Wonder Weekend


My oldest nephew turned six and we all got together for a super hero party in the park. 

Jax wore this:

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Wonder Woman! Lookout Linda Carter РWonder Woman Jax is taking over.

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OMGoodness! Have you ever seen anything so stinkin’ cute in your entire life?

Doubtful!

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Jax’s favorite auntie, Sarah, made an appearance as Cat Woman.

cute cat woman

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Grandma Gloria was only days out of the hospital from her second knee replacement in as many months. Wonder Woman Jax worked her super powers and made GG feel better!

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Wonder Woman Jax tending to a fallen party guest (she was actually trying to steal the little girl’s purse).

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The Guest of Honor. My adorable nephew, Gabriel, celebrating being six dressed as “Shredder.” Who the heck is that?

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Wonder Woman took a break from fighting crime to take her crown off, let her hair down and enjoy a bag of chips.

18 Months of Awesome


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My love bug is 18 months old today. A year and a half – I can’t even believe it!

  • 18 months of hanging out with the coolest chick I know.
  • 18 months of super sass packed in an adorable package.
  • 18 months of sleeping within two feet of the sweetest thing in the world. I have never slept apart from her, never even slept in another room then the one she was in.
  • 18 months of waking up to the most radiant smile and the happiest cooing. In 18 months I can’t recall a time when she woke up in the morning anything but cheerful and excited to start her day.

At 18 months old my bug weighs 30 pounds! My sweet, sweet chubette. She has too many teeth for me to count! If I try she bites my finger, that sticker!

She loves to babble endlessly. She clearly says “mama,” “dada,” “mommy,” “daddy,” “bye,” “hi,” “ball,” “no,” “caca” and “bus.” And has her own special way of saying “please” (bee or bees), “thank you” (ti too), “pizza” (pee-ta), “pasta” (pa-ta), “noodle” (nu-no), “Jax” (dah). Listening to her talk is one of my biggest joys and I love teaching her new words. I know I am leaving out at least a dozen other things she says. She is a chatter box!

She’s so awesome. So outgoing and fun. My days are never boring.

When I look at her I still see such a baby. My baby. Always.

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Jax hijacked this quad ride-on from a two year-old boy at the park. She loved it. I see a pink one in her future.

A Spot of Tea


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Over the weekend I treated my little sister to a girl’s day having high tea at the beautiful Phoenician Resort. She loved it and I enjoyed seeing her happiness over being included in such a fancy treat. The Phoenician’s high tea is fabulous – an robust tea selection, adorably delicious sandwiches, yummy scones with delightful accompaniments and decadent desserts all presented with top-notch service in a stunning and luxurious setting. There is nothing like it in town!

It was funny to get dressed up and enjoy the company of a giddy eight year-old girl. I think we will make this an annual tradition, me and my sis kicking off the new year with the dainty indulgence of high tea. It will be fun to include Jacquelyn when she is old to enough to sit still and appreciate the experience.

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First course: lovely, little sandwiches served on beautiful china. The great thing about tiny sandwiches is you can eat a bunch of them and not feel guilty. On second thought, maybe that is a bad thing…I may have eaten the equivalent of three sandwiches.

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The second course: scones served with strawberry preserves, lemon curd and Devonshire cream. The scones are my favorite part of tea service, mostly because of the Devonshire cream. I want to visit Devonshire and thank them for their cream.

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Third course: PASTRIES! Notice there are eight desserts on my plate, yup eight! You may think that high tea is a dainty and delicate affair but you are wrong. I guess you could practice self-control and choose just one or two desserts to cap off your high tea experience…but why would you? The servers recommend having one of each of the offerings. High tea is after all a refined affair so you don’t want to be rude and scoff at their suggestion. Manners state that you should indulge and indulge I did.

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I think loose tea is a wonderful thing. Especially when steeped in a lovely china teapot and poured into a china teacup through a cute silver tea sieve.

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This was our view while we took tea. It was a gorgeous day in Phoenix. A sunny 74 degrees in early January. People were actually swimming! I love Phoenix winters.

Goodbye, 2013


Wow! What a year. It’s hard to believe how fast it came and went. Here are the highlights of my 2013:

Motherhood: Jacquelyn was born last year but 2013 was my first full year as a mother. Being her mama is the best gift I have ever been graced with. The lessons I have learned this year have been many — lessons in faith, love, hope, patience, understanding and miracles. All shown to me by a tiny being who thinks I am the most wonderful person in the world, whose eyes light up when she sees me. I hope someday she will know how brilliantly she lights up my life and that I am eternally in her debt for all she has taught me and the person she has made me become in the course of a year – 2013.

Marriage: Earlier this year the foundation of my (almost 3 year) marriage was rocked to it’s core. My husband and I faced a crossroad and we were on the brink of continuing down separate paths. It is painful to type that because it was very real and terrifying. But I consider it a highlight because it didn’t happen and nothing can compare to the moment of enlightenment that comes to you when you realize that that you are loved, and needed and in the exact place where you should be. In 2013 I realized that that place is by my husband’s side, living the life we have created together.

This Blog: I started this blog because I love to write, I always have. In first grade I won a writing contest with my submission of a story about bears. In high school I was on the yearbook committee and newspaper staff, same for college. My adult life has been filled with a career where writing earned me a paycheck but I happily left my career behind to be a stay-at-home mom. But I still have the itch and that coupled with my penchant to over share everything has led me here. Starting a blog was actually one of my 2013 resolutions. So of course, it’s here as a highlight of my year. Yay Baby has introduced me to new friends and new ideas and keeps my creative juices flowing. I have much planned for this blog and I can’t wait to dive in deeper. It’s fun. Thank you for being here to read it.

Cheers to a wonderful year – full of lessons, love, hardships, triumphs, friends, and beginnings.

Welcome, 2014, may your blessings be plentiful to all.

Be safe. Be happy.