I have been saving these photos to share for 2 months.
I don’t have the energy to be melodramatic and express how insanely busy my life currently is.
Self induced, organized? chaos.
So instead of all that, I thought I would share my photos and we can take a moment just to breath and think happy thoughts. We don’t take nearly enough of those kinds of moments.
I made these Junkmail/magazine snowflakes and hung them in January to add bright winter cheer.
We took a trip to Ben’s Bells and painted beads.
Conrad’s note he wrote for Newtown, CT.
We launched more rockets. Everybody got a turn to launch their own.
I love my life.
The are from when Keegan came to visit, before shipping out to Germany.
Jeremia loves grossing me out, and this definitely did.
We had a lot of fun with this mural.
Conrad beginning to build a masterpiece.
Ami, and Jeremia working together to make tunnels for ping pong balls to shoot out of.
Keeg and his friend Nick playing with the caterpillar tree.
Look at all of the Keegan faces to eat!
These boys are the greatest! So much fun was had by all!
Even though I wish with every fiber of my being that we had grass, or the time/money it will take to create a lawn, I still dig our backyard, especially on a cloudy day
I love our trees.
From a sunny, rainy day.
Playing in the rain is so much fun!
I adore it when they are sweet to each other.
I love my sister!
This is the volume knob on the headphones in the library. All I see is a happy monkey.
This is what I look like when I accidentally lock myself out of my house, but am lucky enough to have my phone to call hubby, and to amuse myself with by taking photos until hubby saves me.
This is what confused wuppy looks like, when she just wants me to come in already and pet her.
This is a real, live caterpillar that looks like bird poop. It turns into a Swallowtail butterfly.
An instagram collage.
Some lovely butterflies at the Desert Museum. I want to get that kind of milkweed in our front yard. It was COVERED with these beauties.
Until next time
Not to brag or anything, but Der and I have the best kids!
I love them so.
Through thick and thin.
Insert cliche about how they grow too damn fast.
I love catching him smile!
I’m one lucky gal!
Back in October I got a lovely email from a woman, Celeste, who had just discovered Simplywe. She said she shared a love of heart rocks and wanted to send me a little something. I shared my address with her and eagerly awaited my mail. I love getting fun mail!…who doesn’t?! Shortly after I got a small package and was thrilled to see the most beautiful gifts.
The boys and I investigated and discussed these gorgeous shells for a long time. My favorite is the orange one.
Apparently where Celeste and her family live there is a beach that is covered with sharks teeth. They have jars of them! The boys were thrilled we could add these to our “natural oddities” collection.
And finally, she added these beauties to my heart rock collection. I love them so!
Do yourself a favor and go check out Celeste’s super cool, fun, and beautiful blog www.thewelchfamily.org you’ll be glad you did! She home-schools and does fantastic things with her kids…like the other day they dissected sharks! I want to go to that school!
These are from November! Some were shared on FB. I apologize for the tardiness and for the double-share.
My heart bursts with joy knowing Keegan is finding his path.
He was home for a 2 week visit, before being sent to Germany. We talk every other day, or so. He seems happier than he’s ever been.
He hates smiling for photos, but I tickled him and he couldn’t hold his straight face.
I sent copies of this one out with our Christmas cards. I’ve never done that before, but it’s such a great shot of all of us together.
No trip to Phoenix would be complete without Chicago Hamburger Company! Sliders and cheese fries! YUM!
Jeremia is very proud of his big brother and looks super cute in his uniform.
We did some family bowing.
Jeremia showed us how to do Gangnam Style while holding bowling balls.
We played with my camera phone in between turns.
I wish it wasn’t so grainy. I LOVE this shot. Seriously the cutest photo bomber ever.
I LOVE my family!
We were playing a cool monster/dice/drawing game while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful Pinetop weather. You roll a die 6 times and draw the corresponding monster body parts. I know this is where I should show you the finished monsters, but I don’t have photos of them. I do encourage you to go draw your own though. Find the printable here.
Boy that sun sure was bright!
Two things you should know about Ami are he loves ducks, and he almost always has food on his shirt, face, or both.
Ignore the glaring sun and smile boys
No trip up north would be complete without roasting marshmallows for s’mores.
Or as Ami likes to call it, “fishing for marshmallows”.
Notice the food on his face, but to be fair, I think we all had food on our face at this point.
This photo made me do a double take when I downloaded it. Even though I took it and I knew Keegan wasn’t on our trip, I thought this was Keeg at first…and then I realized it was our man-boy Jeremia. No matter how much you think you are soaking up your kids when they are young, it’s never enough, they still always grow too fast.
Trail riding together as a family was so much fun.
Der taught the boys to skip rocks at a little watering hole. We saw bear tracks right at the waters edge.
Conrad and I missed the memo telling us that is was green T-shirt day.
We rented a cabin/house in Pinetop/Lakeside last week. Here are some photos from the drive there…sorry if you’ve already seen some of them on FB.
Is this some sort of rose? They look like baby apples with green crowns.
The shot below is a closeup of the flowers in the above shot.
Ahhhhh….nature, how I love thee! Oh and Instagram, I love thee too!