We’ve been to a lot of football games over the years and let me tell you, the midwest has mastered the art of tailgating. They know how to enjoy their football games and it becomes an all day affair with tailgating. They don’t need to be in the stadium – its just as much fun outside the stadium. I remember going to a Wisconsin game walking by rows and rows and rows of tailgaters. Parking lots full of people who brought their own food and entertainment. It’s part of the football life.

We decided to try it out one game – we tailgated – and I get what all the fuss is about! It becomes so much more than the game. It’s a social and physical activity – because let’s be real, once you’re sitting in your seats in a loud stadium its a little hard to be social!

Our friends had a connection to a food truck so we parked it in a couple of our spots and we came a couple hours before the game and lived it up with our fresh mexican food and lawn/parking lot games. It was fun and memorable for the kids. They wish we had a taco truck and coolers full of ice cream with us at all the games.

But what makes tailgating in Arizona not so popular is the heat. This game was in November and it was still really hot – there is no way I would even attempt to tailgate when it’s 108 degrees out. We need cooler games and more tailgating!

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Color Run…

The school hosted a fundraiser color run and now my kids think this should be an every day PE activity! They had so much fun and they came out so colorful!

They ran loops around the school field and parents squirted them with water, threw colored chalk at them and sprayed them with silly string.

Seeing Steve’s reaction, it might have been more fun for the parents!

Side note: Props to our PTO – I know a lot of schools that pay a company to come in and host this event and take most of the money. Instead, our PTO ordered the chalk and squirt guns and got parent volunteers to run the event. It was a lot of work for them but all the money stayed at the school! As far as fundraisers go – let me donate to a color run all year long just don’t send something home that my kids have to sell to our neighbors!

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Thanksgiving week…

If I had to choose one picture to sum up our holiday week it would be this picture from the Turkey Trot:

Although not everyone made it in this picture (we did have two babies in the family born last week to add to the fun!) – it does represent the week we had with all of Steve’s siblings in town for Thanksgiving. They know how to gather, converse and play and there was never a dull moment. We found time to enjoy them as a group and we took opportunities to spend time with them individually as well.

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but we’re rolling into December a little tired from the last week but we’re going to hit the ground running!!

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Just keep finishing, just keep finishing…

This may be considered the remodel that never ends. It was a year ago that we got our last kitchen appliance hooked up and running water again. The very best day.

I switched out my nail gun for a dewalt cordless nail gun (Aff link) and it is a game changer. I was nervous as to how it would compare to the compressor and hose – its way better and far more convenient! I haven’t had any jams or misfires which is why I made the switch initially – my old nail gun was just not performing how I needed it to.

And yet a year later, we’re still here plugging away. Finishing trim. Filling holes. Caulking. The finishing work that I just stopped noticing was not complete. But every time I went to wash the filthy hand prints off the trim work, I was reminded that it had yet to be painted which made it look like it was never clean.

When I thought my parents were coming for a visit, I kicked it into ultra high gear to get it all done and painted. The thought of company always gets me to finish a couple things that I had been putting off!

The trim. The doors. The moulding. It’s all painted. Finally. Its like a new house all over again!

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Tis the season…

We used to hang up Christmas lights in October while living in Wisconsin so we could beat the snow. (and take them down in March once the snow melted!) Now, we put up lights in November in shorts and t-shirts!

As much as I love Christmas and I can’t wait to get all the decor out – I usually stick to the after Thanksgiving timeline. But we had time last Saturday so we put them up. I didn’t think we’d turn them on until after Thanksgiving because we’re really not the type. But Steve was excited and the kids were excited and he couldn’t handle it anymore – the lights had to go on. I fought it but I was outnumbered. I was cringing as I knew everyone in the neighborhood would drive by and wonder why in the world we had lights up two weeks before Thanksgiving.

30 minutes after turning the lights on for the first time we had a neighbor ringing our doorbell. We have a playful/sarcastic relationship and he was giving us the business that we had our lights up and on and now his wife is telling him he needs to go in the attic and get their boxes down and all he wanted to do was come home and watch sports!

I’m sure all the husbands are thanking us as their wives are pointing at our house telling them it’s time to put the lights up!

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