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Saturday, March 27, 2010

An End To The Season

and what a great one it was! Every year our boy gets older he continues to amaze me with his ability to play ball. Scott is a sports junkie that's all there is to it. I even had to take the T.V out of his room because I would catch him turning on Sports center when I went to bed and watching it till all hours of the night......... When he starts to slack at school the only thing that works is to cut him off from anything and everything that involves basketball, baseball, football or soccer. Although he loves them all he has proven to us this year that his b-ball skills officially have rocked the court. I really do mean that, for his age he is unbelievable, he says he's learned it all from watching Lebron and Kobe. Maybe so but I think it also attributes to hours of practise, he has a hoop in his room, he pretends to have a hoop in the kitchen not to mention all the countless baskets in the spaghetti pot as well as our mopping bucket we keep in the back............ The backround noise of a basketball dribbling is a common sound in our household, the girls "don't get it" but it makes me smile and be thankful for the wonderful differences between he and them. Scott buddy you did great this year but more importantly you worked hard and had a blast!

I cant tell you how often I hear "Am I good enough to play in the NBA Mom" funny boy
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This year we had two number 4's. Taylor for Volleyball and Scott for Basketball. They were both so annoyed by this. Tally and I found it hysterical!
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Till next year!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some of my Favorite Goodies

for Spring and Summer or really anytime! Those that know me would probably describe me as the type of girl that requires very few luxuries to enjoy life. I am super low maintenance. Taking too much time to get ready in the morning makes me nutzo, my family cracks up when I tell them I HATE round brushing my hair, and only do it when its ABSOLUTELY necessary (besides I'm not very good at it anyway.) I would so much rather let it air dry and allow my curls to run ramped, throw on some comfy jeans paired with on old t-shirt dabbing just a spot of my favorite lip balm on my lips and smearing on my tinted moisturizer in my review mirror (no not while I'm driving, I have babies on board??) Like most of you, everyday I'm running round these parts like a mad woman. Popping in here and there from places like school the grocery store, work, softball, basketball to whatever else is on the list for the day, and in the midst of everything still seem to be achieving some sort of stability for my little tribe we are raising............. However low maintenance we women are or have forced to become since our kids or jobs now run our world. In the mix of it all, I have found a few comforts that bring me a spot of excitement and happiness! Here are my favorite yummy, wonderful delectable items that I can't live without (curly crazy hair and all.)



#1 Two words "My Toms" Oh how I love thee let me count thy ways 1.2.3.4........ Ok I live in these and COULD sleep in them, ummm actually last night I did. Got home at midnight from a long day and fell asleep on our luv sac in the family room "Toms and All"(besides being the best of the best and most comfortable for your tootsies, every pair you buy, one is donated to a child in need)
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#2 The Luv Sac. I have had an inner struggle between the comfort/kinda creepy bachelor pad look of these things. It just seemed sooo not attractive to me before I bought one and I really had to push myself, but the sheer comfort of it won me over and sucked me in (literally) We have had ours for over 6 years now and its still my most comfy piece of furniture EVER!(it even looks kinda cute)
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#3 Clinque SUPERBALM!!! This I could not live without. Take away all my makeup but pluueaaase don't take away my superbalm. It stays on FOREVER. Like 3 plus hours. I Love it!
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#4. Smashbox Photo Finish Bronzing. I really like this during summer time. Its actually a primer you put on before foundation, but I don't like tons of makeup so I like to wear it by itself most of the time. Its got vitamin A and E in it, gives you a bit of a glow while making your skin feel super baby soft.
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#5 Almost Makeup by Clinique. I have worn this for years. Most of the time I keep it in my purse and put on in the car before we head out to school in the morning. Its so sheer with just a hint of color mixed with some good SPF 15. Sunblock, Sunblock ladies!
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#6 Tarnish Raw Edge Cloche in Sand Beige from Nordstroms. (small floppy hat) This one I found at Nordstroms but you can find similar ones ANYWHERE!!! Everyone needs a good floppy summer hat, especially us Arizona girls!
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#7 Last but not least, I picked these up several years ago. They come in all shapes and sizes plus they are equipped with there own personal style. As popular as they still are there are only four exactly like these that I know of..... And I was lucky enough to get them:)


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Give up the Toms, Luv Sac, Superbalm. Photo Finish Bronzer, Almost makeup and Cloche any day of the week for these guys!
Good thing Dad was with us.
Be thankful for the favorite goodies in your life!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday Dear Brrreeeettt. Happy Birthday to YOU! Today was my nephew Brett's 12Th birthday. Oh how much fun we all had wearing big googly glasses and throwing gangsta signs:) The food was mmmmm Good and the company was even better!

Birthday Boy
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Brett this is what your big brother was doing during presents?
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And this is what your little brother was doing hmmmmm.........
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Mama and her boy
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My favorite 5 year old in the ENTIRE world!
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Such a good girl, Aunt Kristi loves you Brinley
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Hmmm maybe I can keep her????
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The kids showing me how its done. Not sure I quite got it though???......
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Onward to Peter Piper for way more fun than should be allowed
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Nana and Lane
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This came at me all at once. A swarm of big green googly eyed kids
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All good things must come to an end. Lots of candles lots of cake, lots of smoke!
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Happy Birthday my Bretty boy I love you love you love you and hope it was the best!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm not sure what it is about black and white

I seem to be fascinated with the different values of light. Ever since I was a kiddo I have adored black and white photos. So much drama so much mystic, yet in another light you seem to peel back layers of individuals to expose their true selves. When a shoot is done in black in white there are no fancy colors to hide behind, its just your subject the shadows and the light. I am far from being where I want to be with my B&W photos, I adore photographers such as John Nelson that can express their art almost entirely in unbelievable black and whites. So here are to all the greats that I've studied and learned from. Hopefully some day I can be more like you!


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Foodies

Nothing better then spending the day with my family at home doing a little cooking paired with lots of R&R. The boys will inevitably be lounging around on the couch while the girls and I get to experiment in the kitchen. I love these lazy days where nothing is in urgent need of being done. Watching Isaac and Scott high five each other while engrossed in whatever game may be on, and to see how grown up my girls are while they whisk together a fabulous coconut pecan chocolate cake is sheer bliss. The warm weather made for a perfect setting while we threw together our favorite Asian Chicken Salad, sliced cantaloupe and steamed Artichokes with garlic butter sauce.To complete our Spring festivity we finish it all off with a big piece of Taylor and Tallys chocolate cake and glass of milk. Mmmmm What could be better then this?


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A little bit of mixing a little bit of tasting, all done in the comfort of their jammies
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They started out happy to see me until I asked if they would take the garbage out??
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Proof he was sampling the cake batter
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Lunch is served
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Best of all, Taylor and Tallys creation! BEST cake EVER. A job well done
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Besties

Its so refreshing to come across people that have been "friends forever." Honestly its rare these days that you stay close to a friend when you live miles apart. Paula and Charity are such amazing girls they have been friends since they were young. They have managed to stay close despite the fact that they live 100s of miles away from each other, they are the kinda friends that last a lifetime and have a bond that could never be broken. I had so much fun with you girls this past week (despite the freezing cold wind buurrrrr...........) Thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding me how important your true friends really are!


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Thats a wrap