• a saturday spent banding hummingbirds

    Did you know that southern Arizona boasts the most diverse types of hummingbirds in the United States?  A couple weeks ago, Will and I went with our friends to the San Pedro House, just outside of Sierra Vista, to visit this historic ranch house where they tag hummingbirds.  In fact, we went on one of the last weeks that they do it because of migration season.  A lot of hummingbirds pass through southern Arizona on their way to Mexico. The area is significant for world bird conservation, and according to Bureau of Land Management, it has been “officially designated a globally important bird area.”   While I’m not super into…

  • Dear Quiet Girl

    Dear quiet girl,  I don’t care if you are 11, or if you are 19, or if you are 37. The world probably tells you that you need to change. That it is wrong for you to be quiet. That what you really need to be is outspoken and outgoing. And you feel that every day. What I really want you to know today is that you are beautiful just the way that you are, and that you do not need to change. My story When I was younger, I was very shy.  I know that’s not everyone’s story—one does not equal the other—but I bet a lot of you…

  • summer in the desert | Arizona Part III

    As month three in Arizona pulled to a close, Will and I quickly realized that there were only a few weeks left in the desert before we will be moving back to North Carolina.  What a whirlwind we have had out here!   The #SuiteLifeofWillandJamie In month three we settled into a little bit of a routine.  We went on a few adventures here and there, but also found ourselves staying at home a little more often.  I spent my time watching the last month of Big Brother season twenty (yes, it’s still on the air, and this was a FANTASTIC season), working my butt off in the workout program…

  • Festive Fall Bucket List

    This year we are living in a hotel in the desert, so carving pumpkins and buying all of the decorations is not in the cards for us.  This is our slightly revised but still autumnal bucket list for #theSuiteLifeofWillandJamie. Festive Fall Bucket List Watch a football game and dress to the nines Get some pumpkin seeds to snack on Go star gazing in the country (with hot tea & flannels) Get a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider Take a drive to see the leaves turn Make some hot homemade stew Host a scary movie night Get your own halloween candy because #adultlife Go on a hike to see…