Monday, September 17, 2012


Those who know me well know that I love free or cheap things. I get a big thrill from paying close to nothing for memories. That being said, I am also a good de-junker and therefore have no guilt when I give/trash my free or cheap items! That's the best part! (which is what will be happening soon to all of Addie's free stuffed animals she's acquired lately). That is why I was super thrilled to find this splash table outside ready for the trash man. Thank you neighbors for the free entertainment! I'd wondered if my kids would enjoy playing with one in the past, and this gave us the perfect opportunity to test it out. When they're done with it, I can just pop it back outside to await the trash man with no guilt about wasting money! Kids go through toys, shoes, and clothes so fast, can you blame me for going the cheap route???

Oh! And they liked the table so much, it might just stick around another summer!

 Dallin also thought eating dirt was pretty fun....see my point in liking free things??? It doesn't take a whole lot to entertain our children!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Luxury Camping

This Labor day weekend Jared and I both had an itch to go somewhere and do something since Jared had a four day weekend. Thursday morning I got all excited thinking it would be fun to go on our very first camping trip as a family....or ever for that matter, and called Jared to see what he thought. Well he pointed out that nearly every other family in Phoenix was probably singing the same tune and had most likely reserved their camping spot long before. Bummer, I'm sure he was right. But the itch to camp hadn't left our thoughts completely and Jared suggested we camp out in our backyard (....uhhh it's still 100 degrees at night) or in the house. So in the living room we pitched our tent! 
Addie was really excited about the whole thing and we got some fun ideas from a book we checked out from our library the week prior called, "Bailey Goes Camping" by Kevin Henkes. So we star gazed, had a treat, and watched a movie in the tent (there are more fun activities in the book, but it was getting late so we shortened everything).

I decided there are a lot of perks to camping in the house. No fire pit to guard in case the kids get any ideas, no bugs, no future preparation necessary, no dirt, and no kids sleeping in a completely different environment (Dallin slept in his his room). Although, I still missed that camping smell...... maybe next year we'll plan ahead.
 **Good thing we didn't go anywhere- my sister and her hubby surprised us and drove up Saturday night. Plus the kids and I got sick on Friday afternoon and through the whole weekend, so our little taste for camping worked out great this time!**