Friday, July 21, 2017

Where oh where to catch up.  It has been a summer of travels and on the go!  We just got home from our last trip of the summer before school and wow it feels SO GOOD to be home.  I am a home body!  Just a few photos in complete random order for this journal entry of sorts.....



The Zoo!


Brigham City cherries....


The best DAD ever!



Super Man at his finest....





Kate's wedding....




I LOVE TO SET THE TABLE.  If I could....I would be a professional table setter.:)  





Father's day dinner table set.


Farmlands of Brigham City.....Utah






Last year but so darn cute....and patriotic....


My table on the 4th .....Of JULY





The best treat ever.  Our summer favorite.  Slightly grilled donut with strawberries and whip cream!


Long live Caitlin Wilson and her new Chinoiserie collection....



I discovered the best new store the day they were going out of business......but bought this lamp for a steal of a deal.  And lets talk about this beautiful bird dish that my friend Sara gave me from her Pennsylvania thrifting.  I LOVE IT!


Always has to be on the bird chair.....


I bought this Anthro chair when it went on sale and found this lamp shade that matches perfectly at home goods.  


My boys....


More pink and navy.....



Our new pet.....dog....name spotty.


Sunburned and worn out from summer fun....


It FEELS GOOD TO BE HOME!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some recent or somewhat recent pictures over the past couple of weeks...

Sunday best...



the cutest little baker...



and bakers.....you ever did see!


A baking class taught by a good friend and baker extraordinaire!


Sam...this pictures sums him up pre-haircut, post nose dive, and a pre mom nap!  Sam is Sam and we love him....that's all there is to say about that!

The Sumko girls before church.....


and one more for the books.....


I know this is old news....but I still LOVE silhouette's particularly of my kids.  When I found these black frames at Walmart of all places.....they were immediately added to my cart.  I love nothing more than walking through my front door with each of my kids on both sides:)   It's the little things.... 



Friday, June 2, 2017

Three things


1) It is really really hot here in Arizona, as in really!
2) Today was the first day in two weeks I pulled out my camera and goodness it makes me happy!  Editing pictures brings a smile ear to ear!
and 
3) Whoever says overalls aren't for women over the age of.....
has never worn them.  Because truly these overalls/jumpsuit is my favorite onesie YET! 


This morning I went to a really tough but great spin cycling class.  I am kind of loving a good exercise routine as of late.  I was with one of my really good friends.  The instructor who is tough kept yelling "gear up".  I looked at my friend in total pain and anguish....she looked at me and then wittingly she said  "well..... it is a good life mantra".  That phrase "gear up" has been with me the rest of the day and is one of the best summer mantras for a mother with school age kids off for the summer. 

Here we go......because it's going to be ride...summer that is.  Cath and her scooter is proof in the pudding!  I have boycotted all commitments with schedules involved this week....minus one meeting.  It has felt HEAVENLY.  All of my kids friends are up and running in camps and we just needed ONE WEEK of nothing!  The kids have stayed up later than they should, slept in, ate way to much cold cereal and pizza for their own good.  I have introduced paper plates to a whole new level of dining......and it has been fabulous.  

We got home from Pennsylvania almost a week ago.  It was a grand and nostalgic adventure.  My favorite part being with family and seeing dear dear friends!  It is a whole five posts worthy of thoughts and emotions associated with the trip.  A thoughtful time of life those 9 years living in the farmlands of PA.  

We are hunkering down and gearing up for our winter/summer in Arizona and it feels great to be here!

For the record Catherine is out of CONTROL on this little electric scooter.  We cleaned out our garage the other day.  The garage we never use....only for storage.... and in the back was this box.  We opened it up and I found one of Cath's missing Christmas presents.  Kind of embarrassing to admit.  However, this electric scooter has been the best thing for Cath since the invention of roller skates!






I really love a good onesie these days.  It must be indicative of me trying to grasp on to my youth.....or just trying to be comfortable....or possibly wishing I was the seven year old in gingham riding the scooter:)

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's all about perspective.

Today I went to the grocery for the after mother's day sale flowers.  They are always marked down after mothers day at the grocery store near me.  I was purchasing my loot and I noticed a particular berry that I especially love.  They were a dollar a bunch and I grabbed a bundle.  A lady nearby saw what I was doing stopped me and said "You know, those aren't going to bloom they are just going to stay the way they are."  I looked at her politely and said "thank you" and went my merry way with my large bundle of berries.  

I was reminded of perspective and perception.  What she thought was a waste, I saw as beauty!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I have had experiences with people lately reminding me how different perceptions can be! 

In fact this weekend I had a chance to hike the grand canyon with some girlfriends.  We were each on different fitness levels, and each have different physical attributes.  Every single one of us was stretched in a different way at a different time.  Even though we each had different strengths and weaknesses there was a common factor that got each of us out of that canyon.....grit and determination.  

Finding the common ground strengthened my friendships with these friends.  It also helped us to reach our goal.....to reach the top of the mountain we embarked.  We each got to the top our own way.  Some ran down at the beginning and were slower towards the end, some ran the entire way, some of us took it slow and steady the entire course of the way.  There was no exact right way to hike the canyon, it was personal.  We supported each other and grew closer despite our strengths and weaknesses.  Friendships were formed, and relationships bonded.    

We all have different perspectives that come from different experiences, backgrounds, and personalities in this life.  It is difficult and sometimes seems impossible to see another's point of view.  However, trying to understand another's perspective is exactly what we need to do to grow and to become better.  I am not always good at this.  In fact at times and in some relationships it is the most difficult task at hand......to understand.  However, I see the validity in trying.  I want to be better.  I have a desire to see others more clearly from a different perspective. 

These berries are as beautiful to me as any blooming flower!