Evening Walks in our New Hood

One of the main reasons we moved was because our old house was set against a bit of a busy road. The street in front of our house was one of those streets that people would use to cut through neighborhoods. Typically, going a bit over the normal 25 MPH. We would go on evening walks and I would have to bite my tongue from yelling at cars driving by (so fast!). It made me nervous to think my kids would learn to ride a bike on a street like that.

We moved into a gated area at the base of a mountain and it’s so incredibly quiet! We just went on a walk/ bike ride / scooter / wagon (three kids all want different methods of transportation) and we didn’t see a single car! I’m still a bit of a nervous Nelly though seeing these kids on their bikes. Ryan has to keep reminding me that they are kids and it’s okay if they are riding their bikes more than an arms reach from me. ha. I can’t help it though. There’s something about being a mom that makes you want to always surround your kids, as if you are their protective bubble that will keep them from harm.

I realize they are getting older and letting them go is part of the gig, but for now, allowing them to ride their bike as far as the mailbox is a big step for me. ha. Here are a few pictures from our winter walk. Aren’t the desert flowers beautiful?

We wear Santa hats, helmets and carry giant sticks when we hike. You too?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know this face very well. It’s Kelsey’s resting face and I love it. Such a sassy one.

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My sister-in-law, Sabrina and my brother, Shaun are in town this weekend. We’ll be spending the afternoon at their resort pool, a much needed staycation for us since we still don’t have our backyard built. Have you ever been to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass pool during the summer? They have so many family-friendly activities, I’ll let you know how it is.

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Last night we had a great dinner at my parents house. I really need to get my mom stemless wine glasses because whenever we have a drink, she uses her wedding china. Not that I’m complaining because it’s beautiful but with my three kids running around it makes me incredibly nervous.

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Sabrina and I managed to snap a photo amongst the chaos last night. Oh, and I cut my hair 8 inches! 8. inches. Change is a good thing, don’t ya think.

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Do you see Kelsey’s choker? Her friend at school bought her that and she wears it all of the time. How cute is that? She’s turning into such a big kid. And look how tall Colton is! He’s four, people. I bet he passes Kelsey is height by the time he’s five.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

 

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If you’re in Scottsdale this weekend, visit the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market – it’s a fabulous traveling market – filled with over 170 vendors selling handmade or vintage finds. They have booths upon booths of creativity just oozing out of this place! My business partner at SEE IT SIDEWAYS and I have a passion for supporting small businesses with big dreams and incredible talent. There was no shortage of them here. Check out some of our pics.

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Just as we were about to leave, I ran into one of my FAVORITE colleague’s from Starwood Hotels AND my brother’s childhood friend Ike Davis whom I haven’t seen in over 10 years. I love when the universe works like that.

Family Breakfast at The Henry

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My brothers and sister-in-law are in town from Austin, TX. Within hours of them landing, we were at The Henry for breakfast. The kids couldn’t wait another minute without seeing them. And Colton? Yep, just as we were about to take a picture he ran into a sign and had a fit. He was totally fine. He’s just a bit dramatic. Ha! We hope you’re having a wonderful three-day weekend, too!

A Weekend in the Woods with Nolan Ryan

A weekend in the mountains was just what I needed. While my husband took the older kids camping (photos to come), Nolan and I went to Pinetop, Arizona with my mother-in-law and Ryan’s aunt. It was the perfect retreat from the Phoenix heat and a great way to enjoy Nolan without any interruptions. I was also able to start and finish a book! Imagine that.

Here are a just a few photos from our quiet Memorial Day weekend in the woods.

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School’s Out for Summer!

It’s official. Kelsey is on her way to first grade and I’m left wondering where the time goes. We were holding hands today and I kept thinking back to the first time I put her little fingers in the palm of my hand. Back to the first time I touched her cheek. The first time I combed her hair. And now look at her!

And Colton … wasn’t he just born? Now he’s less than a head shorter than Kelsey and has more personality than all three of my kids combined. His smile lights up the room, and my heart. Then there’s our little nugget, Nolan. Seven teeth and counting and only eight months young. I was rocking him to sleep tonight and I told him to stay small for just a short while longer. I’m really not ready to let these kids grow up. Mostly because it feels like with each passing year they get more and more independent from me. And while I know that’s life, and that’s what they are supposed to do, a HUGE part of my heart wants to keep them in my arms forever.

Well, we’ve been doing so much in the first few days of summer. I took Friday off of work to take Kelsey and her best friend, Colin to an indoor amusement park. We did bumper cars, mini bowling and arcade games. And then I went into the laser tag arena and came out with a migraine. Seriously. The lights! And then Saturday we took the kids to Encanto Park. I’ve been living in Phoenix forever and never knew this park existed. We were there to take family photos of one of my friends’ kids – and decided to hang out until sundown at the amusement park, Enchanted Island (located inside the park).

I’d say the first few days of summer have been good to us. Here’s to another season of more memories with these three.

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Lazy weekend mornings with my boys, and Nolan’s thighs.

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Almost as delicious as Nolan’s legs are these In-n-Out burgers.

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Kelsey and her buddy, Colin. I think he’s trying to eat her face. You know … kids.

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Bumper cars with my little lady.

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At the park, Kelsey had met Scarlet just five minutes prior and yet they were inseparable. Can we just take a moment to talk about their hair for a second. I mean … is this real life?

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The two cuties on the left are twins. And who doesn’t love Colton’s little Alfalfa hairstyle in this picture. See it?

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Summer nights are the best. And yes, I realize it’s not officially summer but we’re in Phoenix and we’re hitting triple digits already, so to us … it’s summah.

Desert Camping for Spring Break

For Kelsey’s spring break we decided to go camping. Since we have a 6-month old baby we couldn’t go far. Instead, I had an idea (an idea that sounded good at the time) for Kelsey & Ryan to camp in the backyard. Fun, right? We got the tent out, I bought snacks and Ryan even brought down her mattress so she would be comfortable.

As I was kissing her goodnight inside of the tent, she turned to me and demanded, “Mom! I DO NOT want to wake up inside the mouth of a wolf. Got it?” I was dying laughing. Then we played the “what if” game for about 20 minutes. “What if the wolf gets over the fence? What if the wolf opens the tent zipper with his teeth. What if …” I reminded her that we live in the suburbs and wolves don’t hang out here. After that didn’t work, I finally said, wolves can’t get past daddy. You’re safe.

Colton wanted to spend the night with me inside the house so I gladly accepted his request. The reason this sounded like a good idea (but wasn’t actually a good one) was because of baby Nolan. He is teething and was awake every two hours. At about 2am, I came downstairs to get Tylenol and a bottle and I peeked outside to see my husband snoozing away … as I walked upstairs like a zombie I thought, “Great idea, Steph.”

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The Spring Carnival

We try to go to our local carnival every year (here is 2012 and 2014). It’s pretty much the fastest way to spend $60, but it’s truly a lot of fun. This was our first year going as a family of five. It’s a pretty surreal feeling when I look back at those two blog posts and see how young everyone was (including us!).

Tonight was pretty awesome though. Besides the fact that Ryan took F O R E V E R in the ticket line trying to decide if a $30 (each) unlimited ride pass was a better value than the 40 tickets for $20. He kept looking at his phone to see “how much time we have left in the day to finish these rides.” Oh, Ryan. I can’t take this CPA anywhere.

In fact, today was monumental. Not only did we make it through the carnival with all of the kids in tact, but (are you ready for this?) we made it through with ZERO tantrums! That’s right. Not a single one. I’m speaking to you, Colton! Our spunky three-year-old was the product of perfection tonight. Ahhh … what a feeling!

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Here are some more pictures of our fun Sunday at a spring carnival.

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