When Your Husband Becomes 10 Feet Tall in Phoenix!

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holy smokes it’s been a non-stop past few days since we rolled in from California to Arizona. i sort of forgot that the lovely state of Arizona doesn’t “fall back” with the rest of the country (you rebel you) so we barely made it on time to dinner with my fantastic cousins in Phoenix.

we had such a great time because my cousins Emily and Stephen just had a fresh new baby named Thorin so my husband got plenty of baby time! he sometimes (or a lot of the time) gets baby fever and tries to convince me how adorable it would be if we had a baby. and yes that’s my cousin photo bombing.

travel blog ryan avery with babyi smile and nod when he has baby talks and say…”my womb my rules. and my rules say we have A LOT to do before we become parents so talk to me in a few years. plus i’m not ready to share my food with something living inside me. weird.”

although we DO love taking fake Christmas card pictures with other people’s babies and sending them to our parents to freak them out. check and check.

travel blog ryan and chelsea avery babythey also produced another adorable child named Maceson! all he wanted for dinner was rice and for some reason i found this hilarious.

travel blog chelsea blog the new wifestyle arizona family

when my cousin asked him who he wanted to hold hands with to go out to the parking lot…HE CHOSE ME! made my whole day.

travel blog chelsea averylast night we had our largest event in Phoenix with close to 400 people at the event and it was spectacular! District 3 Toastmasters also got us the hook up with getting my husband’s face on the marquee. it was thrilling!

thanks again to our friend and photographer cassie rosch for taking this! naturally we stood out there and watched it rotate through a few times and each time his face popped up i jumped up and down and told everyone who was walking bye “hey! that’s my husband up there! and this is my husband down here!!!!” someone was super kind and even took our picture.

ryan and chelsea avery at marqueemy cousins came out again to show some speaker love and support! yay! i was looking at a another camera, dang it.

travel blog family in phoenixnow we are headed to Fort Lauderdale/Miami for the next few days and i cannot tell you how excited i am to get my feet on a beach again! yay! as exhausting and crazy as this tour can be, it is an amazing opportunity to see our country and have a lot of adventures together.

the new wifestyle: babies are not mandatory for any marriage or relationship- just a friendly reminder but they sure are cute!

(i am sure they will be great one day should we decide to create incredibly tall children with crazy curly hair).


1)   do you have any kids? if not, do you think you will and when? how does one even decide this!?
2) where should we eat/get a treat in Miami? any recommendations?
3) if you could see your name on a marquee, what would you be known for?


  1. Heather Hawkins

    November 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    1) I was told I couldn’t ever have kids. Then miss aiden happened. I don’t think you decide if you are ready, I think most of the time it just happens and you get ready.
    2) no clue
    3) Probably speaking. speaking while saying extremely embarrassing weird things.

    • chelsea

      November 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

      wow good job miss aiden! good point about things happening and then you get ready 🙂 haha i feel you with the speaking while saying embarrassingly weird things-we are a lot alike in that category!

  2. Emily

    November 9, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Well those are my boys and Stephen and I discussed kids before we were married. Both boys were planned. We started right away because of my age, but you are young and still have plenty of time.

    As for eatting in Miami I have no clue. Never been there.

    I am not sure I really want my name in a marquee.

    • chelsea

      November 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

      so happy to hear that the both of you discussed kids before you were married emily-it blows my mind that some people do not! thanks for the vote of ‘plenty of time’ and it was so great to see you and your family! such sweet kids and thanks for giving us some baby time 🙂

  3. Sue Anderson-Seibert

    November 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hi Chelsea Nice hearing from you and all your fun adventures.I have been busy with TEAM and our LIFE program.WE ARE ALL GETTING TOGETHER TONIGHT IN SANTA Clara for the northern Calif region with some fabulous speakers.Tell Ryan I used his system for my clever paper. Hope it is an A. sue

    On the subject of kids I think they choose you and it happens when you least expect it.I have a wonderful son which was a long 20 years but it goes by fast and your a grandma.Can’t Help you on places to eat in Miami. If I was on the Marque it would be as a guest speaker for The Life program.my big dream.
    Best to you both will try to catch you when you get back to Napa Film’s Festival.

    • chelsea

      November 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

      thanks for your comment sue! ryan says he think it’s awesome you used his system for your paper and he hopes you get an “A” too 🙂 hope your meeting was grand in santa clara! thanks for the thoughts on children as well 🙂 and Napa’s film festival…FUN!

  4. Paula Howley

    November 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    1. We have Meg who is a handful but the most incredible person I’ve ever met besides my husband. (We also have 2 in Heaven- not to bring anyone down but I like to acknowledge my boys Lance and John Paul)
    We had Meg right away because I was 36 when we married. It took us 7 months to get pregnant, and I had her just after I turned 38. I would highly recommend not waiting that long. lol Youth is a great help to motherhood!
    Also, if you decide to have your kids youngish, it also means they fly the coop while you’re still youngish. So say you have 2 by the time you’re 30, you’re relatively ‘free’ again by the time you hit 48 which still leaves tons of time to hang with your hubby, go travel again and enjoy grandkids. With the incredible wisdom brought by parenthood. If Meg waits to have a baby until 30, I am going to be 68! ACK!!!!! I need to get in shape.
    Anyway, never having been in your enviable position Chelsea, I don’t know HOW you’re going to decide when. If you wait until everything is ‘just right’ you will never have a baby. But, you need to feel like it’s time. Listen to your heart I’d say Chels.

    2. THE BEACH!!! duh. lol

    3. I’d still like to have the World Champ title on a marquee but I’d really like to see it up for a book signing too.

    • chelsea

      November 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

      aww sweet meg-i hope to meet her one day! and you did not bring anyone down i think it’s important to acknowledge your boys as well and i’m sorry for your loss. i have also heard that youth definitely helps with kids in terms of energy amount (which i already lack and my husband has so much of it). good advice paula on listening to my heart and for now it says “keep living kid free for now” but i do have friends that have woken up one morning and were like “BOOM BABY TIME!!” keep shooting for that WCPS because you have great messages to send paula 🙂 and i’d totally read your book!

  5. Vivien

    November 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I also remember Ryan’s winning speech…”twelve pound babies.” Oh dear!

    1) No kids. I’m sure everybody’s situation is different. I would love to have kids, but that will only happen if/when I meet the right guy. Of course if/when I do meet him, I think we will have to consider our ages and how practical it would be. At this rate, my uterus may end up deciding for me…I’ve been told if you have kids young, you may have more energy. If you have them a bit older, you may be better off from an economic perspective. And I agree with Paula, if you have kids “late” and they have kids “late” then it will be a long time before you are a grandma 🙂

    3) No clue, but you can bet I will take a hundred photos of it!

    • chelsea

      November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      haha good memory vivien!!! i should have brought my anxiety about carrying 12 pounds inside of me….that’s insane. although we won’t be in texas when that happens so maybe it was something in the water when his mom was pregnant 🙂 yup that’s what i’m thinking about in terms of youth=energy older=better finances but we shall see! and how did you know i’d take thousands of pictures while we were in miami…sounds like you know me 🙂