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This may have been a mistake..

So, the New Year came, and with it, my Birthday! My family surprised me with a new shiny green iPhone (which shall henceforth be known as the Green Machine). I love it, partially because it ain’t easy being green, and partially because it’s super awesome. The part I fear I may regret is that Ara inherited my old 3G iPhone. Not as a functioning phone, but as a cool iPod that plays games and can text and watch movies if she’s on a network. I know that it’s almost an inevitable step for the kids of today, but I just cringe to see the next generation staring at devices. She will have time limits and, like her computer, it will be off limits on school days. She is looking forward to being able to text her step cousin when she goes back home and I can load it up with educational games. Also, let’s just be honest here, its a great way to buy some silence in the car!


March Picture Fun


My bro turned a year older, which is a good thing since he has a BABY on the way! Congratulations to me, cause it’s about time I was re-auntied.


Vic got a zombie axe for his birthday, he liked it a lot. So much so that he cut his cake and served with it.


For my MIL we had dinner at Mi Nidito. A well known eatery here, made famous by a presidential visit. I was unimpressed with the hour and 45 minute wait on a Thursday night. But it was still a good night and most important, the Birthday Girl was happy.



The girl had a surprise visit to her favorite restaurant, Little Anthony’s. The wait was pretty long here too but made more bearable by the old car, face cutout photo boards, and watching the hula hoop contest that a friend was competing in.

Elvis face!

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And spring has flung here. It’s 90F and the flowers are a’bloomin.



We found a race car and people willing to let us play around in it!


Vroom! Jump ahead 9 years and this is happening.. yikes!



And.. a happy spring bento!

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Summer, where did you go?



I’ve lived in Arizona for all my life (minus 7 years in Nor Cal) and I’ve never seen a lizard that was this big. It’s hard to get a feel for how giant he was because he was wary of me and my camera. So sticking my hand on the tree would have made this a picture of just my hand on a tree and a place where a lizard USED to be sitting! Ara pointed him out, otherwise I would have walked on by, absorbed in my thoughts. Maybe it’s because this year’s monsoon season has been awesome. He’s had so many bugs to fill his scaly lizard belly?


Speaking of the monsoon season, it’s been lighting up the summer sky with the most ridiculously awesome sunsets. Pictures can’t do it any justice at all (my pictures anyway, especially through a dirty windshield).


I just thought I’d throw in a colorful apology note from Ara… LOL. Her face will show you exactly what she’s thinking. If looks could kill..


Katie’s Birthday is a few days before Ara’s. This was her heart and peace sign cake. I was tempted to use color and make a more traditional cake. She wanted Tinkerbelle at first. But then we settled on hearts and peace signs that I could easily add with fruit on top of homemade whipped cream. It was light and delicious, perfect for August in the desert.


We had Ara’s birthday dinner at The Trail Dust Town the very same evening as KT’s party. It was a long day but still a fun one. Ara had a great time with Alex’s family, who spoil her rotten!


She’s at the age where she really appreciates all the fashion accessories and clothes her aunts shower her with. Which is mutually delightful for all involved!


The day started out blazing hot and then cooled with a massive storm in the evening. Cooling things off so we could ride the train and explore.


More spoiling happened as we checked out the shops and candy store. Right after we boarded the little train my camera battery died!


The next day she modeled all 7 or 8 outfits and I took photos. She hated it, as you can see… lol.

IMG_3744 The night before her actual birthday I hung balloons outside her door with a penny in each to hold them down. I thought I was so clever, using this little trick from Pinterest.. until the balloons started popping on their own, and with money shrapnel inside! Luckily she didn’t wake up from the loud POPs! She adored the surprise the next morning. Waking to find balloons all over the house.


There were a couple canine guests invited so we made ‘doggie’ bags!

Ara’s cupcakes had strawberry hearts and Trader Joe’s Coco Balls on top of whipped cream. They were sort of a strawberry shortcake-ish.

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Unfortunately this is the best picture I got of our T-Rex watermelon.  I did the carving and Ara put his ‘teeth’ in. The teeth made getting watermelon a challenge, which some people seemed to like. So it all worked out! You can see the TV on in the background. I moved the TV probably 6 months ago and never bothered to hook up the antenna because no one here watches TV. But then, I’ve been DYING to watch the Olympics and my Dad tells me now that they’re on regular old TV channels! So Alex hooked it up! Too bad they were pretty much over, oh well next time. That giant bubble TV might just last another 4 years!


After presents were opened Ara took her new stuff to the street! We got her a scooter and all the protective equipment you can strap onto a kid. Then, the shed was opened and the other bikes came out and all of the sudden my whole family is out in the street. Riding bikes, scootering, laughing, falling, and generally having an awesome time. The summer sun hid under a cooling cloud cover to make for a perfect evening. One that Ara will remember happily!

And that’s what happened while I wasn’t blogging! More to come soon, it’s been quite a while!

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