Flagstaff, Halloween, Holidays

Viola’s Flower Garden

After our morning at Bearizona and afternoon naps, we decided to find a pumpkin patch, and my Google search and review stalking did not disappoint. I found Viola’s Flower Garden. A local nursery turned pumpkin patch. It was from something out of a movie. Ridiculously picture perfect in every way and decorated to a T. Beautiful pumpkins of every variety, games for the kids, a straw maze and even a pumpkin painting station. Every little nook and cranny was carefully crafted for the holiday, and there were fabulous photo ops everywhere we turned. We especially liked the sleeping skeletons in the casket. Walker made sure to shhh us as to not wake them. The colors were the perfect shade of Fall all around us and we found a few pumpkins to take home. Mine was $26 (omg!), but worth it for the little Hocus Pocus feels we got from strolling through the garden. Loved all the charm throughout. And loved the smiles and delight my boys got out of it.

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Activities for Kids, Flagstaff


 On our second day up in Flagstaff, we took the boys to Bearizona. Really, there’s not much to say .. you stay in your car, very Jurassic Park style, and look out your windows at all the bears. And reindeer. And coyotes. And bison. It’s fairly short-lived. Thankfully there’s a small zoo-like park you can walk through after, with a petting zoo, more bears of course. and even a jaguar! Our favorite part, aside from all the sleepy bears, was the birds of prey show. Mr. Walker was getting pretty sweaty, so by the end of the excursion he was walking around shirtless, ready for a nap. It was a nice activity for the boys, but next time, I want to try the Deer Farm!


The Bunkhouse in Parks

For the first part of our Fall break this year, I found the cutest AirBnB in the Flagstaff area. It was called the “bunkhouse”, just a turn away from the old Route 66.  Sometimes you just need to get out of town for a weekend. We had such a nice time with our boys. The boys explored the grounds, spooked the cows behind us, kicked their soccer ball and at night we played flashlight tag and made smores by the fire. The weather was perfect, and across the street was even a little park.  The boys helped me pick wildflowers, we made waffles for breakfast, grilled chicken and ate on the picnic table outside. The boys shared a bunk bed (their favorite thing in the world) and Callen snuggled in our room. The bunkhouse had a great southwest charm and it was the perfect size rental to contain our wild beasts! Even Hocus Pocus was playing on cable one of the nights. It truly felt like Fall and I’m thankful for all the laughs and scuffs and snuggles by the fire. Even Jace and Walker were extra cuddly with each other! Just melts my heart. I enjoy seeing the excitement on their faces in a new place. Continue Reading

Walker Wednesday

Lacroix boy

Walker calls it a “cold” .. “I want a cold”, meaning sparkly water! It tickles his tongue all the same, but this little man likes his Passionfruit Lacroix, just like Momma. We’ve been doing our own splash pads at home to keep cool. Walker is quick to strip down to his diaper to get the full cool off. His smile just melts my soul.

Jace Face Friday

A little JFF and Life Update

Oh hey, blog! Remember me? The author of this here memory bank? I’m still here. Just surviving life, one day at a time. A lot has changed over the last few months. Aside from marriage crap and a lot of self help books, we’ve moved back to good ‘ol Arizona. And what better way to document than a $1 find from the Goodwill mixed with a little Jace Face Friday. Even if life doesn’t seem to feel all that hunky dory right now, I’ll be damned if I abandon this online outlet for myself, to remember and document the days and months and years that fly before my eyes. Life is only happening faster and even when I try to slow down for a few moments, it speeds right up again. For example, Jace has already lost 2 teeth! I’m not going to gross the world out with a photo of the bloody hole but I will show his crooked, scarecrow of a smile. This was when one tooth was still hanging on. And I refused to pull it out because, duh. Barf! I don’t do blood or loose teeth. But one night Walker threw a toddler sized plastic LEGO at Jace’s face and it hit his loose tooth and boom. Tooth flung out! I mean, what are brothers for if not to knock out loose teeth? Ha! But Jace has 2 new grown up teeth on the middle bottom and the tooth fairy has come twice now! BTW, average cost for a first tooth is $4.96 (thanks to Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine!). Wow, we’re losing teeth. So it begins! And for me, I need to promise myself to find a few minutes to keep my blog alive, even if just for myself.