Saturday, October 24, 2009


Family fitness hour today - we all went and got worked! Except Mark - he sat in the stroller and watched...then lazy afternoon at home. And, to top it off, a date with Joe - we went to dinner and then shopping at IKEA! Our favorite kind of day. We ended with a frozen yogurt at Ocean Blue - Yummy!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Strong Life Test for Women

Wow - this is a great test. I took it and found that my Lead Strength is Creator (hmmm...) and my support strength is Teacher (double hmmmm...). I never, really never, would have thought of either of those for me, but cool! Try it, let me know how it goes!

Friday, October 16, 2009

He left me...

Matthew left yesterday morning for a 5-day trip with my mom, her brother and sister and my niece. They headed to Eastern Arizona to stay with my other aunt and uncle in the cooooool mountain pines. There's a lake with trout on their ranch...a HUGE sandbox...and lots of exploring to do. An 8-year old's dream!

I am devastated! Teared up a few times yesterday. This is the first time he has been away from us - away from home without us. He called last night crying saying he missed me...I had to be strong, and it was tough. I talked him through the tears and told him to hold onto Oma (my mom) as if she were me (cuz she kinda is, in a sense).

They called a little while ago...he was fine. Totally fine. So fine, in fact, that my mom put him on the phone and he could barely talk he was so excited because they could hear elk...and they were going to New Mexico...and going to walk past a bunch of yellow trees...and had already fed the fish...

And, to end the call, he passed the phone back to my mom and I heard him say, "I am past the crying - I don't think I miss her anymore!" I could have cried again...

So, I turn to this to make me laugh and smile:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Loving life!

I just figured out how to update my blog via my Blackberry - LOVE IT! For all those lost fleeting thought, I can now capture them on the run (unless driving and then I will have to retain them until done)!

Oh life can be so GREAT!!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Monday, October 12, 2009

My first Top 10

The top 10 reasons I really like fall:

1) No A/C in house
2) Pumpkin spice latte @ Starbucks (been there for a month - but really can enjoy it now)
3) Morning walks with Mark (sometimes in stroller, sometimes not)
4) Fire in the firepit in backyard in the evening
5) Sitting in the gazebo in the morning listening to birds and sipping coffee
6) Pulling the comforter up at night to snuggle
7) Windows/Doors open almost all day long in the house
8) Matthew is on break and we get to hang out more
9) Driving with the windows down
10) Grilling outside without sweating...or at least not as much!

I know it's a weak Top 10, but they are all great things in the scheme of things when you live in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. I do miss experiencing the seasons right where I live, but I will take whatever I can get at this point...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Well, it's now only 2-1/2 days until Joe comes home. The weather is so nice I can't wait to share it with him! This trip has been tough on him...the place where he is working is so hot and dusty. He is fairly exhausted...but pushing through.

Joe - we love you and can't wait to see you Friday at the airport! Here's another video we took yesterday, but it's just Mark walking around on the gazebo. Matthew was still sleeping so he didn't partake. It's a short one, but doesn't he look so cute in the little sleeper? Oh yeah, notice his hand in his mouth? Know what that means? Yep...MORE TEETH! Nothing poking through yet, but this should be fun!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hi Daddy

We just recorded a msg for Daddy. We actually were able to speak with him over the internet, which is great because 1) it's free and 2) his phone isn't working. So, we went outside and recorded this message because the weather is BEAUTIFUL right now here in Arizona.

And, the Elvis reference? Well, Matthew thought I said 'Elvis' when I actually said 'eldest'. So, there you have it...enjoy!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We miss you Daddy!

Joe had to travel to Doha, Qatar last Thursday. He will be gone for 9 days...we are good through the first 3. Over the next 9 days, you may see little videos/messages geared specifically towards letting him know how we are doing. So, read and enjoy the little tidbits of our life!

October is here

And the temps are finally cooling down - WAHOOOOO!!! We take Mark for walks in the morning and will begin doing it in the evening as well very soon. He loves riding in the stroller...I actually think it wears him out! HA!

Here's a video because our life has changed...yep, Mark is walking. That means he can see on a whole new level now. He just follows us around and goes about his merry way. I love it...I mean, I REALLY love it! 10-1/2 months and he is all over the place...HA! Enjoy the movie!! (ps - yes, that's Christmas music in the background...Matthew is ahead of the game this year!)