More important than speed…

I tend to move at feverish speeds – it’s how I’m able to get so much done. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how fast I move if it’s not in the right direction. I’m really trying to focus on direction.

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You’re the Cherry on top Valentine…

You're the cherry on top Valentine

I came across these darling cherries on the website The House that Lars Built. I originally suggested Hallie do some cute emoji valentines until she informed me that emojis were no longer cool. Noted. She didn’t have any idea of what she wanted, just what she didn’t. I happened to show her these darling cherries and she suddenly had an opinion. This is what she wanted to make. Then the thought of making those for her 32 classmates didn’t seem like such a great idea. But she had her mind made up – luckily they were easier than I imagined and they were done in no time.

You're the cherry on top Valentine

You're the cherry on top Valentine

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Hot Air Balloon…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Out of my three kids in elementary school and one kid in preschool – Hallie was the only one that needed to provide a box for Valentine’s day – and even then it was optional. She’s in her last year at the school and I thought maybe she would feel too old to do a cutesy box. She told me just before leaving for Mexico she wanted to create something. After a search on pinterest she landed on the hot air balloon.

This afternoon was spent bringing that vision to life. The worst part was while we were cutting out the balloons Hallie said, “Mom – does it make you really sad knowing that you’ll never get to do this again with your daughter?” She was smirking when she said it, but it made me stop in my cutting. She was right. My boys are not going to want to make cutesy bumble bees or gumball machines or popcorn buckets or hot air balloons. In fact when making a box in their class is optional they choose the decorated paper sack. I really will miss these projects with her; she knows how to cut me deep! 😉

Back to the hot air balloon! We took 8 sheets of 12×12 paper and cut them into a balloon shape. We used spray glue to attach them together. The balloon portion is being held up by 4 dowels (wrapped in red and white wrapping paper) that were notched so the paper balloon actually sits in the dowel. The dowels were attached to the side of the basket with some twine. It was the perfect final-valentines-box-project.

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

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Mexico…part 1…

We spent the latter part of last week at our happy place in Mexico surrounded by amazing friends. What is hard to believe is that we are just four hours from here! We get to enjoy an empty beach, authentic food and the sun always looks better setting over an ocean. With 29 kids between the families – there was never a dull moment. There was also rarely a quiet moment!

We were fortunate to have a few warm days and only one chilly day. (Which didn’t stop us from hanging out on the beach until the sun started to set – it just meant we were bundled up in sweatshirts one day.)

This was Briggs’ third time at the beach and each time we go it gets a little easier with him. He was happy playing in the sand and rarely needed to be held. He played hard and slept well and woke up every morning saying “beach”. He’s converted.

This is a vacation that pleases everyone from old to young. Is it too early to start planning our next trip down?

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

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We’re a zoo…

We made our annual visit to the zoo over Christmas break which was made ten times more fun by going with friends (who also have the Pogo pass = which allows us to entertain our kids all year round!)

I think part of the reason why the zoo is just an annual event and not more frequent is the fact that it’s not a great zoo. I’ve been to some cool zoos – in fact we had annual passes when we lived in Milwaukee. But we live in a desert and our zoo definitely represents that. It’s not pretty. It’s a lot of walking in-between seeing displays which makes you lose interest fast. Often times it’s hot and the animals are either inside or lying down. You get the picture – if you’re ever visiting, the PHX zoo should be lower on the list of things to do.

But we make sure to enjoy it the best we can once a year. Besides – our kids don’t have a lot to compare it to so they think it’s just fine!

Every kid looked at the map and chose the animal that was must see for them. We meandered through the park until every kid was satisfied (and we still didn’t see everything!). Even then we were there for almost 2 1/2 hours.

With that many kids we are our own special kind of zoo!

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