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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Where Have We Been?

In very HOT Arizona! We arrived on Friday and will be here until this Friday...wow is it hot here! Makes it hard to actually get out and do anything unless it is indoors! I didn't think there would be much difference from the 100+ degree weather we were having in NM, but AZ has been about 10 degrees hotter at 111 degrees!

So why were we crazy enough to take a week-long vacation in AZ in June?! We own a timeshare and we had banked a week. We had 2 years to use that week and we thought it expired at the end of this calendar year, but too late we realized it actually expires at the end of July. So we scrambled to find some place to go that was within driving distance, and, well, AZ was it!

On Saturday we were able to meet up with Overwhelmed With Joy - she's been our way twice for work so we've met before. This time we were able to meet her son, Snuggle Bug, and the two little girls they are fostering right now - Baby Bug and Boo. We went to a children's museum in Phoenix and the kids all had a fun time.

Lucas and Baby Bug checking each other out:


Kayla adding to the paper mache dragon:


Kayla and Snuggle Bug at the sand table:


Kayla serving up ice cream to Joe and Boo:


Strawberry for you daddy!


Playing in the kitchen area:


Kayla helping Lucas with this block table:


We were also able to have dinner with my cousin who is at Luke AFB for pilot training (thanks for dinner Mike!)


and we've been enjoying walking around the resort grounds: (Joe sporting his ''I'm on leave and don't have to shave" look)

and just relaxing!


I haven't had time to comment on blogs, but what do you expect when you're supposed to be on vacation! :) Maybe I'll "catch up" this weekend; although that will be short-lived as next Thur we are headed to Boston for the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention for a long weekend!

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37 comments:

Melody and Doug said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful vacation!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

My middle child is in Arizona, and it is HOT all right!

Tricia said...

Great pix! Lucas looks SO big! Especially in that first picture!

Michelle said...

Looks like you're having a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time there, despite the heat.

Jeanette said...

Wow, You are in my home town! My family lives minutes from Luke AFB. I hope you have a wonderful trip. I think it's great to meet up with Blogging friends. The pictures are great. Have fun despite the heat.1 =0)

Tracey said...

What great pictures! Glad you're having a good vacation. Hope you guys cool off soon!

Lilith Silvermane said...

Glad to know you are ok. I was a little worried when I hadn't seen ya around!

Hope you had a ton of fun, and hopefully after the summer holiday we can all get back to the blogging life!

Michelle said...

I forgot she was down there! That's cool you got to see each other again! :)
See ya soon! :)

Ginger said...

i live in Arizona. It has been hot. Where are you all staying we are in Scottsdale. Ginger

Overwhelmed! said...

Personally, I think you're crazy to be vacationing in AZ in the hot summer months! ;)

It sure was great to see you this past Saturday. You can see the picture I took that day in the family update that I sent you.

I can't wait to see you guys again on Friday, if that's still the plan. :)

Snuggle Bug keeps talking about Kayla. He wants to see her again!

Corey~living and loving said...

looks like a ton of fun. I wouldn't like the heat....but the good times.....YEAH! :)

akakarma said...

That sounds really HOT! Are you really going to the Boston Conference? Good for You! I can't always do those kind of things- too much schmoozzing and no one I know. I get overwhelmed and it's expensive! But I'm in New England so wave hello!

Shelley said...

Glad to see the family looking so good - Arizona looks like alot of fun.
- and belated Congrats to Joe on the promo.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Sounds like fun! I'm so glad that you had a great time :) Have a safe trip to Boston!

somebody's mama said...

Can't wait to see you in Boston. I tried to email you, not sure if you received it or not, anyway Elainah and I will be staying at the Westin.

Laura said...

Wow! that place looks like a lot of fun. Lucas in the ring well, he's getting way to big. Sounds like a busy but fun summer. Just think you'll be heading to cooler weather at the convention! Have a great time!

Killlashandra said...

I know it's hot in New Mexico but even we New Mexicans say it's hot in Arizona! ;)

I'm glad you all could get away for a week. Looks like you had a splendid time even with the heat pressing down on us all. You missed some exciting thunder storm cells but that was about it. As usually up here in the valley the weather prediction is for wind and more thunder storms. Hope your 4th is more successful.

Kim said...

Lucas is really growing! How much does he weigh now? Mattie is now weighing 12 pounds.
Keep having fun!

Dena said...

OMG - look how big and beautiful the kids are getting!!!!

Kathleen Marie said...

How fun to meet up with OW! She is such a precious doll herself!

Vacations or just great. I don't get near enough. I hope your time with your family is fantastic!

Blessings!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Our Conference was held in Phoenix a few years ago and man was it hot there!!! Being from Texas I should be used to it, but it was HOT. So, I feel for ya. Sounds and looks like you guys are having a ball.

Glad you posted!

Lucas is getting sooo big!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you were able to meet up with my son, your cousin, who is in F-16 training at Luke. What a good pic you have of him and you with your two wonderful, beautiful children. Yea, Mike says it is hot there. His dad went thru F-4 training at Luke over 30 years ago and he remembers how hot it can be. Love, Aunt Debbie

jessica said...

Great pictures!! I can't wait to finally meet you next week! See you Thursday!!!!

K.T. is Mommatude said...

I have some catching up to do as well!!

Cool vacation or should I say Hot vacation???LOL

Going to Boston,someday I hope to be able to attend that.I cant wait to see the posts about that!!!

Sandra said...

Michelle, it's horribly hot here LOL I'm sorry I couldn't meet up with you guys at the Children's Museum....I haven't been able to access my email yet but I'm hoping by today.

Would LOVE to find a place to meet you guys tomorrow...will let you know.

Hugs,
Sandra

Mary said...
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Mary said...

A hot vacation is better than none, right? How exciting is it to be going to NDSC conference! I'm planning on attending...eventually.

Ginger said...

we love that park. Fountain hills is great as well. Have fun. Sure owuld have been nice to meet you. Maybe another time. I would love for you to meet my daughter Emma GRace

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I know that "On leave" look well! Daniel loves not having to shave!

Glad you all are having a nice time! 10 degrees hotter in Arizona than here in New Mexico! Wow!

Enjoy the rest of your vacation :)

When are you coming through on Friday? We'll be in ABQ at the zoo that day!

-Andrea

Anonymous said...

Looks like Kayla and Lucas are enjoying themselves!!!! I like the family pic of you with your cousing Mike and I also like family pic of you 4 on the little bridge...I am glad that you all got to meet up with your cousing Mike and also some of the people you blog with. :) glad Joe is enjoying "unshaved" look :)_and in spite of "it" being to darn hot you seem to be enjoying and relaxing on your vacation!! :) of course I always LIKE looking at new pics of Kayla and Lucas!! love mom/grandma

Bonita said...

Looks like you're having fun despite the hot weather. I'm headed to southern California in a week or so. Please tell me it isn't that hot there!

Jen said...

It sounds you have had a great summer girl. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

Mrs. Mac said...

I haven't been by your site in a while and am happy to see that everybody is doing well. Lucas is four months old already! Wow ...
Kayla is such a great cheerleader! I'm sure you will post about the upcoming DS convention. I've not been able to attend EVER. Our son does not do well at big events. You are very fortunate that Kayla and Lucas are 'portable' :)

Tammy and Parker said...

Such fun! Enjoy and be safe!

Beck said...

It looks like you are having a WONDERFUL time!

Nicki said...

What an awesome vacation! (Despite the heat) I love the type of vacation where you go more to see PEOPLE than to see sites! Glad you all had fun...

Katie said...

Oh what a fun time!! Love the icecream stand at the museum :)
How much does Lucus look like his Daddy in that last pic!!!