Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Weekend Camp-Out

The weather's been great lately so we decided to head up to the mountains for a quick camping trip. We love going to McGaffey; it's quiet, there are tall trees, green grass, wildflowers. It's just so soul-refreshing! This time was also special because it's the last time I'll be able to go for a while. We enjoyed playing in the meadow, hiking to the fire-tower, chocolate bananas, and just being together as a family. Some friends joined us (unplanned) and it was a great surprise, and fun to hang out at the fire together after the boys went to sleep. The only thing we need to improve upon is our sleeping arrangements - the nights get COLD up in the mountains, and we ended up with the boys in a sleeping bag with each of us (that was a tight squeeze for me and Garrett).

Garrett and Clayton searching for snakes on the way to the fire-tower

We made it!

Chocolate bananas!

The boys decided their shirts were too dirty to keep them on

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Phoenix Get-Away-Weekend

Every year we are a track family. Chris coaches, the boys and I come cheer; we spend almost 3 months "helping Daddy" with practices, going on Saturdays to meets, and having our own "tra meeks" wherever we go. It keeps us busy, but we really do enjoy it.

I have to admit though, that my favorite part of track is the weekend after the State Meet. We have a tradition of celebrating my birthday, Mother's Day, and surviving the season by going away the weekend after the Meet (my two big days always fall during this week). This year Chris even took an extra day off of school and we went to Phoenix! We had a blast swimming at the hotel, eating some good Mexican food for my birthday, walking through a really cool park, visiting the zoo, attending the boys' first pro baseball game, and shopping at Ikea (ok, really Chris and I had a blast there, but the boys were good shoppers).

Due to the heat Chris and I tried to sneak out of the zoo before seeing everything, but Garrett knows how to 'read' the map and informed us we hadn't seen everything...we compromised by picking 4 more animals before heading back to our air conditioned hotel room.
The zoo had misters to help keep visitors cool. We really appreciated this!

We went to the Diamondbacks' game, intending to cheer for the D-backs, but they lost big time, so we ended up cheering for the Brewers. The best part of the baseball game happened as we walked from our hotel to the stadium (about 1/2 mile walk). We heard a bike bell behind us on the sidewalk and a woman pulling a cart pulled up alongside us and offered to give us a ride the rest of the way. Let's be honest, I'm pregnant and it was HOT! We joked that it felt like the Amazing Race, but it was a relief for me, and a lot of fun for the boys. We look forward to the day when the boys enjoy the game as much as we do!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Garden Project

Since we're going to be around this summer awaiting the arrival of Baby #3 we decided this was the perfect year to put in a garden. We brought in some soil, have started our herbs, broccoli, leeks, peppers and tomatoes inside and the peas and carrots outside. This is our 'try-it-out' year. We'll see how it goes, but it's been fun so far! We'll post some more pictures once it starts looking more like a garden.

Let the work begin! Mixing up the soil we brought in with the dirt in our yard...and pulling out lots of rocks!
Garrett, Clayton and friend Eden looking for caterpillars
Our neighbor Tim helping Chris install the rabbit fence
Just couldn't pass up taking a picture of this unique cloud; isn't God creative?

Milk Ranch Canyon Hike 2

We tried Milk Ranch Canyon a week after we found it full of waterfalls, but sadly most of the water was gone. It was still beautiful and a great day for a hike, but we are sure glad we got there in time to see the waterfalls and snowmelt. Of course, there was enough water to throw rocks...