Friday, January 23, 2009

Flashback Friday

I'm not a usual Flashback Friday participant,

but I am working on a family project. And, going through some old photos, I found this one.

I love it because:

It displays my sweet fashion sense~ You have to admit that patchwork coat is to die for...wish I had it for Elle.

It is a testament to my "throw caution to the wind" attitude~ I broke my arm doing a "death drop" off of the bars on my kindergarten playground.

It is a peek into my hairstyle of choice~ I rocked the two pony tails for years! You know I'm still a fan of the pony!

It is evidence~ of the beginning of a long and intense relationship with sugar. Need I say more?

*What's up Ashley? Why so sad in this photo?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yoga...not for the faint of heart

So, remember my New Year's resolution~ "Give yoga a try"

Well, I have. And, I love it!

That is, until last night when somehow, instead of peace and enlightenment, I left the studio with a sprained toe.

Yes, I have a yoga injury. Can you believe that?

So, now that I have gotten back on track with my running, I have to take a few days off because of my yoga toe.

Oh, well. You know what they say in Yoga...

Go Big or Go Home!

ok, they don't.
but, they should.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day Off...

We took advantage of yesterday's holiday and packed in almost too much fun! We spent the first half of the day enjoying the amazing AZ January weather at the zoo. Then, Max talked me into taking the big kids to the Phoenix Rock Gym to climb all afternoon. Needless to say, we were all exhausted by the end of the day.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Basketball Season Begins...

Max kicked off his basketball season this morning.

He was awesome!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thanks, Dad!

The other day I was thinking about fitness.

Physical activity has always been a part of my life, not something I was really conscious about. It feels almost biological and I realize why...

THIS is my dad.

I don't remember, but I'm sure I was there.

He is my fitness role model.

My dad has always been active, whether it was running, playing baseball or basketball, or cycling.

There has never been a time in my life that my dad was inactive.

In two months, my dad will turn 60. He gets up every morning and rides his bike. He hikes. He lifts weights. He stays ACTIVE.

Thinking about the great example my dad has been over the years has made me acutely aware of the influence I have on my own children.

I don't have to preach.

I don't have to force.

I just have to move!

Thanks, Dad.

I'm sure you never realized the gift you gave us!

*Dad, I want your shoes. The yellow laces are awesome. *When I run, I look just like this, one knee wrapped. No facial hair, though!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

All-Star Night

On Friday, Max got a great surprise from his dad.

Shawn picked him up and took him to the Suns game.

Sitting on the floor, Max got to get up close and personal with some of his favorite players.

He got Dan Majerle and Amare Stoudemire to sign his basketball and as the Sun's ran onto the court, he got a high-five from Steve Nash!

Lucky Boy!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Ok, Kristy. I'll play...

*fill in with one word answers (very hard for me)

1. Where is your phone? purse
2. Where is your significant other? nonexistent
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? Lovely
5. Your father? Helpful
6. Your favorite thing? kiddos
7. Your dream last night? kidnapping
8. Your dream/goal? Become a better judge of character (too many words, but TRUE!)
9. The room you're in? bedroom
10. Your hobby? running
11. Your fear? heights
12. Where do you want to be in 6 yrs? healthy
13. Where were you last night? yoga
14. What you're not? negative
15. One of your wish list items? beachcruiser
16. Where you grew up? Mesa
17. The last thing you ate? cookies
18. What are you wearing? boots
19. Your TV? MSNBC
20. Your pet? lovable
21. Your computer? distracting
22. Your mood? chipper
23. Missing someone? Mom
24. Your car? clean
25. Something you're not wearing? ring
26. Favorite store? Walmart
27. Love someone? many
28. Your Summer? vacation
29. Your favorite color? black (ok, that's not really a color, so red)
30. When was the last time you laughed? now
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Something you crave? dessert
33. Why you blog? indulgence

I tag you Lindsey and Bri!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dark Princess







...and draped in lustrous pink polka-dot satin and white silk lace.

All that every little girl should be.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I have never

made a New Year's resolution.

I am thinking that it is about time to join my fellow bloggers and resolve to break some old habits and make some new ones.

They are...

#1 I will never, under any circumstances, eat an entire cheese ball in one sitting...ever again!

#2 I am going to give Yoga a try. Heck, I'd love a healthier mind, body, and spirit (apparently, these are the things that I will get). So, I will put aside all of the reasons I have avoided yoga all of these years: the hot rooms, painfully slow movements, and most of all, people working out in bare feet. I will be patient and open-minded. I will remove my sneakers and my ipod and I will take the first step toward flexibility, strength, inner peace, and some mind-blowing karma!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Snow Day Fun!

Want some ideas for games at the cabin?

This is how we kept the kiddos busy...

Winter Scavenger Hunt
The kids had to solve riddles to find their next clue.
Ex: To stomp through mud or snow, pull me on and off we'll go!
You get the point. Each clue included an attached bag of candy, so the kids were really sugared up!
The kids followed several clues all through the cabin and snow to their final destination where their prizes were waiting.

The kids loved this! The boys got airplane shooters and the girls got giant diamond rings!

Colored Ice Cube Hunt
Beforehand, freeze about 3 dozen colored ice cubes (just add a couple of drops of food coloring).
Hide them in snow so that just a hint of color is visible. Then, let 'em loose. The one that collects the most wins. So Easy!
I wasn't sure if the kids would like this one. Well, undoubtedly, we will be doing this every time we are up there. We had to hide them over and over. They couldn't get enough!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


We managed to find several places to go sledding while we were in the mountains. Even my sister and I decided to brave the hills...didn't work out so well for us!