Friday, May 26, 2017

last school day

Yesterday was the last day of school!  I helped in Elliot's class party and his teacher's expression said "Just take them home".  She's been a wonderful teacher and I have so much respect for her but I know that expression. :)  These teachers deserve a 3 month break!
^ ^ Mrs. Sanders and Elliot ^ ^
(not posted, Mrs. Anderson and Avery)

 It was also Zara's last day of preschool today.  She's had the opportunity to have two preschools this year.  The neighborhood one with Miss Jen who Elliot and Avery had, and Keller Elementary through the city of Mesa.  She is special needs and needed help with Language Articulation and was able to be in this free program.  Zara has really grown through this program, it's been such a blessing.  After her water party at Keller she put herself down for a nap!  These kids also deserve this three month break!

Right now I'm watching our good friends the Weber's 4 kids, and Sara is bringing her 5 kids over before heading up to the mountains to join Julie and James, and Peter is bringing his 3 boys over while he's at work.  So at one point there will be 16 kids here this morning.  An excellent way for the kids to start their summer!  This afternoon we're also headed to the mountains with my parents so we'll have a great group there tonight.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather up north because it's warming up here!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer break is nearly here!

School ends in two days! Elliot is finishing up 4th grade, Avery 2nd, and Zara her last year of preschool.  This picture is super random.  My brother DJ graduated from law school a couple Saturdays ago.  The picture I wanted to share from my phone wasn't working, or anything else, and this one was on my desktop so here you go!
^^^ Porters on the left, Sara and DJ in the middle, my parents on the right. ^^^

Last summer I had a little goal to share a blogpost every day and I did pretty well.  It's time to start that up again, since I haven't shared anything here since last summer!  I never shared our CA trip with my in-laws at the very end of the summer last year and that was sooo fun!  We need to get back to the beach soon, for sure.

Summers are great because I get so much more time with the older kids.  I want to remember these summers and all the fun we have.  I think I might also share some catch up as well like that CA trip last year :), Avery's baptism, and our Seattle trip last fall.  

Are you ready for summer?  What are your plans? I'd love to hear.  So far we have one trip to Missouri planned.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Camping at See Canyon

I've been talking to my dad for weeks about taking the kids camping and this past weekend we finally were able to do it! Just in time too, since we're in California this week with my in-laws, and then school starts.
So glad we squeezed a camping trip in this summer because we had such a great time. The kids were in heaven with all the rocks, sticks, and bugs to play with. We were also right next to a creek which was cool and refreshing.
It's been a year since I camped and I forgot how dirty everything gets, and no plumbing!! But it was worth it for a day or two. :) My favorite part was the beauty of our AZ forests and the smell and pine and fresh air. Especially right after a rain! 
Andrew joined us Friday afternoon since he had work. We went a s little hiked with us Saturday morning to see the source of the creek. Such a beautiful hike, and very doable for kids (only a mile or two long).  See Canyon has definitely become a new favorite campsite of ours!

Saturday, July 23, 2016


It's been a busy Saturday and I didn't spend as much time with the kids.  I had a rehearsal and performance for one of Rob Gardener's choir and orchestra music and narration program in honor of Pioneer Day tomorrow.  We also perform tomorrow night.  I miss orchestra so this has been a good experience, even though it's not to the performance level I have done in the past.

I thought it would be fun to share some recent favorites of mine!  I discovered podcasts in the fall and started listening to them while running.  Now I also listen to them while running errands, folding laundry, etc..

My top 3 Podcasts:

1. Happier with Gretchen Rubin: She shares this podcast with her sister Elizabeth Craft and they are quite funny to listen to.  Gretchen is an author that delights in habit making.
2. The Lively Show: by Jess Lively.  Lots of interviews about growing a business and life with intention.  She's also been touring Europe lately and sharing those adventures.
3. Stuff You Missed in History: Hosted by Tracy and Holly these women are hilarious!  This is a place where you go to learn all sorts of random facts about people, places, events, etc... from all over the world throughout all of history.

My top 3 Blogs:

1. Style by Emily Henderson:  Emily is so talented in design and styling, has a great sense of humor, and is a mother of two living in CA.  Some of my favorite recent posts of hers are 84 Amazing Sofas Under $1000, Budget Friendly Ready-made Curtain Roundup, and The Best Wallpaper Roundup (Ever).  Such a good resource plus she has some dreamy design videos.
2. Love Taza:  I've been following Naomi and her adventures with her family since right after her first baby was born when they were living in Washington DC.  Now they have two more kids and live in NY.  They travel all over, but mostly I like her posts because they make me smile.
3. Little Green Notebook: Jenny Komenda is a designer that lives here in Arizona!  She doesn't post as often but she has a mature taste in design that I want more of in my life!  She also is the queen of DIY and makes it look so easy.  There are many projects she's posted that I want to tackle in my own home.

Ok those are a few of my current favorites.  Thanks for indulging me!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ups and downs

I've been pretty busy the last couple days that I didn't make time to post here. I could have made time but i was doing things that were more important or things that I just wanted to do more, like watching Netflix and listening to podcasts. Life. I find the longer you put something off the harder it is to do it.

This is me not putting blogging off. A part of me wanted to wait another day and post a super exciting post but it's been pretty normal summer life over here. Ups and downs like usual. The ups today were taking the girls to the IDEA Musem and potting some pretty flowers and having an  extra productive day! :) The downs were Elliot throwing up and asking for a blessing, and the kids fighting about dumb things and me getting frustrated about dumb things.:) Well, tomorrow is another day! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grandma and grandpa's

If anything, I've learned the last several weeks of blogging almost daily is how unglamorous my life is.;) I also use my phone camera for everything. I used to be good about bringing out my DSLR camera out more often but my standards have slipped. :) Priorities! Well, today I'm sharing a normal afternoon at my parents. We watched Into the Woods. We listen to the soundtrack in the car all the time and the kids love it. Rupert has been more interested in Legos recently. It was a good afternoon.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

time flies

The days are long but the years are short. This about sums up our life this summer. There are so many things I wanted to do with the kids and we only have two weeks left to get it all done! In two weeks Andrew's family fly out to LA where we will spend some time with them. Then they come back to AZ and before we know it, school starts! Here's to a fun-packed two weeks!