Friday, December 17, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, Tommy and I had 2 days off in a row together! This happens so rarely I can't remember the last time we experienced it! So, I decided we should take a short trip and see some other areas of Arizona. I made us (Tommy, Barley, and me - of course) a reservation at an adorable vacation rental in Bisbee, AZ. Bisbee is an old mining town that has turned into a tourist shopping and sight seeing destination. It is famous for it's copper mine tour, well-preserved history, stairs, eclectic shops/galleries, and small town Southwest charm.  Most of the homes are built on the hillside, so they are not reachable by car, so you must park at the bottom and take stairs to the houses. Our guesthouse had 75 stairs leading up to it. I can't imagine moving in this city! :) It is a "Mile High" city, at about 5200 feet above sea level.
 A view of the city from the highway. Bisbee is surprisingly hilly! We walked everywhere during our stay and it was tough! :)

 Tommy and Barley enjoying a stroll in downtown Bisbee.

 Bisbee draws many artists and there are a lot of galleries in downtown.

 Tommy enjoying his morning coffee on the porch of our guesthouse. We stayed at the Doublejack Guesthouse.

 Barley really enjoyed himself!

 We also bought a new camera recently... so we were having fun with the features :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Acro Yoga with Babies!

Mia and I attempted some acro yoga during her visit :)

This pose is called bird

This is a new pose, not quite as easy with 2 adults... :)

A Tucson Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving we had a Kennedy Klan (minus the Paris Kennedy's) to our house. We were a full house with 6 adults, a baby, a cat, and a dog, but we somehow made it work :)

Sarah and I were relieved when we found out that Mia LOVED Barley! 
I was shocked and how well he behaved around her :)

He also LOVED her :) He gave her kisses any chance he had...

Barley was trying his best to be good around all the yummy food :)

Tommy worked on Thanksgiving, so we went to Cottonwood to eat lunch there. It was DELICIOUS (of course) :) Then, he came home and helped cook another Thanksgiving dinner! 
Whew! We wore him out that week :)

Mia also had her first Sweet Tomatoes experience. It went pretty well :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well! :)


Sunday, November 7, 2010


Growing up, we used to record movies off of TV onto VHS. Illegal... I know... Well, one of those movies was Twins, with Arnold Swartzenegger and Danny DeVito. I loved that movie! So... Here is our rendition of the duo:

This is Barley and his best friend Phineas :) They are so much fun to watch playing together! Occasionally they will both stop at the same time and stare into the distance together :) it's adorable!

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Barley Claus

Yet another bed succumbs to the wrath of Barley... :)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Ice Cream and other updates :)

So, Tommy and I are in the processing of preparing for my family to visit over Thanksgiving. We're trying to clean and collect items for Mia, etc.... But the most important thing that we are doing it making ice cream! We made a pumpkin ice cream with a whipped cream swirl (don't know if the whipped cream part will work out or not...), and a HOMEMADE Phish Food ice cream!! I'm extremely excited about the latter! :) 

On another note, Tommy and I have a new hobby. It's called Acro Yoga. It basically involves acrobatic moves with yoga breathing and poses. There are some elements or massage as well :) Here are some pictures of us:
 In this picture, Tommy is completely supporting me on my upper arms.
This is me trying star... it's a really tough pose! Eventually, the goal is to bring the legs up straight and bring the arms to your side.  You use your head to balance you :)
 These two pics are of us with our friends Naya and Miguel. We met them in an Intro To Acro Yoga class and have met up with them on the U of A campus to practice :) It's nice because we all need spotters for the harder poses :)

These pics are ok, but I hope to get a video of us doing a flow so you can get the whole effect :) Though it might be awhile since we are without a camera right now :)

On another note, Tommy and I went to San Diego for my birthday! It was my first time to California. It was so beautiful there!!! Though... it felt pretty fake... We took Barley with us on his first road trip and he did great too!! :) We took him to a dog beach and he got in the ocean. He was a little leery at first, but got used to it pretty quickly. We stayed with Tommy's Aunt Amanda and Uncle Bob. They were so open to having Barley at their house too :) It worked out great!!!!  

We can't wait for the holidays!! I guess they already started with Halloween :) We went through 7 bags of candy for Halloween! Our streets were lined with cars of people who drove to our neighborhood to trick or treat. We see this as a good sign for the neighborhood :) We are definitely kid-friendly and safe :)

I hope everyone is well and will write soon! :)

Namaste :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Barley's turn :)

Barley says Happy Halloween too!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pre-Halloween Dress Up

Willow is getting everyone in the spirit! :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sweet dreams

Barley loves his bed. This is seriously the fifth bed we've been through...

Willow's second haircut! The lady said Willow was too fierce to finish the cut.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Images from Mount Lemmon

Unfortunately, we didn't take the camera out during the hail storm... but here are some pictures from earlier in the day :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Mount Lemmon Adventure

So, a couple weeks ago, Tommy and I had 2 days off in a row together (this has not happened in probably over a year...). We decided that we would take a small car camping trip up to Mount Lemmon. We were so excited to do some hiking and climbing and wake up to see the sunset from the mountain :) I researched some camping sites and we drove up there rather late on Saturday night. When we approached the top, it was pushing midnight and we were tired. We drove by the camp sites I had found and discovered that they were full. We didn't know where to go from there, so we drove to the very top of the mountain. There is a parking lot at the top and we pitched the tent right next to the car.

Barley slept in our 2 person tent with us... on our legs. It was adorable! :) We woke up to a beautiful view and perfect weather :) We boiled some water for coffee and had some breakfast (energy bars), packed up our stuff, and then headed down a trail for some hiking. It was a magnificent hike! There were wildflowers everywhere, a natural spring, and the views were incredible. After the hike we enjoyed sandwiches for lunch and then drove into the small town on the mountain, Summerhaven. On Sundays, they have "Music on the Mountain" where they have a stage and bluegrass bands play live for free. We listened to the music for a little while (the band wasn't that good...) and then decided it was time for climbing.

We went to a climbing spot called Ridgeline. It's at about 8,000 feet and it has a fairly short approach along a stream. When we arrived we met others at the wall and started climbing. On our second wall, Tommy was climbing and it started thundering. It sounded far away and so we didn't think much of it. About 5 minutes later, the sky opened up and started hailing and pouring rain! Tommy was still climbing and didn't want to come down because he would have had to leave some equipment on the wall. Poor Barley (who hates getting wet) was hiding under tree branches and looked so sad! After Tommy completed the climb, he repelled down to the ground while I started packing up our stuff. By this time, there was a river of water flowing at our feet and we had puddles in our pack. I went to stuff everything in our pack when I slipped on the rocks and landed on my forearms. It was PAINFUL! I looked down and saw two huge bruises already formed on one arm and a lump the size of a lemon. I was running on adrenaline and didn't feel it though. The thunder and lightning were cracking above us and poor Barley looked so sad and scared... After we got everything packed, we started for the car. We ran through the woods, down the stream, and then proceeded to butt slide down the rocks (it was too slippery to stand on them). Barley was scared and kept looking at us like we were hitting him with the hail... it was so sad...

After much pain and falling and slipping, we made it to the car. We were soaked to the bone and cold. Once in the car, we dried off as best we could. I showed Tommy my bruises and he immediately thought I had broken my arm. It wasn't broken (luckily), just swollen and painful. I iced it on the way back down the mountain. That was probably the scariest storm I have ever been in, and I felt so horrible for dragging Barley into it.

Through the grace of God, we made it off the mountain and arrived home (a day earlier than expected). We hung all of our wet equipment and enjoyed the evening on the couch, re-cooperating. Barley slept well that night.

The next day, we found ourselves with a whole day and no plans, so we decided it was time to paint! We cleaned the walls, taped, and painted our entire living room a beautiful pale green. It really brightened the room and plays well with the purple hues on the ceiling that Kat painted. Now that we have a wondering living room, we are looking forward to painting the kitchen and then the bedrooms and hallway.

It has been almost 2 weeks since our adventure and Barley is back to his usual self (such a resilient pup) and I'm still watching my bruises fade, but grateful that we are all in one piece :) Pictures to come later :)

"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
~Kin Hubbard (American cartoonist, humorist, and journalist)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New breakfast place

We haven't had the food yet, but it looks awesome... and it's packed. Sonoran hot dog scrambled eggs, anybody??

"Helen Wait is in charge of all our rush jobs. If you are in a hurry, you can just go to Helen Wait," sign on the wall.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


I donated 13 inches of hair yesterday :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

American Cheese

Have you seen the commercial for American cheese? "This is America... And this is our cheese"... It speaks volumes for America... Processed, fatty, unnatural, artificially colored, fed to most kids, coats the roof of your mouth, probably emits some kind of harmful vapor when cooked...

I eat it! Best food with American cheese?... English muffin and scrambled egg sandwich with cheese :) yum!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Homemade dog food

We are officially spoiling Barley :) He has had multiple bouts of "the runs" and we have found that his digestive tract is sensitive... Our vet suggested boiled chicken breast and over-cooked rice during these bouts. But now whenever we switch him back to dry food, the runs return :-P So, with that said... we are cooking our dog food. For breakfast today, Barley had two eggs scrambled with cheese and rice. For dinner he devoured his chicken and rice with broccoli, carrots, and yogurt. He is eating better than we are! We sometimes have to go grocery shopping just to get his food :)

Part of me likes making his food... I feel better knowing what he's eating, and I come home to a clean crate. I also feel good about taking care of him... My maternal instinct I guess :) but it is a hassle! Hopefully we will eventually find him a dry food that doesn't upset his stomach.

"We are what we eat."
~?? (who knows who said it first...)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010


I have been doing some research for a presentation I'm giving to Cottonwood Alumni in a coupld of weeks. I've been looking for resources and information about things they can do in Tucson. Check out what I found!

Well, we all know that laughing does wonderful things for our mind and body. I have recently discovered a new phenomenon, Laughter Yoga! It involves laughing exercises and stretching and breathing as well. There is a class in Tucson that I'm thinking about going to... I'll keep you posted :) Here is a website with videos of the Tucson class in action. It looks rather intriguing :)

There are also Laughing Clubs all over the world that meet once a month and laugh together. They are led by certified instructors or leaders too :) Love it!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Park

So, there's this park that is a block from our house... It has a large grassy area and a playground area. Barley has decided the park belongs to him. We take him every morning before work and every evening at sunset. This has proven to be time-consuming, but worth it because his energy is expended at every visit -- thanks to the other dogs who visit Barley's park. When we go to the park there is typically a pack of dogs there. Once we arrive, Barley proceeds to go say "Hi" to everyone and thank them for visiting his park. Any new arrivals are quickly welcomed as well :) Once the "Hi" 's are complete, Barley begins to run in circles and give kisses to every dog he sees. And then he jumps on their backs and bites at their feet as they roll around on the ground. These dogs include Andre (the old grumpy one), Sam (the boring, lazy one), Freah (the young playful one), Stella (the anti-social wanderer), Gaz (the barking herder), Charlie (the ball dog), Phineus (the smaller twin of Barley), Dallas (the old, wise one), Lulu (the scared, isolative dog), and some other characters as well.

When it is finally time to say goodbye, Barley has difficulty leaving his park. He stalls, smells the ground and lags behind. The walk home takes twice the time than the walk to the park.

This has become our routine for Barley's play-dates and it couldn't be better :)

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
~Roger Caras

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fourth of July

Yesterday was a GREAT day! It started off with delicious coffee on the couch. Then, off to Mount Lemmon for some rock climbing. We met some awesome people at the crag and Barley made some puppy friends too. We returned home and cooled off in our delightful pool with watermelon margaritas :) Then, we finally ordered a new clothes dryer (ours is overheating and we would prefer NOT to burn down our house). Finally, a night snack and a ridiculous movie (Crank2 - not recommended). No fireworks, but a wonderful day! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Home sweet home

Once our family frenzy had ended, we had a birthday party for Tommy and Glenn (the husband of a lady I work with) at our house. So, it was cleaning time! I took advantage of the clean house and took pics of it :)

This is a typically day with Barley running around the yard like a maniac :) He has an unlimited amount of energy!


June was family month for us. We spent over two weeks traveling to see family and then returned to Tucson with family :) Here is a rundown of our family frenzy.

June 3rd to June 9th - Fly to Atlanta... dinner with Dad at amazing Italian pizza restaurant... drinks with friends... little sleep... caravan for 4 hours to Thomasville, GA... rehearsal dinner for Gregg and Anna's wedding... reception setup... drinks with friends... little sleep... explore Thomasville downtown... cute coffee shop visit (twice)... shop... pool time at hotel... wedding... reception... drinks with friends... little sleep... reception cleanup... drive 4 hours back to Atlanta... outlet mall shopping... dinner at Angie and Corey's amazing house... drinks with friends... little sleep... relaxing morning (yay!)... rock climbing... dinner and drinks with theSiegel's... little sleep... carpool with Angie to Knoxville... visit HPER building... lunch withDocand Dale... Market Square shopping... dinner at Tomato Head (Yum!)... drinkswithfriends...little sleep... drive back to Atlanta at 7am... Siegel'spooltime...Mary'sapartment and goodbye to Michael... delicious dinner and drinks with Dad and friends... little sleep
June 10th - Fly to St. Louis, MO... drive 3 hours to Santa Claus, Indiana... eat dinner at horrible "Amish" restaurant... welcomes from Kennedy Reunion Klan... little sleep on rickety futon...
June 11th to June 13th - Holiday World!... sit in muggy Indiana heat with family... babies falling asleep in our arms... pizza for dinner... little sleep... wake up to coffee... adorable nieces and nephew... boys go on hike... fun with Ellie... sit in muggy Indiana heat with family... lots of pictures... babies galore... late night cards with the fam... little sleep... repeat...
June 14th to June 17th - drive 5 hours to Columbia, Missouri... meet Josh's girlfriendElizabeth... babies galore... cards with the fam... little sleep... hang with family... walkdowntownColumbia... amazing coffee (thrice)... babies galore... pool time (amazing!)...yummy with fam... little sleep...
June 18th - Drive 2 hours to St.Louis... Fly home to Tucson... Pick up Erin and MomatGuadalajara Grill... return home to stuffy house... GREEN pool... little sleep...
June 19th - 23rd - Shopping with Erin and Mom... yummy food... Mom painted our ceiling in main room (YAY!)... frown at green pool... return to work... celebrate Tommy's birthday... play with animals... little sleep...
June 24th - Erin and Mom leave on trek back to Atlanta... empty house... couch time :)

It was SSOO amazing to see everyone in June! I can't believe that we fit it all in! Though it was busy, it was a great vacation and break from our Tucson life :)

Here are some pics of the frenzy :)

The Grandbabies :)

The boys preparing for the hike :)

Not much better than a baby sleeping in your arms...

Great Grandpa and Grandma :)

The boys and their childhood toys.

Uncle Tommy :)

Auntie Em

Mia just chillin in the pool :)
Amy and her babies :)