Monday, May 23, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Birthday cakes.....and almost summer evenings....

I have a number of people in my life that have birthday's as of late.  It is a birthday time of year.  Almost hard to keep track...and overwhelming to be thoughtful of all.  I have this microwaveable cake.....it takes a total of 1 minute to make after mixing 6 ingredients together.  It has been a great birthday gift life saver.  

The recipe I used....I found online....

  • 1/4 cup melted butter (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (50 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


They are the perfect little size for a great birthday treat.

The trick is to bake the cake in ramekin dishes one at a time with lots of non stick spray.  






Meanwhile baking my quick cakes....cath keeps us entertained on her rollerskates....




and Sam follows her around everywhere....



Monday, May 16, 2016

This past weekend was an emotional/spiritual weekend.  A really good friend of mine had a son who passed away.  He had struggled with drug abuse for years.  It was a surprise, but not a a surprise for the family when the news came.  He had spent the majority of his last two years of life either in jail or in rehab.   He was a sweet sweet boy with a heart of a gold and a major problem.   A problem that eventually took his life.   

My good friends sister is my best friend in Arizona.  Deanne and her family planned a beautiful funeral to honor this son/nephew they adored and loved.  I had been able to spend time and get to know him a bit during the last couple of years.  He was full of energy and charisma....something that everyone cherished and was evident in remarks at the funeral.  


A darling picture I got to snap the day after he got home from rehab at Christmas.  It really puts life in perspective and I was able to recognize on a poignant level this past weekend what really matters.  Family and my belief in God and his eternal plan!  

His family was long suffering and kind.  They were patient and full of hope this past week while mourning and planning the funeral.  It was inspiring and motivating for me to become a better person.  

My own family is what is most important to me.  The little things matter.  The little things add up to be big things.  We can't control decisions that our children may make, but we can control how we love them and help them unconditionally.  

It was a tender weekend.  


This little 4 year old is extra scrumptious these days.  


Sunday shenanigans....with these kiddos.  


paper airplanes at there best!




A four year old boys imagination is real and adorable!  






We LOVE our  SAM!!



   

Friday, May 13, 2016

I was in the mood to take pictures this afternoon and edit them.....

This is the reaction I got from cute Cath about that.  



So instead I handed the camera to her....had her point and hold it.....



snap snap snap....I even found a prop.  



I can post about how much I love PHOTOSHOP!  It is amazing and can literally take years off your life:)  I am all for the skin smear action.   I also can blog about my favorite spring wardrobe finds I have found at my favorite store as of late...

ZARA!!!

I have become a huge ZARA fan.  The prices, unique clothing, good quality, and great prices.  I found lots of great skirts dresses for summer there recently.  Here in Arizona I am all about cool and comfortable starting right about now with the heat!    

A blog post that was intended for something else....and ended up about me and shopping.  HAH!  Thank goodness it is Friday!  



Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day!

Mother's day and emotions......there is always so much to say....and no words to express.  I am just so grateful!  I am grateful and humble to recognize the love of a mother.  The love that my own mother showed towards me is indescribable.  I love and miss her daily.  Her eyes were a  window to her soul.  She was/is the most loving, kind, amazing woman I have ever known!  

I have a list of to do's today....but wanted to post some pictures for memory!  




I told my family....I'll be in charge of setting the table....if you do all the clean up!:)  They agreed!



My new gold silverware from Target was my mother's day gift!  I LOVE IT!


My new fabric I bought off of etsy.....$5.00 a yard/tommy bahama.  I LOVE IT!  If I could wallpaper a room out of it I would....MIKE won't let me:(



Cath was my right hand man in the decor for the day!  

  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One of my favorite qualities of my husband is his do it yourself attitude.  One of my most frustrating attributes Mike possesses is his do it yourself attitude.  This week I was particularly grateful he deems himself a fantastic painter and his DIY side ingrained in his soul.  His parents hired him to paint their ENTIRE house the summer before medical school.  He has since deemed himself and expert.  

I helped prep the room with tape and laid out the brushes.  I am not quite sure if he kicked me out of the room or I just left after an attempt to actually help him paint.  My brush stroke wasn't quite up to par according to his standards.  

As he was painting away....


I took upon me the difficult job of watching the kids swim with new floaty devices I just purchased....










I am pretty sure I got the better end of the stick.  


The room turned out mintly perfected!  My new favorite paint color benjamin moore colony green.  Just the right shade of green with a hint of blue.  



Happy early mother's day to me! LOVE MIKE!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Favorite Birthday gifts.......



A piece of art from a favorite artist I follow on Instagram and her website here.



Flowers from friends still going strong......


my mini jcrew bucket bag that matches my wallpaper.


and this hollywood regency style lamp and side table I found in Sun City thrift shopping.