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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Arty Bras

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My sister in law, Barbara, asked us if we'd be interested in creating bras for the Arty-Bra Project for the Cancer Center of Northern Arizona
Of course we said yes!  Especially when we have Andi (aka, my
mom) on hand to design & create them!  It started out with one
bra...and then Barbara told my mom that she'd really like to have one
in honor of her friend, Rhiannon Samples.  Rhiannon is a new
mother who discovered that she had breast cancer right after she had
her baby.  So of course, we wanted to help out!

The
"Extinguish Cancer!" bra is in honor of Rhiannon.  Her husband is a
firefighter with the Flagstaff Fire Department...thus the flames &
ax.

The other bra is "Niiiice Pumpkins!"...just because sometimes silly is good.

So why am I telling you all of this?  Because the bras will be
displayed downtown during the First Friday Art Walk, on Friday, October
1st.  You get to vote on your favorite bra...they're expecting
over 60!  And you can buy raffle tickets to WIN your favorite
bra...how cool is that?


From the FMC website "In an effort to increase breast cancer knowledge and promote early detection of breast-health issues, the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare (CCNAH) are showcasing the “Arty-Bra” Project on Oct. 1 at the First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Flagstaff.


In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,
Arty-Bra designs − decorative bras and artwork celebrating the beauty
of all women − will be displayed at Vora Financial and the Old Town
Shops, both located in downtown Flagstaff, during the ArtWalk. Ballots
will be available at the event to vote for your favorite Arty-Bra
design, as well as tickets sold to possibly win your choice of the Arty
Bra artwork. After the First Friday ArtWalk showcase, the Arty Bras
will be on display at the Cancer Center located on Flagstaff Medical Center campus, 1200 N. Beaver St."


We hope you'll visit the Art Walk or the Cancer Center to vote for
our bras!  Take photos of your favorite ones & post them on our
Facebook page...how fun will that be?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Planting Memories

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Every
year for the past couple of years my dad has helped me plant my
garden.  I give him the usual, "I don't have
time...money...whatever".  And my dad, bless his heart, just won't
take no for an answer.  He'll drop composted horse pooh in my
garden in the dead of winter...he'll build me a fence to keep out the
bunny rabbits...he'll come & till it all by hand...or buy me plants
to plant if I'm not fast enough.  (He also set me up with that
pretty blue rain barrel.)


Because of my dad, I compost.  And composting is kinda fun...yet
slow moving.  This year my dad came over & built the fence to
keep the rabbit who ate all my tomatoes last year out of the
garden.  It's made from all sorts of leftover wood parts he had
scrounged up (he's a master scrounger!) but it did the trick...no
bunnies!  But either from the composted horse pooh or the compost
itself, we grew some plants that we didn't anticipate...


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in
un-expected places.  This rogue plant seems to be a
cantaloupe...that grew right through the bunny fence.  There's
another one at the bottom right of the photo.  They're teeny tiny,
but oh so cute!  I've never planted cantaloupe before, but I think
I'll try it next year!


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And while I love butternut squash, I've never planted it.  Now I have about 8 growing.  It's pretty cool!


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There's another itty bitty canteloupe!  They're popping up all over!


I'm very lucky.  I get to spend time with my dad.  And
gardening with my dad has provided unexpected benefits.  From the
extra fruit & veggies...to the quality time with my dad.  It's
worth every second! 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Something Special

My daughter & my best friend Audra have been planning Kendall's
16th birthday party for what seems like years.  In August, Audra
gave Kendall 5 bags, each filled with 1 item that represented the type
of party she could have.  The bags had cute, handmade tags that
said what the party theme would be:  movie night, swim, spa,
treasure hunt, and I can't remember the last (Audra?).  Kendall
spent weeks agonizing which party to pick (like any of them wouldn't be
fabulous!) and finally settled on the swim party.  What made it so
difficult, is that Audra & I wouldn't give her any details. 
She had to pick the party blindly...just trust us.  It drove the
girls nuts!


Once Kendall decided on the swim party, Audra set things in
motion.  We brainstormed who had the best pools in town &
decided on Little America.  In order to use that pool, we'd need to
stay there, which was fine by me!  Since I was a little girl, I've
wanted to stay at Little America.  My dad came to visit once &
I just fell in love with the old school look of the place.  The
velvet walls...the phone in the potty...


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And how could you not love the batrooms covered in 1960's tile?  I love that place!


Anyway, Audra & I set out to make the invitations.  We went
to Little America to take photos of the pool.  They have the
cleanest, clearest pool in town.  And the water is super warm...


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We couldn't decide between this photo...and this photo.


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We ended up with the first one.  It was a super cute invitation (I'll add a photo later).


The invitation told the girls to grab a suit & meet at our house
on Saturday for a swim party/sleepover.  No details were
given.  The whole week before the party, the girls tried to guess
where we were going.  Not once ever picking Little America.


So we arrive at the hotel...really the pool, since we were early, to
find goodie bags set in place by Audra for each of the girls.  (I
cannot believe I don't have a photo of the bags!)  They were fun,
white totes filled with a cool striped towel, Old Navy flip flops, nail
polish & remover, a tootsie pop, Smart Water, and sunscreen. 
So very cool!


The girls wasted no time hopping into the pool...


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And then dove into their goodie bags to find these cool towels...


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Cute, cute girls!


After some playing in the pool, we headed to the room where the girls
were treated to a make your own sandwhich bar...and birthday cupcakes.


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We sent the girls outside to enjoy their cupcakes...and of all things, they ran into a clown.


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Clowns are not my most favorite thing ever...but he thought
they were with the group that hired him & so he played around with
them a bit.  It was pretty entertaining!


After the clown, we headed back to the rooms to watch movies. 
My friend Maria stayed as the other "chaperone" & we thought that
once we were back in the rooms that we'd be abandonded.  That
wasn't the case at all!  Much to our surprise, the girls piled into
the our room & we watched Letters to Juliet & Date Night &
just had a fabulous time!  These girls are a great group! 


Sunday morning, Maria, MacKenzie & I got up before everyone else & headed out to the jacuzzi...wasn't that delightful!


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Don (my hubby) brought us much needed coffee...woo hoo!  While
Maria slept soundly, I heard every word the girls uttered...Kendall
stayed up til 12:30, Sarah til 1:00...Leah & Kristin stayed up until
4:30 am!!!  Good thing he brought me a really big coffee!


I have to thank Audra for making Kendall's birthday the best birthday
ever!  And Maria for hanging out at the hotel with me & making
sure things went smoothly.  I have the best friends...ever!


So tonight, I think I'll be printing photos from the party &
making a layout at Midnight Madness (you should totally come join
me!).  I've already done a page for Kendall's family party...you'll
be seeing that in a Page of the Week soon!  So I'll do the kids
party while it's still fresh in my mind.  I've come to the
realization that I just don't remember like I used to...so better to
scrap it now (remember, I put the bulk of the photos into photo sleeves
& scrapbook my favorites, just to keep it simple & fast) or risk
losing these wonderful memories.  And I just don't want to forget
that my teenage daughter & her friends wanted to hang out with
me.  How cool is that?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sweet 16

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Our
daughter is 16 today.  My husband & I have spent the past week
saying "I can't believe she's 16!"  It seems like yesterday she
was an itty bitty baby...and now look at her...a beautiful young
lady.  


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We
spend so much of our kids lives wishing for their next
stage...saying things like, I wish she would
talk...crawl...walk...go to school...drive a car...instead of relishing
the small moments & letting things happen slowly.  Before you
know it, we've wished them into adulthood & we (parents) are left
scratching our heads wondering how time flew by so fast. 


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That's
how I feel...that time with Kendall has flown by in a blink of an
eye.  I remember being a new mom & people telling me time goes
by so quickly...and as a new mom, thinking, please... Those people were right.  It does go quickly...and I was not prepared.


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We
are so proud of the person Kendall has become...strong, smart,
funny...and delightful!  Happy Birthday, sweetheart!  We love
you!