Father's Day in Flagstaff

This year for Father's Day I decided it would be fun to take Hank and Henry on a mini-road trip up to Flagstaff, to enjoy some of our favorite foods and a change of scenery. Flag will always hold a super special place in my heart, as I went to all four years of college there (and graduate school too!), so no matter when we go, it's always a great experience. Some of the best times of my life were spent in that little town, and every time I find myself making my way up that way on the I-17 my stomach flips a little, in the most excited way. Flagstaff is definitely my happy place, and I love that Hank adores it just as much as I do.

We got up bright and early this morning and arrived in Flagstaff around 9:30am. Our first stop was Hank's favorite coffee shop, Macy's. He got a coffee and we split a "birdseed" treat, which is really just a whole lot of nuts and seeds pressed into a peanut butter base. Delicious. We spent the rest of the day walking around, enjoying the crisp mountain air that is so similar to ours but yet somehow so different, and eating lots of yummy food. Our favorite Thai restaurant Dara Thai was closed today so we decided to eat at an old favorite, Pita Jungle. Henry loves hummus so we knew it was pretty foolproof, and we had a great meal.  We arrived home later in the evening, exhausted but so, so happy to have spent such a fun day together as a family.

Here are some photos, mainly from my regular camera and a couple little collages from my iPhone. And on a side/related note- it's only been two days of taking my camera out more places with us and I couldn't be happier. Nothing's better than pretty photos to capture such special memories!

Happy Father's Day!

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No posts for almost a month, I'm such a lousy blogger.
But I have excuses, I was sick for 2 weeks, then lazy one week :p
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Like Father, Like Daughter

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I'm so lucky to have my Dad as my Dad. He may have been the strictest father around growing up, but he's taught me more in my 30 years than any other person I've ever encountered, and now as a parent I fully understand that he was so strict because he cared so much. My Dad's lived the most interesting life; he was born and raised in Bolivia, has traveled all around the globe, lived in various parts of Asia, and is one of the most fascinating people I've ever met. He's taught me so much about not only being a good and decent human being, but also countless lessons about working hard and being a leader in any situation.

The older I get, the more I see my Dad in myself. He's in so many different parts of me- my argumentative, stubborn side, my occasionally fiery temper, but also in my deep love for my family and my willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure they are safe and happy. I think of my father countless times throughout the day; when I make sure the door is locked (twice), when I say "be careful" every time Hank leaves, or whenever I open my car's trunk and see the emergency kit and bottle of water he always makes sure is present.

My father had a horrible near-death experience a few years ago where he died twice and was revived twice, and I feel lucky that I got a second (and third) chance to make sure he knows how much I love and appreciate him. During that long stretch while he was in a coma I got to think a lot about our relationship, and I am so, so grateful for all of the "extra" time we're living.

And now, seeing my sweet Hank as a father is another one of the best things in the world. I feel so fortunate to have such great men in my life, and if Henry grows up to be anything like Hank or my Dad, I will consider myself a very lucky mama.

So happy Father's Day, to my Dad and to Hank. I love you both!  And Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful men and women out there who are dads or father figures in some way.  I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.

Dear Henry

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Dear Henry,

My big boy. You are almost 19 months now and at times I can't even believe that to be true. To me you are still that tiny baby in my arms, being rocked and rocked to sleep every night (I think you'll always be that baby to me). In reality though, that baby is gone, and here you are, in all of your boyish silliness, your wildness, your crazy hair and happy laughter. You run and jump and play until you can't run or jump or play anymore, and your little voice rings through the house whenever you're awake.

You are a ball of energy, the biggest bear hug, and the sweetest nuzzle into my neck. You talk all of the time, and every single day you seem to pick up a new word. You love to play with Madeline (Madddddieee!), you love to yell for your Daddy first thing in the morning (Dadadadadadaaa!) and you reserve your wettest kisses for your mama, throwing your arms up and around my neck, your legs hooking on either side of my body.

At 19 months old you are a bookworm. We read all day and every night we read a minimum of 3 books before bed. If we skip one, you know. You're happiest snuggled up on one of our laps, and when we ask if you're ready for bed, you always say "no" in the softest little voice.

Henry, it's hard to even put into words how much you have brought to our lives. Your Dad and I often talk about how interesting it is to have such a marker of before and after. We thought life was great before, but you have made it even better, somehow. Now as we watch you grow more and more everyday into the little boy you will become, it's amazing to see your personality develop. You are kind and caring, funny and smart. You're stubborn and have a fiery temper like your mama but you also have the sweetest, calmest energy about you, like your papa.

As we move into the second half of your second year, it's exciting to think about you turning two in the fall, and being able to communicate even more. I anxiously await the day you'll say "I love you too, Mommy" as I shut off your light before bed, but for now my heart still happy-aches at that tiny smile across your face as you blow me a kiss and say "nigh nigh."

I love you, sweet Henry!

Love,
Mama

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Snapshots from our week

We've been busy busy in our neck of the woods. Hank flew in from Florida late last night and now we are finally back home after a few weeks of bouncing back and forth from Phoenix. I'm looking forward to a good three to four weeks of no major traveling and I'm excited to just be at home, relaxing in my pajamas and catching up on emails and posts. And just so you have a mental image, my pajamas just happen to be a Britney Spears concert tee and Christmas pj pants. I'm looking so good right now.

I thought I'd share some snapshots from the past week or so- just little bits and pieces from here and there. I'm kicking myself for not taking my regular camera out and about, but these iphone photos aren't too bad. I promised myself though, that from here on out I am taking my camera everywhere! Katie definitely inspired me with her post about it, and I'm on board. I miss having a million photos of everything I do and everything I love, so this weekend I'll be jumping back into focusing on that.

I hope all of you had a great week too, and have a fun weekend planned.

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Literate & Stylish: Missi from Messy Missi

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The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 


from Missi, of Messy Missi

The Contortionist's Handbookby Craig Clevenger

When asked to do this I got very excited.  Then I got to doing it and it was harder than I thought!  First, as an avid reader, I had to pick a favorite book which is like asking me to pick a favorite child.  Second, I am about the most awkward person ever in front of the camera.  Trying to take a picture of myself where I did not look like a wooden nutcracker soldier was a challenge.  And finally, since I have purchased my kindle and had a baby, many of the hard copies of my books have been donated.  I wanted to do a book that I actually had.

I ended up picking The Contortionist's Handbook.There are many things that make a book fantastic for me and this book has many of them.  It is set in Los Angeles, includes a medical aspect, and is a bit dirty.  The Contortionist's Handbook has a deceiving title but is still a great read.  Johnny or Paul or Daniel or whatever identity the protagonist has decided to take on to avoid being placed into a mental health facility after accidental overdoses, is a closet genius with a talent for forgery.  Much of the story is set during an interview with an evaluator in a hospital after another one of his overdoses.  As he carefully feeds his evaluator the correct answers to keep him from being held for additional time, you are invited into his lonely world of drugs and lies.  While keeping who he truly is a secret from the world, Johnny only chooses a select few to open up to about his past life.  This book caught me from the first page and I read it quickly.  It is not an emotional or dramatic novel.  It is just a good book.  It sucks you in, spits you out and you feel better for doing so.  I hope you enjoy it!

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