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Happy 2nd Birthday Simplywe!

I’m supposed to be doing my homework, so naturally I am using this time to check my email, fb and simplywe.  And though I wish I was still doing my homework and didn’t have the attention span of a gnat, I’m glad I checked because I almost missed Simplywe’s birthday!  SW came to be 2 years ago today!

I have been so busy with everything else in my life, I didn’t plan anything.  This should be where I put a montage of some of my favorite photos, but if I get lost in looking at old photos now, I’ll never do my homework.  I must fight the procrastination…clearly I am not as successful as I would like.

So instead I will share hiking photos, and a few from my solo trip to Prescott.

I took all of these with my iPhone, as I sent my Canon to Keegan in Germany.  I think he will get more use out of it than I will, since I haven’t used it in months.  The iPhone is so much more convenient.

These 1st 3 are from my trip to Prescott.

It rained and rained and rained the whole time I was there, mostly misty rain.  It was beautiful.  The fog was intense.  This fog was at 4 in the afternoon.

This one is from the hike we took at orientation.  How many colleges go on a hike as part of orientation?  I think I have chosen wisely.

The other weekend Der and I took a 5.2 mile hike in Tucson Mountain Park.

These are from our new favorite part of the park.

I don’t know why this one is so grainy, but I sure do love that guy!

The small upcropping of buildings, in the far off distance, is downtown Tucson.

Der and I make a good hiking team.

The rest of these are from various hiking trips.

Bug loves her hikes.

I’ve painted several batches of rocks and left them in random places on the trail.

I like to imagine the finders curious smile when they wonder who did that.

Happy Birthday Simplywe!

I heart Tucson!



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Candlelighters Camp 2012

I am really tempted to whine about all of the things that need to get done and the lack of time to do them in, but isn’t that most everyone’s reality?!  We all keep chugging, tick one thing off the list at a time, and each item checked off is quickly replaced by 1 or 2 more things.  Insert big sigh here.

So anyway here are some photos from Candlelighters camp-3days later than I had planned.

We were lucky enough to have my cousin Stacey and her daughter Piper come along.  I am so glad they came.  We like them a lot!

The sparkle in Ami’s eyes makes me happy.

I think Jeremia had the ropes course gear on more often than not.  We didn’t see much of him except at meal times and bedtime, because he was off with the other kids his age having adventures.

All the boys got a chance to climb the rock wall, but we were only lucky enough to catch Conrad doing it.  We were off doing circle time with the other grown ups when Ami and Jeremia gave it a go.

He wasn’t nervous at all.

He struggled at first, but once he got the hang of it, there was no stopping him.

He climbed all the way to the top and rang the bell!

The most extraordinary Amy Tidwell was in attendance and shared her gift of face painting.  She has mad skill and puts her all into it.

Amy had a very long line of kids patiently waiting their turns.

Coolest dragon ever!

I got to hold Piper while she had Dora painted on.  She was so good and held super still.

Conrad’s army guy was supremely cool.

Then we were off to the archery range.

Later I snuck off to see if Amy had finished painting all of the kids faces so I could have a turn.

We had a nice little chat while she painted these adorable owls.  Then it was time to pack up and go home.

Der took these pics after we got home.

We had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

Cancer ripped an irreparable hole in our family, but it also bore immeasurable gifts in the form of opportunities to have fantastic experiences and chances to meet amazing people.  It is an inexplicable thing to hate something so thoroughly, yet be full of gratitude for the gifts it brings.

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Hot Damn, It’s The Hoover Dam!



Wind turbine blades?  We are pretty sure that’s what they are.

Those puppies have got to cost a small fortune to make, transport and install.  They offered us a quick opportunity to talk about alternative energy sources and tied in nicely with the trip to Hoover Dam that same day.

Almost there.



We talked about what it must have been like to be dangling over the edges, so high up, building something so massive. How terrifying yet exciting it must have been to work on the enormous project.




The views were amazing.


We were pleasantly surprised to find the residents Hoover Dam were posing for photos on the way out.


We scared all but one of these Big Horn Sheep away.



Tomorrow: Vegas

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Tucson Children’s Museum

Our friend Brooke sent us free passes!  Thanks Brooke!

Children’s museums are awesome!  TCM has tons of cool stuff!  It’s like a giant playfest.

There’s a real police motorcycle and the front half of an old fire engine, both have functioning lights and sirens and costumes to go with them.  JP right before he took his turn on the motorcycle.  He was so happy to be there and very eager to get his picture taken.  That was a pleasant surprise for me.

This wall is amazing!  It a bunch up PVC tubes with magnets on them so they can be positioned to make a path for plastic golf balls.  It’s right up my boys alley.  They played with this for a good half hour before other kids came along and they let them have their turn.


And I wish I had a better shot of this.  These are shelves recessed into to walls.  I simply love the look with the frames.  I wish I had space to do this in my house.

Life size game of operation=awesome!

I love Ami’s socks.

Conrad really had a lot of fun in the market area.  He play shopped and prepared this little feast long after Ami and Jeremia had lost interest and moved on.

JP was seeing how much he could make me laugh while pretending to be a vet.

He is quite the character and had me rolling.

And outside!  Can you believe it?!  How amazeballs is this? Huge tinker toys!  I say YES please and thanks!

He’s been drinking milk.

The boys worked as a team to make this cool fort. It was a fun way to keep the kids engaged for a few hours.



















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