:: Your Help! ::

:: Happy Saturday Lovelies! ::

I'm writing on here for your help -- here is my question, what would you like to know if you went to a brief 1/2 seminar on cake making/decorating? ::

:: Please Please Please help me out and let me know what you'd like to learn, know, have by the end of the brief session! ::

:: Thanks a million Lovelies & Happy Weekend! ::


:: Still back dating! ::

:: Cole's birthday comes and goes in the mix with our birthdays (three out of four of us have birthays within 11 days!) -- So I've back dated his birthday blog for scrapbooking purposes --- enjoy and HAPPY Friday! ::

:: XoXo ~ Shawna ::


:: Arizona 2011 ::

:: Back a couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of heading out of town to Arizona for 5 days - we had a babysitter come and stay with the boys for 2 days and then Mr. L's parents stayed for the rest -- We were thankful for the free accommodations we had thanks to my parents who rented the house from Amanda's In-Laws---hahahha, did you catch all that ;) ::

:: We headed off to Bellingham the night after we had a huge snowfall in the lower mainland, however once we made it to Bellingham...it was smooth sailing, no need to even de-ice the plane! We settled into our seats enjoyed our drinks and played a came of Phase 10 ::
:: These next photos are from the back yard of the house we were staying in, on our first night and first sun set - stunning hey!!?? ::
:: Cactus in all it's glory ::
:: We hit up our favorite burger joint "In-N-Out" - so stinkin' good! ::
:: Here we are with one of the gorgeous sunsets ::
:: The fountain behind the house ::
:: Random beautiful cactus by the clubhouse ::
:: The Barrett Jackson Auto Auction was happening after the week were were in Arizona, so we had to make sure we made it to an event - this was the free car show we went to at the Scottsdale Pavilions - It was an OUTSTANDING car show! ::

:: Here's Mom & Dad at the show, Mom had gotten a cold just before we got to Arizona so this was the first real day she actually felt good ::
:: Here we are just about to walk the show - yeah, I may have been a tad over dressed for the care show, but I was comfy so I didn't care ;) ::

:: Here's Big Bob and P-Dub in front of the Barrett Jackson Motor home ::

:: Here is a shot of the whole show just as the sun had set - Unbelievable! ::

:: Here is the main portion of the house we stayed in, nice eh!??! ::

:: Here is the back deck of the house, that backs right onto the golf course ::

:: Yes, here we are again, standing on the little putting green that's in the backyard. We had some good laughs just trying to putt! Ha, I'm not a very good golfer! ::

:: Mom was finally starting to really feel like herself here, so here is a shot of the four of us in the backyard - a la self-timer ;) ::

:: Our "last supper" was at Claim Jumper -- it is one of our most favorite restaurants, we went to Claim Jumper 4 times when we were in Las Vegas a couple years ago ::

:: We bought a piece of their signature dessert, the chocolate cake. It's $9 and feeds probably 10 people, Mr. L set up the comparison once we got home. It's beside a full size carton of milk - HA! ::
:: We spent two of our days enjoying the pool, the weather had just hit the mid 70's when we arrived, up until then it had been in the mid 60's - so we were blessed to be able to stay out by the pool. Most of the time we were by ourselves as it was too chilly for the regulars ::
:: Fruit trees were everywhere, this one is one of the trees by the pool ::
:: R E L A X I N G by the pool, ahhh, such a nice time! ::

:: That's all lovelies, we had a great, fabulous, wonderfully relaxing time away from the normal routine of life! Thanks to both our parents for helping us get to go on this vacation! We are SO blessed! ::

:: Now I'm off to turn up my furnace because it's freezing here! ::

:: Happy Thursday Lovelies! ::


:: This Is the New Year ::

:: This song came on today while I was running...loved it, thought I should share it with y'all. I am running with my word of the year {CHANGE} on my mind! ::

:: Hope you enjoy it as much as I did ::

:: Song by Ian Axel ::

:: Today ::

:: I'm up to my eyeballs in paper work...from all different things, kindergarten applications for JJ, bills, magazines, paperwork from the kids class' & coupon, and as I look there is still some other stuff I didn't even realize was there! ::

:: Here is what this mess looks like! ::

:: I'm going to take a moment and get in my running gear so I can be finished my run for today and try and get dinner going, thank goodness I was able to do all of my grocery shopping yesterday, so hopefully that will be an easy job ;) ::

:: Happy Wednesday to y'all, hope you saw the sun for at least a small portion of it! ::

*Edited to Add*

:: Run completed, see here is my ugly-I've-just-finished-2-mile-run face -HA! Now on to a shower and dinner! ::


:: Mundane Monday ... Muah! ::

:: Today is a mundane Monday, it's pouring cats'ndogs here in the land of the lush green trees & grass..and all I would like to do is crawl back into bed. Just being honest here ;) ::

:: ...Or go to Starbucks and finish the book I started back in Arizona, or blog my to my little hearts content without inturruption - HA! ::

:: But I've got carpets to be cleaned, food to be prepared, dishes to be put away, boys to read to and love on, kindergarten to register JJ for {can you believe that!?!!?} plus menu planning and shopping for this week. Along with a 2 km run that I've promised myself I'm going to do every day, so off I go to do all of these things..Pray I do them in love and with grace{I'll be a hot mess for the running portion of my day, but that's just fine with me} ::

*Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God - Colossians 1:10[commentary version]*

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