Saturday, July 25, 2015

This Week

This week was busy.... but good.  We hired someone to finish painting our walls that have been left undone for the last two years.  And this same painter will be starting on our cabinets this week!!  I'm so excited to have them painted.  I've been wanting to do this forever!  Can't wait.  Now to find some fun knobs.  I'm so tempted to paint the inside of each cabinet a different color, but I'm pretty sure Merrill may not approve.  My other thought is to line the back of them instead with some wrapping paper patterns or something and just paint the inside white instead?  But the problem with painting the inside is sometimes the dishes stick - so I'm on the fence.  Then Kat and I hosted Ginger - Merrill's sister's babyshower.  It turned out really cute and I think everyone had a good time.  Thankfully my mom came to the rescue and helped me clean and get the house ready.  Here are some pictures

 Don't know why but I thought it would be cheap and easy to do some of my own flower arrangements.  I had a bunch of gold vases left over from a Relief Society activity I was going to donate to Goodwill, but it worked with the colors and thought I would put them to good use.  Well, these flowers started to add up, but oh they were so pretty and fun to put together.  Makes me want to open a little flower shop.  I love how flowers smell!  And I'm now a big fan of mini roses and those wax flowers.

 Merrill's Mom and my Mom helping out

 And here are some before pictures of the cabinets which will undergo their make over

And finally some more flower inspiration for my collection

And this one jumped in front of the camera - love this kid

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Castles & Coasters

 I would have to say one of the highlights on our trip was going to Castles and Coasters.  I went once I thin when I was 10 or something.  Since it was on the pogo pass we decided to check it out.  It was pretty fun.  The lines were short since it was still kind of hot out, but not bad at all once the sunset.  We got to do things over and over again which was nice.  Having gone here makes we want to go to Disneyland.  It was nice they had so many rides Max could go on and wasn't scared off.  He isn't a fan of anything that looks like it goes hi or super fast.  Gokarts were probably his favorite. Or goofy golf.  While Merrill and I loved the Sky Dive.... which reminded me of tower of terror (my favorite ride ever). I told Max once he is older and wants to go on roller coasters etc we would take a trip to Disney.  In the meantime we will stick to other entertainment less expensive.


After the park closed, which was the latest we have ever let Max stay up, there was an In  & Out Burger right across the street and Max said - Can I have a hamburger.  We were all thirsty and craving a snack so way not.  Just glad eating burgers and fries at 10:30 at night is not something we ever do.  But it sure was fun.  Most these pictures are from our instagram account and I just like how they fit so nicely as squares.... Here are some others that didn't quite make the cut....

Monday, July 20, 2015

Staycation Part 2

 After the first 3/4 days of being gone from home I was ready to head back.  I love taking a break but at the same time I love the routines I have in place and a sense of structure to my days.  We did end up coming home a day early which was nice.  We finished up our stay with a bike ride around Tempe Town Lake.  I am convinced that we need to start taking bikes on our trips now.  It's just so much fun.  I can't tell you how many people commented on Max's bike attachment.  It got lots of praise.

 Merrill was so sweet and suggested I go out and do something nice for myself.  I said I did need a hair cut and I found a place that did walk ins.  It turned out pretty good - although I'm not sure about the middle part - I go back and forth on that.  The length I realized will require some more effort than I typically like doing.  But overall it's fun to try something new.

 We decided to take our bikes down Mill Ave and got some ice cream at Sparky's creamery.  Oh those waffle cones looked so good!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Staycation Arizona Part 1

I'm torn about staycations.  There are pros and cons to them that is for sure.  Overall it was nice to get away as a family and do some fun activities.  We spent most days using up items on our pogo passes.  The best parts of the trip  hands down were our bike rides and trying new places to eat at. To start off the week right we went on a hike up Camelback Mountain.  Can't wait till it cools down and go some more.  Thankfully it was overcast making the hike much more bearable.  We went on the most glorious bike ride through this amazing bike path in Scottsdale.  I had no idea what a great path it was.... it went on forever.

A pretty nature picture to add to my doodle inspiration

 Max's bottom tooth has been loose for quite some time and here it had reached its maximum wiggle.  Can you guess which tooth it is?

 And then just like that - it came out one day.... I was so excited I grabbed my camera but Max was hiding.... not sure if he was embarrassed with how his smile looked now that a tooth was gone?  Once Merrill and I explained we both lost teeth too he eased up on the picture taking.  Poor kid looks so tired in this picture.  Funny thing is the very next day he said the tooth right next to the one that came out is loose too

I've been wanting to take Max to build a bear and this kind of worked out great with loosing his tooth.  He ended up picking out "toothless" for his animal of choice and it hasn't left his side yet.