Tuesday, March 24, 2009

To Grandma's House We Go

I keep putting off posting about Spring Break. It's way too daunting of a task. I have about a bazillion pictures to go through.

We spent the week in Arizona with my mom and brother, Jeff. I say week, but we spent three days driving. (More to come on that...the road trip deserves a post of it's own.) So we really only spent five days there. We had WAY too much stuff to pack into that five days and didn't come close to accomplishing it all. And can you believe what got cut? Pedicures with my mom. And even worse...visiting some of our favorite people. We didn't get around to visiting all the friends and family we would have liked. Sorry.

Makutu's Island:

It is this MASSIVE playground that's at least 2 stores tall and so incredibly awesome. And the best part (or worst part...depending on how you look at it) is that it's not off limits to the grown-ups. The kids wore us out...even uncle Jeff in his 6 ft. 3 in. stature chased the kids through that thing. We all came out with rug burns. And I've never been on a faster slide in my life. I let out a pretty crazy scream...Jeff can attest to that. And that, I believe, is where I broke my coccyx...yet again. (Which made for the most uncomfortable ride home.)

This picture doesn't even do it justice...there are 3 slides INSIDE this tree alone.

Jeff, Grayden and Mom...this is a REAL fish tank built right in to the playground.
This was my mom pretty much the whole trip...taking pictures. Can you believe how skinny she is?
All four Smith crazies on a bridge.

St. Patrick's Day:

The Leprechaun's paid a visit. We rode a merry-go-round at the mall and of course went out for our tradition St. Patrick's Day meal.

Hiking in the Desert:

Parker learned about dinosaurs at school the week before spring break and has been obsessed. When he realized Arizona was a desert, we HAD to hunt for dinosaur bones. And every rock we saw...half buried in the dirt...was a t-rex head or a brontosaurus foot. Plus the boys loved the cactus and we even saw a snake.
I realize my kids look ridiculous...they hiked in their pj's and insisted on taking their shirts off.

Parker had to have pictures in the desert with the cactus. I think they're hilarious.

Swimming at Aunt Debbie's:

My aunt Debbie has the most fantastic pool and backyard I've ever seen...it's like a private resort. We spent a little while swimming at her house...my mom's pool wasn't as warm as hers. Yet I thought hers was still too cold, even though it was 90 degrees out. I didn't get in past my knees. But the other four braved it. Afterward we feasted on her HOMEMADE whole wheat bagels. To die for!

A visit with April:

Spencer has a sister that lives in Arizona as well...but he wouldn't let me post the ridiculous pictures I caught of that event. April has such a fun family. She has kids about my age. I really love getting together. And the kids love it because she has so many pets. Gray chased her dogs around all night barking at them.

Science Museum:

We rode the light rail into the science museum. The "train ride" alone would have been enough of an adventure. My kids loved it. Spence and I? Not so much. But the museum was perfect for Parker. He is so curious by nature. He has to know about everything...especially science related. He colored the whole trip home...pictures of tape worms, and head lice, and bed bugs (he learned about all this at the museum). When I took him to school yesterday I asked him what he was going to tell his friends about the trip. He said the desert and science because he only tells his friends cool things and those are the cool things he did.

The "Train" ride

Uncle Jeff entertaining the masses...as usual.

Hangin' Out at Grandma's:

We of course spent lots of time here...and lots of early mornings waking up uncle Jeff.

I LOVE this picture of my mom with my crazies...Popsicles of course...and dipping their feet in the pool...the request of the week.

I think our favorite night included sitting around a fire pit with cousins into the night. The crazies had been our entertainment for quite some time. I was afraid once we put them to bed, the fun would end. But we had a great night visiting and roasting marshmallows. It's sometimes sad to live so far away from family.

Thanks mom for the whirlwind week. We'll do it again in about two years...which is probably how long it will take to clean up all the Lego's in every crack and corner of your house.


Danielle said...

I totally want to go to that playground! I love that last photo, priceless!

Kris said...

Wow...what a trip! That playground looks like it might be worth a trip to Arizona!!! And the pics of the kids shirtless while hiking are precious! I love that you let them be kids Katie!
And I too love the one of your Mom with all three around her eating their popsicles! As long as I have known your family, your Mom has been so beautifully trim!!!!
: )

Kelly said...

I love the last picture too! It looks like it belongs in a Ralph Lauren demin ad or somthing! And that playground looks amazing! I want to go! Glad you had such a greta trip!

Amber Nish said...

Ohh.. I am so glad to see how much fun you had!! I have been meaning to call..and catchiing you at church is just never gonna happen I've decided:) I cant wait to hear more details..I really did think about you and that drive..I hope it wasnt terrible! The pics are great, and I am so ready to head to that play place too!! Fun, fun, fun!!

Cynthia said...

It's crazy that I couldn't get out to see you while you guys were in town. I'm mad at myself. It sounds like you had a fantastic time. I know Lauri did. I am curious how your boys did for that many hours in the car. (And how the adults survived too).

Genn said...

Glad you had a great trip. Love the photo of your mom and the boys in the pool. You look just like her, and that is a compliment. If getting older means looking more and more like your mom, that is not bad at all!

Makutu's Island looks very cool. I think Hannah would have a ball in that place. Love the desert pics with the cactus too.

You sure are brave for road tripping all the way. I don't think I would still be sane once we arrived.

Heidi said...

How fun. that does look like a whirlwind of fun. I am sure your mom is missing it all so much. How long of a drive is it to see your mom? I bet its hard to do that with 3 boys. once we have this 2nd baby, im not sure if we will be traveling nearly as much.
and that playground... AMAZING!

Autumn said...

What a blast! I love the pictures of Parker flexing!! Hilarious. I also love your Mom's green buffet in the last picture.

Nicole said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip! That park looks awesome! Can't wait to hear the story behind the 3 day drive though. I'll be waiting for that. Glad you and your crazies made it home safely.

AshnRuss said...

I am glad that you had a fun trip. I love visiting family. I would love to do some of the things that you did. That playground was awesome!

Kelly said...

OH, I loved those pictures, Katie!! I think they are all fantastic- and so perfect! I really love the shirtless boys in the desert!! That is a treasure for years to come! Darling, actually. You certainly fit a ton in- what fun things you got to do...sorry the pedi's got cut out- that would make me sad too. Great fun, and I know your mom loved every minute of it and will continue to smile even after she picks up the legos!!

Jen said...

Looks like you did so much and had a great time. Your boys are darling and they always know how to have fun. Love that they're looking for dinosaur bones and want pictures of the cactus. So cute!

The drama known as Greens.... said...

I don't understand why I couldn't have gone!?! That playground looks like a riot! We're glad you made it back safe and sound. I agree, it's nice to go, but it's sad to leave and be so far away. Welcome "home"....

Stubbart Family said...

I LOVE Makutu's! We use to go there all the time when we lived there. A safe and fun place for the whole family! And that slide IS crazy! My mom said a swear word as she was coming down it, and I don't think I've ever heard her swear! Terrifying, and even painful!

You are making me miss AZ like crazy right now. Glad you had a fun time.

jeanine said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip!!! Glad you guys had a good time.

And after seeing those first few pictures I thought, Man! Your mom looks so thin!

Erin said...

You guys sure did do a lot! Sounds like it was well worth it! The boys all look so big all of the sudden! The last pic of them and grandma is so precious!!

Megan said...

Fun trip! I love the picture of the boys with your mom. Looks like lots of fun and many wonderful memories were made.

Amanda B. said...

That playground is amazing!!! Unreal you broke the coccyx again!!!!! Be careful, you! :) I am glad you had an awesome week. Your mom is amazing!

Jess/Nate&Family said...

Holey Cow! Your family is getting so big and you guys are having so much fun! Your mom looks HOT! Jeff I haven't seen since high school and he looks skinny, tell him to eat! I bet he loves being an uncle!! Cool!

Lisha said...

Wow! That looks like so much fun! Your boys are such a hoot! Barking at the dogs and drawing pictures of head lice and bed bugs. You must laugh every day! Too fun!
Hey, When are you going to be in Utah next? Even if we don't get a chance to visit we can stake out your in-laws and T.P. your car so you'll know we're thinking of you! :p

rachel said...

I'm sorry I missed you guys! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!!