Dec 7, 2011

New RV gate!

Our new RV gate! That pretty much completes the list of things I really wanted for the new house.

Dec 2, 2011

Tyler on Rainier

Tyler and Gregg got to go play int he snow while Scheila and Claire gave Julianna and Dustin's baby shower.
the accommodations where.....chilly. Thank God for down.

This photo has become an annual tradition. On our way to Rainier!!! 

The worlds best camping spot.

Nov 28, 2011

Claire's new bike!

Christmas came early for Claire! Tyler got her a Motobecone road bike!
Its a Motobecane GiGi Pro:

Nov 26, 2011

Thanksgiving with the Matney's

We traveled out to help the Matney's move their boat from Cincinnati to New Orleans for a long weekend.  We got to experience America at its finest, like staying at Bobby's fish camp, taking the boat through Locks, boating on the Black Warrior Rivier, boating on the Tom Bigbee Oxbow, driving through Mississippi, seeing a little of New Orleans, had lunch on Burban Street, saw the 
shore of Lake Ponchatrain (where the Matneys are looking for a house) and had a great Thanksgiving dinner on the boat!

Nov 22, 2011

Solar Panels!

We are having solar panels installed! They should be up and running soon!

Nov 13, 2011

Tyler and Steve Camp

Tyler and Steve got a guys weekend and took our pop up out and camped.

Nov 3, 2011

Ping pong

This is how serious ping pong is at our house. This bat is only a couple months old and has never been thrown or intentionally damaged. It's how we get down!

Oct 29, 2011

Corn Maze

Claire bought another Groupon, this time for a Corn Maze.

Oct 9, 2011

Tinkers first Wiener Race!

We entered Tinker into a Wiener race and she did great! It was at Tempe Octoberfest.
Video to come

Sep 30, 2011

Gold Canyon Candles

Claire is officially selling Gold Canyon Candles. I will ship anywhere! Visit

Sep 11, 2011

The Jerry

Tessa and Michael came out to join as at "The Jerry" this year.

Sep 6, 2011

Orange Wall

I have always wanted an orange wall, so this new house was a great victim.

Aug 11, 2011

New carpet

We got new carpet as well!

Pool fence is in!

The pool fence was installed, therefore we picked Tommy up from the old house and he is enjoying his new yard.

Aug 3, 2011

Tommy's UP house

We moved Tommy's house today to the new house! We had to hire a crane to come get it out of our current yard and be able to place it in the new yard.

Jul 29, 2011

The concrete has been stained!

The name "stained concrete" can give off the wrong impression on how the whole process works. You are not actually staining your concrete, but using a mixture of acid and other materials to cause a chemical reaction that changes the composition (and color) of the concrete. 

Jul 21, 2011

Hobart - Bye Bye Cabinets

Moving right along, the kitchen cabinets have been removed!

Jul 18, 2011


We got hit by another Habob this week and I got a picture!

And the construction at Hobart begins...

Day one of the remodel! We stopped in this evening to see how it was coming along, all the flooring on the main floor are gone! Tile and carpet piled in the dumpster out front.

Jul 14, 2011

RIP Dana

Name – Dana Matney / Our Hamster (male hamster)
Age – 3 or 4 years old…who keeps track
Residence – The office, in our house
Place of death – See above
Time of death – Last couple days…but she/ he had a full bowl of food and water
Cause of death – Little Dana was old…just plane old.

Our little Dana comes from a foggy background, her/ his heritage is uncertain, but somehow ended up for sale at Animal Kingdom (Superstition Springs Mall location) during Claire’s tenure at the store. Dana passed away, while asleep in her favorite spot…the upper balcony of her multi-level condo. She is survived by her human family, Claire and Tyler, and her other siblings, Bentley, Topo, Tinker, Lily and Tommy…and the clown fish. Dana enjoyed the finer things in life; seeds, grains, fresh water…a nice walk on her wheel. When Dana was feeling adventurous she would go for a stroll in her clear ball…and run into Bentley (who could have eaten her with out even chewing). She/he laughed in the face of danger.

Dana will be sorely missed, and her memory will live on as a funny little blonde hamster with a girl’s name…and a definable set of nuts (which we didn’t notice at first).

Jul 9, 2011

Paddle for Pints Trip

Tyler and I bought a Groupon for Paddle for Pints! It was a great trip with a few of Claire Co-workers from LifeLock (Brandon, Laura, Michele, Phil). Definitely worth doing again, so we will be keeping this in mind for any out of town visitors!

Combine a Verde River kayak trip with a cold frosty brew for a Fun & Adventurous Verde Valley Experience

There will be just enough excitement on the river to make it fun, but you don’t need to be an experienced kayaker. Our inflatable Ducky Kayaks are wide and stable and perfect for beginners.
After your Verde River adventure you can take a leisurely cruise (in your own vehicle) to the Rendezvous restaurant and beer and wine bar in Old Town Cottonwood. The Rendezvous features an eclectic, delicious menu and is located at the “Gateway to Old Town Cottonwood” the newest, hippest scene in the area. The setting is intimate, social and casual with over 20 micro brews and 25 wines from Arizona and around the world. It is the perfect way to end an epic river day in the high desert, in the beauty of the lush Verde Valley with a place to relax, socialize and enjoy a frosty brew.

Essential Tour Information:
Tour Time:
Approximately 3 hours from start to finish.
• 9:00 – Trip Launches for fun and sporty sections of the Verde River, such as Treasure Island, Clear Creek Rapid, Rocky Drop, Tunnel of Love and more!
• 11:00 to 11:30 – Verde River Trip takes out at Beasley Flats. (Time depends on season and water flow conditions). Snacks & water provided. Now in the comfort of your own vehicle you can leisurely make your way to the Rendezvous for great beer, wine and food!
• 12:00 to 12:30 Arrive at the Rendezvous at the “Gateway to Old Town Cottonwood” for a well deserved frosty pint, chilled glass of wine and lunch.

Jul 8, 2011

New pool!

New POOL! Due to our loan type, the pool had to be filled and working, so we were lucky enough that the bank re-plastered the pool as well as all new pool equipment! Cant wait to to go swimming!

Jun 25, 2011

Seattle Half Marathon

The marathon was great! Cate, Diane and Claire walked the Seattle Half Marathon in 3.5 hours. Dustin and Julianna (12 weeks pregnant) ran the marathon in 2.75 hours. It was fun and the weather was great. It was definitely good to do it with a few other people. There were bands all along the way and cheerleaders as well. It felt great to finish it!

Jun 11, 2011

Hike at Woods Canyon Lake

In preparation for Claire doing a half marathon we decided to go for a hike at Woods Canyon Lake. It is normally about a 5.5 mile loop around the lake but there are bald eagles nesting here so there are we think it was about 6 miles. We took Topo and Tinker, but Tinker got a nice backpack ride after about 5 miles because her "house" paws couldn't take the outdoors anymore. It was a great 75 outside and a wonderful hike!

Jun 3, 2011

Vegas Girls Trip!

Claire went to Vegas with 4 other co-workers.