Simple City Life

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Last weekend we took a trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens. We joined shortly after moving here thanks to an amazing Groupon deal. This was my third trip through the gardens and I just can not get enough of them. The various paths and scenery keep you engaged while the peaceful surroundings keep you grounded. This is quickly becoming my favorite place to visit here in Phoenix, it is a perfect oasis in the city. Last weekends events for Dia De Los Muertos were simply breathtaking. Over the past several years we have been learning more about this cultural celebration and have grown to prefer this over our American traditions of Halloween. A day to pray and remember your lost loved ones is much more tasteful than running around the neighborhood asking for candy! Elliott and I had a great time capturing some of our favorite sights. Elliott is developing her creative skills in photography- I am very proud of her. The first image here she took all on her own!






The boys waited over an hour for the most amazing face painting. The artists were so talented and really took their time to complete these paintings. I am glad I caught them on camera before they each took a drink from the water fountain and smudged the paint. Within moments after walking away from the artist's chair their make up was smudged and Owen washed his off in the bathroom. Moments like these it's really hard to keep you cool as a parent. Let's just say standing in line for that amount of time just so you can wash it off was not what I had planned. But I have the pictures and memories and that is what truly matters. 

I hope you are enjoying your fall- we are adjusting to our new normal of 80 degree days and chilly nights; sunshine and sitting by the pool planning our Thanksgiving meal plans. 
~Courtney

Friday, November 10, 2017

Banksy Rue.

We added a member to the clan. She is simply adorable, full of energy and sassy as can be. This is my third cocker spaniel and I have to say, they do not disappoint! I love this breed. They are smart, loyal and easy to train. At just shy of three months old, she is 90% potty trained, 100% crate trained and is learning her basic commands. Although she was sold to us way too young, she has bonded with us extremely well and has adjusted to her new life quite well. Here she is a wee little 5 weeks old! 


She has been growing like crazy and has managed to almost triple her size! I am not sure how she has managed to grow since she is extremely picky about her food preferences. Nonetheless, she is growing like a weed. She has captured our heart when she isn't biting at us! 
6 weeks



7 weeks and worn out!

9 weeks


10 weeks!

I wasn't planning on getting a puppy so soon after moving, but she is just what we needed. Losing Fred put a huge hole in all our hearts, Banksy is slowly filling that hole each and every day. One of these days I'll write about Fred, it's just still so hard to talk about. In the meantime, you will set to watch our newest little one grow up!

~Courtney

Monday, October 16, 2017

Confession: 
I am not going to lie. I am simply the worst blogger in history. It's 100% true and I am totally OK with that! The reality is, I am busy mom and wife. I'm tired come 8pm and I love spending my days not in front of the computer screen. However, I do love keeping in tough with the world and documenting our life, so as per usual, I will try to do better, but no promises. 

I wanted to share a few pictures from our camping trip last month...yes, it has taken me a whole month to get these published. We decided to take the kids on a tour de Arizona, we camped in Holbrook, Az and spend three days taking little trips to explore the ever changing scenery of our beautiful state. These first few shot's are taken as we left Phoenix and headed towards Flagstaff. The sun was setting and we just wanted to take in every changing second of the beauty. 


After a rather late arrival, we set up camp and put the finishing touches together in the morning. Nothing like a bunch of brand new equipment to set up in the pitch black night. Being the kids first camping experience in a very long time, we reserved the Super Tent Site at the Holbrook KOA. The super sites were move private, had a nice storage closet and a very handy cowboy kitchen... (a sink and counter top.) We had electrical too, which is nice with kids.

The first day, we drove through the Petrified Forest. Thanks to the Kid In Every Park Program we were able to visit for free! It had been years since I had been to this part of the state, it was more beautiful then I remembered. At every turn the landscape changes, it is truly a unique place to visit.


After our adventures, we headed back to town and enjoyed visiting the Wigwam hotel. We all loved looking at all the nostalgic cars and decor. It felt just like we were spending the afternoon in Radiator Springs. If you are a Cars fan that you understand, if not, you should become a fan.


We stopped at the abandoned Trading Post to get some fun pictures. The kids thought we were crazy ad stayed in the car. Scott and I had a blast looking at the ruins of what was probably a thriving business years ago. On our last day we ventured out to Windslow, AZ. With the help of the internet we found McHood Park. This great park sits along the river and is great for cliff diving and swimming. The water was so refreshing and the kids were brave and unstoppable...once they got the courage to jump. We didn't plan for swimming, so we all enjoyed the water fully dressed!Thankfully the dry weather had us as good as new in no time.

Elliott and Owens first jump- it was a long wait to gain the courage, but worth it! 
Of Course we had to capture the famous Corner in Windslow, AZ before leaving. We listened to The Eagles a lot on this trip too.
We can't get enough of exploring the Southwest. Not sure where our travels will lead next, but I'm hoping for JoshusaTree National Park!

Happy Adventuring, where ever you may be- Get Outside!!!

~Courtney