Good excuse for some TLC…

We recently hosted a dinner at our home. Ideally, we would have had it outside, but we’re working on the backyard so we held the dinner inside. As luck would have it, it was cold, rainy and miserable that day and it would have been moved inside regardless.

There’s nothing like hosing a function in your house to finish all the unfinished projects. I was more productive in the four weeks leading up to this dinner than I have been the whole year.

We cleared all the furniture out of our living room to make room for all the tables and my kids thought it was the best day ever. They were running back and forth running football plays.

My office on the other hand was looking a little crowded! And the pathway to my computer was a difficult maze.

Before long, our empty living room was full again.

And then it was really full.

It’s funny how long you can think about and work towards an event – and then it’s just over. You clean up and you move on and forget just how much time you spent prepping for it. (Sometimes I think the same thing about Christmas – so much time and prep and mental energy and Christmas morning comes and then its done!) However, the prep for this event was really just finishing all the projects I hadn’t got around to working on for a while! It was a good excuse to give our home a little TLC. 🙂

We had a beautiful night of connection and friendship and the gathering served it’s purpose.

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I couldn’t agree more with Cannon’s gratitude list.

I’d like to add:

Steve – we are so different and yet complement each other so well.

A neighborhood that has become such a strong community for us.

Service opportunities I’m passionate about.

Coaches who train and look out for my children.

A school system trying to make changes in education and make it more engaging and applicable.

Children who share my sense of humor.

Friends who feel like family and are willing to sit in the trenches with me and my children.

A child who drives.

Good health allowing us to stay active.

Faith in Jesus Christ which affects every aspect of my life.

I love the season of gratitude.

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I think I’ve taken photos three times to update this wall. And then I didn’t print them right away. And six months or so would pass and then the new pictures started to look outdated so I would convince myself to just wait and take new photos before printing. It was a vicious cycle.

But we were having a large gathering at our house and I figured now was as good of time as any to update the picture wall so our guests could have a more accurate view of our family. And Hallie wasn’t complaining that we were going to replace her 13-year-old life size image. She’s grown up just a little bit.

The shirt Bennett wore in the pictures above is now being worn by Briggs. It’s the traveling polo shirt that has graced our family pictures for years and years!

After I got them all up, I think every kid walked by the wall and commented on their updated picture.

I hope they like them because they may be up there for a while. 🙂

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Gilbert Turkey Trot…

It’s that time of year! It’s turkey trot season – when my time is consumed with planning the race and I’m constantly going over spreadsheets making sure I’ve buttoned everything up. My email is full of tasks and answering questions of runners. And my friend who wants to hang out knows I’ll be more available in a week!

Last year we had an amazing 4500 runners join our race and many more enjoying their morning by watching somebody else run! This is a race near and dear to my heart as 100% of proceeds go to two local charities: Families Fighting Blindness (my niece’s foundation) and AZ Brainfood where Hunter and I volunteer every Thursday morning.

If you’re local to Gilbert, Arizona, we’d love to have you join! Sign up today!

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Worker bees…

We had one of those parenting moments this weekend where you start to wonder if your kids actually know how to work (even better if they can work without complaining). So Steve created a list of jobs the kids needed to work on. One of those tasks was putting up the Christmas lights.

We didn’t need them up this early, but it was a good job the kids could work on. Each year, Hunter is the foreman on this project and he knows how to lead the troops. Just last year, Bennett was begging to go on the roof and help. This year getting to climb on the roof has lost its luster.

Briggs on the other hand is anxious for his time on the roof, but for now will enjoy the view from the walkway with a popsicle and gatorade after completing one of his jobs in the backyard.

As a side note – we switched to magnetic lights last year and they are a game changer. Each light has a magnetic back that sticks to our drip edge. It makes for beautiful, crisp lines and the installation and take down is a breeze. I’m sure there are several companies that make these types of lights but we purchased ours from here. It’s a bit of an investment, but we were buying new sets every year because bulbs would go out and the whole line would go down. So I think in the long run this will be much better.

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