Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I've Moved

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Pour yourself a glass of wine and let's chat!

Monday, December 31, 2018

A Year for the Books

2018 was a good year. It was full of hikes, growth, change, love, trips, and happiness...

I turned 45. {May I also mention how much I miss that hair}?!

Randi became a Sundevil!!! After touring schools across the Northeast she decided to stay close. {And that makes my heart happy}.

She graduated high school...Cade grew like a weed...and I {for some reason} chopped my hair.

Mr. C and I spent some time in San Francisco and Napa. {Here we are at the beautiful Alpha Omega vineyard}.

Cade continued growing {6 inches and 25 pounds in 10 months} and playing baseball.

Randi and I did a quick {fabulous} girls trip to Portland. {Ok. Ok. The hair was kind of fun, but I am so ready for it to grow!!! And I am kind of missing those lashes too}.

Mr. C and I took 7 teenagers to Mexico and survived. We had never been to Rocky Point and not sure that we would return. Actually, Mr. C is certain he wouldn't return. I am on the fence.

My little beach bum. This kid could live on the beach. He loves it. However, Cali is his favorite. He even tells people he is from there!

Mr. C and I got to escape to Maui for a week. This was our third time to the island and we were able to do some different hike through the jungle!  {I still need to post our trip}!

I started my 16th year teaching for LA Fitness and began teaching at Elite Fitness as well. I LOVE it!

Our sweet Mia Rose turned 4 and is the reigning princess of the house.

I continued volunteering at South Mountain Environmental Education Center. A highlight was helping with their second annual luminary walk. It was a beautiful family event.

And, of course, lots of baking took place over the course of the year! This darling cake was donned with candy canes around the side and words written by Randi. 

In the last month of 2018, I began running again. It feels great! My dear friend and hiking partner {Erma} wants to do a marathon in her 50th year {which is now}. Being the friend I am...I volunteered to do it with her. "It will be fun!" "We can do it!" Yeah well...I'm getting a little nervous about it. {It's three weeks away}. However, mind over matter!! We will power through! We will laugh, complain, and laugh some more. The goal is to cross the finish line. Very doable.

2018 was a good year.  On to the next...

I have some big goals and plans for 2019. Things I have wanted to do for years, but THIS IS THE YEAR!  Yesterday Mr. C and I went to a hot yoga class. At the end of class we were all in shavasana and the instructor was talking in a calm soothing voice. She said, "Happy New Year to everyone. Let's kick ass in 2019! Namaste."
Perfectly said, right?

My motto for 2019: Kick ass! Namaste.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Weekend Wishes

Happy Weekend!!!!
And it's the last weekend before Christmas!

I have a {large} handful of things to do, so this will be short and sweet...

The other day I was talking to a friend about goals and some things I want to do and personality types. She said her dad said it best...
"There are two kinds of people in this world. The 'whys' and 'why nots'."
True, right?
I am definitely a why not person. Hence the reason I have lots to do!!! Want an apron for a gift and it's three days before Christmas? Sure! Why not?! Need me to teach and extra class or two? Yes, why not?! Need a cake for Christmas Day? You got it! Why not?!

Buy the shoes! Lick the whisk! Take the job!

I have some exciting things I have been wanting to do for years and this is the year to tackle them! I don't exactly know what I'm doing, but I have reached out to those who can help...and I will learn!
Why not?!

Here's to a weekend of hot coco and Christmas lights, classic holiday movies {It's a Wonderful Life}, present wrapping, and licking the spoon!
Merry! Merry!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Two Words

Saturday morning, I sent a text to my friend. She had been on my mind. I knew her brother, who had been battling cancer, was sick again and I wanted her to know I was thinking about her and hoped he was doing well...and I was available if she needed anything. I hadn't talked to her in a while {other than quick texts here and there}. I thought he had been doing better, but through recent Instagram posts, saw he wasn't.

Several hours went by after I sent that text Saturday morning. My Saturday continued in it's usual manner...class, lunch, errands, laundry...
Just as I was pulling in to pick up my dry cleaning my phone pinged. I glanced down and saw two words on my screen. 

He's gone.

I caught my breath in my throat and my heart sank. Oh my beautiful friend! Her Saturday had been anything but usual.

I'm not writing this to tell their story. It's not mine to tell. I just wanted to remember this moment because of the incredible family behind it.

This family is the one we all envy. They are big and loud and fun. And so close. You don't have to spend much time with them to feel the love they have for each other. Oh, I'm sure they have their moments. I'm sure they fight and get mad at one another, but they would also be the first to stick up for each other. No matter what. 

They are picture perfect with their big family dinners...set up in the backyard with white lights strung about. {Think Parenthood} Homemade foods and cakes adorn the tables. Kids and dogs running around the big grassy playground. Wine. Laughter. Lots and lots of laughter. They celebrate each other in every way. 

They are a beautiful family and I feel lucky to know them. Although my heart hurts for them,  I know he was loved more than humanly possible and his memory will live on. Every time they have their heart warming, laughter filled, loving family dinners he will be there.

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Weekend Wishes

{my beautiful south mountain}

Happy weekend!
I am so glad it's the weekend and I will be even happier next weekend when Cade is out of school!
{Sometimes it is so nice to not have a schedule}! Randi is already out of school and back home!!!

Well the holidays are in full swing and I love it! Our home is twinkling and my kitchen always smells of sweet goodness. And the Christmas carols! All of the classics are constantly being played at home, in my car, and I may even sing a little here and there. :)
Shopping is underway, but not completed. However, my lists have been made and I know what I need and who has been naughty and nice!
It's also that time in December when I start to get a little anxious. Will I be able to do and see everything I want? Will I miss any wonderful holiday event? I'm not ready for it to be over!!

I have a little more baking to do and a few craft/gifts to make. Hopefully, I will attack some of those things today after my class.  {I teach cycle today and tomorrow, but I have the rest of the days to tackle some projects}.

What else...
I have once again become obsessed with the thought of lash extensions and microblading. I have had lash extensions off and on three times. I love them...then get tired of the upkeep. But once I start looking at them again or see people with them I want them!!! And the microblading. I like my brows ok, but the microblading would fill them in and make them {almost} perfect! Hhhmmmmm....

I am also madly in love with my job at Nordstrom!  I know. I need to post about how I even ended up there and I will. I promise. But for now I will tell you...I'm in love! The company, the management, the clothes, the make-up, the's all wonderful! 

Here's to a beautiful weekend! May it be filled with finishing projects, singing Christmas carols, and lots of holiday magic!


“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ―Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Happy (Busy) Heart

{Randi watching White Christmas}.
 How has it been ten days since I decided to reunite with my lovely blog? And write at least three times a week? I have been so busy. Blogging does cross my mind for a fleeting moment, but then I'm on to the next thing!
My days are so full. Happily, richly, gratefully full.
I continue to teach four regular classes a week. A position at Nordstrom has made me over the moon happy. One day a week I still volunteer at South Mountain. And. I still run this household and relish in being a wife and mom.

Randi has come back home for the holidays and I love it. The other day she suggested we have a baking day. So. Monday we put on Miracle on 34th Street, heated up the oven and baked and baked and baked!  {We may have both cried a little during the movie too. Who doesn't tear up a little when they shout out the news that Santa Claus is real}?!  We also watched a little Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas {love}.  We made sugar cookies. {Randi did the beautiful poinsettias}.  We also made fudge, candy, and peanut butter kiss cookies. It was such a fabulous day. I was exhausted by the time I went to bed, but I wouldn't have traded it for the world. My daughter is a pretty awesome person. I love being with her!

I feel like I'm behind on a few things, but everything will get done. And if it doesn't? Life will go on!

I will try and make an effort to find a few minutes to blog. I really need to document Hawaii, new job, volunteering, and every day life.  {I just received two hard cover books I ordered of my blog. I
 now have five books of my printed blog. What a great documentation of our life}!!

Until next time...

Monday, December 3, 2018

hello lovelies

ok. the break up is over.
i missed you, dear blogging world.

after sifting through years of posts and ordering printed books of all my online journaling...
i realized how much i have enjoyed it over the years and how great it will be for my children and future generations to have and read.

a few things have happened in the hot minute since i last wrote {over two months ago}. mr. c and i spent a week in maui. randi changed majors and moved dorms. cade grew. a lot! and, oh yeah, i had a mid life crisis and applied for about a million jobs and started working at one of them.

i know the suspense is killing you, but i will save all of that exciting news for upcoming posts. for now, i will tell you...i am still teaching my classes {as you can see above} and loving them. i am 100% in the christmas spirit and love waking up to my decorated home! our december weather is looking to be beautiful. cold, but not too cold and a little rain. just enough to wear cute boots and scarves and have a fire roaring in the fire place. winters in arizona may be one of the greatest things in the world.

happy, happy monday!

"every moment is a fresh beginning." - t. s. eliot