Friday, May 31, 2013

Spring Break in Arizona

We were so fortunate to be able to make a trip down to Arizona over spring break.  Typically we go towards the end of the school year, but with a few vacations already this year, we didn't want Carter to miss any more school.  We found great deals on flights and the kids and I were able to go for the entire week.  It was the perfect time for a visit to Arizona.  The weather was sunny and beautiful, but not too hot, so we were able to do a lot of fun things outside.  My mom had to work a few of the days that we were there, but it was still a very relaxing, rejuvenating time.  Kyle flew down late Wednesday night, so he got a good bit of vacation too.  I don't think any of us wanted to leave!!!
Always a favorite past time ~ picking grapefruits in the backyard.
We enjoyed fresh grapefruit each morning and the kids had a lot of fun searching for the biggest ones to pick!

Carter, Tony, Cindy and Kennedy

My brother and his family came over the first night that we were there and we had a belated Easter celebration.  The kids loved spending time with Cindy and Tony and it was great to catch up with Kyle and Nallely.

First full day in the sun and we were off to Tumbleweed park!
This is such a fabulous park and the kids had a lot of fun.

Pops came with us and we had a nice little picnic lunch.

Even though it was sunny and warm, the pool was still quite chilly.  The kids didn't seem to mind, though and insisted on going for a dip.
They didn't really last too long but they had fun playing and splashing!

Nana had given Carter and Kennedy Easter baskets when we arrived and then set up an egg hunt, as well.  Such sweet and thoughtful gestures that made our vacation extra special.

a little photo before heading out for the afternoon

The kids had been asking to go to Amazing Jakes again, and Tuesday happened to be "discount" day.  They had an absolute ball ~ a fun way to spend the evening!

Carter challenged me to a game of air hockey (he won).

Pops was a good sport and went on the spinney rides with Kennedy
Both kids were smiling from ear to ear the entire time

Carter and I bowled a few games

And we tried our hand at laser tag
Carter was quite nervous about it at first and practically had to be coerced to play...but once he got started he had a blast!
We played several rounds and all had some good laughs

more spinning

bumper cars!
Kennedy was tall enough to go on the bumper cars this year and she couldn't get enough. 
She was crazy!!!
I can't get enough of her face in this picture, she is such an adrenaline junkie and was having so much fun!

Carter liked them too

One more quick round of laser tag ~ we had the whole arena to ourselves, which was a lot of fun.

The next day, Daddy was here and Nana didn't go to work so we all went to the zoo.  We hadn't been to the zoo since I was pregnant with Kennedy.  When it's over 100 degrees in the summer, the last place you want to be is walking on concrete without much shade.  But the spring is the perfect time to go and explore.

taking a ride on some large lizard statue, of course

my little joey

now she's a spider
The zoo is quite large and has a lot of fun, extra things for kids to do. 
Carter and Kennedy had a ball.

Carter tried his hand at milking a cow (simulated of course), but it was very life like and a great way to get an idea of what it would really feel like.

Carter was so pumped to get out on the golf course with Daddy and Pops.
They had a wonderful day and he did so well that they went back again on Sunday.

he definitely looks the part

nice swing, Carter-Man!

Pops and Carter

a highlight of any round is getting to drive the golf cart!
Definitely a great start to a fabulous vacation

**more posts to come from Arizona**

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