Thursday, October 16, 2014

fall getaway.










this past weekend we were fortunate enough to take a wee break from the pretend fall weather in phoenix to visit some real chill just a few hours away. north and east, we headed to a charming little area in payson called christopher creek. it was just perfect. a camping feel but with a tiny cabin and kitchen; a playful little creek footsteps away, a wild visiting squirrel mikey was all too amused with, an adorable little playground,and a sky full of stars to gaze at wrapped up in coats and winter hats. 
they had a go with fishing as well nearby; although it really wasnt fishing. the easy kind where youre guaranteed a fish. back in phoenix we cooked it up for dinner and felt refreshed to be back; all the while really wishing we had a good week there to escape reality a bit. 
feeling truly thankful to live in city where such beauty is just hours away!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

key lime pie.

whats that you say? key lime pie? why but of course. because it is always a good idea, and i somehow let it slip away and never made it this summer so i was feeling jipped. 
oh me oh my i do love pie and so while i pretty much have zero time on my hands lately, i always seem to find a way to sneak in baking. it is an unexplainable treasure God gave us, never ceasing to amazing me. 
sorry i don't have a recipe to share, but im sure you have one you love already. 
and now we will be moving on to pumpkin and apple shortly. but for now, im thinking this easy chocolate cake sounds like a good idea. 
{fellow whip cream lover} 

{drawing fanatic and avid colorer}

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

and just like that.

 our baby is two months. ruby 6 and in first grade, dec 4 and in preschool, mikey 2 and home with mom and francie pantsy. 

note the above face by ruby: comprable to how mom feels most of the time. declan, always up to no good...looking for something to take apart. mikey, wild man mcgee...and yet so very serious. frances, just taking it all in...looking for a moment to just talk and smile!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Frances Marie




our sweet teeny tiny little Frances Marie Agnes finally arrived July 10th at 8:41pm, weighing in at 8lbs. 1ou. A chubby cheek champ. we are incredibly happy to be home and all back together...getting ready for a week at the beach! Praise God for a healthy delivery. 
Feeling rather blessed and in awe of God's creation. 
Ruby is obviously feeling the joy of a new sister and the boys are gitty over their new girl. Welcome to the world little Franny!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

two!





{dot and mikey diggin into some birthday ice cream}

So the big two arrived for little Mikey this past month. We had a nice early celebration with his cousin Dot at GiGi's and they both were the cutest on their little scooters. always a good time swimming and running around with cousins. 
His real birthday was rather simple....donuts for breakfast and lots of animals (his new favorite thing). animals, guys, any figurine goes with him all over the house. even to bed. best part? stepping on them in the carpet. 
mikey we love you so! happy 'tewww'!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

looking back.



looking back at old, or not really that old, beach photos i was overwhelmed with gratitude for what we have in this big family of ours. every summer we are truly blessed to reunite the cousins into what feels like a week of one big party. swimming, eating, more eating, hippo cookies, giggles, baseball on the beach, talent shows, and cousins just getting to be together. it really is amazing, and i am just so incredibly thankful. 
boy i can not wait to be back there soon. the more the merrier! pretty soon we're going to need to rent our own beach. ha!

camp.


off to the first day of sports/summer camp. good thing its only one week, b/c i miss these guys already. they are just too much. 
good thing i know they are probably having the time of their lives shooting arrows, swimming and playing any number of sports. dec is one proud backpack wearing dude. 
so for one week its going to be really quiet around here. just me and mike.