Well I think I have finally adjusted back to reality. Laundry is all done, bags are unpacked, jet leg has subsided and tan is fading. We had a wonderful vacation but man did it go fast. I find thats how life is though – the things we look forward to with great anticipation always take (what feels like) forever to get here and then they fly bye.  The day we left was a crazy busy day for me as I attended “The Brand Bash” workshop during the day (which needs a post of its own) and then rushed home to grab my husband and kids and we were off to the airport.

cove at the airport


gray at the airport


tom and kate at the airport

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times we fly every time there is something that doesn’t go as planned. The one blessing about flying with kids is you get to by pass the long security lines and check through security fairly quickly. The flight to Phoeinx was a full flight with lots of children which always makes for a noisy flight. As for my children they did pretty good. My baby decided to come down with the gastro bug his sister had earlier that week mid flight and required two complete changes which are never fun especially in a tiny airplane bathroom but we arrived safely and so did all our luggage which is a blessing many take for granted until that fateful trip when your luggage doesn’t arrive. Within moments of getting in the van both my babies were sound asleep which was great since it was really 11 pm to their internal clocks.

Sunday we headed off to church at Scottsdale Bible Church which if you are ever in there area is an amazing church that I absolutely always love to attend when we are in Az. The sermon topic that Sunday happened to be on Foster and Adoption which is something is so near and dear to my heart so I was moved to tears when I realized how neat it was that God orchastrated the topic to be spoke on when we were there. If you want to hear the actual sermon you can watch it here www.ScottsdaleBibleChurch.com .

On Monday morning my sister and my brother in law flew in which was exciting for us to be able to spend the week with them. Once we picked them up from the airport we headed to our favourite breakfast spot, Butterfields Pancake House for some delicious breakfast. My choice is always the gluten free chocolate chip pancakes. They are so good and you get so many that I always have extra to bring home with me at the end which is such a bonus.

butter fields pancake house




The weather was amazing, (all week in fact) high 90’s which meant we spent a lot of time in the pool, after all my babies are water babies. I love watching how much my daughter has learnt over the summer when it comes to swimming. She is completely unafraid of the water and is becoming a really good swimmer. I am so thankful that both my babies love the water since we are around water often and since I love to swim as well.

walking to the pool


pool time




cove and mommy



Even in the evenings my babies wanted to swim. So a couple times we let them (the other evenings we were shopping … told you I am a shopaholic) Once the babes where tucked in bed the adults snuck away to soak our weary muscles (from all the shopping) in the hot tub.

daddy and kids


gray swimming





While on vacation I enjoy not having to cook meals. There are so many delicious restaurants we love in Arizona so every night we get to enjoy a new place.  Of course we were sure to enjoy multiple trips to Starbucks, Paradise Bakery, Krispy Kreme and In & Out. In fact we hit In & Out on the way home from the airport after we landed. in and out food




krispy kreme




I still can’t believe our vacation is over already and yet we jam packed our 8 days away with so much fun and so many activities… stay tuned for more!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • You my girl are going to do great things - you already are! This girl never ceases to amaze me and make me proud to be her mama! Her teacher asked to speak to us yesterday - we had no idea why -  her teacher started to share with us  about how kind Gray is and how proud she is of Gray. There is a student in their class that has special needs and Gray has taken such good care of of this little boy since the beginning of the year - she plays with him at recess and make sure he is always included. Her teacher was so impressed by how kind and loving Gray is and of course I wasn’t surprised but The tears did fall as I looked at my girl beaming with  pride. You see this sweet girl has an ability to see people for who they are on the inside. She has been talking about this little boy for the past month and a half when she shares about her day and I had no idea he had special needs or that he was any different than she was cause she doesn’t see him that way she sees him as an equal. How different this world would be if we all treated each other as equal and shared love and kindness with each other!
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall...
It doesn’t matter if I’m short or tall...
If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide...
It only matters who I am inside...
Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green...
What makes me most beautiful can not be seen...
When you look at me, don’t judge me by my parts...
The most beautiful about me is my heart  #myhomesense
  • Happy Thanksgiving! I hope however you’ve celebrated whether today or this weekend you spent it verbalizing to the ones you love how thankful you are for them! It would be silly of me to try and tag the ones I’m thankful for but I truly feel blessed and I hope those of you know who you are!
  • Fear: feeling induced by perceived danger, a response to a specific stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future. Fear of heartbreak? Fear of the diagnosis? Fear of abandonment? Fear of judgment? Fear of peoples perception of you? Fear of your bank account number? Fear is everywhere and I for one struggle with it! I find music to be a powerful tool in my life and these lyrics have been repeatedly playing over in my head this past week- I wake up singing them I sing them all day long and yet they aren’t just lyrics they are a declaration of truth that I am holding onto “There is no fear and no shame
Your love won't rise above
Every failure sealed within Your grave
For love has overcome”
  • Canadian Thanksgiving is days away and as much as this dreary rain would love to drag me down I can’t help but feel so grateful for so many things in my life! I have started keeping a running list of things throughout my day that I am thankful for like not just the obvious big things but the little ones too like a hot cup of coffee and a warm fuzzy blanket - do you know what that does for my thought process when I focus on all I do have to be thankful for!! What are you thankful for today?
  • Kissing another weekend goodbye but it was a good one! Anyone else wondering  where September went and how is it October tomorrow already!? Exciting things are happening in October so I’m not complaining but I feel like I blinked and September was over!

Follow Me!