Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swim Time...

My favorite time to take the kids out to the pool is just after dinner.
• The pool is shaded at that time which means we can skip the sun screen lathering.
• Steve is around to help entertain the kids in the pool and he has an endless supply of pool games/activities.
• Swimming before bedtime is just enough to wear them all out!
Bennett makes it approximately 15 minutes before he's too much to handle and we put him to bed. But he's all smiles for 13 of those minutes! That swimcap cracks me up every time I see her in it and she wears it every time she's in the pool. She doesn't wear it because she thinks its cool or that she will one day be an olympic star. No, I'm the one that forces the swimcap. Brushing through her long tangled hair after swimming is enough to make one crazy.

It used to be a huge fight and there were tears on both sides. I dreaded allowing her in the pool because I knew what would follow.

Now, its easy peasy! Of course, whenever we're with a group swimming she's the only one wearing a cap and she starts to question why she has to wear one. She quickly changes her tune when I remind her of how awfully tangled and green her hair becomes! I tell her when she can brush through her hair herself she can skip the cap. Or if she would prefer a shorter hairstyle. Neither option has transpired!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Teach them young...

This is what Saturdays look like around our house (sometimes we get our kids out of pajamas, but not always!): The blower is nearly larger than Hallie herself - in fact, Steve has to help hold it up in the back so she doesn't topple over backwards.

She begs every Saturday morning to help with the yard work. She knows very well, a morning of yard work equals a trip to Circle K for drinks with dad, plus the blower is pretty fun to use.

Hunter tries to get in on the action as well, anything for a Gatorade! Picking up oranges is way below his level. Instead he insists on operating the lawn mower, which is two times his height. He loves making circles with the lawn mower as he giggles with delight.

Right now it's more work than it's worth, but hopefully all this training will pay off when Steve doesn't have to do the lawns anymore!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meal Planning...

Everyone has their own system as far as meal planning goes. And some don't have a system at all and it works flawlessly for them. I, however, am a systems person and over the years have done many things to try and make dinner run smoothly. Over time I learned some things really worked well and others did not. For example: I could eat the same seven meals every week of the year. This would eliminate any meal planning and streamline my food storage needs. My husband would die at the thought of eating the same seven meals, he needs variety!

So, to meet his need for a variety of foods, but my need to know in advance what we're eating I came up with this system.

I chose six categories of food that our family enjoys. Within these categories I listed meal examples. (Anytime I come across a new recipe that looks enticing I place it in its respected category, or it gets thrown into All-American!)

Once a week I sit down with my weekly calendar and I write in what day we will be eating what category. After looking through the grocery ads I get a better of idea of what is on sale and what meal within the category we will be eating.

I do my grocery shopping based on this plan.

During the week it is nice knowing what we are eating on any given day, but with complete flexibility. Sometimes, my husband is craving a certain category and I easily swap category days. I know to cook meals that offer the most leftovers on Monday or Tuesday so Steve has lunch options throughout the week.

There is one day that is the same category every week. Friday is pizza night. We make pizza. We buy pizza and cook it our house. We buy take out pizza. Depends on the week, but never failing, we eat Pizza on Fridays.

It's a pretty easy system that is impossible to screw up. It's so easy I was talking to Steve about it and he had no idea this system has been in place for over a year, he just knows he's enjoyed a year full of variety! He even made me walk through our meals last week to see if we truly follow it, and we did. And if we walked through the week before that and even the week before that it would reinforce my argument.

Come up with your own categories and start planning!

Download the meal plan:
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy Birthday...

There is a special birthday in our house today. We're celebrating this guy: Not only do I love him because he knows how to work the camera but he also makes a mean Mickey Mouse pancake. I kid not.

A few interesting facts about Steve:
His favorite meal is the chicken flyer saucer from Tia Rosas and he makes it a game to see how many containers of salsa he can swindle when picking up his meal.

He is number 8 of 9 kids and by far his mother's favorite. (This may or my not be speculation, we're awaiting confirmation.)

His Saturday shirt is a BYU-Idaho Under Armor shirt.

He eats his oreos with a fork. He sticks a fork in the cream portion and soaks it in a glass of milk and then eats it. He doesn't like to get his fingers in the milk!

His athletic career really peaked in the six-grade when his class relay team took first place for the third year in a row.

His favorite book series to date is "The Great Brain".

He has OCD tendencies and follows a very strict shower routine.

During his two years in Peru he got worms which he describes as a really good experience! :)

His high school car was a Geo Prizm that he shared with his mother.

He took first place in diving for the City of Mesa when he was 8 years old. He had a promising career ahead of him, but with swimsuit mandates being a speedo, he made the decision to retire early.

He is responsible for selling 4 million satin-trim camis during his time at Kohls.

We are so happy to be celebrating this uniquely funny, good looking and sensitive man!

Little Rag Muffins...

Our summer is slowly winding down and the kids are taking full advantage of all their free time.

They hop in the pool in the morning.
Hop out for lunch.
Hop in after rest time.
Hop out to clean up the house before dad gets home.

They always stay in their swimsuits with a hope that after dinner they can hop back in. This is just about our daily schedule these days. I'm okay with it, the kids seem to enjoy it. But the downfall is they always look like little rag muffins with their chlorine stained hair.

The other day I needed to run to the store in the afternoon and I realized it would take nearly a half hour just to get them all in presentable condition for my two minute run to the store. And even in presentable condition Bennett doesn't have pants on! Thats just how we roll around here.

I came across this picture of Hallie. She was my light tester one afternoon and really this picture does not do justice as to just how unkempt she looked! I loved her classic "Hallie" expression, it is totally her and I zoomed in on her. However, you really can't get the whole picture. The scraggly hair, the mismatched outfit with her swimsuit on underneath (of course with wet lines defining where her swimsuit was wet) and shoeless, always shoeless. If this doesn't scream summer I don't know what does.

Of course, a picture of me on any given day would probably look similar - minus the swimsuit!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mr. Funny...

My obsessions with scorpions was made apparent when I realized how successful I was as a scorpion hunter. (here)

Of course, then my dreams played tricks on me and suddenly scorpions had invaded my bedroom! (here)

No more than a week later - Steve informed me a scorpion walked past his barefoot in the bathroom. It sent chills up my spine, they're so creepy looking. And it made me a little nervous. Luckily, we haven't seen anything since, but I regularly take my blacklight at night and search our bedroom/bathroom. (this is also helpful to see where the bathroom needs to be cleaned better!!) Steve has this crazy rationale that it would be better to just get a scorpion bite now then you wouldn't dread it for the rest of your life. Seriously?? No, I would rather go my whole life, see them a couple times and never get bit.

Fast forward to today...

Early this morning Bennett was screaming. I went to him and found him completely soaked through his diaper. I quickly changed out his sheets and gave him a quick bath and hopped back into bed just before five. I typically sleep on my right side, but Steve was asking questions about Bennett so I turned to my left side and put my hand under my pillow. I felt something that I knew shouldn't belong there. My heart started beating faster even though I knew it was nothing that could harm me based on how it felt. I pulled out a small plastic sign and turned it to the little light that was coming through our window.

"Beware of the scorpion".
I threw it across the room and started hitting Steve repeatedly. He laughed uncontrolably next to me as my heart slowed to its normal pace. He thought I would come across it in the middle of the night, not realizing he would be awake for my reaction. Just having to look at that creepy picture that early in the morning made me shiver.

I have a feeling this little sign will be a permanent member of our family. Who knows where Steve is going to find this next!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Un-Birthday...

Or half-birthday...whatever.

Yes, we celebrate half birthdays around here, or at least we celebrate my half birthday! Christmas is crazy enough as it is, throwing a birthday in there isn't very fun. Especially for a husband who absolutely dreads having to purchase gifts for Christmas and then my birthday. So a June birthday is what I have now and I love it!

Breakfast in bed never disappoints. Steve and the kids then made me compete in minute-to-win-it competitions for my gifts. I'm not sure what was more fun - the gifts or the activities completed to get them. It was fun.

After that, the day was mine to enjoy. Steve agreed to whatever I wanted to do. I threw out the idea of painting Hallie's room. He questioned that I would want to do that on my birthday. Seriously - why in the world would he question me on that? Does he know me? Of course, we painted Hallie's room. For the first time in this house, Steve was holding the paint brush! Steve also gave me a future full-day of projects and a depot gift card, without children. That is true love! I made an impromptu trip to the mall which turned out more successful than a could've imagined considering my latest clothing debacle! Steve referred to it as a birthday miracle!

We ended the night with a trip to frozen yogurt and night swimming with the kids. Birthdays are awesome. I think they're so awesome, I'll celebrate my half and real birthday this year!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Build list"...

I've been on a purging/organizing kick lately. It started with Hallie's drawers and closets - getting ready for school to start again and trying to clearly define what she indeed needed, if anything. This led to the game closet, and then the laundry room, then my closet, and then Bennett's closet. Through my organizing, I realized there were several decor items that had been leaning against "their wall" since we moved in. I finally went around and hung up several items.

This process was energizing and I felt I could've tackled anything that came my way...almost. Friday morning I was rewarding myself with a trip to the local vintage market with friends. I figured since I finally hung up a few items, I could afford to purchase a couple more things to lean against the wall for a few months! I was so looking forward to the little outing - I rarely leave the house, so this was something to look forward to!

Just an hour before I was to leave Hunter, who had been complaining of a stomachache for quite a while, ralphed all over poor Bennett. He drenched him. My heart sank - there would be no trip to the market. Instead, I spent a long time cleaning and stroking a little boys warm head as he layed on the cold bathroom tile. There were a couple moments of discouragement that day...maybe more than a couple.

More than anything it made me antsy. I suddenly looked at my home as a slew of unfinished messes. Which, of course, is how Steve has viewed it for a while, but I'm much more optimistic than him! I have this grand master plan of how everything is going to come together, but it will take years and plenty of money to make it happen. So we take it one day and one project at a time.

I walked around the house with a notebook in hand and made my potential "build list". We've got to collect/purchase/build more furniture to make some of these visions come to life. As a stay-at-home mom, who does graphic design for the majority of free time, crossing off things on the "build-list" could take a lifetime! But heaven knows I'll try...

2 benches for the living room (here)
dining room table for formal space (here) (here)
Built-ins for the craft/mudroom (here)
headboard for guest room (here)
Bookcases for library/loft (here)
full size mirror for Hallie's room
Full size mirror for Master
Patio table and benches (here)
Hunter's bookshelf
Built-in living room media center
coffe table (here)

A girl can dream right...The biggest dilemma is what I should start building first. (as soon as the weather cools off a bit!) Oh the choices...

It's amazing what a sick day can do to your "to-do" list!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY Alphabet Wall...

Years ago I had this vision to have an oversized alphabet wall. I started collecting random letters as I found them and didn't get very far. We moved. We didn't have a house, but I started finding more letters I liked, so I started purchasing again, totally forgetting what I already had in storage.

We finally move-in and I had all sorts of random letters, of course with a couple duplicates. I had to find a couple more to finish off the alphabet, but all the letters were there. I arranged and hung them on the wall and left them that way for quite a while. Once a week, or two, or three I would take one letter off the wall and paint it or do something special with it. So after three months on the wall I was a good 2/3 actually complete. Then of course I lived with it long enough that I started repainting letters and redoing things. And as complete as it is today, it'll still probably change.

In fact, Steve just informed me he doesn't like the ruler for the "I". He has impecable timing with his advice and critique. So my eyes are open for a new "I", it may or may not change. We'll see what I can find.

But for now:

It takes up a lot of space in our playroom 8'x7' but it's on a huge wall so it works. Here's a list of where I purchased each letter and the treatment I used.
A- Joann's - painted and applied avery white circle labels (2 1/2")
B- Hobby Lobby
C- Hobby Lobby - covered in yarn
D- Joann's - painted
E- Marshalls
F- Amazon - used glitter
G- Urban Outfitters
H- Pottery Barn Kids - covered in scrapbook paper
I- Ruler
J- Urban Outfitters
K- Roberts Crafts - Covered in scrapbook paper
L- Joanns (paper mache) - hot glued pencils and cut them off using a dremel tool
M- Urban Outfitters
N- Hobby Lobby
O- Embroidery hoop with fabric
P- Joanns - painted, attached felt flowers
Q- Wal-mart - covered with paper torn from old book
R- Hobby Lobby
S- Roberts Crafts
T- Hobby Lobby
U- Hobby Lobby - used glitter
V- Joanns - tore fabric strips and attached
W- Urban Outfitters
X- Hobby Lobby
Y- Amazon - glued tissue paper to it
Z- Joanns - painted

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Funny Comment...

We were eating dinner and Hunter asks:

Hunter: Can we take a bath together tonight? (referring to Hallie)
Steve: No, we don't take baths with other people.
Hunter: Yes we do, we did last night
Steve: (looking sheepishly in my direction, knowing I was out of town and completely out of the loop) Yea, in your swimsuits! Because I was being lazy!
Hunter: Are you lazy right now?

It's our new favorite thing to say, "Are you lazy right now?"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"No-Nonsense" Granola...

I've been making granola for years, since our first year of marriage. I had a recipe from my mom and I followed it exactly. It was great and tasty and Steve showered me with kisses every time I made it for him.

After we moved to Arizona and we were homeless, my granola making days came to a halt. However, upon moving into our home seven months ago we had a kind neighbor drop off a container of freshly made granola and a gallon of milk. I'm done with casseroles and fresh bread for new neighbors/moms. Granola is genius and who wouldn't love a gallon of milk on their doorstep!

Steve devoured the whole container in a very short amount of time. I decided it was time to bust out the oats - once again my husband showered me with kisses. We make it about every three weeks - longer if we're on vacation.

I call it my "No-Nonsense" Granola.

After several years of making granola and swapping recipes with friends, I realized most people put some sort of nuts/seeds in their granola; almonds, pecans, walnuts and even some sunflower seeds. I am the farthest thing from a nut fan so the thought of adding any of those to granola makes me cringe, but people do it and evidently they really enjoy it. No nuts, "no-nonsense".

"No-Nonsense" Granola
8 Cups rolled oats, old fashioned
2 cups of rice krispies
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup ground flax meal
1 cup oat bran
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup sugar or molasses
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon

Throw all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine honey, sugar, applesauce, vanilla and cook over low heat. Pour over dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate all dry ingredients.

Cook at 250. Depending on your crispines-likeness your time will vary, as little as 40 minutes to 2.5 hours, stirring once or twice during baking. My husband likes it break-your-teeth-hard. Many like it nice and soft. Play around with it and see what you like.

As much as I would hate to ruin a perfectly good recipe, you can always add "nonsense"; nuts, seeds, dried fruit - what ever strikes your fancy.
But if you move into my neighborhood, this will be dropped off on your doorstep with a gallon of milk. Supply your own nonsense.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dancing in the rain...

A rainstorm in Arizona is rare - But when one comes it is fantastic. Monsoon season is something I look forward to every year. We like to stand outside on the porch and watch it fall, creating small ripples with every drop in the pool. The ground being so dry soaks up every bit of water it can.

Hallie watched from the porch and she casually held her hand out from the cover to feel the rain. Before too long she was walking just along the roof line, enough that her feet would get wet, but her body stayed relatively dry. With wet feet she was inching her way out further and further into the yard. She came back to the cover and said how fun it would be to jump on the trampoline in the rain.

I surprised her by agreeing she should go jump. She shot back, "But I'm in my clothes..." Well then your clothes are going to get wet. She waited for an objection. None. Knowing she would get nice and dirty we removed the nice clean white sweater and she darted out into the yard. She squealed with joy with each bounce, almost losing her footing with each jump. Hunter saw how much fun she was having so he ran out as well. He climbed up, jumped once and realized it wasn't as much fun as Hallie had made it look. He quickly returned back to cover. Instead he held his arm out to feel the rain. It reminded me of the last time they were jumping in the rain two years ago - when Hunter thoroughly enjoyed himself!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Youth Conference 2012...

I just returned from a long weekend of late nights with the youth from our church at Youth Conference while Steve held down the fort at home. I generally feel like I'm a young and energetic leader. But after two nights of staying up until 2am I realized just how old I've become! The thought of having to run to the store at 1am to grab snacks is well beyond my years, but I did it and pulled through. Oh to be young again...

We spent three days at Eastern Arizona College with our focus being the Gila Valley temple (pronounced Hee-luh): We joined hundreds of youth in service, learning, enrichment and fun.

We started at the most depressing cemetery I had ever been too. We cleared weeds, cleaned up debris and beautified it the best we could. Have you ever seen a cemetery without grass or even a bush or a tree? I always envisioned my dead body resting underneath a shady tree, not under some river rock. And it's not as though this is an old cemetery - one headstone I saw had someone buried in 1997. I suppose that's what you get when you're buried in the desert! The heavens were obviously smiling down on us as we cleaned headstones and we were left with a beautiful sunset! We participated in dance-offs, skits, firesides, classes, temple work and dancing. Lots of dancing. We danced on stage. We danced in the courtyard. We danced in the car. We danced the weekend away. We sang a lot too.

I couldn't get enough of these girls and I truly had the best time with all of them - on my combined nearly 10 hours of sleep for the weekend! During our last night dance extravaganza in the courtyard, I was surrounded by youth; some of which I knew, others I did not. I had the most nostalgic feelings engulf my body. It took me back to my life not too many years ago and my mind was racing with great memories. To be young is fun and life is full of possibilites and opportunities.

All these teenagers are on the brink of major life decisions that will change their lives forever. Yet in those moments of dancing you could see they didn't have a care in the world. The world was their playground and they were loving it, the music was loud and their bodies wouldn't stop moving. I wanted to shout all of my thoughts to them. I wanted to shout to them to remember these moments. Life is not always this carefree and it tends to beat you down. But life is good and there is simple joy in all of it. Remember this happiness and energy, carry this memory in your pocket.

But instead I smiled. I smiled as I admired each one of them and I danced right alongside them. It was a simple joy and a great reminder for me. It brings me so much joy working with these young adults, I have so much to learn and a weekend is just not long enough!

One very important thing that I learned: Miami, AZ has the most delicious cheap mexican food. Don't be confused that they named their restaurant the "Burgerhouse", they're burros are to die for!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Hidden Tab Chevron Curtains...

As part of Hallie's bedroom makeover, we were in need of some curtains. I wished more than anything that I could walk into a store and find curtains I liked. Why can't stores like Target carry a better selection? Is that too much to ask? Okay, so they have limited floor space, yada yada...but on-line is unlimited carry a better selection for crying out loud. I have had some luck in the past at stores like Z Gallerie, West Elm and Pottery Barn/Kids. But this go around I searched diligently for the perfect curtains but nothing quite matched the vision I had for the room.

So I started searching for fabric when my sister sent me a picture of a pillow she made in her sewing class. It was yellow chevron and it would match the room perfectly. It would be too easy to find the fabric locally so I ended up purchasing it from fabric.com, three yards for each panel. It sat on my craft counter for three months. I was busy working on other things in her room and I never made time for the curtains. I knew my time in Idaho would be the ideal time to make them.

There is something about sewing on my mom's machine that I love. It's nothing fancy, in fact it's probably 20+ years old. But it's the machine I learned on and it's comfortable.

Step one- Cut the fabric to size. I kept the original width and decided on 96" (floor to ceiling length) panels. I made a four inch top casing and a 3 1/2 inch hem, with an additional 1/2 in to hide the raw edge on both hems.

Step two- I cut "guides" out of a sturdy cardstock to ensure a consistent hem. I placed the guide on the fabric and then iron the fabric directly over it ensuring the correct hem size.

After using the 1/2" guide, I then use the hem size guide. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Hidden Tab Chevron Curtains Life with Fingerprints: DIY, sew hidden tab chevron curtains You can also measure often, I just find the guides easier and faster. I made a 1/2" (turning under on all four sides to hide the raw edge), 1" (Side hems), 3 1/2" (bottom hem), 4" (top hem) guide.

Step three- Using the 1/2" guide, and then the 1 inch guide I ironed and sewed both sides.

Step four- Using the 3 1/2" guide, I ironed and sewed the bottom hem.

Step five- Using the 4" guide, I ironed the top, but did not sew yet.

Step six- I created 14 2" tabs (7 for each panel). I cut 4"x6" rectangles. I sewed a half inch hem (using also a half inch of fabric turned under to hide the raw edge), making the finished width two inches. I then used an inch on the top and bottom folded under and ironed to attach to the panel.

Step seven- I pinned each tab on the top of my panel and spaced them out evenly and sewed.

Step eight- I tucked 1 inch underneath the folded portion of the top hem and sewed all the way across. This allows you to hang the panels as a pole pocket or hidden tabs, you choose.

And before too long you have two panels that will change your entire space!

I finished them the day before leaving Idaho and I couldn't wait to hang them up. Of course then I got home and experienced the curtain rod debacle. Perhaps I'm the only one who has this debacle, but it happens every time I buy rods. I go to every store that carries rods and come home with two from every store. Different colors, different finials, different diameters. So then I come home and hold all of them up. Most times they never even make it out of the box before I toss it aside to the returns pile. But it is always a process.

Hallie's room was no exception and he even more so because of her weird window angles. I had already decided against four panels for her space because with the pattern it was too much and the windows are so close that it would cover up more of the window than I like. Which leaves one window without coverings. I think I might buy one more rod and run it across the middle window just for decoration and balance - of course when I went back the store was out of the ones I purchased! Go figure.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Crazy Dream...

A while back I referenced my crazy dreams that I always seem to remember. (here) I really should keep a blog just for my dreams, they are that extensive. Most hold little value but I always find them interesting. After our scorpion hunt last week you can imagine what my dreams held for me!

For the whole week following the hunt I was slightly paranoid. I kept the blacklight in my bedroom and I would scan the sheets with the light before I hopped in for the night. My efforts turned up nothing of value - no scorpions - which was quite the relief. However, one evening I was brushing my teeth while sitting on the edge of the jacuzzi tub. I heard something odd and I quickly turned around to find a large scorpion circling the tub trying to get out. I freaked out. I Grabbed a shoe from the closet and ended it's creepy life. Full panic mode set in and I took the blacklight to the whole lower level of our house. I found nothing. Which made me feel better but I was still a little freaked out.

Of course, my dreams like to play tricks on me and the whole evening I dreamt of scorpions. At one point I awoke from my dreams. The room was dark with the ceiling fan circling above and that is when I saw the scorpion on the ceiling. In fact, there was more than one. It was a cluster of 15 or more, with another cluster across the room by the curtains. I was fully awake, but clearly still living in dreamland as I contemplated how in the world I was going to kill them all. I sat there for a good three minutes paralyzed by the vast amount of scorpions covering my walls.

Then it hit me. I had the blacklight on my nightstand. I quickly grabbed it, turned it on and started scanning the walls. Nothing. Not one scorpion. After I felt a little safer I was able to get out of bed and look around. Nothing. Dang my dreams.

It was seriously as real as anything at that moment and I was fully aware of what was going on around me. If I had been able to go back to sleep and enjoy a full nights rest that would've been wonderful. But wouldn't you know it, I had the same dream two times in one night. Yes, I got out of bed two times in one night with my blacklight in hand scanning my walls covered in scorpions.

You can see why I wake up exhausted most mornings, my dreams take everything out of me!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So Long Elder Jarvis...

This funny guy (our nephew) leaves today to serve a two year mission for our church in Chile. To say he's a little excited would be an understatement.

So if any of you are ever in Chile and run into this good looking guy with a nametag who is overly excited to share a message with you, listen because he is so pumped to share it with you. And then give him a hug from all of his family in AZ!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Funny Comment...

Me: Leave Bennett alone - Stop bugging him. Better yet, you need to go upstairs for rest time.
Hunter: I don't want to go to rest time.
Me: Get upstairs for rest time, we're not discussing it.
Hunter: (major meltdown, screaming, tears, fist throwing) I already told you I'm not tired, I'm not going to rest time.
Me: The fit you're throwing says otherwise. Now. Go.
Hunter: I don't want to go to rest time, you can't make me.

At this point I left the room. I was done listening to the screaming and if he told me he's not tired one more time in his whiney/tired voice I was going to scream and cry myself. I didn't re-enter the room for an hour and I found this:
I feel like I won. He fell asleep. But he probably thinks he won - he never went upstairs to rest time. He made it up a stair, but decided his legs were too tired to move on.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


While my brother and his family were visiting us, it was as hot as it gets in Arizona during the summer. We spent a lot of time in the pool but we were looking for other options of entertainment. We figured the adults (without our lovely children)would have a good time at water park for some evening fun. We geared up to hit the slides and secured a babysitter. Just a few hours before heading out, we realized the water park was closed during the evening. Dang.

We then decided it would be fun to hit the local show "Kooza" by cirque du soleil. Of course as we were trying to buy tickets it was apparent that they didn't have a Monday night show. Double dang.

We could've gone out to dinner, but we had a feast of a BBQ already prepared so we opted to eat a delicious meal at home. We were running out of options of activities to enjoy in the dead of summer.

We suggested taking the train into downtown Phoenix and grabbing some dessert somewhere. It wasn't a solid plan, but at least it was something to do while we were paying for a babysitter. That's when it hit me. We could slightly alter our plan and have ourselves a good time - taking notes from my neices and nephews - we went planking.

When I first introduced the idea to my brother he had no idea what I was even talking about. (I blame it on our age gap) I turned to YouTube and pulled up video after video of plankers and although he was skeptical he agreed. Our plan was to take the train into downtown, getting off at random stops and posing for a couple of planks before the next train came to take us a little further.

It was awesome. Not an activity Steve and I would attempt on our own, but we had the perfect energetic couple to go with us and we had a great time. Pictures to prove it: (Picture overload!)
Let it be known...planking is much harder than it appears. You put yourself in some very vulnerable positions and injuries are bound to occur. Case in point:

Surprisingly, this was a little addicting. I found myself looking at the world slightly differently as I determined how any given object would look with a person planking on top of it! We were dying laughing while we got some great looks from onlookers. I'm ready to take on more cities. Can you imagine the blurb book I could make after a year of planking???

Bring it on.
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