Thursday, August 7, 2014

Family Pictures at Superstition Mountain Museum

Photography by Zeffler Photo. Writing by Marily.

A few weeks ago, we took a drive down America's oldest highway and met up with our photographer at the Superstition Mountain Museum. I hope as I share these photos you'll bear with me while I also include a bit about myself and why I write for I Heart AZ, in case anybody cares. I haven't done much writing about myself on here, but maybe it's time I do just that.

These boys-of-every-size whom I adore are such a big part of what makes me who I am. They contain much more energy, fearlessness, and wit than could ever be contained in a series of photos, of course. They are funny, talented, and yes, busy. Sometimes the chaos and noise in our home is invigorating...sometimes not.


This guy is Mark.
He is an accountant by day and a wrestling, piano-playing dad by night. And no, he is not like my 5th son--he is my partner in every sense. I suppose, though, there is a reason we don't have much furniture in the front room in our house because several times a week there is a smack-down on the carpet. The little guy is the most fearless fighter of them all.


Writing this blog is for me, it gives me an opportunity to work on something I can feel proud of, to reach out to the community with the dream that what I do will eventually make a difference in this beautiful state of Arizona. More importantly, I want to make a difference for the people of Arizona.

Can you tell who gave me the hardest time during our photo shoot?
The dream is to inspire others to have more wonder and happiness in the things around them, and to just have more amazing experiences right here where we live. Amazing experiences can be in your own backyard, watching an incredible Arizona view, or they can be enjoying the best taco of your life at a Mexican restaurant (ask me how I know).


Writing this blog is for them, because it is too easy to be a boring mom and I need the motivation to get them out of the house and doing something new. They need a healthy mix of structure and a decent amount of free time. I need that too. The trick for me is to figure out that perfect mix which is something I struggle with every day.


Sometimes I get it right. Like one morning, they were up early so we grabbed some breakfast and hopped in the car and drove East down the 60 and found an open spot just outside of the city to watch the sunrise. Another summer we visited 50 parks in Mesa. That's the kind of mom I want to be. I want to do more exploring of Arizona--its history, its people, and most definitely its food (tacos, specifically). [Note to self: a post about good tacos in cities all over Arizona might be a good idea.]


And me? I am a mixture of a lot of different things. Sometimes I am bored and sometimes I am stressed. I love to cook and I hate to do the dishes. I am my best self when I am around friends, but often forget to schedule enough time with the people who mean the most to me. I am a goal-setter: sometimes I feel like I could do anything and sometimes I feel like my sanity is slipping from me and I can't think a clear thought to its completion. I have an undying love for chips and salsa. And I love Arizona. Those last two go hand in hand.


I hope you will stick around and keep coming back to I Heart AZ. Kathryn and I are just getting our feet wet here, trying to figure out the blogging thing again and trying to write things that will help you and your family. If you ever have any suggestions of what you'd like to hear or information we can help you find, please shoot them our way.

Happy weekend to you all!

And two points if you can figure out what is wrong with this picture (besides the look on Mark's face):


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