Sledding fun

Last year we totally missed out on the snow, and we were ready with all the gear for once.  So this year we were determined, if it snowed we were going!  Guess what?  It snowed!!

We had a play date planned with friends but when we saw it was snowing we asked them if they wanted to go sledding instead.  Lucky for us they were up for an adventure! 

We loaded up the hillbilly minivan and headed two hours up the road to Snowplay in Flagstaff.  Everyone had so much fun.  There was 6-8 inches of fresh powder so we really had to blaze our own trails down the hill.  There were lots of laughs, a few crashes and a bunch of tired kiddos (and two tired moms).  

I am so thankful that we are able to do these things.  I am one lucky wife and mom.


Gingerbread Engineering

Today with our homeschool coop group we had a gingerbread build.  It was tons of fun with lots of candies and royal icing.  Our fingers still feel sticky after multiple washes!

After a marathon weekend it was fun to get my mom out and about with the girls.  I think she had as much fun as they did.


First gymnastics meet

After two looooong days at the horse show, Piper and Landis had their first gymnastics meet!  What a whirlwind week and weekend!

The girls were real champs, even though they were nervous they performed their routines flawlessly!  No falls on beam and Landis vaulted all on her own.  They each placed 2nd, Piper on bars and Landis on beam.  Now they know what competition is like they can prepare for the rest of the season.  

I have to give a shout out to my littlest angel.  She went along with all the happenings without a single meltdown, total gratitude for how she handled herself all weekend! 


Desert Classic Horseshow

Lela’s debut on her horse BF Top Gun, aka Goose, was this weekend.  I will admit I was a nervous wreck.  I trust her trainer 100 percent and I know she would never put Lela in harms way but I was still nervous.  Like I have heard others say it’s not my horse I’m worried about, it’s everyone else’s lol!

Lela was a fierce competitor and won the Championship in her division.  We are all so happy for her and her horse.  Our little girl is growing up😍

This is what her trainer posted, Lela also won 2nd place in two Equitation classes.  Overall an amazing showing!!

Just a few of the highlights:

-BF Top Gun+ 

•Champion Country Pleasure Walk Trot

•1st Place Country Pleasure Walk Trot 

•1st Place HA Country Pleasure Open

•2nd Place HA Show Hack Open

Lela and ‘Goose’ are a fabulous team and were absolutely remarkable for their very first show together!!! Lela is such a natural talent!

It’s weird 

It is really weird when your kids get online.  I never realized how that was a piece of me and our lives that was somehow private even though it is pretty public.

Now that the bigs have an Instagram account and limited internet access my blog posts and instagrams are available to them.  It makes me more cautious because I don’t want to offend them, or influence them or upset them with the random workings of my mind (the blog).  I never before thought about how their current self would feel reading about their current drama unfolding online in real time.  When I thought of the blog I always thought about how great it would be for them to be able to see a glimpse of themselves as a child when they were adults.

So as I figure out this new normal, have patience while being in awe of my overall awesomeness as a parent (hahaha).


Nothing like jumping in to the frying pan first day back from vacation!!

7am wake up – make Phoebe lunch for school, wake up the girls, get breakfasts and get packed up for piano

830am – drop Phoebe at school and drive to Chandler for piano lessons

9-10am piano lessons, usually piano is until 11 but today was a group lesson which is generally shorter

1030am – go to Costco to get veggies and fruits and Pipers new specs 

11am-1145am make lunches and snacks, put away groceries and head to horseback riding

1230-315 horseback lessons.  Lela rode Joey, Indy and a new horse Andy.  Piper and Landis played with the dog, jumped on the trampoline and talked about seeing projects with Ms. Mary.

I should have left for gymnastics at 3, traffic was rough and we were 8 min later for gymnastics.

408p – dropped Piper in Chandler for gymnastics.  The girls ate and changed in the car.  Rushed to downtown Phoenix 

438p – dropped landis at ballet 8 min late😁 then we rushed to pick up Phoebe at school

5pm – pick Phoebe at school and then we drove back to Chandler to pick up Piper.  We settled in bean burritos from Taco Bell for dinner, at least they ate kale salad for lunch😍

530p – pick up burritos

6p – pick up Piper in Chandler post gymnastics, Rush downtown to get Landis for ballet

630p – pick up Landis at ballet.  It was crazy because there was an event, there was no parking, Landis got taken to another room, got lost in the crowd all while I was double parked outside and the girls went in and also got lost in the crowd😁 No Bueno!

Finally home at 7pm👍🏻

I was flying solo because J was in Cali, usually he does the late pick ups.  Whew Tuesday, thank goodness you only come once a week😏

Quick trip

We just got back from a quick trip to San Diego, we left Saturday and came back today (Monday).  We stayed at the Hilton on the bay, we have actually stayed there before and I quite like it.  It has a great Boardwalk, the quietest beach on the planet, and it is a quick drive to Old Town.

We were there to visit with my friend Lauren who was visiting her beau Jordan whom we were meeting for the first time.

Lela was thrilled as you can see, lol!  

We had a great time sight seeing in Old Town, shopping and eating yummy Mexican food.  Our room had a fire pit so we roasted smores, played football on the beach and the girls attempted to swim in an 82 degree pool but found it too chilly.

It was great to just hang out and be together.  We have a super busy week ahead and Jason is packed to go back to California tomorrow morning.  Life is good❤️

Fear of elevators

Lela is terrified of elevators.  I mean tear inducing, arm grabbing, heavy breathing terror.  Her anxiety has now spread to enclosed spaces like the car.  I was getting a little worried but then I talked to her old teacher and she said not to worry.  I don’t like flying, elevators or tight spaces but I have had a lot longer to adjust to those fears.  It amazes me that she isn’t afraid of trotting around on a 1,000 lb horse but won’t go up an elevator.  Kids😂


Nightmares, fears and sleepwalking

She will grow out of it…they said.

She can’t sleep in your bed forever…they said.

Well here we are 2015 and Landis is still afraid of her shadow, won’t go to her room alone at any time of the day or night, sleeps in our room, has night terrors AND sleepwalks!  Gheesh!

The sleeping sitch has gone off the rails at our house.  Jason and I take full responsibility for letting things continue.  But in our defense we have tried a myriad of solutions and stuck with them for 3 weeks to 3 months only to end up right back where we began.  So these days we are opting for sleep maximization for all no matter the set up.

Here is how it is going down, Landis and Jason sleep in our California King with a large pillow barrier around Landis so that she feels cocooned and doesn’t sleep right up against (or on) Jason.  Phoebe and I sleep in a twin bed about 3 feet to the right of Landis.

Well last night it ended up being me, Phoebe and Landis in the little twin bed. OMG it was hands down the worst night of sleep.  Landis was having a terrible sleepwalking night that included running around the house saying “I can’t find her,” calling out for me even as I held her, and constantly looking for “her.”  It was exhausting for me and I am sure it was for her even though she remembers none of it.

It’s hard to believe this adorable little thing can carry so much fear.  PS. She really wants this cat😂

Short of locking her out of our room at night I am not sure what our next steps will be.  Lela also sleepwalks and she went through a pretty rough patch around 9 where she would be afraid of death at any moment of the day bringing on a panic attack.  So maybe this is the beginning of that phase😞

I wish I kept that owners manual they gave us at the hospital😂😂

Sever’s Disease

Piper has Sever’s disease.  Before anyone freaks out, it’s common and curable.


“During a growth spurt, your child’s heel bone grows faster than the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in her leg. In fact, the heel is one of your child’s first body parts to reach full adult size. When the muscles and tendons can’t grow fast enough to keep up, they are stretched too tight.”

So it hurts to walk and put pressure on it.  Doing round offs in gymnastics is definitely no fun😞

We are icing and resting and hoping for the best.  She isn’t thrilled her flipping has hit a snag.