Happy Fall...

I can't believe it's September. And although our triple digit weather is no indication - fall is just around the corner. Fall in Arizona is vastly different than most areas, but I throw up some decor and burn a pumpkin candle and it makes me feel warm and cozy ....more

Lake trip...

Before school started a friend invited us out on his boat. We made the mistake of telling the kids at the beginning of the day that we would be going to the lake and then regretted it every minute after the afternoon monsoon rolled in. They wanted to go so bad and were so looking forward to it that the rain was a devastating sight ....more

Pivot...

Steve started his corporate career path right out of college. We moved our little family out to Wisconsin and he started in retail buying with Kohls. It wasn't a job he had ever envisioned for himself - in fact its one of those jobs you don't really realize is even out there when you first start your job hunt ....more

BBQ Tip...

Summer = BBQ. And BBQ = Hot Dogs. Its hot dog season.And before you think – the way you cut your hot dog can’t possibly make a difference in the taste – let me tell you it totally does.With very little effort – your hot dogs will taste better than ever before.The supply list is pretty short: Hot dogs, skewers (metal or wooden) and a knife.Start with your favorite brand of hot dog (mine happens to be the Kirkland All Beef hot dogs from Costco) and a skewer.Skewer your hot dog down the middle.Starting on one end, take a knife and cut at an angle all the way to the skewer ....more

Stingy red hen...

Its red week at preschool. Each week for the first couple weeks they focus on a new color and they're asked to wear that color if they can. Bennett was so bummed that he forgot on Monday that he was determined to wear red today ....more

It's in their genes...

My kids have my building genes. And because they don't have access to my tools, they improvise; using blankets, sheets and any heavy items that might keep things in place. I couldn't figure out why it was taking Hunter so long the other morning to get dressed for school ....more

Bloody mess...

**Warning: Bloody Images Ahead** Cannon woke from his nap the other day unusually. He typically starts talking and babbling and then cries to get out. But this time he went from sleeping to crying without anything in-between ....more

Summer Catch Up...

Just a few straggling photos from our summer road trip up north. Cannon is our book lover and his all-time favorite is a Sandra Boynton classic, "Moo, Baa, La-La-La". Who knows how many times my mom read that book to him ....more

DIY Marker Board...

I've got more than a couple of these marker boards around the house and I love them. I have them in the hallway, the kitchen, the office. They're easy and cheap and they bring in whatever pop of color or pattern I'm looking for ....more

Always learning...

I love learning. I have a list a mile long of things I want to learn. With the kids going back to school I was ready to go back-to-school as well - as much as one can with two kids still at home ....more