around the house…

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you may have been wondering what the hell happened at the house of mayhem and chaos because i’ve been quiet for so long.

well, a lot, to put it simply.

i took a very last-minute trip to phoenix to see my family after some “family stuff” was happening (everyone is ok, so not to worry), the boys got glasses, finished preschool and we got them all registered for homeschool kindergarten. and, well, it’s just summer and that means our calendar is super full.

i’m trying to not overdo our schedule, but there are so many people to see and things to do!  i’m also trying to not spend as much time online (it’s a working goal, anyway) and focus on just “being” with the boys.  we have lots of fun things planned for the summer: t-ball, swimming, playdates, tending our garden, working on reading and math, camping trips and some museum visits.  ok, i’m already tired just writing out this list!

but, things are going really well.  the boys are getting so big and will be five next month (FIVE!!!!) and they have requested an epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party, so i have that to work on look forward to.  so, that’s what we’ve been up to.  please stick with me, i’m trying to get better at creating writing goals for myself with this blog and i have a lot of fun posts i want to share with you.  like i said, working goals.



autumn on the air…


today is the first day of autumn.  maybe it’s the fact that i’m listening to the tori amos station on pandora and it’s full of a mix of tori, natalie merchant, florence + the machine and imogen heap, or it’s because the air is heavy with humidity and a few falling leaves, but i think fall might be settling in.  and i’m not sure how i feel about it.

the equinox snuck up on me and i didn’t celebrate the end of summer like i wanted to.  it doesn’t really feel like fall yet, though.  it rained a bit overnight, and it’s still warm outside.  it’s not chilly like it was a couple weeks ago.  i don’t want to acknowledge autumn until that morning crispness is in the air.


i am burning my new fall candle though.  i finally found a candle with an orange blossom scent that is an acceptable replica of the scent and didn’t break the bank. i grew up in phoenix and our house is surrounded by citrus trees: lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.  the citrus blossoms are my favorite scent in the world, and i am on a quest to find perfume and candles that come close to that memory scent for me.  anyway, i’m sitting here, typing, smelling the aroma and feeling pretty happy about my choice.


the garden is dying down.  there are a bunch of green tomatoes on the vines that i’m sure won’t ripen, so i will get my dear friend, felicia’s recipe for green tomato curry and send the tomatoes off in a coat of curry and saffron rice.  i put up the las of our ripe tomatoes and have some jars of heirloom tomato sauce to use this winter along with the pizza sauce and whole tomatoes i canned earlier this summer.  soon, i’ll pull out the plants and till under the soil to make room for new starts in the spring.  and it’s just one more month until we pick the pumpkins.

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i have some projects on deck for myself and the boys and halloween decorations will go up soon.  i might like decorating for halloween more than i do for christmas. the boys still haven’t picked out their costumes yet.  they keep changing their minds, and i can’t bring myself to start making something if they won’t want to wear it next month.  we’ll see what they decide on.


the nights have been cool and we’ve been feeling cozy.  the boys are going to bed a bit earlier in preparation for school next month and christopher and i are getting to tuck in and watch our favorite shows premier.  it’s nice to snuggle up and just talk some nights too, while we listen to music.

how are you celebrating the first day of autumn?



in the garden…

after a really lame garden experience last year (except for the zucchini!  god, there was so much zucchini!) we have a bumper crop of veg this summer.

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i love spending time in the garden with the boys.  they love eating all the veggies they are growing.  harry is especially proud of the sunflowers.  he planted some last year and the ones we have this year are volunteers.  i love seeing life sustain itself.

how does your garden grow?



around the house…

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we had a pretty busy and really fun week:  our favorite farmer’s market opened last friday and we came back with a pretty great haul!  the boys made fun dream catchers for themselves (and one for daddy for father’s day–shhhh! don’t tell.) i did some sewing – check here for that post.  we hit the market again today.  jack jack got a rockabilly haircut from howie at steadfast – an awesome barber shop in town.  we found this most excellent dragonfly in the garden today.  i pickled some radishes ate my favorite dinner and i also discovered the best beer in the world!   if you know me, i don’t say that lightly!

i hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

here are some more things to check out while you relax and enjoy father’s day this weekend:

these famous dads and their kids – get a tissue.  just saying’

i will be drinking one of these this weekend

this looks awesomely easy and i will be making one for my bedroom

it’s always a good time for popsicles

i am so in love with this outfit

…and also all of these pants which i would wear out shopping and to work



around the house this week…

it’s photo dump time.  i don’t have a lot to say right now (i’m struggling with some stuff that i’ll talk about a bit later) but for now, here are some pictures from the last couple weeks…

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from the top: one of the cool signs at my work / chillin’ w/the supers / the coolest batman. ever. / just two wild and cra-azy guys / my garden before we planted it on sunday / silly selfies with harry / jack jack just being jack jack.

have a happy rest of your week.

oh, and go to my instagram to check out my participation in the #100happydays project.



around the house this week…




it was a busy/lazy/crazy week last week.  we were on spring break so we spent as much time in the yard as we could and i got a bug to paint the living room and dining room, so i painted and they boys played.  we’ve been getting some glorious spring weather – finally – and we all love being in the dirt.  chris and i also took the boys to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend too.  it was really great and i love that we can go to movies as a family (even if the price kills us!)


this is “cornelius” our newest house plant


the boys tore up the heart window jellies, so i made a mock stained glass


on my best friend’s suggestion, i painted the window trim in the dining room black – and i love it with the white walls, and unfinished wood table and shelves!

IMG_5356i love my hair in this picture (and i am not loving my long hair right now, so it was nice to actually like it one day.)


i got some air plants and these cool terrarium bubbles to put them in.


the boys in a sweet little moment of brotherly love and silliness.  they also dressed themselves.


being in the dirt is their very favorite thing right now.  they are filthy every day when they come in from playing!


iron butterfly? this makes me so happy.

how was your weekend?  did you do anything fun?