Thursday, July 23, 2015

Desert Oasis

This was us the last time we went to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and as you can tell it was a few years ago. :) My husband's Sister and her family live there. So we decided it was about time to go back!

Lake Havasu is the home to the London Bridge. Yes, THE London Bridge. It used to stand over the River Thames in London England, it was dismantled in 1967 & brought over here to stand over Lake Havasu, a reservoir of The Colorado River.

Here John & I are with His Sister Marti & her Husband Ricky. They were Great Host's for our little Get Away! Showing us around town, keeping us well fed & entertained! :)

And this is their back patio! Where we got to watch the Women's World Cup in style! 

And of course the back patio leads to the back yard . . . 

 
Where there are No Bad Days allowed! And who could have a bad day in a place like this?

Ricky is a real handy man, who built all this himself! He is a Wizard with Wood! It is really like a Mirage in the middle of the desert. 

And with temps like this, we spent a lot of time in the water!

 
And behind this bamboo door lies an adventure in itself;

 
It's An Outdoor Shower! Don't knock it till you try it. I'm just saying, It really is pretty cool! (And when I got back from vacation, I started reading a new Book which was set on Nantucket, where they had & used an Outdoor Shower as well!) ;)

We saw The London Bridge. (Compare this photo with the first one at the top of the page to see how long it's really been since we'd been there!)

We walked down my the lake and enjoyed the Beautiful Scenery!

And I just had to put my feet in the water!

And we loved all the cool Lighthouses!

And one of the highlights of the trip was that we got to reenact this precious picture of my girls when they were little, under The London Bridge!

 They've changed a little!

I love it!

Marti's little Grandson kept announcing "I need All my Cousins to come over here & Play!" :) My girls were his only cousins there, but it was easier than trying to remember their names!

Our Niece Jamie & her Fiance' Rick took us out on their Boat for a day on the Lake & River!

Pictured is Rick, driving the boat, Jamie, Our Nephew T.J. and Rick's Daughters Ali & Maddie.

We had a blast & played in the water!

Until John got attacked by Mermaids! :)

Just waiting for my ship to come in! :) (I picked up this lovely hat at a little shop by the bridge!)

T.J. took a slow motion video of Erica's water hair flip, and got this cool pic! Told you they are Mermaids!

 
This is the Bridge Henry Fonda rides across from California into Arizona in the Movie Easy Rider!

 We found a Rope Swing hanging under the Bridge, so naturally the kids had to give it a try. 

They are Brave! I was excited they got to try a lot of new things on this trip!

Including Tubing!

They bounced around, flew up in the air, capsized, and did it all over again. And T.J. & Rick taught Erica how to Wake Board as well!

Ali & Maddie are 17 & 15, and got along great with my girls. They all had a great time hanging out & getting to know each other. And Jamie took us all Thrifting & Antiquing in their cute little town!

And when the ride home looks like this, you know it was a successful Vacation! :) We had such a great time! It will not be as long until our next visit! Thanks to Marti, Ricky, Jamie, Rick, T.J., Ali, Maddie & Kaden for giving us so many great Memories!


Monday, July 13, 2015

"Summer Reading, Had Me A Blast!"

 
 I Love Reading in the Summer Time! And I so Love a Good Summer Read! For me, what makes a Book a good Summer Read is that it is set in the Summer Time, Somewhere I'd love to be, usually the Beach, and has a griping story line! That can be Suspenseful, Adventurous, or Relational. So with that formula in mind; Here's what I'm Reading this Year . . . . .

 
 If you enjoy a Who Done It, and liked Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train by: Paula Hawkins, might be for you. It's not set on the Beach, but a City in England. And Everyone is talking about this Book! I did find that having an unreliable Narrator can be a little frustrating. But it will keep you guessing!

 My Book Club read Paper Towns by: John Green (who also wrote The Fault In Our Stars) and to be honest with you, I didn't think I would really like it. It seemed to me it would be just another YA Book. But, being honest again, I REALLY Liked it! This one is set mostly in Orlando, Florida, at the end of the School Year. It has mystery, adventure, and it really gives you a lot to think about! The Movie comes out this month as well, and my Book Club will be going together to see it!

Ann Brashares' The Last Summer (of You & Me) Is my new Favorite Summer Read! I Loved This Book! It's everything I Love in a Book! It's about Sisters & Friends, Set on New York's Fire Island. There is Romance, and it will pull at your Heart Strings! Now, Ann Brashares wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Series, which are good Summer Reads in themselves, and are written for Teen Girls, this one is not! So be advised. ;) I literally felt like I just wanted to cry when I got to the end of this Book. I was so sad it was over.

 The Summer Read my Church Book Club picked to read is Sisterchicks do the Hula! by: Robin Jones Gunn. About Girlfriends who travel together to Hawaii. Now, if you know me, you know I Love All Things Hawaiian! And the number 1 item on my Bucket List is to someday Hula in Hawaii! So this one should be a fun read right up my alley!

Beautiful Day by: Elin Hilderbrand (The Queen of the Summer Reads, Barefoot is one of my favorites of hers!) is what I'm reading now for the BookFinks BookClub. The setting is a Wedding on Nantucket. And with my son getting married this fall, I thought this one would be apropos. And so far I am enjoying it.

So, I'm gonna ask a favor of you, would you please put your Book down just long enough to let us know what good Books you are Reading this Summer? Cause we're all always looking for new suggestions when it comes to Good Books, right?! Thanks so much. 
 
Happy Summer
&
Happy Reading!
 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

25 + 25 = 25

 I was 25 Years Old when I became a Mother for the very first time.

That was 25 Years ago Today! 

My Baby Boy is now 25 Years Old!

So, you know what that means . . . .

Yep, 

I am now . . . . 

The Same Age As My Child! 


Happy Birthday Kyle Micah!
 
"I'll Love you Forever,
I'll Like you for Always.
As long as I'm living, 
My Baby You'll Be!"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Teens And Tattoos Boys Vs Girls

Back in 2008 I Blogged about Teens and Tattoos, and to this day it is one of my top most read blog posts of all time! In that post I talked about my teenage son getting his very first tattoo, I also talked about my two little girls getting their ears pierced. Well those little girls are now the same age my son was then, and guess what? They want Tattoos!

In this day and age, we all either have, or know people who have Tattoos! Long gone are the days of my childhood where only bikers or sailors had them. :) Just like everyone from your grandma, down to newborn babies has their ears pierced now, when just a few generations ago, that used to be taboo as well. It is the culture we live in. And I for one happen to like tattoos. Of course we all know people who go overboard, just like with anything, you can get too many, the wrong kind, no meaning, or just plain bad ones!

But, just like with anything in life, when it's YOUR child who wants something, it causes you to look at it differently! Now, since my Husband and I, as well as our oldest Son, have Tattoos (my second son, will most likely NEVER have a single tattoo, it's just not him!) It was natural for my girls to talk about when they would be old enough, what Tattoos they might want to get. They have even designed a beautiful "Twin Sister" Tattoo they want to get together.

And since she was in Jr. High School, Erica has had an idea for a Tattoo that holds special meaning for her. She knew what she wanted and where she wanted it, and has been talking about this for going on 4 years now! In the State of Arizona any one can get a Tattoo at the age of 18. If you have a parent's permission, you can get one starting at 16. Erica has been begging us to let her get this Tattoo since before she was 16. We told her if she still wants it when she's 18, we'll talk about it then. Well, my girls will turn 18 at the beginning of October. The same age Kyle was when he got his!

Now as a Woman, and a Mother of Girls, I have always sung to my daughters; "Anything Boys can do, Girls can do better!" ;) Always wanting whats best for all my children, and that nothing (especially gender) would ever hold them back! Teaching them that they could be anything they wanted to be. The Bible tells us we are All created equal, and I believe that to be true. Feminism at it's finest! But, here I find myself wanting to say that even though you are the same age your brother was when he got his first Tattoo, you can't get one, because you are a Girl! Yes, I, who fight against double standards, had to fight inside myself to hold tight to my beliefs! How do I, who has taught my Daughters (and Son's for that matter) that Women are equal to Men, and deserve every opportunity afforded to men, that they can't do something, simply because they are my "Baby Girls"?! Yet, If I'm being totally Honest, that is exactly what I wanted to do! My little girls beautiful, perfect skin, would be permanently marked. Now, keep in mind that mine is, I have a little Star Tattooed on my ankle, that I love having. But this isn't me, it's my daughter.

So, knowing what it meant to her, even though it was hard, I made myself Practice what I Preach. Since she turns 18 soon, and it was just before our son's 18th Birthday that he got his, we told her the summer before her senior year was the soonest she could have it done. So the whole last month of school, all we heard was "Can we make the appointment?!" She's nothing if not persistent!



It's small, (about 4 inches long & 1 inch high, just above her wrist) If and when she's ever ready and chooses to, I will let her share the meaning behind her Tattoo and what it means to her. I will say she loves having it! And I am proud of her! And even a little bit proud of me, for—even when I didn't want to—fighting against Double Standards!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bachelor's Degree, But Not A Bachelor Much Longer!


My Baby Boy just Graduated . . .

 From Arizona State University!

Included on his Graduation Announcement
was his favorite quote by Albert Einstein
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

My girls decorated his car in honor of his big day!

He had to drive around all day like this! :)

 We took up an entire row in the stadium! 

 
 Zach graduated Summa Cum Laude! 
With Highest Honors!

 
Proud Parents!

 The Forbi Four! 

 
 Big Brother Kyle, and Sister In Law Katie, 
a former ASU Graduate as well!

 Little Sisters!!
Lexi & Erica!!

 With Cousin Alarie! Both now ASU Alumni!!

 Zach's Best Friend since Jr. High,
and Jordan will be graduating next year!

Our whole family with the Graduate!

To Celebrate, Zach wanted us all to see 
Avengers; Age Of Ultron together!

Party Preparation!

Graduation Party Time!!

And What's a Party without Masks? 
Here with his Cousins, Friends, Brother, and Fiance as Avengers!

And now with a Degree in Biological Sciences
Zach got a Summer Internship with Arizona Game & Fish!

He'll be in Northern Arizona at Lake Powell!
Studying Invasive Species.

He may now have his Bachelor's Degree
But he wont be a Bachelor for long,
Zach & Kendra will be getting Married this November! 
This is a Big Year for him!
Praying for a Job to quickly follow his Internship!