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A quick trip to see Grandma and Bah

February 11, 2013   |   by Rachel

For the past several winters my parents have been enjoying the Arizona winter sunshine.  Last week the kids and I went down to visit them while Jared crammed in a week of working late evenings.  We had a great trip.On our way back from the airport we stopped at an all gluten-free, mostly vegan restaurant in Scottsdale.  It was really yummy and fresh.The first morning we walked over to the neighbors and picked lemons and oranges.  The kids juiced the lemons.  Not a bad life :-) On the second day we went for a hike in the mountains.  Some kids are plain cool.  Let's just face it, Win is one really cool kid!Dale started to come to pieces on the way back down.  Nothing that a bag of snap peas couldn't fix though.  After she polished off nearly the entire bag she was all smiles.The big kids had to find something to do while Dale crunched down her peas.Winfield shouted to me me, "Mom!  Do you want to see my sloth impression!?"Yep, they're cool kids!!The kids love my parents' golf carts.  Win asked for my phone so that he could take this picture. Day 3, we went to this huge zoo near Phoenix.One of the things I like about this zoo is how close the kids can get to the animals.Really close in fact.Sky ride!Harriet looks like she's in a bit of danger.Lunch and vitamin D recharge.Standing by the little train.Dale waved to the baby white tiger cub.  It was hard to decide who was cuter.Baby jaguar.  Unfortunately he looks like he's in solitary.Petting zoo.Time to go home.  Dale and I got 2 1/2 hours of sleep the night before we flew out.  We had to get up at 4am to make our flight.  She held up and was slap happy for almost the entire flight.  Can you see the hung-over look in her eyes of a toddler who didn't sleep and is about to board a plane for a 4 hour flight?iPads+noise canceling headphones+food=traveling blissWe'd landed and were waiting to get off the plane.  After 4 hours in a plane and no sleep Dale put on my sweater and started shoving me and all of the other passenger who came inside her target range, all while screaming "MOVE!!!  MOVE!!!  I WANNA GET DOWN!"  She was some sort of robed tyrant.  I couldn't argue with her.  She was acting out what I too was feeling.  If only I could just start shoving people and screaming at them to move because "I WANNA GET OFF THIS AIRPLANE"After seeing the airports' selection I've decided that I'm going to start eating healthier.  It looks really easy!On the way home from the airport she gave in to the dark side.Off to the grocery store to stock up the fridge after our trip.  It's so easy now that they have these little people who stand in your cart and load your groceries onto the belt.

1 Comment

Marcia Besteman2013-02-12

Looks like tons of fun was had by everyone. Sure it was hard for Grandma and Grandpa to say good-bye.