Monday, January 12, 2015

Compilation of our Best Moments {mobile monday}

I've been unbelievably busy so it's been awhile since I've been able to share our happenings with you.  As many of you know, we are smack dab in the middle of a big move.  I have a lot to share from the last two months, but no time to sit down and sort through it all.  I'll attempt a 'catch up' this week before my computer is packed away - if possible.  (Don't hold your breath, haha!)

So here it is - another mobile phone post - a compilation of our fondest moments of the last few weeks.  Image #1 - Ah-MAZ-ing Arizona sunrise... This is one of many incredible views we've been blessed with this winter as we drop Freckle Face off for early morning Seminary at the Stake Center.

Image #2 - I can't tell you how many times I've been stuck in my desk because she lays right behind me, trapping me.  I've also lost track of the number of times I've rolled over an ear or foot.

Image #3 - This is a typical comment I find on Monkey Boy's school fliers.  He cracks me up.  Keeping it real.

Image #4 -  This Tracker parked outside the local Walmart makes the top five on my list of sah-WEET paint jobs.  Hispanics certainly know how to liven up the ride.  I mean, dogs in sombreros and serapes... that's pretty awesome.

Images 5-7 - Buggy's final orchestra performance was incredible.  I'm so proud of her willingness to develop and share her talents with everyone.  The Beehives went to the winter concert together to show their appreciation for the girls in their group that were performing.

Image #8 - Buggy hosted an epic Ugly Sweater Party with some of her friends from school and church.  They made up plates to take around to the neighborhood ...(I spent two days making 2400+ cookies while I was stuck indoors with the house being painted).

Image #9 - Monkey Boy and I at his Court of Honor - he received his Tenderfoot and First Class.  We were pretty tired that night from all the moving prep... and weren't prepared for no glamour shots, lol.

Images 10-13 - Christmas morning selfies.

Images 14-16 - Daisy... what can I say.  She's gonna do what she wants.  She jumped up on the bed and interrupted Freckle Face and I as we were watching YouTube videos of sassy dogs.  She also took over the GB Packer bed I made for poor Copper.  She's kind of a meana sometimes.

Image #17 - Christmas morning.  Hmmm.... can you tell which two woke the other up?  They were excited.  She just wanted to sleep in.

Image #18 - I'm not sure why we took this one, except I know we were waiting for the other two to get out to the car for church.  I think it's because we were coordinating outfits.  My closet has officially been open for business.  I'm not sure I have much left that's still 'mine' now that we've got two teenage girls that fit into my sizes.

Images 19-21 - Freckle Face set out on a solo trip to surprise best friend Lauren in Montana after Christmas.  She successfully navigated three international airports on her own, which is incredible for a 14 year old.  I am grateful for all those that helped make this trip possible for her.

Images 22-24 - Grandma Brunette graciously had Bug and Monkey Boy's friends over to make fortune cookies and watch movies on New Year's Day.  The kids had a great time and even though mom and g'ma ended up doing all the work, they still talk about how cool that was.  And delicious... they were melt-in-your mouth delectable.

Alright, that's a quick recap for now.  I promise I'll get back to blogging and photographing once we are settled into our new place in Oklahoma.  Love you all!  Stay warm this winter :)

xo - Jess

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blurred Days, turned to months {mobile monday}

WOW!!! I can't believe it's been a month since my last post, and even the last few have been far between.  We've taken the usual "BUSY" to a whole new level with SO MUCH going on here at the Brunette house, it's getting hard to keep track of what day - or even what week - it is.   So here it is... another quick post until I can catch my breath, a {mobile monday} post with snapshots from my iphone.  Happy Monday folks - hope you're all staying warm and enjoying the season wherever you may be.
xoxo - Jess

* After four long months in the job hunt, Military Man accepted a job offer and will be leaving us in just a few days.  The kids and I will follow just as soon as our house here in sunny AZ sells and the semester is over at school.

* The kids weren't too happy about the news.  We HAD planned to make this our permanent home, but plans change and we're no stranger to sudden and abrupt moves.  We promised the kids that for sure this next place will be their last home with us (before college).

* We made a spur of the moment trip out to have a look around the place we plan to call home for awhile.  It's a nice place and we're looking forward to the move... it's just all the in between stuff that needs to be taken care of that's going to be stressful.  There's a "Festival of Lights" in the center of town at the park that Military Man and I were able to go through on the night we were in town, it definitely made it feel like Christmas.  (Wow!  I can't believe it's already December!?!)

* We set out getting things around our home here in order, including home repairs and painting.  Daisy was not too happy about the fact that it took me four days to paint the master bedroom and put it back to something she recognized.  Look at that sad face she gave me when I sat down to take a quick break.

*  We just reunited with some dear friends (the Buchi family) that recently moved to Tucson from Montana.  It will be hard to say goodbye knowing they just got here and we now leave after seven years since our last duty station together.

*  Thanksgiving was wonderful - yummy food galore! and I even made rolls... which rarely happens.  The kids love them though, so I guess it was worth it.  We were so happy to have the Buchis join us for dinner at Grandma Brunettes house along with Beau and Danika and their adorable boys who drove down from Utah for the weekend.  We each got to steal some sweet baby snuggles too!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Our Big Halloween Bash

White Elephant Parade - Celebrating 50 Years

October Wrap Up {mobile monday}

End of the month wrap up for on-the-go pics from my sweet phone:
* Pep Rally and Spirit Week
* Fun Family Home Evenings
* EYO Scout Camp-out in the Santa Ritas
* Ward Trunk-or-Treat
* Freckle Face's new braces
* Busy photography schedule
* YW's Evening in Excellence, both girls completed values in Personal Progress
* All three kids made the Principal's Honor Roll for 3.5+ GPA
* Monkey Boy's Student of the Week for outstanding character
* Halloween - whoot, whoot!!
* Football and basketball games
* White Elephant Parade - 50th Anniversary
* More parties and gathering of family and friends - we are blessed!

I could've have made it through this crazy and wild ride of a month without some very wonderful and helpful family and friends - both near and far.  I am a lucky girl to have such an amazing support system!  XO - Jess