Sunday, March 25, 2012

All dressed up

My cousin Katie was married on Saturday evening.  Clayton on the Park was an awesome venue.  She looked absolutely beautiful!  Jason and I were all dressed up for the occasion.  Maddy (our niece and best babysitter ever) took the photo for us. 

P.S.  I am editing a handful of photo sessions so stay tuned...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beautiful Princess Belle

Last night was our Celiac Support Group meeting.  Usually we leave the kids at home with Grandma but this time, they were invited.  Princess Belle was invited, too, and spent some time with kids giving hugs and posing for pictures.  Jason took this photo with his new IPhone.

  Angela Saban was also there to share her party ideas and desserts.  Ryan loved her cake pops.  We all enjoyed her cake. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gluten Free St Patty's Day

Hope you had a great St Patrick's Day!  We sure did.  Our Celiac Support Group held a pancake breakfast at our neighborhood park.  EVERYTHING was gluten free.  They had Applegate Farms sausage, Udi's chocolate muffins and granola, cinnamon rolls from Julia's Bakery,   and pancakes from Danell's Signature Blend.  Okay, now I have to say- I still eat gluten so my taste buds are not completely converted.  I LOVED Julia's cinnnamon rolls.  In my opinion, they were just as good as Cinnabon.  I still like Ikea's cinnamon mix better because of it's unique flavor.  But the bread part was perfect.  If you ever need dessert for a gluten free friend, go to Julia's.  Yum. 

Of course, Ryan loved everything.  The pancakes were really good.  I liked them better than our current mix, Pamela's.  They were really fluffy!  It was so nice to finally be able to take Ryan somewhere he could eat what everyone else was eating.

After sampling all the yummy breakfast items, the boys kicked the soccer ball around and played on the playground.  It was a fun morning.

Logan is showing off his new boots.

Ryan has a mohawk, too.  They both wanted their hair spiked.

Jason and I made corned beef with cabbage and potatoes for dinner.  It's a tradition for us.  Then I spent the evening working on my scrapbook with friends.  It was a great day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Break: Day 3

Well, I had big plans for Thursday.  The boys and I were going to hike Hole in the Rock at Papago Park with my mom and sister.  But by then, Logan was dragging and said he didn't want to have anymore fun.  I was feeling that our activity choice might have been to much for the boys.  Then I talked to Abby.  She was sick.  Forget it.  We spent the day with Grandma Lyn at her house.  It worked out great.

Now if you haven't been to my parents' house, you don't know that it is the perfect grandparents' house.  There is always something fun to do.  They live on an acre lot where they get irrigation.  Abby and I loved walking in the irrigation ditch when we were younger.  A couple weeks ago, we took the boys.  They love it, too.  So we went again yesterday.

Logan and Ryan LOVE sticks.  They find them everywhere they go.  Sword fights often follow, as you can imagine.  The ditch is a great place to find the perfect stick.

Logan found pecans that had fallen off a nearby tree.  I find them in the washing machine a lot.  I really need to start checking his pockets.

Grandma Lyn stepped on this one so we could see the inside of the pecan.

Ryan's checking out the pecan shell.

Jumping fun!

Overall, we had a great day.  It was much more relaxed than the last couple days.  Being at my mom's house still feels like home.  :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Break: Day 2

On Wednesday we went to McCormick Park in Scottsdale.  If you haven't been, it is a great park.  They have a train theme going on.  The play structures are awesome because they are huge.  The kids don't get bored.  There is also plenty of space to play soccer and just run around.  Oh, and their favorite part is the little western town complete with the jail and a stagecoach.  They take turns chasing and arresting each other.  

We met the boys' cousins there:  Maddy (15), Ally (12), Brody (7) and Andy (5).  They love playing with each other and we don't seem to get together enough.  Missy and Owen joined us, too. 

Waiting at the train station.

 Ally, Ryan and Aunt Carrie

Andy and Brody

 Ally, Aunt Carrie and Maddy (our favorite babysitter)

Thanks for taking the photo, Missy!

Riding the stage coach

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Break FUN!

Ah, our first Spring Break.  With Logan in preschool Monday through Thurday, we are limited in what we can do during the day.  So I tried to pack in a bunch of fun this week.  Today we met with our friends Missy and Owen at the zoo.  If you weren't there, you were the only one.  I've never seen it so packed.  People were polite and well behaved, there were just too many of them.  We opted to leave early and headed over to Papago Park in Tempe.  The boys had fun playing after lunch.  It was a beautiful day.  The warm weather is just around the corner. 

Logan's cheeks were so red!  He spent at least 30 minutes chasing the birds.  They weren't too scared though.  They stayed just a couple feet ahead of him.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baby B

I love the moms from Logan's preschool.  This is the brand new little sister of a girl in Logan's class.  What a beautiful baby!

Little piggies! 

Of course, I had to shoot the purple shoes.  ;)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Logan's new 'do

One day while the boys were coloring, Ryan took the scissors to his hair.  Of course he's the one do it.  While I was fixing his hair, I decided to give him a mohawk.  It looks really cute.  And Logan begged me to give him one, too.  We finally got around to it yesterday.  I just love it.  I think it suits him.  With jeans, cowboy boots and a mohawk, he's totally his own person.

I just LOVE this kid!  :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Our new kitchen

Jason and I starting remodeling the kitchen last November.  Do you remember what it looked like?  1984 Fabulous.  I did like the painted faux bricks but overall the kitchen was really dark.  The countertops were stained and just gross.  They made me so mad.  One section near the sink (you know, the part that I used most) would snag my shirts and tear holes in them.  I lost so many shirts that way.  And I can't believe I didn't rip down that valance over the window.  Ick.  Apparently I never looked up.  Anyway, here are some "before" photos.

We replaced our old, stained formica with granite countertops.  We found a smokin' deal on them.  The color is Indian Emerald Green but they are almost black.  The granite has a lot of crystals that reflect the light and you can see all the way down into them.  It's really cool. 

Then Jason and his dad, Tom, refinished and painted the cabinets white.  Off white, really. There was a whole lot of sanding, painting, sanding and more painting.  They sprayed all of the cabinets so they have a professional finish.  They also added the bead board to the back of the cabinets.  To finish it off, Jason also added a some crown molding to the top of the cabinets as well as the bottom of the upper cabinets.  The under cabinet lighting also lights up the work surface when I'm cooking (or baking cookies).

We even talked my dad into forging all the door and drawer pulls for us.  I love the custom, handmade hardware. 

 After the cabinets and countertops were finished, we had a really hard time deciding on a back splash.  We spent more than one date night discussing options at Lowes and Home Depot.  Finally, we decided to put it off until after Christmas.  In January, I saw a beautiful kitchen in Martha Stewart's magazine with a simple subway tile backsplash.  The photo inspired our choice.  Simple but classy.  It blends in with the rest of the colors and doesn't scream for attention.  I am really happy with our choice.

This was the last update in the kitchen.  I saw something similar on Pinterest (my new favorite thing- it's so inspiring!) and just had to make one for our house.  I had already been hanging the kids' art projects on this wall.  After all, I think it's important to display art in the home.  But the scotch tape didn't look all that nice.  This project fixed that right up.  We just finished hanging it on Sunday.

We are so happy with our new kitchen.  We may switch to black appliances at some point but we need a new roof first.  It will have to wait. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fun family photo session

I had the best time with this family at their photo shoot.  The kids were so fun- I think they get it from their parents.  :)

He loves his mama so much.  It gives me hope.  :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Jason got tickets to NASCAR from work.  Not just any tickets, we were in the suite.  We had access to the rooftop grandstands which was my favorite spot.  I wasn't too excited intially as I am not a NASCAR fan.  But Jason and I had the best time hanging out together.  I didn't take my camera so these are from Jason's phone. 

The view from the roof top grandstands.

Yes, we walked up the stairs.  Once.  (My legs were already sore from cycle class the day before.)  Suite pass holders were allowed elevator access.  We made sure to utilize it from then on.

I couldn't believe how many vehicles- especially RV's- were there.  The NASCAR drivers are very blessed to have such a huge, dedicated group of fans.  The energy was awesome!