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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.

Peaches for me {a mother’s day tradition}

Peaches just so happen to be perfectly ripe and ready to pick just in time for mother’s day…

and so our peach picking mother’s day tradition began the first year I had a baby on the outside (2009) and I look forward to it every year.  There is just nothing quite like a warm, juicy peach right off of the tree … yummmmmm!

Since he has been going since he was a baby, Jack is a pro and wanted to pick all of my peaches for me.  He assured me that he was the “best peach picker” and knew the secret to finding the yummiest peaches.  As you can see, it was a job that he took very seriously.

“Wait, let me taste it first…  just to be sure … yup, it’s really yummy Mommy.  Trust me, you are going to love it”

He did eventually hand that peach over but only after eating half of it himself – only for the sake of quality control of course. :)

And then there is my Gabriel …

Baby boy must have polished off six peaches by himself, no joke.  He couldn’t get enough of them and kept pointing to the trees saying, “mmmmm, mmmmm, yummy, pease! pease! PEASE!!!”, each request more desperate than the last.  We couldn’t pick them fast enough for him.

By the end of the day he was covered in peach juice, sticky and sweet, stuffed and totally content.  It was his kind of morning for sure.

Of course I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without getting a close up of those CHEEKS!!!  ahhh, don’t you just want to squeeze him?

Soooo, this is the best picture we managed to pull off with the boys and me together.

It looks like Gabriel may have polished off one peach too many, you can still see fresh peach juice dripped down the front of my dress and Jack is in the process of explaining how he can squish that peach with his fingers so you know it is good and delectable.  (Yes, that was the word he used :)

Ahhh well, what can you do.  It is for all of those reasons precisely that I still love this picture.  It captures us in that moment and pretty much sums up our family as it is now.

  And then, as if all you can eat peaches weren’t enough, there was a mother’s day brunch to be had and enjoyed by all…

Fresh picked peaches over pancakes with cream?  Yes please!

(completely different compartment)

It was a great day with my boys.

Thank you Johnny.


And just for kicks, a final family shot down on the farm.

and one more of Jack just because it cracks me up every time I look at it.

(Cannot wait for Baby Girl to get in on the fun next year!)



A little bit country

Since I have many a back post yet to write and don’t seem to have the energy for anything too deep or meaningful tonight, I thought it might be nice to have a little change of pace around here …


Can I just say how much I LOVE Arizona springtime?

I don’t know if it is the ball games, absolutely gorgeous weather, the transition to flip flops and tee-shirts, long mornings at the park, rigging up the sprinkler and jumping on the trampoline with the boys, picking up stacks of books at the library in anticipation of summer reading, making lemonade and switching from hot coffee to iced, or maybe a combination of all of the above that brings out the kid in me and makes me feel downright giddy…

which may have something to do with the uncontrollable urge that seems to come over me when Arizona springtime takes over to crank the country radio station full blast and belt my love of “cold beer on a friday night and a pair of jeans that fits just right” out the open windows (and so I do).  Ha!


I seem to be fully embracing my inner country lately (which I’m totally fine with) but the thought has crossed my mind more than once that…


You might be a redneck

if when you get to the Cubs spring training game and realize that your 16 month old completely soaked his outfit on the drive over and you forgot to pack a single spare article of clothing, you strip him down to his diaper and carry him in all his hill billy glory what must be a mile to the stadium from your distant parking spot with cars beeping and waving all the way.  awesome.

We had no choice but to stop at one of the overpriced souvenir stands and outfit him from head to toe in baseball gear; Come to think of it, not a bad strategy on Gabriel’s part.

Although it was already Jack’s second spring training game of the season,  it was Gabriel’s first baseball game ever which helped to justify the splurge.

Gabriel loved every second of the whole experience and would clap, cheer and fist pump right along with the all of the shirtless fans getting thoroughly burned on the lawn.  He actually would have fit right in if we had skipped the ensemble.  go figure.

I think we have a fan on our hands…





You might be a redneck

if the kids really want to go to the splash pad but you have a better idea…

so you run by Walmart to buy the most powerful sprinkler you can find

and rig it up under your trampoline in the backyard so it shoots straight through the mat

…resulting in the best afternoon ever for your three year old

and making you the coolest mom in town (of the moment anyway).

I may not own a pair of cowboy boots

but I do have small town roots

and I am PROUD of it!






Serious Moves

This weekend was the first wedding and reception that we have taken either of the boys to since they were small enough to be worn in a sling.

They both had a blast!  (can you tell?)

We all did…(this picture was taken from Jack’s perspective)

Although we didn’t manage to get any pictures of the happy couple (Johnny’s cousin David and his lovely bride Lindsay), we did get some of other extended family…

Here we are with the parents of the groom, Johnny’s Aunt Beth and Uncle Jerry.

and Jack with Johnny’s cousins, Jenna and Chelsea…

and lots of the boys thoroughly enjoying themselves…

There’s that tongue again!

Jack loved getting dressed up like daddy in his little pinstriped dress pants, vest and tie. Both boys went crazy for the appetizer bar and stuffed themselves on crackers, cheese and fruit to their hearts’ content.  They were enthralled with the wedding party’s grand entrance and clapped for everyone as they arrived…

Gabriel is in Aunt Mary’s arms where he spend most of the evening.  She walked with him, showed him the lights and rubbed his feet.  Anytime she would stop, he would put her hands back on his toes again.  Smart kid.

And then there was cake to be tasted…two thumbs up!

Jack was smooth as ever going up to the bride and telling her how pretty she looked in her beautiful dress, toasting with sparkling cider and of course busting a move on the dance floor…

When I told Jack that he had some cool moves, he told me that he did cool moves all the time but when the camera man came over to him then he did some “serious” moves!

Alright then, I don’t think there is any denying that!

Thankfully, they will have lots of opportunities to enjoy all that they loved about being a part of wedding festivities again soon.  We have two big weddings to look forward to this summer.  Aunt Mandy will be getting married to Matt in June and Uncle Danny and Katie will be getting married in July.

It is going to be a great summer full of serious moves.

David and Lindsay, we wish you both a long life of happiness together.  Thank you for including us in your big day.


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