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Photo A Day?

Thinking about just posting a photo a day….maybe.  How’s that for noncommital?

This is the view from the stone house at the end of the Stone House Trail in the Tucson Mountain foothills.

*Bonus photo:  My fellow hikers-cozy at the hearth.

*Bonus, bonus photo:  Ami compares his height to this saguaro.

I couldn’t stop at 1.  Clearly I have no self control.

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Neglect

It’s been soooo long since my last post, but rather than dwell on that, let’s look at some recent-ish photos!

Hummingbird eggs!  Right outside our front door!!!

Sadly, one didn’t hatch.  Happily, one did!

It’s really hard to get a good photo without disturbing the wee-one.

Check out the amazing craftsmanship on that nest!  I never knew hummingbirds use spider web to hold their nests in place.  I read that the web makes the nest have elasticity so it stretches as the baby grows!  Nature.Is.Amazing!

See it’s tiny little beak pointed straight up?

We spotted this big guy while hiking.  He was VERY handsome!

We have had SOOO many rainbows lately!  I see signs of Benny everywhere.

Jeremia found a heart nugget.  Then he tried to pout when his brothers wanted their pics taken too.

He couldn’t hold is sad face, and we all ended up laughing.  

Good times!

Some of the beauties we grew this summer.

 

This statue is made entirely of bike chain.  Conrad had a great time pretending it had him trapped.

My BFF!  I think he’s swell!

I love our adventures, big and small.

Why? Because, heads are cool!

This boot was out in the boonies. It made me smile.  I hope it does you too.

That concludes this episode of, whatever this was, thanks for tuning in.

Feeling ever-so-slightly less neglectful.

 

 

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Hello

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.

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Photos from Tucson Children’s Museum 11/12

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!

 

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Random Photos, that took me forever to finally share

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

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I Like These Guys A Whole Lot

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!

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Simple Kindness

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!

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