Camping

We started summer vacation off with a camping trip to Silverwood.  We went up early Sunday so that we could spend the day on the lake.  This year the Mosquedas joined us and it was so much fun. Shanna and her family came up and joined us for the day.  The lake was really busy so we were crammed in like sardines on the beach. We saw everything from dumb asses not abiding by the no wake zone to verbal fights between people in the same party who crashed jet skis into each other. It was highly entertaining.  Back at camp we had dinner and made smores and everyone was pooped for the night.  Monday was a completely different story we were practically the only ones on the beach and it was awesome! Everyone enjoyed going out on the jet skis it was so much fun. The wind started to pick up and we decided it was in our best interest to pack it up and head home, I think everyone was happy about that but me.  Overall it was a good trip and everyone made lots of fun memories!

You can see all the pictures by clicking here -> Camping Pics

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Wine Country

The husband and I took Shanna to Temecula for her birthday.  We went up Friday and stayed at South Coast Winery and Spa . The reception at the hotel was exceptional and they gave us a bottle of wine! Once we got all checking we went to our villa, it was like our own private apartment for the weekend! There was a wet bar, fireplace, patio and a Jacuzzi tub.  Needless to stay we were very impressed with the room. After getting settled we walked next door to Ponte Winery they have a full service bar with food called The Cellar Lounge. The atmosphere was awesome and the food and drinks were yummy.  After two drinks, some food and listening to the band we decided to head back to our villa ( I just love saying that word ).

Saturday morning we were up early for breakfast and then hit the earliest winery open, Hart.  This was a very small family owned winery, we weren’t very impressed with much after one tasting we were out.  Next we headed to Long Shadow Ranch . Shanna was on a mission to see and touch animals and this winery came up on the list.  Unfortunately there was a wedding happening so we didn’t get to experience the barn tasting room.  We did manage to see some horses, a goat and alpaca. There was a outdoor stage and fire pit so I assume the night life at this winery could be great. We headed just down the road to Falkner. The ‘wine educators’ (learned this) were great hosts at this winery.  Matt was very eager to learn more about the process and was enthralled when he had there attention. We learned about vertical tastings, when you taste one grape from two different vintages. Good stuff! Across the path was the newbie on the strip Peltzer. Considered a boutique winery it came highly recommended by Falkner. Maybe you have heard of Peltzer Pines (xmas trees) the winery is owned by the fourth generation son. The Temecula farm was previously known for there pumpkin farm.  There tasting room is what looks like a giant barn which will eventually hold all of there aging barrels.  Each wine was paired with a Artisan bread! My favorite here was the Barbera. On our last trip to wine country I fell in love with this wine native to Italy, but a few wineries locally have started producing it. Kenneth was our wine educator here and I think Matt was so happy to have his undivided attention. About this time we were approaching lunch so we decided to head up to one of the furthest on the strip, but also one of our favorites Robert Renzoni . Great view, good music, yummy food and one heck of a glass of wine! After lunch we headed back to the villa to unwind.  Shanna and I took a dip in the pool and enjoyed some drinks poolside. Last half of the day we went to South Coast Winery, Ponte and Wiens. We had dinner at Ponte and it was extremely disappointing! After a full day of drinking we were wiped and turned in for bed.

Sunday it was back to reality! I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with two of my favorite people.  Hope you had a great birthday Shanna we love you very much!

A Mothers Truth

You spend 18 years raising your children to be the best they can be. Molding their beliefs, values  and self-worth. Giving them the tools to be successful in life.  Throughout those 18 years you go through many stages terrible twos, puberty and teen age.  All have their ups and downs, but you push through because as a parent that is your job.  You are there to parent them not be there best friend. In those 18 years you will hear it all, one minute they will love you and then next they hate you.  But at the end of the day you are the mother and one day they will thank you for pushing them to be a better person.  That is what you keep telling yourself, but I am still waiting for that day to come.  My truth is you spend 18 years raising that child and they turn 18 only to think they can suddenly take on the world by themselves.

In April 2016 you broke my heart when you ran across the country to be with someone you barely knew. There was still so much unfinished business you left behind, but you did what you felt you had to do.  You were strong willed, independent and responsible. You had big dreams and the will to make it all happen.  I say all this in past tense because I don’t recognize that child anymore.  When the going got tough you knew you had to come home and I admired that choice.  I was there to help you and get you back on your feet. In August you got a job, enrolled in college and began playing volleyball. I started to see my daughter again. At this point it had been 5 months since you turned 18 and you were someone I barely recognized.  So many relationships have been shattered by the decisions you made. September we gave you your car back thinking you were back on track, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  There was this sense of entitlement and lack of respect.  I had no idea you could be so hurtful to someone who has done nothing but help you. October rolled around and I started to lose you again.  You quite school, volleyball and became distant again.  What you don’t seem to understand is you have always had a choice, live by my rules under my roof or go be free.  I would never kick you out of your home, you always chose to run.  October 28th I lost you again.  With no money, no phone, no job, no place to live you chose to drive cross country to make a new life.  You told people I kicked you out, why did you have to paint me the bad guy?  Did that make you feel better about the decisions you were making because deep down you knew they were wrong.

November, I sent you an “olive branch” and you swallowed your pride and reached out. Things were fine, I still didn’t support your choices or like what you were doing, but I was just grateful we were talking.  But if there is one thing I have learned in the past 7 months is this doesn’t last. I am your mother I will always love you and I will always be there for you, but I wouldn’t be a good mother if I enabled you.  This is what I think you don’t understand.  1 out of 2 conversations with you end with you telling me “I never help you and to stay out of your life”.  I have learned that if I don’t tell you what you want to hear you get angry and end the conversation.  We have played this game for so long I am honestly exhausted emotionally. You can’t tell me to stay out of your life and then publically say I don’t care about how you’re doing.  You can’t publically say you miss people when you do nothing to maintain that relationship.  I am sorry I cannot support you leaving everything and everyone you know to be in the country’s most dangerous city with someone I do not know who you say has beat you. The daughter I raised would not make these irresponsible and unhealthy decisions.  I have tried to help you, tried to talk some sense into you, but you are blinded by what you think is love.  You have told so many lies I don’t think you even know the truth anymore. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you, I miss you every day.  I will always love you and always be there for you. I will never stop worrying about your wellbeing and want the best for you.

I just don’t recognize my little girl anymore. I can only hope that one day she will own her faults and know it’s not too late to make things right.  Until then I have to keep her at an arm’s length.  When she is ready to make her life better and truly make a change I will be there with open arms.

This is my raw truth.

Orangetheory Fitness

Earlier this year I was told I am pre-diabetic and have high cholesterol. My Dr said if I didn’t want to have a stroke or heart attack by 50 I had to make some serious changes in my life.  I instantly started eating better and doing 30min of cardio on a daily basis.  Its been 11 months and my weight has fluctuated up and down 15lbs. As the year went on I became less motivated and not as strict with my eating habits. I was suppose to go back to my dr to retest my labs at the six month mark, but I was too afraid I hadn’t done enough to change my numbers and I didn’t want to see that reality in the numbers. Over Thanksgiving I decided I had enough. I turned 40 and realized this is only going to get harder. I want to be active, I want to feel good about myself, I need a change. For the past month I had been doing some research on gyms, personal trainers, cross fit etc. Now I work out daily so that isn’t an issue for me, I need someone to give me that extra push, someone to keep me honest. A normal gym wasn’t going to do that for me.  I also didn’t want the one on one attention of a personal trainer. Cross fit seemed a bit too intense for me, I don’t want to feel like I have to puke in a trash can.  Then I came across Orangetheory Fitness.  This was a science base circuit training. Each class is 60minutes and have 28 participants.  You come in and get set up with a heart monitor. Otbeat Heart Rate Wristband. The heart-rate monitor, high-intensity workout is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy. They call it the after burn

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You start out on the treadmill or rowing machines.

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The trainer leads the class and tells you when to go at  your base, push or all out.  You constantly see your heart rate through out the class.  The key is to get to the Orange zone

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After 20 minutes you switch to the rowers and continue on.  The third circuit which was hardest for me was the weight training

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After 55 minutes you do some brief stretches to cool down. Once the class is completed you can see the results on your app

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I love that I can schedule classes through the app on my phone.  They have three level of memberships, Basic, Premier and Elite.  One thing they do not tell you is you have to pay additional for the heart rate monitor.  This is a one time fee.

So my first class was Friday. I was very nervous to be the new fat kid in class. I was instantly welcomed by everyone and a trainer who was there for the class instantly took me under her wing. Half way though I didn’t think I was going to make it but I pushed on.  Looking at my results not bad for the first time.

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Yesterday my legs hurt something fierce. Today I am still pretty sore.  I  plan to attend classes Tuesday and Friday.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

This is 40

Today I celebrate 40 years of life, 40 years of experiences that have all led me to where I am today. Within the last month I have started to experience things I am too old for, Lasik and Bralettes (according to the husband). I assume this list will only continue to grow. If you think of it in terms of life span, my life is half over! What am I doing with my life? I am healthy, have a good job, have kids and a husband. What’s left? Oh yeah, I get to look forward to menopause.

Today starts the second half of my life. What I do in the next 40 years is most likely what I will be remembered for. Guess I better make it pretty awesome! All of my friends have already dealt with the feelings of turning 40, I am the youngest of the group.  What have you done different in the next 40?

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

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Fall

This is my favorite time of year and its even better that the weather has turned cold and wet. Last week the whole family was over for dinner and we carved pumpkins. I love being surrounded by my family.

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This weekend we also went to a co-workers haunted house. For a free haunted house its pretty bad ass. The Midway of Madness

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Lastly on Sunday in the rain, thunder and lightening, we did the Foam Glow 5k.  By the time the race started the rain had thankfully stopped! We always enjoy these fun runs.  We try and do a few a year.

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

 

 

 

Stranger

I want to help someone. I want to reach that girl who wakes up one day and feels like its not worth it anymore.

Its all about the girl who is having a horrible day and she sees your words and for five minutes there’s hope. Like someone cares. Its like for five minutes the world is not such a crazy place anymore.

She is a daughter, maybe a sister. Somebodies friend.  I don’t know her and maybe I never will. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if you weren’t you anymore.  If you were suddenly gone.  How would the world react. Whatever you imagined is wrong. There’s nothing romantic about death. Grief is like the ocean, deep, dark and bigger than all of us and pain is like a thief in the night. Quite persistent and unfair. Diminished by time, fate and love.  I didn’t know her, but I am jealous of her. Because I see how her absence has affected the people who did know her. I know that she mattered and I know that she was loved.

I ♥ you! oxox

Endless Summer

It’s hard to believe its already September. There is a chill in the air, kids are back to school, my where did summer go.  I am happy with the amount of things we did this summer with the exception of we didn’t go to the beach as much as I would have liked.  Luckily the weather is still warm and we might be able to pull off a day or two.

The prince has been wanting to go to the Discovery Science Center for some time now. We always pass it on the freeway and he see’s what events are going on and asks to go.

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During our trip to Arizona we visited the  Kartchner Caverns unfortunately you can not take pictures inside, but it was truly an amazing experience.  Its not for the faint of heart as you venture deep into an actual cave.  The prince was mesmerized by all the stalactites and stalagmites. It was a truly a great experience and I highly recommend it.

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After the caverns we ventured a little further into Tombstone AZ.  For me it was awesome to be in a place of such history, but for the prince it was an old western town. We walked the streets once filled with cowboys and horses, now vacant and desolate.

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The next day we headed back towards Scottsdale and stopped at the  Air and Space Museum. This is someplace I have always wanted to visit because it has the notorious boneyard of old retired planes.  Unfortunately after three hours and 109 temps we didn’t get to see everything.

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Back in Phoenix we enjoyed some much needed time with family. I love hanging out with my aunt and uncle. We spent our nights in the pool and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Back to reality! I enjoyed making so many memories this summer!

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

 

Update

Friday the Prince and I went to the Mud Park. The place was smaller than I anticipated and it wasn’t what I think of when I think mud park.  You pretty much play in small bodies of water.  The boy said his favorite part was building the forts.

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I picked up the Princess from the airport. She has officially moved back home and I love it! I understand she had to spread her wings, but I am so happy she is back in the nest.  Saturday we went to the fair and had a great time. The Prince is super excited to have his sister home again.  They have a bond I will never understand.

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Sunday the Princess applied for several jobs and happily got accepted at hopdoddy. We also got her all registered for college.  Home for two days and she is back on track. I am so proud of her. Yesterday the Prince had his last soccer game for the summer. Boy am I happy that’s over.

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Its as if all is right with the world, my world at least.

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Summer Vacation

We just got back from another great trip to the Bahamas! We had previously gone in 2013 and loved every minute of it, so we decided to go back.  It was awesome to spend a full 6 days.  We saw more of the main land this trip and it was wonderful.  It saddens me the amount of poverty in that country because the residents are so nice and genuine.  You just don’t see angry, stressed out people.  We also took more advantage of the pools and water slides.  The prince went on every slide  we would let him which really surprised me.  After the tube through sharks I had my fill and was done.  My happy place is laying by the pool or beach soaking up the rays.  The kids experienced the sea lions this trip and loved every minute of it.  I couldn’t get enough pictures of everything we did, the beauty of the island or the smiles on every ones face.  I am so thankful my kids will have these memories.  I live for the summer!

Check out all the pictures here Bahamas

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox