My grandmother has spent many hours teaching my sister and I how to make homemade Pierogies. It is one of my personnel favorites and yesterday I was able to spend some time with my family and most importantly Maya, preparing about 16 dozen pierogies.
Maya brought her rolling pin and jumped right into the action…
My nephew taking over my job of rolling Queen.
My little guy isn’t feeling so little anymore..he took his official first steps on Thursday and I’m not sure if I’m ready for this major milestone to happen.
Look at how proud he is!
It was another beautiful day in AZ so Mitch took off work and I took a 1/2 day to spend some time with the kids. Our first stop was Tempe Marketplace for some lunch. Then we went to the Phoenix ZOO, which seemed to be every other family’s idea for spring break. We allowed my nine year old nephew Ja’kor to capture some of our memories with Mitch’s Nikon D3000.
Ja’kor seemed so into taking these photos and was so proud of his finished work. This is a good exercise for any child and a great way to get them into your family outing.
Here are some of the shots he captured. Pretty amazing for a nine year old!
Here’s our new photographer!
It was 70 degrees this weekend and the perfect temperature to spend some time with the family outdoors at the Ostrich Festival at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park. Our first stop (and always our first stop at a fair/festival) was to dine on some fatty, not so good for you food! We had indian fry bread with beans and cheese, giant dill pickle, homemade iced-tea, soft serve chocolate/vanilla ice cream and fried corn-on-the-cob. And not all in one sitting.
Our day was filled with carnival rides, local vendors, children’s shows, ostrich races and a kid friendly petting zoo.
Maya & Daddy on the carousel..
A new member of the farm family was born about an hour before…too bad we couldn’t have seen his/her live birth…
It wouldn’t be the Ostrich Festival without an Ostrich….
Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with my work load at the office, home responsibilities and the oh so needed quality time with my family. I always feel like I’m in a rush and when I’m spending time with the kids, I tend to be thinking about the 100 other things that I need to be doing.
During bath time we like to blow bubbles and Maya says, “Mommy, Stop and Smell the Bubbles“. It hit me right there and then…she is RIGHT….I need to Stop and Smell the Bubbles. When I’m with them, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
Last weekend we all made our first visit to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I never realized the whole Renaissance culture. What a place for interesting people watching. Families, couples, adults and kids all dressed up in 18th century costumes (and no they weren’t working). We even heard people using some pretty bad fake English accents.
We did have an amazing day and the kids loved every minute of it.
Twig the Fairy – Maya was in awe…I would love to hire her for Maya’s 2nd birthday but she travels around with the festival and won’t be available.
Maya & Mitch riding an elephant…
We all enjoyed listening to Harpist Sarah Mullen
Spectators – NOT EMPLOYEES of the Renaissance Festival
Daddy’s Angel..Daddy’s Angel…Won’t you be my angel…Mitch’s daily song to his little angel.
She is definitely daddy’s little girl and how lucky is she to have such a wonderful man in her life.
I ♥ them so….