Our best weather has finally arrived and I’m in love. We save yard work for this weather. We plan family outings for this weather. We enjoy morning breakfast and reading on the patio in this weather.

People from Arizona like to claim it has the best weather ever, I’m hear to tell you that is false. California has the best weather but who can afford to live there?! Instead we live in Arizona where we live through a brutally hot summer (which often includes April/May and Sept/Oct) to enjoy 6 months of great weather. But in all reality – its not a whole lot different from people who live in painfully cold regions (hello Wisconsin) and then they have a beautiful spring/summer/fall. In essence we’ve just endured our painful “winter” season and we’ve come out to the spring flowers and beautiful sunny days – except it happens in November.

I just know for the next 6 months people get annoyed with Arizonans bragging about the weather while they’re bundled up and utilizing their fireplaces. But just remember – we suffered through 120 degree temperatures. There has to be a reward for that, right?! Well, the reward has arrived…finally. And cabin fever was starting to set-in so it came just in the nick of time!

In celebration we cut down two half dead and rotting orange trees. We are a ways off from re-landscaping the backyard – but I’m getting a little antsy, especially after cutting these trees down. We want to replant citrus – in different locations – and I know the sooner we plant them the sooner they’ll produce for us! All in due time…

On a related note – Hunter was a rockstar helping out. He worked for hours – over 6 hours! Some of it was service for a widow in the neighborhood (along with Hallie and Bennett) but then he came back to our yard (with motivation to earn money, which the other two had different plans in mind for their Saturday afternoon), and helped Steve trim all the bushes and then drug all the cut down branches of the trees to the driveway. It was legitimately hard work and he stuck with it. And he was pleasantly surprised when his dad gave him a bonus for his hard work. He earned it.