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!
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.
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.
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.
Tonight. Was one for the books. I haven’t posted in a very long time. Things have been off with life you could say. Long story. All I can say is I needed a day like today. Desperately. From the minute I woke up, my spirit was peaceful. The boys were calm and cuddly, obeying and happy. All the daycare drop offs went great. Fairly productive work day. I was asked to lunch by a couple gals I work with. I received some inspiring texts from my mother in law. My new organic skin care samples came in the mail. I took my youngest in for his 1-year wellness check (we survived 3 shots). The gardener came by. Callen ate some strawberries from our planter boxes on the patio. The sky was blue. The sun warm. The radio stations in my van were playing all the right tunes. I squeezed in a trip to Trader Joe’s for all our favorites. Jace and Callen were so well behaved, Jace even found the shark and got a sucker. Walker squeezed me extra hard when I picked him up. He’d crafted a robin bird at Katie’s today. We got home and I started unloading the groceries. And then stopped and looked at the scene in my kitchen. And time stood still. Walker was sitting on top of the kitchen table playing with Jace’s dragons. Jace was playing with his finger skateboards on the ground. Callen was close by, pulling everything I was putting in the fridge out of the fridge. And everyone was happy, like being home was the most comfortable thing. And in that moment my heart soared at how precious this time in my life is. How beautiful these boys are and how blessed I am. We had dinner and did bath, had ice cream cones for dessert and obsessed over Jace’s first loose tooth. No one was fighting over toys or crying. Somehow I did something right today. Whatever it was. Maybe it was the good night sleep that night before or the peace I felt waking up that day. Crazy how your mindset sets the stage for how your day is going to go .. well anyway, just wanted to document these thoughts so I never forget this warm, tight feeling in my chest.