House Projects

Friday, August 28, 2015
Happy FriYAY!! We are still knee deep in house projects around here and that's why the blog has been more silent than normal this week. Last weekend, Mike and I fixed our deteriorated side gate. We decided to tackle the project indoors since it was over 100 degrees, like every day here in the AZ summertime. Ugh :( We are so over it and ready for some great weather to come our way in a few months! Our mini assistant was quite the little helper, as always...

We still need to fix the bricks in front of the gate, but I'm so pleased with the way it looks! This week has been all about finishing the grill pergola. I've been painting it all week, so that Mike can assemble it in a few days. It won't be long before it's finished and I can't wait to show you the end result! Here's a sneak peek of the progress so far...

On other house news, we've also been talking about getting another tree in our backyard. We are finally going to the nursery Monday to buy a 24" box Sisu tree. I've heard that they do really well in the desert heat, grow rapidly and provide great shade, which is always a plus! All the new neighborhoods in our area have them lining the streets and I can't wait to see one in our yard! For any of you locals in AZ, have you been to the Desert Horizon Nursery? It's so much fun to walk around and dream about every tree, flower and fountain you can imagine in your backyard.

Well, that's enough house talk for today. Slowly but surely, our backyard is coming around!
I hope you all have the BEST weekend!

Summer Family Photos

Monday, August 24, 2015
Good morning, lovelies! I'm so excited to share our summer family photo sesh today! Yes, photos with a toddler can be a bit of a challenge. But, in my opinion they are SO worth it because little ones grow and change so fast! Here's just a few of my favorites...

A special thanks to my sister for taking these pics! I will cherish these for years to come :)
Hope you all have a great week! 

Steam Show & Threshing Bee

Thursday, August 20, 2015
While we were visiting my parents we took Odette to the Steam Show & Threshing Bee for the first time! There were so many fun steam engines, tractors, antiques, vintage cars and more to see. They had a petting zoo that Odette loved and she got to take her first pony ride as well. I was worried she wouldn't want to ride a pony, but she smiled and got right on! Daddy walked with her of course, but it was just the cutest thing! The rest of the day she spent riding in the wagon and munching on as much popcorn and cotton candy as she could get lol. We also stayed for the parade which was fun, but Odette wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. She pretty much spent the whole parade throwing mulch in her hair which was not all that fun to get out, let me tell ya! Here's just a few highlights from that day...

It was so much fun taking Odette to something I went to every summer growing up! Hopefully, this was the start of another fun family tradition :)

Eighty & Fabulous!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
One of the main reasons we planned our trip for the beginning of August was that we threw my grandma an 80th Birthday Party! We spent the day after we got back from Nashville, cleaning and running errands for the party. Over sixty people came from all over to celebrate and some even drove five plus hours for the day. Not surprising since everyone LOVES her so much!

I remember fondly the weekends my sister and I would get to visit my grandma like it was yesterday. Hours spent swimming at Lake Geneva, making American Girl doll clothes, knitting and eating as much sugar as humanly possible in a two day period. Seriously, my grandma was the one who fed us kids sugar packets when we went to a restaurant lol! I get what my mom was talking about with all the sugar withdrawals and now Odette's grandparents are getting me back by letting her have all the sugar she wants. HA, point well taken mom!

To the mom of three, grandma of seven and great-grandma of five grandkids, Happy 80th Birthday...

Here's to many more WONDERFUL years, grandma!