Monthly Archives: March 2015

Locked Out of the House


TRUE STORY: I was locked out of the house by my three year old.

After a rather wonderful morning at the Phoenix Zoo we were able to avoid the dreaded car naps and make it back just in time.  Those two hours of bliss are rare.  I thought that surely after running around and hitting the slash pad that we were headed toward the golden ticket =  duel naps.

As always I let Raymond out of his car seat and place my backpack(with keys and cell phone) down on the kitchen counter a mere two feet away from the garage door.  He was looking awfully tired so I told him to go upstairs to use the bathroom and that Em and I would meet him up there to get ready for nap time.  I turn around to grab Em and heard that awful noise of the deadbolt locking into place.

Surely my ears were playing tricks on me so I grabbed Em and went back to get her inside.

Well, as I hear his tiny feet thump up the stairs I find that NO that was the deadbolt.  The deadbolt was locked and my son is now upstairs proving that he did listen… except for the mere fact that HE LOCKED US OUT OF THE HOUSE.

In true form I shared the below after successfully getting back inside the house on my Facebook Page.


Was just LOCKED out of the house with Em without a phone in the garage for 45 minutes.

After getting back from the Zoo.

Raymond dead bolted the door walked upstairs used the bathroom and then waited for me to tuck him in for nap time. Good news(?!?) is our house is impossible to break into without breaking a window.

I could hear him calling for me to tuck him in outside-yet the constant doorbell ringing and banging on the door didn’t appear to be something he should check on.

Em and I were sweaty and pissed when Raymond FINALLY after screaming/ringing doorbell/ kicking door for 45 minutes meanders his way downstairs and unlocks deadbolt and asked where we’ve been.

Like, no big deal.

I’m done.

Raymond:1 Mom & Em: Negative Bazillion

Apparently we live in a fortress.

A FORTRESS ruled by a threenager.

I will never get locked out of the house again. Promise you. But? That was a serious MOM FAIL.  There are so many bad things that could’ve happened.  I could hear him calling for me to tuck him in THE ENTIRE forty-five minutes we were stuck outside.  Had he been quiet, I would’ve thought of the numerous bad things that could be/are happening and would have sincerely broken a window.  I am thankful that he finally started listening and came down to see, “Where we’ve been.”

You can’t make this stuff up.


So there, I’m sharing a definite mom fail today.  Please tell me I’m not alone.  Would love to hear any stories you have about possible “face palm” situations.  I know we’ve all been there.

Arizona Science Center: Gridiron Exhibit{& GIVEAWAY}

Our last visit to the Arizona Science Center was a complete family affair with Emma Marie in the Ergo.  This time Raymond and I got to go on a day date together to see the Gridiron Exhibit.  As we walked in Raymond started talking all about the Mummies that we saw last time-definitely an impressionable experience!


Our first stop at the museum was to grab our wristbands and meet-up with our friends.  Raymond watched patiently as we waited to be escorted to a classroom to learn all about Liquid Nitrogen and perhaps BLOW a couple things up.

I love science.



Raymond sat with the big kids on one side of the classroom and instantly aged himself ten years.  Where did my baby go???  He listened intently as our Science Instructor talked about Liquid Nitrogen.  We saw balloons BLOW up and gas explosions.  Pretty darn impressive for a three year old.  I was worried that he may or may not get too close to the dangerous gas but he did just fine.  I definitely felt like a rookie parent for a couple minutes.  First time watching my child learn with other kids and behave like an elementary school student.



Science is pretty marvelous.  I loved that we were able to experience a hands-on experiment right away.  Raymond and the other kids ran around through the liquid nitrogen mist and squealed in glee.  Never Stop Wondering.




After our Science Experiments were complete we headed up to Gridiron Glory: The Best of The Pro Football Hall of Fame. So excited that we are giving away two family packs of tickets to this amazing hands-on experience.



Arizona Science Center:


Jump into the game in the most extensive exhibition ever built about America’s most popular sport, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With over 200 of the rarest artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including legendary gear, photos, and documents chronicling the cultural phenomenon that is football today. Featuring NFL Films video footage and a series of interactive displays, Gridiron Glory tackles the science behind the game. This groundbreaking exhibition puts visitors in the game alongside football’s greatest legends!​

The Gridiron Glory Exhibit runs through May 3rd so go check it out before it’s gone!  So many hands-on activities for the WHOLE family to enjoy!  I loved reading about the history of the game, along with how the protective gear has changed, and hopefully will continue to change for the better.  Safety first when it comes to sports!  As a former high school coach concussions were always a scary reality.  It is our responsibility and duty to keep our players safe while out on the field.  I am excited and hopeful for what science can bring to the game in the coming years-especially as my little ones grow up.


Raymond just couldn’t believe that the football players were THAT big!  I guess the Arizona Wildcats and Seattle Seahawks don’t appear to be as monstrous as they are in real-life as they are on TV in our living room.  We all took turns fitting into the massive chasms created by some seriously strong men.  So great to see the real size of the players up close and personal.



Raymond and I easily spent thirty minutes trying on helmets.  So much fun to talk about play running with him and how coaches call the plays from the sideline and NOW through a radio transmission.  Loved how technology has changed the game and the level of competitiveness-talk about some cheating players WAY back when-and the first head cams started back in the 1990s… who knew the GO PRO was old news?!?



There were two sets of shoulder pads we tried on and this was definitely a good time.  The pads slip up against the wall so kids(and ahem adults) can try them on for size.  I loved experiencing all of the things I’ve never been able to and this was pretty priceless.  Helmet hair and then the shoulder pads- 1980s called and they wanted their style back.  Thankful that Raymond didn’t mind my faux pas.



The Arizona Science Center is full of “touchable” exhibits perfect for kids of all ages and this one was wild(footballs EVERYWHERE).  Raymond took turns with a couple other kids on working on passing it to the receiver.  I may or may not have yelled touchdown a couple of times.  Celebrate the victories.  Even the pretend ones.


So perhaps we decided to kick the game winning field goal– 15 times.  And for those of you wondering I repeated over and over, “Laces out!” like a crazy person while chuckling to myself- Ace Ventura anyone?  I took a couple of kicks with my sandals on… sneakers are definitely preferred FYI.


I got chills walking into the theater-esque of this room.  Surround sound with the best plays in the last couple of decades.  Raymond immediately gravitated toward the Lombardi Trophy.  He simply laid his hand down on the case and stared in awe.  You are surrounded by the greatest of the great players, their jerseys, their moments in football history.  I loved the whole experience.


So next time we go to the Science Center I will be sure to bring my camera bag-or SOMETHING waterproof.  Raymond got to experience the Forces of Nature which included a hurricane, monsoon(complete with downpour), tornado, volcano eruption(hello heat lamps), and earthquake.  It was pretty incredible.  Thunder and lightning just cracked so he covered his ears.  Loved being able to walk through four stories of exhibits with him.  But this definitely will be talked about for months to come.

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We always, always finish our trip to the Arizona Science Center with a visit to the Spheres & Gears Water Fun outside.  It just beckons to you when you enter the center BUT as most moms know- it’s fun to get wet. And I save that for last.  The best for last? Perhaps.  But definitely the messiest for last.  We walked away soaked and happy.  Perfect day date. And now on to the giveaway!



Enter to win one of two sets of family passes to the Gridiron Glory Exhibit at the Arizona Science Center.




Please enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway is open from 3/25/15-3/31/15 at MIDNIGHT.

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Did you grow up watching football with your family?  Have you been to the Arizona Science Center?  


Would love to hear from you!   



Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to visit the AZ Science Center through a campaign with Blended Extended. All opinions are my own.

Spring Wish List




1. Matching Salt Water Sandals for Em and I.  Out here in the desert we LIVE in sandals.  The temperatures are already hitting low 90s this week and Emma Marie prefers to wear sandals when we give her the choice.  Would LOVE to snap up a matching set in pink.

2. ZiGiny- Loreta Open Toe Wedge Sandal I wore these on Valentine’s Day, for a wedding shower, and in the wedding two weeks ago.  Eight hours on my feet and my toes were feeling good! Love how comfortable wedges are!

3. Old Navy Active Compression Capris– I own three-four pairs and some of them are a bit too big now.  I am thankful for losing four sizes but my closet and workout clothes are a bit bare now.  I love how durable these are and that the sets I own have lasted for years!

4. Old Navy Active Compression Tanks– I am now at the point where I no longer need to double-up on sports bras! WOOHOO! Less laundry.  I own one of these tanks in purple and make sure to put it in the next load of laundry so that I can wear it 3 times a week.  I wish I was kidding.

5. Nike Shorts– I have two pairs of these in navy and black but they are WAY too big now.  I am working on buying two sizes down now and slowly building up my wardrobe.  Really shouldn’t have donated all of my college clothes…

I am definitely working on finding a desk so that I no longer roam around the house putting work papers and contracts in different places.  I am beyond ready to have a designated work space and will be prowling around garage sales and the Goodwill looking for a solid wood beauty.  I am now starting to try to save up for a Mac Book.  My old PCs are just not cutting it.  I used Mac for teaching and am longing for a dependable laptop this next year.  That is a MAJOR wish.


What is on your Wish List this Spring?  Would love to hear from you!

Preschool Sign-Up

Today brings a wash of emotions.  Today we signed up Raymond for preschool.

He is more than ready and all things considering should have been enrolled in a preschool this past fall.  Unfortunately we could not find a preschool that we were comfortable with their safety regulations for food allergies.  Peanuts and Gluten are life threatening.

Life or Death in under five minutes.

Stark picture and not one that I was willing to wager with the lack of health standards in our surrounding communities.

Just a reality of the daily struggle.




Upon finding our preschool we let out a resounding sigh.  He will be in a safe environment conducive for learning and socializing with kids his age.  Something I think every parent wants for their own children.

As we were filling out the forms this morning there was a line that made my skin crawl.  Who is NOT allowed to check out your child from school.

The mood became ominous as we realized that we didn’t have enough room to fill in all of the names.  Evil exists in this world.  Our evil can be named.

The threat is real.  The threats have been written down and sent to us.  They have been notarized and filed with our local police department.

The problem has already been remedied and our preschool has a list of all aliases of those known persons.

I sit here in silence.  Listening to the noise machines through the baby monitors.  Trying desperately to shake the feeling of uneasiness that comes with such a tragic truth.

I am my son’s advocate.  Through food allergies, heart problems, and even Pure Evil.  I will never stop fighting and making sure that he grows up in a safe and healthy environment.  I will do everything in my power to secure his future in this world.

Today was just a slap in the face.  A truth we don’t talk about.  A pain we bear silently.

To my son, today is the day that he got to see his preschool.  The day he has been anxiously waiting for.

And I am beyond grateful that for him, it was a joyous occasion met with giggles and the happiest of happy dances.

Happy dances do conquer all.




Our little family got to take a peek at the new exhibit at SEA LIFE Arizona this past week.  Octopus Hideout is PRICELESS. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest we were lucky enough to go to our local Aquarium at Point Defiance Park weekly with my mom.  I have never seen such an active octopus nor have I been able to see one so close before.


Thankfully no wild encounters at the Narrows Bridge… where the world’s biggest octopus lives… but I have been stung by a jelly fish.  Those babies burn, burn, burn.  Those “cures” you hear about don’t help like you would think they would.  I ran around like my leg was on fire… because it was, essentially.

Well living out in the desert I don’t want to deprive my kids of growing up knowing about the ocean-so thankfully we can venture out to SEA LIFE Arizona to escape the heat and enter a world of it’s own.  The lay out is quite impressive when you think of the fact that the Aquarium is at a mall.  You weave in and out of rooms- through tunnels-gang planks-and are always surrounded by sea life.  I LOVE how everything is kid-friendly, touchable, and the DIVE LOG BOOK stamp adventure.  Ever since my little man turned two this has been a favorite.  He proudly finds the next station and stamps his book.  At then end if they recover all of the stamps they receive a cute little prize.  But honestly the independent adventure is a prize in itself.

There were quite a few, “Yo-Ho’s” and of course I added in a couple, “Shiver me timbers” just for good measure.



Fish are friends, not food.

I definitely enjoyed quoting Finding Nemo.  Thankfully my husband just chuckled along and joined in the chorus of, “Shark Bait-OO-AH-AH”.



The new Octopus Hideout exhibit features five tanks of cephalopods: Common Cuttlefish, Dwarf Cuttlefish, Nautilus, Mantis Shrimp, and the beautiful Giant Pacific Octopus.  Raymond’s favorite were the Common Cuttlefish as we were able to watch them eat breakfast and it was pretty incredible how they used their two tentacles to catch the food… looked like a frog catching a fly!  Emma Marie was enthralled with the octopus!  She was definitely unsure about being so close to her, but she just couldn’t walk away.  Loved that we could put our hands on the tank and she would use her large tentacles to check us out.  Never have I ever been able to see an octopus travel around their tank.  She did multiple laps around and checked everyone out.  Pretty cool for this Pacific Northwestener.




Emma Marie would not stop talking about the octopus… you can see her little hands trying to explain what she was talking about.



The BEST part of SEA LIFE Arizona are all of the tunnels, look outs, see-through floors, and these fabulous little fish eyes.  You get right in the action. Love being so close to the sea life!



I whole-heartedly recommend checking out SEA LIFE Arizona!  Throughout the year they have different events you can attend like Santa in the Dive Tank and coming up the Octonauts are going to be visiting this summer!  My two nieces are in LOVE with the Octonauts and I am hopeful we will be able to take them to the event to meet their favorite Sea Life Helpers.  For moms with little ones I recommend bringing a carrier-and not a stroller.  We used a stroller once and the tunnels(which makes the experience that much cooler) are not stroller friendly.  I used an Ergo last time with Em when she was 10 months and have just let them roam free after she turned one.

For more information about events you can check out SEA LIFE Arizona: HERE.

Did you grow up going to an aquarium?  Have you been to SEA LIFE Arizona before?

I definitely took it for granted when I was little that my mom took all three of us to the zoo and aquarium ALL. THE. TIME.  I am tremendously thankful that she did and am trying my hardest to give my children life experiences out here in the desert.




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