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! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mother's Day Musings

I hope you all had an incredible Mother's Day! There is no greater calling in life than being a parent. However you become one, there is nothing like it! No Joy, or pain comparable. I will be the first to admit that I am not a perfect Mother by any means! I never had the cleanest house, but I was always the mom on the floor playing with my kids, teaching them how to dream! I would much rather be coloring than cooking! :) I was the one cheering the loudest at any sports/music/scholar event! (a loud mouth is good for something!) We love to laugh & be silly, and yet, we love to have serious, deep conversations as well. I love my family more than anything!

 "Good Moms let you lick the beaters . . .
Great Moms turn them off first!"

On Mother's day this year, my girls made me breakfast, we went to Church, had some lunch, then spent the rest of the day with my Mother In Law. We are so Thankful to have her & to get to spend time with her! She is sweet & loving. Not to mention that she raised an incredible son, who has become the best Husband & Father, and for that I will always be grateful. But this is about Mother's Day! So . . . back to me! :)

 "Home is where your Mom is!"

Mother's day, & everyday for that matter, I really miss my own Mom, who is now in Heaven. No one listens or cares like your Mother does. And no matter how old you are, you're never too old to want your Mom around are you?! So treasure the time you have with those you love. And celebrate the special days & the ordinary ones, because the time you have will never be enough.

 "Sometimes I open my mouth
and my Mother comes out!"

 "A Mother who radiates self-love & self-acceptance
actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem"
(Naomi Wolf)

 "Being a Mother is learning about strength
you didn't know you had
and dealing with fears
you didn't know existed."
(Linda Wooten)

"By the time a Woman realizes her Mother was right
she has a Daughter that thinks she's wrong!" 

 "I'll love you forever, 
I'll like you for always, 
As long as I'm living, 
My baby you'll be." 

 "Life doesn't come with a Manual;
it comes with a Mother."

 "Behind every good kid
is a Great Mom!"

 "I smile because you are my Mother, 
I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it!"

 "Mothers hold 
their child's hand for a moment
and their heart
for a lifetime."

 "The most important thing 
she'd learned over the years
was that there was no way
to be a Perfect Mother,
and a million ways
to be a Great one."
(Jill Churchill)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Prom Queens!!!





This is my Daughter's Jr. Year of High School, which means Prom! It was a bittersweet moment for me. I love seeing them grow up and have fun doing it! We had so much fun planning, shopping for dresses and shoes, getting hair and make-up ideas! Yet, I felt a little bit of sadness too, they are not my little princesses twirling around in their dresses any longer, they are beautiful, strong young women! And I've loved every moment of it all!


They brought their Best Friend, Maddie, whom they met at Church right before they all started Kindergarten, and have been BFF's ever since! Maddie and her family are planning on moving to Aurba after she graduates next year. :( So the three girls decided they wanted to spend their Prom nights together. So the plan is they all go to Erica & Lexi's School this year & to Maddie's next year. There were no boys in the picture this year (Yay!) but, we'll see if that may change next year & throw a little kink in the plans. ;)


They had a great Theme for this years Prom, it was "Under The Tuscan Sun" So we wanted a place to take pictures that went along with that theme. And I remembered several years ago we had taken some family photo's at a really cool place that had a lot of pillars & a fountain, so we decided to find that place again. And we were really happy with the results!

And of course the Proud Parents had to get in on the pictures! :)

Lovely Lexi . . .

 Elegant Erica . . .


Magnificent Maddie . . .



Oops, who jumped in the photo?! :) 

Three very Beautiful, Smart, Funny, Strong and Fun girls! And what a great way to celebrate their Friendship! They had a great time, taking photo's, eating out at The Cheesecake Factory, Dancing the night away, and Making Memories that will last a lifetime!