Thursday, August 30, 2012

Operation: Love ReUnited Homecoming

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a homecoming yesterday... just wanted to share a few snaps from the event.  I love my job!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Add Cheer Leader To Her Resume

Buggy was so happy to make the cheer leading team... this was taken just minutes after getting home from her first practice! GOOOO JAGUARS!!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Birthday to our BUG

We celebrated Buggy's birthday last night with just our family.  Today's a big day for her - picture day, birthday, AND cheer leading tryouts!  My stomach is in knots, full of nervous anticipation.  She's easy-breezy... wish I could be as worry-free as she is.

Daisy May Be A Contortionist

This dog cracks me up.  I always find her in the most twisted positions.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Here's what we've been up to lately... 
Enjoying our backyard fire pit with dutch-oven dinners, weenie roasts and s'mores with super fun friends.  We've been working hard (distinguished visitors, looming hurricane, 12th AF 70th celebration), and studying harder (sometimes I just HATE homework as much as my kids do... seriously, why does my brain hurt when I help my middle-schoolers with their homework?!).  I've been cleaning and organizing, taking the kids to the pool to escape the still inferno-like heat.  Together with the dogs, we've been watching some most incredible amazing lightening storms as this has been one of the most intense monsoon seasons we've experienced since moving here.  We've also been planning for our pending overseas move by going to appointments, yard selling (I think I've bought more than I've gotten rid of, haha!), exercising like the zombie apocalypse is approaching, (seriously - we've been working our butts off!) .... and on, and on!

Finally made my own mod podge and finished my mom's 50th birthday keepsake.  Mod Podge recipe found here.  It took me awhile to get the photos just right, but it will be nice to send off a package for the family in Utah soon.

On the down low, we've been putting together a "baby sitting" kit for Buggy's birthday next week by using ideas I've found on Pinterest.  Some of the items I didn't have pinned to a board, but were still inexpensive do-it-yourself projects that Monkey Boy and Freckle Face could easily help me with.  Bean Bags sewn from old jeans, a car mat using an old sheet and sharpies, soap box card games, some of their primary-age books and dvd's.  Many of the items we were able to purchase at the dollar store for cheap or re-purpose items we had around the house.

Here's a few of the ideas with links - it's all very cute and very fun stuff:
Find-It Jar
Kool-Aid Salt Dough
Bubbles, Flubber, Sidewalk Paint
Rain Sticks
And later next month, I'm going to help Buggy make THESE cute finger puppets.

I picked up these two boxes at the dollar store to hold all the babysitting items in, but I will probably look for something more practical - with a lid and handles.

Military Man has been trying to help me finish up a few projects I've had on my "things to-do someday" list - things that only take a couple of hours to finish, but I've always been missing one or two necessities to wrap them up.  

And theses guys went shooting with some friends.  Dad said it was to "use up all our ammo" since we won't be taking it to our next base.  The kids didn't mind what the 'reason' was, they just had fun doing it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gettin' Crafty

Took this with my phone - you should see my other hand!  This is what happens when I decide to "create" while the kids are at school.  Three bleaches later, and the blue dye and crazy-glue are still winning!  I'll post later on what exactly I've been crafting... in the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday friends XOXO

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Santa Cruz River

Last evening we enjoyed a walk/hike along the Santa Cruz - only during monsoon season does it have water running through it.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Butterflies in the Bush

 Caught sight of this Monarch fluttering outside on my over-grown bush yesterday.

Gila Monster

 Oh my!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wild Horses in Rancho Sahuarita

All summer long while we were away on vacation, friends were posting pictures of this family of wild horses that had found their way into our little desert oasis.  They've been hanging around the green and in and out of the different washes at the north end of Rancho Sahuarita - just walking distance from our home.  I couldn't wait for the opportunity to see them for myself.  Since being home I've passed by them several times - always when I was in a hurry to get to an appointment and not having my camera with me, so I was a bit disappointed with the situation.  Finally, today Military Man and I had a "day date" while the kids were in school and driving home, we spotted them near the wash - disguised in the brush.  No doubt - seeking refuge in the shade from the scorching sun!  Yay!!! I had my camera with me and was so happy to finally get to capture them.