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Entries in personal (10)

Tuesday
Oct152013

Our New Family Photo

Click through to see who's new and how he came to our family!

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Thursday
Oct252012

Party Time

I will soon be the mother of a 10 year old! I can't believe it! We had a little family dinner (grandparents and aunts/uncles) to celebrate. We've made this a tradition to have a family dinner for each of the boys. Sometimes it's the only time we get to see everyone together!

We are gearing up for a sleepover and trip to the arcade (wish me luck!) but thought I'd share a few pictures of our dinner since the decorations will transfer over. We went with the Vintage Car Collection from Spaceships and Laserbeams

He has really been into classic cars lately. He was SO surprised and excited when his Papa (grandpa) picked him up from school in the '55 Chevy. He said he fist pumped lol! ;)

We keep it simple around here decoration wise. Whatever is easy but looks fun!

They always get to choose their dinner and he asked for a soup bar! We had 4 different soups of his choice (beef vegetable, broccoli cheddar, chicken tortilla, and clam chowder) and his favorite Coke in bottles.

Monday
Oct222012

Pumpkin Patching

 

I think our "Pumpkin Patch" looks quite a bit different than a lot of yours and was thinking maybe you'd like to see how we do it here in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Last weekend we visited McDonalds Ranch. They have some ranch activities and you take a hayride out to the "pumpkin patch" (I use that term lightly lol!). The boys had a great time!

Happy Fall from Phoenix (where it's still in the 90's)!

Tuesday
Oct022012

How Many Licks?

I consider myself pretty nostalgic. I think I've passed that down to my boys, too, because they like to ask about my childhood. You know, because it was so long ago. We like to watch "old" movies together, read the same books, and make the same recipes.

There aren't too many things left I can buy that are the same but Tootsie Pops are one of them! Tootsie Pops are one of those treats I like to keep on hand in my purse. They don't melt, they don't squish, they won't go bad, and they are a simple gluten free, 60 calorie treat for both the boys and me.

(If they can be a part of the military rations since WWII they can probably last in my purse in the AZ summer.) They are also one of the few treats I used to eat as a child that still taste the same. Am I the only one that thinks that? Why mess with a good thing?

Anyway, I love that they are a quick, easy treat to keep on hand for whenever the need arises. It has been a while since we've had one so we got some out the other day while doing some yard work and watching the dogs outside. Then we had an interesting conversation:

Me "Boys how many licks do you think it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

Boy2 "Like 1,000."

Boy1 "Mom how much did Tootsie Pops cost when you were a kid?"

Me "I don't remember. I was a kid and my mom or grandma usually gave them to me."

Boy1 "I think they were a penny because I read that there used to be penny candy."

Me "It cost more than a penny. I wasn't a kid that long ago."

Boy1 "It was probably a penny."

Me "Fine it was a FEW pennies - so how many licks do you think?"

Boy1 "Apparently 3 because that's what the owl says on that commercial." (That commercial first ran in 1970, and the same exact one still runs today!)

And then we went on to discuss more of my childhood and how safety precautions were a bit different back then and more about how much things cost way back then in the 1980s when we only had 5 channels on TV, and we had to get up to change them.

Tootsie Pop is running a video contest in October about that very question "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" You can enter through the Tootsie Roll or Tootsie Pop Facebook page - click "Like" and go to the "How Many Licks" Contest page. Submit your entry (a video with your answer to the question) for a chance to win weekly prizes as well as the grand prize!

There will also be a viewers' choice winner. I know I have some clever kids (readers') and would love to hear their answers!

The Contest begins October 1, 2012 at 2:00 a.m. PT and ends on October 25, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. PST so your kids have a bit to ponder. Plus we all know there will be Tootsie Pops around this time of year!

I'd love to know, have you had this fun discussion yet with your kids?!

*Tootsie Roll Pops are produced in a facility that does not use peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or gluten. (yay!)

Monday
Oct012012

Candlelit Dinner Date!

The boys and I had some fun this week preparing for a candlelit dinner date for just the 3 of us. We've done dates together but never at home like this. We spent a while shopping at one of our (yes all 4 of our) favorite stores World Market! I've shopped at World Market since before we got our first house and it has always been one of my favs. The boys love the fun toys, food, awesome decor (and have a little list going for their rooms too) furniture, and kitchen items.

We went shopping for our "fancy" dinner talking about how we'd set everything up. If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen some of the fun things we were looking at.

We decided on soup for our dinner (ok the boys did they are soup crazy lately) so picked out some soup crocks, the candles were a MUST, and my favorite was this stand (seemed to be a fav on Instagram as well!)

We also got a few things to finish off the centerpiece, a cornucopia, some felt scatters, the cute acorn twigs, a snack to eat while we wait for dinner, and some Torani syrup for italian sodas in fancy glasses.

I loved how involved the boys were and it really gave us a fun project to do together! I love World Markets food selection and that they have plenty of fun gluten free items for me and things that you can't find easily anywhere else!

Here is our table setting (that the boys were SO proud of)

The cornucopia was fun and special because we are writing things we are thankful for, people we love, or notes to each other on the back of the felt scatters and putting them in the cornucopia to look through later. I love interactive tables! (My youngest taught me all about cornucopias which is why we ended up with it lol!)

LOVE this stand - we'll be making some fall treats to display on it for sure! It's a fun centerpiece in the meantime. Will be on our winter holiday table too!

These soup crocks are going to get LOTS of use in this house.

When it was finally dark enough to start the boys were excited to light the candles (the larger candles aren't in glass so will need something under them when lit to be safe!) and get started. I love this one on one special time with my boys. Phones and computers are put away and attention goes to them.

I love these times with my kids and hope that these are the memories they remember and hold on to. Some of those special times with me that they'll carry with them forever!

Speaking of World Market (if you have not been you MUST check it out and if you have you'll love this) they are currently having an HGTV Passport to Style Sweepstakes!

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $10,000 World Market shopping spree and design consultation with an HGTV Designer
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $1,000 World Market gift card!
  • The HGTV Sweepstakes runs from September 22, 2012 until October 26, 2012.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at WORLDMARKETSWEEPSTAKES.COM or FACEBOOK.COM/WORLDMARKET

If you want to keep up with World Market (I do!) you can find them on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram

Do you already shop at World Market? Do you love it as much as we do?

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions and this post are completely my own. We love promoting shops and products we really love and use!

Monday
Jun182012

Kauai

We had an amazing time in Kauai last week. It's our third time (we go with a total of 15 family members as a sort of "reunion") but the first time the boys were old enough to truly soak it all in! I thought I'd just share some pictures of all the fun (and beauty) we did and saw while we were there. I have 426 photos that I considered "keepers" between my "big" camera, iPhone, and underwater point and shoot so trust me this is pared down! I hope you enjoy them! 

Wednesday
Jun132012

Back From Vacation! and a Slingshot

We're back! We had an amazing trip and can't thank our guest posters enough for filling in while we were gone! The trip was pretty uneventful and SO relaxing. One small jellyfish sting and some bug bites were the worst of it. The boys loved catching geckos, anoles, crabs and toads. 

Would you all like to see the personal photos from our trip? I don't want to bore you with our vacation photos if you aren't interested so I thought I'd ask first ;)

My boys did want me to share the slingshot they made with their dad. Aunt T found the perfect slingshot stick on a beach walk. Dad made some small slits in the wood for the rubber band to "hold" on to. A thick plastic piece from a bag of avacados made a center piece (leather would have been better but we couldn't find any). By folding the plastic piece in half you can make a slit that doesn't go all the way through that the rubber ban can grab on to. The slingshot even made it home with us!

Wednesday
May022012

Glasses

We've had a lot happening/changing around here. We are trying to get ready to move, going on a big vacation next month, school is ending, and we've been trying to figure out why my oldest has been breaking out in giant hives all over every single day. On top of that we had an optometrist appt. that told us what he already knew - he needed glasses. Apparently 3rd grade is a big grade for that because both my mom and I got them in 3rd grade. 

We went to a few stores to find him his perfect pair. We wanted him to choose and be 100% happy with them so he'd wear them. He found these and knew they were the ones. As soon as we got home with them we went down the street to take a few photos.

Little brother came along as well so I tried to get a couple of him.

And then I had the brilliant idea of trying for a photo together for the grandma's.

I really can't believe how long it's been since I've taken photos of them just to take photos of them. I need to set a time aside to get some of all of us!

We have a couple posts in the works and are STILL trying to decide what to do for May 4th - you know - Star Wars day.