Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Break...take two...

We wanted to take the kids on a hike, but we were pretty limited due to the young ages of our kids. We hiked a short 40 minute mountain right next to ASU campus. This is extremely easy for most people, but for Bennett's three-year-old legs it was hard and steep. As we were hiking up, he was panting and he said, "My legs are just getting stronger and stronger." He made it to the top and as he climbed he pointed what buildings he was taller than at that point.

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We hung around Tempe Town Lake before the kids were famished and demanded food!
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We regrouped at home (aka the kids went swimming and the littles went to bed) before we went out on another adventure. The kids have been begging to roast marshmallows in the desert and so we made it happen. In a short 15 minute drive we can be surrounded by beautiful rock and slightly prettier desert landscape.
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I'm not sure what it is about water but its a kid magnet. I watched as Cannon threw rock after rock into the stream and there were more than a couple times that I reached out thinking he was going in with the rock. I'm not sure how we managed, but not one kid "accidentally" fell into the water or even got their shoes wet. Success.
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Of course there were jumping photos.
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We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores and we were reminded why a camp fire with littles is not ideal. We had Cannon strapped in the stroller for the majority of the time for his own safety.
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The kids explored. They found shells. Dug holes. Climbed trees. And looked for treasures.
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They got to be kids and get dirty and it was awesome.

And as awesome as it was - it wasn't perfect despite our beautiful surroundings.
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Let me note:
Steve's got mad skills and his inner boy scout came out as he started and nurtured the fire.

Skipping rocks is hard for kids to understand and we finally just started throwing rocks to hit certain targets.

We witnessed a family living in the moment as we watched them wrestle their dad into the water fully clothed and he retaliated in full force and they were laughing the whole time.

Jumping pictures are fun - bottom line.

The perfect mallow takes patience and none of the kids wanted to wait that long.

I'm not a fan of camping - but I could get used to "evening" camping!

It can be a lot of work creating memorable experiences but this was worth it. The kids ranked it as their favorite thing from our weekend with friends.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring break...take two...

As much as I think it will be fun to one day take my family on a fun excursion for spring break - I would take spending time with friends over an excursion any day. (Spending time with friends on an excursion would be the golden ticket!) My friend and college roommate lives 6 hours away and they made time to come see us one last time before they move in two months. They came for a visit last summer and at Halloween/temple open house and now for spring break.

I thought by showing them all the amazing things Arizona has to offer that maybe they would consider a move here when they're done with school. But sadly, this might be the last time we live close. I'm not happy about it and my kids aren't happy about it.

The weather was warm enough that the kids got in the pool and stayed in the pool. This is not typical in March - we're in for a long summer!
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Our 13 orange trees are ripe with goodness and the kids were determined to juice enough oranges to make popsicles. I was cringing watching them as I saw bits of dirt and grass fall into the orange juice but they were as happy as could be. I strained out the grass later.
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
We love the zoku popsicle maker.
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Later that afternoon we went to our favorite park/splash pad. There is never ending fun and kids of all ages enjoy themselves. The older kids climbed high enough that they were scared to go any further.
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
And the littles stayed close and splashed around. Rather all the kids but Cannon splashed around; he refused to get wet!
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These two crack me up. Four weeks a part and they're nothing but trouble. With their high pitch squeals and stealing each others sippy cups and food; they were a riot.
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends
Life with Fingerprints: Spring break with friends

And that was just the first day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring break...take one...

I have a love/hate relationship with spring break. I love that we do fun things. Although we've never actually gone anywhere for spring break, I make a conscious effort to go out and do one fun thing each day with the kids. I hate that our lazy days turn to a wrecked house with children fighting who seem rather tired for not doing a whole lot. We take the good with the bad.

This spring break was a little different than previous years because we had friends coming at the end of our break that we were really looking forward to. We had a lot of fun things planned with our them so we laid pretty low the first half of the week.

We visited McDonalds with friends - which occupied a good two hours of our day. Do I love their But I do love that they're running and jumping around in some place other than my living room!
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The next afternoon we met with friends at a city pool that opened for spring break. It was a little chilly and I thought they would make it an hour tops - we stayed for three hours and even then I was prying their little pruney hands from the tubes on the lazy river.

Each kid had their group of friends they ran around with, which made each of them happy and me even happier.
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Cannon was exploring the water. He's really not a fan of bath time and he's really not a fan of our pool. He stayed relatively dry the whole time we were there and only flirted with the idea of running through the splash pad. I'm hoping we can get him loving the water by the time summer rolls around.
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We had a great time, that is until this guy hit a wall and couldn't be consoled or entertained. He was cold and grouchy and nothing I did was changing the situation. On the drive home he complained of his belly hurting and within an hour of being home he was asleep on the couch and then transferred to his bed and slept the whole night. The next day was a recovery day as he still didn't feel well which meant he had a movie marathon Wednesday. And who can argue with that over spring break?!
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring break hangover...

Spring break is over. Our company is gone. The fridge has more leftovers than we can possible eat. And our children are tired. Really tired. My friend asked if I wanted to go get some frozen yogurt this afternoon. I debated whether I wanted to venture out with the two youngest while the two older were at school. My internal debate didn't last long when this is what was by my side...
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And this is after his nap. It's the spring break hangover. We're all suffering a little bit from it. It's hard to come off the high we had last week without a little adjustment period. This is him adjusting. Adjusting to allergies. Adjusting to all his friends being gone.

Luckily my friend showed up at my door with frozen yogurt. It's easier to adjust when you have frozen yogurt.
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