Winter Events at The Phoenician

The thing about morning sickness is it takes you out of commission from doing anything other than what you have to do on any given day. That said, I turned on my camera for the first time in 10 weeks and found some pictures I forgot I had. These pictures were from a winter event at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. They do their “Up, Up, and Away” event every year and every year we love to take the kids.

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It’s free for the public (you don’t have to be a resort guest to enjoy the fun) and they have hot chocolate, cocktails for purchase, cookie decorating for the kids (and us too!), live music, and tethered hot air balloon rides. The kids and I went with my family and rang in the holidays … Arizona style. We ended the night with huge burgers and s’mores at Relish Burger Bistro.

Phoenician Holiday Event

phoenician holiday event

phoenician holiday event
The glow from the sunset bounced off of Camelback Mountain as we watched the hot air balloons inflate. The kids were giggling with joy as they rolled down the grassy hills of the resort’s golf course. It was truly such a magical day and a great event to capture the essence of the season.

phoenician holiday event

phoenician events

My little baker took cookie decorating very seriously. Colton … not so much. He just got icing everywhere! But that just means that mom and dad had to eat all of his cookie mess (oh, darn!). It was a cute activity for the kids.

phoenician events

Phoenician holiday events

I wanted to capture of photo of everyone. I succeeded! And just before the sun set. If you live in Arizona, try to attend this event next year. It’s worth it!

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phoenician events

Party of Five

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If you know me, then you know that I have always wanted three kids. I’m 4 months pregnant now with my third child (sounds so weird saying that) and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. We find out April 7th if we’re having a girl or a boy. Kelsey thinks girl. Colton thinks boy. Mom is torn. Dad secretly wants Colton to have a brother. I’m so excited to find out, I can hardly wait!

The White Mountains and Us

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pinetop arizona vacation

pinetop arizona vacation

pinetop arizona vacation

pinetop arizona vacation

pinetop arizona vacation

pinetop arizona

pinetop arizona
Ryan had the great idea last weekend to retreat to our cabin in the White Mountains for a little R&R. After 11 weeks of morning sickness, I needed the fresh air. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work since we’re in the middle of potty training Colton, but he was a champ! Only one accident.

In fact, they were freakishly well-behaved. On the way home, Ryan and I looked at it each other in awe. Only minutes earlier Kelsey said, “Mom, I think I’m going to take a nap.” Colton followed suit and Ryan and I got 1.5 hours of uninterrupted time to chat. Who could ask for more?

We skipped rocks on the lake, spent hours on swings, rolled down hills, took morning walks, roasted s’mores and just relaxed. Surprisingly, I have never felt better. It was like morning sickness knew I was on vacation and decided to stay home instead. I’m already counting the days until we can go back.

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful home away from home in the woods.

Life, lately.

I haven’t blogged in so log that when I went to log in, I forgot my username and password! It wasn’t even in my cache because it has been that long since I even typed in the URL of my blog. Sad, but that’s life sometimes. You have to step back and focus on you. I’m fine, just battling some personal things. All good things, truly. And things I’ll happily blog about in a few, but not right now. Give me a few more weeks and I’ll spill the beans on what my deal has been.

That said, I just wanted to jump in here and say that Kelsey turns five on Monday! Five. Five. Five. Wasn’t she just born? And her birthday party is tomorrow which means this mom will be up all night scrambling to put goodie bags together. Should I even do those?

And then Colton … oh boy, that kid is growing before my eyes! He speaks so clearly and so well. Ryan jokes that he needs a brother because he keeps walking around in Kelsey’s pink slippers and loves watching The Little Mermaid with his sister. I just laugh, because isn’t that the truth about little brothers? They’ll do whatever big sister says.

So, that’s life right now. A lot of things happening, a lot of things on the horizon and more to share later. For now, I’m going to kick back and enjoy the fact that it’s Friday, I have a little girl to celebrate and the Grammy’s are on Sunday. Let the weekend begin!

(this blog doesn’t come with a picture because in all honesty, I haven’t picked up my camera in 5 weeks. Soon I’ll be normal again, promise)

 

 

Lemon Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

Lemon Cool Whip Cookie Recipe

I don’t typically bake. Mostly because I lack talent, patience and skill. Besides that, my taste buds are programmed to think anything coated in sugar tastes good. That said, I got invited to a holiday cookie exchange and began a hunt for an easy (keyword) cookie recipe that would take me minimal time and effort, and one that would look good (presentation matters to me more than you know).

I found a recipe for Lemon Cool Whip Cookies and LOVE how easy it is. Here you go (recipe from AllRecipes.com).


Ingredients (makes 3 dozen)

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets. 
  2. Beat together the whipped topping and eggs together. Add the lemon cake mix and continue to mix. Dough will be thick. 
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar and roll to coat. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes.

Take pictures, eat, enjoy, do a little happy dance … whatever you have to do in order to enjoy this super simple cookie recipe.

Downtown Gilbert

downtown gilbert

downtown gilbert

downtown gilbert

downtown gilbert

downtown gilbert

downtown gilbert

My mom and I took the afternoon to hang out. We hit up a holiday boutique and then decided to explore downtown Gilbert (she’d never seen it). We ate lunch at Postino, peeked our heads into Joe’s BBQ (smelt soooo good, we’ll be back!) and window shopped along Gilbert Rd. There was a Farmers Market, amazing weather and a run to Sugarlips Cakery for cupcakes involved.

Holiday Popup Shop

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

I saw a flyer on Instagram for a Holiday Cheer boutique in Gilbert this weekend. My mom and I love arts & crafts and the description on the flyer specifically said, “holiday decor and crafts, wooden signs, treats and eats, chalkboards, vintage door knobs, and more!” You don’t have to tell us twice, we were there right when it opened.

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

holidays in arizona

Initially, I was hesitant because the boutique was set up in someone’s home, but it was darling. Let’s capitalize that, DARLING (there was a ‘braid bar’ for goodness sake!). The weather was perfect and this home was located on the cutest street lined with huge trees and colorful leaves.

My mom bought me this old window that has been resorted into a chalkboard and chicken wire bulletin board (thanks, Mom!). Oh, and if you are wondering, Kelsey is up north at our family cabin with her grandparents picking out Papa’s Christmas Tree. Let me tell you, life with only one kid means mom can get out of the house and do things like this.

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