Family Updates

I wanted to catch up with you all with a bit of family happenings.  I have been super busy with the holiday season when we welcomed 6 family visitors to sunny AZ, birthday happenings of 2 of my boys and my Shaklee business that has really taken off….. so busy that I haven’t posted here on the blog in awhile!  Time to catch up.

I hope you enjoy a few pictures I want to share with you all.

Connor turned 18!  His one wish was to go sky diving…..

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Hiking Camel Back Mountain with cousins

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The girls got mani pedi’s on Christmas Eve…

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And the boys went 4 wheeling…

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We went to church altogether and out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant. 

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Our weather here has been fabulous and I love to walk outside

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My Shaklee team taught a Work at Home seminar

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And… we celebrated all of our company promotions!

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My ‘baby’ had open house for Jr. High! 

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Carter has a small skate boarding accident resulting in a dislocated shoulder.  Thankfully he is fine now and definitely sees that value in wearing a helmet.  This mama is relieved.

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Connor and I have enjoyed a few hikes and walks together.  I just love spending time with him!

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Carter celebrated his 16th birthday with a few buddies out riding in the desert.

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And… Caden and I have enjoyed the pool!  Love the AZ winters!

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That’s a wrap for the last few months! 

What about you?  What’s new with you and your family lately?

Happy, Healthy Home to you,

Claire

Our Simple Christmas Traditions

We are in countdown mode here in anticipation of Christmas day.  For our family, we cherish this day as a celebration of the birth of Christ.  However, it is SO easy to lose sight of that simple celebration in the midst of the holiday hype.  I admit it is easy for me to get swept up in the idea of the ‘perfect’ Christmas.  I can get easily stressed out over finding the perfect gift, creating the perfect memories for my boys, cooking the perfect treats and ……

Then I remember, it all comes down to this for our family: celebrate the gift of Jesus and share it with others.  yep.  everything else does not matter.

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These are a few of our simple Christmas traditions

  • decorate the Christmas tree
  • drink hot cocoa
  • look at Christmas lights
  • watch some Christmas movies
  • play games
  • have a birthday cake for Jesus
  • help another family

One thing I love about our tree is it tells stories.  With the ornaments we have collected over the past 20 years, it tells the story of our marriage, our first home, the birth of each of our three boys and God’s story of love for us.  From the time of creation through the birth of His son, Jesus.  Every year we decorate the tree we are reminded of these precious stories by each ornament that gets hung.

What about you?  What are your Christmas traditions? 

Do you find yourself getting stressed out during the season too?

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Thanksgiving Blessings and Our Weekend

I have really enjoyed building holiday traditions with my 3 boys.  Some of them we have had since they were little, others are fairly new and change as they are getting older.  This year was our first Thanksgiving in Arizona.  I have to say, this first holiday since the move really sank in the reality that we are not home.  I am really missing my family and while it’s not the same, I still wanted to live in the moment and embrace our first holiday here. 

We are super blessed to have my brother and sister-in-law here so we were not alone.  And thanks to today’s technology we were able to skype and face time with family back home.

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It was a little strange to have sunny and 70 degree weather for Thanksgiving, but…..that’s Arizona!

After an awesome meal of turkey and all the trimmings, we headed out to the movies to see Catching Fire (awesome movie!).  That has become a tradition as our boys have gotten older and they really enjoy it.

Then we headed home to pack the RV and 4 wheelers to head out to the Dunes (CA) in the morning.

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The Sand Dunes 2013

I cannot even describe how many people were there?!  But it was so much fun and the weather was great.  We went riding, roasted marshmallows, made a TON of stove top popcorn, dug holes in the sand, watches a few movies and laughed!

Traveling on the way home, we blew not one but TWO tires…within a few hours of each other.  The first one we put the spare on.  When the second blew, it actually caught fire and then, thankfully, went out. 

Check it out!

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Thank goodness Clark is a good driver and knew how to handle it.  It was pretty scary.  After that, we had to all pile in my brother in laws RV to drive the last hour home.

Kind of a crazy end to a fabulous weekend!

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you go anywhere?  Were you missing home and family like me?  What traditions do you have?

Playing Tourist

My mom cam to visit us the first week of August which also happened to be the first week of school for the boys.  We moved here officially in May and I was so excited to have her come!  It was a super busy and fun week with showing her the town, the boys’  schools, enjoying the sun and pool time, eating out, coffee runs and shopping.

We spent one morning relaxing at the pool while the boys were in school and took youngest with us on another day.  You can see him floating in the distance.  lol

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I made us smoothees daily!  It was fun to take care of my mom a bit in this way.  She does SO much for me… even long distance!

 

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We visited Old Town in Scottsdale, had shrimp tacos at The Mission and window shopped.  We loved all the cowboy boots and colors!

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One night mom treated us to Rustler’s Roost, a fun restaurant with a western flair.  We got cowgirl hats and I got to wear my Texas boots.  Caden wore his awesome Texan hat too.  We listened to live music and the balloon man came by.  This restaurant is know for the rattlesnake appetizer so of course we tried it!  My oldest loved it.  I tried a few bites but couldn’t really get past picturing his face and fangs.  lol  Then they gave us cotton candy for dessert. 

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Just about every night the Arizona gives us a beautiful sunset!  So we took advantage and took some great pics outside.

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family august 2013

We had such a great time and it was sad to see her go. 

Do you like to play tourist with out of town guests?  Since we’ve only been here 6 months, we still have a huge Arizona bucket list.  Can’t wait for more visitors!

claire

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Summer of ‘13 {recap}

Summer has flown by and I cannot believe we are at the start of another school year.  Summer has always been my favorite season of the year because of the good weather and my boys are out of school so we can play! It always seems to be over too soon and I am reminded how quickly time flies.  As my boys get older I can’t help but think how short my time left with them is before they grow up and leave the nest.  I want to purpose to cherish our family time and making memories. 

Here are a few … {ok a LOT} snap shots of our summer of ‘13.

 

Family Walks.  Ice Cream.  Riding in the Desert. Cooking Dinner. Birthdays.

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Road Trip to Oregon. Paining our Rental House. Moving to Arizona.

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July 4th. Good Friends. Fireworks.

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Seattle. Cousins. Grandparents. The Beach. Home Away from Home. Coffee. Sister.

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The Beach. Hermit Crabs. Cousins. Friends. Sand. Hiking. Trees.

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Oregon Coast. Cousins. Starfish. Grandma.

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Scooter. Cousins. Roasting Marshmallows. The River.

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So thankful for our family and friends and the time we have together.

What was your summer of ‘13 favorite?

xoxo,

Claire

We Moved into a House!

When I found out we were staying in Arizona I immediately started searching for a house.  We have chosen to rent for this year and look to buy something next year.  After a couple of weeks of calling on houses I liked only to find out they had just been rented, I finally found one we love.  The boys came with me to look at almost all of them because I wanted them to have a say in where we lived and because I really value their opinion.  My oldest actually was very helpful because he has such a logical mind. 

The things we like most about our house are:

* one bedroom has a private bath and can be used for a guest room

* open concept for the kitchen, dining and family room

* fairly new appliances and upgrades like RO water

* community pool, hot tub, playground, sport court and tennis courts

* next to the elementary school that I wanted Caden to go to

* a few blocks from the high school Connor and Carter will attend

* close to hubby’s work

* close to family

Here are the pictures we took before we moved in…..

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Moving from a 37 foot 5th wheel to a 1900 sq ft house feels huge!  However, I would definitely say that our perspective of space is different than it was a year ago.  We are all liking more space for sure!  The boys have been playing hide and seek and having nerf gun wars. lol  Plus there is a community pool 2 blocks away.

When we moved in we did not have ANY furniture other than our camping chairs.  lol  Since then we have gotten a great leather couch from craigslist and basic desks from IKEA for our school and work space. Surprisingly, we have plenty of things from what we brought with us in the 5th wheel.  We have all discovered we really like living minimally and simply!  We do have a few things in a storage unit back in Oregon which we will get and bring back in July.  Until then we are fine with our mattresses on the floor and our couch and camping chairs.

It will be fun to decorate it and I will be sure to share pictures when I do!

xoxo,

Claire

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Where in the US are we now? Plus BIG News!

We have been traveling in our 5th wheel for 7 months now, touring the US.  [more about that in a post to come soon!] We have had so many questions from friends, family and fellow travelers as to where we are and what will be next for our family. 

So…. where in the US are we are now?

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We have been in Arizona for the past 3 months enjoying good weather and Clark’s brother and family.  Our original plan was to continue moving to the East Coast this month.  But our plans have changed!

While we have been here, my husband has been working with his brother at his RV business and he was offered the chance to stay. Clark loves it here with his brother and I love the warmer weather and the sun for sure. In working out just what that job would mean, we had to make the decision to stay here during the busy sales months.

After much prayer …..

We are officially moving to Arizona!

After living in and traveling in a small space, we are excited about settling into a house again.  This is a BIG change for all of us, especially the boys.  I appreciate everyone’s prayers for us in the transition. 

I will keep you updated when we find a place!

xoxo,

Claire

JUMP Street

My boys had spring break last week and one afternoon we went to Jump Street, an indoor trampoline park, ready to burn some energy!  Let’s just say after 2 hours: mission accomplished.

I love this picture of our feet.  Yes.  Even I jumped! 

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This is the dodge ball area and where we spent most of our 2 hours playing.  

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It can be hard finding an activity that appeals to all three of my boys and their ages.  We would do this one again!

What did you do for Spring Break?  Have you ever been to an indoor trampoline park?  Did you jump with the kids?

claire

Sand Dunes + a Birthday Party

This past Saturday was my middle son’s 14th birthday!  I keep telling my boys to stop growing and getting older but they don’t listen to me.  lol  Seriously, though, the time just seems to fly.  I can clearly remember this sweet little 4 year old riding on the vacuum like it was yesterday.   We are currently in Arizona visiting family and we took a trip out to the sand dunes at the border of CA for a weekend of riding toys.  So.much.fun.!

Here are a few pictures of our weekend trip….

This is Carter, the birthday boy, helping pack up my brother in law’s toys and super excited!

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This is my brother in law and my niece going riding in the razor.

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This is hubby and my two other boys in the rhino.

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Here is the birthday boy driving the rhino.  He loved driving!

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Hubby was just as excited as Carter about the weekend.  He has been missing his days of motorcycle riding.  Good to have a big brother with all the gear!

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This is our 5th wheel and where we camped.  There is no hook ups so we ran off our battery and generator.

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Here is my brother and sister in law’s motor home.  They have a trailer to pull the sand toys on.

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The dune hills are steep!  A few of us decided to hike it one day.  Such a good work out!  The view is just gorgeous…isn’t it?

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My youngest boy, Caden ran down to the bottom first and then hiked back up.  We all did this a couple of times.

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I love this picture!  The colors and the sky is just amazing!

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So beautiful isn’t it??  Have you ever gone riding in the sand?  This was my first time in the four wheelers.  The last time I went was 20 years ago when hubby and I were dating!  We rode his dirt bike.  The boys had a great time and it was especially fun going with family.  We had a campfire with s’mores both nights and Carter requested ice cream pie for his birthday ‘cake’.

Happy 14th Birthday, Carter!  I love you and am so proud of you.

claire

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