Harvesting Oranges in Sunny Arizona

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Fruit picking can be such a joyful time of bonding and reflecting upon nature’s wonders. Orange trees are a norm in sunny Arizona but my Chicago-blooded heart still cries a little bit inside whenever I see a patch of orange speckles against a sea of lush green.

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Our church friends bought a house that was built on what was once a large orange orchard. They have a little forest of orange trees growing in their backyard… its so wonderful. I was a bit jealous at first but then had a few nightmares wondering what they could do with all those oranges. Maybe create a lucrative orange bakery? That’s what I would do!

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Winter Taobao Stationary Haul

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Oh Taobao, the most wonderful place in the world! I just wanted to share my 2015/16 Taobao Stationary Haul. Taobao is such a great place to get cute and quirky things at low prices. If anyone needs any Taobao shop recommendations, I would love to help!

These are some of my favorite shops:

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Japanese Minimalist Black Gel Pens – 29 cents each

Assorted Cute Notebooks – 19 cents each

Japanese Transparent Stickers – $1.15

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Our trek on the Superstition Mountains, Arizona

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Last Saturday, exhausted from all our traveling, I put on a grumpy face and promised myself “No more hiking!”. Somehow, in the next hour, I landed at Superstition Mountains, located at the east end of Phoenix, with a water bottle in one hand and my chipped camera in the other. (I dropped my camera as I was getting out of the car, crying ensued)

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Mom: Hey its a monkey eating a peach

Me: I don’t see it.

Me: Oh wait.

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Winter in Sedona

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(the view from The Chapel of the Holy Cross) Our love for beautiful places brings us back to Sedona ~

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We last visited in June and not much has changed aside from the people. The colors, orange and red saturating the distant landscape, were as bold as ever.img_9042_zpstjp8esh41

Sunny day, perfect New Years day weather!

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New Years Eve Travels: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Living in Arizona means lots of nature, hiking into the mountains, becoming one with the sun, and cactus…everywhere!

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For our family in particular, it means nature adventures basically every single day because why not. On New Years Eve, we ventured to Boyce Thompson Arboretum with our visiting California friends. 323 acres of botanical garden and beautiful landscape ~ img_8866_zpswnm71fli

My dear cacti – I feel like I know them so much better after spending these last two weeks of winter surrounded by them.

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