Voting Day! 2012

Well, I surely neglected my blog again….for almost a year! It’s all about recording memories for me. Life is busy, and time passes too fast.

Today was voting day. Max always goes with one us- to teach him about participating in our democracy early.

(See Max’s 2008 election particpation here).

I am particularly grateful today, to be a woman, living in America, in the 21st century. Although not directly related to voting, having seen Argo this weekend….that movie is very thought-provoking. Go see it if you can! You’ll have more love for Canada afterwards as well! 😉


Month of gratitude: days twenty one – thirty

Post orginally written December 26, 2011:

I still had lots of things in mind that I was grateful for. I even had my final post started…..then the holidays came. 🙂

Christmas time: The most wonderful time of the year. I love the memories of holidays past, from childhood memories, to Chris and I and our first few Christmases, and all of Max’s 8 Christmases. I love the sights of decorations everywhere, the smells, including real trees, peppermint and baking.

I have so many wonderful memories here. As child, teenager/young adult, taking Katelyn as her nanny, bringing Chris, bringing Max, with my parents as all adults. Disney is simply magic to me. I’m so excited to go in a couple of weeks!!

My step-dad’s parents made this a regular vacation spot, and 4 years ago, it became a regular spot for us. We’ve been 3 times, stay on the beach for at least a week, and walk into town daily. It’s a marvelous vacation spot.

Amazing friends, both old and new:
Reminds me of my girl scout song from when I was a kid:
“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

Thank goodness I grew up with a love of it, and now have a family who loves it to. Some of my very best memories, are in the wilderness of some sort- camping.

Since Costo was on my list, Target needs to be as well. Max asked me the other day what I liked better- Target or Costco? I did have to answer Costco, seeing as I do more shopping there. Target comes in second for sure though. 🙂

My pets- Lucy the cat, and Buddy the dog:
Sometimes, it’s love-hate, but ultimately, I love them to bits.

Just the man for me. Sure, we have our disagreements and daily life sometimes gets in the way of romance, but we are one old married couple (in a good way) that depends on one another and trusts each other fully. Plus, he hangs up Christmas lights in our room and puts them on a timer- because he knows I love it.

How did I get so lucky to have such a great kid?! He is incredibly smart, adorable, so kind and loving. It is no easy feat being a parent, as any parent already knows, but he is my everything.

My family:
I have a wonderful, down to earth, family, which includes great inlaws and step family. I am lucky.

Month of gratitude: days twelve – twenty

The fact that Max enjoys playing soccer. He’s committed, never says he doesn’t want to go to practice and has an all around good time.

He’s also lucky to have a coach who is willing to volunteer his time for months at a time, 3 days a week to make these boys better players, and enjoy the sport. Thanks Naveed!

Max’s school. The school is new, and didn’t exist when we bought our home here back in 2005, and I feel lucky each day he goes to such an amazing school. Eagle not only teaches him at an exceptional level academically, but also emphasizes character, and even finds time to make sure he gets PE or music, every day. It also doesn’t hurt that it sits at the base of South Mountain, and I find myself appreciating the view every morning.

Costco. Seriously, what would I do if I couldn’t do the bulk of my shopping at Costco?? I just spent my yearly reward on Saturday….so fun!

Lux Coffee on Central. One of our favorite places to go. Absolutely perfect coffee. I buy almost all my coffee beans there too as they roast in-house. If you live in the Phoenix area, it’s a must.

My neighbors. We don’t get together nearly enough (but will soon….see you Saturday Lindsay)! However, having such a wonderful family next door, especially as Max grows up is something to be so grateful for.

Living where we do. It’s a relatively small community, that was actually slated to grow more (except the housing market tanked). So although it’s not the city we thought it would be, we have met some wonderful families, we run into people all the time around town, and we see the South Mountains every where we go. It’s a lovely blend of rural and urban, with Phoenix being in view in the distance.

The town of Telluride. Simply one of my favorite places on earth, and I’m so glad I discovered it.

Clementines. We eat them non-stop this time of year. I love them.

7 days of Fall baking: day three

Day Three: Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars

I made these Tuesday night, and they are scrumptious! Max walked out while they were baking and said, “ohhhhh, I smell that GOODNESS!” This morning, I was getting ready for work and he came in and I asked him what he was having for breakfast and he said, “not THOSE BARS, like I wanted!”

I will adjust the pan size next time. It called for a 10×15, which I don’t have, so I used a regular 13×9 Pyrex and it had to bake much longer to get the middle cooked through.

These are definitely in the category of pumpkin favorites now.

7 days of Fall baking: day two

Day Two: Christmas Morning Muffins

Sunday’s baking was a bit of a bust. It sounded delicious, and was, just out of the oven, but I think I over-cooked these muffins and they are a bit dry. Nothing a trip to the microwave and a smattering of butter won’t fix though. Max loved them and thought I put one in his lunch today, and was disappointed when he saw that I didn’t.

Next time, I’ll watch them more closely. They did not need the full 20 minutes. I would also add even more clementine (we call them clemmies) zest. Can’t get enough citrus zest!

I was actually looking for a recipe that used whole cranberries, but then stumbled across this one, and I had exactly this much dried cranberries left, and they looked so amazing. I found this version converting the metric measurements.


Max is watching TV….a KFC popcorn chicken commercial just came on, and he was not diggin it.

Beyond his usual commenting about eating animals (being the vegetarians we are) he said, “why would anyone need POPCORN CHICKEN?? It’s just lumps, and chicken. Smooth chicken would taste JUST the SAME!”

He did his usual scrunched face and annoyed/concerned (6-year-old) voice. Waving his hands around.

It was adorable and hilarious.