Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More Arizona fun

Now that the holidays have come and gone, I have more time to blog!

Here is more of our Arizona photo diary.

All this activity is tiring Gemma out!!

On Saturday of our extended weekend trip, Joe and Steph took us to the Scottsdale Farmer's Market: 

A quick stop to the library to pick up Cultural
Passes for free admission to a local garden.

In the afternoon, we took a trip to Lost Dutchman to do some real desert hiking!

The secondary goal of this trip was to really immerse ourselves in desert culture (the primary goal was to see Joe and Steph of course!).  This trip really satisfied that!  At the Lost Dutchman Park we hiked some very easy trails that had us feel like WE were the Dutchman that got lost so many years ago.  :o)  The cacti, especially, were amazing.

Luckily we found our way back to the car for a nice picnic lunch.  :o)

Next stop was to a little town that was a recreation of a wild-west settlement.  That was fun!  The views were beautiful and the kids really liked all the activity.

That evening we enjoyed yummy pizza at a local brewery (surprise surprise--Joe and Steph love them some beer).

Movie night--Gemma was lucky to get her
hair done by Auntie Steph!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fun in Arizona

Last month, James, Gemma and I went to ARIZONA to visit Uncle Joe and Auntie Steph!!

My brother Joe married Stephanie last year in Durango CO (that such a fun trip!) and moved to Arizona.  They have just bought their first house and James, Gemma, and I were so happy to go visit.

(We are starting to split up trips because it's just not practical to travel with 8 people all the time.  :o)  I knew I could take 2 kids and we would still all fit in Steph's car.  I'll probably take a trip with Bunny and/or Mariposa soon, or I'll send them somewhere, just the two of them.)

Kids snack packs on the airplane (love those
Wikki Stix!)
Our first outing: hiking the Papagos area near their home

Breakfast the next morning
morning chores: watering the new citrus trees
searching for "treasures" under the mesquite tree
 I love Joe and Steph's Scottsdale home!  It is so clean and spacious, and the location is great.  Can you believe they have a Dutch Bros down the street?  (Joe says it's ALWAYS busy.) They have a master bedroom, two additional bedrooms, a large main bathroom, and two living rooms along with the kitchen, of course.  The backyard is great!!  It is completely fenced in (perfect for a dog...or kids) and it is currently a blank slate for them to landscape however they want.  I can see many more visits in my future....

Big news for our first full day there:  Joe and Steph bought
passes to Legoland!!!

We ended this adventure with a trip to a local Polish restaurant for pierogi and potato pancakes.  BAM! What a great start to our trip!!!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cellie's birthday party

Celeste celebrated her 2nd birthday with a whole BUNCH of family and friends!!

Uncle Jeff came for the party at grammae and papa's house.
Grammae made a BIG pot of soup.
The soup got a thumbs-up from everyone.  :o)

Birthday-girl had fun taking selfies with my phone.
lots of cousins
more selfie fun

Aunt Cecelia is a favorite with all of my kids
but especially the little ones.  :o)
Gemma fell asleep on Fr. Juan--seems like
one of my kids does this at every family event.
awake now!
James held court with the visiting golfers at the men's table.  ;o)