Tuesday, November 14, 2017







Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sometimes it takes getting hit hard with a bad cold to stop dead in your tracks.....and call it a day at 8:00 am.  That is me today.  The weather has been cooling down to dreamy temperatures, activities and life has been unusually busy!  I have been going, going, gone!  Till today......actually last night....it hit me.  

It is time to slow my life down.  Things need to change around here so that I am able to focus on first things first.  I feel like I have been so busy lately trying to do worthwhile things, that the most worthwhile things have been slipping.  Honesty, is a good place to start. 

This day of literally stopping in my tracks forced to due to a cold has has been a good reminder.  I need to slow down, seek first things first, and be present MORE!  I say that slightly laughing thinking my kids will be home in five minutes, homework, dance, volleyball, and church meetings are calling my name tonight.  

However a few moments of silence, sleeping, reading, and eating comfort foods with no intention of being productive has been THE BEST!  

We have two more weeks till Thanksgiving and I am trying hard not to be trunky for Christmas!  Enjoying the moment and focusing on fall!  The fall season is much different than most of the country here in Arizona, but we have our own traditions and "feel" in the air.  The cotton fields in full bloom, the smell of crisp cool desert air, days getting shorter, people coming out from hibernation walking the streets.  All in all we love it!  We are outside pretty much constantly, eating, playing at the park and just being OUTSIDE!!  

Life is full.....and full of challenges.  However a full life with challenges brings happiness when committed to the right things.  Good, better, best......I need to re-read that talk!



  A little fall vignette with recently thrifted candlesticks found in Sedona ......

Moving things around trying to hold on to fall decorating just a tad longer!  




Thursday, October 26, 2017

I had a friend send me a location ten minutes from my house letting me know about these beautiful cotton fields about to be harvested for the season.  Arizona has a big cotton industry.  I made an executive decision and yesterday morning just after sunrise the Sumko girls went for an escapade.  

I have been meaning to take pictures for Catherine's baptism for a while now, and this was just the opportunity.  Here are a few from our little morning out!  











I haven't even looked through them all yet, but surely loved this setting!!



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LOVE the morning light that pours into my home these "fallish" days in Arizona.  Fall is relative by  its definition here in Arizona. Came upon this quote I love...."Do what  you can, where  you are, with what you have.....keep it simple."



Fresh pumpkins are my FAVORITE!  Wish whipping up a pumpkin dessert was as easy as this below....


A fall floral arrangement in a beautiful and special pot that was gifted from a special person in my life!  LOVE it so much!  



My latest pinterest try....that turned out to be a success and used!  A hula hoop spray painted and adorned with foliage hung as a chandelier or as a wreath decoration of sorts.  





Monday, September 25, 2017

Catherine turned eight this weekend.  The time crept up on us.  We having been thinking for weeks of something fun for her birthday party.  I bought some really cute rifle fabric a while back.  The fabric sparked the theme.....Allison Wonderland.  Catherine who is game for all things bright, and pink was completely on board.  

I originally was planning to keep it really simple and the concept was.  However, an idea to have a guest appearance by a mad hatter popped into my head one night as I was talking to Mike.  MIKE WAS the PERFECT candidate to be the character!  

After some persuasion....the party was solidified.  Alice in Wonderland theme with a visit from the mad hatter, and a Dad who set up the projector outside so we could watch the movie after the tea party on the trampoline.  

Dad was the champ of the night, and Catherine was the princess.  I just got to set the table, throw together a few flowers, place some ribbon and walla.  It was FUN!!!

















It turned out just  the way we were hoping. I ended up crafting up some hats with modge podge, and they turned out to be my personal favorite part of the decor and night.   It was my escape from reality for a few hours here and there.  Something about working with my hands that takes my mind away to happy spots.

One of my favorite parts of these types of parties is how excited and involved THE ENTIRE family is.  This past party Alyssa was helping me set things up and was responsible for the Mad Hatters makeup, Mikey was recording his voice for when the girls all entered the "tea room", Sammy was trying to find a bunny so he could pretend he was the rabbit.  Catherine was over the top with micro managing affairs with the hats, the tabletop, and the cake!  It was as if I had a project manager every step of the way.  It was definitely a family affair.  




Monday, September 18, 2017

photos lately....

One of my VERY favorite things to do.

Turn up my Pandora Mumford and Sons radio and edit photos!  

A few cute ones as of late......


I especially love these of this darling adopted baby of one of our dear family friends!  SHE IS SO CUTE!  I love this family that she was adopted into so much!





Another friends darling family I got to take some photos of.....




And this sweet litttle baby boy!!



I have few more  minutes of quiet before the kids come crashing through the front door with backpacks and papers, and yelling to do's for the day.  My full time job of motherhood vamps up in about 20 more minutes.  Until then I needed to write down some thoughts.  

This past weekend was good.  A typical fall weekend.  It is all relative the feelings of fall here in Arizona and not to be judged by the weather.:)  However, even just a slight cool down makes a BIG difference and it feels a tinge of change in the air that brings fall nostalgia.  

Alyssa got braces this past Monday.  Boy does she make braces look good.  She really does!  I am impressed at her calm nature and non complaining spirit!  



We went to football games, had volleyball practice, cleaned the house, weeded the yard.  All things I remember so clearly growing up.  This weekend at church we had a unique meeting of sorts.  Our entire ward focused this summer on reading the Book of Mormon.  It was a reading marathon of sorts.  

At the end of yesterday I felt a calm a peace and a happiness.  I felt like I put a lot into this weekend, and activities involved with my family, and with church.  It is amazing when I am centered on these two things, how happy and how much life makes sense.  It is the small and simple....it really is.  I didn't travel anywhere exotic, our date night consisted of a late night Walmart run, but it was good because it was exactly what I knew I was suppose to be doing.  

Life is most peaceful when I do what I know I should be doing.  When my time is focused on things that I should be focusing on.  This weekend was a reminder for me of this!