Tuesday, November 12, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday morning started out at Swig with a visit with my sweet friend over a Diet Coke and a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie.

Swig's pumpkin choc chip cookies with cream cheese? 
Not bad!

* Grocery shopped afterwards...

Holy Moly! Fry's had some good deals!!

* Date night Friday night at the Gilbert temple.

It was just where we needed to be.
Things are so still and peaceful inside of the temple.
It was nice to just sit and be with my own thoughts.

* Tacos afterwards...

It was Joe's first time at Rusty Taco and he LOVED it.
I love it too!
Their breakfast tacos + chips and queso are my favorite!

* Back at home for the rest of the night I worked on 

There's something very therapuetic about working around in my craft room with the windows open and Christmas music playing.  Yes....Christmas music.  
I could not hold off any longer!

* Saturday morning London and I hit up a cute, little local boutique nearby.

She felt like she had hit the jackpot that day because I let her get Mountain Dew Voltage on our Circle K run.
{Don't judge}.

* The kids had dance all of Saturday afternoon.
Quick nourishment at the TB afterwards...

And yup...even more Etsy orders Saturday night.

{I πŸ’œmissionary ornaments!}

* Churchey-church on Sunday.

Carson gave a sweet talk in Sacrament meeting about 'Asking the Lord in faith'.  I was so proud of him. Hearing my children share their testimonies of our Savior makes my heart about want to leap right out of my chest in gratitude.

Also:  the dude who sat in front of us in Sacrament wore his sunglasses backwards and Joe and I...being the 5 year olds that we are...could NOT stop laughing at the fact that we had to stare at our reflections for the ENTIRE meeting.

Also, also:  Thank you to whomever hung up these sweet signs in the womens restrooms of our ward building.

Needed it!

* We spent Sunday evening over at my parent's house.  
It was our annual tra-dish of having the grandkids help my mom decorate her Christmas tree.

Also, per tradish, my brother made his famous Peanut blossom cookies.

Don't let Joe fool you.  
He didn't help. 
Just taste tested.

Lastly...we drew names for our 'Cousins Gift Exchange' which the kids love so much each Christmas!

It's completely normal to have a doggy gift exchange for all of the dogs in the family too, right?  

Please say yes.

We are slowly on our way to becoming that weird dog family

Thursday, November 7, 2019

November Ministering Tags.

Happy November!!

I've been up to my eyeballs making orders for my Etsy shop so I've got bad news and good news.

The bad news is - - I don't actually have a fresh, NEW tag to download for the month of November.

The GOOD NEWS is......I've compiled THREE of my favorites from years past for you to use again.

Surely, you haven't ever used ALL of them, have you?

Enjoy! And please tag me on IG - @azmarci with what you come up with! 

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April Ministering // Friendship tags

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

2fer Tuesday.


Picked this up a few weeks ago from Bath and Body Works and it is my NEW favorite scent!! Smells SO good!

These are absolutely delish!
We bought a rotisserie chicken last week and made sandwiches with these sliders and they were SO VERY YUMMY!  Found em in the bread section at our grocery store.


Chocolate covered Oreos, Flipz chocolate pretzels, candy corns and candy eyballs. 

Chocolate pudding cups with construction paper!
Clever, huh?

Monday, November 4, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday morning errands which included a trip to the $ bins at Target.

More happy than you know to see that they're slowly putting out alllll of their Christmas goodies!

A quick stop by Goodwill with a browse though the book section, of course.  IG stories will be updated later with my funniest finds πŸ˜‚

* Lunch with Joe and his mom and sis at the hospital.
{Banner Desert cafeteria - your Philly Cheesesteak did not disappoint!}

Joe's dad recently had surgery and is thankfully back home now recovering!

* We stayed in Friday night, ordered takeout and hunkered down on the couch for a 2 hour Dateline.  
We really know how to live on the edge.

* Saturday I tore down alllll of my Halloween and Fall stuff.

This year is a first.
I'm going STRAIGHT to Christmas now and skipping over ALL of my Thanksgiving decor.  Before you say I'm crazy, I do have 2 good reasons....

1.  We'll be out of town this year for Thanksgiving and so I want everything put up and out before we leave town so that we can come back to a Christmas-y home.

2.  The lights on my 9 foot pre-lit tree went out last year {ugh} and instead of buying a brand new one this year {they're like $400-$500!} I am going to strand each and every branch with fresh new lights.  With my mom's help of course, because she is the stranding genius. Anyhoo - - this might just take forever because my tree is so big, so I'm getting started on it EARLY!

* Saturday night we attended a SURPRISE 40th birthday party for my cute sis-in-law Tauna.

We ate soups and rolls and s'mores outside and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. 

November in AZ is the start of our DREAMY season.

* We dropped by Crumbl afterwards to pick up a thank you gift for a friend...

Bad pic, but we tried their Midnight Madness cookie and YUM! it might just be a new fave.
 {Joe said it tasted more like a brownie.  I'm ok with that!}

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
I couldn't make it through our closing song without tearing up. 
Yet again.

This song just does it to me.
The words, the melody....it's my favorite!
It seems like each time I sing it, a new line stands out to me.

* Sunday dinner at my parent's house.
My mom's roast and potatoes always taste better than mine.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

On tap this week:

If you haven't gotten your ornament orders in yet....you'll wanna do it sooner than later as I do sell out each year.

* Putting up the Christmas tree!!
{Which means technically, it's AOK to start playing Christmas music now too, huh? πŸ˜ƒ}

* Uber driving my kids EVERYWHERE.
Anyone else feel this way lately?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Coombs Halloween Party 2019: Part 2.

This year instead of our usual FEAR FACTOR gross yourself out games....I mixed things up with some Halloween MINUTE  TO WIN IT games! I think everyone was happy about that because no one had to eat pigs feet this time!πŸ˜›

ROUND 1 - Fruit by the Foot Challenge

One person from each team had to eat an entire Fruit by the Foot with no hands.  Just their mouth.  First one who finished and opened their mouth with nothing left inside, WINS!

Round 2: The Peep Face Game

Whoever successfully sticks the MOST Peeps to their face within one minute, WINS! {They had to get creative.  The most successful way for this was by biting the ends off of the Peeps, licking them, and then sticking them onto their skin.}

ROUND 3: Candy Corn Stick Ups

Whoever succesfully sticks the MOST candy corns standing straight up on their plates, WINS! {This one is tricky because they tend to fall over.  Again, biting the ends off, helped!}

ROUND 4: The Licorice Challenge

2 players on each team particpated in this one.
Each duo stuck an end of a piece of licorice rope in their mouths and ate towards the middle.  First duo that kissed {or finished! think Lady and the Tramp} WON!

My last 2 games were a little different.  

We had a NAME THAT CANDYBAR challenge...

I gave the little kids the easier ones like Reeses and Snickers and then the adults the harder candybars like Whatchamacalit and Clark Bars.  

This one was still done in teams, each member of the team took a turn guessing.  They had to close their eyes and I placed the small piece of candybar into their mouths. 

{Fun Fact: I've never had a Chic-o-stick OR a Big Hunk.
And I'm ok with that.} 

The team {family} who had the MOST points after these 5 games won a Dairy Queen gift card!!!!

Lastly, just for the kids....I made up a ginormous Saran Wrap ball.  

I stuffed inside of it everything from candy, to bubble gum, to glow sticks and slinkys and the big jackpot in the middle which was a $5 bill!

If you've never played this game before, it's super easy.  

All you need is a pair of dice.

One person begins to unwrap the Saran Wrap ball while the person next to them rolls the dice.  Once the person next to them rolls a DOUBLE - - the ball is passed onto the next person and so is the dice.  Whatever items fall out while you're unwrapping - you get to keep!

We had so much fun!!!
Grateful for good friends {and my family!} who are all such GOOD sports!

Monday, October 28, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday morning was errands, errands, errands.
I stopped at my very least favorite place on the planet {Costco} to pick up my contact lenses and managed to get a few tiny samples while I was there...

There are so many reasons why I loathe Costco....one being their parking lot.  It gives me severe anxiety.  I'll save my other reasons for another post.  

* Friday night was our elementary school's annual Fall Ball.

London dressed up as 'Squints' from The Sandlot.

She and her bestie were determined to be twinzies this year.
Aren't they cute?

Oh and remember last year when London won her school song contest?  I discovered Friday night that not only do they sing it at every assembly....but they've printed the lyrics onto a BIG banner and hung it in their cafeteria, too!

Seriously....I was never as cool as her in school.

* Last weekend we had our dear friends from Heber, Utah staying with us and so on Saturday morning Lori and I ditched the dads and kids for a much needed pedicure.

We then picked up the dad's, continued to ditch the kids and went out for a double date to one of our very favorite spots: Floridino's.

* Saturday night was our ward's Trunk or Treat.

We have a ranch right by our house that we always hold ours at.  It's fun because they have a big rodeo arena that the kids can run amuck in along with horses to see.

Is this not THE CUTEST 'Frozen' trunk you've ever seen?
Our friends go ALL OUT each year with their trunk and we LOVE seeing what they come up with! 

* Sunday night family dinner at Joe's brother's house.

Our sweet niece turned 3 so we celebrated with all things PUPPY including the most adorable HANDMADE puppy pinata that my SIL made. 
{She's incredibly talented!}

I wish I had remembered to take a pic of the front side!