun.  I was smiling ear to ear.  Cybil and Debbie had me laughing the entire weekend.  

If only....I could get away with hot pink wood floors in my house......

I would have bought this lamp....but it wasn't for sale.  

Pretty sure both Debbie and I were born in the wrong era.....we needed these hats!

I could be converted to flamingos in my yard with these darling ones.

These darling girls are the best.  A memory I will forever cherish!  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas decorating prep around here.

Cath came in between rollerskating help with the decorating.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 is one for the books.  It is already a favorite memory of our time thus far in Arizona. We had the chance to spend time with family on my side this year down here, and I was able to see both my darling brothers.  My younger brother Billy and Abby completed our Thanksgiving this year with there presence.  I can't imagine having people I love more stay with us.  

We started the Thanksgiving day off with a hike to the wind caves.....nearby.  It was a family/friend affair.  We have such great friends and can't quite imagine our life without ALL of them!  

It takes a village to raise a family.....and I am surely glad these people are part of that village.  

A favorite memory of my childhood growing up was my Dad waking us up for a family hike up the canyon.  It is a tradition must with my own little family.  I have done it our entire married life with the kids.  Many times Mike hasn't been able to join because of his work schedule....but this year felt complete with Mike, Billy and Abby.  

There are a lot of great hikes in the area that we live, but this was just the right speed for the entire family.  

Chris Powell happened to be hiking right in front of us with his darling family.  I am such a fan, and have watched his extreme weight loss shows for a few years.  He has the most beautiful family, and I don't think he could have been any nicer.  

Abby over 20 weeks pregnant is glowing and adorable beyond.

We rushed home around noon just in time to get the Turkey in the oven.  
We invited some of our good friends and their parents to join us for dinner.  

While the adults were busy preparing you can see there was a lot of silliness and goofiness happening  throughout the day.  Just how it should be.  

I LOVE eating Thanksgiving outside.  It is an entirely new concept for me with years of living in colder winter climates.  I have adjusted quite well. The ambiance of Thanksgiving outside puts me in just the right holiday spirit.  

We had the pleasure of having our friends parents also join us for dinner. 

We ate and talked and ate some more.....

A highlight was definitely seeing both of my brothers and having Billy and Abby stay with us.  They are genuine, loving, loyal and simply amazing.  We felt blessed to have them stay with us for the weekend.  We were festive in our plaid and ALWAYS think of our sweet Mom and family that we are so extremely grateful for.  As my kids would say "plaid is from the Edwards side".  We LOVE IT!  

The weekend was filled with favorite things:


It was a success and will go down in history as a favorite memory with my family and my two darling brothers!