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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #9!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #9!

So here it is! Another Friday! Which means another thrilling installment of our "Fri-yay! Weekly Recap!" We thought about titling this post series, "Spend 5 minutes reading what we've been up to for the last 7 days because everyone loves reading about other people on the internet!" but it didn't sound quite catchy enough. Aaaand, on that we go!

Last Friday we geeked out a little bit and went to the birthday party of our friends' 8 year old son. Before you all freak out and call the authorities because two grown adults were crashing a child's birthday party, rest assured that we took our kids with us too. Most people don't really "geek out" while there are sixteen 8 year olds running around, but then again most 8 year olds we know don't get a mobile video game truck for their birthday! All the adults spent the first hour of the party trying to figure out what kind of genius invented this testament to modern entertainment. This thing was amazing! Even more amazing was the fact that it kept sixteen 8 and 9 year old boys QUIET and ENTERTAINED for a full two hours. If anyone out there has ever been around an 8 year old boy, they know that this was no small feat. Seriously. TWO. HOURS. This had to be some sort of record. Next time the Guinness Book of World Records is getting an invite. Not. Even. Kidding.

Sunday we spent the afternoon sliding down the "Largest Slip and Slide West of the Mississippi." This is of course an unofficial title since, for the second time in a week, we failed to call the Guinness Book to verify and recognize us for the world record. Fail. We headed over to some good friends' house again where the entire neighborhood comes out to slide down a slip and slide longer than Pinocchio's nose would be if he were running for President. The kids had so much fun and by the end of the evening they were all tuckered out. Fortunately, James decided not to utilize his mad slip and slide skills, mostly because we didn't want videos of the incident going viral on YouTube.

Tuesday night we decided to be adults and head out for a night on the town! We got invited to attend a local event put on by some awesome vendors from the event and wedding industry. It was great to get out, meet some new people, and hang out with old friends. We got to take a couple photos in the photo booth with some of our favorite clients (and Friends!) while we dressed as Batman and other superheroes. The problem was that after our photo booth session, James insisted on talking like BatDad the rest of the night. By the end of the night, Megan was asking for her mask back out of sheer embarrassment. All in all, it was a fun night out and we can't wait for next year to do it again! 


Finally, in case you haven't heard, we are heading to San Diego in July! We will be there from the 13-17th and we'd love to do a few photo sessions while we're there. It's not everyday we get the opportunity take photos on a beautiful beach, so we want to make the most of it! If you're interested in a session in San Diego, send us a message! We have limited spots available and they are filling up fast!

Try and stay cool when it's 120 degrees this weekend! Have a safe and happy Father's Day! See you all next week (if we don't melt)!



Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #6!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #6!

It's Friday! And we're back to share another recap with all of you lovely people! We've been getting some good feedback from our Friday Recaps so as long as you're reading, we'll keep writing! So without further ado... 

James had a birthday (or two...more on that in a bit) this week! It was the 12th anniversary of his 22nd birthday! Woot! Seriously though, he's 34 now....where does the time go?!?!? It feels like just yesterday we were 22 and tying the knot back in San Diego! We had a great night on Saturday night, spending some time with friends at Chelsea's Kitchen in celebration. Their sangria is to die for and they have some awesome patio seating right by a canal! If you're looking for a bit of romance, you have to check it out!

James had his actual birthday on Monday and then his second birthday on Tuesday! Second birthday?? Say what?! See here's the thing...for the first 12 years we've been married, James has HATED birthdays. Doesn't ever want to do anything. Doesn't really ask for anything. You see, he just kind of pretends they don't exist. Which is funny because he keeps getting older and keeps wondering why all the hair on his head is migrating to his face...but that's another story for another time. So every year we do this funny little charade where he says he doesn't want anything and then I (Megan) go behind his back and get him something and try and make his birthday a little bit special. Well you see, this year, for a variety of different reasons, I decided to take him at his word. We had a great time Saturday night with friends, as you already know, so I figured, "What the heck, dinner with friends is enough of a celebration! He always says he doesn't want anything anyway, so we'll do dinner and then I can check that little item off my mental checklist. James' birthday...CHECK."

Here's where things started to go south. It seems that for 12 years he's kind of been lying...errrr...I mean "pretending" that he HATES birthdays. APPARENTLY, he really does like to have cake and presents and cards on his birthday. Coulda fooled me!! So Monday comes and goes, and he wakes up on Tuesday all mopey and doing his best Eeyore impression. I think the exact words out of his mouth were, "That was the worst birthday ever." If you can't tell he's not usually the type to "soften the blow." As Eeyore would say, "Oh brother..." 

So what did I do? Did I sit back and say, "Well there's always next year!" or "Suck it up, and quit yer whining!"? Heck no!!! We tried again on Tuesday because I am a full grown adult and, doggone it, no one can stop me (not to mention, I kinda love the guy)! So the kids and I piled into the minivan, drove over to the local Target and picked up all the birthday fixings. Presents...CHECK. Candles...CHECK. Wrapping paper...CHECK. Bathroom humor birthday card...YOU BETCHA! And when his 34 year old self walked in the door on Tuesday, we all pretended he was still 33 and sang him Happy Birthday (again)! He sure was surprised, and although he didn't quite turn into Tigger after his second birthday, he wasn't quite as Eeyore-ish after that either. In all seriousness, we love our 34 year old husband, daddy, photography partner, blog writer, social media guru, and iPhone repairman. If we could celebrate him every day of the year, we would because we love him and all he does and all the sacrifices he makes to always be there for us! He's also assured us that going forward, he will be very forthcoming with his birthday wishes. Teaching James that birthdays DO exist...CHECK!

It's starting to get hot here in Phoenix which means two things. First, it's time for swimming. Second, I hate laundry. Well that second point really has nothing to do with it being hot, but I just figured I'd throw it in because, seriously....I HATE IT...and you deserve to know. I share this, not because I want my dirty laundry (see what I did there?) plastered all over the internet, but to just give a little encouragement to all the other mothers out there. WARNING! REAL LIFE AHEAD: Sometimes, our laundry doesn't get done, and sometimes I start to think I'm failing as a wife and mother. What I'm learning, however, is that my worth as a wife and mother should not be equated with how big or small my pile of laundry is. We are worth so much more than the tasks we do on a daily basis. We also can't trust everything we see on the internet, Facebook, and Instagram. I wanted to post this picture of Mt. Laundry to prove that, despite what we usually see online, there are real people, with real struggles, and real lives behind all those perfect images we normally see on social media. We just wanted you to know, that behind the blog, we are real people too. So next time the laundry monster is about to destroy your joy, just remember we're right there with you. If you need us to come over and throw you a pretend-birthday party to cheer you up, we can do that! After this week, we've had plenty of practice!

Finally, in case you missed it, we are heading to San Diego this summer for some summer fun on the beach! We'd love to do your pictures while we're there! If you're interested, shoot us an email via our contact page or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram. We have limited spots available, so make sure you reserve your spot before it's too late! We can't wait to catch up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones while we're there!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Summer Fun in San Diego!

Summer Fun in San Diego!

San Diego. When you hear those words, what do you think of? Most likely you think of sandy beaches, palm trees, beautiful people, and perfect weather. When we hear those words we think of one thing: Home. For those of you who don't know, we grew up in San Diego and as much as we LOVE Arizona, San Diego will always hold a special place in our hearts. There's something about the place you grew up that seems to infuse itself into your bones and become a part of your personality. San Diego is that place for us. Marine layers, California burritos, the smell of seaweed, ocean breezes, flip flops, and putting the word "the" in front of freeway numbers will always be a part of who we are.

Like we said before, we LOVE Arizona. We've been away from San Diego for almost 10 years now and for those 10 years we've lived in Phoenix. After 10 years of saguaros, haboobs, monsoons, and desert blooms, we can officially say Phoenix is our home. We've had three children, owned a home or two, made some great friends, and explored all over this beautiful state that we call home.

But something about San Diego will always just feel right to us. Like that old pair of jeans you throw on when you just want to wear something that feels right, San Diego is that place we go when we just want to be somewhere that just feels right. Truth be told, a lot has changed in 10 years. We've changed. The place has changed. We no longer call it home, and we are glad for that (finally)! It took us about 10 years to get over our San Diego hangover and really enjoy our new desert home. But just because San Diego is no longer that best friend we see every week to have coffee with and talk about our daily lives with, that's ok. Instead, it's more like that friend you see maybe once a year, and as soon as you see that friend, it's like you were back in high school (except now you have three kids running around), you pick up right where you left off and it's like you never left.

Thankfully, we are going to be able to head back to San Diego this summer to see that old friend again! And WE. CAN'T. WAIT. As you know, Phoenix, gets "a little toasty" during the summers. We know..."It's a dry heat!" But like a wise woman told me one time, "So is my oven, but I wouldn't want to live in it!" So we'll be packing up our mini-van (oh yeah!) and trekking out to sunny San Diego in July like true Zonies! We have plans for some beach camping, ocean swimming, surfing, carne asada fry eating, and sight seeing.

We also have plans to do some amazing beach shoots while we're there! We will be in San Diego July 9-17th and,  like we said before, we can't wait! So if you live in Arizona and want to cool off for a few days AND get some gorgeous photos on the beach, come on out! To all of our San Diego friends, let's share some memories and make some new ones! We'd love to make some new friends too and capture some radiant photos while we soak up some sun! If you're interested, shoot us an email through our contact page or send us a message over on our Facebook or Instagram. Let's make summer 2016 a summer to remember!